ⓘ 1921 in film


Dracula's Death

Draculas Death, or Drakula halala, sometimes translated as The Death of Dracula, was a 1921 Hungarian-Austrian silent horror film that was co-written and directed by Karoly Lajthay, and starred Paul Askonas and Lena Myl. It was presumed to be a lost film but critic Troy Howarth states in his reference book "Tome of Terror" that a print exists in a Hungarian archive. The film marked the first screen appearance of the vampire Count Dracula spelled "Drakula", though recent scholarly research indicates that the films plot did not at all follow the narrative of Bram Stokers novel Dracula. Thus, ...


The Goat (1921 film)

Buster Keaton is walking by and peers through a barred window while captured murderer "Dead Shot Dan" is having his picture taken. Seeing that the photographer is looking away, Dan moves his head to the side and snaps a picture of Buster without anybody noticing. Thus, when Dan escapes, the wanted posters all show Buster with his hands on the bars. Unaware, Buster moves on to a street corner, where he notices a horseshoe, and kicks it aside. The next man who comes along picks it up and throws it for good luck. Within seconds the man finds a wallet filled with money. After scrambling to fin ...


The Kid (1921 film)

The Kid is a 1921 American silent comedy-drama film written by, produced by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his foundling baby, adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplins first full-length film as a director. It was a huge success, and was the second-highest-grossing film in 1921, behind The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In 2011, The Kid was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Innovative in its combination of comedic a ...


The Three Musketeers (1921 film)

The Three Musketeers is a 1921 American silent film based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, pere. It was directed by Fred Niblo and stars Douglas Fairbanks as dArtagnan. The film originally had scenes filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process. The film had a sequel, The Iron Mask, also starring Fairbanks as dArtagnan and DeBrulier as Cardinal Richelieu.


The Indian Tomb (1921 film)

The Indian Tomb was a two-part German silent film directed by Joe May. It is based on the novel Das indische Grabmal by Thea von Harbou It comprised two parts, Part I: the Mission of the Yogi and Part II: the Tiger of Bengal German: Das Indische Grabmal: Der Tiger von Eschnapur. Upon its release, it was neither a critical nor commercial success and has been little seen until two recent restorations were completed, a European film restoration and a U.S. video restoration by David Shepard.


The Haunted House (1921 film)

The Haunted House is a 1921 American two-reel silent comedy film starring Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline. The runtime is 21 minutes.

1921 in film

ⓘ 1921 in film

  • January 21 – The silent comedy-drama The Kid, written by, produced by, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in his Tramp character – his first full-length film as a director – and featuring Jackie Coogan, is released in the United States. It is the years second-highest-grossing film.
  • October 21 – George Melfords silent film The Sheik, which enhances leading actor Rudolph Valentinos international reputation as a Latin lover, is premiered in Los Angeles. Within the first year of its release, it exceeds $1 million in ticket sales.
  • The experimental short documentary film Manhatta is shot by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand in New York City.
  • August 29 – Broadways first $1 million theatre, Loews State opens.
  • September 5 – Popular comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle attends a party at the St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, during which actress Virginia Rappe is fatally injured; although he is eventually acquitted of rape and manslaughter, the scandal derails his career.
  • October 26 – The Chicago Theatre, which will be the oldest surviving French-style Baroque Revival grand movie palace, opens.
  • March 6 – The silent epic war film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, adapted for the screen by June Mathis, is released in the United States. It is the years highest-grossing film and the sixth-best-grossing silent film of all time, propels Rudolph Valentino to stardom and inspires a tango craze and a fashion for gaucho pants.

1. Notable films released in 1921

United States unless stated

  • The High Sign, directed by Edward F. Cline and Buster Keaton
  • Sentimental Tommy, directed by George Fitzmaurice; starring Gareth Hughes
  • The Bonnie Brier Bush, directed by and starring Donald Crisp – GB
  • The Haunted House, a Buster Keaton short
  • The Love Light, directed by Frances Marion, starring Mary Pickford
  • After Your Own Heart, directed by George Marshall, starring Tom Mix
  • White and Unmarried
  • The Painting of Osvaldo Mars, directed by Guido Brignone, starring Mercedes Brignone and Domenico Serra Italy
  • The Mechanical Man Luomo meccanico, directed by Andre Deed – Italy
  • Forever, directed by George Fitzmaurice, starring Wallace Reid and Elsie Ferguson
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, directed by Rex Ingram; starring Rudolph Valentino
  • The Bigamist, starring Guy Newall, Ivy Duke – GB
  • The Call of Youth, starring Mary Glynne
  • Fools Paradise, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Conrad Nagel, Mildred Harris, Theodore Kosloff and Baby Peggy
  • Among Those Present, starring Harold Lloyd
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court
  • The Lotus Eater, directed by Marshall Neilan, starring John Barrymore and Colleen Moore
  • The Four Feathers, directed by Rene Plaissetty – GB
  • Seven Years Bad Luck, directed by and starring Max Linder
  • Buried Treasure, directed by George D. Baker; starring Marion Davies and Norman Kerry
  • The Haunted Castle Schloss Vogeloed, directed by F. W. Murnau – Germany
  • The Affairs of Anatol, directed by Cecil B. DeMille; starring Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reid
  • Womans Place, directed by Victor Fleming, starring Constance Talmadge
  • The Conquering Power, directed by Rex Ingram; starring Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry
  • The Adventures of Mr. Pickwick, directed by Thomas Bentley, starring Frederick Volpe – GB
  • Through the Back Door, directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford, starring Mary Pickford
  • Enchantment, directed by Robert G. Vignola; starring Marion Davies and Forrest Stanley
  • Les Trois Mousquetaires The Three Musketeers, directed by Henri Diamant-Berger – France
  • Leaves from Satans Book Blade af Satans bog, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer – Denmark
  • Squibs directed by George Pearson and starring Betty Balfour – GB
  • A Sailor-Made Man, directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, starring Harold Lloyd
  • El Dorado, directed by Marcel LHerbier, starring Eve Francis and Jaque Catelain – France
  • The Sheik, directed by George Melford, starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres
  • Destiny Der mude Tod, directed by Fritz Lang, starring Lil Dagover and Walter Janssen – Germany
  • Lucky Carson, directed by Wilfrid North, starring Earle Williams and Betty Ross Clarke
  • Die Bergkatze The Wild Cat, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Victor Janson – Germany
  • Jim the Penman, directed by Kenneth Webb, starring Lionel Barrymore
  • Get-Rich-Quick Peggy, starring Baby Peggy
  • Disraeli directed by Henry Kolker, starring George Arliss
  • The Sky Pilot, directed by King Vidor
  • Humor Risk, the Marx Brothers debut, never released
  • Brewsters Millions, directed by Joseph Henabery, starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • Janosik, starring Theodor Pistek – Czechoslovakia
  • Draculas Death Drakula halala, directed by Karoly Lajthay – Hungary
  • The Indian Tomb Das Indische Grabmal, starring Conrad Veidt – Germany
  • The Offenders, directed by Fenwick L. Holmes, starring Margery Wilson
  • The Boat, a Buster Keaton short
  • Journey into the Night Der Gang in die Nacht, directed by F.W. Murnau – Germany
  • Camille, starring Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Rex Cherryman and Patsy Ruth Miller
  • The Lucky Dog, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
  • The Playhouse, a Buster Keaton short
  • Hail the Woman, directed by John Griffith Wray, starring Florence Vidor
  • Desire Sehnsucht, directed by F.W. Murnau, starring Conrad Veidt – Germany
  • On with the Show, starring Baby Peggy
  • LAtlantide Missing Husbands, directed by Jacques Feyder – France
  • Orphans of the Storm, directed by D.W. Griffith; starring Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish
  • Sybil directed by Jack Denton, starring Evelyn Brent – GB
  • The Three Musketeers, directed by Fred Niblo, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • Miss Lulu Bett, directed by William C. deMille, starring Lois Wilson and Milton Sills
  • After Midnight, directed by Ralph Ince
  • The Kid, directed by & starring Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance and Jackie Coogan
  • The Fire Eater, directed by B. Reeves Eason, starring Hoot Gibson
  • Tolable David directed by Henry King; starring Richard Barthelmess
  • Land of My Fathers directed by Fred Rains and starring John Stuart and Yvonne Thomas – GB
  • The Gunsaulus Mystery, directed by Oscar Micheaux, starring Evelyn Preer
  • Action, directed by John Ford;, starring Hoot Gibson
  • A Muddy Bride, starring Baby Peggy
  • The Blot, directed by Lois Weber; starring Claire Windsor
  • The Phantom Carriage Korkarlen, directed by & starring Victor Sjostrom – Sweden
  • Third Class Male, starring Baby Peggy
  • Bullets or Ballots, the film debut of Mary Astor
  • Never Weaken, a Harold Lloyd short
  • The Idle Class, a Charles Chaplin short
  • Experience, directed by George Fitzmaurice; starring Richard Barthelmess and Lilyan Tashman
  • Golfing, starring Baby Peggy
  • The Goat, a Buster Keaton short
  • The Nut, directed by Theodore Reed, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Marguerite De La Motte
  • The Adventures of Tarzan, directed by Robert F. Hill and Scott Sidney, starring Elmo Lincoln
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy, directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford, starring Mary Pickford
  • The Passion Flower, starring Norma Talmadge
  • The Ace of Hearts, directed by Wallace Worsley, starring Lon Chaney and Leatrice Joy
  • The Queen of Sheba, directed by J. Gordon Edwards, starring Betty Blythe
  • Pecks Bad Boy, directed by Sam Wood, starring Jackie Coogan
  • The Silver Lining, directed by Roland West, starring Coit Albertson and Jewel Carmen
  • The Wonderful Thing, starring Norma Talmadge
  • Brownies Little Venus, starring Baby Peggy

2. Births

  • January 31
  • Mario Lanza, singer, actor died 1959
  • January 27 – Donna Reed, actress died 1986
  • Carol Channing, musical actress died 2019
  • January 3 – John Russell, actor died 1991
  • February 16 – Vera-Ellen, actress, dancer died 1981
  • February 24 – Abe Vigoda, actor died 2016
  • February 26 – Betty Hutton, actress died 2007
  • Nancy Kelly, actress died 1995
  • February 8 – Lana Turner, actress died 1995
  • March 10 - Charlotte Zucker, actress, mother of Jerry Zucker and David Zucker died 2007
  • March 4 – Joan Greenwood, actress died 1987
  • Simone Signoret, actress died 1985
  • March 25
  • March 12 – Gordon MacRae, actor, singer died 1986
  • March 3 – Diana Barrymore, actress died 1960
  • February 22 – Giulietta Masina, actress died 1994
  • March 26 – Julie Harris, costume designer died 2015
  • April 23 – Janet Blair, actress died 2007
  • March 28 – Dirk Bogarde, actor died 1999
  • April 16 – Peter Ustinov, actor died 2004
  • Judy Holliday, born Judith Tuvim, actress died 1965
  • May 2 – Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker died 1992
  • April 3 – Jan Sterling, actress died 2004
  • May 31 – Alida Valli, actress died 2006
  • April 10 – Chuck Connors, actor died 1992
  • June 21
  • June 8 – Alexis Smith, actress died 1993
  • June 19 – Louis Jourdan, actor died 2015
  • May 23 – Grigori Chukhrai, Ukrainian film director died 2001
  • Jane Russell, actress died 2011
  • September 27 – Miklos Jancso, Hungarian director died 2014
  • November 22 – Rodney Dangerfield, actor, comedian died 2004
  • November 23 – Fred Buscaglione, Italian actor and singer died 1960
  • December 26 – Steve Allen, actor, composer, comedian, author died 2000
  • November 5 – Moritz Yomtov, screenwriter died 1992
  • July 23 – Robert Brown, actor died 2003
  • August 3 – Marilyn Maxwell, actress died 1972
  • August 19 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer died 1991
  • November 3 – Charles Bronson, actor died 2003
  • October 13 – Yves Montand, singer, actor died 1991
  • December 4 – Deanna Durbin, actress died 2013
  • September 8 – Harry Secombe, actor, singer died 2001
  • September 30 – Deborah Kerr, actress died 2007
  • July 3 – Susan Peters, actress died 1952
  • August 8 – Esther Williams, actress, swimmer died 2013
  • July 6 – Nancy Reagan, born Anne Robbins, actress and First Lady of the United States died 2016

3. Deaths

  • September 9 – Virginia Rappe, 26 American actress
  • September 17 – Van Dyke Brooke, 62, American actor, screenwriter and film director
  • February 8 – George Formby Sr, 45, British music hall entertainer who appeared in one film pulmonary tuberculosis
  • June 20 – George Loane Tucker, 49, American actor, screenwriter and director
  • June 5 – Georges Feydeau, 58, French playwright, many of whose plays were adapted for the screen syphilis
  • May 17 – Karl Mantzius, 61, Danish actor, theatre director, writer
  • July 9 – Robert Broderick, 56, American stage and film actor
  • Kundra in lead roles and was released on 12 January 2018. It is the first installment in the 1921 film series and also a spin - off from the 1920 film series
  • A list of films produced in Italy in 1921 see 1921 in film Italian films of 1921 at the Internet Movie Database
  • films released in 1921 1921 in film 1921 in the United Kingdom The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1921 The Knave of Diamonds 1921
  • A list of films produced in France in 1921 1921 in France Cendrillon - film 1921 - AlloCine Retrieved 2017 - 07 - 14. Fievre - Louis Delluc
  • crore, 1921 was one of the most expensive films in Malayalam during that time. T. Damodaran later called this film as his dream project The film an Onam
  • With Fire is a lost 1921 American silent comedy film directed by Dallas M. Fitzgerald and starring Gladys Walton. As described in a film magazine, Enid Gregory
  • El Dorado is a French silent film directed in 1921 by Marcel L Herbier. The film was notable for integrating a number of technical innovations into its
  • silent film from 1921 It relates the popular legend of the highwayman Juraj Janosik. It shows the filmmakers experience with early American movies in camera
  • Sehnsucht is a 1921 silent film directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Conrad Veidt. It tells the story of a male dancer who falls in love with a grand
  • This film - related list is incomplete you can help by expanding it. A list of American films released in 1921 1921 in the United States Across the Divide
  • 1921 western silent film based on a book by Robert Ames Bennett and directed by Otis B. Thayer, starring Edmund Cobb and Violet Mersereau. The film was