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1920-1929

The Son of the Sheik (1926)

Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montague Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Binunsky Hyman. A sheik's son is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl, they fall in love, and ride off into the sunset together. 68 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database
See also:Rudolph Valentino bibliography

The Temptress (1926)

Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno and Lionel Barrymore (106 min.) Unhappy wife Elena falls in love with a Spanish engineer, Robledo. When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker, Robledo returns to South America. Subsequently, Elena and her husband also go to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez. 106 min.

The Ten Commandments (1923)

Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Theodore Roberts, Charles De Roche, Estelle Taylor, Julia Faye, Terence Moore, James Neill, Edythe Chapman, Richard Dix, Rod La Rocque. This early silent Cecil B. Demille production tells the story of how the Israelites left Egypt and acquired the Ten Commandments, as told in the context of a mother trying to bring up her children to believe in God. 146 min. ; also as supplement on ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Julanne Johnston, Sojin, Snitz Edwards, Anna May Wong. Silent with musical accompaniment. A carefree pickpocket meets and falls in love with a beautiful princess, and competes with the most wealthy and eligible princes of the the Orient for her hand. There's magic in many of the effects that were created for this film, a milestone for its day. 138 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Wandering Jew, or, The Life of Theodor Herzl (Theodor Herzl, der Bannertrager des judischen Volkes) (Austria, 1921)

Directed by Otto Kreisler. Cast: Rudolph Schildkraut, Joseph Schildkraut, H. [i.e. Ernst] Bath, Josef Schreiter; Rudolf Dietz; Else Osterheim; Gita Lenart-Vago; Axel Plessen; Pippa Gettke. This early film biography of the founder of modern Zionism depicts a young Herzl learning about Jewish persecution throughout the ages, and developing his theory of political Zionism, which he saw as the only solution to anti-semitism. The film then follows Herzl's efforts to implement his ideas by converting European leaders and Jews to his cause. 59 min.

The Wild Party (1929)

Directed by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day, Shirley O'Hara, Adrienne Doré, Joyce Compton, Jack Oakie, Jack Luden, Phillips Holmes. Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect. 75 min.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Silent 1927)

Directed by Harry A. Pollard. Harriet Beecher Stowe's influential 19th century story of the pre-Civil war South. Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master, the evil Simon Legree. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured and humiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wicked oppressors. 112 min. :2334Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Silent 1927)

Directed by Harry A. Pollard. Harriet Beecher Stowe'sinfluential 19th century story of the pre-Civil war South.Peace-loving slave Tom is forced to submit to his sadistic master,the evil Simon Legree. Helpless slaves -- raped, tortured andhumiliated -- are eventually driven to rebel against their wickedoppressors. 112 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Why Change Your Wife? (1920)

Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels, Thomas Meighan, Theodore Kosloff, Lucien Littlefield. In this comedy, a husband is lured away from his prim wife, who transforms herself into an attractive and stylish woman to win him back. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Within the Law (1926)

Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Jack Mulhall, Joseph Kilgour, Helen Ferguson, Eileen Percy, Lew Cody.Follows a shopgirl who is unjustly accused of stealing and then sent to jail. She plots revenge against her former employer, using 'rich men's' legal tricks, yet staying 'within the law.' 105 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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