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The year 1920 in film involved some significant events.

Top-grossing films

The top four films released in 1920 by U.S. gross are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1920
Rank Title Studio Box office gross rental
1 Way Down East United Artists $2,000,000[1]
2 Over the Hill to the Poorhouse Fox Film Corporation $1,500,000[2]
3 Passion (Madame DuBarry)
The Mark of Zorro
UFA/First National Pictures
United Artists
$1,000,000[1][2]

Events

Notable films released in 1920

Austria

For a complete list see: List of Austrian films of the 1920s

France

For a complete list see: French films of 1920
  • Barrabas, a 12-chapter serial/ crime drama directed by Louis Feuillade
  • The Man Who Sold His Soul to the Devil, directed by Pierre Caron [6]
  • Les Morts qui parlent/ The Dead Who Speak, directed by Pierre Marodon[7]
  • Narayana (translates as Vishnu), directed by Leon Poirier, starring Laurence Myrga and Edmon Van Daele; based on the 1831 novel "Le Peau de Chagrin" by Honore de Balzac, with some story elements lifted from Wilkie Collins' novel The Moonstone[8]
  • The Silence, ghost film directed by Louis Delluc, starring Gabriel Signoret and Eve Francis (Delluc's wife)

Germany

For a complete list see: List of German films of 1920

Hungary

  • Lord Arthur Saville's Crime (aka The Mark of the Phantom), written and directed by Paul Fejos, starring Margit Lux, based on the 1891 story by Oscar Wilde

Italy

  • The Last of the Borgias, directed by Armando Carbone
  • The Monster of Frankenstein (film) (il Mostro di Frankenstein), directed by Eugenio Testa, starring Luciano Albertino as Dr. Frankenstein and Umberto Guarracino as the Monster; the film was heavily censored by the Italian government [6]
  • The Power of the Borgias, directed by Luigi Caramba for Medusa Film, starring Irene Saffo-Nomo and Enrico Piacentini
  • Spiritism (aka Spiritismo), starring Francesca Bettina [17]

Japan

  • Akakabe Myojin/ The Red Wall God, a ghost-cat film directed by Jiro Yoshino for Kokkatsu Films, starring Shirogoro Sawamura
  • Arima no neko/ The Cat in Arima, a ghost-cat film directed by Shozo Makino for Nikkatsu Films, starring Matsumosuke Onoe and Sentaro Nakamura

Philippines

For a complete list see: List of Philippine films before 1940

Sweden

For a complete list see: Swedish films before 1930

United Kingdom

For a complete list see: British films of 1920

United States

For a complete list see: American films of 1920

A

B

  • Black Shadows, directed by Howard M. Mitchell[5]

C

D

  • The Dark Mirror (aka Jericho), directed by Charles Giblyn, starring Dorothy Dalton (in a dual role) and Pedro de Cordoba, based on the story by Louis Joseph Vance [21]
  • The Devil's Pass Key directed by Erich von Stroheim; starring Mae Busch and Maude George
  • The Devil to Pay, directed by Ernest C. Warde, starring Roy Stewart and Robert McKim, based on a 1918 novel by Francis Nimmo Greene[26]
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde directed by John S. Robertson for Paramount; starring John Barrymore, Brandon Hurst and Martha Mansfield
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Charles J. Haydon for Pioneer Films (Louis Meyer); starring Sheldon Lewis and Alex Shannon[27][28]
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, produced by Morris R. Schlank for Hank Mann Comedies, starring Hank Mann in a comedic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel
  • The Dream Cheater, directed by Ernest C. Warde, starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Alice Wilson; yet another adaptation of the 1831 story Le peau de chagrin (The Magic Skin) by Honore de Balzac

F

G

H

  • Haunted Spooks, directed by Hal Roach and Alf Goulding, starring Harold Lloyd and Blue Washington
  • Haunting Shadows, directed by Henry King, starring H.B. Warner and Edward Peil Jr., based on the 1906 novel The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson[30]
  • His Brother's Keeper, directed by Wilfred North[12]
  • House of the Tolling Bell directed by J. Stuart Blackton, starring May McAvoy and Bruce Gordon, based on the novel by Edith Sessions Tupper
  • The House of Whispers directed by Ernest C. Warde, starring J. Warren Kerrigan and Joseph J. Dowling, based on the novel by William Andrew Johnston [12][31]
  • Huckleberry Finn directed by William Desmond Taylor; starring Lewis Sargent, Edythe Chapman, Martha Mattox

I

J

L

M

N

O

P

  • The Penalty directed by Wallace Worsley, produced by Sam Goldwyn; starring Lon Chaney and Charles Clary, based on the pulp novel by Gouverneur Morris
  • The Perils of Paul, a 22-minute film directed by Bob Gray, starring J. Parks Jones and Clare Morris
  • The Phantom Foe, a 15-chapter serial directed by Bertram Millhauser for Pathe; starring Warner Oland and Juanita Hansen (a print still exists)[32]
  • The Phantom Melody, directed by Douglas Gerrard for Universal, starring Monroe Salisbury and Henry A. Barrows[17]
  • Pollyanna, starring Mary Pickford

R

S

T

W

Film serials

Short film series

Animated short film series

The following is a list of animated shorts of the year 1920 that belong to series that lasted several years.

  • Felix the Cat (1919–1936)
    • A Frolic with Felix (January 25, 1920)
    • Felix the Big Game Hunter (February 22, 1920)
    • Wrecking a Romeo (March 7, 1920)
    • Felix the Food Controller (April 11, 1920)
    • Felix the Pinch Hitter (April 18, 1920)
    • Foxy Felix (May 16, 1920)
    • A Hungry Hoodoo (June 6, 1920)
    • The Great Cheese Robbery (June 13, 1920)
    • Felix and the Feed Bag (July 18, 1920)
    • Nifty Nurse (August 22, 1920)
    • The Circus (September 26, 1920)
    • My Hero (October 24, 1920)
    • Felix the Landlord (November 21, 1920)
    • Felix's Fish Story (December 26, 1920)
  • Out of the Inkwell (1918–1929)

A major animated series of the silent era produced by Max Fleischer from 1918 to 1929 in which it appeared Koko the Clown:

  • The Boxing Kangaroo
  • The Chinaman
  • The Circus
  • The Ouija Board
  • The Clown's Little Brother
  • Perpetual Motion
  • Poker
  • The Restaurant

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

Films set in 1920

There are films released in later years whose plot is developed totally or partially in 1920:

1920 (2008)
1920: The Evil Returns (2012)
1920: London (2016)

See also

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