Best Comedy Movies of 1920


One Week

One Week
The story involves two newlyweds, Keaton and Seely, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week." A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement."
Starring: Buster Keaton, Sybil Seely, Joe Roberts, Lon Chaney
Directed by: Buster Keaton, Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1920-09-01

Why Change Your Wife?

Why Change Your Wife?
Robert and Beth Bordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to improve her looks. The original couple falls in love again at a summer resort.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, Bebe Daniels, Theodore Kosloff, Sylvia Ashton
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1920-05-21

The Garage

The Garage
Two men who work as both automobile mechanics and firemen operate a garage in a fire station. A car has been left for them to clean, but they destroy it instead. In the second half of the film, Roscoe and Keaton have been called to a fire, but it turns out to be a false alarm. When they return, they find their own fire station on fire.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Molly Malone, Harry McCoy, Dan Crimmins
Directed by: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Release date: 1920-01-11

The Saphead

The Saphead
Nick Van Alstyne owns the Henrietta silver mine and is very rich. His son Bertie is naive and spoiled. His daughter Rose is married to shady investor Mark. Mark wrecks Bertie's wedding plans by making him take the blame for Mark's illegitimate daughter. Mark also nearly ruins the family business by selling off Henrietta stock at too low a price. Bertie, of all people, must come to the rescue on the trading floor.
Starring: Edward Jobson, Beulah Booker, Edward Connelly, Edward Alexander, Irving Cummings
Directed by: Herbert Blaché, Winchell Smith
Release date: 1920-09-01


Amanda Afflick is a lovesick laundress who daydreams about customer Horace Greensmith and cherishes the shirt he brought in for washing eight months and sixteen days ago. She tells her fellow workers that the garment belongs to her fiancé, a lord. Just wait, Amanda boasts, one day his lordship will return for his wash — and for her.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Albert Austin, Harold Goodwin, Rose Dione, Darwin Karr
Directed by: John Francis Dillon
Release date: 1920-01-27


When Pollyanna is orphaned, she's sent to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly. Pollyanna discovers that many of the people in her aunt's New England home town are as ill-tempered as her aunt. But Pollyanna's incurable optimism - exemplified by her "glad game," in which she looks for the bright side of every situation - brings a change to the staid old community.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Katherine Griffith, Howard Ralston, Helen Jerome Eddy, George Berrell
Directed by: Paul Powell
Release date: 1920-01-18


Dinty is a newsboy whose fight to care for his ailing mother leads him into conflicts with the other boys on the street and then with drug smugglers in Chinatown.
Starring: Wesley Barry, Noah Beery, Colleen Moore, Anna May Wong, Aaron Mitchell
Directed by: John McDermott, Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1920-11-21

The Flapper


A Southern teen at a ritzy boarding school gets into mischief while acting the sophisticated grownup to impress a suave gentleman and match wits with a pair of jewel thieves.

Starring: Olive Thomas
Directed by: Alan Crosland
Release date: 1920-05-10

Get Out and Get Under

Get Out and Get Under
The comic adventures of a new car owner.
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Fred McPherson
Directed by: Hal Roach
Release date: 1920-09-26

Life of the Party

Life of the Party
An attorney is thrust into wild adventures by an attractive young woman.
Starring: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Winifred Greenwood, Roscoe Karns, Julia Faye, Frank Campeau
Directed by: Joseph Henabery
Release date: 1920-11-21

Conrad in Quest of His Youth

Conrad in Quest of His Youth
Conrad Warrener, a man of near middle-age, reflects nostalgically on the happy times of his youth and decides to recapture them. However, what he learns about the "second time around" is neither what he expected nor what he hoped for.
Starring: Thomas Meighan, Mabel Van Buren, Mayme Kelso, Bertram Johns, Margaret Loomis
Directed by: William C. de Mille
Release date: 1920-11-06

A Fresh Start

Two men are released from prison and while keeping up appearances, they steal everything they can from the guards hugging them farewell.
Starring: Lige Conley, Jimmie Adams, Marvel Rea, Frank J. Coleman
Directed by: Jack White
Release date: 1920-07-20

Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn
Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures.
Starring: Lewis Sargent, Katherine Griffith, Martha Mattox, Frank Lanning, Orral Humphrey
Directed by: William Desmond Taylor
Release date: 1920-02-29

Excuse My Dust

Excuse My Dust
A top race-car driver leaves the sport to get married and settle down, because his new wife doesn't want him to race anymore. However, not long afterwards his wife takes their infant son and leaves him to go to San Francisco. The husband gets word that his son is seriously ill in San Francisco, but he has no way to get there. Just in the nick of time, however, the racer's father-in-law just happens to have developed a new car for a cross-country race--to San Francisco!
Starring: Wallace Reid, Wallace Reid Jr., Ann Little, Theodore Roberts, Guy Oliver
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1920-03-20

Don't Weaken!

A dancing instructor gets involved with a newly rich family.
Starring: Ford Sterling, James Finlayson, Charles Murray, Fanny Kelly, Harriet Hammond
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1920-09-05

Grab the Ghost

As tens of guests pile out of a wedding ceremony a jilted and bitter rival (Eddie Boland) vows revenge on the new bride. The wedding limo pulls off leaving the groom (Snub Pollard) behind, who then has to chase it down the street. He catches it up but is made to sit on the back of the car "as ballast". The car comes to a halt where the groom mistakes a policeman's gesturing of traffic as an offer of a handshake. Finally, the groom arrives at his house where his servant greets him, but unbeknownst to him, the servant's child (Ernest Morrison) has set up a scare in the shape of an "angora" bird in a cage under the dinner table before they get there.
Starring: 'Snub' Pollard, Marie Mosquini, Sunshine Sammy Morrison
Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Release date: 1920-05-30

A Village Sleuth

A Village Sleuth
Starring: Charles Ray, Winifred Westover, Dick Rush, Donald MacDonald, George Hernandez
Directed by: Jerome Storm
Release date: 1920-09-12

Oh, Lady, Lady

A silent film version of the Kern-Bolton-Wodehouse "Princess Theatre" musical. The story concerns an engaged young man, Bill, whose ex-fiancée arrives unexpectedly on his wedding day. Meanwhile, comic complications arise because of a couple of crooks, the bride's mother dislikes the groom, and the nuptials are called off. Bill works to convince his old flame that he was not worthy to marry her; but his clumsy efforts do not make him look good to his new fiancée.
Starring: Bebe Daniels, Harrison Ford, Walter Hiers, Charlotte Woods, Lillian Langdon
Directed by: Maurice Campbell
Release date: 1920-11-01

Dangerous Business

Dangerous Business
A 1920 film directed by Roy William Neill.
Starring: Constance Talmadge, Kenneth Harlan, George Fawcett, Mathilde Brundage, John Raymond
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1920-11-28

Lucky Hoodoo

Slapstick comedy of the rube farmer type, featuring a country blacksmith, a lazy farmhand and a city family visiting the country in their automobile. The new farmhand has all sorts of troubles with his employer, but finally proves himself a hero (?) and wins the farmer’s daughter.
Starring: Billy B. Van
Release date: 1920-08-11

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