Best Drama Movies of 1924


He Who Gets Slapped

Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ruth King, Marc McDermott
Directed by: Victor Sjöström
Release date: 1924-12-22


Comedy which concerns the struggles of an ambitious department store sales clerk who is caught up in New York high society.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Tom Moore, Lilyan Tashman, Ian Keith, Arthur Housman
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1924-07-21

The Enchanted Cottage

The Enchanted Cottage stars Richard Barthelmess as Oliver, a physically and emotionally wounded World War I veteran who comes home to a fiancée who promptly leaves him. Licking his wounds in solitude, he meets a young woman named Laura (May McAvoy). They fall in love and agree to marry, but unexpected and magical events occur inside The Enchanted Cottage where they have agreed to spend their wedding night.
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, May McAvoy, Ida Waterman, Florence Short, Alfred Hickman
Directed by: John S. Robertson
Release date: 1924-03-23

The Red Lily

Jean and Marise, young lovers forced from their homes, flee to Paris. Irrevocably separated there, their lives deviate into the slums and hard labor of low-class French society. All the while, the two desperately search for one another.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett, Wallace Beery, Frank Currier, Mitchell Lewis
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1924-09-08

Captain January

During a tempestuous storm, a lighthouse keeper finds an infant girl who washes ashore tied to some wreckage. He adopts her and they become inseparable. Eventually her real family finds her and wants her to live with them.
Starring: Hobart Bosworth, Baby Peggy, Irene Rich, Lincoln Stedman, Harry T. Morey
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1924-07-06

Janice Meredith

It is 1774, the eve of the American War of Independence. Janice comes from a Tory household. She cavorts with American and British alike, is pursued by Charles Fownes, patriot and friend of General Washington.
Starring: Marion Davies, Holbrook Blinn, Harrison Ford, Macklyn Arbuckle, Hattie Delaro
Directed by: E. Mason Hopper
Release date: 1924-12-08


In Renaissance Florence, a Florentine trader meets a shipwrecked stranger, who introduces himself as Tito Melema, a young Italianate-Greek scholar. Tito becomes acquainted with several other Florentines, including Nello the barber and a young girl named Tessa. He is also introduced to a blind scholar named Bardo de' Bardi, and his daughter Romola. As Tito becomes settled in Florence, assisting Bardo with classical studies, he falls in love with Romola.
Starring: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, William Powell, Ronald Colman, Charles Lane
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1924-12-06

The Sea Hawk

The adventures of Oliver Tressilian, who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a Moorish fighting ship.
Starring: Lloyd Hughes, Wallace Beery, Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Marc McDermott
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1924-06-14

Wild Oranges

Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote island. Man-child Nicholas, a fugitive from justice, also lives there and is terrorizing them - and he's interested in Millie. One day widower John Woolfolk, sailing on his yacht, happens upon the island. Soon he and Millie fall in love. Will jealous Nicholas stand for this?
Starring: Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling, Nigel De Brulier, Charles A. Post
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1924-01-20

The Family Secret

The Family Secret is an early film adaptation of a popular 19th century melodrama. The plot concerns the daughter of a wealthy man who has secretly married a man below her station of whom her father violently disapproves. The father, in an excess of parental concern, separates the lovers by sending his daughter away so that she might forget her inamorata, unaware of their married state; during this time, she gives birth to a daughter. After some months, the young mother returns to her family manor and presents her father with his new granddaughter, which causes a most unfortunate scene. Unbeknownst to the young woman, her enraged father falsely accuses his son-in-law of theft and has him incarcerated in order to separate the lovers in an irrational attempt to force his daughter to forget this "unworthy" young man.
Starring: Baby Peggy, Gladys Hulette, Frank Currier, Lucy Beaumont, Edward Earle
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1924-09-27

Mademoiselle Midnight

Renée (Mae Murray) is the heiress of a Mexican ranch, granddaughter of a woman known for her recklessness and frivolity at night. This first "Mademoiselle Midnight" is banished in the opening scene by Napoleon III at Empress Eugenie's insistence to Mexico. Renee is kept locked at the hacienda at night by her father to prevent her following in her grandmother's wayward footsteps. She falls in love with a visiting American (Monte Blue) but is also pursued by the craven outlaw Manuel Corrales. Miss Murray gets to do some of her trademark dancing, but this one isn't a comedy, despite comic relief provided by Johnny Arthur.
Starring: Mae Murray, John St. Polis, Paul Weigel, Earl Schenck, Clarissa Selwynne
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1924-04-14


By 1820, Edmund Kean is the most admired Shakespearan actor. But if his art is peerless, his free lifestyle is ill thought of, particularly by the high society. Kean has fallen passionately in love with Countess Elena de Koefeld, the wife of the ambassador of Denmark. Elena loves him too but hesitates to give up her rank in society and follow Kean. On the other hand, Anna, a rich heiress who refuses to marry Lord Mewill, the husband chosen by her parents, confesses her love for Kean and decides to become an actress like him... The aristocrats, outraged by Edmund's profligate ways, decide to boycott his performances and his career is broken. Kean does not recover from such a blow and, on a stormy night, dies in Elena's arms.
Starring: Ivan Mosjoukine, Nathalie Lissenko, Pauline Po, Otto Detlefsen
Directed by: Alexandre Volkoff
Release date: 1924-02-14

En piga bland pigor

Alice is engaged with Sven. She is interested in having fun and dancing, preferably with Faustino della Novarro. Sven gets upset by her behavior. They break the engagement. Alice finds work as a maid on a farm.
Starring: Magda Holm, Georg Blomstedt, Nils Lundell, Ella Lennartsson, Ester halling
Directed by: John W. Brunius
Release date: 1924-03-31

A Boy of Flanders

An orphan boy wins a prize for his drawing.
Starring: Jackie Coogan, Nigel De Brulier, Lionel Belmore, Nell Craig, Jeanne Carpenter
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1924-04-06

The White Sin

Wealthy playboy Grant Van Gore means to have his way with his beautiful maid, the innocent Hattie Lou. He swears his love to the naive girl, and in an act so heinous as to defy belief, has the captain of his yacht perform a fake marriage ceremony. He ruins poor Hattie Lou, and then abandons her ashore the very next morning. A year later, the destitute girl and her starving baby are wandering the streets. When she sees a newspaper headline announcing that Grant has drowned at sea, Hattie Lou hatches a desperate plan for survival. She will present herself to the wealthy Van Gore's, who cannot fail to provide for their late son's widow and child!
Starring: Madge Bellamy, John Bowers, Francelia Billington, Hallam Cooley, James Corrigan
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1924-02-24

Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

In the year 1550, Sir George Vernon agrees to have his young daughter Dorothy betrothed to John Manners, the son of the Earl of Rutland. Sir George signs a contract, promising that the marriage will take place on Dorothy's 18th birthday, or else he will have to pay a large penalty to Rutland. But when the two children have grown older, rumors of John's wild behavior in France provoke Sir George to call off the engagement, and to pledge his daughter instead to her cousin Malcolm. Rutland now claims the forfeit from Sir George, and meanwhile, John has befriended Mary Stuart, the sworn enemy of Elizabeth, who is now Queen of England.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Anders Randolf, Marc McDermott, Carrie Daumery, Allan Forrest
Directed by: Marshall Neilan, Mary Pickford
Release date: 1924-05-24

Not For Sale

An Earl's disowned son becomes a chauffeur, loves a landlady, and is jailed for theft.
Starring: Mary Odette, Ian Hunter, Gladys Hamer, Mary Brough, Lionelle Howard
Directed by: W.P. Kellino
Release date: 1924-09-30

Thy Name Is Woman

A Spanish soldier seduces and falls in love with the young wife of a smuggler.
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Barbara La Marr, William V. Mong, Wallace MacDonald, Robert Edeson
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Release date: 1924-02-04

Chester Forgets Himself

Romantic and slapstick mishaps on a golf course.
Starring: Harry Beasley, Jameson Thomas, Ena Evans, Nelson Ramsey, Nell Emerald
Release date: 1924-09-30

Rodney Fails to Qualify

Romantic and slapstick mishaps on a golf course.
Starring: Harry Beasley, Victor Robson, Lionelle Howard, Phyllis Lytton, Dallas Cairns
Directed by: Andrew P. Wilson
Release date: 1924-09-30

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