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, Ruth King
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 fiancÃ©e 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
Moon of Israel
A Jewish slave girl falls in love with the Pharaoh's son during the Exodus.
Starring: María Corda, Adelqui Migliar, Arlette Marchal, Ferdinand Onno, Oscar Beregi Sr.
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1924-10-25
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
Wine of Youth
Based on a play be Rachel Crothers, WINE OF YOUTH is a solid drama about "the modern young generation" and how they think they know it all. It's also a play about love and marriage.
Starring: Eleanor Boardman, William Haines, Gertrude Claire, Jean Arthur, Zasu Pitts
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1924-09-15
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
George Bryan Brummel, a British military officer, loves Lady Margery, the betrothed of Lord Alvanley. Despite her own desperate love for Brummel, she submits to family pressure and marries Lord Alvanley. Brummel, broken-hearted, embarks upon a life of revelry.
Starring: John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Willard Louis, Carmel Myers, Irene Rich
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1924-03-30
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
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 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
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
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
RenÃ©e (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
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 Duke of Chartres is in love with Princess Henriette, but she seemingly wants nothing to do with him. Eventually he grows tired of her insults and flees to England when Louis XV insists that the two marry. He goes undercover as Monsieur Beaucaire, the barber of the French Ambassador, and finds that he enjoys the freedom of a commoner’s life. After catching the Duke of Winterset cheating at cards, he forces him to introduce him as a nobleman to Lady Mary, with whom he has become infatuated. When Lady Mary is led to believe that the Duke of Chartres is merely a barber she loses interest in him. She eventually learns that he is a nobleman after all and tries to win him back, but the Duke of Chartres opts to return to France and Princess Henriette who now returns his affection.
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Bebe Daniels, Lois Wilson, Doris Kenyon, Lowell Sherman
Directed by: Sidney Olcott
Release date: 1924-08-11
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
The Lover of Camille
The Lover of Camille was a 1924 American silent romantic drama film directed by Harry Beaumont, and starring Monte Blue. The film was based on the French novel Deburau by Sacha Guitry, which was also adapted into a Broadway play by Harley Granville-Barker.
Starring: Monte Blue, Marie Prevost, Willard Louis, Pat Moore, Pierre Gendron
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1924-11-10