Best Family Movies of 1922
The Toll of the Sea
An American sailor marries then deserts the Chinese beauty who had saved his life.
The gang forms a fire department; they end up thwarting a bootlegger, but not before their pet animals get drunk on his moonshine.
Little Red Riding Hood
Mother is making donuts: She throws up a circle of dough, and a cat shoots a hole in it. Later, he fishes them out of the oil with a fishing line; he eats one, and loses all 9 lives. Mother puts together a basket for Red to take to granny. Red uses her cart, which is pushed by her little dog; the cart gets a flat tire, and she inflates a donut to replace it. A wolf (a human lothario) drives by in a flivver, and dashes off to grandma's house, where he finds a note saying she's gone to the movies. He shrinks his car and stashes it in his pocket, then waits for Red, who stopped to watch a dancing flower. Red arrives, and they go into the house, where he attempts to have his way with her. The dog rushes off and gets help from an airplane pilot, who uses a skyhook to remove the house and, ultimately, lift the wolf in his car and drop him in the lake. Written by Jon Reeves
A Visit from St. Nicholas
This 1922 film adaptation marks the 100th anniversary of the author’s composition. It was first presented on December 16th 1922 by the Film Mutual Benefit Corporation, an organization for producing motion pictures for the benefit of charity. One-halg of the proceeds was turned over to the America Committee for Devastated France, Inc., and one-half to the Maternity Centre Association of New York. Authentic details of the costumes in the picture are said to have been furnished be the descendants of Dr, Moore living in New York. With the aid of old portraits John Woodford and Marie Olivette were able to appear as veracious reincarnations of Dr. and Mrs. Moore. This 94 year old obscurity, rescued from near oblivion, is supported by an inviting score of such musical miniatures as Pan & The Wood Goblins, Dance of the Icicles, and Entr’acte Gavotte from Minon. The new title cards are complimented by the illustration of the first publication of Moore’s timeless treasure.