Best Movies of 1924


Sherlock, Jr.


A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocketwatch.

Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Erwin Connelly, Ward Crane
Directed by: Buster Keaton
Release date: 1924-04-21

The Thief of Bagdad


A recalcitrant thief vies with a duplicitous Mongol ruler for the hand of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Julanne Johnston, Sôjin
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1924-03-18

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

The Navigator

The wealthy and impulsive Rollo Treadway decides to propose to his beautiful socialite neighbor, Betsy O'Brien. Alhough Betsy turns Rollo down, he still opts go on the cruise that he intended as their honeymoon. When circumstances find both Rollo and Betsy on the wrong ship, they end up having adventures on the high seas.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Frederick Vroom, Clarence Burton, H.N. Clugston
Directed by: Donald Crisp, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1924-10-13


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 Great White Silence


Herbert Ponting travelled to Antarctica as part of Captain Scott's ill-fated South pole expedition and shot the footage that makes up this extraordinary documentary.

Directed by: Herbert Ponting
Release date: 1924-05-10

The Epic of Everest


The official record of Mallory and Irvine's 1924 expedition. When George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted to reach the summit of Everest in 1924 they came closer than any previous attempt. Inspired by the work of Herbert Ponting (The Great White Silence) Captain Noel filmed in the harshest of conditions, with specially adapted equipment, to capture the drama of the fateful expedition.

Starring: Andrew Irvine, George Mallory
Directed by: J.B.L. Noel
Release date: 1924-01-01

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

The Fraidy Cat

Jimmy Jump is a coward. Everyone and everything makes him afraid. He cowers from the neighborhood children, even though he's old enough to be their father. He is terrified of Lem Tucker, who is his rival for the heart of Dorothy. Only when he mistakenly believes he is about to die does Jimmy find courage. But will it last?
Starring: Charley Chase, Beth Darlington, Earl Mohan, Joe Cobb, Mickey Daniels
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1924-03-29

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

Trip to Mars

Dave Fleischer sends Koko to Mars.
Starring: Max Fleischer
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1924-04-01


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

Forbidden Paradise

Film based on the Lajos Biró play, directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Starring: Pola Negri, Rod La Rocque, Adolphe Menjou, Pauline Starke, Fred Malatesta
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1924-01-02

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