Video: 'The Circus' trailer
(Saturday, January 7, 1928, midnight EST) — The Circus, a silent comedy film about the ringmaster of an impoverished circus who hires Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally, not on purpose, premiered this morning at Mark Strand Theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Circus’ premieres in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 7 1928)
Video: 'The Jazz Singer (1927) - Trailer' (Oct. 6, 1927, at 1:43)
(Thursday, October 6, 1927, 8:45 p.m. EST) — The era of talking pictures arrived tonight at Warner Theatre in Times Square in New York City with the opening of The Jazz Singer, an American musical film about a cantor’s son who breaks with family tradition to go into show business. Continue reading ‘The Jazz Singer’ ushers in era of talking pictures 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1927)
Video: 'Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans' trailer
(Friday, September 23, 1927, 8:30 p.m. EDT) — Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, an American silent romantic drama film about a farmer’s affair with a city woman and how it almost destroys his life, premiered tonight at Times Square Theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans’ premieres in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 23 1927)
Video: 'Wings' trailer
(Thursday, May 19, 1927) — Wings, a silent war film about romantic rivals who fly against the enemy in World War I, had its world premiere today at the Texas Theater on Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas, the city where it had been filmed. Continue reading ‘Wings’ premieres in San Antonio, Texas 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 19 1927)
(Wednesday, May 11, 1927) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary organization with the stated goal of advancing the arts and sciences of motion pictures, known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as “The Oscars,” was founded today during a luncheon banquet in the Crystal Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Continue reading Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences founded 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1927)
Video: 'It (1927)'
(Friday, January 14, 1927) — It, a silent romantic comedy film about a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome and wealthy boss of the department store where she works, premiered today at Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre in Los Angeles. Continue reading ‘It’ premieres in Los Angeles 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 14 1927)
(Tuesday, January 11, 1927) — The creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, better known today as the “Oscars,” was proposed tonight during a dinner of 36 Hollywood luminaries at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Video: 'The Complete Metropolis - Official Trailer [HD]'
(Monday, January 10, 1927) — Metropolis, a German expressionist epic science-fiction drama film from the silent era about a city of the future that is threatened with destruction when a wealthy corporate leader enlists a mad scientist to put down labor reformers, premiered today at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo in Berlin. Continue reading ‘Metropolis’ premieres in Berlin 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 10 1927)
Video: 'The General' (trailer)
(Friday, December 31, 1926, New Year’s Eve) — The General, an American silent comedy film about a Confederate engineer who fights to save his train and his girlfriend from the Union army, premiered today in two small theaters in Tokyo, Japan. Continue reading ‘The General’ opens in Tokyo 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1926)
Video: 'Rudolph Valentino - Dead at 31'
(Monday, August 23, 1926, 12:10 p.m. EDT) — Legendary silent film star Rudolph Valentino, 31, died today at the New York Polyclinic Hospital where he had undergone a double operation for acute appendicitis and gastric ulcers on Aug. 15, 1926. He was 31. Continue reading Legendary movie star Rudolph Valentino, 31, dies in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1926)