Category Archives: movies 1920s

‘Wings’ premieres in San Antonio, Texas 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 19 1927)


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(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)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences founded 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 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)

‘Metropolis’ premieres in Berlin 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 10 1927)


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(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)

‘The General’ opens in Tokyo 90 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 31 1926)


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(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)

Legendary movie star Rudolph Valentino, 31, dies in New York City 90 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 23 1926)


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(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)

Joseph Kennedy purchases Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) 90 years ago today (Feb 7 1926)


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(Sunday, February 7, 1926) — Boston banker Joseph P. Kennedy entered the motion picture production business today by buying, with some associates, control of the Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) film studio from Lloyds Bank and other British financial interests.

‘Battleship Potemkin’ opens in the Soviet Union 90 years ago today (Dec 24 1925)


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(Thursday, December 24, 1925, Christmas Eve)Battleship Potemkin, a Soviet silent film about the 1905 mutiny by the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin against their officers of the Tsarist regime, opened today in the Soviet Union.

Directed by S.M. Eisenstein, the film starred Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov.