Part 1 – The 1920’s
This is the first of a four-part film history timeline highlighting some selective moments from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.
The 1920’s film decade presented us with many wonderful contributions to the history of film. The most notable being the addition of sound to motion pictures.
In addition to the development of sound technology, the following moments and events are worth remembering and/or appreciating again.
1920 – United Artists Corporation – Although incorporated as a joint venture in 1919 the American film studio United Artists Corporation did not really get under way until 1920.
Four of Hollywood’s leading stars, Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks, joined together to form their own company in an effort to take control of their careers from the “studio system.”
1921 – The “Fatty” Arbuckle Scandal – The arrest of popular silent screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle on charges of rape and murder threatened to rock Hollywood to its foundation.
Although later acquitted, after a series of trials, the comedians career and finances lay in ruin.
Valentino is “The Sheik” -Known as the “Latin Lover,” Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor. Tired of always playing “heavies,” and looking for a great deal more respect then he was getting at Metro Pictures, Valentino left the studio and signed with Famous Players – Lasky.
Jesse Lasky, looking to take advantage of Valentino’s reputation as the “Latin Lover,” cast the actor in his new production of “The Sheik.” This move would ultimately define the actors image, career, and legacy.