The following is an overview of 1927 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths. Top-grossing films (U.S.) The top ...
1927 Academy Award nominees. The 1st Academy Awards were presented in Los Angeles on May 16, 1929 at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.The ceremonies were hosted by Douglas Fairbanks. 1927 films released between July 1 and December 31 were eligible for the initial awards.TitleDirectorFeatured CastGenreBabe Ruth, Anna Q. Nilsson, Louise ...SportsHelene Chadwick, Harry MyersComedyRenée Adorée, Robert FrazerAdventureGeorge Walsh, Edmund BreeseCrime
- The concept of "It"
"It" Theatrical release poster Directed byClarence G. Badger Josef von Sternberg Produced byAdolph Zukor Jesse L. Lasky B. P. Schulberg Written byElinor Glyn George Marion Jr. Screenplay byHope Loring Louis D. Lighton Based on"It" by Elinor Glyn StarringClara Bow Antonio Moreno William Austin CinematographyH. Kinley Martin Edited byE. Lloyd Sheldon Distributed byParamount Pictures Release date February 19, 1927 Running time 72 min. CountryUnited States LanguagesSilent English intertitles "It" is
Spunky shopgirl Betty Lou Spence has a crush on her handsome employer, Cyrus Waltham Jr., the new manager of and heir to the "world's largest store". However, they belong to different social classes and he is already romantically linked to blonde socialite Adela Van Norman. But Cyrus's silly friend Monty notices Betty, and she uses him to get closer to Cyrus.
The invention of the concept It is generally attributed to Elinor Glyn, but already in 1904, Rudyard Kipling, in the short story "Mrs. Bathurst" introduced It.
Paramount Pictures paid Glyn $50,000 for the concept, gave her a small part in the film as herself, and gave her a "story and adaptation" credit. Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton and George Marion Jr. wrote the screenplay and Carl Sandburg noted that Glyn's magazine story was "not at all like the film, not like it in any respect." In the original version of the story, the character with the magnetic personality was a male. Paramount producers suggested the character be female. Also the original fem
"It" was a hit with audiences all over the United States, breaking box office records. Critics praised the film, especially its star, as "a joy to behold". "It" turned Clara Bow from an up-and-coming movie actress into the biggest movie star of the 1920s who in the process became a film legend as a result of "It". The term "The It girl" has since entered the cultural lexicon.
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Hugenberg's cut of the film was released in German cinemas in August 1927. Later, after demands for more cuts by Nazi censors , UFA distributed a still shorter version of the film (2,530 metres, 91 minutes) in 1936, and an English version of this cut was archived in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film library in the 1930s.
1927 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1927th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 927th year of the 2nd millennium, the 27th year of the 20th century, and the 8th year of the 1920s decade.
- Release and reception
The film, a romantic action-war picture, was rewritten by scriptwriters Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton from a story by John Monk Saunders to accommodate Bow, Paramount's biggest star at the time. Wellman was hired as he was the only director in Hollywood at the time who had World War I combat pilot experience, although Richard Arlen and John Monk Saunders had also served in the war as military aviators. The film was shot on location on a budget of $2 million at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texa
Jack Powell and David Armstrong are rivals in the same small American town, both vying for the attentions of pretty Sylvia Lewis. Jack fails to realize that "the girl next door", Mary Preston, is desperately in love with him. The two young men both enlist to become combat pilots in the Army Air Service. When they leave for training camp, Jack mistakenly believes Sylvia prefers him. She actually prefers David and lets him know about her feelings, but is too kindhearted to turn down Jack's affecti
The film was written by John Monk Saunders, Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton, produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman, with an original orchestral score by J.S. Zamecnik, which was also uncredited. It was rewritten to accommodate Clara Bow, as she was Paramount
Wings was shot and completed on a budget of $2 million at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas between September 7, 1926 and April 7, 1927. Primary scout aircraft flown in the film were Thomas-Morse MB-3s standing in for American-flown SPADs and Curtiss P-1 Hawks painted in German liv
Wellman dedicated the film "to those young warriors of the sky whose wings are folded about them forever". A sneak preview was shown May 19, 1927, at the Texas Theater on Houston Street in San Antonio. The premiere was held at the Criterion Theater, in New York City, on August 12, 1927, and was screened for 63 weeks before being moved to second-run theaters. The film eventually opened in Los Angeles on January 15, 1928. The original Paramount release of Wings was color tinted and had some sequen
As the original negatives are lost, the closest to an original copy is a spare negative rediscovered in Paramount's vaults subsequent to the Cinémathèque Française print. Suffering from decay and defects, the negative was fully restored with modern technology. For the restored version of Wings, the original music score was re-orchestrated. The sound effects were recreated at Skywalker Sound using archived audio tracks. The scenes using the Handschiegl color process were also recreated ...
- Critical Appraisal
The Unknown is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney as carnival knife thrower "Alonzo the Armless" and Joan Crawford as his beloved carnival girl Nanon. The Unknown Directed byTod Browning Produced byIrving G. Thalberg Written byTod Browning Waldemar Young StarringLon Chaney Norman Kerry Joan Crawford Nick De Ruiz CinematographyMerritt B. Gerstad Edited byHarry Reynolds Errol Taggart Irving Thalberg Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date Jun
Alonzo the Armless is a circus freak who uses his feet to toss knives and fire a rifle at his partner, Nanon. However, he is an impostor and fugitive. He has arms, but keeps them tightly bound to his torso, a secret known only to his friend Cojo, a little person. Alonzo's left hand has a double thumb, which would identify him as the perpetrator of various crimes.
Browning’s genesis for the story emerged from his reflection upon an individual who suffers a multiple amputation of limbs and its dramatic personal repercussions. Browning describes this process beginning with the spectacle of traumatic disfigurement, rather than plot
The Unknown is widely regarded as the most outstanding of the Browning-Chaney collaborations and a masterpiece of the late silent film era. Film critic Scott Brogan regards The Unknown worthy of “cult status.”
Based on a story by director Tod Browning and a scenario by Waldemar Young, this tale of sexual obsession involving physical and emotional disfigurement unfolds in a circus setting—a setting that comports with Browning’s penchant for “the lower forms of spectacle and theatrical performance.”
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