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Movies History Timeline 1921 - 1930
|1921||Silent comic star/director Charlie Chaplin's first feature-length film (a six-reeler) and first film as producer, The Kid, was released, with a star-making role for young Jackie Coogan.||D.W. Griffith's film Dream Street, with experimental sound (in its introductory prologue) using inventor Orland E. Kellum's Photokinema, has been regarded as the first feature film to use sound.||Way Down East released.|
|1922||The Toll of the Sea debuted as the first general release (widely-distributed) Hollywood feature film to use the improved two-tone Technicolor process.||Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov experimented with montage, a new editing technique pioneered by Russian filmmakers.||Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov experimented with montage, a new editing technique pioneered by Russian filmmakers.|
|1923||The Hollywood (originally HOLLYWOODLAND) sign was built for $21,000.||One of the highest-grossing films of the year was Paramount's and James Cruze's feature-length western The Covered Wagon.||Cecil B. DeMille's first version of The Ten Commandments was the most expensive film ever made and featured the largest set ever constructed in movie history to that time||German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin becomes film's first canine star.|
|1924||Walt Disney creates his first cartoon, "Alice's Wonderland."||The Fleischer Brothers made the first cartoon with a soundtrack - Song Car-Tune (1924-7) with sing-along cartoons.|
|1925||The first in-flight movie, a black & white silent film titled The Lost World, was shown in a WWI converted Handley-Page bomber during a 30-minute flight near London. It featured pioneering stop motion special effects by Willis O'Brien.||One of silent film genius Charlie Chaplin's classic masterpieces featuring the Tramp character, The Gold Rush, was released. It became the highest grossing silent comedy film of all time.||Western Electric and Warner Bros. agreed to develop a system to make movies with sound||The epic Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ was released - it cost a record-setting $3.95 million to produce, but the blockbuster for MGM grossed $9 million on its first release.||Birth of Margaret Thatcher (October 13).|
|1926||In New York, Warner Brothers debuted Don Juan, the first Vitaphone film||The oldest surviving feature-length animated film (with silhouette animation techniques and color tinting), The Adventures of Prince Achmed (aka Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed), was released in Germany.||What Price Glory? released.||The early death of 31 year-old silent screen star Rudolph Valentino, noted for 14 films (including The Sheik (1921) and the sequel The Son of the Sheik (1926)) in a short seven-year career, caused a frenzy among his fans during his New York funeral|
|1927||Popular vaudevillian Al Jolson astounds audiences with
his nightclub act in The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length talkie.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was founded
Motion picture film became standardized at 24 fps.
|A newer and better sound-on-film system called Movietone was developed by Theodore W. Case and E.I. Sponable for William Fox of the Fox Film Corporation. In this system, the sound track was placed onto the actual film next to the picture frames, rather than on a separate synchronized disc as in the Vitaphone system.
Director Abel Gance's celebrated epic Napoleon experimented with wide-screen and multi-screen effects, used rapid-fire editing (influenced by Eisenstein), free-wheeling camera movement (influenced by Murnau), and a unique multi-projector system.
|Wings released.||All-American half-back football star Johnny Mack Brown, a future star of B-westerns for over two decades, signed a contract with MGM, thereby becoming the first sports star to sustain a career in motion pictures.|
|1928||Walt Disney introduces Galloping Gaucho and Steamboat Willie, the first cartoons with sound.||The Academy Awards are handed out for the first time. Wings
wins Best Picture.
|The Singing Fool released.|
|1929||The first full-length sound motion picture produced entirely in color (two-strip Technicolor), On With the Show, was exhibited in New York City.||In Old Arizona was released the first full-length talkie film to be shot outdoors and not in a studio.|
|1930||Hell's Angels released.||Birth of Joanne Woodward (February 27).|
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