What This Page Contains
On this page you will find a list of all 55 American silent feature films of 1924 that can be viewed online, mostly on YouTube. For each film on the list, you will find a link to the best online version of the film.
Highlights of Our List of 1924 Online Films
The first thing one will notice as one scans the films on our list for 1924 is the large number of westerns, amongst which is John Ford’s silent classic, The Iron Horse. Famed stuntman Yakima Canutt also appeared in first tarring role in 1924, in Branded a Bandit.
Madge Bellamy had a particularly good year in 1924, as three of her starring features of this year survive and can be seen on YouTube. Comedies continued appear on the silver screen in 1924, and are well represented on our list b multiple appearances of Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, the latter whom directed and starred in one of the great classics of the silent era, Sherlock Jr. Richard Barthelmess returns to our list in one of his great roles, a bitter and crippled veteran of The Great War, in The Enchanted Cottage.
Animal actors appeared more frequently in 1924, and our represented on our list by Rin Tin Tin (in The Lighthouse By the Sea) and Rex the Wonder Horse (in The King of the Wild Horses).
Brilliant Swedish director Victor Sjöström resettled in Hollywood in 1924, and amongst his first productions in America was the classic He Who Gets Slapped, starring Lon Chaney. Meanwhile, directing stalwarts Frank Lloyd, D.W. Griffith, William A. Seiter, Sidney Franklin, Sidney Olcott and Fred Niblo continued to pump out quality movies in this year, and all can be found on our list.
Finally, no year in the mid-1920’s was complete without a Douglas Fairbanks blockbuster; 1924 saw the release of one of his most popular films from the decade, The Thief of Bagdad.
Want to See Films From Other Years?
Go to American Feature Films of: 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931
1924 Statistics (per the Library of Congress silent movie database):
Number of Features Released: 668
Number Extant (complete and incomplete): 274
Number Completely Lost: 394
1924 American Feature Films Available for Viewing Online
|Title||# Reels||Director||Stars||Genre||Youtube |
|$50,000 Reward||5||Clifford S. Elfelt||Ken Maynard,|
|America||15||D.W. Griffith||Neil Hamilton,|
|Historical drama||Link||Picture quality not great.|
|Arizona Express, The||7||Tom Buckingham||Pauline Starke||Crime, Drama||Link||No music.|
|Average Woman, The||6||Christy Cabanne||Pauline Garon,|
|Barbara Frietchie||8||Lambert Hillyer||Florence Vidor,|
|Drama, War||Link||No music.|
|Battling Orioles, The||6||Fred Guiol,|
|Comedy||Link||Link is to archive.org.|
|Beau Brummel||10||Harry Beaumont||John Barrymore,|
|Black Oxen||8||Frank Lloyd||Corinne Griffith,|
|Science fiction, Drama||Link|
|Branded a Bandit||c.5||Paul Hurst||Yakima Canutt||Western||Link|
|California in '49||6||Jacques Jaccord,|
Ben F. Wilson
|Captain January||6||Edward F. Cline||Hobart Bosworth,|
|Chechahcos, The||8||Lewis H. Moomaw||William Dills||Western||Link I|
|Link I: no music, sharper picture.
Link II: with piano accompaniment, slightly lesser picture quality.
|Conductor 1492||7||Frank Griffin,|
|Dante's Inferno||6||Henry Otto||Ralph Lewis,|
|Drama, Horror||Link||Uploader Jonathan Simpson deserves many thanks for improving quality of film. Film may be missing one or two reels.|
|Desperate Adventure, A||5||J.P. McGowan||Franklyn Farnum,|
|Link I: with fine small ensemble soundtrack, but lesser picture quality.
Link II: no music, superior picture quality; intertitles in Dutch.
|Enchanted Cottage, The||7||John S. Robertson||Richard Barthelmess,|
|Link I: with organ accompaniment, but uploaded in four parts.
Link II: no music, but uploaded as a single video!
|Family Secret, The||6||William A. Seiter||Gladys Hulette,|
|Fighting American, The||6||Tom Forman||Pat O'Malley,|
|Fighting Coward, The||7||James Cruze||Cullen Landis,|
|Comedy||Link||No music; film needs restoring.|
|Forbidden Paradise||8||Ernst Lubitsch||Pola Negri,|
Rod La Rocque
|Comedy||Link||No music; intertitles in Czech.|
|Girl Shy||8||Fred C. Newmeyer,|
|Link I: with Robert Israel orchestra score.
Link II: with original Wurlitzer organ accompaniment; inset of organ player blocks part of picture though.
Link III: original piano score recorded live, but picture is of marginally lesser quality.
|Good Bad Boy||5||Edward F. Cline||Joe Butterworth,|
Mary Jane Irving
|He Who Gets Slapped||7||Victor Sjöström||Lon Chaney,|
|Helen's Babies||6||William A. Seiter||Baby Peggy,|
|Link I: with organ accompaniment, but lesser quality video.
Link II: no music, but higher quality picture; video also includes website watermark prominently stamped over the picture.
|Her Night of Romance||8||Sidney Franklin||Constance Talmadge,|
|Hot Water||5||Fred C. Newmeyer,|
|Comedy||Link||With live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. The film begins at 4:00. A Retroformat production.|
|Iron Horse, The||12||John Ford||George O'Brien,|
|Historical drama, Western||Link I|
|Link I: piano score.
Link II: orchestral score.
Link III: live original piano accompaniment, from Retroformat.
Link IV: alternate orchestral score.
|Isn't Life Wonderful||9||D.W. Griffith||Carol Dempster,|
|Link I: piano score. Mediocre picture quality.
Link II: organ score; a bit better picture quality. May be slightly abbreviated version.
|Janice Meredith||11||E. Mason Hopper||Marion Davies,|
|Historical drama||Link I|
|Film needs restoring.
Link I: electronic keyboard (sounding like an organ) accompaniment.
Link II: traditional organ score.
|King of Wild Horses, The||5||Fred Jackman||Charley Chase,|
|Lash of the Whip||5||Francis Ford||Francis Ford,|
|Laughing at Danger||6||James W. Horne||Richard Talmadge,|
|Lighthouse by the Sea, The||7||Malcolm St. Clair||Rin Tin Tin,|
William Collier, Jr.,
|Drama||Link||Link is to archive.org.|
|Mademoiselle Midnight||7||Robert Z. Leonard||Mae Murray,|
John St. Polis
|Manhandled||7||Allan Dwan||Gloria Swanson,|
|Marriage Circle, The||10||Ernst Lubitsch||Florence Vidor,|
|Monsieur Beaucaire||10||Sidney Olcott||Rudolph Valentino,|
|Drama||Link||Picture quality not great.|
|Navigator, The||6||Donald Crisp,|
|Link I: small ensemble score.
Link II: live organ accompaniment, from Circle Cinema. Organ player is shown performing in large inset.
Link III: live piano accompaniment. Picture is of slightly lesser quality (Links I and II are fully restored versions).
|Open All Night||6||Paul Bern||Viola Dana,|
|Comedy||Link||Picture quality poor.|
|Peter Pan||10||Herbert Brenon||Betty Bronson,|
|Link I: with orchestra score. With 1-minute by introduction by Captain Barnacle!Link II: with live organ accompaniment, by Peter Krasinski of the Friends of the Stone Church.
Link III: with small ensemble score.
|Red Lily, The||7||Fred Niblo||Ramon Novarro,|
|Drama||Link I||No music.|
|Roaring Rails||6||Tom Forman||Harry Carey,|
|Sea Hawk, The||12||Frank Lloyd||Milton Sills,|
|Drama, Adventure||Link||No music.|
|Secrets||8||Frank Borzage||Norma Talmadge,|
|Drama||Link||No music; link is to archive.org.|
|Sherlock, Jr.||5||Buster Keaton||Buster Keaton,|
|Link I: classic small ensemble score.
Link II: live piano score.
Link III: vintage-sounding orchestra score, by Orkiestra Ludwika Sarskiego.
|Signal Tower, The||7||Clarence Brown||Virginia Valli,|
|Speed Spook, The||7||Charles Hines||Johnny Hines,|
|Comedy||Link||Picture quality not great.|
|Thief of Bagdad, The||14||Raoul Walsh||Douglas Fairbanks,|
|Link I: with Carl Davis orchestral score.
Link II: with small ensemble score.
Link III: with classical soundtrack.
|Tomboy, The||6||David Kirkland||Herbert Rowlinson,|
|Comedy||Link||Film needs restoration.|
|Valley of Hate, The||7||Russell Allen||Raymond McKee,|
|Venus of the South Seas||5||James R. Sullivan||Annette Kellerman||Drama||Link||Film needs restoration.|
|Virtue's Revolt||6||James Chapin||Edith Thornton,|
|Drama||Link||Film needs resotration.|
|White Sin, The||6||William A. Seiter||Madge Bellamy,|
|Drama||Link||No music, poor picture. This 31-minute segment is likely all that survives of this 6-reel film.|
|Wild Oranges||7||King Vidor||Frank Mayo,|
|Drama||Link||No music; link is to archive.org.|
|Wine of Youth||7||King Vidor||Eleanor Boardman,|
American Feature Films of 1924 Commercially Available,
But Not Yet Uploaded Online
The goal is to get the films listed below uploaded to YouTube. All of these films are in the public domain. However, any musical accompaniment is likely not in the public domain, and may be flagged by YouTube; consequently, you may wish to upload them without any soundtrack (or add your own). And of course, IF YOU ADD A NEW FILM TO YOUTUBE, LET US KNOW, and we will link to your video.
|Ace of Cactus Range||Victor Adamson,|
|Arab, The||Rex Ingram||Ramon Novarro,|
|Battling Fool, the||W.S. Van Dyke||William Fairbanks,|
|Behind Two Guns||Robert N. Bradbury||J.B. Warner||Grapevine||Listed by the LOC as lost.|
|Black Gold||Forrest Sheldon||Pete Morrison,|
|Listed by the LOC as lost.|
|Code of the Sea||Victor Fleming||Rod La Rocque,|
|Cowboy and the Flapper, The||Alan James||William Fairbanks,|
|Grapevine||Listed by the LOC as lost.|
|Custer's Last Fight||Francis Ford||Francis Ford,|
|Grapevine||Listed by the LOC as lost. This is a 54-minute expanded re-issue of the otherwise same short 1912 film.|
|Daddies||William A. Seiter||Mae March,|
|Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall||Marshall Neilan,|
|Eagle's Claw, The||Charles R. Seeling||Guinn "Big Boy" Williams||Oldies.com|
|Hoosier Schoolmaster, The||Oliver L. Sellers||Henry Hull||Grapevine|
|Martin Luther: His Life and Time||Karl Wüstenhagen||Karl Wüstenhagen||Oldies.com|
|Meddling Women||Ivan Abramson||Lionel Barrymore,|
|Oldies.com||Part of collection of films entitled "Matrimonial Maniacs".|
|New School Teacher, The||Gregory La Cava||Charles 'Chic" Sale,|
|Pal O' Mine||Edward LeSaint||Irene Rich,|
|Pioneer's Gold||Victor Adamson||Kathryn McGuire,|
|Reckless Age, The||Harry A. Pollard||Reginald Denny||Oldies.com||Part of The Reginald Denny Collection.|
|Rejected Woman, The||Albert Parker||Alma Rubens,|
|Romance of the Wasteland||Victor Adamson||Art Mix||Grapevine||Listed by the LOC as lost.|
|Spirit of the USA, The||Emory Johnson||Johnnie Walker,|
|Oldies.com||Listed by the LOC as lost.|
|Thundering Hoofs||Albert S. Rogell||Fred Thomson||Grapevine|
|Which Shall It Be?||Renaud Hoffman||Willis Marks,|
|White Moth, The||Maurice Tourneur||Barbara La Marr||SHOF||SHOF #199|
|White Sheep, The||Hal Roach||Glen Tryon,|