Warner Bros: 1926-1956

by dusky-1 | created - 06 Aug 2013 | updated - 18 Feb 2014 | Public

A list of Warner Bros. pictures from 1926 (debut of Don Juan, their first semi-sound film) to 1956 (the year Jack L. Warner infamously betrayed his brother out of the business). Not included are shorts, pre-1929 First National pictures or pictures which were distributed but not produced by the Warners.

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1. Don Juan (1926)

Passed | 110 min | Adventure, Romance

In 16th Century Italy, devil-may-care playboy Don Juan runs afoul of the despotic Borgias.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Jane Winton, John Roche, Warner Oland, Estelle Taylor

Votes: 657 | Gross: $1.92M

First film to use synchronized sound. Remade as 1948's the Adventures of Don Juan.

2. Broken Hearts of Hollywood (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Virginia Perry, a former movie star, leaves her family and returns to Hollywood to make a comeback, but age has taken its toll and she is cast in small character roles. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Patsy Ruth Miller, Louise Dresser, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jerry Miley

Votes: 5

3. Millionaires (1926)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy

Meyer Rubens and his wife, Esther, own a pressing-shop in New York's lower East Side. Esther wants to move on up to the upper West Side. She has a rich sister, Reba, who persuades Meyer to ... See full summary »

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: George Sidney, Louise Fazenda, Vera Gordon, Nat Carr

A lost film.

4. Across the Pacific (1926)

Passed | 78 min | Adventure, Romance, War

Following the Spanish-American War, a soldier is given the assignment of finding the leader of a band of rebels in the Phillipines. In order to do this he must romance Roma, a cabaret spy, ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Monte Blue, Jane Winton, Myrna Loy, Charles Stevens

Votes: 6

A lost film.

5. The Better 'Ole (1926)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, War, Drama

The adventures of Old Bill and his friends Bert and Alf in the trenches of the first World War.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Syd Chaplin, Harold Goodwin, Jack Ackroyd, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 188 | Gross: $1.25M

6. My Official Wife (1926)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, Romance, War

A glittering drama of Imperial Russia in the days before the Revolution and the reckless life of the aristocracy in the days of the Czar, featuring gorgeous gowns, beautiful women and spectacular settings.

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Irene Rich, Conway Tearle, Jane Winton, Gustav von Seyffertitz

7. Private Izzy Murphy (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Isadore "Izzy" Goldberg changes his name to I. Patrick Murphy because his store is in an Irish-neighborhood in New York City. He meets Eileen Cohannigan, the daughter of a meat-packer, and ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: George Jessel, Patsy Ruth Miller, Vera Gordon, Nat Carr

A lost film.

8. While London Sleeps (1926)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Rinty is a police-dog (and faithful companion) assigned to a young Scotland Yard police-officer who covers the Limehouse district of London. The East India dock in Limehouse is the home of ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Helene Costello, Walter Merrill, John Patrick

9. The Third Degree (1926)

80 min | Romance

Alicia, a circus artist, deserts her husband and child to elope with Underwood, her handsome lover. Fifteen years later, Annie Martin, Alicia's deserted daughter, is a trapeze performer in ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dolores Costello, Louise Dresser, Rockliffe Fellowes, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 22

Remake of 1919 version.

10. Finger Prints (1927)

70 min | Comedy, Crime

A gang of inept crooks and even more inept lawmen search for a cache of hidden money.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Louise Fazenda, John T. Murray, Helene Costello, Myrna Loy

Votes: 9

A lost film.

11. Wolf's Clothing (1927)

80 min | Comedy

Barry Baline, a guard at a subway station, has worked at his job for six years without a day off. One New Year's Eve he's told that he won't be needed until the next morning, so he decides ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, John Miljan, Douglas Gerrard

Remake of 1925's Kiss Me Again. A lost film.

14. When a Man Loves (1927)

Passed | 111 min | History, Romance

A nobleman studying for the priesthood abandons his vocation in 18th Century France when he falls in love with a beautiful, but reluctant, courtesan.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: John Barrymore, Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Sam De Grasse

Votes: 235 | Gross: $0.89M

16. The Gay Old Bird (1927)

70 min | Comedy

A maid is forced to take the place of the lady of the house when she is temporarily incapacitated.

Director: Herman C. Raymaker | Stars: Louise Fazenda, John T. Murray, Jane Winton, William Demarest

A lost film.

18. What Every Girl Should Know (1927)

70 min | Romance, Drama

A young girl and her two brothers are sent to a childrens home after their older brother, who is the only one supporting them, winds up in jail.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Patsy Ruth Miller, Ian Keith, Carroll Nye, Mickey McBan

19. Matinee Ladies (1927)

70 min | Comedy

Law student Bob Ward, short on money, takes a job as a "dancing companion" at a roadhouse, where most of his clients are women looking for a little excitement outside their marriage. He ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: May McAvoy, Malcolm McGregor, Hedda Hopper, Margaret Seddon

21. Bitter Apples (1927)

John Wyncote's father dies, leaving him a bankrupt business. He instructs the family attorney, Thorden, to sell the business and all of his father's other interests. One of the now bankrupt... See full summary »

Director: Harry O. Hoyt | Stars: Monte Blue, Myrna Loy, Paul Ellis, Charles Hill Mailes

Votes: 11

A lost film.

Remake of 1919's the Climbers. A lost film.

23. Tracked by the Police (1927)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Laguna Dam is to be built in Arizona,to supply water to desert-land unfit for cultivation or stock-raising. Rival companies bid for the building contract, which leads to violence and danger for Bob Owen and his dog Satan.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Jason Robards Sr., Virginia Brown Faire, Tom Santschi

Votes: 17

Debut of Ray Enright.

24. Irish Hearts (1927)

60 min | Comedy

Sheila, a feisty Irish girl, loves Emmett, a somewhat shady Irish boy. When Emmett goes to America, Sheila and her father follow and join him. However, when he loses his job, Sheila is ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: May McAvoy, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Kathleen Key

Votes: 11

Holds the distinction of lowest IMDB rating on this list. A lost film.

26. A Million Bid (1927)

70 min | Drama, Romance

An experimental brain surgeon must decide if he will restore the memory of his wife's abusive first husband.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dolores Costello, Warner Oland, Malcolm McGregor, Betty Blythe

Votes: 21

Remake of 1914 version.

29. Dearie (1927)

60 min | Drama

Finding herself in dire circumstances, the widowed Sylvia Darling determines that her son, Stephen, will complete his college education and develop his supposed literary talents; thus, she ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Irene Rich, William Collier Jr., Edna Murphy, Anders Randolf

A lost film.

30. Old San Francisco (1927)

Passed | 88 min | Drama, History, Romance

In San Francisco, a villainous land owner with underworld connections seeks to steal the property of an old Spanish family.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Dolores Costello, Josef Swickard, Anders Randolf, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 275

32. The First Auto (1927)

Passed | 75 min | Comedy

Hank owns horses, stables horses and races horses. He favorite horse always wins and he is prosperous and will known. His son (Bob), however dreams only of the future of the horseless ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Russell Simpson, Frank Campeau, Gibson Gowland, Anders Randolf

Votes: 181

33. The Heart of Maryland (1927)

60 min | Drama, Romance

The Heart of Maryland (1927) is a silent film costume Vitaphone drama produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Lloyd Bacon. The film stars Dolores Costello in the title character and features Jason Robards, Sr..

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dolores Costello, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Helene Costello

Votes: 6

Remake of 1921 version.

34. The Bush Leaguer (1927)

Comedy

"Specs" White owns a garage in town and is the local baseball team's #1 pitcher--but he's more interested in working on his latest invention, a new and improved gas pump, than pitching on ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Monte Blue, Clyde Cook, Leila Hyams, William Demarest

A lost film.

Remade as 1930's the Flirting Widow.

40. The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | 88 min | Drama, Music, Musical

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer

Votes: 7,900 | Gross: $7.63M

First partial-talkie film. Warner Bros. won a special Academy Award for producing "the pioneer outstanding talking picture, which has revolutionized the industry." Remade in 1952.

42. The College Widow (1927)

67 min | Comedy, Romance

The College Widow (1927) is an American silent comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Archie Mayo. The film is based on the 1904 Broadway play by George Ade ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Dolores Costello, William Collier Jr., Douglas Gerrard, Anders Randolf

Remade in 1930 as Maybe it's Love and 1936 as Freshman Love. A lost film.

44. A Dog of the Regiment (1927)

During World War I, Rin-Tin-Tin finds that he must rescue his master, a fighter pilot, from his wrecked aircraft. He also has to help him escape his rival, who has ordered him shot so he ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Dorothy Gulliver, Rin Tin Tin, Tom Gallery, John S. Peters

A lost film.