American actor, radio, and stage artist John Barrymore belonged to the Drew and Barrymore family. His attempt to carve a career as an artist failed leading him to perform with his family on stage in productions like ‘Justice’ (1916), ‘Richard III’ (1920), and ‘Hamlet’ (1922). He was called the greatest living American tragedian for his portrayal of Hamlet.
He later left the stage and concentrated on films. His highest rated films are ‘Don Juan’ (1926), ‘Dinner at Eight’ (1933), and ‘Counsellor at Law’ (1933). He appeared in a number of other hit films, including ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (1920), ‘Twentieth Century’ (1933), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1936), and ‘Midnight’ (1939).
Barrymore struggled with alcohol abuse since the age of 14, which got the better of him later in life. He also appeared in self portrayal roles like an alcoholic lawyer in ‘State’s Attorney’ (1932) and an escaped lunatic in ‘A Bill of Divorcement’ (1932).
This film revolves around the stories of a few individuals who are completely different from each other. The only thing common about them is that they are staying at the same hotel in Berlin.
Devastated by learning about his wife’s extramarital affair, George, a successful barrister, is about to leap from the window of his office in the Empire State Building. However, Regina, his secretary, who is in love with him, comes to rescue him.
The elite society of Paris is intimidated by a bold thief known by the name of Arsene Lupin, who continues to rob them of their precious possessions. The scandal creates a fear in the city. But Detective Guerchard of French Police is certain of the mysterious thief’s identity, and is also confident of how he is going to apprehend the thief.
Jim Kimmerlee and Tyler Dawson, two fishermen, are lifelong friends living in Alaska. However, they eventually come across pirates who steal fish from nets. Conflict arises between the two when Tyler joins up with a Russian fishing pirate.
Desperate to cure her hemophilic son Prince Alexei, Czarina Alexandra, resorts to the healer and mystic Rasputin to save him. Although it seems that Rasputin is initially curing the Prince, he conspires to bring about the downfall of the Russian Empire under Czar Nicholas II. Only Prince Paul Chegodieff stands in his way.
Evans Garrick is an actor who is fired from a movie due to his persistent drinking behavior. His wife, frustrated with him, as well as his agent Boris, decides to abandon him. Soon, a novice writer Mary Maxwell asks him to star in her play, which her boyfriend is going to produce. Evans agrees, hoping that the play will lure back his wife and his agent.
Frustrated that he will never become a dancer, a crippled puppeteer adopts a boy and trains him to become the greatest dancer. Over the time, the young man grows up and falls in love. Concerned about his disciple’s career, the master tries his best to keep the lovers apart, not realizing that true love will surmount every hurdle.
During the 1930s, a French air-mail company from South America is owned by Riviere who insists on continuing the night fights, though the heavy rains, fog and darkness over treacherous Andes peaks make it risky for the pilots. But when a young boy in Rio-de-Janeiro needs an urgent medical delivery of polio serum, the perilous night flight is the only available lifesaver.
The film gave a chance to the 1929 audiences to see and hear the famous stars of silent movies for the first time. Frank Fay is the Emcee of this music-comedy revue, where the well-known names of the silent era, actors from first ‘talkie’ movies, and the Broadway stars perform in a series of musical, dramatic and comedy acts.
Based on a play of the same name, based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters, this film tells the story of investigator Sherlock Holmes, trying to bring down the criminal mastermind Moriarty as he also solves a crime involving a blackmailed prince.