Lost Movies From 1929

by Crabhain | created - 13 Jan 2014 | updated - 18 Aug 2014 | Public

US movies from 1929 (first year of the "pre-code" era) which are listed as lost on IMDB. Many of these films have user ratings and reviews. The mere existence of reviews didn't cause a film to be excluded from this list. Some reviews could be from people who saw the film before it was lost. On the other hand, some reviews seem based not on actually having seen the movie, but on something the reviewer has read elsewhere, or that the reviewer does/doesn't like an actor/the director, doesn't like old movies, or whatever, and wants to chime in based on that. And frankly, some reviews I have read come across as fabrications ("I had an exclusive showing of this otherwise lost film in the home of a private collector").

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2. The Case of Lena Smith (1929)

80 min | Drama

In late 19th century Vienna, Lena Smith, a naive peasant girl from Hungary, has a child by a corrupt young cavalry officer, and goes to work his house as a servant, hiding the truth from ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Esther Ralston, James Hall, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Emily Fitzroy

Votes: 22

4. Fancy Baggage (1929)

80 min | Drama

In order to get back some very important papers from her father's business rival, a young woman pretends to be the rival's new secretary. Complications ensue.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Audrey Ferris, Myrna Loy, George Fawcett, Hallam Cooley

5. Stark Mad (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An expedition sets out through the jungle to find a missing explorer, but stumbles upon an ancient Mayan temple that houses a giant ape.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: H.B. Warner, Louise Fazenda, Jacqueline Logan, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 12

6. The Wolf of Wall Street (1929)

90 min | Drama

A ruthless stockbroker sells short in the copper business and ruins the life of his friends by ruining their finances.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: George Bancroft, Olga Baclanova, Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas

Votes: 29

8. The Redeeming Sin (1929)

75 min | Romance

The Redeeming Sin (1929) is a crime drama part-talking silent film with Vitaphone music and sound effects. It was produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and stars Dolores Costello. This film is currently a lost film.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Dolores Costello, Conrad Nagel, George E. Stone, Philippe De Lacy

10. Stolen Kisses (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Romance

A crotchety old coot wants his son and daughter-in-law to have kids so he can have grandchildren, but so far they haven't done so. In a somewhat ham-handed attempt to bring them closer ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: May McAvoy, Claude Gillingwater, Hallam Cooley, Edna Murphy

11. The Ghost Talks (1929)

61 min | Comedy, Crime

Miriam Holt hopes to solve the disappearance of a million dollars in bonds allegedly stolen by her late uncle. A team of crooks is following her, though, in hopes she'll uncover the missing... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Charles Eaton, Carmel Myers, Stepin Fetchit

Votes: 9

13. Why Be Good? (1929)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John St. Polis

Votes: 284

14. Speakeasy (1929)

62 min | Drama, Sport

Newspaper staffer Alice Woods persuades the editor to allow her to chase a story, that of prizefight contender Martin, who is about to fight for the championship. However, he does not know ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Paul Page, Lola Lane, Henry B. Walthall, Helen Ware

Votes: 35

16. One Stolen Night (1929)

58 min

When his ne'er-do-well brother embezzles the commissary funds of their cavalry unit stationed in the Suden, a British soldier takes the blame for him. He winds up deserting his post and ... See full summary »

Director: Scott R. Dunlap | Stars: Betty Bronson, William Collier Jr., Mitchell Lewis, Harry Todd

17. Kid Gloves (1929)


When a taxi carrying socialite Ruth Darrow drives into the middle of a gun battle between hijacker Kid Gloves and a trio of bootleggers, Ruth is injured. She is taken to a nearby apartment,... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Lois Wilson, Edward Earle, Edna Murphy

Votes: 6

19. Queen of the Night Clubs (1929)

60 min | Drama, Musical

Irked by the success of a brassy nightclub owner. her rivals set out to drive her out of business, and frame her for a murder in the bargain.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Texas Guinan, John Davidson, Lila Lee, Arthur Housman

22. Black Waters (1929)

Passed | 84 min | Crime, Mystery

A mad captain poses as a cleric to murder people aboard a fogbound ship.

Director: Marshall Neilan | Stars: James Kirkwood, Mary Brian, John Loder, Robert Ames

23. No Defense (1929)

Passed | 62 min | Action, Drama, Romance

The foreman of a river bridge construction gang,Monte Collins (Monte Blue), takes the blame when the bridge collapses. But it wasn't his fault at all, as the real culprit was the brother, ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Monte Blue, May McAvoy, Lee Moran, Kathryn Carver

26. Frozen River (1929)

Passed | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Rinty (Rin-Tin-Tin) rescues a young boy, Billy (Davey Lee) , lost in the woods and prevents a gang of crooks from stealing a cache of gold from Hazy (Josef Swickarf) a kindly old man.

Director: F. Harmon Weight | Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Davey Lee, Raymond McKee, Nina Quartero

Votes: 7

27. From Headquarters (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

United States Marine Corps Captain "Happy" Smith (Monte Blue) and Gunnery Sergeant Wilmer (Guinn "Big Boy' Willaims) lead a squadron of Marines in a search of a party of American tourists lost in a Central America banana republic jungle.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Monte Blue, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Gladys Brockwell, Lionel Belmore

28. Glad Rag Doll (1929)

70 min | Comedy, Romance

Glad Rag Doll is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello. This is one of many lost films of the 1920s, no prints or Vitaphone discs ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Dolores Costello, Ralph Graves, Audrey Ferris, Albert Gran

Votes: 14

29. The Bondman (1929)


In Sicily, a blinded revolutionary escapes execution when his Manx half-brother takes his place.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Norman Kerry, Frances Cuyler, Donald Macardle, Henry Vibart

Votes: 9

30. Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 (1929)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Lila Beaumont is an understudy in a Broadway musical. Her boyfriend, George Shelby, arrives in New York hoping to take Lila back home with him to marry. George buys a majority interest in ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: John Breeden, Lola Lane, DeWitt Jennings, Sharon Lynn

Votes: 7

31. The House of Secrets (1929)

71 min | Mystery

A young American man arrives in London to claim an estate he has inherited. One of the conditions is that he signs a paper stating he will never sell the estate. When he arrives at the ... See full summary »

Director: Edmund Lawrence | Stars: Joseph Striker, Marcia Manning, Elmer Grandin, Herbert Warren

33. Honky Tonk (1929)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Nightclub hostess Sophie Leonard educates her daughter Beth abroad and keeps her life secret for her. But suddenly the daughter shows up.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Sophie Tucker, Lila Lee, Audrey Ferris, Tom Keene

Votes: 7

37. College Love (1929)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A college football player protects his friend by pretending that it was he, not the friend, who drank himself unconscious the night before the big game.

Director: Nat Ross | Stars: George J. Lewis, Eddie Phillips, Dorothy Gulliver, Churchill Ross

38. Thunder (1929)

86 min | Drama

"Grumpy" Anderson is an old railroad engineer that is obsessed with keeping his train on schedule, no matter the cost. His two sons are also rail men, but don't share his single mindedness,... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Lon Chaney, Phyllis Haver, James Murray, Tom Keene

Votes: 12

39. The Time, the Place and the Girl (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A musical comedy that follows the progress of a college All America football player, Jim Crane(Grant Withers), whose swollen head is deflated when, after graduating , he takes a job as a ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Grant Withers, Betty Compson, Gertrude Olmstead, James Kirkwood

40. Twin Beds (1929)

70 min | Comedy

A young husband just wants to spend a quiet evening at home with his wife, but her collection of zany friends make hash of his hopes.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Jack Mulhall, Patsy Ruth Miller, Edythe Chapman, Knute Erickson

41. Drag (1929)

85 min | Drama

A writer is torn between his wife, and a more sophisticated woman that he lusts after.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Lucien Littlefield, Kathrin Clare Ward, Alice Day

Votes: 28

42. Melody Lane (1929)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Musical

A songwriter leaves his chorus girl sweetheart to join the US Army in WWI. In France he falls in love with French singer Madelon. He is crippled in action. Back in the States, his girl ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Eddie Leonard, Josephine Dunn, Huntley Gordon, George E. Stone

43. Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A pretty young violinist travels from Ireland to America to seek fame and fortune on Broadway. She finds a bit more than she bargained for.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Colleen Moore, James Hall, Robert Homans, Claude Gillingwater

Votes: 16

44. Midstream (1929)

70 min | Sci-Fi

Following a successful experimental operation to reverse age, a wealthy businessman stages his own death and assumes the identity of his nephew. His spurious pursuit of a very young woman eventually catches up with him, as does his age.

Director: James Flood | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Claire Windsor, Montagu Love, Larry Kent

Votes: 6

45. Paris Bound (1929)

73 min | Drama, Romance

Pre-Code early-talkie film version of Philip Barry's Broadway hit chronicles the first five years of marriage between James and Mary Hutton, and the two paramours they deserted who wait patiently - and manipulatively - in the wings.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Ann Harding, Fredric March, Carmelita Geraghty, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 84

46. Hard to Get (1929)

80 min | Comedy

A dress-shop model falls in love with a millionaire, but when she has the chance to marry him, she's not sure if she should because she believes he will never accept her for who she really is.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Charles Delaney, James Finlayson, Louise Fazenda