1924 Timelines: 1920 to 1929

Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, and Joe Brandt found Columbia Pictures.


Marcus Loew, the head of “Loew’s Inc.” and “Metro Pictures”, and Louis B. Mayer, the head of “Goldwyn Pictures Corporation”, merge their companies to form Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer (MGM). While Marcus Loew continues as president of the parent company in New York, Louis B. Mayer is put in charge of the filmmaking operation in Los Angeles that will use the former Goldwyn studios. Irving Thalberg is made the production chief.


Significant Films:

Walt Disney releases, Alice’s Day at the Sea”. It is part of a series of films that combine animation and live action scenes.

“The Thief of Bagdad “, starring Douglas Fairbanks, is released by United Artists and becomes one of the most commercially successful films of the year.

Fox releases the epic Western, “The Iron Horse”. It is directed by John (formerly, Jack) Ford.

Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer releases the first film entirely prepared and produced by them. It is called, “He Who Gets Slapped”, and stars Lon Chaney.


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