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Looking Back

July 1920

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in July 1920. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


Suds was the second movie starring Mary Pickford following the formation of the United Artists Corporation in 1919 by Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin. Also, it was her first film after she and Fairbanks were married on March 28, 1920.

Ann Arbor audiences were treated to the opening of Suds at the Arcade on Sunday, July 4, 1920. Suds later opened in Detroit on September 6, 1920 (Looking Back, 9/20). Suds had earlier premiered in New York City on June 27, 1920. Click here to see a PDF of newspaper images relating to the opening of Suds.

Suds played at the Arcade in Ann Arbor for three days, along with the short comedy Eat-A-Bite-A-Pie. It followed a run of The Fortune Teller (Marjorie Rambeau) and was succeeded by Whispers (Elaine Hammerstein).

"For her exceptional work in United Artists productions Mary Pickford has been presented with the first seal of honor by the Motion Picture Theatrical Association of the World, her latest picture, 'Suds,' which will be shown at the Arcade for three days commencing tomorrow, being considered the acme of wholesome, artistic and sincere entertainment,' " read an article in the July 3, 1920 edition of The Ann Arbor Times News.

Also playing in Ann Arbor on July 4, 1920 were The Dancin' Fool (Wallace Reid) at the Majestic; The Garter Girl (Corinne Griffith) at the Wuerth; Erich Von Stroheim's Blind Husbands at the Orpheum; and Twenty-Three and A-Half Hours' Leave (Douglas MacLean, Doris May) at the Rae Theatre.

Detroit movies on July 4 and 5, 1920 included The Joyous Troublemaker (William Farnum) at the Washington; The Sins of St. Anthony (Bryant Washburn) at the Broadway Strand; Sick Abed (Wallace Reid, Bebe Daniels) at the Adams; Scratch My Back (T. Roy Barnes, Helene Chadwick) at the Madison; Simple Souls (Blanche Sweet) at the Colonial; The Cheater (May Allison) at the Regent; The Heart of Twenty (Zasu Pitts) at the Majestic; The Orphan (William "Fighting Bill" Farnum) at the Miles; Ashes of Love (James K. Hackett) at the Orpheum; and The Silver Horde (Myrtle Stedman) at the Liberty.


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