Thursday, January 20, 2022

Public Domain Day - 2022

Once again, annually, we have a look at this year’s batch of copyrighted films that as of January 1, 2022, will enter U.S. public domain.  This year includes movies made in 1926.  I would note that, additionally, this year some 400,000 sound recordings made before 1923 will enter public domain.

Some of the movies from 1926 that are now in public domain include:

Battling Butler with Buster Keaton

The Son of the Sheik with Rudolph Valentino

Don Juan with John Barrymore, Mary Astor, and Warner Oland

3 Bad Men – which we covered here in this previous post.  

Beau Geste with Ronald Colman

La Bohème by King Vidor with Lillian Gish

Flesh and the Devil – John Gilbert and Greta Garbo

The General with Buster Keaton – which we covered here in this previous post.  

Here are previous posts on Public Domain Day 2020 and 2021.


Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star. and Memories in Our Time - Hollywood Mirrors and Mimics the Twentieth Century. Her newspaper column on classic films, Silver Screen, Golden Memories is syndicated nationally.  Her new book, a collection of posts from this blog - Hollywood Fights Fascism - is available here on Amazon.


Silver Screenings said...

This is a surprising list – The General??! Also surprised to see Don Juan on the list.

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

For so long we were in the era of silents coming into public domain for which there were no existing prints anyway, so we had never seen them. Now we come into an interesting situation where the movies coming into public domain are more familiar to us. Will they end up as muddy copies, neglected because of a copyright lapse, or will they still be regarded as treasures to preserve?

Wake me when "Casablanca" goes into public domain.

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