Entertainment in the 1920s

Olivia Pieper

Entertainment of the 1920s


  • Mostly silent movies, but by the end of the decade turned into "talkies".
  • 1923: A commercially distributed film that contained a synchronized soundtrack was released.
  • 20 Hollywood movie studios
  • Averaged about 800 films per year

Famous Movie Studios, Movies & Stars

  1. Warner Bros. Pictures
  2. Paramount pictures
  3. RKO (Radio-Keith-Opheum) Pictures
  4. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  5. 20th Century Fox
Some of the famous movies were "Metropolis", "Nosferatu", "The Kid", and "Wings". The most Famous stars were Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Tom Mix, Norma Talmadge, Rudolf Valentino, and "Little Mary" Pickford.


  • The 1920s were known as the "Jazz Age".
  • Dance Bands, Jazz, Blues, Broadway and Ragtime were popular.
  • Teens and young adults mostly listened to Jazz while the older adults listened to blues.
  • Older people viewed Jazz as disruptive.
  • The acoustic recording process was changed to an electrical recording process.
  • The number of record labels increased.

Famous Performers, Bands, & Songs

  • Jazz: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, and Count Basie
  • Blues: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Lonnie Johnson
  • Dance Bands: Paul Whiteman, Nat Shilkret, Ben Bernie , and Fletcher Henderson
  • Broadway: Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, and Helen Morgan
Popular Songs included "April Showers" by Al Jolson, "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith, "Tip Toe Through the Tulips" by Nick Lucas,


  • Surrealism and Art Deco were two important art movements
  • Surrealism developed techniques such as automatic drawings and paintings.
  • Art Deco affected architecture because it was a technique that used aluminum, stainless steel, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin, and zebra skin
Famous Artists

  • Maxfield Parrish: painter and illustrator
  • C. Cole Phillips: Illustrator for Life Magazine


  • Reading was an important part of most people's lives.
  • Magazines, books, and newspapers were used for entertainment and to gain knowledge.
  • Authors wrote about the changes in society
  • Books like "The Waste Land" by T.S. Elliot, and "The New Negro" by Alain Locke defined the 1920s.

Works cited

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"The Roaring Twenties." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.