Greta Garbo's Silent Filmography

Greta Garbo's first film appearance was in a 23-minute advertising film released in 1920 in Sweden. She and her sister appeared as extras in a Swedish feature film entitled "A Fortune Hunter" or "The Gay Cavalier" that was released in 1921. She also appeared in a 1921 promotion film that was shown as a part of the Swedish exhibit at the Tokyo World's Fair.

Feature Films

An Erik A. Petschler Production; directed and written by Erik A. Petschler; photographed by Oscar Norberg; assistant director Verner Nordlund
Cast: Erik A. Petschler, Greta Gustafsson, Helmer Larsson, Fredrik Olsson, Tyra Ryman, Gucken Cederborg
Synopsis: Peter (Erik A. Petschler), who has joined the army to get away from a bad love affair, meets the mayor's daughter (Greta Gustafsson) in the town where he is stationed. After a love affair with the daughter, he ends up marrying a rich widow.

Svensk Filmindustri; directed by Mauritz Stiller; adaptation by Mauritz Stiller and Ragnar Hyulten-Cavallius from the novel by Selma Lagerlof; photography by Julius Jaenzon; art direction by Ragnar Bratten, Erik Jerken and Vilhelm Byde.
Cast: Lars Hanson, Greta Garbo, Ellen Cederstrom, Mona Martenson, Jenny Hasselquist, Karin Swanstrom, Gerda Lundequist, Torsten Kammeren, Svend Tornbeck, Otto Elg Lundberg, Sixten Malmerfelt
Synopsis: Alcohol, high society and women cause minister Gosta Berling to lose his postion. He meets Countess Dahna (Greta Garbo) with whom he falls in love. Through her love, he is redeemed.

A Sofar-Film; directed by G.W. Pabst, adaptation by Willy Haas from the novel by Hugo Bettauer, photography by GUido Seeber, Curt Oertel and Robert Lach.
Cast: Werner Krauss, Asta Nielsen, Jaro Furth, Greta Garbo, Agnes Esterhazy, Gregor Chmara, Valeska Gert, Einar Hanson, Loni Nest, Marlene Dietrich
Synopsis: Franz Rumfort (Jaro Furth) unsuccessfully tries to support his poor family in postwar Vienna with the help of his oldest daughter, Greta (Greta Garbo). Their poverty nearly drives her to become a woman of ill-repute, but she is saved by her father and a Red Cross lieutenant (Einar Hanson).

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Monta Bell; adaptation by Dorothy Farnum from the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez; titles by Katherine Hiliker and H.H. Caldwell; photography by William Daniels; edited by Frank Sullivan.
Cast: Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo, Gertrude Olmsted, Edward Connelly, Lucien Littlefield, Martha Mattox, Lucy Beaumont, Tully Marshall, Mack Swain, Arthur Edmund Carew, Lillian Leighton, Mario Carillo
Synopsis: Lenora (Greta Garbo) and Rafael (Ricardo Cortez) grew up in the same Spanish village. Because he is from an aristocratic family and Lenora is not, his mother decides to break up the lovers. Leonora becomes a famous prima donna and returns to the village. She and Rafael begin their love affair again, but, once again, his mother interferes, and he ends up marrying Remedios. Many years later they meet again, but he has aged far beyond Leonora. He returns to his family and she to her career.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Fred Niblo, adaptation by Dorothy Farnum from the novel by Vicente Blasco Ibanez; titles by Marian Ainslee; photography by Tony Gaudio; edited by Lloyd Nosler
Cast: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Marc MacDermott, Lionel Barrymore, Armand Kaliz, Roy Darcy, Alys Murrell, Steve Clemento, Roy Coulson, Robert Anderson, Francis McDonald, Hector A. Sarno, Virginia Brown Faire, Inez Gomez
Synopsis: Elena and Robledo meet at a party in Paris, but he later finds that she is married to his good friend Torre Blanco. Refusing her pleas to take her away, he returns to his work as an engineer on a dam construction project in Argentina. To his dismay, Blanco and Elena come to Argentina where the men neglect their work because of Elena. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of Robledo's nemesis, the unscrupulous Manos Duros who, along with his men, has frustrated Robledo's work at every opportunity. The men fight each other over the Temptress, Duros kills Blanco by accident when he tries to shoot Robledo, and he and his men dynamite the dam. Robledo, defeated, offers himself to Elena saying he will go anywhere she wishes. In spite of her love for him, she refuses saying he must finish the work he has started. Years later, Robledo, having successfully completed the dam and become engaged to an Argentine beauty, meets Elena in Paris who has become an alcoholic derelict.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Clarence Brown, adaptation by Benjamin F. Glazer from the novel "The Undying Past" byHermann Sudermann; titles by Marian Ainslee; photography by Wiliam Daniels; edited by Lloyd Nosler
Cast: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent, William Orlamund, George Fawcett, Eugenie Besserer, Marc MacDermott, Marcelle Corday
Synopsis: Leo von Sellenthin (John Gilbert) is having an affair with Felicitas (Greta Garbo), wife of Count von Rhaden (Marc MacDermott). When the affair is discovered, the two have a duel, and Leo kills the Count. He is forced to leave for America. His best friend, Ulrich von Kletzingk (Lars Hanson) marries Felicitas unaware of the previous affair. Several years later, Leo is safe to return and is again enticed into an affair with Felicitas. When Ulrich learns of this, Felicitas tells Ulrich that Leo tempted her, so the two men agree to a duel. Feeling remorse at what she has done, she races across the ice covered lake at to stop the duel at the last minute, but falls in the lake and drowns. Ulrich is only wounded in the duel, and the two men remain friends.

LOVE (1927)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Edmund Goulding, adaptation by France Marion from the novel "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy; titles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings; photography by William Daniels; edited by Hugh Wynn
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, George Fawcett, Emily Fitzroy, Brandon Hurst and Philippe de Lacy
Synopsis: Anna Karenina (Greta Garbo) is having an affair with military man Vronksy (John Gilbert). Her husband, Karenin (Brandon Hurst), refuses to give her a divorce, so she leaves him and her young son, Seresha (Phillippe de Lacy). However, Vronksy must leave the military to do this. Years later, Vronksy decides he want to return to the military, but Anna has nothing to go back to. Realizing she has lost everything, she throws herself in front of a train (an alternate ending available on video versions today shows Vronksy and Anna reunited in the end).

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Victor Seastrom, adaptation by Dorothy Farnum from the play "Starlight" by Gladys Unger; titles by John Colton; photography by Oliver Marsh; edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Cast: Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, Lowell Sherman, Polly Moran, Dorothy Cumming, John Mack Brown, Cesare Gravina, Paulette Duval, and Jean de Briac
Synopsis: Marianne (Greta Garbo) is left on a farm so her mother can live in Paris. Years later, her mother sends one of her lovers, Legrande (Lowell Sherman) to bring Marianne to Paris, but when he makes a pass at her, she hits him and runs away thinking she has killed him. She meets Lucien (Lars Hanson) who is in the military, and he leaves her with his friend, Mme. Pigonier (Polly Moran). While Lucien is gone, Marianne happens to meet Legrande again, and when he entices her with the prospects of becoming a stage star, she becomes his mistress. When Lucien returns as a deserter, he is arrested and put in prison. Later, on parole, he finds Marianne, but denounces her for her lifestyle. She is still in love with him and vows to give up her career for him. They go away to small farm in South America to live their lives together.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Fred Niblo, adaptation by Bess Meredyth from the novel "War in the Dark" by Ludwig Wolff; titles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings; photography by William Daniels; edited by Margaret Booth
Cast: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Edward Connelly, Albert Pollet, Richard Alexander
Synopsis: Tania (Greta Garbo) is a Russian spy who makes love to Austrian Captain Karl von Heinersdorff (Conrad Nagel) in order to steal secret plans he has. Although she has fallen in love with him, she goes through with her duty. When it is discovered what has happened, von Heinersdorff is sent to jail. He escapes with the help of his uncle (Albert Pollet) and goes to Russia to find Tania. He finds her and learns that she really does love him. She proves this by stealing papers from her superior, General Alexandroff (Gustav von Seyffertitz), but is forced to shoot him when she is discovered. She and von Heinersdorff flee to Austria to begin a new life.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Clarence Brown; adaptation by Bess Meredyth from the novel "The Green Hat" by Michael Arlen; titles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings; photography by William Daniels; edited by Hugh Wynn
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, John Mack Brown, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Hobart Bosworth, Dorothy Sebastian
Synopsis: Diana Merrick (Greta Garbo) falls in love with aristocratic Neville Holderness, but Neville's father disapproves of the Merrick family's way of life and forbids him to marry her. Giving in to his father's influence, Neville marries Constance (Dorothy Sebastian), and Diana marries David (John Mack Brown). While in France on their honeymoon, Diana learns that David is a thief, and when it is apparent the police are after him, he commits suicide. She spends many years secretly paying back all of David's debts. When she returns to England, Neville wants to leave Constance and marry her, but she turns him away. She then leaves and kills herself by crashing her car into the tree where they first declared their love.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Sidney Franklin; adaptation by Willis Goldbeck from the story "Heat" by John Colton; continuity by Hans Kraly and Richard Schayer; titles by Marian Ainslee and Ruth Cummings; photography by William Daniels; art director Cedric Gibbons; edited by Conrad Nervig; gowns by Adrian
Cast: Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Nils Asther
Synopsis: John Sterling (Lewis Stone) and his much younger wife, Lili (Greta Garbo), travel by ship to the Orient to inspect plantations there and meet the Javanese Prince De Gace (Nils Asther) who is attracted to Lillie. He offer them the hospitality of his home in the jungle setting which they accept. At every opportunity, the Prince makes advances on Lili, and, although somewhat tempted because of her husband's inattention, she refuses his attentions. Sterling later sees the shadow of the two behind a shade, and it appears they are embracing. The two men go on a tiger hunt, and when a tiger is almost upon him, the Prince realizes his gun is not loaded. Sterling kills the tiger but not before the Prince is badly hurt. Lili, suspecting something bad may happen, runs to where the two men are. When Lili offers comfort to the Prince, it appears Sterling's suspicions are justified, but the couple later reunite and go home together.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by John S. Robertson; adaptation by Josephine Lovett from the novel by Adela Rogers St. John; titles by Marian Ainslee; photography by Oliver Marsh; edited by Blanche Sewell
Cast: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, John Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian, Lane Chandler, Robert Castle, Mahlon Hamilton, Kathlyn Williams, Zeffie Tilbury
Synopsis: San Francisco debutante Arden Stuart (Greta Garbo) in Tommy Hewlett (John Mack Brown) of her own social set and, instead, goes away with artist Packy Cannon (Nils Asther) on a South Seas cruise. He eventually leaves her, and she returns to San Francisco an outcast. Tommy still wants to marry her, though, and they do and have a child. Later, Packy returns wanting to renew the affair - and Arden is tempted - but the love of her child keeps her from leaving her husband and home.

THE KISS (1929)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; directed by Jacque Feyder; adaptation by Hans Kraly from a story by Geroge M. Saville; titles by Marian Ainslee; photography by William Daniels; edited by Ben Lewis; art direction by Cedric Gibbons; Gowns by Adrian
Cast: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Anders Randolf, Holmes Herbert, Lew Ayres, George Davis
Synopsis: Irene Guarry (Greta Garbo) and her husband (Anders Randolf) live in Lyon. Her husband's business partner (Holmes Herbert) has a young son, Pierre (Lew Ayres) who is in love with Irene. She enjoys the attention, but keeps his advances at arm's length. When she agrees to an innocent goodbye kiss, they are caught by her husband. In a jealous rage, he tries to kill Pierre, but Irene kills her husband with his own gun. André, a former lover, defends her at her trial, and she is acquitted, but, because she has been protecting Pierre, André doesn't know the true circumstances surrounding her husband's death.

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