Birth of a Nation was released in 1915 — starting with the Civil War and ending with the Ku Klux Klan riding in to save the South from black rule during the Reconstruction era. Immediately after the film's release, the Ku Klux Klan experienced a surge in membership, and it continued to use the film as a recruiting tool for decades after that.
Directed by Erich von Stroheim, Richard Boleslawski. With Gloria Swanson, Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Sylvia Ashton. A convent girl is abducted and seduced by a prince before being sent off to a brothel in East Africa.
Directed by William A. With James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell. A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war.