WakeThunder.com Films Flicks Movies in the Public Domain (USA). Captured from Wikipedia.

Film title Release year Director Studio / Distributor Entered PD in (year) Reason for entering PD Note(s)
Abraham Lincoln 1930 D.W. Griffith United Artists 1958[11] Failure to renew copyright.[11]
Action at Anguar 1945 N/A United States Army Pictorial Services 1945 Work of the United States Government[G]
Africa Screams 1949 Charles Barton United Artists 1970s [Data unknown/missing.][12]
The Amazing Mr. X 1948 Bernard Vorhaus Eagle-Lion [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][13] Also known as The Spiritualist.
Angel and the Badman 1947 James Edward Grant Republic Pictures 1975 Failure to renew copyright.[14]
The Animal Kingdom 1932 Edward H. Griffith RKO Radio Pictures 1960 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Algiers 1938 John Cromwell United Artists 1966 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Attack of the Giant Leeches 1959 Bernard L. Kowalski American International Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][16]
Beau Brummel 1924 Harry Beaumont Warner Brothers 1952 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Beau Ideal 1931
(copyright notice: 1930)
Herbert Brenon RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Behind Office Doors 1931 Melville W. Brown RKO Radio Pictures 1959 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Bird of Paradise 1932 King Vidor RKO Radio Pictures 1960 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Birth of the B-29 1942–1944 N/A United States Army Pictorial Services 1945 Work of the United States Government[G]
Blood on the Sun 1945 Frank Lloyd United Artists 1973 Failure to renew copyright.[14]
Blue Steel 1934 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Bowery at Midnight 1942 Wallace Fox Monogram Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][19]
The Brain that Wouldn't Die 1962
(completed: 1959)
Joseph Green American International Pictures 1962 Missing copyright notice[20] Originally completed in 1959 under the title The Black Door or The Head that Wouldn't Die, it was not released until May 3, 1962 where failure to add the copyright notice resulted in the film entering the public domain.[20]
Brideless Groom 1947 Edward Bernds Columbia Pictures 1960s[21] Failure to renew copyright.[21]
A Bucket of Blood 1959 Roger Corman American International Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][22]
Carnival of Souls 1962 Herk Harvey Herts-Lion International Corp. 1962 Missing copyright notice[23]
Charade 1963 Stanley Donen Universal Pictures 1963 Missing full copyright notice.[24] Original music still in copyright.[25] Original story by Peter Stone still in copyright.[24][26] Film remade in 2002 as The Truth About Charlie.
Check and Double Check 1930 Melville W. Brown RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[27]
Combat America 1943 Clark Gable Office of War Information 1943 Work of the United States Government[G]
Conspiracy 1930 Christy Cabanne RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Cyrano de Bergerac 1950 Michael Gordon United Artists 1980s [Data unknown/missing.][28]
The Dance of Life 1929 John Cromwell Paramount Pictures 1957 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Danger Lights 1930 George B. Seitz RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Deadly Companions 1961 Sam Peckinpah Pathé-America 1961 Missing copyright notice[29]
Debbie Does Dallas 1978 Jim Clark VCX 1981 Missing copyright notice[30] Dallas Cowboys hold veto power on commercial publication due to unauthorized use of their cheerleaders' trademarks.[31]
Dementia 13 1963 Francis Ford Coppola American International Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][16] Also known as The Haunted and the Hunted.
Detour 1945 Edgar G. Ulmer Producers Releasing Corporation [Data unknown/missing.] Failure to renew copyright.[32]
The Devil Bat 1940 Jean Yarbrough Producers Releasing Corporation [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][19]
Disorder in the Court 1936 Preston Black Columbia Pictures 1960s[21] Failure to renew copyright.[21]
Dixiana 1930 Luther Reed RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[27]
D.O.A. 1950
(copyright notice: 1949)
Rudolph Maté United Artists 1977 Failure to renew copyright.[33] Remade in 1969 and 1988
Father's Little Dividend 1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Vincente Minnelli MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
Farewell to Arms, AA Farewell to Arms 1932 Frank Borzage Paramount Pictures 1960 Failure to renew copyright.[35] Based on copyrighted (R177406) novel by Ernest Hemingway.
The Fight for the Sky 1946 [Data unknown/missing.] Office of War Information 1946 Work of the United States Government[G]
The General 1927 Clyde Bruckman
Buster Keaton
United Artists 1955 Failure to renew copyright.[36]
Glen or Glenda 1953 Ed Wood Columbia Classics [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][37]
The Gold Rush 1925 Charlie Chaplin United Artists 1953 Failure to renew copyright.[36] 1942 revised version in copyright. Original 1925 version possibly copyrighted.[38]
Go for Broke! 1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Robert Pirosh MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
Gulliver's Travels 1939 Dave Fleischer Paramount Pictures 1967 Failure to renew copyright.[39][40]
Half Shot at Sunrise 1930 Paul Sloane RKO Radio Productions 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Hemp for Victory 1942 Raymond Evans U.S. Department of Agriculture 1942 Work of the United States Government[G]
His Girl Friday 1940
(copyright date: 1939)
Howard Hawks Columbia Pictures 1967 Failure to renew copyright.[36] Source material (stage play The Front Page) rights copyright until 2024.[36]
Hook, Line and Sinker 1930 Edward F. Cline RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923 Wallace Worsley Universal Pictures 1951 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Indestructible Man 1956 Jack Pollexfen Allied Artists [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][41]
Inside the Lines 1930 Roy Pomeroy RKO Radio Productions 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
It's a Wonderful Life 1946
(copyright notice: 1947)
Frank Capra Liberty Films
RKO Pictures
1975 Failure to renew copyright.[43][44] Republic also purchased exclusive rights to the movie’s copyrighted music to further shore up its rights.[45]
Japanese Relocation 1942 Milton S. Eisenhower Office of War Information 1942 Work of the United States Government[G]
Kept Husbands 1931 Lloyd Bacon RKO Radio Productions 1959 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Lady Refuses 1931 George Archainbaud RKO Radio Productions 1959 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Lady to Love, AA Lady to Love 1930 Victor Sjöström MGM 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[15] Based on the play They Knew What They Wanted. See also the film The Secret Hour (1928) based on the same play.[15]
Last Clear Chance 1959 Robert Carlisle Union Pacific Railroad 1959 Not registered for copyright.[46]
The Last Man on Earth 1964 Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow American International Pictures, 20th Century Fox 1992[47] Failure to renew copyright.[49]
Lawful Larceny 1930 Lowell Sherman RKO Radio Productions 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Leathernecking 1930 Edward F. Cline RKO Radio Productions 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17] This is a lost film.
Letter of Introduction 1938 John M. Stahl Universal Pictures 1966 Failure to renew copyright.[50]
Little Lord Fauntleroy 1936 John Cromwell United Artists, Selznick [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][51]
The Little Princess 1939 Walter Lang 20th Century Fox 1967 Failure to renew copyright.[42]
Little Shop of HorrorsThe Little Shop of Horrors 1960 Roger Corman Filmgroup 1988 Failure to renew copyright.[36][52]
Lonely Wives 1931 Russell Mack RKO Radio Pictures 1959 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Lucky Texan 1934 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Malice in the Palace 1949 Jules White Columbia Pictures 1960s[21] Failure to renew copyright.[21]
The Man from Utah 1934 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Maniac 1934 Dwain Esper Roadshow Attractions [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][53] Also known as Sex Maniac.
Manos: The Hands of Fate 1966 Harold P. Warren Emerson Film Enterprises 1968 Failure to display copyright notice.[54] Original script may have been copyrighted.[54]
March of the Wooden Soldiers 1950 Gus Meins Lippert Pictures 1950 Failure to display copyright notice.[24] This is a later abridgement of Babes in Toyland (1934), which is still in copyright. Public domain status unclear.[55][56] Music score still under copyright.[55]
Meet John Doe 1941 Frank Capra Warner Bros. 1969 Failure to renew copyright.[42]
Millie 1931 John Francis Dillon RKO Radio Pictures 1959 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Mr. Imperium 1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Don Hartman MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
My Favorite Brunette 1947 Elliott Nugent Paramount Pictures 1975 Failure to renew copyright.[14]
My Japan 1945 [Data unknown/missing.] Office of War Information 1945 Work of the United States Government[G]
My Man Godfrey 1936 Gregory La Cava Universal Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][57] While the film images are public domain, under rulings of Stewart v. Abend, the film text (script) is based on the copyrighted 1935 book My Man Godfrey by Eric S. Hatch.[58]
The Negro Soldier 1944 Frank Capra United States Army Pictorial Services 1944 Work of the United States GovernmentWalter Reade 1968 Missing copyright notice and errors from the distributor[59] Remade in 1990 and 2006
Nothing Sacred 1937 William A. Wellman Selznick,
United Artists
1965 Failure to renew copyright.[36]
Of Human Bondage 1934 John Cromwell RKO Radio Pictures 1962 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
The Outlaw 1943 Howard Hughes Howard Hughes Prod. 1971 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Painted Hills 1951 Harold F. Kress MGM 1979 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
The Pay-Off 1930 Lowell Sherman RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Rupert Julian Universal Studios 1953 Failure to renew copyright.[52]
Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor 1936 Dave Fleischer Paramount Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][60] Fn-Ising Studio 1943-1946 Work of the United States Government[G]
Rain 1932 Lewis Milestone United Artists 1960 Failure to renew copyright.[14]
Randy Rides Alone 1934 Harry L. Fraser Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Reefer Madness 1936 Louis J. Gasnier Motion Picture Ventures 1936 Improper copyright notice.[61][62] Also called The Burning Question, Dope Addict, and Tell Your Children.
Riders of Destiny 1933 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Road to Bali 1952 Hal Walker Paramount Pictures 1980 Failure to renew copyright on time.[63][64] Ancillary rights now owned by FremantleMedia.
Rock, Rock, Rock! 1956 Will Price Distributors Corporation of America 1984 Failure to renew copyright.[52] The Chuck Berry soundtrack may not be in the public domain.
The Royal Bed 1931
(copyright ntd>
1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Stanley Donen MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
Sagebrush Trail 1933 Armand Schaefer Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[65] Remake of Partners of the Trail (Wallace Fox, 1931)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 1964 Nicholas Webster Embassy Pictures Corporation [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][66]
Santa Fe Trail 1940 Michael Curtiz Warner Bros. 1968 Failure to renew copyright.[67][68]
The Screaming Skull 1958 Alex Nicol American International Pictures 1958 Not registered for copyright.[69][16]
The Secret Hour 1928 Rowland V. Lee Paramount Pictures 1956 Failure to renew copyright.[15] Based on the play They Knew What They Wanted. See also the film A Lady to Love (1930) based on the same play.[15]
[17]
Sin Takes a Holiday 1930 Paul L. Stein RKO Radio Pictures 1958 Failure to renew copyright.[17]
Sing a Song of Six Pants 1947 Jules White Columbia Pictures 1960s[21] Failure to renew copyright.[21]
Sinners in Paradise 1938 James Whale Universal Pictures 1966 Failure to renew copyright.[50]
Smouldering Fires 1925 Clarence Brown Universal Pictures 1953 Failure to renew copyright.[52]
The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952 Henry King 20th Century Fox [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.][70]
Star Is Born, AA Star Is Born 1937 William A. Wellman Selznick,
United Artists
1965 Failure to renew copyright.[35][36] Re-made in 1954 and 1976
The Star Packer 1934 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [_Martha_Ivers" title="The Strange Love of Martha Ivers">The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 Lewis Milestone Paramount Pictures 1974 Failure to renew copyright.[14]
The Stranger 1946 Orson Welles International Pictures 1973 Failure to renew copyright.[71]
Superman (1940s cartoons) 1941-1943 Dave Fleischer, Various Paramount Pictures [Data unknown/missing.][72] [Data unknown/missing.][72] Although all entries are in the public domain, ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Animation. Warner has owned Superman publisher DC Comics since 1969.
Swing High, Swing Low 1937 Mitchell Leisen Paramount Pictures 1965 Failure to renew copyright.[15]
Target for Today 1941 William Keighley First Motion Picture Unit 1941 Work of the United States Government[G]
Target Nevada 1951 Unknown First Motion Picture Unit 1951 Work of the United States Government[G]
Teenagers from Outer Space 1959 Tom Graeff Warner Bros. 1987 Failure to renew copyright.[36] f-73" class="reference">[73] In the early 1990s, Corman asked Mark Griffiths to shoot 12 minutes of additional footage starring Dick Miller, thus making a new film titled The Return of the Terror (1991) so Corman could claim his copyright.[74]
That Justice Be Done 1945 George Stevens Office of War Information 1942–44 Work of the United States Government[G]
Three Guys Named Mike 1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Charles Walters MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
Till the Clouds Roll By 1946 Richard Whorf MGM 1974 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
Topper Returns 1941 Roy Del Ruth United Artists 1969 Failure to renew copyright.[52]
Vengeance Valley 1951
(copyright notice: 1950)
Richard Thorpe MGM 1978 Failure to renew copyright.[34]
West of the Divide 1934 Robert N. Bradbury Lone Star Pictures [Data unknown/missing.] [Data unknown/missing.].[18]
Wings for This Man 1945 [Data unknown/missing.] Office of War Information 1945 Work of the United States GovernmentWives Under Suspicion 1938 James Whale Universal Pictures 1966 Failure to renew copyright.[50]




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