Tag Archives: 1930s
Alibi Ike (1935) Ray Enright, Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Donnelly, Comedy, Romance, Sport
Rookie pitcher Francis “Ike” Farrell comes seemingly out of nowhere to help the Cubs go for the pennant. His idiosyncratic ways, which include excuses and alibis for everything, drive his manager and fiancee crazy in this baseball farce.
Pennies from Heaven (1936) Norman Z. McLeod, Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfather who need lots of help.
When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live with him as he captains a river barge. Besides the two of them, are a cabin boy and the strange old second mate Pere Jules. Soon bored by life on the river, she slips off to see the nightlife when they come to Paris. Angered by this, Jean sets off, leaving Juliette behind. Overcome by grief and longing for his wife, Jean falls into a depression and Pere Jules goes and tries to find Juliette.
An Irishman sets out to become famous as a singer on the radio. Due to a mix up he is instead entered as a contestant on a quiz show. He causes mayhem in the studio and the publicity attracts the attention of an agent who thinks he can help.
Die große Liebe / The Great Love (1931) Otto Preminger, Hansi Niese, Attila Hörbiger, Betty Bird, Drama
After ten years of detention in Russia as a prisoner of war, Franz returns to his native Vienna. When he saves a child from drowning his photo gets onto the title page of the newspaper and is seen by Frieda, an elderly shopkeeper whose son is a missing person in the war.
Bright Lights / Adventures In Africa (1930) Michael Curtiz, Dorothy Mackaill, Frank Fay, Noah Beery, Musical, Drama
The lovely young star of a Broadway show is giving an interview to several newspaper writers and tells them about her wild life, parts of which involved “hula dancing” in Africa and an involvement with a dangerous Portuguese smuggler. Unbeknownst to her, the smuggler has showed up at the theater on that very night.
Bridal Suite (1939) Wilhelm Thiele, Annabella, Robert Young, Walter Connolly, Comedy, Music, Romance
Affording a happy variation from the more serious problems of life, “Bridal Suite” gleefully wends its way to the screen… in the story Robert Young is rushed off to Switzerland by his fluttery mother Billie Burke to be cured of forgetfulness so that he may in future remember such trifles as his wedding date.
Ich war Jack Mortimer (1935) Carl Froelich, Anton Walbrook, Eugen Klöpfer, Sybille Schmitz, Drama, Thriller
The jealous star conductor Montemayor knows that his beautiful younger wife, Winifred, is cheating on him with an American named Jack Mortimer. After the concert rehearsal, he takes a taxi to the train station, sees Mortimer and shoots him at an intersection from the backseat of his taxi.
They Shall Have Music (1939) Archie Mayo, Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Music, Drama, Family
A boy from the streets of New York finds music tickets to a Heifetz concert, which rekindles his earlier interest in the violin. He subsequently runs away from home and happens across a music school for children (played by members of the Peter Meremblum California Youth Symphony Orchestra).