Tag Archives: 1930s

Riptide (1934) Edmund Goulding, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Herbert Marshall, Drama, Romance

Riptide (1934)
Park Avenue socialite Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married as a lark, but she is very happy for several years with her husband and child. But on a trip to the Riviera she meets again an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery), and under the spell of the sea breezes and the Mediterranean moon (a semi-excuse for adultery to keep Queen Norma’s image clean, as this was a post-Production Code film), Mary is the “innocent” victim of a romantic escapade that makes the headlines and the scandal sheets. None of Mary’s explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, reaping the fallout of marrying “down”, and his cold indifference drives Mary, who fights against it (a minor and feeble struggle at best), closer to Tommie. As the two lovers surrender to their ardor, Lord R. learns from his secretary that Mary had been telling the truth, and he calls for her to join him in Cannes with a clean slate.

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5th Ave Girl (1939) Gregory La Cava, Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, Comedy, Romance

5th Avenue Girl (1939)
Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his birthday because his wife, Martha, is out with a playboy, millionaire Timothy Borden meets unemployed and hungry Mary Grey in a park and convinces her to help him celebrate at a nightclub. Much to his surprise the following morning, Mary has slept in the guest room for the night. Not unmindful that Martha’s interest in Timothy seems renewed, he hires Mary to stay at the house as an employee and they go out on the town virtually every night. Mary meanwhile has a positive effect on other members of the household: daughter Katherine is in love with Michael, the communism-spouting chauffeur, and seeks her advice; and son Tim is forced to take over the neglected business to keep it from running downhill, which Timothy had been trying unsuccessfully to get him to do. Complications arise when Tim falls in love with Mary, but is bothered by the affair he perceives she is having with his father.

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The Princess Comes Across (1936) William K. Howard, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, Douglass Dumbrille, Comedy, Mystery, Romance

The Princess Comes Across (1936)
A Swedish princess boards an ocean liner in Europe en route to an acting career in America, and finds herself getting inconveniently attached to a bandleader returning home. To complicate matters, a blackmailer on board apparently knows she is not who she claims to be – and he has his sights set on other passengers with secrets of their own. In the meantime an escaped killer has stowed away under someone else’s identity, and is killing again to cover his tracks; five international police detectives on board are heading the investigation to find him. When evidence points to the princess and bandleader, they must find the killer themselves – before he finds them.

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Murders in the Zoo (1933) A. Edward Sutherland, Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill, Gail Patrick, Horror, Crime, Mystery

Murders in the Zoo (1933)
Eric Gorman returns with his wife Evelyn from a trip to the Orient collecting zoo animals, having killed a member of his expedition who happened one day to kiss Mrs. Gorman. On board ship Evelyn meets Roger Hewitt, who falls in love with her. After delivering his animals to the zoo, Gorman plots a way to dispose of Hewitt using one of his latest specimens, then continues using the zoo’s non-human residents to do his beastly work.

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The Affairs of Cellini (1934) Gregory La Cava, Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Comedy, Drama, History

The Affairs of Cellini 1934
The Affairs of Cellini is based on Edwin Justus Mayer’s popular stage play The Firebrand, which in turn was based on the life and times of Renaissance artist/political reactionary Benvenuto Cellini. Fredric March plays the tempestuous, amorous Cellini, who spends as much time in swordplay with jealous husbands as he does in his artist’s loft. When the duke of Florence (Frank Morgan) falls for Cellini’s beautiful model (Fay Wray), Cellini is presented in court, whereupon he revives an ongoing affair with the duchess of Florence (Constance Bennett).

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