Tag Archives: 1930s

His Greatest Gamble (1934) John S. Robertson, Richard Dix, Dorothy Wilson, Bruce Cabot, Drama, Romance

His Greatest Gamble 1934
Despite losing all that they had at the roulette table, Phillip Eden (Richard Dix) and his young daughter Alice live a life full of joy and wonder, free from the oppressive Florence – Phillips estranged wife and Alice’s mother. That life has now been threatened by Bernice, a jilted lover of Phillips, who informs him that she has reported his whereabouts to Florence. Looking to keep Alice out of his wife’s domineering clutches, Phillip restrains Bernice in his apartment and flees to Italy. There, he is arrested for Bernice’s murder and Alice is returned to her mother (and Florence’s new husband) in England. Eleven years pass, and during that time spent in her mother’s “care,” Alice’s spirit has been crushed, causing her invalidism. Learning of his daughter’s condition, Phillip escapes from prison and embarks on a mission to save his now- grown daughter’s soul.

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The Public Defender (1931) J. Walter Ruben, Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Purnell Pratt, Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Public Defender 1931
Rich playboy Pike Winslow dons the mantle of ‘The Reckoner’, a mysterious avenger, when he learns that his lady friend Barbara Gerry’s father has been framed in a bank embezzlement scandal. Using meticulous planning and split-second timing, Pike, along with his associates, the erudite ‘Professor’ and tough-guy scrapper ‘Doc’, attempt to find proof that will clear Gerry and identify the real culprits.

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The Song of Songs (1933) Rouben Mamoulian, Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill, Drama, Romance

The Song of Songs (1933)
Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street. Persuaded half-reluctantly to pose for Richard, her physical charms (shown as fully as 1933 mores permitted) soon melt away his ‘strictly business’ attitude, and they become lovers. But Richard, wanting his freedom, connives at her marriage to his wealthy client Baron von Merzbach… whose household includes a jealous former mistress and a susceptible farm manager. Has Richard still a role to play in her life?

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Juarez (1939) William Dieterle, Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Biography, Drama, History

Juarez (1939)
The newly-named Emperor Maximillian, the only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire, arrives in Mexico in the early 1860s with his wife Carlotta to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juarez and popular demand for democracy. With an elite group of Mexican monarchists, Maximillian tries to appease the democratic Mexicans but he fails. Abraham Lincoln continues to support Juarez and asks the French to withdraw support for Maximilian. Carlotta goes to France to plead with Napoleon III, to no avail.

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Golgotha / Behold the Man (1935) Julien Duvivier, Harry Baur, Jean Gabin, Robert Le Vigan, Adventure, Drama

Golgotha (1935)
Robert le Vigan plays the Son of God, but as often happens in films of this nature he is upstaged by the villains, Herod (Harry Baur), Pontius Pilate (Jean Gabin) and Judas (Lucas Gridoux). All of Jesus’ dialogue is taken directly from the Scriptures, with no movie-style adornments: le Vigan delivers these lines with sincerity and quiet grace. Considering the anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe during the 1930s, the question of the Jews’ responsibility for Jesus’ death is handled with restraint; blame is squarely laid on the shoulders of a handful of conspirators, rather than an entire race.

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Strangers All (1935) Charles Vidor, May Robson, Preston Foster, Florine McKinney, Drama

Strangers All (1935)
This drama chronicles the emotionally distant relationship between a mother and her four grown children. Though they live in the same house they could not be more different. One of her sons is a conscientious provider who keeps them afloat. A different brother believes himself the greatest thespian since Barrymore. The third brother is a budding revolutionary determined to overthrow the capitalist empire. Meanwhile, the mother’s daughter goes to college and returns a married woman.

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Big Business Girl (1931) William A. Seiter, Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Comedy, Romance

Big Business Girl (1931)
College graduate Claire McIntyre plans to conquer the business world, while her dropout boyfriend Johnny takes his swing band to Paris. Eventually, Claire catches the eye (in more ways than one) of ad executive Robert Clayton. Between her ability and her legs, she soon rises in the hierarchy. But the unexpected return of Johnny brings on an era of romantic misunderstandings. Will Clayton on one side and an obliging blonde on the other succeed in parting Claire and Johnny?

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Anything Goes (1936) Lewis Milestone, Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Charles Ruggles, Comedy, Musical

Anything Goes (1936)
A young man falls in love with a beautiful blonde. When he sees her being forced onto a luxury liner, he decides to follow and rescue her. However, he discovers that she is an English heiress who ran away from home and is now being returned to England. He also discovers that his boss is on the ship. To avoid discovery, he disguises himself as the gangster accomplice of a minister, who is actually a gangster on the run from the law.

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