Tag Archives: 1930s

A Woman Rebels (1936) Mark Sandrich, Katharine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall, Elizabeth Allan

A Woman Rebels (1936)
The story revolves around Pamela, as a woman in late-1800’s England who has no intention of marriage and wishes to be her own person. After a great deal of difficulty in finding a job, she finally lands a position at a “woman’s” magazine, which covered topics such as sewing and cooking. After the editor takes sick, she moves the magazine into discussing issues of gender equality, child labor, medical care, and finding a job. She then finds herself as the unexpected leader of a movement. After an unexpected event, she is also faced with raising a child without a father, which people at that time thought was scandalous.
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In Name Only (1939) John Cromwell, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis

In Name Only (1939)
While out riding in the country, wealthy New Yorker Alec Walker meets young widow Julie Eden, and a relationship quickly develops. However, Alec has not told her that he is already locked into a loveless marriage to the avaricious Maida, who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife. A completely coincidental car crash alerts the two women to each other’s existence, a situation to which they react very differently.
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Next Time We Love (1936) Edward H. Griffith, Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Ray Milland

Next Time We Love (1936)
In New York, the rookie newsman Christopher “Chris” Tyler dreams on becoming a famous journalist. When his girlfriend Cicely spends a couple of days with him, they decide to get married and Cicely leaves college. Chris’s best friend Tommy Abbott is his best man and becomes a family’s friend. Chris has his great chance when his editor Frank Carteret sends him to Rome assigned as a foreign correspondent. Cicely stays in New York with Tommy and does not tell to Chris that she is pregnant. When she delivers the baby Kit, Chris celebrates and loses a big scoop and his boss fires him. Chris falls in disgrace and the couple has economic difficulties; however Tommy lends money to Cicely and offers an opportunity on the stage as an actress. Cicely is hired and becomes successful and Chris is depressed with the situation. Cicely seeks out Frank Carteret and explains the situation, and he offers a job opportunity to Chris in Russia.
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The Girl from Missouri (1934) Jack Conway, Sam Wood, Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore

The Girl from Missouri (1934)
With her pal Kitty, Eadie Chapman escapes from the sleazy roadhouse run by her mother and stepfather, only to become a showgirl. But her former milieu gave her a poor opinion of easy morals, and she plans to preserve her ‘virtue’ until marriage…preferably to a rich husband; while Kitty keeps falling for servants. Will playboy Tom Paige break down Eadie’s resistance before his cynical father intervenes?
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The Green Goddess (1930) Alfred E. Green, George Arliss, Ralph Forbes, H.B. Warner

GREEN GODDESS, THE, George Arliss, Alice Joyce, H.B. Warner, 1930

GREEN GODDESS, THE, George Arliss, Alice Joyce, H.B. Warner, 1930

An airplane carrying three Brits–Major Crespin, his wife Lucille, and Dr. Trahern–crash lands in the kingdom of Rukh. The Rajah holds them prisoner because the British are about to execute his three half-brothers in neighboring India. His subjects believe that their Green Goddess has given them the lives of the three Brits as payment for the lives of the Rajah’s brothers. They will execute them when the brothers are executed. Trahern and the Crespins must figure a way to use the Rajah’s radio to call India for help.
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Im No Angel (1933) Wesley Ruggles, Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff

I'm No Angel (1933)
The bold Tira works as dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she’ll put her head into a lion’s muzzle! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can persue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men and accepting expensive presents. Among the guys she searches the love of her life, from whom she only knows from a fortune-teller that he’ll be rich and have black hair. When she finally meets him, she becomes a victim of intrigue.
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Imputato alzatevi! (1939) Mario Mattoli, Erminio Macario, Leila Guarni, Ernesto Almirante

Imputato alzatevi! (1939)
Cipriano Duval is a nurse and multiservice man in the pediatric clinic of his foster brother. He falls in love with a female colleague. So she is interested in him, he will pretend to be a Don Juan harassed by letters and attention of his fans. But his obsession adventurous one day become drama, coincidentally is the body of a dead woman and under various indications is accused of murder.
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His Greatest Gamble (1934) John S. Robertson, Richard Dix, Dorothy Wilson, Bruce Cabot

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

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

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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