Tag Archives: 1930s

Sensation (1936) Brian Desmond Hurst, John Lodge, Diana Churchill, Francis Lister, Crime, Drama

Sensation (1936)
Future Connecticut governor John Lodge stars in the British crime drama Sensation. Lodge plays a hotshot reporter who devotion to his job is messing up his private life. Despite warnings from his girl friend that she’ll walk out if he follows up one more hot scoop, Lodge tries to flush out the murderer of a waitress. A packet of incriminating love letters is the “maguffin” in this one. Based on a play by Basil Dean and George Munro, Sensation packs an awful lot of story in its 54 minutes.
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Boys’ School / Les disparus de St. Agil (1938) Christian-Jaque, Erich von Stroheim, Michel Simon, Armand Bernard, Drama, Mystery

Boys' School (1938)
In a college, three friends form a secret society. There objective – going to America. A night, after one of their secret meetings, one of them see a man coming out from a wall. Then the day after he talks about it, he disappears. Then the second one vanishes. Are they gone to their dreams? That’s when the art teacher is murdered. Suspicions now are too high so the third one decides to investigate.
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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) John Cromwell, Freddie Bartholomew, Dolores Costello, C. Aubrey Smith, Drama, Family

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
After the death of Cedric (‘Ceddie’)’s English father, he and his mother live together in Brooklyn. Cedric’s grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, had disowned Cedric’s father when he married an American. But when the Earl’s remaining son dies, he accepts Cedric as Lord Fauntleroy, his heir, and the Earl sends for Cedric and his mother. Cedric uses the first of his newly found wealth to do some favors for his old friends, and then heads to England, where he must try to overcome the Earl’s dislike for Cedric’s mother.
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Aren’t Men Beasts! (1937) Graham Cutts, Robertson Hare, Alfred Drayton, Billy Milton, Comedy

Aren't Men Beasts! (1937)
British groom-to-be Billy Milton is labelled a “beast” by French floozie Ellen Pollock as Milton marches down the aisle. The groom’s father, Robertson Hare, endeavors to prove his son’s innocence. Removing his trademarked monocle, Hare poses as the boy’s maiden aunt to get the goods on Pollock. Leading lady June Clyde, who moved from Hollywood to England in pursuit of better film roles, stands around a lot as the beautiful bride.
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Laughing Boy (1934) W.S. Van Dyke, Ramon Novarro, Lupe Velez, William B. Davidson, Drama, Romance, Western

Laughing Boy (1934)
There were very few laughs in this phlegmatic film adaptation of the Oliver LaFarge’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Laughing Boy. The title character is a young and impressionable Native American, played by Ramon Novarro. Laughing Boy marries Slim Girl (Lupe Velez), a fellow tribesperson who had previously been led into a life of sin and debauchery by libidinous white men. She persuades her husband to leave his tribe and move to the big city, ostensibly to improve his chances of selling his hand-made silver jewelry. In truth, however, Slim Girl is interested only in staying close to her white lover. When Laughing Boy realizes he’s being cuckolded, he grabs his bow and arrow to seek revenge, but finds only tragedy instead. Despite the eminently censurable elements in Laughing Boy, including one scene that was hastily edited out just before its general release, the Hays Office found fault only with the film’s negative depiction of government Indian agents!
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The Girl Downstairs (1938) Norman Taurog, Franciska Gaal, Franchot Tone, Walter Connolly, Comedy, Romance

The Girl Downstairs (Norman Taurog, 1938)
Paul Wagner and Rosalind Brown are in love, but her father doesn’t feel Paul’s lifestyle will make him a suitable husband for his daughter. When Mr. Brown instructs all the servants in his extensive household, except the missing Katerina Linz, not to let Paul in his house again, Paul dons his chauffeur’s clothing and takes Katerina to a local fair where they both have a good time. Paul learns she is a farm girl working temporarily as a scullery maid to earn money to replace a cow that died. He takes her home and sees Rosalind while Katarina fixes something for them to eat. The next day, Rosalind asks Katerina to deliver a letter to Paul because all the other servants are busy. At Paul’s apartment, he continues the ruse saying the master is out, but his womanizing friend Charlie arrives and is taken by Katerina to be the Paul Wagner for whom the note is intended. Katerina slaps Charlie when he steals a kiss, and when Paul laughs he is “fired” by Charlie, who was playing along with the …
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Babes in Toyland / March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934) Gus Meins, Charley Rogers, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Babes in Toyland (Gus Meins, Charley Rogers, 1934)
Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep’s shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum instead of Bo Peep. Enraged, Barnaby unleashes the bogeymen from their caverns to destroy Toyland.
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Idiot’s Delight (1939) Clarence Brown, Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Edward Arnold, Comedy, Drama, Musical

Idiot's Delight (Clarence Brown, 1939)
When song-and-dance man Harry Van returns from World War I, he finds work hard to come by. His greatest success comes as straight man in a phony vaudeville mind-reading act with the tipsy Madame Zulieka. While on tour in Omaha he meets acrobat Irene Fellara, and they have a brief romance. Twenty years later while Harry is on tour in Europe with a troupe of leggy blonde dancers, his train is stopped at the Swiss border and he finds himself stranded in the Alps in anticipation of World War II hostilities. Harry and his chorines take refuge in an Alpine hotel with a group of disparate travelers who are also marooned there. Among them are an American pacifist, British newlyweds, a cancer researcher, a German munitions manufacturer, and a beautiful blonde expatriate Russian aristocrat who looks suspiciously like the Irene of two decades earlier.
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