Tag Archives: 1930s

You Can’t Take It with You (1938) Frank Capra, Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Comedy, Drama, Romance

You Can't Take It with You (1938)
The stenographer Alice Sycamore is in love with her boss Tony Kirby, who is the vice-president of the powerful company owned by his greedy father Anthony P. Kirby. Kirby Sr. is dealing a monopoly in the trade of weapons, and needs to buy one last house in a twelve block area owned by Alice’s grandparent Martin Vanderhof. However, Martin is the patriarch of an anarchic and eccentric family where the members do not care for money but for having fun and making friends. When Tony proposes Alice, she states that it would be mandatory to introduce her simple and lunatic family to the snobbish Kirbys, and Tone decides to visit Alice with his parents one day before the scheduled. There is an inevitable clash of classes and lifestyles, the Kirbys spurn the Sycamores and Alice breaks with Tony, changing the lives of the Kirby family.
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En kvinnas ansikte / A Woman’s Face (1938) Gustaf Molander, Ingrid Bergman, Tore Svennberg, Anders Henrikson, Drama

En kvinnas ansikte AKA A Woman's Face (1938)
When she was a child, Anna Holm burned her face. This destroyed her looks, and she has become a mean and bitter woman. She and her ‘friends’ are black-mailers. One of the victims pay her by letting a plastic surgeon, doctor Wegert, make her beautiful again. Anna becomes a new person and leave the others. She becomes a governess for a young boy, who will inherit a fortune. The boy has an evil uncle, who wants to see the boy dead, so that he will inherit the fortune. He hires Anna’s former colleagues as assassins.
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Man-Proof (1938) Richard Thorpe, Myrna Loy, Franchot Tone, Rosalind Russell, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Man-Proof (1938)
Mimi has tried everything to become the bride to Alan, but he chooses Elizabeth instead. The ironic part is that Mimi’s mother writes romance novels and neither one has had any luck with men. So Mimi decides to get a job as an illustrator at the New York Chronicle where her friend Jimmy works. When Alan and Liz return from their honeymoon, Alan wants to keep Mimi at his side, and Mimi has no objections – in the beginning.
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Mazurka (1935) Willi Forst, Pola Negri, Albrecht Schoenhals, Ingeborg Theek, Drama

Mazurka (1935)
“Mazurka” was Willi Forst’s third film as a director, made directly after having achieved a major international success with “Maskerade”. This time, Forst chose to make a drama based on an allegedly real murder case. A young and unexperienced music student (Theek) is courted by a famous pianist (Albrecht Schönhals), but just when she is about to fall for him, the pianist is shot by an unknown woman (Negri). At the court trial, the woman finally tells her own story and the reason for the crime she committed, and a complex family tragedy is unveiled…
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Der Student von Prag / The Student of Prague (1935) Arthur Robison, Anton Walbrook, Theodor Loos, Dorothea Wieck, Drama

Der Student von Prag (1935)
Prague in the 1860s: Balduin is a popular, handsome student, the best fencer in town, in amicable rivalry with his friend Dahl for the affections of Lydia, the innkeeper’s niece. While the students are celebrating Lydia’s birthday, the opera singer Julia Stella arrives at the inn – and Balduin’s life begins to unravel. He is immediately infatuated with the glamorous singer – but she is already kept by an admirer, the wealthy and foppish Baron Waldis. How can a poor student hope to compete? The mysterious Dr. Carpis, who also has ties to Julia and is jealous of the Baron, intervenes. But the price will be higher than Balduin can ever imagine. He risks his sanity and his life – perhaps his very soul – haunted by his own reflection.
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Internes Can’t Take Money (1937) Alfred Santell, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, Crime, Drama, Romance

Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who’s been in prison and can’t find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster’s solution, not surprisingly, is violent.
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