Tag Archives: 1930s

Le puritain / The Puritan (1938) Jeff Musso, Pierre Fresnay, Jean-Louis Barrault, Viviane Romance, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Le puritain (1938)
A religious fanatic finds his entire life and philosophy turned upside-down as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to justify the murder of the girl to himself. His mind becomes distraught as he gropes trying to rationalize his deed and his world falls apart around him. A police inspector patiently and tirelessly stays on Barrault’s trail, without putting him under arrest, though convinced he is the murderer, and waiting for the moment when he feels Barrault will break under the strain of his own religious fanaticism.
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Jeunes filles en détresse / Girls in Distress (1939) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Marcelle Chantal, Jacqueline Delubac, André Luguet, Drama

Jeunes filles en detresse (1939)
Jacqueline is sixteen. Her parents are kept very busy by their mutual careers (Dad is a renowned attorney and Mum is a doctor running her own clinic). When they become aware that they neglect their daughter they send her to a boarding school for girls, impeccably run by Mme Vuillard. There Jacqueline meets her new friends who are, nearly all, the children of divorced parents.They all found a league against divorce they name Licodipa.When it is the turn of Jacqueline’s parents to split up, and when Margot, Jacqueline’s best friend, attempts to kill herself, distress sets in among the girls of the institution…
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Jericho / Dark Sands (1937) Thornton Freeland, Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon, Wallace Ford, Drama, Musical, Adventure

Jericho (1937)
During the Great War, a Negro corporal, Jericho Jackson, disobeys an order and saves crewmen trapped below deck after an attack. A sergeant dies in the incident; Jackson is court-martialed and sentenced to death. He bolts, and his captain unjustly gets a five-year sentence for aiding his escape; the captain vows to bring Jackson to justice. Meanwhile, Jackson has stolen a boat and sailed from Bordeaux to Morocco where his skills as a physician give him a new lease on life. He becomes a chief responsible for negotiating peace among tribes and leading the annual great salt caravan. A confrontation with his old captain is, however, unavoidable. Can there be justice?
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Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war / The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937) Karl Hartl, Hans Albers, Heinz Rühmann, Marieluise Claudius, Comedy, Crime, Romance

Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war (1937)
Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters. They manage to stop a night train for nefarious purposes, and impersonate Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Romantic involvement with two young British female travelers ensues, but the plot deepens into the disappearance of rare Mauritius postage stamps which they undertake to recover, in their role as Holmes and Watson.
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She Loved a Fireman (1937) John Farrow, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan, Robert Armstrong, Action, Drama, Romance

She Loved a Fireman 1937
After his political days are over, Red decides to become a fireman. He takes the exam, goes to fire college and is stationed at Company 27. That station is commanded by Captain Shannon, who punched him out over his last girl and does not like him seeing his sister Margie. Red does just enough work to get by, but then his lack of attention causes his best friend Skillet to be injured. For his punishment, Red is suspended and then transferred to a fire boat. He works harder and finds that the fireman’s lot is not as easy or as safe as he thought.
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The St. Louis Kid (1934) Ray Enright, James Cagney, Patricia Ellis, Allen Jenkins, Drama, Romance

The St Louis Kid 1934
Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an act of solidarism with the farmers. The farmers start an boycott action against this dairy, so the owner has to bring milk from elsewhere to his dairy, but the farmers closed the road, and Kennedy is arrested once more. He leaves jail at night to meet Ann, but meanwhile the owner has asked some mobsters to deliver the milk. One of the farmers is murdered, Ann Reid is missing and Eddie Kennedy is accused of murder.
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Boy Meets Girl (1938) Lloyd Bacon, James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Marie Wilson, Comedy

Boy Meets Girl 1938
Two lazy screenwriters need a story for the studio’s cowboy star. A studio waitress turns out to be pregnant. This gives them the idea for a movie about a cowboy and a baby. The waitress’s baby becomes the star. The cowboy and his agent run off with the waitress and her valuable asset. The writers retaliate by hiring an unemployed extra to impersonate the baby’s father. But the extra already knows the waitress…
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