Tag Archives: 1930s

Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo / I Was Born, But… (1932) Yasujirô Ozu, Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Comedy, Drama

Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo (1932)
Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighborhood. Their father is an office clerk who tries for advancement by playing up his boss. When the boys visit the boss’ house with their father, they discover that their dad has been making a fool of himself to please his boss, who’s son is an outwitted member of the boys’ gang. The brothers’ revolt claiming that hierarchy should be based on ability, not on social background. Ozu’s charming film is a social satire that draws from the antics of childhood as well as the tragedy of maturity.

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Bank Holiday (1938) Carol Reed, John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams, Drama

Bank Holiday (Carol Reed, 1938)
A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty contest. Geoffrey and nurse Catherine Lawrence have decided to spend an illicit week-end in the Grand Hotel, although Catherine’s mind keeps turning back to the hospital case she was working on. Arthur, May and the children are set on a more straight-forward excursion of sea, sand, and pub. Meanwhile, the manager and performers of the “Follies” on the pier pray for rain.

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The Runaway Bride (1930) Donald Crisp, Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, Paul Hurst, Crime, Drama, Romance

Runaway Bride 1930
Mary Fairchild elopes with Dick Mercer and it doesn’t take long for Mary to realize she has made a mistake. Her wealthy husband, of short duration, locks her in their apartment to keep her from running away, but a group of gangsters, searching for money manage to enter. She escapes, changes her name and goes to work as a maid for George Blaine, who is also wealthy and single. But the gangsters, thinking she knows where the money is, are on her trail, and a couple of them appear in the mood to frisk her again.

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Black Moon (1934) Roy William Neill, Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Dorothy Burgess, Horror

Black Moon (1934)
A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past. Her husband, her daughter and her nanny go with her, but once back on the island, the woman finds herself elevated by the locals to the stature of a voodoo goddess, and she begins her inevitable descent into madness, with disastrous results for her family.

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The Story of Temple Drake (1933) Stephen Roberts, Miriam Hopkins, William Gargan, Jack La Rue, Drama

The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
Temple Drake is a Southern belle who leads men on with her sexuality but usually leaves them wanting. She’s loved by lawyer Stephen Benbow, whom she likes but doesn’t love. While out carousing with one of her beaux, she finds herself stranded with a gang of bootleggers, one of whom, Trigger, rapes her and makes her his sex slave. When another man is accused of a murder Trigger committed, Stephen defends him and sets out to find Trigger. But he isn’t prepared for whom he finds with Trigger, or what she’s become.

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The Public Enemy (1931) William A. Wellman, James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Crime, Drama

The Public Enemy (William A. Wellman, 1931)
Tom Powers and Matt Doyle are best friends and fellow gangsters, their lives frowned upon by Tom’s straight laced brother, Mike, and Matt’s straight laced sister, Molly. From their teen-aged years into young adulthood, Tom and Matt have an increasingly lucrative life, bootlegging during the Prohibition era. But Tom in particular becomes more and more brazen in what he is willing to do, and becomes more obstinate and violent against those who either disagree with him or cross him. When one of their colleagues dies in a freak accident, a rival bootlegging faction senses weakness among Tom and Matt’s gang, which is led by Paddy Ryan. A gang war ensues, resulting in Paddy suggesting that Tom and Matt lay low. But because of Tom’s basic nature, he decides instead to take matters into his own hands.

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Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938) Louis King, John Howard, Heather Angel, H.B. Warner, Adventure, Mystery

Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
On the eve of his wedding Captain Hugh Drummond is off to Morocco when Scotland Yard’s Colonel J.A. Nielson is kidnapped by international criminal Richard Lane. With his fiancée Phyllis Clavering, friend ‘Algy’ Longworth and his trusty valet ‘Tenny’ Tennyson, Bulldog flies his own plane 1200 miles only to find the local British Consul ordering him home without delay. Drummond isn’t an easy man to get rid of however and they soon mount their rescue plan.

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