Huckster J. Dockweiler Droop is constantly being chased out of carnivals by a sheriff for not having a license. On one such night, he is befriended by a waif called Rosie, who tags along with him, so he becomes her foster father. Fourteen years later, Rosie, now 17, meets handsome Billy Lowe at a carnival and they instantly fall in love. He invites her and Droop to his 21st birthday party to meet his parents and influential townsfolk. But things begin to look dim for Rosie when she learns Billy’s friend, Madeline Van Dorn, intends to marry him. And to make things worse, Droop starts a shell game to fleece all the party guests.
Tag Archives: 1930s
Easterner Keith Whitney, son of a wealthy Senator, heads west where he ends up a drunk at a border cafe. After losing the money his father sent him to buy a ranch he learns his father is arriving. Rancher Tex now takes him in and tells his father he is part owner. When his father and girlfriend are kidnaped, Tex and a now reformed Keith take out after them.
Late nineteenth century. Young Kohana is sent to Yoshiwara, a suburb of Tokyo where exercise the profession of geisha. With the money you earn hopes to save the family estate. When she meets Serge Polenoff, a Russian lieutenant, falls in love with him.
His Greatest Gamble (1934) John S. Robertson, Richard Dix, Dorothy Wilson, Bruce Cabot, Drama, Romance
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.
The Public Defender (1931) J. Walter Ruben, Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Purnell Pratt, Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
The Song of Songs (1933) Rouben Mamoulian, Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill, Drama, Romance
Country orphan Lily goes to Berlin to stay with her tippling aunt, and soon meets Richard, handsome sculptor across the street. Persuaded half-reluctantly to pose for Richard, her physical charms (shown as fully as 1933 mores permitted) soon melt away his ‘strictly business’ attitude, and they become lovers. But Richard, wanting his freedom, connives at her marriage to his wealthy client Baron von Merzbach… whose household includes a jealous former mistress and a susceptible farm manager. Has Richard still a role to play in her life?
The Beast of the City (1932) Charles Brabin, Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
The newly-named Emperor Maximillian, the only monarch of the Second Mexican Empire, arrives in Mexico in the early 1860s with his wife Carlotta to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juarez and popular demand for democracy. With an elite group of Mexican monarchists, Maximillian tries to appease the democratic Mexicans but he fails. Abraham Lincoln continues to support Juarez and asks the French to withdraw support for Maximilian. Carlotta goes to France to plead with Napoleon III, to no avail.
Le roman de Werther (1938) Max Ophüls, Pierre Richard-Willm, Annie Vernay, Jean Galland, Drama, Romance
Golgotha / Behold the Man (1935) Julien Duvivier, Harry Baur, Jean Gabin, Robert Le Vigan, Adventure, Drama
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.