Happy Friday, here we are with the second Friday of the Favorites Films Friday (I just thought of it, and I don't think it sounds good)
There are so many iconic films from the 30's that I could not limit this list to only 10. I decided to do 15 and yet that was difficult, but I managed to do it. It hurts to leave out so many good films, but I cannot put them all here.
1.) Animal Crackers (1930) Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding. IMDb
Starting off the list with a Marx Brothers comedy. I can't get over the physical comedy in these films; they acted with which seems like so little effort. They are brilliant.
2.) The Public Enemy (1931) A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. IMDb
The Public Enemy was one of the first mob movies I watched growing up. James Cagney is an exquisite actor. I like the old school mobster films. They are more mysterious than modern time mobster films. Do you agree or disagree?
3.) City Lights (1931) With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. IMDb
Charlie Chaplin as the Tramp once again. The humanity in these films is so lovely and real. You see for a moment through the eyes of the writer. I like to watch these types of comedies from this period..
4.) Dracula (1931) The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. IMDb
This creepy film had to make it to the list. It's the first and oldest Dracula I have watched. This film shaped my perception of what I think Dracula should look, and I think it's the same for directors post this film since Dracula has not changed much.
5.) Grand Hotel (1932) A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. IMDb
This film won an Oscar, and of course, it did with such a fantastic cast. Such iconic names in this movie. Didn't the actors from this time seem so sophisticated? I wanted to grow up and be as sophisticated and demure.
6.) 42nd Street (1933) A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, it the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star. IMDb
This film introduced me to what Broadway was. After watching this film, I researched broadway plays and fell in love with everything Broadway from those times. Now I would question it.
So much now has been corrupted.
7.) King King (1933) A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their blonde female star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. IMDb
CGI was very poor quality at this time but still quite a good film. They did an amazing job with the technology they had at hand. I wonder how they would have done with modern tech.
8.) Top Hat (1935) An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. IMDb
Who doesn't love Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire? Two of the most talented actresses/actors of that time. I would have liked to have been as gifted or half as gifted as they were. This film is so cute and charming.
9.) The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine. IMDb
I remember watching this film in 7th grade. I was so intrigued by the miracles find in science. God has gifted us all with a purpose in this world. I love to see films that depict true life stories of people who make grand discoveries.
10.) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household. IMDb
This was Disney's first animated movie. The colors and artistry are beautiful. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall while they were producing this. I imagine it was exciting to be a part of this team. I love watching this film to this day.
11.) The Awful Truth (1937) Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. IMDb
The Awful Truth is a timeless film that transcends decade after decade. Watching this film warms your heart and involves you in an up and down love story.
12.) Saleslady (1938) Department store employees Mary Dakin and Bob Spence are married, with Bob not knowing Mary is the granddaughter of millionaire mattress-ing Miles Cannon. IMDb
The husband in this film tries so hard to provide for his wife and the whole time he doesn't know that she comes from a wealthy upbringing. When he finds out, he doesn't take a handout he continues to work hard and provide. It's a good old fashioned film.
13.) The Wizard of Oz (1939) Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well. IMDb
It surprises me when people say they don't like this movie because it freaks them out. I don't see how that's possible. Well, now that I think about it I guess I do. Flying monkeys and a scary witch who is green and angry. Okay, I see it now. Well, I enjoy this film very much. I always wanted sparkling red slippers that transported me places.
14.) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down. IMDb
Living in a time when politics is crazy now, it's good to look at a film and see a politician stand up for what is right despite the corruption within the government. Every time I watch this film I want to go to Washington DC and make a change, drain the corruption and start over.
15.) Bachelor Mother (1939) An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepted an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job. IMDb
A lovely story when an unexpected parent does what a biological parent could not. I love the title Bachelor Mother it sounds better than single mother which is a word too commonly used nowadays.
I can't end this post without mentioning Shirley Temple. In her childhood years, she was in numerous films in the 30's. Her movies will continue to entertain us for time to come.
These are some of my favorite films from the 1930's. I would have liked to add so many more, but then that would be too many to go through. You and I would be here forever, me listing them and you reading about them. I hope you had a good time going through some of my favs. Come back to read next Friday's list. We will be visiting films from the 40's, that list won't be any easier than this one.
What are some of your favorites from the 30's?