... The Forgettable ... Of The 1930s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 12 Jul 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.

So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,112

2. The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Lou Ricarno is a smart guy. His plan is to organize the various gangs in Chicago so that the mugs will not liquidate each other. WIth the success of his leadership, Louie prospers, marries ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Lew Ayres, James Cagney, Charles Judels, Dorothy Mathews

Votes: 696

3. Anna Christie (I) (1930)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A young woman reunites with her estranged father and falls in love with a sailor, but struggles to tell them about her dark past.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Charles Bickford, George F. Marion, Marie Dressler

Votes: 2,271 | Gross: $1.01M

4. Renegades (1930)

Passed | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.1
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Four one-for-all and all-for-one privates in the French Foreign Legion are all in jail for disorderly conduct, but they break out and rejoin their regiment and fight off a band of marauding... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Noah Beery, Gregory Gaye

Votes: 187

5. The Big Trail (1930)

Passed | 125 min | Adventure, Western, Romance

7.2
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Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler | Stars: John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,736

6. The Divorcee (1930)

Passed | 84 min | Romance, Drama

6.9
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When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 2,185

7. The Unholy Three (1930)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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"Talkie" remake of Tod Browning's 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Lon Chaney, Lila Lee, Elliott Nugent, Harry Earles

Votes: 874

8. Romance (1930)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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Young Harry is in love and wants to marry an actress, much to the displeasure of his family. Harry thinks that Bishop Armstrong knows nothing about love so Armstrong tells him the story of ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Gavin Gordon, Elliott Nugent

Votes: 532 | Gross: $0.73M

9. Wild Company (1930)

71 min | Drama

5.4
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The son of a wealthy politician falls in with a notorious gangster planning to rob a night club.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Frank Albertson, Joyce Compton, Sharon Lynn, H.B. Warner

Votes: 25

10. Westfront 1918 (1930)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Claus Clausen

Votes: 1,033

11. Paid (1930)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Film-Noir

5.8
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Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, Marie Prevost, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 454

12. Raffles (1930)

72 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A distinguished English gentleman has a secret life--he is the notorious jewel thief the press has dubbed "The Amateur Cracksman". When he meets a woman and falls in love he decides to "... See full summary »

Directors: George Fitzmaurice, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Ronald Colman, Kay Francis, David Torrence, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 621 | Gross: $1.00M

13. The Big House (1930)

Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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A convict falls in love with his new cellmate's sister, only to become embroiled in a planned break-out which is certain to have lethal consequences.

Directors: George W. Hill, Ward Wing | Stars: Chester Morris, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery

Votes: 1,399

14. Murder! (1930)

TV-PG | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman

Votes: 4,646

15. Alraune (1930)

103 min | Sci-Fi

6.0
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Add a Plot

Director: Richard Oswald | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Albert Bassermann, Harald Paulsen, Adolf E. Licho

Votes: 50

16. Up the River (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.1
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When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 841

17. Laughter (1930)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

Director: Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Nancy Carroll, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Glenn Anders

Votes: 227

18. Just Imagine (1930)

Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

5.5
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New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: El Brendel, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Garrick, Marjorie White

Votes: 517

19. Moby Dick (1930)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

5.6
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In this extremely loose adaptation of Melville's classic novel, Ahab is revealed initially not as a bitter and vengeful madman, but as a bit of a lovable scamp. Ashore in New Bedford, he ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: John Barrymore, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Hughes, Noble Johnson

Votes: 291

20. Manslaughter (1930)

85 min | Romance, Drama

7.5
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A spoiled young rich girl is sent to prison for accidentally running down a pedestrian. There she learns about a life and people she had never even imagined existed before. Upon her release... See full summary »

Director: George Abbott | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, Emma Dunn, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 166

21. Outward Bound (1930)

Unrated | 83 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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Later remade as "Between Two Worlds."

Directors: Robert Milton, Ray Enright | Stars: Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Beryl Mercer, Dudley Digges

Votes: 351

22. Mata Hari (1931)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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A semi-fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was accused of spying for Germany during World War I.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

Votes: 2,718 | Gross: $0.93M

23. The Front Page (1931)

TV-PG | 101 min | Comedy

6.9
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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 1,749

24. City Streets (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Man joins a gang to free his girlfriend from prison.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd

Votes: 1,003

25. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

6.0
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 4,247

26. The Secret 6 (1931)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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After rising bootlegger Slaughterhouse Scorpio eliminates his gangland competition, two reporters and a cabal of six businessmen work to expose him.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mack Brown, Jean Harlow

Votes: 607

27. Hell Divers (1931)

Passed | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.4
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Story of rivalry between 2 Navy aircrewmen on and off duty.

Director: George W. Hill | Stars: Clark Gable, Wallace Beery, Conrad Nagel, Dorothy Jordan

Votes: 394

28. Corsair (1931)

75 min | Adventure

6.0
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A stock market broker plans to liven up his boring life by taking up piracy on the high seas.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chester Morris, Thelma Todd, Fred Kohler, Ned Sparks

Votes: 123

29. Dirigible (1931)

Passed | 100 min | Adventure

6.4
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Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Ralph Graves, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 483

30. Arrowsmith (1931)

TV-PG | 108 min | Drama

6.2
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Based on Sinclair Lewis's novel "Arrowsmith". A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Ronald Colman, Helen Hayes, Richard Bennett, A.E. Anson

Votes: 1,219

31. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)

Passed | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Musical

7.8
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An amorous lieutenant is forced to marry a socially awkward princess, though he tries to keep his violin-playing girlfriend on the side.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 2,804

32. The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

6.7
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Out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Neil Hamilton, Robert Young

Votes: 637

33. The Miracle Woman (1931)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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After an unappreciated minister dies, his daughter loses her faith in God, prompting her to open a phony temple with a con man. Can the love of a blind aviator restore her faith and happiness?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, David Manners, Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer

Votes: 1,508

34. The Skin Game (1931)

TV-G | 85 min | Drama

5.8
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An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France, Helen Haye

Votes: 2,352

35. The Struggle (1931)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.3
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Charlotte Wynters, Evelyn Baldwin

Votes: 236

36. East of Shanghai (1931)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann

Votes: 3,349

37. Women of All Nations (1931)

72 min | Comedy, Drama

6.0
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Marines Flagg and Quirt fought together in WWI and Panama. After some time in New York they go to Sweden and compete for the love of Else. Next they go to Nicaragua and help earthquake ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe, Greta Nissen, El Brendel

Votes: 65

38. The Mad Genius (1931)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.5
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A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook

Votes: 390

39. The Yellow Ticket (1931)

Passed | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.6
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A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Walter Byron

Votes: 110

40. Mary (1931)

78 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Alfred Abel, Olga Tschechowa, Paul Graetz, Lotte Stein

Votes: 471

41. Quick Millions (1931)

72 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day.

Director: Rowland Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Marguerite Churchill, Sally Eilers, Bob Burns

Votes: 110

42. Trader Horn (1931)

Passed | 122 min | Adventure, Romance

6.5
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Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Harry Carey, Edwina Booth, Duncan Renaldo, Mutia Omoolu

Votes: 728

43. La fin du monde (1931)

54 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Abel Gance, Colette Darfeuil, Sylvie Gance, Jeanne Brindeau

Votes: 181

44. Illicit (1931)

Unrated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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A young couple lives together out of wedlock, but they find that they're ahead of their time.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Rennie, Ricardo Cortez, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 654

45. Rain (1932)

Passed | 94 min | Drama

6.9
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A prostitute finds redemption in Pago Pago thanks to a hard missionary man.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard, Ben Hendricks Jr.

Votes: 1,981

46. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 3,951

47. The Big Stampede (1932)

Passed | 54 min | Western

5.8
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Deputy Sheriff John Steele recruits bandit Sonora Joe to help him find out who's been bumping off all the local lawmen and rustling the cattle.

Director: Tenny Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Noah Beery, Paul Hurst, Mae Madison

Votes: 359

48. Haunted Gold (1932)

Passed | 58 min | Horror, Mystery, Western

5.5
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John and Janet get a weird letter telling them to go to a ghost town which has an abandoned mine. There they contend with bad guys looking for hidden gold. They are aided by a mysterious Phantom.

Director: Mack V. Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Sheila Terry, Harry Woods

Votes: 434

49. 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)

Unrated | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,875

50. Hell's House (1932)

72 min | Drama

6.3
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Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions.

Director: Howard Higgin | Stars: Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien, Junior Durkin, Frank Coghlan Jr.

Votes: 763

51. The Crooked Circle (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.3
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A group of amateur detectives sets out to expose The Crooked Circle, a secretive group of hooded occultists.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Zasu Pitts, James Gleason, Ben Lyon, Irene Purcell

Votes: 231

52. Number 17 (1932)

TV-PG | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop

Votes: 3,807

53. Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.1
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A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 846

54. Air Mail (1932)

84 min | Adventure, Drama

6.5
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A group of air mail pilots risk their lives to deliver important mail through bad weather conditions.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy, Gloria Stuart, Slim Summerville

Votes: 269

55. Night After Night (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson, Mae West

Votes: 500

56. F.P.1 Doesn't Answer (1932)

114 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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Urged by famous airman Ellissen the Lennartz Company puts into reality the project proposed by his friend Droste: F.P.1, a huge floating platform in the Atlantic that makes long-distance ... See full summary »

Director: Karl Hartl | Stars: Hans Albers, Sybille Schmitz, Paul Hartmann, Peter Lorre

Votes: 162

57. Alias the Doctor (1932)

61 min | Drama

6.2
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh, Norman Foster, Adrienne Dore

Votes: 152

58. Taxi! (1932)

TV-G | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 945

59. The Cabin in the Cotton (1932)

TV-G | 78 min | Drama

7.1
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A tenant farmer's son is caught in the middle of owner-tenant disputes when he falls for the plantation owner's seductive daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Bette Davis, Dorothy Jordan, Hardie Albright

Votes: 1,131

60. The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor | Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy, William Gargan

Votes: 762

61. The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 881 | Gross: $0.41M

62. Red Dust (1932)

Passed | 83 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor

Votes: 3,112

63. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

6.6
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A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn, Billie Burke, David Manners

Votes: 1,194

64. The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case (1932)

Unrated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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A young woman turns to Sherlock Holmes for protection when she's menaced by an escaped killer seeking missing treasure. However, when the woman is kidnapped, Holmes and Watson must penetrate the city's criminal underworld to find her.

Director: Graham Cutts | Stars: Arthur Wontner, Isla Bevan, Ian Hunter, Graham Soutten

Votes: 393

65. The Last Mile (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama

6.3
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An innocent man sentenced to death gets caught up in a prison riot.

Director: Samuel Bischoff | Stars: Howard Phillips, Preston Foster, George E. Stone, Noel Madison

Votes: 252

66. Tiger Shark (1932)

Unrated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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A tuna fisherman marries a woman who doesn't love him.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Richard Arlen, Zita Johann, Leila Bennett

Votes: 635

67. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

69 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, J. Farrell MacDonald, Paul Hurst

Votes: 513

68. Thirteen Women (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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Ursula plots to murder 12 women with her supernatural powers.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Irene Dunne, Ricardo Cortez, Jill Esmond, Myrna Loy

Votes: 889

69. Night World (1932)

58 min | Drama

7.0
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Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

Director: Hobart Henley | Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 247

70. Lawyer Man (1932)

TV-G | 72 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Powell, Joan Blondell, David Landau, Helen Vinson

Votes: 492

71. Love Affair (1932)

68 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Heiress Carol Owen learns to fly from aeronautical engineer Jim Leonard who begins neglecting his work as their affair progresses. Things get complicated when she learns her father died ... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Humphrey Bogart, Hale Hamilton, Halliwell Hobbes

Votes: 275

72. Law and Order (1932)

75 min | Western

7.0
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A lawman sets out to tame Tombstone, Arizona.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Carey, Raymond Hatton, Russell Hopton

Votes: 198

73. Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

Passed | 55 min | Romance, Western

5.4
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John Drury saves Duke, a wild horse accused of murder, and trains him. When he discovers that the real murderer, a bad guy known as The Hawk, is the town's leading citizen, Drury arrested on a fraudulent charge.

Director: Fred Allen | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Henry B. Walthall

Votes: 489

74. The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Romance

5.8
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Barbara Everest

Votes: 220

75. Cavalcade (1933)

Passed | 112 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.0
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The triumps and tragedies of two English families, the upper-crust Marryots and the working-class Bridges, from 1899 to 1933 are portrayed.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 3,522 | Gross: $7.63M

76. Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

Passed | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.5
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A political hack becomes President during the height of the Depression and undergoes a metamorphosis into an incorruptible statesman after a near-fatal accident.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Walter Huston, Karen Morley, Franchot Tone, Arthur Byron

Votes: 956

77. I'm No Angel (1933)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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Circus performer Tira seeks a better life pursuing the company of wealthy New York men with improbable comic complications along the way.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff, Edward Arnold

Votes: 2,451 | Gross: $2.85M

78. The Song of Songs (1933)

90 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Lily falls in love with the sculptor who leaves her out of fear of commitment.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 495

79. Men Must Fight (1933)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

6.4
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Laura is a nurse at the Front in World War I. She meets and falls for a young flyer named Geoffrey. On his first mission, Geoffrey is shot down and taken to the hospital where Laura works. ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Diana Wynyard, Lewis Stone, Phillips Holmes, May Robson

Votes: 277

80. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

8.0
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 49,813

81. Lucky Devils (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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A group of stuntmen at one studio in Hollywood call themselves "Lucky Devils," and regularly chant "A stuntman makes a bad husband and a husband makes a bad stuntman." It rings true when ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: William Boyd, Dorothy Wilson, William Gargan, Bob Rose

Votes: 100

82. S.O.S. Eisberg (1933)

90 min | Adventure, Drama

6.6
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An expedition goes in search of a party lost the year before.

Director: Arnold Fanck | Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet

Votes: 145

83. Alice in Wonderland (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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In Victorian England a bored young girl dreams that she has entered a fantasy world called Wonderland populated by even more fantastic characters.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, William Austin, Gary Cooper

Votes: 1,590

84. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.2
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 1,025

85. The Man from Monterey (1933)

57 min | Western

5.3
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A cavalry officer helps save a family's ranch from land grabbers.

Director: Mack V. Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Ruth Hall, Luis Alberni

Votes: 376

86. Murder on the Campus (1933)

73 min | Mystery

5.8
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A popular young student finds herself accused of a series of murders that have occurred on the college campus. Her boyfriend, a reporter for the local newspaper, knows she didn't do it, and and sets out to prove her innocence and catch the real killer.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth Hall

Votes: 140

87. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.1
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A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 5,966

88. The Telegraph Trail (1933)

54 min | Western

6.0
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A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.

Director: Tenny Wright | Stars: John Wayne, Duke, Frank McHugh, Marceline Day

Votes: 366

89. The Emperor Jones (1933)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.

Directors: Dudley Murphy, William C. de Mille | Stars: Paul Robeson, Dudley Digges, Frank H. Wilson, Fredi Washington

Votes: 692

90. This Day and Age (1933)

86 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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High school students band together to dispense vigilante justice against a vicious gangland boss.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charles Bickford, Judith Allen, Richard Cromwell, Harry Green

Votes: 93

91. Morning Glory (1933)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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When a naively innocent, aspiring actress arrives on the Broadway scene, she is taken under the wing of several theater veterans who mentor her to ultimate success.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Adolphe Menjou, Mary Duncan

Votes: 2,140

92. Our Betters (1933)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Although the British upper class may be thought our betters in society, but they are certainly not our betters, and perhaps our equals, in morality.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Constance Bennett, Violet Kemble Cooper, Phoebe Foster, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 448

93. Berkeley Square (1933)

Unrated | 84 min | Fantasy, Romance

6.6
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A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor, Irene Browne

Votes: 540

94. Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Unrated | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess

Votes: 1,074

95. The Devil's in Love (1933)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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Unjustly convicted of murdering the major who transferred him to another outpost, a doctor makes good his escape then sets out to prove his innocence using another identity.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Victor Jory, Loretta Young, Vivienne Osborne, David Manners

Votes: 77

96. Dancing Lady (1933)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.7
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An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson

Votes: 1,615

97. Counsellor-at-Law (1933)

TV-G | 82 min | Drama

7.6
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Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: John Barrymore, Bebe Daniels, Doris Kenyon, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 954

98. The Silk Express (1933)

61 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A trainload of silk puts Neil Hamilton on the fast track to murder in this full-throttle thrill ride costarring Sheila Terry and Guy Kibbee. As the demand for raw silk goes sky high, ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Sheila Terry, Arthur Byron, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 117

99. Little Women (1933)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 5,134

100. Penthouse (1933)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

6.9
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A lawyer's fiancée leaves him after he defends a racketeer accused of murder, but she needs his help when her new beau is accused of killing an old flame.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke

Votes: 771