All Quiet on the Western Front: After their teacher talks them into volunteering for WWI, they discover the true nature of war.  1930, AFI's 100 Best Films.  138 minutes.

Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs: World's first feature-length animation.  The only full-length animation done in watercolor.   The best selling film up to its time, 1937, AFI's 100 Best Films.

Bringing Up Baby: When a harebrained woman ropes him into delivering a leopard, he must keep it a secret and still make it to his wedding on time.  1938; AFI's 100 Best Films.  102 minutes. 

The Wizard of Oz
1939, AFI's 100 Best Films.
103 minutes

Angels with Dirty Faces: A priest tries to help kids in the slums while his childhood best friend, now a gangster, tries to collect money owed him by the mob. 1938; 97 minutes. 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: They sent a na´ve young man to DC thinking he would do whatever they wanted, but he stood up against them.  1939; AFI's 100 Best Films.  James Stewart.   129 minutes. 

Gone with the Wind a spoiled heiress chases after two different men while her world falls apart.  1939, AFI's 100 Best Films.  Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh.  224 minutes. 

Stagecoach: a coach carrying several passengers and a man to his hanging, is attacked.  1939, AFI's 100 Best Pictures, 96 minutes. 

Lecture on film in the 1930s: (see below).   

View trailers from the 1930s and select a second film.

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Friday: Assessment
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Other Period Films: 1930s
39 Steps The, British Film Institute's 50 Greatest British Films
Captains Courageous 1937
AA Best Picture
Cimarron, AA Best Picture
Dracula 1931
City Lights 1931 AFI's 100 Best Pictures
Dark Victory
Duck Soup
1933 AFI's 100 Best Pictures
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Grand Hotel
AA Best Picture
Grand Illusion 1936
Great Ziegfeld
AA Best Picture
It Happened One Night, 1934 AA Best Picture, AFI's 100 Best Pictures
Lady Vanishes, The  1938, British Film Institute's 50 Greatest British Films
Life of ╔mile Zola AA Best Picture
Love Affair
The Man Who Knew Too Much,
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mutiny on the Bounty
, AA Best Picture, AFI's 100 Best Pictures
Of Mice and Men
Rules of The Game, The
Saboteur 1936
Wuthering Heights, AFI's 100 Best Pictures
You Can't Take It with You, AA Best Picture

Lecture Notes
Sound: Some sound existed before 1929, but it had technical problems.  It always had a separate machine to produce the sound and it was difficult to get them in sync.  The early creative impact of sound was negative.  Microphones weren't great and actors had to stay close and still.  Some actors that had forged their careers on their energy and movement found their careers slowing or ending.  Writers were now necessary, as was the memorization of lines. 

The Gangster Film appeared, featuring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and others.  This was the decade of the depression and of prohibition.  Real-life gangsters were in the news headlines. 
XX Little Caesar(1931) Edward G. Robinson  Douglas Fainbanks Jr. Trailer 
XX The Public Enemy (1931) James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart  Trailer  Gun Shop Scene (1:10)
XX Scarface (1932) Paul Muni. 
XX The Roaring Twenties (1939) James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart  Final Scene (6:23)
XX White Heat.  James Cagney.  "Ask him about my mother." (2:04)

The Musical
XX "Musical Films"  (2010).  Retrieved from YouTube:magiorey (12:43). 

The monster film
XX Dracula  (1931)
XX Frankenstein (1931) Creation Scene  (4:05)    Girl and the Pond  (2:38) 
XX King Kong (1933) Final scene (6:23)  The film used neither an ape nor man in an ape suit.  This was Hitler's favorite. 

Snow White--The Appearance of the Feature Animation
XX In 1937, Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  It was the most financially successful film
XX ever released.  It was one of only two animated films ever placed on the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest
XX Films List.  It remains the only feature-length animation done in watercolor. 

Shirley Temple and other Children's Movies
Shirley Temple made more money for her studio than any other actress of the 1930s. 
XX stair scene with Bojangles from The Little Colonel; Good Ship Lollipop (1934) (3:31)
XX Shirley Singing and Dancing 1932-35 (6:34)
XX Our Gang with Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, and Buckwheat

The News Reels
Before the feature film, theaters often showed one-reelers that presented current affairs.  These called "News Reels." 

Some people think that 1939 was the most successful single year in Hollywood history.  Ten films were nominated for best picture.  In that year:
XX Gone With the Wind (The winner)
XX The Wizard of Oz
XX Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
XX Stagecoach
XX Wuthering Heights
XX Dark Victory
XX Goodbye, Mr. Chips
XX Love Affair
XX Ninotchka
XX Of Mice and Men