All Quiet on the Western Front: After a teacher talks them into going into WWI, they discover the reality of war. 1930, AFI's 100 Best Films. 138 min.

Frankenstein: 1931

King Kong: 1933

Duck Soup: 1933

Modern Times: Charlie Chaplin continues to  entertain with this almost-silent movie.  1936

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. 

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. 

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

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

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

Tuesday-Thursday
View selected film

Friday: Assessment
view trailers for next week. 

Other Period Films: 1930s
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1931
Cimarron, AA Best Picture
1931 City Lights : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  in top 25 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1931
M;  between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1931
Frankenstein : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1932
Grand Hotel Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1933
Cavalcade Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1933
Duck Soup : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1933
King Kong : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1934
It Happened One Night : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  Academy Award Best Picture;  between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1934
The Man Who Knew Too Much,
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1935
39 Steps;  On the list of British 50 Best Films; unrated
1936
Modern Times : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  in top 25 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1936
The Great Ziegfeld; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1937
The Life of ╔mile Zola; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1937
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1938
You Can't Take It with You; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1938
The Lady Vanishes;  On the list of British 50 Best Films; unrated
1938
Bringing Up Baby : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1939
Gone with the Wind : listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  Academy Award Best Picture;  between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies
1939
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies
1939
The Wizard of Oz: listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time;  between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1939
Stagecoach: listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1939
Wuthering Heights : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated

1931
Dracula
Dark Victory
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
1936 Grand Illusion
1936 Saboteur
Love Affair
1937 Captains Courageous
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 
Ninotchka
Of Mice and Men
1939 The  Rules of The Game

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 http://youtu.be/nBx7YMxlKvw (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." 

1939
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