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1.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ A comic fairy tale about a little tramp's devotion to a blind flower seller. My heart belongs to Buster Keaton but even I must acknowledge that no one anywhere ever equaled this. It is exquisite. ” - marie_D
 
2.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Police and criminals unknowingly make common cause in tracking down a child serial killer (Peter Lorre). This was voted the best German film ever by German film historians in the 1990's as per the fantastic commentary on the Criterion DVD. I've seen this one many times and always get something new out of it. Lorre was beyond magnificent in his film debut. What a tragedy that he succumbed to addiction later on. ” - marie_D
 
3.
La Chienne (1931)
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ A mildmannered henpecked cashier (Michel Simon) falls head over heels for a woman he rescues on the street. She and her pimp find that that his paintings have a market and cash in.

The film is introduced by puppets in a Punch & Judy show. One says the story is a morality play, a second says it is a comedy of manners, the third that it is about ordinary people and has no point. In fact, it is all three but I found it predominantly to be a pitch black comedy. Simon is wonderful and the direction, of course is superb. I love the way Renoir plays with art dealers and the way he uses music.

I'm always hoping to discover something new to add to my non-existent Top 100 and I'm happy to say I did today! Highly recommended.

Fritz Lang remade this film as Scarlet Street in 1945 with Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea. Much as I love that version, I prefer this one. ” - marie_D
 
4.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ I've seen this one many times before. Each time I am moved all over again by Boris Karloff's timeless performance as the monster. It is amazing that Universal considered for even one second giving the part to Lugosi. Then, too, the images are just wonderful. Some of the performances are over the top but they seem to fit right into the Gothic story. For a movie that is so easily parodied, this plays it surprisingly straight. ” - marie_D
 
5.
Marius (1931)
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César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M... (130 mins.)
Director: Alexandre Korda
“ Fanny loves Marius (Pierre Fresnay). Marius loves Fanny but dreams of the sea. Caesar (Raimu) loves them both. This is a richly human film, filled with marvelous character parts and emotion. The dialogue is wonderful without being too stagy.

Favorite exchange:
Wealthy widower who wants to marry young girl - "I have plenty of money."
Girl's mother - "Nightgowns have no pockets."

This is the first of three films collectively known as the "Marseilles Trilogy" or the "Fanny Trilogy" based on plays by Marcel Pagnol, who also wrote the source material for Jean de Florette, The Baker's Wife, and other films. ” - marie_D
 
6.
Le Million (1931)
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. (81 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ Another musical souffle from Rene Clair. A penniless young Parisian artist's creditors are all breathing down his neck when he wins a million in the lottery. Only problem is the ticket is in the pocket of his jacket, which he gave to his girlfriend to mend, and his girlfriend gave the jacket to a bum, and the bum sold the jacket and ... you get the picture. I find these things totally enchanting. ” - marie_D
 
7.
Comradeship (1931)
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Plea against war and for friendship between peoples, through the story of French miners rescued by German colleagues after a firedamp explosion. (93 mins.)
“ A large seam of coal runs under the border between France and Germany. When over 600 miners are trapped by fire and cave-ins on the French side, German miners spontaneously come to their rescue.

This is a picture about the brotherhood of workers. As such I expected it to be heavy on the message. This movie would have been excellent without any message. It is very suspenseful, the script is first-rate, and the special effects down in the mine are incredible. The ensemble cast speaks both French and German and is excellent. Quite an achievement considering the year it was made. ” - marie_D
 
8.
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ A bon vivant Viennese Lieutenant (Maurice Chevalier) starts a new romance with a violinist (Claudette Colbert). The affair ends all too quickly when a princess (Miriam Hopkins) believes a wink aimed at the violinist was meant for her. This musical comedy is pure naughty fun simply dripping with the Lubitsch touch. ” - marie_D
 
9.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
“ A physician's experiments to isolate the "noble" and "impulsive" parts of human nature go horribly wrong. I must read the book because I really could not figure out what possible constructive purpose this effort was designed to achieve. What I got out of the movie was that it allowed the otherwise saintly Jekyll to act on his sexual desires when he was not allowed to marry - though of course that goes wrong too. The camera work and special effects were ahead of their time. I thought Fredric March was wonderful as Hyde but maybe a bit theatrical as Jekyll. Miriam Hopkins was very good as poor Ivy save for her execrable Cockney accent. With Rose Hobart as Jekyll's fiancee. ” - marie_D
 
10.
The 3 Penny Opera (1931)
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In London at the turn of the century, the bandit Mack the Knife marries Polly without the knowledge of her father, Peachum, the 'king of the beggars'. (112 mins.)
Director: G.W. Pabst
“ Oh, I loved this version of the Brecht/Weill operetta. It just drips Weimar decadence and forboding. The acting is fantastic and the production is so stylish the frames could leap out from a German expressionist painting. Highly recommended. ” - marie_D
 
11.
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
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A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One. (81 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ An out-of-work American chorus girl (Mae Clarke) makes ends meet by picking up doughboys on Waterloo Bridge. She runs into a naive American soldier during an air raid and he starts making wedding plans. With a young and glowing Bette Davis in a tiny part as the soldier's sister.

1931 has been the year of Mae Clark who has done well in a wide range of roles - the fiance in Frankenstein, Jimmy Cagney's rather straight-laced moll in The Public Enemy and as a sensitive but street-wise woman in this one. I enjoyed Whale's restrained handling of the melodrama. I could have lived without the ending. I didn't know they would have to resort to that in the pre-Code days. ” - marie_D
 
12.
The Front Page (1931)
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Hildy Johnson, newspaper reporter, is engaged to Peggy Grant and planning to move to New York for a higher paying advertising job... (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Rapid fire newspaper comedy about an editor (Adolph Menjou) with ice in his veins who continuously bamboozles his star reporter (Pat O'Brien) into giving up his wedding plans to cover a high-profile hanging. This was remade with a sex change as His Girl Friday in 1940 with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and again in 1974 with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The screenplay by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur just pops. The delivery in this version is fine. I liked Edward Everett Horton as a germophobic reporter. The print I watched on Netflix streaming left a lot to be desired but I enjoyed it anyway. ” - marie_D
 
13.
Bad Girl (1931)
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A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ Dorothy (Sally Eilers) thinks all men are after one thing. Eddie (James Dunn) has never been able to whisper sweet nothings and is saving up to open his own radio business. They get together when he is the one guy who doesn't flirt with her. This is a moving film about well-intentioned ordinary people trying to make a go of married life while operating out of mistrust and often working at cross purposes. I liked it a lot. Eilers is beautiful but not much of an actress. I thought James Dunn was wonderful as the husband who expresses his love through action rather than words.

The title is misleading. There are a couple of shots of Eilers in lingerie and the couple do get married after they stay out late (or rather in at the boy's apartment) but the girl is certainly not "fast". Rather the opposite I would say.

Bad Girl won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Writing (Adaptation). It was also nominated for Best Picture. ” - marie_D
 
14.
Tokyo Chorus (1931)
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A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague. (90 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ This silent comedy directed by Yasujiro Ozu looks at the ups and downs of a middle class Japanese family during the Depression. The film ranges from slapstick to true poignancy and everything in between as it captures the experience of children and parents as they face challenges together. There is a moment when the family has reached its lowest ebb and the parents are playing a pat-a-cake game with the children. The husband and wife simply look at each other without saying a word or emoting very much. You can see all the genius that Ozu would develop in that one moment. Highly recommended. ” - marie_D
 
15.
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ By all rights this movie just shouldn't be a classic. The acting is over the top when it isn't wooden and the effects are laughable (I am especially fond of the armadillos in Dracula's castle and the rubber bats). It isn't even scary. So why is it so darned entertaining??? Beats me. Every time I watch it I enjoy it all over again. ” - marie_D
 
16.
Drácula (1931)
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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
“ An entirely separate cast and crew went on duty when the principal players were through for the day and prepared a version of Dracula on the Universal lot for the Spanish-speaking market. Funnily enough, it turns out to be superior in almost every way to the more famous Lugosi version. It is much creepier, flows better, and boasts a more believable Renfield and a Van Helsing who is a worthy vampire slayer. The damsel in distress is a real beauty. This version is available on the Universal Dracula Legacy Collection DVD with English subtitles. Highly recommended. ” - marie_D
 
17.
The Public Enemy (1931)
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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. (83 mins.)
“ I was so sure I had seen this before. But I have no recollection of the unforgettable ending at all so clearly I was basing my memories on clips. At any rate, Cagney gave his usual 110% and I thought many of the more brutal moments foreshadowed The Godfather. It moved a little more slowly than I would have liked. ” - marie_D
 
18.
Little Caesar (1931)
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Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob... (79 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ A power-crazy and gun-crazy hoodlum (Edward G. Robinson) rises to the top of his profession before a great fall. With Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as his chum turned song-and-dance man and Glenda Farrell as his dance partner.

This was an interesting companion piece to The Public Enemy. Robinson's character has none of the charm of Cagney's "bad boy" and there is a strong role for the police which were absent in the other film. Nonetheless, Robinson is as dynamic and compelling as Cagney for me and I thought the film flowed somewhat better. ” - marie_D
 
19.
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
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On the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, a young couple's love is threatened when the tribal chief declares the girl a sacred virgin. (86 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Silent docu-drama about the love of a Tahitian girl and boy and their struggle to stay together when a tabu is placed on the girl. This is beautiful to watch, the young actors are charming and natural, and the music is fun. ” - marie_D
 
20.
À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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A famous left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom escaped jail and then worked his way up from salesman to factory owner... (104 mins.)
Director: René Clair
“ On Hulu Plus ” - marie_D
 
21.
The Champ (1931)
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Alcoholic ex-boxer struggles to provide a good living for his son. (86 mins.)
“ A washed-up alcoholic heavyweight (Wallace Beery) is attempting to raise his young son (Jackie Cooper) in Tijuana on gambling winnings. While he doesn't do a great job of it, love is strong between father and son. This sentimental but gritty tearjerker works for me. Cooper is particularly charming and, while Beery is an unconvincing boxer, he is a lovable lug. ” - marie_D
 
22.
Platinum Blonde (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman from a very rich family impulsively marries a reporter, but each assumes the other is the one whose lifestyle must change. (89 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
“ A society girl (Jean Harlow) and a reporter (Robert Williams) fall in love and elope but can their marriage survive her attempts to "civilize" him? With Loretta Young as his newspaper buddy, Gallagher. I liked this one a lot due to the snappy dialogue, expertly delivered by the very appealing Williams and company. I found myself wondering what happened to him. Turns out this was his first major role and he died of peritonitis 4 days after the picture's release. ” - marie_D
 
23.
Smart Money (1931)
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Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel. (81 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ Nick the Barber (Edward G. Robinson) is known for his luck as a gambler. He takes off for the big city with a stake bankrolled by all his friends at the barber shop. Unfortunately, blondes are his weakness and they and considerable hubris will prove challenging. With James Cagney as his pal/enforcer, Evelyn Knapp as one of the blondes, and Boris Karloff in a tiny role as a gambling rival.

This movie was made as a way of cashing in on the tremendous success of Little Caesar. (Cagney had yet to break through to stardom in Public Enemy, which was in pre-production at the time this film was made.) This is the only film in which Robinson and Cagney appear together. Although Robinson reprises many of the characteristics of Rico, his character here is far more sympathetic. I enjoyed it very much. ” - marie_D
 
24.
Flunky, Work Hard! (1931 Short Film)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
“ A bumbling insurance salesman struggles to make ends meet in Depression-era Japan. This silent short comedy is the earliest surviving work by cinema great Mikio Naruse, who, with Yasujiro Osu, made many domestic dramas in the 30's, 40's and 50's. ” - marie_D
 
25.
Night Nurse (1931)
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A nurse enlists the help of a petty criminal to foil a sinister plot to murder two children. (72 mins.)
“ The story follows the training and early career of plucky nurse Lora Hart (Barbara Stanwyck). Her first job is as a night nurse to a couple of young children who are mysteriously starving while their drunken mother carries on with a sinister chauffeur (Clark Gable - in jodhpurs!). Also with Joan Blondelle as another nurse and Ben Lyons as a good-natured young bootlegger. This Pre-Code classic is great fun what with all the disrobing, fisticuffs, and straighttalking ("you mother!"). The DVD includes a pretty good TCM documentary on pre-Code Hollywood called "Thou Shalt Not." ” - marie_D
 
26.
Monkey Business (1931)
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On a transatlantic crossing, the Marx brothers get up to their usual antics and manage to annoy just about everyone on board the ship. (77 mins.)
Director: Norman McLeod
“ Mixed Marx Brothers entry in which the boys stow away on an ocean liner. Harpo has some inspired moments including a long scene in a Punch and Judy show. Thelma Todd can never replace my beloved Margaret Dumont as a foil for Groucho. ” - marie_D
 
27.
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
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A lovely dame with dangerous lies employs the services of a private detective, who is quickly caught up in the mystery and intrigue of a statuette known as the Maltese Falcon. (80 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
“ The original film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel with Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade and Bebe Daniels as Ruth Wonderly (here not an alias). Also with Dwight Frye, who was having quite a year, as Wilmer Cook and the always delightful Una Merkel as Sam's secretary. I enjoyed this but couldn't help longing for Bogart and the rest of the 1941 cast who took the same dialogue to a whole new level. There was something about Bogart's ability to play it straight that gave the wisecracks a special bite. Here Cortez tries much too hard. ” - marie_D
 
28.
Svengali (1931)
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Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves. (81 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
“ A creepy singing teacher mesmerizes a young artist's model into a great concert career but can he hypnotize her heart? Marian Marsh is adorable as the gamin-like Trilby and the story is ably staged. The title role may be John Barrymore's hammiest performance ever and he can't seem to decide whether his accent should be Swedish, Yiddish, or German. Worth watching for Marsh. ” - marie_D
 
29.
Arrowsmith (1931)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Somewhat ponderous adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel. M.D. Martin Arrowsmith (Ronald Colman) initially abandons research when he marries his first love (Helen Hayes) and becomes a country doctor. Later, he rejoins his research mentor and works on a cure for bubonic plague.

I haven't read the novel so cannot comment whether the film's problems originate in the book. It suffers from an overall pompous tone and some very dubious racial politics as well as from Richard Bennett's horrendous Swedish accent. Interesting to see uncredited early performances by Ford regulars Ward Bond and John Qualen. ” - marie_D
 
30.
The Black Camel (1931)
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The unsolved murder of a Hollywood actor several years earlier and an enigmatic psychic are the keys to help Charlie solve the Honolulu stabbing death of a beautiful actress. (71 mins.)
“ Charlie Chan (Werner Oland) solves a murder on the fringes of a film shoot in Honolulu. With Bela Lugosi as a psychic, Dwight Frye as a butler, Sally Eilers as a friend of the victim, and Robert Young in his film debut as Sally's boyfriend. This is this is the earliest extant Oland/Chan film. It stands out for some dynamite Honolulu location footage and beautifully lit camerwork as well as featuring a somewhat more serious and active Chan than is seen later in the series. The remastered print on the DVD is out of this world. ” - marie_D
 
31.
A Free Soul (1931)
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An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him. (93 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ Steven Ashe (Lionel Barrymore) is a brilliant, but alcoholic, trial attorney, who has taught his daughter Jan (Norma Shearer) to think for herself. When Jan meets the sexy gambler (Clark Gable) her father has exonerated in a murder trial, she drops her steadfast fiance (Leslie Howard) and "gives herself" to him. It gets more and more dramatic from there.

It was refreshing to watch a film of this era with a strong female protagonist, even if Norma does recognize the error of her ways by the final frame. I enjoyed the film but the trial scenes, as usual, bothered me. I always watch these with a critical eye and the attorneys and judge almost never fail to trample on every rule of evidence in the book throughout.

Lionel Barrymore won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this film. ” - marie_D
 
32.
The Skin Game (1931)
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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. (85 mins.)
“ Adaptation of a stage play by John Galsworthy. A self-made industrialist (Edmund Gwynne) is buying up land and overturning the old order in the name of progress and power. The local squire's family seeks to combat this usurpation of its traditional demesne through a bit of blackmail with tragic results. I really enjoyed Gwynne's very un-Santa performance but that was the high point of this film. The sound quality detracts from the experience and the blackmail victim's histrionics are almost intolerable. ” - marie_D
 
33.
Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
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At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences. (88 mins.)
“ The girls at a Prussian boarding school are kept hungry and under strict discipline. They all have huge school girl crushes on the one kind teacher, Fraulein von Bernberg (Dorothea Weick). When Manuela (Hertha Thiele) enrolls, the sensitive motherless girl develops an obsession with her teacher.

This movie is considered to be a LGBT classic, though there is but one brief kiss on the lips and it's not entirely clear whether the longing is sexual per se. I thought the film was OK but a little slow. ” - marie_D
 
34.
East of Shanghai (1931)
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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. (92 mins.)
“ A married couple is scraping by when the man receives as unexpected gift that allows them to take a dream luxury sea cruise. Both are soon tempted by shipboard romance. With Joan Barry, who provided the voice for Annie Ondra in Blackmail, as the wife, Henry Kendall as the husband and Betty Amman as a vamp.

This was far more inventive and Hitchcockian than The Skin Game but I still wasn't crazy about it. I'm getting a bit tired of "men behaving badly" and their forgiving wives. It didn't help that the sound was out of sync on YouTube which is the only place I could find this. ” - marie_D
 
35.
Fighting Caravans (1931)
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A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders... (92 mins.)
“ In the days before the intercontinental railroad, caravans of wagons carried the freight to California. A single French woman (Lili Dalmita) falls for an Indian scout (Gary Cooper) on this particular journey. This is a pretty routine Western but I was interested to see Dalmita who looks like she is out of a much later decade than the '30's. And of course Cooper is young and gorgeous. ” - marie_D
 
36.
Mata Hari (1931)
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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. (89 mins.)
“ Exotic dancer turned German spy Mata Hari (Greta Garbo) has lured many men to their doom, including Russian General Shubin (Lionel Barrymore). Will a weakness for her latest mark Lieutenant Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro) be her downfall?

This movie was not for me. I found myself pondering for most of it whatever possessed the costume designers to put Garbo in those unflattering close fitting caps throughout. This was my first experience with Ramon Novarro. His appeal escaped me but perhaps he was past his prime. ” - marie_D
 
37.
Cimarron (1931)
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century. (123 mins.)
“ A heroic editor and lawyer (Richard Dix) repeatedly abandons his steadfast wife (Irene Dunne) and family and helps to make Oklahoma great????!!!! This is basically an epic starting with the Oklahoma Land Rush and ending with the oil boom.

Possibly I should cut this film some slack but I really do not feel like it. I hate movies like this one, especially when they are over two hours long and when they feature "comic" stutterers etc. Instead I will nominate it for several awards: Worst Picture to Win an Oscar, Worst Performance by an Actor Nominated for an Oscar (Richard Dix), and Worst Performance by Irene Dunne in a Motion Picture. ” - marie_D
 
38.
Indiscreet (1931)
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A young woman jeopardizes the relationship with the man she loves when a no-account from her past shows up. (92 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
39.
Five Star Final (1931)
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The City Editor of a sleazy tabloid goes against his own journalistic ethics to resurrect a twenty year old murder case... with tragic results. (89 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ Buy on Amazon Instant ” - marie_D
 
40.
Morals for Women (1931)
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A desperate woman turns to prostitution but is saved by true love in this vintage cautionary tale. (65 mins.)
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
41.
The Struggle (1931)
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism. (87 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
42.
Millie (1931)
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Millie's life begins to crumble when she finds out her husband is having an affair. (85 mins.)
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
43.
Lonely Wives (1931)
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A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails. (85 mins.)
Director: Russell Mack
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
44.
Corsair (1931)
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A stock market broker plans to liven up his boring life by taking up piracy on the high seas. (75 mins.)
Director: Roland West
“ Amazon Prime ” - marie_D
 
45.
Behind Office Doors (1931)
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Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him. (82 mins.)
Director: Melville Brown
“ Internet Archive ” - marie_D
 
46.
The Law of the Tong (1931)
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A young girl working as a dance-hall hostess gets mixed up in a scheme that smuggles illegal Chinese aliens into the country. (61 mins.)
Director: Lew Collins
“ Amazon Instant ” - marie_D
 
47.
Soul of the Slums (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young man, framed and sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit, is released after serving his stretch... (64 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
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48.
Kept Husbands (1931)
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Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory... (76 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
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49.
The Lady Refuses (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A wealthy London nobleman hires a pretty but poor young girl to distract his playboy son from marrying a golddigger... (72 mins.)
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50.
Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Holmes believes is controlled by Professor Moriarty. (84 mins.)
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51.
Murder at Midnight (1931)
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Wealthy Mr. Kennedy shoots his secretary, Channing, during a parlor game, but it turns out the gun was loaded with real bullets... (69 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
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52.
The Stolen Jools (1931 Short Film)
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Star-packed promotional short subject intended to raise funds for the National Variety Artists tuberculosis sanatorium... (20 mins.)
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53.
Sidewalks of New York (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A dim-witted slumlord tries to reform a gang of urban boys (and impress an attractive young woman) by transforming their rough neighborhood into a more decent place. (74 mins.)
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54.
Ten Nights in a Barroom (1931)
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A man's heavy drinking drives away his family and threatens to destroy his relationship with his little daughter. (72 mins.)
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55.
Beau Ideal (1931)
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An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend. (79 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
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56.
Grief Street (1931)
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Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is... (64 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
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57.
Pleasure (1931)
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Gerald Whitley is a prominent writer with a ruthlessly selfish wife in a story dealing with love and art in a background of high society... (70 mins.)
Director: Otto Brower
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58.
Chinatown After Dark (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
The female head of a criminal gang in Chinatown is after a valuable jewel, and lets nothing stand in her way of finding it. (59 mins.)
Director: Stuart Paton
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59.
Convicted (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Tony Blair, a producer of Broadway plays, is murdered on a California-bound passenger liner, and a series... (63 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
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60.
Ghost Parade (1931 Short Film)
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A series of strange, inexplicable, and increasingly frightening events takes place in Mosby Manor. (18 mins.)
Director: Mack Sennett
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61.
The Phantom (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion. (62 mins.)
Director: Alvin J. Neitz
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62.
Dirigible (1931)
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Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible. (100 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
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63.
Mystery Train (1931)
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A group of passengers are trapped in a runaway Pullman car. (62 mins.)
Director: Phil Whitman
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64.
Street Scene (1931)
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Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave. (80 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
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65.
Sweepstakes (1931)
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(77 mins.)
Director: Albert Rogell
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66.
The Lady Refuses (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A wealthy London nobleman hires a pretty but poor young girl to distract his playboy son from marrying a golddigger... (72 mins.)
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67.
The Drums of Jeopardy (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A mad doctor is determined to take revenge on the family he believes is responsible for his daughter's death. (75 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
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68.
Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A card cheat is threatened with exposure into joining a criminal enterprise that Holmes believes is controlled by Professor Moriarty. (84 mins.)
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69.
The Royal Bed (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The hapless king of a small European nation must put up with a domineering queen, a daughter who wants to elope with her boyfriend... (75 mins.)
Director: Lowell Sherman
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70.
The Speckled Band (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
After her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, a young heiress seeks Holmes' help when she feels threatened by her brutish stepfather. (90 mins.)
Director: Jack Raymond
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71.
Good Sport (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When her husband (Alan Dinehart) sails for a three-month business trip in Europe, an unsophisticated... (67 mins.)
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72.
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A man tries passing off a socially awkward fellow as a Casanova in the hopes of marrying off his would be sister-in-law. (73 mins.)
Director: Edward Sedgwick
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73.
The Tip-Off (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Eddie Quillan falls in love with a gangster's girlfriend but avoids trouble when he becomes friends with Robert Armstrong and his girlfriend (71 mins.)
Director: Albert Rogell
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74.
East of Borneo (1931)
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Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband. (77 mins.)
Director: George Melford
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75.
Tao hua qi xue ji (1931)
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(100 mins.)
Director: Richard Poh
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76.
Laughing Gravy (1931 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy. (31 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
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77.
The Lady and the Beard (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard. (75 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
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78.
The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much. (64 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
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