non-musicals watched

by bderoes | created - 12 Oct 2017 | updated - 2 hours ago | Public

Related lists: musicals with worthwhile dancing: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020899620 musicals watched: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020839949 musicals to watch: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls020853190

Films where I wanted to make notes, not public reviews. Most notes live at the public site http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/

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1. The Emperor Jones (1933)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

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: 738

John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran Inc. (distr. UA), dir. Dudley Murphy, William C. de Mille (uncredited); http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-emperor-jones-1933-5.html

2. Kiss and Make-Up (1934)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »

Director: Harlan Thompson | Stars: Cary Grant, Helen Mack, Genevieve Tobin, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 431

Paramount, dir. Thompson; 6+ http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/kiss-and-make-up-1934-6.html

3. Baby, Take a Bow (1934)

PG | 76 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 725

Fox Film Corp., dir. Lachman; 5 http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/baby-take-bow-1934-5.html

4. Check and Double Check (1930)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Sue Carol, Irene Rich

Votes: 318

RKO, dir. Brown; 5- http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/check-and-double-check-1930-5.html

5. Palooka (1934)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Music

Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stuart Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 258

Edward Small Prod, dir. Stoloff; 6-- (sic) http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/palooka-1934-6.html

6. Young Man of Manhattan (1930)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two flappers (Claudette Colbert and Ginger Rogers) try to get their newspaper reporter boyfriends to pay attention to them.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Norman Foster, Ginger Rogers, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 101

Paramount, dir. Bell; 7- http://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/young-man-of-manhattan-1930-7.html

7. A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

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: 1,276

RKO, dir. Cukor; 7 Very effective. Watched on YouTube.

8. Now and Forever (1934)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A swindler and his girlfriend take in his young daughter, who has been living with the family of his deceased wife.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, Guy Standing

Votes: 782

Paramount, dir. Hathaway; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/10/now-and-forever-1934-6.html

9. Our Little Girl (1935)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa ... See full summary »

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: Shirley Temple, Rosemary Ames, Joel McCrea, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 367

Fox Film Corp, dir. Robertson; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/our-little-girl-1935-6.html

10. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 137,366 | Gross: $1.24M

Universum Film (UFA), dir. Lang; 6. The 1984 Giorgio Moroder version is Blu. The 2010 Complete version is DVD. https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/metropolis-1927-1984-6.html

11. She (1935)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality... See full summary »

Directors: Lansing C. Holden, Irving Pichel | Stars: Helen Gahagan, Randolph Scott, Helen Mack, Nigel Bruce

Votes: 1,236

RKO, dir. Holden & Pichel, 8 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/she-1935-8-nm.html

12. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 459,299 | Gross: $1.02M

Warner, dir. Curtiz, 9 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/casablanca-1942-9-nm.html

13. Hearts Divided (1936)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, History, Musical

Napoleon needs money to fight his wars in Europe so he wants 20 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory in the United States. To help the negotiations, he sends his brother, Jerome, to ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Charles Ruggles, Claude Rains

Votes: 648

Warner, dir. Borzage; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/hearts-divided-1936-5-nm.html

14. So Big! (1932)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama, Romance

Following the death of Selena's father, she's offered a job as a teacher in a small town and a new chapter of her life begins.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Dickie Moore, Bette Davis

Votes: 1,157

Warner, dir. Wellman; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/so-big-1932-7-nm.html

15. T-Men (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two US Treasury agents hunt a successful counterfeiting ring.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Wallace Ford, Alfred Ryder, Mary Meade

Votes: 2,525

https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/t-men-1947-5-nm.html

16. Trouble in Texas (1937)

Passed | 63 min | Western

Rodeo stars are being killed with poisoned needles, and Tex Ritter is next on the list.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: Tex Ritter, Rita Hayworth, White Flash, Earl Dwire

Votes: 136

prod. Boots and Saddles Pictures, distr. Grand National Pictures, dir. Bradbury; 4- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/trouble-in-texas-1937-4.html

17. In Old Kentucky (1935)

86 min | Comedy

Horse trainer Steve Tapley is caught between the feuding Martingale and Shattuck families. He sides with young Nancy Martingale and her grandfather Ezra, and the feud is to be resolved by a... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Will Rogers, Dorothy Wilson, Russell Hardie, Charles Sellon

Votes: 95

Fox, dir. Marshall; 6. NOT a musical, but Bill Robinson dances. https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/in-old-kentucky-1935-6-nm-but.html

18. Sweetheart of the Navy (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Singer struggles to make her new nightclub succeed in a naval port after her partner leaves with the funds but not the bills.

Director: Duncan Mansfield | Stars: Eric Linden, Cecilia Parker, Roger Imhof, Bernadene Hayes

Votes: 15

B. F. Ziedman Film, distr. Grand National, dir. Mansfield; 4 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/sweetheart-of-navy-1937-4-nm.html

19. King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

Directors: Robert Stevenson, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, John Loder

Votes: 928

Gaumont British Picture Corporation, dir. Stevenson & Barkas; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/11/king-solomons-mines-1937-7-nm.html

20. Heidi (1937)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Musical

A plucky little orphan girl gets dumped abruptly into her gruff, hermit grandfather's care, then later gets retaken and delivered as a companion for an injured girl.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, Arthur Treacher, Helen Westley

Votes: 3,579

Fox, dir. Dwan; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/heidi-1937-6-nm.html

21. Fools for Scandal (1938)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

After meeting her in Paris, a penniless marquis relentlessly pursues a famous actress.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Carole Lombard, Fernand Gravey, Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 328

Warner, dir. LeRoy & Connolly; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/fools-for-scandal-1938-5-nm.html

22. Battle of Broadway (1938)

Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two American Legionnaires on convention in New York share adventures and rivalries in an around show biz.

Directors: George Marshall, Allan Dwan | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 33

Fox, dir. Marshall & Dwan; 5- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/battle-of-broadway-1938-5-nm.html

23. Midshipmaid Gob (1932)

84 min | Comedy

Sir Percy Newbiggin visits the fleet to find ways to economize naval expenditures. Daughter Celia tags along, and organizes a morale-boosting show utilizing ship-board talent. Her fiance shows up, and romantic complications ensue.

Director: Albert de Courville | Stars: Jessie Matthews, A.W. Baskcomb, Basil Sydney, Frederick Kerr

Votes: 31

Gaumont British; dir. de Courville, 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/midshipmaid-gob-1932-6.html

24. Give Me a Sailor (1938)

80 min | Comedy, Romance

Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Jack Whiting

Votes: 311

Paramount, dir. Nugent; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/give-me-sailor-1938-6.html

25. Room Service (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Lucille Ball

Votes: 4,247

MGM, dir. Seiter; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/room-service-1938-6-nm.html

26. Climbing High (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Wealthy young man (Redgrave) pretends to be poor to be close to a model (Matthews) though he nearly engaged to an aristocrat (Vyner).

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Jessie Matthews, Michael Redgrave, Noel Madison, Alastair Sim

Votes: 142

Gaumont British, dir. Carol Reed; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/climbing-high-1938-6-nm.html

27. Road Demon (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

At the Indianapolis Speedway mobsters try to bump off a young racer just as they did his dad. Junk yard owner tap dances.

Director: Otto Brower | Stars: Henry Arthur, Joan Valerie, Henry Armetta, Thomas Beck

Fox, dir, Brower; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/road-demon-1938-5-nm.html

28. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 251

Columbia, dir. Strayer; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2017/12/blondie-meets-boss-1939-5-nm.html

29. Bridal Suite (1939)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

An American playboy dumps his greedy finace and ends up marrying a woman from the alps.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele | Stars: Annabella, Robert Young, Walter Connolly, Reginald Owen

Votes: 140

MGM, dir Thiele; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/bridal-suite-1939-6-nm.html

30. Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Lee Bowman

Votes: 565

MGM, dir. Berkeley; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/fast-and-furious-1939-6-nm.html

31. Everything Happens at Night (1939)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

Two competing reporters fall in love with the daughter of a Nobel Prize winner living in hiding.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Sonja Henie, Ray Milland, Robert Cummings, Maurice Moscovitch

Votes: 143

Fox, dir. Cummings; 5+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/everything-happens-at-night-1939-5-nm.html

32. Slightly Honorable (1939)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Edward Arnold, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Terry

Votes: 326

Walter Wanger Productions, dir. Garnett; 5- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/slightly-honorable-1939-5-nm.html

33. The Blue Bird (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 1,304

Fox, dir. Lang; 8 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-blue-bird-1940-8-nm-color.html

34. Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen

Votes: 760

Columbia, dir. Hecht; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/angels-over-broadway-1940-6-nm.html

35. Golden Earrings (1947)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, War

On the eve of World War II (1939) English officer Ralph Denistoun is in Nazi Germany on an espionage mission to recover a poison gas formula from Prof. Krosigk. He is helped by Lydia and ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Ray Milland, Marlene Dietrich, Murvyn Vye, Bruce Lester

Votes: 894 | Gross: $7.00M

Paramount, dir. Leisen, 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/golden-earrings-1947-7-nm.html

36. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 848

Universal, dir. Clair, 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-flame-of-new-orleans-1941-6-nm.html

37. Affectionately Yours (1941)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

A married reporter's assignments carry him all over the world, which gives him ample opportunity to put the moves on the local females. He's in Lisbon attempting his latest "conquest" when ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Merle Oberon, Dennis Morgan, Rita Hayworth, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 355

Warner, dir. Bacon; 6- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/affectionately-yours-1941-6-nm.html

38. Parachute Battalion (1941)

Approved | 75 min | Drama, Romance

In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel's estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Robert Preston, Nancy Kelly, Edmond O'Brien, Harry Carey

Votes: 136

RKO, dir. Goodwins; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/parachute-battalion-1941-6-nm.html

39. Kathleen (1941)

Passed | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Kathleen is a 12 year old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and ... See full summary »

Director: Harold S. Bucquet | Stars: Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall, Laraine Day, Gail Patrick

Votes: 313

MGM, dir. Bucquet; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/kathleen-1941-6-nm.html

40. Ball of Fire (1941)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka, Henry Travers

Votes: 9,339

Goldwyn, dir. Hawks; 8+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/ball-of-fire-1941-8-nm.html

41. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,189

Warner, dir. Sherman; 7 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/01/all-through-night-1942-7-nm.html

42. Saboteur (1942)

Passed | 109 min | Thriller, War

64 Metascore

An aircraft factory worker goes on the run after being wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter

Votes: 20,405

Frank Lloyd Prod./Universal, dir. Hitchcock; 7+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/saboteur-1942-7-nm.html

43. Big City Blues (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks

Votes: 410

Warner, dir. LeRoy; 6 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/big-city-blues-1932-6.html

44. Back to the Future (1985)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover

Votes: 893,018 | Gross: $210.61M

Universal, Amblin, U-Drive Prod., dir. Zemeckis; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/back-to-future-1985-6.html

45. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 87,192 | Gross: $0.42M

Indie, dir. Carruth; 5 https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/primer-2004-5-nm.html

46. Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Romance

Parting company with her on-stage partner Professor Orco partly due to the job being potentially hazardous to her health, streetwise but kind-hearted vaudeville performer Maisie Ravier, in ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Ann Sothern, Red Skelton, Leo Gorcey, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 321

MGM, dir. Del Ruth; 7- https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/maisie-gets-her-man-1942-7-nm.html

47. Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda

Votes: 1,681

Fox, dir. Duvivier; 6+ https://bdrdiary.blogspot.com/2018/02/tales-of-manhattan-1942-6-nm.html

48. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama