10 Great Movie Classics of the 1930's I love movies. Well-developed characters, detailed story-lines and breath-taking scenery. Here are ten films that I think deserve a second look. Decades later, these...
The 1930s decade (and most of the 1940s as well) has been nostalgically labeled "The Golden Age of Hollywood" (although most of the output of the decade was black-and-white). The 30s was also the decade of the sound and color revolutions and the advance of the 'talkies', and the further development of film genres (gangster films, musicals, newspaper-reporting films, historical biopics, social-realism films, lighthearted screwball comedies, westerns and horror to name a few). It was the era in which the silent period ended, with many silent film stars not making the transition to sound (e.g., Vilmy Banky, John Gilbert, and Norma Talmadge). By 1933, the economic effects of the Depression were being strongly felt, especially in decreased movie theatre attendance.
My name is Joanne Louise Taylor. I am 26 years old. I am African American. I am living in eastern Kansas. I am a wife and a mother of three children. A four-year-old boy named Adrian, and 2-month-old twin girls named Jada and Jaya. We have a good home, with a puppy. My husband, Anthony is a stockbroker. I work as a sales manager at an expensive clothing store. Even though we have a pretty blessed life, things are getting harder around here because of the great depression.
The great depression has changed a lot of things over the years. Stocks are getting crazier and crazier. The dust bowl changed everything in the Midwest, including us I Kansas. On that day we thought the world was coming to an end, dust was everywhere! There was no escape from it. You could try and trap yourself in your house but the dust would come from the cracks in the windows and doors. It would come through the chimney if you had one. We had to plaster the walls to keep it out, but sometimes that wouldn’t work either.
So many people died it was unbelievable. Little babies and children died. Babies as young as 8 months, didn’t live to see the most of their life. It is so saddening to think some dust killed such precious angels. I am just so blessed that my baby boy was okay. He got sick a few times, because he was only a few months old went the dust bowl occurred. Countless adults died just walking to their job everyday. The dust would get into the peoples lungs and tare them apart basically. It took years to get everything back to the way it used to be. Over here in Kansas we still are working on it.
Other things all weren’t too good either. For instance, President Hoover. At the beginning everyone thought he was just so great and he was going to change everything for the better. Don’t get me wrong, tings were good at first, but after he was elected a second time things went down hill.
On the bright side, there were some good things that happened in the 1930s. The 30s was a great decade. Some of the best movies, music, and clothing came out despite the troubled times. Let me say, I am definitely a movie person. My husband and I love going to the movies every Friday. If you get there before 7 the ticket are two dollars cheaper! What a deal! We can only go sometimes before seven because of the kids.
Some really good classics came out in the 30s. The 30s was preferred as the Golden Age. Movies like “Gone wit The Wind”, “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs”, and “Frankenstein”. My favorite movie was “The Wizard of Oz”. It is my favorite because the setting is in Kansas. My son loves “King Kong”. He even thinks that’s someday there actually will be a huge Ape that will come and destroy everything for a girl. Kids think the silliest most extravagant things. That’s what I miss about being a child because if the big imagination. Kids can think of anything and swear that one day it will happen. Hopefully one day my daughter will be the same way and their older brother.
Anyway back to talking about movies. Other classics were also release during the Golden Age. Movies like “Wuthering Heights”, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, and “A Day at the Races”. I really didn’t care much about those movies though. I am more of a Disney movie fan. I know, I am such a big kid but I can’t help it!
My husband likes more action packed movies. Movies like “Public Enemy”, “In Old Chicago”, “Tarzan”, “In the wake of the Bounty”, & “Only Angels have Wings”. I will watch some action movies with him but it wont always be my personal choice or movie to watch.
Movies were a big impact in the 1930s. It provides a lot of entertainment and quality time with your family and friends. It also provided a lot of jobs, which was highly needed because of the effects of the Great Depression. I actually used to work at the movie theater as a second job. It was so hard trying to maintain to keep the movie theater open. Audience attendance was getting very low because people were losing their jobs and couldn’t afford to get out the house. The most we would make in a month was twenty dollars maybe. In the end things worked out as people started getting their jobs back and things were making a process of getting back to normal.
Well over all the 1930s was a pretty good decade. Things got really hard, and a lot of hope was lost. People lost loved ones, parents, spouses, and children. People lost jobs, and homes. Through all the heartache, we are getting on the right track to a normal life again.
InsideMovies at Moviefone has just posted a list of what they think are the 40 best films of the 1930s. Some of you may not agree w/ this list (they did ignore some wonderful classics) but mind…
Jasmin Davis's insight:
This is more bias because it is what the writers opinions are about what the top 40 movies of the 30s are. I think it still is a reliable choice though because is does have a lot of good classics that came out in that time period.
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