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1930-1939

Flying Down to Rio (1933)

Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Delores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien. This film, containing the first of many Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers partnerships, concerns a troupe of entertainers stranded in Rio. Songs include "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," and the title song. Notable for a brilliantly photographed finale with chorus girls on the wings of flying airplanes, the movie was the musical that broke with the rather contrived Busby Berkeley productions and moved toward a closer integration of musical and narrative elements.

Frankenstein (1931)

Directed by James Whale. An adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel about the scientist who creates a terrifying monster. Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster in his laboratory, but his dreams of perfection are thwarted when the monster becomes an uncontrollable beast.

G-Men (1935)

Directed by William Keighley. Cast: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Robert Armstrong. A two-fisted lawyer (Cagney) joins the FBI when his friend is killed by a gangster group. 86 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned in Chicago because of its violence.

God's Stepchildren (1938)

Directed by Oscar Micheaux. Cast: Alice B.Russell, Trixie Smith, Jacqueline Lewis, CharlesThompson, Ethel Moses, Carman Newsome, GloriaPress, Alec Lovejoy, Columbus Jackson, LauraBowman. A light-skinned African-American orphan whorefuses to acknowledge her race is sent by herfoster mother to an all-black school. She resentsthis treatment and grows up to have a hard timefitting into black society. 65 min. Credits and other information from the Internet MovieDatabase

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Directed by Victor Fleming, et al. Cast: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neill, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Carroll Nye, Laura Hope Crews, Ona Munson. As the South finally crumbles down around her, Scarlett devises a way to overcome starvation in order save herself and her family during the war and the following years of reconstruction.

Green Fields (Grine Felder) (USA, 1937)

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. "Based on the play by Peretz Hirschbein. An ascetic-quixotic yeshiva student sets out in search of "true Jews"--those whose spirit is the more profound for their connection to the land, unadulterated by the evils of city life. He finds that and more, as he becomes the quarry of two farm families who want him for their children's tutor. Quite in spite of himself the dreamy pedant (Michael Goldstein) inspires a variety of desires including a lust for learning in the irrepressible Tsine (Helen Beverly) and her wide-eyed brother Avrem-Yankl (Herschel Bernardi).

Harlem Rides the Range (1939)

Director, Richard C. Kahn. Cast: HerbertJeffrey, Lucius Brooks, Flournoy E. Miller,Artie Young, Spencer Williams, Clarence Brooks,Tom Southern. In this all-black cast westernmelodrama, a gun slinging cowboy saves theuranium mine of his girlfriend's father. ; ;
Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database
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His Wife's Lover (USA, 1931)

Directed by Sidney M. Goldin. Featuring Ludwig Satz, Isidore Casher, Lucy Levin, Lillian Feinman, Michael Rosenberg, Jacob Frank, Zita Ma-Kar, Anne Shapiro. "When handsome actor Eddie Wien (played by Ludwig Satz) decides to marry, his backer Oscar (Isidore Casher) offers misogyny thinly disguised as advice. But surprises confront this devilish pair as their poor target (Lucy Levine as Golde Blumberg) struggles to separate her feelings from her scruples." 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

I Want to be a Boarder (USA, 1937)

Directed by Joseph Seiden. Cast: Leo Fuchs, Yetta Zwerling. The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant. 15 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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