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1930s Challenge (Official, February 2019)

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1930s Challenge (Official, February 2019)

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Post by 72allinncallme » January 27th, 2019, 2:57 pm

The 1930s Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1930s as possible (from February 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019).

Rules:
- All movies from 1930-1939 are eligble.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.


Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM list:
1930s (IMDB)


Unofficial iCM lists
iCM Forum's Top 250 Films of the 1930s
The Most Popular Movies From the 30s
The 3rd Academy Awards 1931 (some movies from 1929 there)
The 4th Academy Awards 1932
The 5th Academy Awards 1933
The 6th Academy Awards 1934
The 7th Academy Awards 1935
The 8th Academy Awards 1936
The 9th Academy Awards 1937
The 10th Academy Awards 1938
The 11th Academy Awards 1939
The 12th Academy Awards 1940



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01. jdidaco 97
02. psychotronicbeatnik 62
03. RogerTheMovieManiac88 58
04. flavo5000 56
05. jeroeno 54
06. St. Gloede 52
07. albajos 36
07. India Istanbul 36
09. frbrown 31
10. sol 30
11. maxwelldeux 28
12. sebby 23
13. clemmetarey 20
13. weirdboy 20
15. ororama 19
16. Daviddoes 18
16. OldAle1 18
18. peeptoad 17
19. Nathan Treadway 16
19. Simba63 16
21. Lonewolf2003 12
21. PUNQ 12
23. Minkin 10
24. Opio 9
25. 72allinncallme 8
25. Tarris1 8
27. nimimerkillinen 7
28. allisoncm 6
28. VincentPrice 6
30. 3eyes 5
30. hurluberlu 5
30. Knaldskalle 5
30. RBG 5
34. cinephage 4
34. Eva_L 4
34. Hunziker 4
37. blocho3
37. Coryn 3
37. lynchs 3
37. Mate_cosido 3
41. vortexsurfer 2
41. zzzorf 2
43. Melvelet 1
43. mightysparks 1
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#2

Post by albajos » January 27th, 2019, 3:02 pm

Updated table on all previous 1930s challenges (There has only been one)
viewtopic.php?p=527188#p527188

And a reminder that we have a Triple challenge running
viewtopic.php?p=552574
For February there are no triples possible though, so keep on posting those doubles


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Post by maxwelldeux » January 27th, 2019, 9:42 pm

albajos wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 3:02 pm
And a reminder that we have a Triple challenge running
viewtopic.php?p=552574
For February there are no triples possible though, so keep on posting those doubles
Thanks for confirming the no triples thing next month, albajos.

And thanks for hosting, 72!

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Post by 3eyes » January 28th, 2019, 1:03 am

Maybe we should get them to give a retrospective Foreign-language Oscar to Xiao wanyi / Little toys (China 33, silent)
well, it's a double anyhow.

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Post by Tarris1 » January 28th, 2019, 10:21 am

Should be able to get in quite a few, been neglecting the '30s for some months now.

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Post by Coryn » January 28th, 2019, 6:15 pm

Will be focusing on the Academy Award Challenge but will get some of the 30's in my watchlist in order to keep my triple challenge going.
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Post by jeroeno » January 31st, 2019, 9:17 pm

Oh yeah I won this one back in 2012. I have about 60 films in my backlog so will try to watch those, 36 will be my main goal.

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Post by Nathan Treadway » February 1st, 2019, 3:44 am

Modestly in, but, my focus will be Oscars. I want to finish the IMDb 1930s list (4 to go) and clear my 1930s section of my watchlist (about a dozen, including a handful of Oscar winners). So, I'm going to shoot for about 20.

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 1st, 2019, 5:00 am

In, have no idea for how many, though.
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Post by Hunziker » February 1st, 2019, 5:02 am

In. Aiming for 30 something.
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Post by sol » February 1st, 2019, 9:13 am

Always fun to be the first to post. :D

It starts!

1. Dead End (1937)

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Released at Sylvia Sidney's career peak (having appeared in Fury and Sabotage one year before), she expectedly shines here, even with some leaden dialogue (going on again and again about her brother being a good kid). Humphrey Bogart is strong too in an early near-lead role as a local gangster. Neither of them unfortunately have that much screen time though as the film keeps focuses on her teen brother and his annoyingly squeaky-voiced friends, none of whom are likeable in the least. Gregg Toland's Oscar nominated camerawork is very nice though.
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Post by albajos » February 1st, 2019, 10:09 am

sol wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 9:13 am
Always fun to be the first to post. :D
Maybe I should move to Christmas Island

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Post by sol » February 1st, 2019, 10:16 am

albajos wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 10:09 am
sol wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 9:13 am
Always fun to be the first to post. :D
Maybe I should move to Christmas Island
I think you would do better moving to New Zealand. Almost midnight (i.e. almost February 2nd) there. (D:)
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Post by Tarris1 » February 1st, 2019, 6:06 pm

1. The Most Dangerous Game (1932) 6/10
Not bad, but not particularly exciting

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 1st, 2019, 9:51 pm

1. The Divorcee (1930 / Robert Z. Leonard) FTV 6+/10 {4 noms, 1 win / Double}
2. Suzy (1936 / George Fitzmaurice) FTV 7+/10 {1 nom, 0 wins / Double}

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1. The Divorcee (1930 / Robert Z. Leonard) FTV 6+/10 {4 noms, 1 win / Double}
2. Suzy (1936 / George Fitzmaurice) FTV 7+/10 {1 nom, 0 wins / Double}


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Post by 72allinncallme » February 1st, 2019, 9:58 pm

1. Gjest Baardsen (1939)

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Post by albajos » February 1st, 2019, 10:03 pm

01. You Can't Take It with You (1938) USA 5 official lists 3 304 checks [double]
02. Grand Hotel (1932) USA 4 official lists 2 766 checks [double]
03. Dead End (1937) USA 4 official lists 756 checks [double]
04. Holiday (1938) USA 5 official lists 2 032 checks [double]
05. The Black Cat (1934) USA 6 official lists 2 256 checks

Off. list progress
+1 1930s (80,0%)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » February 2nd, 2019, 3:56 am

1. Spawn of the North (1938)
2. Ukikusa monogatari (1934)
3. Midnight (1939)

1/2 way through one of my goals (Platinum on the 1930s list. 2 down, 2 to go!)

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Post by Simba63 » February 2nd, 2019, 4:48 am

In for a dozen or so:

01. Ninjô kami fûsen (1937) - 7/10

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Post by jdidaco » February 2nd, 2019, 6:06 am

Thank you for hosting, 72!

It all starts with a close-up of Arletty's lips ('Un chien qui rapporte') and continues with, to borrow a phrase Graham Greene used for another Gréville, a masterpiece of "camera sense and atmosphere of starved sexuality" ('Remous'),

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1. Un chien qui rapporte (A Dog That Fetches, Jean Choux, 1932) 8/10
2. Histoire du soldat inconnu (Story of the Unknown Soldier, Henri Storck, 1932) 9/10 (11 min), Affaire classée (Case Closed, Charles Vanel, 1932) 7/10 (23 min), Amour et publicité (Love & Advertising, Leo Mittler, 1933) 8/10 (26 min) (Total: 60 min)
3. Remous (Whirlpool, Edmond T. Gréville, 1935) 10/10 (l)

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Post by mightysparks » February 2nd, 2019, 6:23 am

I filtered out films from the 1930s on 4+ lists on TSZDT that might come in handy for this challenge.. https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tszd ... htysparks/

Was hoping for a bit of a watchlist, but there's only 10 I haven't seen :(
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Post by sol » February 2nd, 2019, 6:34 am

mightysparks wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:23 am
I filtered out films from the 1930s on 4+ lists on TSZDT that might come in handy for this challenge.. https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tszd ... htysparks/

Was hoping for a bit of a watchlist, but there's only 10 I haven't seen :(
I'll definitely be working on the 1930s TSZDT films in my blind this month. :D Similarly, I'll focus on the unseen stuff from the list for the 1940s and 1950s Challenges. I'll get a Silver award on that list one of these days, one of these days!
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Post by sol » February 2nd, 2019, 6:39 am

Zero Dark ThirtiesShow
1. Dead End (1937)

2. Chun Can (1933)

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This silent film from China follows the plight and hardships of a family of silkworm farmers. The patriarch is very superstitious and conflict comes as he argues about whether to spend the family's negligible savings on rice for themselves or leaves for the silkworms. Unfortunately, few of the characters are well developed or likeable. The insight into silkworm farming is rather interesting though, and with some luscious tracking shots over the family at work and well distributed close-ups, this may have well worked better as a documentary on the subject.
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Post by sebby » February 2nd, 2019, 7:31 am

01 forbidden
02 little caesar

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Post by jeroeno » February 2nd, 2019, 7:59 am

01. Come and Get It (1936)
02. Acciaio (1933)

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Post by sol » February 2nd, 2019, 8:43 am

Zero Dark ThirtiesShow
1. Dead End (1937)
2. Chun Can (1933)

3. Svengali (1931)

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Made up to look like Rasputin and sporting a thick accent, John Barrymore certainly provides a memorable turn, and donning glowing contact lenses, his stares into the camera as he hypnotises are downright eerie. Barrymore never quite lets us under his character's skin though and the boyfriend of the singer he hypnotises is simply lifeless, so I had nobody to root for here. The film certainly looks good with expressionistic sets and divine camerawork - in particular, a shot that is made up to look like a single take from one window to another across town.
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Post by PUNQ » February 2nd, 2019, 11:05 am

Been a while since I participated in a challenge, but here's one right up my alley. Unfortunately I'm "finished" with the 30s (currently working on the year 1943), so I'm not going to be a contender, but new finds from the 1930s always pops up, so it'll be interesting to see just how many unwatched 30s films turns up on a average month.


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1. The Rainmakers (1935, Fred Guiol) - 7/10
--- It's with great sadness I watch Wheeler & Woolsey's The Rainmakers (1935), for it means I've seen them all and I'll never going to find a new one from this great comic duo. At least for me they go out with a bang! An explosive train rush for the sake of bringing rain to the poor farmers. One of the most action-packed comedies they ever did. But don't worry, there is time for a little sweetness between Bert and Dorothy Lee too. I'm gonna miss those guys....


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2. Hej-rup! [Heave Ho!] (1934, Martin Fric) - 7/10
--- One of Martin Fric's funniest! And it's without Czechoslovakia's funniest man Vlasta Burian! Instead it's George Voskovec & Jan Werich teaming almost like a Laurel & Hardy duo in a movie filled with wonderful slapstick humor which would fit right in with their American counterparts. Of course I'd love it!


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3. Goldie Gets Along (1933, Malcolm St. Clair) - 4/10
--- Something is wrong when I'm rooting for everyone else than Goldie Lili Damita. Goldie Gets Along (1933) does have it's quirks, but I found some of it corny in a good way too. Not for Damita though, for her career went downhill fast after this.

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2. Hej-rup! [Heave Ho!] (1934, Martin Fric) - 7/10
3. Goldie Gets Along (1933, Malcolm St. Clair) - 4/10

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Post by hurluberlu » February 2nd, 2019, 11:28 am

1. Block-heads (John G. Blystone, 1938) 6+
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Post by peeptoad » February 2nd, 2019, 1:28 pm

1. The Ghoul (1933) 6
2. The Human Monster (1939) 6
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Post by Simba63 » February 2nd, 2019, 4:23 pm

mightysparks wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 6:23 am
I filtered out films from the 1930s on 4+ lists on TSZDT that might come in handy for this challenge.. https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tszd ... htysparks/

Was hoping for a bit of a watchlist, but there's only 10 I haven't seen :(
I did the same thing when building my watchlist for this challenge. :D

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Post by 72allinncallme » February 2nd, 2019, 7:14 pm

2. Chanson d'Armor (1934)
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » February 2nd, 2019, 7:39 pm

3. King of Jazz (1930 / John Murray Anderson) 7+/10 {1 nom, 1 win / Double}
4. A Free Soul (1931 / Clarence Brown) FTV 7+/10 {3 noms, 1 win / Double}
5. Grand Hotel (1932 / Edmund Goulding) 8+/10 {1 nom, 1 win / Double}

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1. The Divorcee (1930 / Robert Z. Leonard) FTV 6+/10 {4 noms, 1 win / Double}
2. Suzy (1936 / George Fitzmaurice) FTV 7+/10 {1 nom, 0 wins / Double}

3. King of Jazz (1930 / John Murray Anderson) 7+/10 {1 nom, 1 win / Double}
4. A Free Soul (1931 / Clarence Brown) FTV 7+/10 {3 noms, 1 win / Double}
5. Grand Hotel (1932 / Edmund Goulding) 8+/10 {1 nom, 1 win / Double}




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Post by maxwelldeux » February 2nd, 2019, 8:07 pm

1. Sweet Dream (1936)
A fairly forgettable Korean moral tale about being a good housewife - if you're not a good housewife, terrible things will happen.

2. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
I went to borrow this from the library, only to realize that I own it. And I'm glad I do - this is a pretty fantastic movie. I love the comedic elements throughout that balance what is a compelling mystery thrill ride. Yay Hitchcock!

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Post by frbrown » February 2nd, 2019, 11:57 pm

1. Only Yesterday (1933)

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Post by jdidaco » February 3rd, 2019, 2:59 am

The two films directed by Van Dyke, with a team of cinematographers led by Clyde De Vinna, one of the greatest of on-location photographers,

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4. With Byrd at the South Pole (Joseph T. Rucker & Willard Van der Veer, 1930) 8/10
5. Trader Horn (W.S. Van Dyke,1931) 7/10
6. Eskimo (W.S. Van Dyke, 1933) 9/10

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1. Un chien qui rapporte (A Dog That Fetches, Jean Choux, 1932) 8/10
2. Histoire du soldat inconnu (Story of the Unknown Soldier, Henri Storck, 1932) 9/10 (11 min), Affaire classée (Case Closed, Charles Vanel, 1932) 7/10 (23 min), Amour et publicité (Love & Advertising, Leo Mittler, 1933) 8/10 (26 min) (Total: 60 min)
3. Remous (Whirlpool, Edmond T. Gréville, 1935) 10/10

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Post by frbrown » February 3rd, 2019, 3:58 am

Cartoons of 1939


2a. The Autograph Hound (1939)

Rewatch. Donald Duck


2b. Goofy and Wilbur (1939)

Rewatch


2c. Hamateur Night (1939)

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2d. It's the Natural Thing to Do (1939)

Popeye


2e. Jitterbug Follies (1939)

Rewatch


2f. Peace on Earth (1939)

Rewatch. Oscar nominee


2g. Porky's Tire Trouble (1939)


2h. The Pointer (1939)

Mickey and Pluto. Oscar nominee


2i. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (1939)

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1. Only Yesterday (1933)
2a. The Autograph Hound (1939)
2b. Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
2c. Hamateur Night (1939)
2d. It's the Natural Thing to Do (1939)
2e. Jitterbug Follies (1939)
2f. Peace on Earth (1939)
2g. Porky's Tire Trouble (1939)
2h. The Pointer (1939)
2i. Thugs with Dirty Mugs (1939)

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Post by Nathan Treadway » February 3rd, 2019, 4:08 am

4. Hitori musuko (1936) One more left for platinum on the 1930s list. :) Probably get it in sometime tomorrow or Monday, at the latest.

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Post by Knaldskalle » February 3rd, 2019, 7:05 am

1. Animal Crackers (Heerman, 1930). REWATCH. I like my Marx Bros a little more zany, but Groucho has some fantastic lines in this one.
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