Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies of 1933: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Roll out the red carpet and dust off your vintage popcorn machine, because we’re about to take a nostalgic journey back to 1933 – a golden year in the history of cinema. This was a time when the silver screen was more than just entertainment; it was an escape from the harsh realities of the Great Depression. So, grab your ticket and take your seat as we countdown the top 20 fan-favorite movies of 1933. From heart-wrenching dramas to side-splitting comedies, these films not only defined a generation but also set the stage for the cinematic masterpieces we enjoy today. Whether you’re a film buff, a history enthusiast, or just looking for a good old-fashioned movie night, this list is sure to have something for everyone. So, without further ado, let’s dim the lights, start the projector, and step back in time to a year of unforgettable cinema.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Release Date: 1933-04-21

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

“The Testament of Dr. Mabuse” is a thrilling crime movie released in 1933. It follows a detective who ends up in an asylum run by Professor Baum, where he discovers the obsession of the professor with the criminal genius Dr. Mabuse, a hypnotist. As Mabuse’s notes are found to be linked to a series of crimes, Commissioner Lohmann must uncover how Mabuse is communicating with the criminals and capture him once and for all. With a talented cast including Rudolf Klein-Rogge and Camilla Spira, this movie is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Rudolf Klein-Rogge (Dr. Mabuse) , Oscar Beregi Sr. (Prof. Dr. Baum) , Camilla Spira (Juwelen-Anna) , Otto Wernicke (Kommissar Lohmann) , Paul Henckels (Lithograph) , Theo Lingen (Karetzky) , Rudolf Schündler (Hardy) , Theodor Loos (Dr. Kramm) , Karl Meixner (Hofmeister) , Gustav Diessl (Kent) , Gerhard Bienert () , Josef Dahmen () , Georg John (Baums Diener) , Hans Salcher (Hans) , Henry Pleß (Bulle) , Paul Bernd (Erpresser) , Hadrian Maria Netto (Nicolai Griforiew) , Adolf E. Licho (Dr. Hauser) , Wera Liessem (Lilli) , Karl Platen () , Paul Rehkopf () , Franz Stein () , Ludwig Stössel (Arbeiter) , Eduard Wesener () , Bruno Ziener ()

Directors: Fritz Lang

Writers: Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou, Norbert Jacques

Tags: hypnosis, victim, delinquent, doctor, criminal, german expressionism

King Kong

King Kong

Release Date: 1933-03-15

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

“King Kong” is a thrilling adventure film from 1933 that follows filmmaker Carl Denham as he embarks on a groundbreaking project. Together with his leading lady Ann Darrow and first mate Jack Driscoll, they stumble upon a legendary creature on a mysterious island. The movie captures their journey to bring this extraordinary monster, known as Kong, to the big screen, making it a must-watch for fans of action and fantasy. Starring Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, and more, “King Kong” was released on March 15, 1933, and quickly became a sensation.

Cast: Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham) , Fay Wray (Ann Darrow) , Bruce Cabot (Jack Driscoll) , Frank Reicher (Captain Englehorn) , Victor Wong (Ship’s Cook Charlie) , James Flavin (Mate Briggs) , Sam Hardy (Charles Weston) , Noble Johnson (Skull Island Native Chief) , Steve Clemente (Skull Island Witch Doctor) , Roscoe Ates (Press Photographer (uncredited)) , Merian C. Cooper (Pilot of Plane that Kills Kong (uncredited)) , Frances Curry (Intended Sacrificial Bride for Kong (uncredited)) , Paul Porcasi (Apple Vendor (uncredited)) , Ernest B. Schoedsack (Machine-Gunner on Plane that Kills Kong (uncredited)) , Harry Strang (Policeman at Headquarters (uncredited)) , Bill Williams (Theatre Usher (uncredited)) , Dick Curtis (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , Reginald Barlow (Ship’s Engineer (uncredited)) , Roy Brent (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , Edward Clark (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , Harry Cornbleth (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , James Dime (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , Charlie Hall (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , Allen Jenkins (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited)) , George Magrill (Member of Ship’s Crew (uncredited))

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Writers: Leon Gordon, Merian C. Cooper, James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, Edgar Wallace

Tags: new york city, screenplay, movie business, exotic island, island, ship, great depression, unsociability, dinosaur, black and white, pre-code, sea voyage, damsel in distress, empire state building, giant ape, animal horror, great ape, king kong

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Release Date: 1933-11-03

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction

“The Invisible Man” is a thrilling sci-fi movie from 1933 that tells the story of scientist Jack Griffin, played by Claude Rains. After conducting an experiment on himself that made him invisible, Griffin’s mind becomes warped, turning him into an aggressive and dangerous individual. With an impressive cast including Gloria Stuart and William Harrigan, this movie takes you on a suspenseful journey as Griffin tries to reverse the effects of the experiment while causing chaos along the way. Released on November 3, 1933, it’s no wonder this film made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year.

Cast: Claude Rains (Dr. Jack Griffin) , Gloria Stuart (Flora Cranley) , William Harrigan (Dr. Arthur Kemp) , Henry Travers (Dr. Cranley) , Una O’Connor (Jenny Hall) , Forrester Harvey (Herbert Hall) , Holmes Herbert (Chief of Police) , E. E. Clive (Constable Jaffers) , Dudley Digges (Chief Detective) , Harry Stubbs (Inspector Bird) , Donald Stuart (Inspector Lane) , Merle Tottenham (Millie) , Robert Adair (Detective Thompson (uncredited)) , Edgar Barrier (Radio Announcer (uncredited)) , Ted Billings (Villager Playing Darts (uncredited)) , Walter Brennan (Bicycle Owner (uncredited)) , Robert Brower (Farmer (uncredited)) , Mae Bruce (Mary Purdy (uncredited)) , Rita Carlyle (Townswoman at Pub (uncredited)) , John Carradine (Informer Suggesting Ink (uncredited)) , D’Arcy Corrigan (Villager (uncredited)) , Jack Deery (Officer in Charge of Barn Capture (uncredited)) , Dwight Frye (Reporter (uncredited)) , Mary Gordon (Screaming Woman (uncredited)) , Bobby Hale (Townsman at Pub (uncredited))

Directors: James Whale

Writers: H.G. Wells, Philip Wylie, Preston Sturges, R.C. Sherriff

Tags: based on novel or book, chemical, train accident, insanity, murder, mad scientist, fugitive, snow, black and white, chemist, scientist, invisible, pre-code, invisible person, invisibility, manhunt, experiment gone awry, invisible man

Busy Bodies

Busy Bodies

Release Date: 1933-10-07

Genres: Comedy

“Busy Bodies” is a hilarious short film from 1933 that follows the misadventures of Laurel and Hardy at a sawmill. Watch as they hilariously battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and even the laws of physics during a typical work day. With a star-studded cast and a release date of October 7, 1933, this movie is sure to keep you entertained with its slapstick comedy and timeless humor.

Cast: Stan Laurel (Stan) , Oliver Hardy (Ollie) , Dick Gilbert (Shoveler (uncredited)) , Charlie Hall (Shop Worker (uncredited)) , Jack Hill (Shop Worker (uncredited)) , Tiny Sandford (Shop Foreman (uncredited)) , Charley Young (Shop Worker (uncredited))

Directors: Lloyd French

Writers: Stan Laurel

Tags: slapstick comedy, black and white, sawmill, water leak, short film

Duck Soup

Duck Soup

Release Date: 1933-11-12

Genres: Comedy, War

“Duck Soup” is a hilarious comedy from 1933 that follows Rufus T. Firefly, who becomes the president/dictator of the bankrupt country Freedonia. In a bizarre turn of events, he declares war on neighboring Sylvania, all because of his love for wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. With an incredible cast including Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx, along with Margaret Dumont and others, this movie is sure to keep you laughing from start to finish. It was released on November 12, 1933, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly) , Harpo Marx (Pinky) , Chico Marx (Chicolini) , Zeppo Marx (Bob Roland) , Margaret Dumont (Gloria Teasdale) , Raquel Torres (Vera Marcal) , Louis Calhern (Ambassador Trentino) , Edmund Breese (Zander) , Leonid Kinskey (Sylvanian Agitator) , Charles Middleton (Prosecutor) , Edgar Kennedy (Street Vendor) , Edward Arnold (Politician (uncredited)) , Wade Boteler (Officer at Battle Headquarters (uncredited)) , Sidney Bracey (Mrs. Teasdale’s Butler (uncredited)) , E.H. Calvert (Officer in Battle Sequence (uncredited)) , Davison Clark (Minister of Finance #2 (uncredited)) , Louise Closser Hale (Reception Guest (uncredited)) , Carrie Daumery (Reception Guest (uncredited)) , Maude Turner Gordon (Reception Guest (uncredited)) , Florence Wix (Reception Guest (uncredited)) , Joseph Crehan (Dignitary at Reception (uncredited)) , Mario Dominici (Minister (uncredited)) , Edmund Mortimer (Minister (uncredited)) , Charles West (Minister (uncredited)) , Verna Hillie (Trentino’s Blonde Secretary (uncredited))

Directors: Leo McCarey

Writers: Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin

Tags: dictator, spy, ambassador, siege, widow, musical, slapstick comedy, cigar smoking, lemonade, black and white, pre-code, dowager, fictitious country, geofiction

Design for Living

Design for Living

Release Date: 1933-12-29

Genres: Comedy, Romance

“Design for Living” is a captivating romantic comedy released on December 29, 1933. Starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper, and Miriam Hopkins, the film tells the story of an independent woman torn between two men she loves. With a talented cast and an intriguing plot, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of 1933.

Cast: Fredric March (Tom Chambers) , Gary Cooper (George Curtis) , Miriam Hopkins (Gilda Farrell) , Edward Everett Horton (Max Plunkett) , Franklin Pangborn (Mr. Douglas) , Isabel Jewell (Plunkett’s Stenographer) , Jane Darwell (Curtis’ Housekeeper) , Wyndham Standing (Max’s Butler) , Cosmo Kyrle Bellew (Man (uncredited)) , Lionel Belmore (Theatre Patron (uncredited)) , Thomas Braidon (Douglas’ Second Manager (uncredited)) , Nora Cecil (Tom’s Secretary (uncredited)) , Émile Chautard (Train Conductor (uncredited)) , Mathilde Comont (Heavy Woman (uncredited)) , Adrienne D’Ambricourt (Cafe Proprietress (uncredited)) , James Donlan (Fat Man with Ring (uncredited)) , Harry Dunkinson (Mr. Egelbauer (uncredited)) , Estelle Etterre (Woman in Audience (uncredited)) , Helena Phillips Evans (Mrs. Egelbauer (uncredited)) , Charles K. French (Theatre Patron (uncredited)) , Mary Gordon (Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)) , Grace Hayle (Woman on Staircase (uncredited)) , Olaf Hytten (Englishman at Train (uncredited)) , Armand Kaliz (Mr. Burton (uncredited)) , Colin Kenny (Theatre Patron (uncredited))

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch

Writers: Ben Hecht, Noël Coward

Tags: paris, france, american, polyamory, pre-code

Baby Face

Baby Face

Release Date: 1933-07-13

Genres: Drama

“Baby Face” is a captivating movie from 1933 that tells the story of a young woman who cleverly uses her charm and sexuality to climb the social ladder. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and an impressive cast, this film explores the protagonist’s journey as she questions whether her newfound status will truly bring her happiness. Released on July 13, 1933, it’s one of the best-voted movies of that year, making it a must-watch for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Lily Powers) , George Brent (Courtland Trenholm) , Donald Cook (Ned Stevens) , Alphonse Ethier (Adolf Cragg) , Henry Kolker (J.P. Carter) , Margaret Lindsay (Ann Carter) , Arthur Hohl (Ed Sipple) , John Wayne (Jimmy McCoy Jr.) , Robert Barrat (Nick Powers) , Douglass Dumbrille (Brody) , Theresa Harris (Chico) , Joan Barclay (Job Seeker (uncredited)) , Charles Coleman (Hodges the Butler (uncredited)) , Heinie Conklin (Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)) , Grace Hayle (Mrs. Hemingway (uncredited)) , Maynard Holmes (Pratt in the Personnel Office (uncredited)) , Nat Pendleton (Stolvich a Laborer (uncredited)) , Edward Van Sloan (Bank Director Jameson (uncredited)) , Toby Wing (Office Worker (uncredited)) , James Bush (Paris Bank Clerk (uncredited)) , Jack Curtis (Speakeasy Customer (uncredited)) , Frank Darien (Paris Bank Agent (uncredited)) , John Elliott (Bank Director (uncredited)) , Harry Gribbon (Doorman (uncredited)) , Edward LeSaint (Bank Director (uncredited))

Directors: Alfred E. Green

Writers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Kathryn Scola, Gene Markey

Tags: paris, france, new york city, ambition, mistress, pre-code, speakeasy, gold digger, flirtation, kept woman

Gold Diggers of 1933

Gold Diggers of 1933

Release Date: 1933-05-27

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Gold Diggers of 1933” is a delightful musical comedy set during the Great Depression. It follows the story of Carol and her showgirl friends, Trixie and Polly, as they face tough times when Broadway shuts down. Luckily, a wealthy songwriter named Brad comes to their rescue by funding a new Depression-themed musical. However, things get complicated when Brad’s high-society brother threatens to disown him, leading Carol and her gold-digging pals to hatch a plan to keep the show going, while also attracting a couple of millionaires along the way. With a star-studded cast including Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Ginger Rogers, this film is a must-watch for fans of classic Hollywood cinema.

Cast: Joan Blondell (Carol King) , Aline MacMahon (Trixie Lorraine) , Ruby Keeler (Polly Parker) , Dick Powell (Brad Roberts) , Warren William (J. Lawrence Bradford) , Guy Kibbee (Faneuil H. Peabody) , Ned Sparks (Barney Hopkins) , Ginger Rogers (Fay Fortune) , Billy Barty (Baby in “Pettin’ in the Park” Number (uncredited)) , Busby Berkeley (Call Boy (uncredited)) , Eric Blore (Complaining Club Member (uncredited)) , Virginia Dabney (Gold Digger (uncredited)) , Bill Elliott (Night Club Patron (uncredited)) , Ferdinand Gottschalk (Clubman (uncredited)) , Theresa Harris (Woman in “Pettin’ in the Park” Number (uncredited)) , Sterling Holloway (Messenger Boy #2 (uncredited)) , Charles Lane (Society Reporter (uncredited)) , Etta Moten (Singer (uncredited)) , Dennis O’Keefe (Theatregoer (uncredited)) , Jayne Shadduck (Gold Digger (uncredited)) , Bee Stevens (Gold Digger (uncredited)) , Anita Thomson (Gold Digger (uncredited)) , Fred ‘Snowflake’ Toones (Man in “Pettin’ in the Park” Number (uncredited)) , Dorothy Coonan Wellman (Gold Digger (uncredited)) , Jane Wyman (Gold Digger (uncredited))

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley

Writers: James Seymour, David Boehm, Erwin S. Gelsey, Avery Hopwood, Ben Markson, Harry Warren, Al Dubin

Tags: musical, great depression, mistaken identity, songwriter, pre-code, hard times, chorus girl, broadway musical, hidden identity, show girls

Lady for a Day

Lady for a Day

Release Date: 1933-09-13

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Lady for a Day” is a heartwarming 1933 film that tells the story of Apple Annie, a never-wed and financially struggling woman who has always pretended to be a member of New York’s high society in her letters to her daughter. When her daughter unexpectedly arrives in America with her fiancé and his father, Annie fears that her deception will be exposed and her daughter’s happiness ruined. Starring Warren William, May Robson, and a talented ensemble cast, this movie takes you on a journey filled with love, desperation, and the power of a mother’s sacrifice. Released on September 13, 1933, it’s definitely a must-watch from the best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Warren William (Dave the Dude) , May Robson (Apple Annie) , Guy Kibbee (Judge Henry G. Blake) , Glenda Farrell (Missouri Martin) , Ned Sparks (Happy McGuire) , Walter Connolly (Count Romero) , Jean Parker (Louise) , Nat Pendleton (Shakespeare) , Barry Norton (Carlos) , Halliwell Hobbes (Butler) , Hobart Bosworth (Governor) , Robert Emmett O’Connor (Inspector MacCreary) , Irving Bacon (Pool Hall Dupe (uncredited)) , Ward Bond (Mounted Policeman (uncredited)) , Harry C. Bradley (Hotel Mail Clerk Lloyd (uncredited)) , Wallis Clark (Commissioner (uncredited)) , George Cooper (Cheesecake (uncredited)) , Jay Eaton (Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)) , Julia Griffith (Dowager in Mayor’s Entourage (uncredited)) , Chuck Hamilton (Detective (uncredited)) , Forrester Harvey (Hotel Employee Oscar (uncredited)) , Samuel S. Hinds (Mayor (uncredited)) , Frank Holliday (Second Detective (uncredited)) , Lew Kelly (Reception Guest Harry the Horse (uncredited)) , Milton Kibbee (Man in Mayor’s Office (uncredited))

Directors: Frank Capra

Writers: Robert Riskin, Damon Runyon

Tags: judge, parent child relationship, letter, transformation, superstition, count, deception, makeover, old lady, pre-code, nightclub singer, pool shark, racketeer, engaged couple, mother daughter reunion, making a scene, panhandle, social reception, elaborate ruse, apple vendor

Sons of the Desert

Sons of the Desert

Release Date: 1933-12-29

Genres: Comedy

“Sons of the Desert” is a hilarious 1933 comedy starring the iconic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. In this film, they cleverly trick their wives into believing they are embarking on a necessary cruise, when in reality, they are off to a lodge convention. With a stellar cast and a release date just before the end of the year, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of 1933.

Cast: Stan Laurel (Stanley ‘Stan’ Laurel) , Oliver Hardy (Oliver ‘Ollie’ Hardy) , Mae Busch (Mrs. Lottie Hardy) , Dorothy Christy (Mrs. Betty Laurel) , Charley Chase (Charley a Son of the Desert) , Lucien Littlefield (Dr. Horace Meddick) , Ernie Alexander (Waiter (uncredited)) , Brooks Benedict (A Son of the Desert (uncredited)) , Charita (Lead Hula Dancer (uncredited)) , Ellen Corby (Partygoer at Table Next to Charley’s (uncredited)) , Robert Cummings (Steamship Announcement Witness (uncredited)) , John Elliott (Exalted Ruler (uncredited)) , Billy Gilbert (Mr. Ruttledge (voice) (uncredited)) , Charlie Hall (Waiter (uncredited)) , Pat Harmon (Doorman (uncredited)) , Ty Parvis (Singer of “Honolulu Baby” Number (uncredited)) , Hal Roach (Bit Part (uncredited))

Directors: William A. Seiter

Writers: Oliver Hardy, Glenn Tryon, Stan Laurel, Frank Craven, William A. Seiter, Jack Barty, Eddie Welch

Tags: husband wife relationship, oath, deceived wife, lodge, deception, black and white, pre-code, next door neighbor, convention

Footlight Parade

Footlight Parade

Release Date: 1933-10-21

Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance

“Footlight Parade” is a captivating 1933 musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell. Set in the world of live musical productions, it follows a determined producer who faces numerous challenges from his workers, financiers, and even his greedy ex-wife. With a stellar cast and a release date of October 21, 1933, this movie promises to be a delightful and entertaining experience for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: James Cagney (Chester Kent) , Joan Blondell (Nan Prescott) , Ruby Keeler (Bea Thorn) , Dick Powell (Scotty Blair) , Frank McHugh (Francis the Dance Director) , Guy Kibbee (Silas ‘Si’ Gould) , Ruth Donnelly (Mrs. Harriet Gould) , Hugh Herbert (Charlie Bowers) , Claire Dodd (Vivian Rich) , Gordon Westcott (Harry Thompson) , Arthur Hohl (Al Frazer) , Renee Whitney (Cynthia Kent) , Barbara Rogers (Gracie) , Paul Porcasi (Apolinaris) , Philip Faversham (Joe) , Herman Bing (Fralick) , Betty Jane Graham (Sister in ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ (uncredited)) , Billy Barty (Mouse (uncredited)) , George Chandler (Pharmacist (uncredited)) , Sam McDaniel (Hotel Porter in Stage Act (uncredited))

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley

Writers: James Seymour, Robert Lord, Peter Milne, Manuel Seff, Sammy Fain, Harry Warren, Al Dubin, Irving Kahal

Tags: musical, producer, pre-code

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Release Date: 1933-12-26

Genres: Drama, History, Romance

“Queen Christina” is a captivating historical drama set in 17th century Sweden. Greta Garbo delivers a remarkable performance as the titular character, a beloved queen torn between her duty to her country and her forbidden love for a Spanish envoy. Released in 1933, this film showcases a compelling story of love, loyalty, and the difficult choices one must make in the pursuit of happiness.

Cast: Greta Garbo (Christina) , John Gilbert (Antonio) , Ian Keith (Magnus) , Lewis Stone (Oxenstierna) , Elizabeth Young (Ebba) , C. Aubrey Smith (Aage) , Reginald Owen (Charles) , David Torrence (Archbishop) , Gustav von Seyffertitz (The General) , Georges Renavent (French Ambassador) , Ferdinand Munier (Innkeeper) , Richard Alexander (Peasant in Crowd (uncredited)) , Hooper Atchley (Antonio’s Companion in Coach (uncredited)) , Barbara Barondess (Elsa (uncredited)) , Wade Boteler (Magnus’ Rabble Rouser (uncredited)) , James Burke (Blacksmith – 4th Rabble Rouser (uncredited)) , Gladden James (3rd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)) , Frank McGlynn Jr. (2nd Rabble Rouser (uncredited)) , Cora Sue Collins (Christina as a Child (uncredited)) , Carrie Daumery (Woman at Court when Antonio arrive at Christines Throne (uncredited)) , Muriel Evans (Barmaid at Inn (uncredited)) , Edward Gargan (Drinker Betting on 9 (uncredited)) , Paul Hurst (Swedish Soldier Betting on 6 (uncredited)) , Lawrence Grant (Bit part (uncredited)) , Sam Harris (Nobleman (uncredited))

Directors: Rouben Mamoulian

Writers: Ben Hecht, Claudine West, Rouben Mamoulian, S. N. Behrman, H.M. Harwood, Salka Viertel, Margaret P. Levino

Tags: sweden, ambassador, queen, forbidden love, duty, biography, peace, female protagonist, mobster, royal court, pre-code, inn, 17th century

42nd Street

42nd Street

Release Date: 1933-03-11

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

“42nd Street” is a classic 1933 movie that tells the story of a producer’s last-ditch effort to put on a Broadway show. When the star unexpectedly drops out, a talented chorus girl steps in to save the day. Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, and Ginger Rogers, this film is a must-watch for fans of old Hollywood glamour and captivating musical numbers.

Cast: Warner Baxter (Julian Marsh) , Bebe Daniels (Dorothy Brock) , George Brent (Pat Denning) , Ruby Keeler (Peggy Sawyer) , Guy Kibbee (Abner Dillon) , Una Merkel (Lorraine Fleming) , Ginger Rogers (Ann Lowell) , Ned Sparks (Thomas Barry) , Dick Powell (Billy Lawler) , Allen Jenkins (Mac Elroy) , Edward Nugent (Terry) , Robert McWade (Jones) , George E. Stone (Andy Lee) , Toby Wing (Partner in “Young & Healthy” Number (uncredited)) , Louise Beavers (Pansy (uncredited)) , Charles Lane (Playwright (uncredited)) , Wallis Clark (Dr. Chadwick (uncredited)) , Tom Kennedy (Slim Murphy (uncredited)) , Harry Akst (Jerry (uncredited)) , George Irving (Hotel Doctor (uncredited)) , Clarence Nordstrum (Groom in “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” Number (uncredited)) , Jack La Rue (Thug (uncredited)) , Henry B. Walthall (Stage Actor (uncredited)) , Jayne Shadduck (Chorus Girl (uncredited)) , Lyle Talbot (Geoffrey Warning (voice) (uncredited))

Directors: Lloyd Bacon

Writers: Bradford Ropes, Rian James, James Seymour, Harry Warren, Al Dubin

Tags: philadelphia, pennsylvania, musical, stage show, director, dog, broadway, pre-code, fainting, chorus girl, eviction, financial crisis

Dinner at Eight

Dinner at Eight

Release Date: 1933-12-22

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Dinner at Eight” is a captivating 1933 movie that revolves around an ambitious New York socialite who plans an extravagant dinner party while her husband deals with financial troubles, causing tension in their relationship. The film follows the lives of their high-society friends and associates, including a gruff businessman and his seductive spouse, as they navigate their own complicated situations, leading to surprising revelations at the highly anticipated dinner. Starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, and Jean Hersholt, this classic film was released on December 22, 1933.

Cast: Marie Dressler (Carlotta Vance) , John Barrymore (Larry Renault) , Wallace Beery (Dan Packard) , Jean Harlow (Kitty Packard) , Lionel Barrymore (Oliver Jordan) , Lee Tracy (Max Kane) , Edmund Lowe (Dr. Wayne Talbot) , Billie Burke (Millicent Jordan) , Madge Evans (Paula Jordan) , Jean Hersholt (Jo Stengel) , Karen Morley (Lucy Talbot) , Louise Closser Hale (Hattie Loomis) , Phillips Holmes (Ernest DeGraff) , May Robson (Mrs. Wendel) , Grant Mitchell (Ed Loomis) , Phoebe Foster (Miss Alden) , Elizabeth Patterson (Miss Copeland) , Hilda Vaughn (Tina) , Harry Beresford (Fosdick) , Edwin Maxwell (Mr. Fitch) , John Davidson (Mr. Hatfield) , Edward Woods (Eddie) , Anna Duncan (Dora) , Herman Bing (Waiter) , George Baxter (Gustave (uncredited))

Directors: George Cukor

Writers: Edna Ferber, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Frances Marion, George S. Kaufman, John Meehan

Tags: new york city, adultery, blackmail, businessman, great depression, alcoholism, based on play or musical, debt, social satire, extramarital affair, socialite, pre-code, eviction, financial problem, heart condition, financier, shipping magnate, dinner party, socialite party, shipping company, unhappy marriage, stage actress, fading star, stage actor, suicide by gas, corrupt businessman, theatrical agent, theatre producer

Mystery of the Wax Museum

Mystery of the Wax Museum

Release Date: 1933-02-18

Genres: Horror, Mystery

Released in 1933, “Mystery of the Wax Museum” is a thrilling movie that follows a reporter as he investigates the strange disappearances of both people and corpses. His search leads him to a sinister sculptor and a mysterious wax museum, where he uncovers a chilling secret. Starring Lionel Atwill, Glenda Farrell, and Fay Wray, this classic film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Lionel Atwill (Ivan Eigor) , Glenda Farrell (Florence Dempsey) , Allen Vincent (Ralph Burton) , Fay Wray (Charlotte Duncan) , Frank McHugh (Editor Jim) , Edwin Maxwell (Worth, Eigor’s bootlegger partner) , Arthur Edmund Carewe (Professor Darcy) , Gavin Gordon (George Winton) , Matthew Betz (Hugo, deafmute sculptor) , Bull Anderson (Otto, museum janitor) , Holmes Herbert (Dr. Rasmussen) , Claude King (Mr. Galatalin) , William B. Davidson (Detective (Uncredited)) , Guy Usher (Detective (Uncredited)) , DeWitt Jennings (Police Captain, 12th Precinct) , Robert Homans (Desk Sergeant, 12th Precinct) , James Donlan (Morgue Attendant (Uncredited)) , Thomas E. Jackson (Detective at Morgue) , Frank Darien (Autopsy Surgeon (Uncredited)) , Wallis Clark (Autopsy Surgeon’s Assistant (Uncredited)) , Monica Bannister (Joan Gale) , Robert Emmett O’Connor (Police Sergeant by Christmas tree) , Lon Poff (Tall Thin Henchman (Uncredited)) , Max Barwyn (Museum Visitor (Uncredited)) , Wade Boteler (Ambrose (Uncredited))

Directors: Michael Curtiz

Writers: Charles Belden, Carl Erickson, Don Mullaly

Tags: wax museum, pre-code



Release Date: 1933-01-20

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Ecstasy” is a captivating 1933 film that tells the story of Eva, a newly married woman who finds herself trapped in a passionless marriage. Feeling desolate, she leaves her husband and returns to her father’s house, where she unexpectedly meets a young man and falls deeply in love. As fate would have it, her husband, devastated by the loss of his bride, crosses paths with the man who has taken Eva away from him. Starring Hedy Lamarr and Aribert Mog, this movie explores themes of love, loss, and the unpredictable twists of destiny. Released on January 20, 1933, “Ecstasy” is a must-watch for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: Hedy Lamarr (Eva Hermann) , Aribert Mog (Adam) , Zvonimir Rogoz (Emile) , Leopold Kramer (Eva’s Father) , Karel Mácha-Kuča (The Lawyer) , Jiřina Steimarová (Typist) , Jan Sviták () , Eduard Šlégl () , Antonín Kubový () , Bedřich Vrbský (Eva’s Father (voice)) , Jiřina Štěpničková (Eva (voice)) , Jiří Plachý (Adam (voice))

Directors: Gustav Machatý

Writers: Gustav Machatý, František Horký, František Halas

Tags: black and white, nude swimming

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Release Date: 1933-01-06

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Bitter Tea of General Yen” is a captivating movie set in 1930s Shanghai. It tells the story of an American missionary who finds herself drawn to a charismatic warlord. As their paths intertwine, she becomes entangled in a seductive and dangerous world. With a talented cast including Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther, this film is a must-watch for those seeking a thrilling and exotic cinematic experience from 1933.

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck (Megan Davis) , Nils Asther (General Yen) , Toshia Mori (Mah-Li) , Walter Connolly (Jones) , Gavin Gordon (Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Strike) , Lucien Littlefield (Mr. Jacobson) , Richard Loo (Captain Li) , Helen Jerome Eddy (Miss Reed) , Emmett Corrigan (Bishop Harkness) , Clara Blandick (Mrs. Jackson (uncredited)) , Willie Fung (Officer (uncredited))

Directors: Frank Capra

Writers: Grace Zaring Stone, Edward E. Paramore Jr.

Tags: missionary, china, chinese civil war, betrayal, pre-code, held against will

She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong

Release Date: 1933-02-09

Genres: Comedy, Crime

“She Done Him Wrong” is a 1933 movie starring Mae West and Cary Grant. Set in New York, it follows the story of Lady Lou, a singer and nightclub owner with a long list of male admirers. When her criminal ex-boyfriend returns, unaware of her infidelity, she finds help in the form of Captain Cummings, a local temperance league leader. With a star-studded cast and released on February 9, 1933, this film promises an entertaining mix of romance, comedy, and a touch of danger.

Cast: Mae West (Lady Lou) , Cary Grant (Captain Cummings) , Owen Moore (Chick Clark) , Gilbert Roland (Serge Stanieff) , Noah Beery (Gus Jordan) , David Landau (Dan Flynn) , Rafaela Ottiano (Russian Rita) , Dewey Robinson (Spider Kane) , Rochelle Hudson (Sally) , Tammany Young (Chuck Connors) , Fuzzy Knight (Rag Time Kelly) , Grace La Rue (Frances) , Robert Homans (Doheney) , Louise Beavers (Pearl) , Ernie Adams (Man in Audience (uncredited)) , Billy Bletcher (Singing Waiter (uncredited)) , Wade Boteler (Dan’s Pal (uncredited)) , Jack Carr (Patron Who Hits His Girl (uncredited)) , Heinie Conklin (Street Cleaner (uncredited)) , Mike Donlin (Tout (uncredited)) , James Eagles (Pete (uncredited)) , Fern Emmett (Woman in Conversation (uncredited)) , Harold Entwistle (Minor Role (uncredited)) , Mary Gordon (Cleaning Lady (uncredited)) , Aggie Herring (Mrs. Flaherty (uncredited))

Directors: Lowell Sherman

Writers: John Bright, Mae West, Harvey F. Thew, Ralph Rainger

Tags: singer, pre-code, nightclub owner



Release Date: 1933-02-08

Genres: Drama, War

“Cavalcade” is a captivating movie that takes us on a journey through English life from 1899 to 1933. Through the eyes of Jane and Robert Marryot, a well-to-do London couple, we witness significant events like the Boer War, the sinking of the Titanic, and the Great War. With a talented cast including Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook, this film offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Marryot family and the historical moments that shaped their world. Released on February 8, 1933, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 best voted movies of that year.

Cast: Diana Wynyard (Jane Marryot) , Clive Brook (Robert Marryot) , Una O’Connor (Ellen Bridges) , Herbert Mundin (Alfred Bridges) , Beryl Mercer (Cook) , Irene Browne (Margaret Harris) , Tempe Pigott (Mrs. Snapper) , Merle Tottenham (Annie) , Frank Lawton (Joe Marryot) , Ursula Jeans (Fanny Bridges) , Margaret Lindsay (Edith Harris) , John Warburton (Edward Marryot) , Billy Bevan (George Grainger) , Dickie Henderson (Master Edwards) , Douglas Scott (Master Joey) , Bonita Granville (Young Fanny) , Betty Grable (Girl on Couch)

Directors: Frank Lloyd

Writers: Noël Coward, Reginald Berkeley

Tags: london, england, world war i, black and white, pre-code, upstairs downstairs, early 1900s, wealthy family

The Son of Kong

The Son of Kong

Release Date: 1933-12-22

Genres: Adventure, Action, Horror

“The Son of Kong” is a thrilling adventure film released in 1933. It follows the story of Carl Denham, a brave explorer who returns to the island where he first encountered the legendary King Kong. Starring Robert Armstrong and Helen Mack, this movie takes us on a captivating journey filled with excitement and suspense.

Cast: Robert Armstrong (Carl Denham) , Helen Mack (Hilda Peterson) , Frank Reicher (Captain Englehorn) , John Marston (Captain Nils Helstrom) , Victor Wong (Charlie the Cook) , Ed Brady (Bo’sun Red) , Steve Clemente (Native Witch King (uncredited)) , Noble Johnson (Native Chief (uncredited)) , Lee Kohlmar (Mickey the 2nd Process Server (uncredited)) , Gertrude Short (Persistent Reporter (uncredited)) , Kathrin Clare Ward (Mrs. Hudson the Landlady (uncredited)) , Clarence Wilson (Hilda’s Father (uncredited)) , Fay Wray (Screaming voice (uncredited)) , Cy Clegg (Sailor) , Harry Cornbleth (Sailor) , Nathan Curry (Native) , Oscar ‘Dutch’ Hendrian (Dutch, a Sailor) , Tex Higginson (Sailor) , Ken Kuntz (Sailor) , Ed Lanegan (Messenger) , Jimmy Leon (Barkeeper) , James B. Leong (Chinese Trader) , Sam Levine (Fruit Peddler) , Frank Mills (Sailor) , Frank O’Connor (1st Process Server)

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack

Writers: Ruth Rose

Tags: mutiny, island, earthquake, stowaway, sequel, bear, dinosaur, black and white, gentle giant, giant ape, sea serpent, king kong

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