Over the next few editions of Beaches|life we will be featuring some of the most critically acclaimed films of specific decades. The first decade we focus on is the 1930s.
Some events that occurred in this decade include the Dionne quintuplets born in Corbeil, Ontario (May 1934), the CBC was created (November 1936), Canadian artist Joe Shuster and American Jerome Siegel published the first Superman comic (1938), the National Film Act created the National Film Board (May 1939), and Canada declared war on Germany, seven days after Britain and France. (September 1939).
Dracula (1931) Dirs. Tod Browning, Karl Freund; Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye
Duck Soup (1933) Dir. Leo McCarey; Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx
King Kong (1933) Dirs. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack; Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Dir. Frank Lloyd; Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin
Gone with the Wind (1939) Dirs. Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood; Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O’Neil
The 39 Steps (1935) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock; Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle
Modern Times (1936) Dir. Charles Chaplin; Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Dir. Michael Curtiz; James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Dir. Frank Capra; James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Dirs. Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor; Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr