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Great Decades at the Movies

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