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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1933

Minato no nihon musume / Japanese Girls of the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu)
TOP TIER:
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (Frank Capra)
The Bowery (Raoul Walsh)
Counsellor at Law (William Wyler)
Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch)
Las Hurdes (Luis Buñuel)
Man's Castle (Frank Borzage)
Okraina (Boris Barnet)
Pilgrimage (John Ford)
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (Fritz Lang)
Zero for Conduct (Jean Vigo)

ALSO ESSENTIAL:
42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon)
Alice in Wonderland (Norman Z. McLeod)
Apart From You (Mikio Naruse)
Baby Face (Alfred E. Green)
Bed of Roses (Gregory La Cava)
Blood Money (Rowland Brown)
Bombshell (Victor Fleming)
Broadway Through a Keyhole (Lowell Sherman)
The Cocktail Hour (Victor Schertzinger)
The Dancing Girl of Izu (Heinosuke Gosho)
Deserter (Vsevolod Pudovkin)
Dinner at Eight (George Cukor)
Doctor Bull (John Ford)
Don Quixote (G. W. Pabst)
Double Harness (John Cromwell)
Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu)
Ecstasy (Gustav Machatý)
Employee's Entrance (Roy Del Ruth)
Every Night Dreams (Mikio Naruse)
Fast Workers (Tod Browning)
The Fatal Glass of Beer (Clyde Bruckman)
Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon)
Friday the Thirteenth (Victor Saville)
Gabriel Over the White House (Gregory La Cava)
Gallant Lady (Gregory La Cava)
Going Hollywood (Raoul Walsh)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy)
The Good Companions (Victor Saville)
The Great Consoler (Lev Kuleshov)
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (Lewis Milestone)
Hard to Handle (Mervyn LeRoy)
Her First Mate (William Wyler)
Heroes for Sale (William A. Wellman)
I Cover the Waterfront (James Cruze)
I'm No Angel (Wesley Ruggles)
The Invisible Man (James Whale)
Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu)
Jofroi (Marcel Pagnol)
The Kennel Murder Case (Michael Curtiz)
Ladies They Talk About (Howard Bretherton and William Keighley)
Lady for a Day (Frank Capra)
Lady Killer (Roy Del Ruth)
Liebelei (Max Ophuls)
The Little Giant (Roy Del Ruth)
Little Women (George Cukor)
La maternelle (Jean Benoit-Levy)
Midnight Mary (William A. Wellman)
Morning Glory (Lowell Sherman)
The Night on Bald Mountain (Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker)
Only Yesterday (John Stahl)
Passing Fancy (Yasujiro Ozu)
Penthouse (W.S. Van Dyke)
Policeman (Tomu Uchida)
The Power and the Glory (William K. Howard)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda)
The Prizefighter and the Lady (W. S. Van Dyke)
Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian)
Reunion in Vienna (Sidney Franklin)
Sailor's Luck (Raoul Walsh)
Snow-White (Dave Fleischer)
Sons of the Desert (William A. Seiter)
The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts)
The Stranger's Return (King Vidor)
Tillie and Gus (Francis Martin)
Topaze (Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast)
The Water Magician (Kenji Mizoguchi)
Wild Boys of the Road (William A. Wellman)
Woman of Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu)
Zoo in Budapest (Rowland V. Lee)

OF INTEREST:
Ex-Lady (Robert Florey)
Female (Michael Curtiz)
Mystery of the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz)
Today We Live (Howard Hawks)

POSSIBLY OF INTEREST:
Bureau of Missing Persons (Roy Del Ruth)
College Humor (Wesley Ruggles)
Deluge (Felix E. Feist)
The Eagle and the Hawk (Stuart Walker)
Hold Your Man (Sam Wood)
Murders in the Zoo (A. Edward Sutherland)
Perfect Understanding (Cyril Gardner)Secrets (Frank Borzage)
The Song of Songs (Rouben Mamoulian)

Pilgrimage (John Ford)

6 comments:

James R said...

Isn't "The Monkey's Paw" lost? That could make it difficult to be essential viewing...

Jaime said...

Hmm - indeed the IMDb says it's lost. I wonder how I listed it? I'm trying to retrace my steps to a conversation where it came up, but of course it's lost in the haze, like the film.

Murderous Ink said...

Great List!
So many films I have never seen, or missed, or never heard of...
"The Policeman (Tomu Uchida)" I have never heard of...sounds intriguing. I will definitely come back here to explore more....

jbryant said...

For further consideration I'd nominate Gregory La Cava's BED OF ROSES, and maybe Sidney Franklin's REUNION IN VIENNA. The latter is hard to find, but I saw it several years ago and enjoyed it a lot. And I think I recall you singling out Franklin for something or other in the past.

Jaime said...

@ ML - Yes, 1933 was a tall year - indeed, the early sound period was something of a Renaissance for the cinema, around the world. And Uchida is practically invisible, but worth seeking out. He had a very long career, too!

@jbryant/Yancy - Thanks, I'll add those! I haven't seen much Franklin but his SMILIN' THROUGH is quite good!

Jaime said...

By the way, although it may not be worth "Top Tier," Curtiz's KENNEL MURDER CASE is supposed to be really something. And it looks to be freely available through the IMDb.