Movies in the 1930s

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Movies started off a little slowly in the 1930s. John Barrymore was dominating headlines with Moby Dick in 1930.

People loved their musicals and Fred Estaire made a few bucks from it. Bing Crosby was in his fair share of films as well.

The late 1930s were unbelievable in both quality AND quantity.

The 1930s saw the release of two of the most important and amazing films of all-time: The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.

And Bette Davis’s eyes were staring right through you the whole time.

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Top Grossing Films in 1930

RankTitleStudio/Gross
Actors
1.All Quiet on the Western FrontUniversal / $3,000,000Lew Ayres
2.Whoopee!United Artists / $2,600,000Eddie Cantor
3.Hell’s AngelsUnited Artists / $2,500,000Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon and James Hall
4.Animal CrackersParamount / $1,500,000Marx Brothers
5.Feet FirstParamount / $1,300,000Harold Lloyd
6.The Rogue SongMGMLawrence Tibbett
7.The Life of the PartyWarner Bros.Winnie Lightner
8.Hold EverythingWarner Bros.Winnie Lightner, Joe E. Brown
9.SunnyMGMMarilyn Miller
10.The Vagabond KingParamountDennis King, Jeanette MacDonald
11.Song of the FlameWarner Bros.Noah Beery, Bernice Claire
12.The Green GoddessWarner Bros.George Arliss

Top Grossing Films in 1931

RankTitleStudioActorsWorldwide Gross
1.FrankensteinUniversalBoris Karloff$12,000,000
2.CimarronRKORichard Dix and Irene Dunne$1,383,000
3.Mata HariMGMGreta Garbo$2,227,000
4.City LightsUnited ArtistsCharlie Chaplin$5,019,181
5.A Free SoulMGMNorma Shearer
6.DraculaUniversalBela Lugosi
7.Private LivesMGMNorma Shearer
8.No LimitParamountClara Bow
9.The Public EnemyWarner Bros.James Cagney and Jean Harlow
10.The Smiling LieutenantParamountMaurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins

Top Grossing Films in 1932

RankTitleStudioActors
1.Shanghai ExpressParamountMarlene Dietrich
2.Grand HotelMGMGreta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery and Lionel Barrymore
3.A Farewell to ArmsParamountGary Cooper and Helen Hayes
4.Red DustMGMJean Harlow and Clark Gable
5.The ChampMGMWallace Beery
6.Trouble in ParadiseParamountMiriam Hopkins, Kay Francis and Herbert Marshall
7.Love Me TonightParamountMaurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald
8.Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeParamountFredric March and Miriam Hopkins
9.Red-Headed WomanMGMJean Harlow
10.ScarfaceUnited ArtistsPaul Muni

Top Grossing Films in 1933

RankTitleStudioActors
1.I’m No AngelParamountMae West
2.Dinner at EightMGMMarie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow,Lionel Barrymore and Billie Burke
3.42nd StreetWarner Bros.Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell
4.She Done Him WrongParamountMae West
5.Little WomenRKOKatharine Hepburn
6.State FairFox FilmJanet Gaynor
7.Hold Your ManMGMJean Harlow and Clark Gable
8.Design for LivingParamountFredric March, Gary Cooper and Miriam Hopkins
9.King KongRKOFay Wray and Bruce Cabot
10.Queen ChristinaMGMGreta Garbo

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Last modified: Aug 20, 2015 | Written by Paul Phipps