The MoFo Top 100 of the 1930s: The Countdown

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I'm honored to be presenting the 1930s Countdown.
A decade of movies that I love!


A big thanks to everyone who took the time to watch 1930s films for the countdown, and to those who joined the two 1930s HoFs...And of course thanks to all those who submitted a list.

I'll be presenting two movies each day, starting at the bottom of the list and working up to the number 1 film from the 1930s. This will take place for about 2 months.

A total of 45 list were sent in. Ties were broken in the usual manner, by the number of lists a film was on. Then if necessary a tie was broken by the film that placed higher on a list.


Let the Countdown begin!






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THE LIST

This is where all the movies that make the countdown will be listed, as they are revealed. Each movie will have a link to it's post.

100. Footlight Parade (1933)
99. Stage Door (1937)
98. The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)
97. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
96. Camille (1936)
95. Grand Hotel (1932)
94. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
93. The Informer (1935)
92. Love Me Tonight (1932)
91. Monkey Business (1931)
90. Á Nous La Liberté (1931)
89. The Black Cat (1934)
88. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
87. Stella Dallas (1937)
86. Bachelor Mother (1939)
85. Hell's Angels (1930)
84. The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
83. A Day in the Country (1936)
82. Porky in Wackyland (1938)
81. Way Out West (1937)
80. Sons of the Desert (1933)
79. Swing Time (1936)
78. The Human Beast (1938)
77. Dodsworth (1936)
76. The Music Box (1932)
75. I Was Born, But...(1932)
74. City Girl (1930)
73. Top Hat (1935)
72. Destry Rides Again (1939)
71. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
70. L'Atalante (1934)
69. A Star is Born (1937)
68. Fury (1936)
67. Les Misérables (1935)
66. Little Caesar (1931)
65. The Young in Heart (1938)
64. Captains Courageous (1937)
63. The Scarlet Empress (1934)
62. Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)
61. Gunga Din (1939)
60. The Awful Truth (1937)
59. Red Dust (1932)
58. The Petrified Forest (1936)
57. Le Jour Se Leve (1939)
56. The Testament of Dr Mabuse (1933)
55. The Mummy (1932)
54. Pepe le Moko (1937)
53. Wuthering Heights (1939)
52. Dark Victory (1939)
51. Horse Feathers (1932)
50. Port of Shadows (1938)
49. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
48. Olympia (1938)
47. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
46. Of Mice and Men (1939)
45. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
44. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
43. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
42. The Public Enemy (1932)
41. 42nd Street (1933)
40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
39. You Can't Take It With You (1938)
38. The Blue Angel (1930)
37. Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
36. Ninotchka (1939)
35. Dracula (1931)
34. Pygmalion (1938)
33. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
32. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
31. My Man Godfrey (1936)
30. The Invisible Man (1933)
29. Jezebel (1938)
28. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
27. A Night at the Opera (1935)
26. Scarface (1932)
25. The Thin Man (1934)
24. Vampyr (1932)
23. Stagecoach (1939)
22. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
21. The Roaring Twenties (1939)
20. Trouble in Paradise (1932)
19. Frankenstein (1931)
18. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
17. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
16. King Kong (1933)
15. The Rules of the Game (1939)
14. La Grand Illusion (1937)
13. The 39 Steps (1935)
12. Duck Soup (1933)
11. I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
10. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
9. Freaks (1932)
8. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
7. Modern Times (1936)
6. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
5. City Lights (1931)
4. Gone With the Wind (1939)
3. It Happened One Night (1934)
2. M (1931)
1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)





THE ONE POINTERS

Following a long standing Countdown tradition, these are the 'one pointers'. They're films that appeared on only one voting list and in last place, hence they only scored one point. But someone loved them and so here they are!

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I don't think I've seen any of the 1 pointers besides Shanghai Express. It was one of the last movies I watched for the countdown and I enjoyed it.



I don't think I've seen any of the 1 pointers besides Shanghai Express. It was one of the last movies I watched for the countdown and I enjoyed it.
I'm not sure if I seen Shanghai Express or not? But I do want to watch all the films eventually that make the countdown. Out of the one pointers I've only seen Becky Sharp which has one of my favorite 30s actresses, Miriam Hopkins and it was the first full length 3-strip Technicolor film. But, not on my list.



Mädchen in Uniform was mine, I think even though some of the younger performers are a little weak it's quite an absorbing and effectively delivered tale of same-sex attraction.

Seventh Heaven is a decent enough romantic drama and I'm never averse to a little Simone Simon but was never really in contention for my list.

Haven't seen any of the other one-pointers but would have liked to have watched Shanghai Express and Wooden Crosses definitely sounds like one I should give it a whirl at some point if I can.
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I'm going to post the first two movies on the countdown, #100 and #99. The film clapper board has the movie placement number on it as well as other info about the film.



Watched/re-watched over 350 fillums for this countdown, sadly Footlight wasn't one of them as I simply couldn't locate an available copy and Stage Door I have to admit was never even on my radar. So it's an epic fail for me thus far



Watched over 350 fillums for this countdown, sadly Footlight wasn't one of them as I simply couldn't locate an available copy and Stage Door I have to admit was never even on my radar.
350 wow! I wish I could say I'd watched that many. You and Cricket really gave it your alls. Glad you guys got into this, I was afraid I wouldn't get more than 20-25 list but I'm stoked that I got 45! Very happy with the turn out



350 wow! I wish I could say I'd watched that many. You and Cricket really gave it your alls. Glad you guys got into this, I was afraid I wouldn't get more than 20-25 list but I'm stoked that I got 45! Very happy with the turn out
I felt really bad about piking out of the 40s countdown 'cos I didn't start anywhere near early enough and felt overwhelmed so I started the 30s watches in earnest last November so that there'd be no recurrence lol.



Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.
Hate to sound like a broken record, but I've seen all the one-pointers. Wooden Crosses (currently on Filmstruck) is my fave, a very powerful anti-war film with loads of technique. This will give you a taste of its expressionism and modern cinematography [soldiers blown to bits before your eyes].

Footlight Parade is one of the three big 1933 Warner Bros. musicals - the others being 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933 - but this one has James Cagney and Ruby Keeler hoofing.

Stage Door is a very strong showbiz comedy-drama from Gregory La Cava (My Man Godfrey) with an all-star cast. It was the closest of the films so far to make my list.
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Great setup for the Countdown, CR!!

Have not seen either of the first two on the list, but I have seen Shanghai Express which didn't quite make my list and Seventh Heaven is my One Pointer. I stumbled upon it a while back while searching for 30s Films I may have missed or have not heard of.
One for the TRUE Romantics. . .



Seventh Heaven (1937)
++ James Stewart and Simone Simon make a beautiful pair in the city of Paris. With some wonderful camera work and a story fit for lovers and romantics, this was quite the cute and lovely film.
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I never entered this countdown as I simply haven't seen enough 30s films to warrant a list.
But, well done everyone for getting lists together, and well done @Citizen Rules for organising it!
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0-2 Love the look CR, very unique
Thanks Sean...and Ed, and Rodent and Cricket too. Vamp did such a nice job on the 40s Countdown, that I wanted to do something worthy of MoFo. I like the way it looks, but it's sort of a pain doing the graphics...Some movies have lots of great screenshots to work with and some don't. I guess I'll wing it for those hard to find screenshots.



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I remember thinking Footlight Parade was a pretty decent musical with some standout numbers, but I didn't vote for it.

Haven't seen Stage Door (I predict there'll be quite a few of these I haven't seen so I think I might skip over mentioning ones I haven't seen).
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Nice job, CR! Good looking setup, nice pics...particularly liking the info-clapboards.
No films of mine yet. I've seen both the first entries. Footlight Parade---it's been a long time since I've seen it but I'm a huge Cagney fan, and I can never forget the sequence that mark f posted above. I always goggled as a kid when Cagney and Keeler "dance" across the sailors' outstretched arms. More recent in my memory is Stage Door. Of course Hepburn and the cast were great, but my gal Ginger Rogers was the true delight for me. This is where she showed me she could be tough in a movie, as well as sweet. Great start, CR!
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