Collections: Pre-Code

Shanghai Express (1932) Starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, and Anna May Wong

Shanghai Express (1932) — 80 min - Romance, Drama - 2 February 1932 Your rating: Not rated yet! Shanghai Express is an American love story and adventure film by Josef von Sternberg from 1932 starring Marlene Dietrich. The film takes place in a train during the Chinese civil war. Director:  Josef von Sternberg Stars:  Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette, Lawrence Grant, Louise Closser Hale, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Emile Chautard Photos No images were imported for this movie. Storyline Shanghai Express is an American love story and adventure film by Josef von Sternberg from 1932...

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Min and Bill (1930) Starring Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, and Dorothy Jordan

Min and Bill (1930) — 66 min - Drama, Comedy - 29 November 1930 Your rating: Min (Marie Dressler) runs a rundown hotel on the waterfront. With the help of her boyfriend, Bill (Wallace Beery), Min brings up Nancy, who was abandoned by her mother, Bella (Marjorie Rambeau), as a baby. The couple contend with city officials who proclaim Min unfit for mothering. Over the years, Min saves diligently to send Nancy to boarding school -- and when Nancy meets a wealthy young man who proposes, Bella abruptly returns, threatening Nancy in an attempt to benefit from her good fortune....

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Dawn Patrol, The (1930) Starring Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Neil Hamilton

The Dawn Patrol (1930) — 108 min - Action, War, Drama - 20 August 1930 Your rating: World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and learns harsh lessons about sending subordinates to their deaths. Director:  Howard Hawks Stars:  Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Neil Hamilton, Frank McHugh, Clyde Cook, James Finlayson, Howard Hawks, Dave O'Brien Photos No images were imported for this movie. Storyline World War I ace Dick Courtney derides the leadership of his superior officer, but Courtney is soon promoted to squadron commander and...

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Trouble in Paradise (1932) Starring Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, and Herbert Marshall

Trouble in Paradise (1932) — 83 min - Comedy, Romance - 21 October 1932 Your rating: Thief Gaston Monescu and pickpocket Lily are partners in crime and love. Working for perfume company executive Mariette Colet, the two crooks decide to combine their criminal talents to rob their employer. Under the alias of Monsieur Laval, Gaston uses his position as Mariette's personal secretary to become closer to her. However, he takes things too far when he actually falls in love with Mariette, and has to choose between her and Lily. Director:  Ernst Lubitsch Stars:  Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charles...

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One Way Passage (1932) Starring William Powell, Kay Francis, and Aline MacMahon

One Way Passage (1932) — 68 min - Comedy, Drama, Romance - 22 October 1932 Your rating: A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret. Director:  Tay Garnett Stars:  William Powell, Kay Francis, Aline MacMahon, Frank McHugh, Warren Hymer, Frederick Burton, Roscoe Karns, Allan Lane, Glen Cavender, Mike Donlin, Stanley Fields, Willie Fung, Al Ernest Garcia, Douglas Gerrard, William Gould, Ruth Hall, William Halligan, Mel Kalish, Wilson Mizner, Herbert Mundin, Dewey Robinson, Harry Seymour, Charles Sherlock Photos No images were imported for this...

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Kiss, The (1929) Starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, and Lew Ayres

The Kiss (1929) — 89 min - Romance, Drama - 16 November 1929 Your rating: Irene Guarry gives an infatuated young man an innocent kiss, a gesture that leads to jealousy, death and an explosive murder trial. A bit much for a single kiss, you may think - unless the lips belong to screen goddess Greta Garbo. In her last silent film, Garbo is pure and sensual, playful and tragic, cool and ardent. And Lew Ayres, whose distinguished career would include All Quiet on the Western Front and the Dr. Kildare movies, impresses in his first major screen role as...

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Island of Lost Souls (1933) Starring Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, and Leila Hyams

Island of Lost Souls (1932) — 70 min - Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction - 1 December 1932 Your rating: An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. Director:  Erle C. Kenton Stars:  Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Arthur Hohl, Kathleen Burke, Stanley Fields, Paul Hurst, Bela Lugosi, Hans Steinke, Tetsu Komai, George Irving, John George Photos No images were imported for this movie. Storyline An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human...

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Little Giant, The (1933) Starring Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, and Helen Vinson

The Little Giant (1933) — 76 min - Action, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Romance - 20 May 1933 Your rating: Prohibition is ending so bootlegger Bugs Ahearn decides to crack California society. He leases a house from down-on-her-luck Ruth and hires her as social secretary. He rescues Polly Cass from a horsefall and goes home to meet her dad who sells him some phony stock certificates. When he learns about this he sends to Chicago for mob help. Director:  Roy Del Ruth Stars:  Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson, Russell Hopton, Kenneth Thomson, Shirley Grey, Berton Churchill, Don Dillaway, Louise...

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Emma (1932) Starring Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt, and Myrna Loy

Emma (1932) — 72 min - Drama, Comedy, Romance - 2 January 1932 Your rating: When their mother dies in childbirth, Emma Thatcher who has been the nanny to his 3 children but now has an infant to care for. The children grow up and Frederick becomes rich and successful. He and Emma marry, as it turns out right before his death, and his will becomes a source of trouble between the children and Emma. Director:  Clarence Brown Stars:  Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt, Myrna Loy, John Miljan, Purnell Pratt, Leila Bennett, Kathryn Crawford, Barbara Kent, George Meeker, Dale...

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Tugboat Annie (1933) Starring Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young, and Maureen O’Sullivan,

Tugboat Annie (1933) — 86 min - Comedy, Drama - 4 August 1933 Your rating: Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather snotty and rebels against drunken Beery. Valiant Dressler keeps things moving even as hubby ruins their tugboat business. Director:  Mervyn LeRoy Stars:  Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan, Willard Robertson, Tammany Young, Frankie Darro, Jack Pennick, Paul Hurst, Willie Fung, Addison Randall Photos No images were imported for this movie. Storyline Waterfront couple raise their son to be a sea captain. He grows up to be rather...

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