Best Comedy Movies of 1931

1.

City Lights

6.1
8.5/10

City Lights is the first silent film that Charlie Chaplin directed after he established himself with sound accompanied films. The film is about a penniless man who falls in love with a flower girl.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers, Al Ernest Garcia
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1931-02-26
2.

Monkey Business

4.6
7.6/10
Monkey Business
Four stowaways get mixed up with gangsters while running riot on an ocean liner.
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Rockliffe Fellowes
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1931-09-19
3.

One Good Turn

4.0
7.3/10
One Good Turn
Down and out Stan and Ollie beg for food from a friendly old lady who provides them with sandwiches. While eating, they overhear the lady's landlord tell her he's going to throw her out because she can't pay her mortgage. They don't realize that the old lady is really rehearsing for a play. Stan and Ollie decide to help the old lady by selling their car. During the auction a drunk puts a wallet in Stan's pocket. Ollie accuses Stan of robbing the old lady, but when the truth is revealed Stan takes revenge on Ollie.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mary Carr, James Finlayson, Billy Gilbert
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-10-31
4.

Tonight or Never

3.9
7.7/10
Tonight or Never
A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Boris Karloff
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1931-01-04
5.

Laughing Gravy

3.9
7.5/10
Laughing Gravy
Stan and Ollie try to hide their pet dog Laughing Gravy from their exasperated, mean tempered landlord, who has a "No Pets" policy.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charles Dorety, Laughing Gravy
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-04-04
6.

The Smiling Lieutenant

3.9
7.7/10
The Smiling Lieutenant
A misfired flirtation lands a young lieutenant married to a princess instead of the one he loves.
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins, Charles Ruggles, George Barbier
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1931-08-01
7.

Chickens Come Home

3.9
7.5/10
Chickens Come Home
Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Thelma Todd, James Finlayson, Mae Busch
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-02-21
8.

Beau Hunks

3.9
7.6/10
Beau Hunks
Stan and Ollie join the French Foreign Legion after Ollie's sweetheart rejects him. The title Beau Hunks is both a reference to Beau Geste and a pun on the mild ethnic slur Bohunk (a portmanteau of "Bohemian" and "Hungarian.").
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charles Middleton, Harry Schultz, Broderick O'Farrell
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-12-12
9.

Bimbo's Initiation

3.8
7.4/10
Bimbo's Initiation
Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organisation. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive?
Starring: Billy Murray, Mae Questel
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Grim Natwick
Release date: 1931-07-24
10.

Blonde Crazy

3.8
7.2/10

Adventures of a cocky con man and his beautiful accomplice.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Louis Calhern, Noel Francis, Ray Milland
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1931-12-03
11.

Night Nurse

3.7
7.0/10
Night Nurse
Lora Hart manages to land a job in a hospital as a trainee nurse. Upon completion of her training she goes to work as a night nurse for two small children who seem to be very sick, though something much more sinister is going on.
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Ben Lyon, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable, Blanche Friderici
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1931-07-16
12.

Pardon Us

3.7
7.0/10

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas, James Finlayson
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1931-09-11
13.

The Front Page

3.6
6.8/10

Hildy Johnson is an investigative reporter is looking for a bigger paycheck. When an accused murderer escapes from custody, Hildy sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime. But when he finds the criminal, he learns that the man may not be guilty. With the help of his editor, Hildy attempts to hide the convict, uncover the conspiracy and write the scoop of his career.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Catlett
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1931-04-04
14.

Come Clean

3.3
7.4/10
Come Clean
The Hardys wish to have a quiet evening in their apartment, but are interrupted when the Laurels pay a visit. Stan and Ollie go out for ice cream, and manage to prevent a shrewish woman from committing suicide on the way back home. The woman is ungrateful and makes threats against the them unless they look after her. They spend a chaotic evening trying to keep her hidden from their wives.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Gertrude Astor, Linda Loredo
Directed by: James W. Horne
Release date: 1931-09-19
15.

Smart Woman

3.2
6.6/10
Smart Woman
A society man's loving, devoted wife, upon learning that he has been unfaithful and is planning to leave her for the other woman, strategically pretends to be having an affair of her own. The woman's friends gladly assist in the deception.
Starring: Mary Astor, Robert Ames, John Halliday, Edward Everett Horton, Noel Francis
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1931-09-12
16.

Girls About Town

3.2
7.8/10
Girls About Town
A dynamic duo in silk and ermine entertain hick businessmen looking for a good time while in Manhattan.
Starring: Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lilyan Tashman, Eugene Pallette, Alan Dinehart
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1931-11-07
17.

Rich and Strange

3.1
5.9/10
Rich and Strange
An unexpected inheritance proves less than a boon to a young married couple.
Starring: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Betty Amann, Elsie Randolph
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1931-12-10
18.

Private Lives

3.1
6.9/10
Private Lives
Amanda and Elyot are one another's former spouse. Elyot remarries to Sibyl, Amanda weds Victor. Unexpectedly, both honeymooning couples arrive to a hotel on the same day and are put in rooms with adjoining terraces. Things go well until Amanda sees Elyot on the adjacent terrace.
Starring: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Una Merkel, Jean Hersholt
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1931-12-12
19.

The Naughty Flirt

2.8
5.8/10
The Naughty Flirt
A coquettish socialite falls for a straight-laced associate in her father's law firm. But she must also fend off the advances of a greedy fortune-hunter and his sister.
Starring: Alice White, Paul Page, Myrna Loy, Robert Agnew, Douglas Gilmore
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1931-01-11
20.

The Guardsman

2.7
6.6/10
The Guardsman
An acclaimed actor and his equally acclaimed actress wife, who have been married for less than a year, are already showing signs of strain in their marriage. The actor believes his wife is capable of infidelity and sets out to prove this is so. Disguising himself as the kind of man he believes she fancies (a Russian military officer), the actor woos his wife while she believes him (her husband, that is) to be out of town. The actress shows every sign of succumbing to the "Russian's" advances, yet the husband can never quite put the stamp of certainty on her behavior. The truth eventually reveals itself...or does it?
Starring: Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Roland Young, Zasu Pitts, Maude Eburne
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1931-11-07

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