Best Drama Movies of 1931
Over the Hill
In their farm house in a New York village, Ma Shelby prepares breakfast for her four children, Isaac, Tommy, Johnny and Susan, and then awakens them. The racket the boys make as they play and fight awakens their father, who spanks the eldest, Isaac. When a visitor chides Pa for not working, Ma sticks up for her husband, saying that he has a weak back and that he is waiting for a promised government job.
The film features the leading actress Greta Garbo as Yvonne, an artist's model. Other stars include Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau and Judith Vosselli. It is a romantic melodrama, portraying a Parisian belle with a past returning to haunt her. The film is the only one where Montgomery played opposite Garbo.
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.
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.
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?
The founding father has an extramarital affair and meets with the likes of Thomas Jefferson.
A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.
The Public Defender
A mysterious phantom who calls himself "The Reckoner" vows to expose the crooked bankers who embezzled their company's funds. Director J. Walter Ruben's 1931 drama stars Richard Dix, Shirley Grey, Boris Karloff, Paul Hurst, Frank Sheridan, Nella Walker, Purnell Pratt, Ruth Weston, Carl Gerard and Rochelle Hudson.
A hopelessly silly young flibbertigibbet from Mississippi is faced with the choice of her poor, boorish New Jersey boyfriend or a dashing Opera star, a man of experience.
Men of Chance
Horseracing drama about a gambler who falls for a fake countess.