Best Drama Movies of 1935
The Passing of the Third Floor Back
The tenants of an old London boarding house spend their time in petty bickering and sniping until a mysterious stranger arrives at their door.
Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life
Duke Ellington plays his symphonic jazz piece ('A Rhapsody of Negro Life') with his orchestra against slice-of-life background scenes. The four movements: 1) The Laborers, 2) A Triangle: Dance, Jealousy, Blues, 3) A Hymn of Sorrow, 4) Harlem Rhythm.
I Found Stella Parish
A blackmailer preys on an actress who is trying to protect her daughter from her past.
A simple Pennsylvania coal miner is drawn into the violent conflict between union workers and management.
Five Men in a Circus
The main focus is on the 5 member band of a small circus as it runs into problems while touring rural Japan. It also pays lots of attention to the two daughters of the aging and irascible ringmaster-circus owner. The high points are the sound (and score) and cinematography featuring a lot of vertiginous panning (appropriate - as high wire trapeze artists are also an important element in the film). A fascinating side-light on 30s Japan.
Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk
Old Mr. Cohen (Paul Graetz) simply walks away from his London department store, leaving his sons to run it.
A Feather in Her Hat
After the woman who raised him claims he's not her son, Richard searches for clues about his identity. Urged on by his mentor, Capt. Randolph Courtney, Richard focuses on Julia Trent Anders, a middle-aged actress who just might be his real mother. But soon, Richard begins to fall for Julia's stepdaughter. Amidst the upheaval, Richard schemes to return Julia to the stage -- but he's in for another big surprise.
The Dark Angel
Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever.
Alias Mary Dow
A taxi-dancer agrees to pose as a girl who had been kidnapped as a child 18 years before.
Men Without Names
A G-man woos a newswoman and corners bank robbers with a hostage in a factory.