Best Movies of 1929



At the conclusion of World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who was sent to the front.
Starring: Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards, Benny Rubin, Scott Kolk
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1929-08-24

The Trespasser

A stenographer who works for a lawyer falls in love with and marries a wealthy young man. His family has the marraige annulled, after which she gives birth to a child. Her former boss helps her out to ensure the child's welfare, which starts gossip that she is a "kept woman."
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, Wally Albright
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1929-11-11

The Skeleton Dance

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.
Directed by: Walt Disney
Release date: 1929-08-21

The Iron Mask

King Louis XIII of France is thrilled to have born to him a son - an heir to the throne. But when the queen delivers a twin, Cardinal Richelieu sees the second son as a potential for revolution, and has him sent off to Spain to be raised in secret to ensure a peaceful future for France. Alas, keeping the secret means sending Constance, lover of D'Artagnan, off to a convent. D'Artagnan hears of this and rallies the Musketeers in a bid to rescue her. Unfortunately, Richelieu out-smarts the Musketeers and banishes them forever.
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Belle Bennett, Marguerite De La Motte, Dorothy Revier, Vera Lewis
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1929-02-21

Big Business

Stan and Ollie play door-to-door Christmas tree salesmen in California. They end up getting into an escalating feud with grumpy would-be customer James Finlayson, with his home and their car being destroyed in the melee.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Tiny Sandford
Directed by: James W. Horne, Leo McCarey
Release date: 1929-04-29


A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act.
Starring: Anna May Wong, Gilda Gray, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1929-02-01

Perfect Day

Two families embark on a pleasant Sunday picnic but manage to run into a variety of issues with their temperamental automobile. Each incident requires repeated exits and reboardings by Laurel, Hardy, their wives and grouchy, gout-ridden Uncle Edgar.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Kay Deslys, Isabelle Keith
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1929-08-10


While changing clothes in a getaway car, escaped convicts Stan and Ollie mistakenly put on each other's pants. They spend the rest of the film trying to exchange pants in various unlikely settings.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin, James Finlayson, Harry Bernard
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1929-01-26

The Cocoanuts


During the Florida land boom, the Marx Brothers run a hotel, auction off some land and thwart a jewel robbery.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Oscar Shaw
Directed by: Robert Florey, Joseph Santley
Release date: 1929-08-03

Spite Marriage

An unimpressive but well intending man is given the chance to marry a popular actress, of whom he has been a hopeless fan. But what he doesn't realize is that he is being used to make the actress' old flame jealous.
Starring: Buster Keaton, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Earle, Leila Hyams, William Bechtel
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Release date: 1929-03-24

Rio Rita

Capt. James Stewart pursues the bandit "The Kinkajou" over the Mexican border and falls in love with Rita. He suspects, that her brother is the bandit.
Starring: Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee
Directed by: Luther Reed
Release date: 1929-09-15


Alice's boyfriend Frank is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. When she agrees to go out with another man, he attacks her and she defends herself and kills him. When the body is discovered, Frank is assigned to the case. He quickly discovers that Alice is the killer, but so has someone else, and they are threatening blackmail.
Starring: Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton, John Longden, Donald Calthrop
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-07-28

The Love Parade

The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.
Starring: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth, Eugene Pallette
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1929-11-19


A Southern belle's flirtation with a working man leads to tragedy.
Starring: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis, William Janney
Directed by: Sam Taylor
Release date: 1929-04-06



A black laborer turns preacher after accidentally killing a man.

Starring: Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fanny Belle DeKnight
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1929-08-20

The Broadway Melody


Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie

Starring: Charles King, Anita Page, Bessie Love, Nacio Herb Brown, Mary Doran
Directed by: Harry Beaumont
Release date: 1929-02-08

The Manxman

A fisherman and a rising lawyer who grew up as brothers fall in love with the same woman.
Starring: Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra, Randle Ayrton, Clare Greet
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1929-01-21

A Cottage on Dartmoor

Flashback story of an escape from the lonely, high-security Dartmoor Prison. A jealous barber's assistant is enraged by the attentions that his manicurist girlfriend pays to a customer. He threatens the customer with an open razor and lands in jail.
Starring: Norah Baring, Uno Henning, Hans Adalbert Schlettow, Anthony Asquith, Judd Green
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1929-10-01

Sunnyside Up

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less happy, since his fiancée Jane won't discourage her other admirers. Fleeing in his car, Jack ends up in an urban block party where he meets you-know-who.
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel, Mary Forbes
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1929-12-25

The Godless Girl

High school students led by the Girl and Boy turn from Christianity toward secret atheistic meetings. When a girl is accidentally killed by a stairway collapse, the Girl and Boy go to reform school where they are treated brutally.
Starring: Lina Basquette, Tom Keene, Marie Prevost, Noah Beery, Eddie Quillan
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1929-03-31

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