Best Movies of 1932




A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.

Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley, Osgood Perkins, C. Henry Gordon
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1932-04-09



A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Starring: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates, Henry Victor
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1932-02-12

Grand Hotel


Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.

Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore
Directed by: Edmund Goulding
Release date: 1932-05-25

The Mummy


An ancient Egyptian priest called Imhotep is revived when an archaeological expedition finds his mummy and one of the archaeologists accidentally reads an ancient life-giving spell. Imhotep, escaping from the field site, goes in search for the reincarnation of the soul of his lover.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron, Edward Van Sloan
Directed by: Karl Freund
Release date: 1932-12-22

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang


A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chain gang.

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis, Preston Foster
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1932-11-09

Trouble in Paradise

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.
Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall, Charles Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1932-11-29

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.
Starring: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1932-01-03

Horse Feathers


Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley U, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin U.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Thelma Todd
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1932-08-19


Downstairs was a very personal project for John Gilbert - he conceived, co-wrote, and starred as the devious chauffeur who, via blackmail and seductions, creates havoc in an upper-class household, from the top floors to the bottom. But when he sets his sights on the chief butler's new bride he may have crossed a line even he can't charm his way out of.
Starring: John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce, Hedda Hopper, Reginald Owen
Directed by: Monta Bell
Release date: 1932-08-06

The Music Box

The Laurel & Hardy Moving Co. have a challenging job on their hands (and backs): hauling a player piano up a monumental flight of stairs to Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen's house. Their task is complicated by a sassy nursemaid and, unbeknownst to them, the impatient Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen himself. But the biggest problem is the force of gravity, which repeatedly pulls the piano back down to the bottom of the stairs. Finally, the irate Professor explodes in fury to discover the "mechanical blunderbuss" in his home, not knowing it was a surprise birthday present from his wife.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dinah, Billy Gilbert, William Gillespie
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1932-04-16


Ollie's house is a mess after a wild party from the previous night. Ollie receives a telegram from his wife (who is on vacation in Chicago), which tells him that she is returning home in the afternoon. Fearing his wife's wrath he calls Stan over to help him clean up. Things go downhill and they make more mess not less.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Blanche Payson, Bobby Burns, Bob Callahan
Directed by: James Parrott
Release date: 1932-01-23

Towed in a Hole

Although they are successful fishmongers, Stan convinces Ollie that they should become fishermen too, but making a boat seaworthy isn't an easy task.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Billy Gilbert
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1932-12-31

Red Dust


Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.

Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Mary Astor, Gene Raymond, Donald Crisp
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1932-10-22

Pack Up Your Troubles

The story begins in 1917 with Stan and Ollie being drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in World War I. While in the Army, the pair befriend a man named Eddie Smith, who is killed by the enemy during a battle. After the war is over, Stan and Ollie venture to New York City, where they begin a quest to reunite Eddie's little daughter with her rightful family. The task proves both monumental and problematic as the boys discover just how many people in New York have the last name Smith.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Don Dillaway, Jacquie Lyn, Mary Carr
Directed by: George Marshall, Raymond McCarey, Harry Black, Lloyd French
Release date: 1932-09-16

What Price Hollywood?

Sassy and ambitious waitress Mary Evans amuses and befriends amiable seldom-sober Hollywood film director Max Carey when he stumbles into her restaurant. Max invites Mary to his film premiere and, after a night of drinking and carousing, Mary is granted a screen test. A studio contract follows. Just as Mary finds her dreams coming true, Carey’s life and career begins its descent.
Starring: Constance Bennett, Lowell Sherman, Neil Hamilton, Gregory Ratoff, Brooks Benedict
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1932-06-24

Island of Lost Souls


An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams, Arthur Hohl, Kathleen Burke
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1932-12-01

Flowers and Trees

Flowers and trees dance to the music in this Silly Symphony.
Starring: Marion Darlington, Esther Campbell
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1932-07-30

The Most Dangerous Game


When legendary hunter Bob Rainsford is shipwrecked on the perilous reefs surrounding a mysterious island, he finds himself the guest of the reclusive and eccentric Count Zaroff. While he is very gracious at first, Zaroff eventually forces Rainsford and two other shipwreck survivors, brother and sister Eve and Martin Towbridge, to participate in a sadistic game of cat and mouse in which they are the prey and he is the hunter.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Leslie Banks, Noble Johnson
Directed by: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1932-09-16

If I Had a Million

An elderly business tycoon, believed to be dying, decides to give a million dollars each to 8 strangers chosen at random from the phone directory. The various segents of this 1932 film were directed by Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman Z. McLeod, James Cruze, William A. Seiter, and H. Bruce Humberstone. The huge cast includes Richard Bennett, Gary Cooper, W. C. Fields, May Robson, George Raft, Charles Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Gene Raymond, Frances Dee, Wynne Gibson, Jack Pennick, Jack Oakie, Roscoe Karns, Cecil Cunningham, Grant Mitchell, Clarence Muse, Joyce Compton, Dewey Robinson and Margaret Seddon.
Starring: Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, Jack Oakie, Richard Bennett
Directed by: James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Z. McLeod, William A. Seiter, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts
Release date: 1932-12-02

Shanghai Express


A beautiful temptress re-kindles an old romance while trying to escape her past during a tension-packed train journey.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1932-02-03

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