Best Movies of 1933

1.

King Kong

5.6

An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.

Starring: Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Victor Wong
Directed by: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1933-04-07
2.

Duck Soup

5.6

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1933-11-17
3.

Three Little Pigs

4.4
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The two pigs building houses of hay and sticks scoff at their brother, building the brick house. But when the wolf comes around and blows their houses down (after trickery like dressing as a foundling sheep fails), they run to their brother's house. And throughout, they sing the classic song, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".
Starring: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton, Mary Moder
Directed by: Burt Gillett
Release date: 1933-05-27
4.

Busy Bodies

4.2
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In this short film, Laurel and Hardy wage battle with inanimate objects, their co-workers, and the laws of physics during a routine work day at a sawmill.
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Tiny Sandford, Charlie Hall, Jack Hill
Directed by: Lloyd French
Release date: 1933-10-07
5.

Heroes for Sale

4.0
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The saga of honorable man Tom Holmes, whose Great War heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, while his wounds result in morphine addiction and a string of challenges and tragedies for himself.
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Aline MacMahon, Loretta Young, Gordon Westcott, Robert Barrat
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-17
6.

42nd Street

4.0

A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.

Starring: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1933-03-11
7.

Man's Castle

3.9
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An unemployed man turns to crime when he gets his girlfriend pregnant.
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenda Farrell, Walter Connolly
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1933-11-20
8.

Sons of the Desert

3.9

Stan and Ollie deceive their wives into thinking they are taking a medicinal cruise when they are really going to a lodge convention.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dorothy Christy, Mae Busch, Charley Chase
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1933-12-29
9.

Little Women

3.8

Little Women is a coming-of-age drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops. The family, headed by their beloved Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet, with the help of their kind and wealthy neighbor, Mr. Laurence, and his high spirited grandson Laurie.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas, Edna May Oliver, Jean Parker
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1933-11-24
10.

Midnight Mary

3.8
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A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.
Starring: Loretta Young, Ricardo Cortez, Franchot Tone, Andy Devine, Una Merkel
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-06-30
11.

Female

3.7
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Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.
Starring: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-11-11
12.

Wild Boys of the Road

3.7
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At the height of the Great Depression, Tommy's mother has been out of work for months when Eddie's father loses his job. Eager not to burden their parents, the two high school Sophomores decide to hop the freight trains and look for work.
Starring: Frankie Darro, Edwin Phillips, Rochelle Hudson, Dorothy Coonan Wellman, Sterling Holloway
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1933-10-07
13.

The Private Life of Henry VIII

3.7
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Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.
Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander, Laurence Hanray
Directed by: Alexander Korda
Release date: 1933-08-17
14.

Flying Down to Rio

3.6

A dance band leader finds love and success in Brazil. The first Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairing.

Starring: Dolores del Río, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire
Directed by: Thornton Freeland
Release date: 1933-12-22
15.

Ladies They Talk About

3.5

A moll, imprisoned after participating in a bank robbery, helps with a breakout plot.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth
Directed by: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Release date: 1933-02-04
16.

The Kennel Murder Case

3.5
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Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
Starring: William Powell, Mary Astor, Eugene Pallette, Ralph Morgan, Robert McWade
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1933-10-28
17.

Christopher Strong

3.5

A romance develops between a happily married middle-aged British politician and an adventurous young aviatrix.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke, Helen Chandler, Ralph Forbes
Directed by: Dorothy Arzner
Release date: 1933-03-09
18.

Alice in Wonderland

3.3

On a boring winter afternoon, Alice dreams, that she's visiting the land behind the mirror. This turns out to be a surrealistic nightmare, with all sorts of strange things happening to her, like changing her size or playing croquet with flamingos.

Starring: Charlotte Henry, Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, William Austin, Gary Cooper
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1933-12-22
19.

Blood Money

3.3
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The title refers to the business of affable, ambitious bail bondsman (and politically-connected grifter) Bill Bailey (George Bancroft), who, in the course of his work, crosses paths with every kind of offender there is, from first-time defendants to career criminals.
Starring: George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee, Chick Chandler, Blossom Seeley
Directed by: Rowland Brown
Release date: 1933-11-17
20.

Cavalcade

3.3
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A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War.
Starring: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin, Beryl Mercer
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1933-02-08

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