Best Movies of 1935

1.

A Night at the Opera

5.7

The Marx Brothers take on high society and the opera world to bring two lovers together.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1935-11-08
2.

Top Hat

5.7

Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Helen Broderick, Erik Rhodes
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1935-09-06
3.

Mutiny on the Bounty

5.5

Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1935-11-08
4.

The Bride of Frankenstein

5.5

Bride of Frankenstein begins where James Whale's Frankenstein from 1931 ended. Dr. Frankenstein has not been killed as previously portrayed and now he wants to get away from the mad experiments. Yet when his wife is kidnapped by his creation, Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new monster, this time a woman.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1935-04-21
5.

The 39 Steps

5.4

Canadian Richard Hannay, residing in London, meets secret agent Annabella Smith immediately following a shots fired incident. She asks to go home with him. Back at Hannay's flat the mysterious woman confides that she fears for her life and is on a critical mission relating to protecting state air ministry secrets. Later that night assassins murder her. Believed by the police to be her killer, Hannay is forced to go on the run and flees to Scotland in a desperate attempt to see Annabella's mission through before it's too late. Along the way he chances upon beautiful Pamela, who unwillingly becomes his accomplice in the mission.

Starring: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1935-06-01
6.

Captain Blood

4.8
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Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.
Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone, Ross Alexander
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1935-12-28
7.

The Band Concert

4.1
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Mickey is trying to lead a concert of The William Tell Overture, but he's continually disrupted by ice cream vendor Donald, who uses a seemingly endless supply of flutes to play Turkey in the Straw instead. After Donald gives up, a bee comes along and causes his own havoc. The band then reaches the Storm sequence, and the weather also starts to pick up; a tornado comes along, but they keep playing.
Starring: Clarence Nash
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1935-02-23
8.

The Informer

4.0

Gypo Nolan is a former Irish Republican Army man who drowns his sorrows in the bottle. He's desperate to escape his bleak Dublin life and start over in America with his girlfriend. So when British authorities advertise a reward for information about his best friend, current IRA member Frankie, Gypo cooperates. Now Gypo can buy two tickets on a boat bound for the States, but can he escape the overwhelming guilt he feels for betraying his buddy?

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1935-05-09
9.

A Tale of Two Cities

4.0

The exciting story of Dr. Manette, who escapes the horrors of the infamous Bastille prison in Paris. The action switches between London and Paris on the eve of the revolution where we witness 'the best of times and the worst of times' - love, hope, the uncaring French Aristocrats and the terror of a revolutionary citizen's army intent on exacting revenge.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Basil Rathbone
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1935-12-25
10.

Les Misérables

3.9
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In early nineteenth-century France Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who failed to report to parole, is relentlessly pursued over a twenty-year period by Javert, an obsessive policeman.
Starring: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, Florence Eldridge
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1935-04-02
11.

Anna Karenina

3.9

In 19th century Russia a woman in a respectable marriage to a doctor must grapple with her love for a dashing soldier.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1935-08-30
12.

Gold Diggers of 1935

3.9

Romance strikes when a vacationing millionairess and her daughter and son spend their vacation at a posh New England resort.

Starring: Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1935-03-15
13.

Ruggles of Red Gap

3.8

In this comedy of an Englishman stranded in a sea of barbaric Americans, Marmaduke Ruggles, a gentleman's gentleman and butler to an Earl is lost in a poker game to an uncouth American cattle baron. Ruggles's life is turned upside down as he's taken to the USA, is gradually assimilated into American life, accidently becomes a local celebrity, and falls in love along the way.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Mary Boland, Charles Ruggles, Zasu Pitts, Roland Young
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1935-03-08
14.

Page Miss Glory

3.8
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A country girl goes to the city and gets a job in a posh hotel, and winds up becoming an instant celebrity thanks to an ambitious photographer.
Starring: Marion Davies, Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, Mary Astor, Frank McHugh
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1935-09-07
15.

Peter Ibbetson

3.8

Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, but Peter is sentenced to life in prison for an accidental killing. Mary comes to him in dreams and they are able to live out their romance in a dream world.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ann Harding, John Halliday, Ida Lupino, Douglass Dumbrille
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1935-11-07
16.

Toni

3.8
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in the agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has moved in with Marie, a Frenchwoman. Even a well-ordered existence is not immune from boredom, friendship, love, or enmity, and Toni gets entangled in a web of increasingly passionate relationships. For there is his best pal Fernand, but also Albert, his overbearing foreman; there is Sebastian, a steady Spanish peasant, but also Gabi, his young rogue relative; there is Marie, but there is also Josefa.
Starring: Charles Blavette, Celia Montalván, Jenny Hélia, Max Dalban, Andrex
Directed by: Jean Renoir
Release date: 1935-02-22
17.

Dangerous

3.8

Dan Bellows finds former stage star Joyce Heath a penniless drunk and takes her to his Connecticut home for rehabilitation. Unaware that she is married to Gordon, he asks his fiancée Gail to free him and offers to sponsor Joyce in a play. When Gordon refuses to give Joyce a divorce, she runs the car into a tree crippling him for life. Joyce urges Dan return to Gail, opens her play, and begs Gordon for forgiveness.

Starring: Bette Davis, Franchot Tone, Margaret Lindsay, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1935-12-25
18.

Charlie Chan in Paris

3.8

Charlie's visit to Paris, ostensibly a vacation, is really a mission to investigate a bond-forgery racket. But his agent, apache dancer Nardi is killed before she can tell him much. The case, complicated by a false murder accusation for banker's daughter Yvette, climaxes with a strange journey through the Paris sewers.

Starring: Warner Oland, Mary Brian, Thomas Beck, Erik Rhodes, John Miljan
Directed by: Lewis Seiler, Hamilton MacFadden
Release date: 1935-01-21
19.

Roberta

3.8

Football player John Kent tags along as Huck Haines and the Wabash Indianians travel to an engagement in Paris, only to lose it immediately. John and company visit his aunt, owner of a posh fashion house run by her assistant, Stephanie. There they meet the singer Scharwenka (alias Huck's old friend Lizzie), who gets the band a job. Meanwhile, Madame Roberta passes away and leaves the business to John and he goes into partnership with Stephanie.

Starring: Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1935-03-08
20.

The Good Fairy

3.8
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In 1930s Budapest, naïve orphan Luisa Ginglebuscher becomes an usherette at the local movie house, determined to succeed in her first job by doing good deeds for others and maintaining her purity. Luisa's well-meaning lies get her caught between a lecherous businessman, Konrad, and a decent but confused doctor, Max Sporum. When Luisa convinces Konrad that she's married to Max, Konrad tries everything he can to get rid of the baffled doctor.
Starring: Margaret Sullavan, Herbert Marshall, Frank Morgan, Reginald Owen, Eric Blore
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1935-02-18

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