Cures for Depression - My 1930s Challenge

The world plunged into economic chaos from late 1929 till the start of World War II. One of the few bright spots amid this time of Great Depression was the gaiety of the cinema, where comedians and comic actors of the day made audiences laugh and forget their troubles for a while. I was surprised to discover that of the 2,366 comedies released in the 1930s, I had seen only 38 of them, so I've initiated this challenge to correct that imbalance a bit. Presented in roughly chronological order, all of the films on this list were new to me as of July 24, 2016.

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  • Animal Crackers

    1

  • Another Fine Mess

    2

  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    3

  • Chickens Come Home

    4

  • Monkey Business

    5

  • Laughing Gravy

    6

  • Horse Feathers

    7

  • Trouble in Paradise

    8

  • The Music Box

    9

  • One Hour with You

    10

  • Boudu Saved from Drowning

    11

  • Nothing Ever Happens

    12

  • 20,000 Cheers for the Chain Gang

    13

  • Sons of the Desert

    14

  • Dinner at Eight

    15

  • Footlight Parade

    16

  • She Done Him Wrong

    17

  • Design for Living

    18

  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    19

  • The Gay Divorcee

    20

  • Judge Priest

    21

  • Twentieth Century

    22

  • You're Telling Me!

    23

  • The Old Fashioned Way

    24

  • Man on the Flying Trapeze

    25

  • The Devil Is a Woman

    26

  • Pigskin Parade

    27

  • After the Thin Man

    28

  • Poppy

    29

  • Libeled Lady

    30

  • My Man Godfrey

    31

  • Tell Your Children

    32

  • Love Before Breakfast

    33

  • Disorder in the Court

    34

  • Our Relations

    35

  • A Day at the Races

    36

  • Way Out West

    37

  • The Awful Truth

    38

  • Stage Door

    39

  • Shall We Dance

    40

  • Nothing Sacred

    41

  • True Confession

    42

  • Block-Heads

    43

  • Holiday

    44

  • Ninotchka

    45

  • The Women

    46

  • Destry Rides Again

    47

  • Midnight

    48

  • The Flying Deuces

    49

  • The Little Princess

    50