Rediscover Hollywood’s Golden Age with Movie Trivia & Fun Facts in the 1930s. In the 1930s Hollywood was one of the most visible businesses in America, and most people were attending films at least once a week. With better sound and film technology emerging, the industry was able to pursue new creative directions, entering a Golden Age of creativity and exploration. Although partly fettered by censorship, the film industry attracted audiences with strong narratives involving romantic characters struggling to overcome heavy odds. Products of the Golden Age include a long list of what are today seen as classics. The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Stagecoach, Mr. and Smith Goes to Washington. Other classics included Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, and King Kong. We also saw Citizen Kane, Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, Duck Soup, Singin’ in the Rain, Roman Holiday, and many more.
Classical Hollywood cinema In the Sound Era (late 1920s – 1960)
The narrative and visual style of Classical Hollywood Style would further develop in the talkies from where it began in the silents. The primary changes in American film-making came from the film industry itself, with the height of the studio system. This mode of production, with its reigning star system bankrolled by several key studios, had preceded sound by several years. By mid-1920 most of the prominent American directors and actors, who had worked independently since the early 10s, would have to become a part of the new studio system to continue to their work.
The beginning of the sound era itself is ambiguously defined. Some begin the start of the sound era with The Jazz Singer was released in 1927 and increased box-office profits for films as sound was introduced to feature films. Others begin the era at 1929, when the silent age had definitively ended. Most Hollywood pictures from the late 1920s to 1960 adhered closely to a genre—Western, slapstick comedy, musical, animated cartoon, biopic and the same creative teams often worked on films made by the same studio. For instance, Cedric Gibbons and Herbert Stothart always worked on MGM films. Alfred Newman worked at Twentieth Century Fox for twenty years. Cecil B. DeMille’s films were almost all made at Paramount Pictures. Director Henry King’s films were mostly made for Twentieth Century-Fox. Similarly, actors were mostly contract players. Film historians and critics note that it would take about a decade for films to adapt to sound and return to the level of artistic quality of the silents, which it did in the late 1930s.
Here are the 1930s Films that are called Classics and some were unknown actors
Many great works of cinema that emerged from this period were of highly regimented film-making. One reason is with so many films being made, not every one had to be a big hit. A studio could gamble on a medium-budget feature with a good script and relatively unknown actors. Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles and regarded by some as the greatest film of all time, fits that description. In other cases, strong-willed directors like Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Capra battled the studios in order to achieve their artistic visions. The apogee of the studio system may have been the year 1939. There was also the release of such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. There were others Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Destry Rides Again. We also saw Young Mr. Lincoln, Wuthering Heights, Only Angels Have Wings, and Ninotchka. The other classics were Beau Geste, Babes in Arms, Gunga Din, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and The Roaring Twenties.
Among other films from this period now considered classics they are: Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and It’s a Wonderful Life. We saw other classics like It Happened One Night, Sunset Boulevard, King Kong, and Rebecca. At that time we also saw Suspicion, Citizen Kane, Swing Time, and Some Like It Hot. There was also A Night at the Opera, Sergeant York, All About Eve, and The Maltese Falcon. There are more classics like The Searchers, Laura, North by Northwest, Morocco, and Rebel Without a Cause. We also like Alfred Hitchcock in Rear Window, Double Indemnity, City Lights, and Psycho. Golden Age Of Hollywood also had High Noon, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bringing Up Baby, Notorious, Singin’ in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, From Here To Eternity, and On the Waterfront.