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1931 UNIVERSALS

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Universal released 24 features in 1931. How many have you seen? How many have never even played on television?

 

FREE LOVE - Conrad Nagel, Genevieve Tobin

COHENS AND KELLYS IN AFRICA - George Sidney, Mack Swain

RESURRECTION - John Boles, Lupe Velez

DRACULA - Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler

MANY A SLIP - Joan Bennett, Lew Ayres

BAD SISTER - Conrad Nagel, Sidney Fox, Bette Davis

VIRTUOUS HUSBAND - Elliott Nugent, Betty Compson

IRON MAN - Lew Ayres, Jean Harlow

SEED - John Boles, Genevieve Tobin

UP FOR MURDER - Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin

EX-BAD BOY - Robert Armstrong, Jean Arthur

MYSTERY OF LIFE - Documentary narrated by Clarence Darrow

SHE WOLF - James Hall, Lawrence Gray

WATERLOO BRIDGE - Mae Clarke, Kent Douglass (Douglass Montgomery)

EAST OF BORNEO - Charles Bickford, Rose Hobart

HOMICIDE SQUAD - Leo Carrillo, Mary Brian

SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME - Lew Ayres, William Bakewell

RECKLESS LIVING - Ricardo Cortez, Mae Clarke

LASCA OF THE RIO GRANDE - Leo Carrillo, Johnny Mack Brown

STRICTLY DISHONORABLE - Paul Lukas, Lewis Stone

FRANKENSTEIN - Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

GRAFT - Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, Boris Karloff

A HOUSE DIVIDED - Walter Huston, Kent Douglass (Douglass Montgomery)

HEAVEN ON EARTH - Lewis Ayres, Anita Louise

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Dracula, Iron Man (recently on TCM--I think that's where I saw it anyway), Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge (on Forbidden Hollywood 1). That's it.

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I have seen and own copies of the following:

 

DRACULA - Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler

UP FOR MURDER - Lew Ayres, Genevieve Tobin

WATERLOO BRIDGE - Mae Clarke, Kent Douglass (Douglass Montgomery)

FRANKENSTEIN - Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

GRAFT - Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, Boris Karloff

 

I have only seen Dracula and Frankenstein on TV. Since Waterloo Bridge is in the first WHV Forbidden Hollywood collection I assume it has played on TCM, but I've never actually seen it play there.

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> {quote:title=PrinceSaliano wrote:}{quote}

> Universal released 24 features in 1931. How many have you seen? How many have never even played on television?

>

I've seen and / or have copies of 16 of them (or, 17 if you count both the English and Spanish language versions of DRACULA):

 

The Cohens and Kellys In Africa

Resurrection

Dracula (English & Spanish)

Bad Sister

Virtuous Husband

Iron Man

Seed

Up For Murder

Waterloo Bridge

East of Borneo

Spirit of Notre Dame

Strictly Dishonorable

Frankenstein

Graft

A House Divided

Heaven on Earth

 

And I agree - IRON MAN has not been shown on TCM.

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I have seen or have copies of:

 

DRACULA (English/Spanish)

STRICTLY DISHONORABLE

FRANKENSTEIN

BAD SISTER

WATERLOO BRIDGE

A HOUSE DIVIDED

 

It would be nice if some of the other titles were made available.

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> {quote:title=PrinceSaliano wrote:}{quote}

> I'm quite certain you did not see IRON MAN on TCM. And it is not scheduled in March (Harlow's month).

 

Then where in the world did I see it? I know i don;t have a DVD.

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> {quote:title=traceyk65 wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=PrinceSaliano wrote:}{quote}

> > I'm quite certain you did not see IRON MAN on TCM. And it is not scheduled in March (Harlow's month).

>

> Then where in the world did I see it? I know i don;t have a DVD.

Well, perhaps on AMC??? It seems like it's been much longer, but according to Wikipedia, they switched formats in Sept of 2002....

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> {quote:title=ziggyelman wrote:}{quote}

> > {quote:title=traceyk65 wrote:}{quote}

> > > {quote:title=PrinceSaliano wrote:}{quote}

> > > I'm quite certain you did not see IRON MAN on TCM. And it is not scheduled in March (Harlow's month).

> >

> > Then where in the world did I see it? I know i don;t have a DVD.

> Well, perhaps on AMC??? It seems like it's been much longer, but according to Wikipedia, they switched formats in Sept of 2002....

 

You're all right--it was Beast of the City I saw. Oops. Darn faulty memory.

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I don't believe AMC ever showed the 1931 version of Iron Man. I've had AMC since the 1980's and I can only remember one time when they listed Iron Man on their schedule but it turned out to be the 1951 version with Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler.

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I've seen DRACULA referred to as both a 1930 and a 1931 film. Wasn't DRACULA actually completed in 1930, but shelved until Valentine's Day 1931? It does seem a bit cruder then 1931s FRANKENSTEIN, more in line with films released in 1930..

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It wasn't _shelved_, it just didn't have its premiere until 2/14/31.

I don't want to get into a discussion of Tod Browning's direction here (the style of DRACULA is very much a result of that, not any technical limitations of the time), but on this site of all places we really shouldn't be adhering to the old wive's tale of sound limiting the cameras for years after its introduction. Both SUNNYSIDE UP and THE LOCKED DOOR (both from 1929 & shown on TCM in the past few weeks) blast that myth out of the water, as do Roland West's ALIBI (1929) and THE BAT WHISPERS (1930).

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I've never had the opportunity to see TAMING OF THE SHREW, though I'd very much like to.

Interesting though, is it not, that SUNNYSIDE UP aside, all the other films were released by United Artists?

Less executive interference than at a regular studio?

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HELL'S HEROS (1930) Shot in 1929 by William Wyler for Universal is also a very good outdoor talkie western. RKOs SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE (1929) is also a very good early talkie.

Rouben Mamoulian's APPLAUSE (1929) and Ernst Lubitsch's THE LOVE PARADE (1929), are solid talkies made by Paramount. C.B. DeMille's DYNAMITE (1929), made foe MGM also has good camera movement and good use of sound.

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