30’s movie marathon – part 1 (“I bid you .. welcome” edition)

My new movie marathon is movies made in the 1930’s. Where on earth do I get them all?! Have I found some kind of buccaneers den of movies? It’s a mystery! But however it happens, I always buy the good ones. I don’t rip off artists, even when they’ve been dead (undead undead undead) for half a century.

Dracula (1931, USA) – Creaky, (meaning bad), but every overacted word out of Bela’s mouth is gold. Mad Renfield’s good too.

The Bat Whispers (1930, USA) – It’s a remake of The Bat! NOOO[dramatic fade-out]ooooo[almost gone now]ooo… Watched: 5 minutes.

The Black Camel (1931, USA) – Bela Lugosi (again?) is a psychic charlatan who gets involved with a murder investigation in Hawaii. This sounds more exciting than it is. Oh, Bela. Watched: 17 minutes.

Platinum Blonde (1931, USA) – Romantic comedy with the quips of a Groucho Marx and the satire of a P. G. Wodehouse, only much less so. Watched: 30 minutes.

Chandu the Magician (1932, USA) – Boy, those mysterious Indians sure are mysterious! Watched: 8 minutes.

Enthusiasm (1931, Soviet Union) – Confused documentary about the Soviet Union’s struggle against religion, coal shortages and good filmmaking. Workers in the Ukraine fulfill their five-year plan in four years, and then they all live happily ever after.

The Golden Age (1930, France) – Scorpions .. sick islanders attacked by battle bishops .. what? Looks good, sounds bad. Making talkies is hard, especially without a narrative. Watched: 20 minutes.

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