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Popular Movies from the Great Depression Era: 1930s Life and Culture: A 22 DVD Collection

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The Classic 1930's Movie Set is a 22 DVD collection of incredibly entertaining 30's films that captures the artistic, cultural, and political essence of this remarkable period in American history. Filmmaking was never so creatively invigorated: live action sound and talking became standard in movies, early forms of horror films were being experimented with, and existing genre's like westerns were becoming refined. One of the most exciting periods in the history of cinema, the 1930's culture produced some of the most startlingly never-before-seen films. This 22 DVD Set journeys through the varying genres and influences of the time, including the beginning of World War 2 propaganda and reactions to the Great Depression. This important decade is responsible for a great number of vital films which are now more accessible than ever thanks to this fantastic collection. Table of Contents: Disc I: The Girl From Calgary (1932) Disc II: Manhattan Tower (1932) Disc III: Slander House (1938) Disc IV: The Fighting Deputy (1937) Disc V: Disorder in the Court (1936) Disc VI: Gang Bullets (1938) Disc VII: Honor of the Range (1934) Disc VIII: Hard Hombre (1931) Disc IX: Revolt of the Zombies (1936) Disc X: Gunsmoke Ranch (1937) Disc XI: Roaring Roads (1935) Disc XII: The President's Mystery (1936) Disc XIII: Crashing Through Danger (1938) Disc XIV: Danger Lights (1930) Disc XV: Here's Flash Casey (1938) Disc XVI: Devil Diamond (1937) Disc XVII: Under the Big Top (1938) Disc XVIII: Telephone Operator (1938) Disc XIX: Shadows Over Shanghai (1938) Disc XX: New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) Disc XXI: Night Alarm (1934) Disc XXII: Go Get 'Em Haines (1936)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 22
  • Studio: Quality Information Publishers, Inc.
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001BK0BKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
These days there is a natural curiosity about the 1930's and the Great Depression because of the parallels between our current times and that time. However, these films are not great studies in the Depression era and its time and people. They are 22 public domain films, 4 of which are westerns and one of which is a 20 minute short, not a movie. A western is a western no matter when it was made, and really doesn't tell you anything about the Great Depression or anything other than how the early west was perceived at the time a western was made. These films are in the public domain largely because the companies that made them failed, with a few exceptions. This would have been an OK collection if it had been marketed 50 Movie Pack style with a price commensurate with its value (under twenty dollars). But putting each film on its own disc is just too much. I'll go through each film and give comments on the ones worth seeing. The rating comes from a popular internet database, and I largely agree with the rating given.
Disc I: The Girl From Calgary (1932) 4.2
Disc II: Manhattan Tower (1932) 7.1 (This one is very good. It's a lot like "Skyscraper Souls" in attitude, and is worth a look.)
Disc III: Slander House (1938) 4.8
Disc IV: The Fighting Deputy (1937) 4.5 (Western)
Disc V: Disorder in the Court (1936) 7.7 (A great Three Stooges short, and the early Stooges do have something to say about Depression era life. However, get The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 1: 1934-1936 to see a much better transfer.)
Disc VI: Gang Bullets (1938) 5.8
Disc VII: Honor of the Range (1934) 5.3 (Western)
Disc VIII: Hard Hombre (1931) 4.
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