Pre-Code Movies on YouTube 1929-1934

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1. Sensation Hunters (1933)

73 min | Drama

Dale Jordan is first accepted by the aristocratic first-cabin passengers on a south-bound Panama-Pacific liner until they discover she is a member of a troupe of cabaret girls led by Trixie... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Marion Burns, Kenneth MacKenna

Votes: 128

2. Borrowed Wives (1930)

62 min | Comedy

Peter has to be married by midnight or else his inheritance goes to his uncle... Who happens to live in a "haunted house".

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Rex Lease, Vera Reynolds, Paul Hurst, Sam Hardy

Votes: 85

3. Extravagance (1930)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

Alice Kendall is the darling of her social set, the sons and daughters of millionaires, although Alice's mother has impoverished herself to provide Alice with the luxuries she expects as ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Owen Moore, June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Dorothy Christy

Votes: 96

4. Hell's House (1932)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

Jimmy idolizes bootlegger Matt, and when he refuses to implicate his friend, he is sent to reform school. He befriends Shorty, a boy with a heart condition, and escapes to let the world know about the brutal conditions.

Director: Howard Higgin | Stars: Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien, Junior Durkin, Frank Coghlan Jr.

Votes: 949

5. Shopworn (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

A poor woman and a man from an upper-class family fall in love, but his mother will go to any lengths to stop their marriage.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield

Votes: 587

6. Sunnyside Up (1929)

121 min | Comedy, Musical

Molly and Bee, sweet young 'working girls,' live in a cheap room over a New York grocery store. Molly's idol, wealthy Jack Cromwell, lives in a Long Island mansion but is markedly less ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Marjorie White, El Brendel

Votes: 346

7. The Mouthpiece (1932)

Unrated | 86 min | Drama

Prosecutor becomes a defense attorney after an innocent man is sent to an electric chair.

Directors: James Flood, Elliott Nugent | Stars: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon, John Wray

Votes: 433

8. Street Scene (1931)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Romance

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 1,374

9. The Locked Door (1929)

74 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

On her first anniversary Ann Reagan finds that her sister-in-law is involved with a shady character from her own past, and determines to intervene.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Barbara Stanwyck, William 'Stage' Boyd, Betty Bronson

Votes: 408

10. Once in a Lifetime (1932)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy

Story of a Hollywood studio during the transition from silents to talkies.

Director: Russell Mack | Stars: Jack Oakie, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon, Russell Hopton

Votes: 152

11. Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and plans to quit dancing. Before she does, she meets a handsome and rich gentleman.

Directors: Lionel Barrymore, Edward Buzzell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ricardo Cortez, Monroe Owsley, Sally Blane

Votes: 616

12. Bottoms Up (1934)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles, Sid Silvers

Votes: 105

13. Half Marriage (1929)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, Romance

A young couple marries in secret. Judy's afraid her parents won't approve of Dick and she'll lose her generous allowance. Her parents bring her home from the city where she's been studying ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Cowen | Stars: Olive Borden, Morgan Farley, Ken Murray, Ann Greenway

Votes: 108

14. Manhattan Tower (1932)

Not Rated | 67 min | Drama

The lives of a number of the workers and executives in a Manhattan skyscraper are affected by the actions of a philandering and crooked company boss.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Mary Brian, Irene Rich, James Hall, Hale Hamilton

Votes: 142

15. Up the River (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 971

16. Her Man (1930)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Havana bar girl with tough "protector" falls for young sailor.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Phillips Holmes, Marjorie Rambeau, James Gleason

Votes: 205

17. Double Harness (1933)

Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman tricks a playboy into marrying her and then tries to make him legitimately fall in love with her.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Ann Harding, William Powell, Lucile Browne, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 965

18. Lonely Wives (1931)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

A lonely husband, whose wife has been away, hires a look-a-like impersonator to fill his place and fool his mother-in-law while he plays around with a pretty coquette. His wife returns that night and confusion prevails.

Director: Russell Mack | Stars: Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Laura La Plante, Patsy Ruth Miller

Votes: 292

19. New York Nights (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama

A chorus girl with marital woes is pursued by a gangster.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Norma Talmadge, Gilbert Roland, John Wray, Lilyan Tashman

Votes: 133

20. The Racketeer (1929)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A dapper gangster sponsors an alcoholic violinist in order to win the love of a glamorous divorced socialite.

Director: Howard Higgin | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Carole Lombard, Roland Drew, Paul Hurst

Votes: 335

21. Power (1934)

105 min | Drama, History, Romance

The story of life in the 18th century Jewish ghetto of Wurtemburg. Suess tries to better himself with the help of an evil Duke.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Benita Hume, Frank Vosper, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 156

22. High Voltage (1929)

Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A busload of passengers gets stranded in a snowstorm and take refuge in an abandoned church, where they run into a mysterious man who may be on the run from the law.

Director: Howard Higgin | Stars: William Boyd, Carole Lombard, Owen Moore, Phillips Smalley

Votes: 266

23. The Greene Murder Case (1929)

69 min | Drama, Mystery

At the end of each year, the extremely wealthy but odious Greene family gets together at the spooky old family castle to establish terms of a will, though they despise each other. This year... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Florence Eldridge, Ullrich Haupt, Jean Arthur

Votes: 263

24. The 9th Guest (1934)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright, Edward Ellis

Votes: 362

25. The Cheat (1931)

74 min | Drama

Woman in debt makes an impulsive investment which doesn't go her way.

Directors: George Abbott, Berthold Viertel | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens, Irving Pichel, Jay Fassett

Votes: 424

26. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer.

Director: Albert Ray | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Lyle Talbot, J. Farrell MacDonald, Paul Hurst

Votes: 622

27. Bird of Paradise (1932)

Passed | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

Votes: 975

28. Journey's End (1930)

Passed | 120 min | Drama, War

In France, 1917, an alcoholic captain is afraid that his new replacement, his sweetheart's brother, will betray his downfall.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Ian Maclaren, David Manners, Billy Bevan

Votes: 197

29. The Canary Murder Case (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Louise Brooks

Votes: 502

30. The Constant Woman (1933)

Passed | 76 min | Drama, Romance

After the death of his wife, and discovering their son is not really his, Walt turns to alcohol until he finds a new love.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Conrad Nagel, Leila Hyams, Tommy Conlon, Claire Windsor

Votes: 43

31. Narcotic (1933)

Not Rated | 57 min | Biography, Drama

As the opening scroll tells us, Narcotic was "presented in the hope that the public may become aware of the terrific struggle to rid the world of drug addiction." The movie itself is a ... See full summary »

Directors: Dwain Esper, Vival Sodar't | Stars: Harry Cording, Joan Dix, Patricia Farley, Jean Lacy

Votes: 247

32. Jungle Bride (1933)

Passed | 63 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A young woman believes that an actor committed the murder for which her brother has been imprisoned, and she gets her fiancĂ©--a newspaper reporter--to accompany her in following the ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry O. Hoyt, Albert H. Kelley | Stars: Anita Page, Charles Starrett, Kenneth Thomson, Eddie Borden

Votes: 107

33. Midnight (1934)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.

Director: Chester Erskine | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Sidney Fox, O.P. Heggie, Henry Hull

Votes: 719

34. Dixiana (1930)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Everett Marshall, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey

Votes: 304

35. Strangers of the Evening (1932)

70 min | Comedy, Mystery

Bodies start mysteriously disappearing from the city morgue. An investigator tries to determine what is going on.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Zasu Pitts, Eugene Pallette, Lucien Littlefield, Tully Marshall

Votes: 171

36. The Affairs of Cellini (1934)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray

Votes: 314

37. Curtain at Eight (1933)

68 min | Mystery

An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.

Director: E. Mason Hopper | Stars: C. Aubrey Smith, Dorothy Mackaill, Paul Cavanagh, Sam Hardy

Votes: 145

38. East of Borneo (1931)

77 min | Adventure

Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.

Director: George Melford | Stars: Rose Hobart, Charles Bickford, Georges Renavent, Lupita Tovar

Votes: 152

39. Dance Hall (1929)

Passed | 59 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A dance trophy winning young couple is temporarily split up when a playboy aviator leads the girl to believe he's in love with her.

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Olive Borden, Arthur Lake, Ralph Emerson, Margaret Seddon

Votes: 83

40. Flirtation (1934)

Approved | 58 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A precode romantic melodrama about a burlesque dancer and a country boy who must pretend to be married.

Director: Leo Birinsky | Stars: Jeanette Loff, Ben Alexander, Arthur Tracy, Emma Dunn

Votes: 42

41. Discarded Lovers (1932)

Not Rated | 60 min | Mystery

In this murder mystery, sexy blonde film star Irma Gladden is found dead in her car after shooting the last scene in her film, "Falling Star" at Eminent Studios. The suspects are numerous ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Natalie Moorhead, Russell Hopton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Barbara Weeks

Votes: 70

42. Mexicali Rose (1929)

60 min | Drama, Romance

A drama set in a border town gambling saloon. The owner falls in love with a promiscuous young girl. When she has an affair with another, he tosses her out of town. She gets revenge by marrying his younger brother.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sam Hardy, William Janney, Louis Natheaux

Votes: 144

43. Adorable (1933)

Approved | 88 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

Janet Gaynor plays a rebellious princess who must try to marry the man she loves, instead of the stuffy old prince her parents want her to marry. But will this ordinary man love her back ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Henri Garat, C. Aubrey Smith, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 95