Films of 1932

by christopherpip | created - 07 Jul 2013 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

These are the films I have seen from the year 1932.

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1. American Madness (1932)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.

Directors: Frank Capra, Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill | Stars: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson, Constance Cummings

Votes: 1,699

2. The Animal Kingdom (1932)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on a play by Philip Barry, this sophisticated comedy is about a man trying to justify his love for both his wife and his mistress.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor | Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy, William Gargan

Votes: 875

3. Arsène Lupin (1932)

84 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

A detective is tasked to capture an elusive thief called Arsene Lupin.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley, John Miljan

Votes: 887

4. Die verkaufte Braut (1932)

77 min | Comedy, Music

Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor's daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel, the son of another wealthy farmer. Marie refuses to marry Wenzel because ... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Max Nadler, Jarmila Novotna, Otto Wernicke, Hermann Kner

Votes: 142

a/k/a 'The Bartered Bride'

5. The Beast of the City (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Police Chief Jim Fitzpatrick ruthlessly goes after organized crime and is prepared to use brutal and violent methods to fight it.

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Walter Huston, Jean Harlow, Wallace Ford, Jean Hersholt

Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.89M

6. Big City Blues (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks

Votes: 436

7. 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: 969

8. Blonde Venus (1932)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A cabaret singer takes up with a millionaire to pay for her gravely ill husband's operation.

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Herbert Marshall, Dickie Moore

Votes: 3,968

9. The Blue Light (1932)

85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

When the moon is full, young men die attempting to reach the mysterious blue light in the mountains.

Directors: Leni Riefenstahl, Béla Balázs | Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Mathias Wieman, Beni Führer, Max Holzboer

Votes: 1,052

10. Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

A bookseller saves a tramp from drowning and shelters him, but the tramp's odd behavior starts to wear everyone down.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Sévérine Lerczinska, Jean Gehret

Votes: 4,802

11. -But the Flesh Is Weak (1932)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy

The Clements father and son live by the generosity of rich women. Max, the son, sets his sites on Lady Joan, who is rich, but down-to-earth and charming. At her house he meets Rosine Brown,... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Nora Gregor, Heather Thatcher, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 190

12. Call Her Savage (1932)

Passed | 88 min | Drama

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 649

13. The Company's in Love (1932)

73 min | Comedy

Die verliebte Firma was Max Ophüls' first feature film. The story follows a movie crew who is filming a musical in a small and idyllic alpine village. After their temperamental leading lady... See full summary »

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Gustav Fröhlich, Anny Ahlers, Lien Deyers, Ernö Verebes

Votes: 92

14. The Crash (1932)

TV-G | 58 min | Drama

Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Barbara Leonard

Votes: 262

15. Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster

Votes: 2,543

16. Downstairs (1932)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Romance

An amoral chauffeur seeks to seduce a young bride.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: John Gilbert, Paul Lukas, Virginia Bruce, Hedda Hopper

Votes: 1,565

17. Emma (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama

After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Marie Dressler, Richard Cromwell, Jean Hersholt, Myrna Loy

Votes: 786 | Gross: $2.00M

18. Faithless (1932)

Approved | 77 min | Drama

Socialite Carol Morgan romps through the depression and her wealth while breaking up with Bill Wade and getting back together with him.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Montgomery, Hugh Herbert, Maurice Murphy

Votes: 458

19. Fanny (1932)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama

After Fanny's boyfriend leaves her and sails away, she finds out she's pregnant.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Orane Demazis

Votes: 1,408 | Gross: $0.02M

20. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 4,596

21. For the Love of Mike (1932)

85 min | Drama

Bobby, secretary to a wealthy man, falls for his niece Mike and with the help of an ex-collegian friend will try to help her get her legal rights back by robbing his employer's safe, in this vaudevillian British musical comedy.

Director: Monty Banks | Stars: Bobby Howes, Constance Shotter, Arthur Riscoe, Renée Macready

Votes: 20

22. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

80 Metascore

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 39,344

23. Girl Crazy (1932)

Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical

New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Dorothy Lee, Eddie Quillan

Votes: 224

24. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Votes: 16,053 | Gross: $2.69M

25. The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy

Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different ... See full summary »

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, Ina Claire, David Manners

Votes: 323

26. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,068

27. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,795

28. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 4,423

29. Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen, Leila Hyams

Votes: 7,554

30. It's Tough to Be Famous (1932)

Passed | 79 min | Comedy, Drama

Fame proves to be too overwhelming when Scott becomes a national hero.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mary Brian, Harold Minjir, Emma Dunn

Votes: 155

31. Love Affair (1932)

68 min | Drama, Romance

Heiress Carol Owen learns to fly from aeronautical engineer Jim Leonard who begins neglecting his work as their affair progresses. Things get complicated when she learns her father died ... See full summary »

Director: Thornton Freeland | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Humphrey Bogart, Hale Hamilton, Halliwell Hobbes

Votes: 357

32. Love Me Tonight (1932)

Passed | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charles Ruggles, Charles Butterworth

Votes: 3,362

33. The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

G | 68 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Directors: Charles Brabin, Charles Vidor | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone, Karen Morley, Charles Starrett

Votes: 2,844

34. The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.

Directors: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Leslie Banks, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 9,504 | Gross: $0.97M

35. Movie Crazy (1932)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

After a mix-up with application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a test screening and goes off to Hollywood.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings, Kenneth Thomson, Louise Closser Hale

Votes: 1,260 | Gross: $1.44M

36. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron

Votes: 21,446

37. Night After Night (1932)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Drama

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson, Mae West

Votes: 566

38. Night at the Crossroads (1932)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Pierre Renoir, Georges Térof, Winna Winifried, Georges Koudria

Votes: 595

39. No Blood Relation (1932)

79 min | Drama

An actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim - with the help of her gangster brother - the daughter she abandoned years before.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Shin'yô Nara, Yukiko Tsukuba, Toshiko Kojima

Votes: 280

40. No Man of Her Own (1932)

85 min | Drama, Romance

A con man on the run from the police falls for a librarian.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 953

41. Number 17 (1932)

TV-PG | 66 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop

Votes: 4,190

42. The Old Dark House (1932)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 8,187 | Gross: $0.03M

43. One Hour with You (1932)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one.

Directors: George Cukor, Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Lili Damita

Votes: 1,886

44. One Way Passage (1932)

Unrated | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 3,125

45. Payment Deferred (1932)

Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama

A man poisons his nephew out of desperation for money.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Ray Milland, Dorothy Peterson

Votes: 491

46. Penguin Pool Murder (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Shady stockbroker and abusive husband Gerald Parker is found dead in the penguin pool of a NYC aquarium after being knocked cold by his wife's boyfriend.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Edna May Oliver, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason, Mae Clarke

Votes: 947

47. The Phantom President (1932)

78 min | Comedy, Musical

A presidential candidate is deemed to have a dull personality, thus a charismatic look-alike is hired as a front.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: George M. Cohan, Claudette Colbert, Jimmy Durante, George Barbier

Votes: 118

48. Polly of the Circus (1932)

Approved | 69 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After a trapeze performer is injured during an accident, she is moved to a minister's house where they both fall in love.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 1,023