Project Watchlist 1931

by Charles-Highway | created - 1 month ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Every feature film, short, and serial from 1931 that I have seen, in chronological order by release date.

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1. The Phantom of the West (1931)

Passed | 172 min | Romance, Western

A young man's father is murdered and the man convicted of the crime escapes prison, leaving a note intimating that seven local men know the real killer's true identity. The murdered man's ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Tom Tyler, William Desmond, Tom Santschi, Dorothy Gulliver

Votes: 42

10-part serial debuted on January 1, 1931

2. Reducing (1931)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Drama

A beauty parlor manager has her sister help her with interesting results.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Anita Page, Lucien Littlefield

Votes: 233

January 3, 1931

3. Helping Grandma (1931)

20 min | Family, Comedy, Short

The kids' adopted grandma decides to sell her store, but can't decide whom to sell it to. The kids try to help her out.

Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Norman 'Chubby' Chaney, Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba

Votes: 157

"Our Gang" short January 3, 1931

4. The Birthday Party (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey's friends throw him a wild surprise birthday party.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 387

January 6, 1931

5. The Bachelor Father (1931)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Old man invites three of his illegitimate children to live with him.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Marion Davies, Ralph Forbes, C. Aubrey Smith, Ray Milland

Votes: 1,030

January 10, 1931

6. Pulling a Bone (1931)

Not Rated | 10 min | Comedy, Short

At a department store, George seeks help in getting a bone out of his throat. No one will help him; lunch counter girl Gracie wants to talk about airplanes.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, William Browning, Dorothy Adams

Votes: 39

January 10, 1931

7. The Man Who Came Back (1931)

Passed | 74 min | Drama

A spoiled carefree rich kid gets into too much trouble for his father who sends him out on his own to prove himself capable of making a respectable man of himself.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Kenneth MacKenna, William Holden

Votes: 53

January 11, 1931

8. One Heavenly Night (1931)

82 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A poor but basically honest flower woman agrees to impersonate a wicked opera star.

Director: George Fitzmaurice | Stars: Evelyn Laye, John Boles, Leon Errol, Lilyan Tashman

Votes: 101

January 14, 1931

9. The Royal Bed (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Comedy

The hapless king of a small European nation must put up with a domineering queen, a daughter who wants to elope with her boyfriend, a peasant revolt and a scheming son who wants to be king ... See full summary »

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Lowell Sherman, Mary Astor, Anthony Bushell, Hugh Trevor

Votes: 136

January 15, 1931

10. The Gang Buster (1931)

65 min | Comedy, Crime

Naïve insurance agent 'Cyclone' Case falls in love with Sylvia Martine, whose father has a dispute with gangster Mike Slade. When Sylvia is kidnapped by Slade and his gang, 'Cyclone' ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Jack Oakie, Jean Arthur, William 'Stage' Boyd, Wynne Gibson

Votes: 41

January 17, 1931

11. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey, James Cagney

Votes: 1,038

January 17, 1931

12. Red Riding Hood (1931)

Animation, Short, Comedy

Some "jazz tonic" restores Grandma's youth. When the Big Bad Wolf pays a visit, he and Grandma decide to marry on the spot; but Little Red Riding Hood finds a way to stop the wedding.

Directors: Harry Bailey, John Foster

Votes: 50

January 18, 1931

13. Command Performance (1931)

Passed | 60 min | Drama, Romance

An actor who is the lookalike for a prince travels to a neighbouring country to woo its princess and save his own country through a strategic alliance.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Una Merkel, Helen Ware, Albert Gran

Votes: 18

January 19, 1931

14. Little Caesar (1931)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-time criminal moves to a big city to seek bigger fortune.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier Jr.

Votes: 11,256

January 25, 1931

15. Beau Ideal (1931)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Romance, War

An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Frank McCormick, Ralph Forbes, Lester Vail, Otto Matieson

Votes: 135

January 25, 1931

16. Next Door Neighbors (1931)

22 min | Comedy, Short

Song composer Howard Green is frustrated by disturbances his wife, in-laws, and landlord while writing his latest song.

Director: Harry Sweet | Stars: Edgar Kennedy, Pert Kelton, Franklin Pangborn, Georgie Billings

Votes: 23

January 28, 1931

17. Manhattan Medley (1931)

10 min | Short

A camera conception of New York, the city of inconceivable contrasts.

Director: Bonney Powell

Votes: 63

January 29, 1931

18. Inspiration (1931)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance

Yvonne is a beautiful model who loves frequenting the Parisian bohemian life, because she loves hobnobbing with artists.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 441 | Gross: $0.73M

January 31, 1931

19. Cimarron (1931)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 5,019

February 9, 1931

20. City Lights (1931)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

99 Metascore

With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Florence Lee, Harry Myers

Votes: 155,431 | Gross: $0.02M

March 7, 1931

21. The Painted Desert (1931)

Passed | 79 min | Western

Two men find an abandoned baby and fight over the ownership of the child resulting in lifelong rivalry.

Directors: Howard Higgin, Tom Buckingham | Stars: William Boyd, Helen Twelvetrees, William Farnum, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 561

March 7, 1931

22. Seas Beneath (1931)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Drama, War

In the waning days of WWI, a U.S. "Mystery Ship," sets sail for the coast of Spain towing a submarine. Their mission is to find and sink a U-boat that has been especially effective in ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Marion Lessing, Mona Maris, Walter C. Kelly

Votes: 264

March 29, 1931

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