1928 • 69 minutes • 1.19:1 • United States
Spine: #623 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A buried treasure from Hollywood’s golden age, Lonesome is the creation of a little-known but audacious and one-of-a-kind filmmaker, Paul Fejos (also an explorer, anthropologist, and doctor!).
1931 • 86 minutes • 1.19:1 • United States
Spine: #680 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire.
Erle C. Kenton
1932 • 70 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #586 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A twisted treasure from Hollywood’s pre-Code horror heyday, Island of Lost Souls is
a cautionary tale of science run amok, adapted from H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.
1933 • 91 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #592 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Gary Cooper, Fredric March, and Miriam Hopkins play a trio of Americans in Paris who enter into a very adult “gentleman’s agreement” in this continental pre-Code comedy, freely adapted by Ben Hecht from a play by Noël Coward and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
1934 • 75 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #643 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
This fleet and gripping film is the first of the early thrillers the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, made during the fertile phase of his career spent at the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.
1934 • 105 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #736 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon.
1935 • 86 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #56 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish moors.
1936 • 87 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #543 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine (Paulette Goddard).
William Cameron Menzies
1936 • 97 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #660 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress.
1937 • 92 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #505 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Make Way for Tomorrow, by Leo McCarey, is one of the great unsung Hollywood masterpieces, an enormously moving Depression-era depiction of the frustrations of family, aging, and the generation gap.
1938 • 96 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #3 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, a young woman finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure while traveling across Europe by train. The Lady Vanishes remains one of the master filmmaker’s purest delights.
1939 • 91 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #559 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
The legendary Gilbert and Sullivan troupe the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company joined forces with Hollywood for this 1939 Technicolor version of the beloved comic opera The Mikado, the first work by the famed duo to be adapted for the screen.
1939 • 96 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #516 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list.
1939 • 115 minutes • 1.37:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #583 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
This Technicolor spectacular, directed by Zoltán Korda, is considered the finest of the many adaptations of A. E. W. Mason’s classic 1902 adventure novel about the British empire’s exploits in Africa, and a crowning achievement of Alexander Korda’s legendary production company, London Films.
1940 • 95 minutes • 1.33:1 • United Kingdom
Spine: #523 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This captivating, long-overlooked adventure—which features Paul Henreid and a clever screenplay by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, best known for writing Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes—is a deftly concocted spy game that could give the Master of Suspense a run for his money.
1940 • 125 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #565 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona.
1940 • 120 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #696 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, Collector’s Sets, iTunes
A full-throttle espionage thriller, starring Joel McCrea as a green Yank reporter sent to Europe to get the scoop on the imminent war, it’s wall-to-wall witty repartee, head-spinning plot twists, and brilliantly mounted suspense set pieces.
1941 • 90 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #118 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
This comic masterpiece by Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.
1942 • 99 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #670 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars Jack Benny and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot.
1942 • 72 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #615 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork—which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale)—forever cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character.
1942 • 77 minutes • 1.33:1 • United States
Spine: #676 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes
Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic.
1942 • 88 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #742 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
A mix of the witty and the utterly absurd, The Palm Beach Story is a high watermark of Sturges’s brand of physical comedy and verbal repartee, featuring sparkling performances.
Considered by many to be the finest British film ever made, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is a stirring masterpiece like no other.
1944 • 87 minutes • 1.37:1 • United States
Spine: #649 Editions: DVD, Blu-Ray
Suffused with dread and paranoia, this Fritz Lang adaptation of a novel by Graham Greene is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war.