Part 2 – The 1930’s
This is the second of a four-part film history timeline highlighting some selective moments from the 1920’s through the 1950’s.
The 1930’s film decade presented us with the expansion of “talking pictures,” the development of film genre’s, the growth of the major film studios, and the beginning of what is known as “The Golden Age of Hollywood.
Color film production became the rage, new stars were created, and some of the old stars faded from the industry.
1930 – The Immortal Garbo Talks – Greta Garbo, having been one of the major silent screen stars, successfully made the transition to “talking pictures.”
MGM marketed the popular actress in her first speaking role with the catchphrase “Garbo Talks.” The film was Anna Christie and Garbo received an Academy Award nomination for her role and became the Queen of MGM.
1931 – “M” Thrills Audiences – Director Fritz Lang’s first sound film “M,” a suspense thriller starring Peter Lorre, sent chills down the spines of movie goers.
Reportedly based on the case of a real-life serial killer, “M” would go on to become a classic and the film Lang considered to be his finest work.
Bela Lugosi Immortalizes “Dracula” – Famed horror director Tod Browning brings Bram Stoker’s Dracula to life on the screen. The death of actor Lon Chaney along with the financial troubles faced by Universal Studio opened the door for Bela Lugosi to assume the title role.
Lugosi had experience with the role on Broadway and would work cheap. The resulting production is a timeless horror classic and the role in which Bela Lugosi would always be identified.