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Culture of the 1930s. Clark Gable. Starred as Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind” Biggest film star of the 1930s. W.C. Fields. Comedic actor Starred in “My Little Chickadee” Famous for playing a lovable curmudgeon. Errol Flynn.

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clark gable
Clark Gable
  • Starred as Rhett Butler in “Gone with the Wind”
  • Biggest film star of the 1930s
w c fields
W.C. Fields
  • Comedic actor
  • Starred in “My Little Chickadee”
  • Famous for playing a lovable curmudgeon
errol flynn
Errol Flynn
  • Starred as the title character in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”
  • Considered to be the most handsome man of his time.
fred astaire
Fred Astaire
  • Considered by many to be the best male dancer who ever lived.
  • Starred in “The Gay Divorcee” “Top Hat” and “Shall We Dance”
basil rathbone
Basil Rathbone
  • Starred as Sherlock Holmes in over a dozen films.
  • Played the Sheriff of Nottingham in “The Adventures of Robin Hood”
the marx bros
The Marx Bros.
  • Starred in “Animal Crackers”, “Horsefeathers”, “Duck Soup” and “A Night at the Opera”
  • Groucho, Chico, Harpo & Zeppo
  • “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I’ll never know.”
ginger rogers
Ginger Rogers
  • Starred in “The Gay Divorcee” & “5th Avenue Girl”
  • Known for being Fred Astaire’s dancing partner
greta garbo
Greta Garbo
  • Starred in “Mata Hari” and “Anna Karenina”
  • Born in Sweden 1905
  • Considered to be one of the top 5 actresses of all time.
bette davis
Bette Davis
  • Starred in “Of Human Bondage” and “The Petrified Forest”
  • Sued to get out of a studio contract in 1934
jean harlow
Jean Harlow
  • Dated Aviator Howard Hughes and boxing champ Max Baer
  • Starred in “Dinner at 8” and “Bombshell”
  • Died at 26 of kidney failure.
  • Played by Gwen Stefani in the 2005 film “The Aviator”
mae west
Mae West
  • Starred in “She Done Him Wrong” and “I’m No Angel”
  • Powerful in Hollywood and wrote most of the scripts of the movies in which she starred.
  • Born in 1895. Older than most of the actresses of her time.
  • Was infamous for her sexual double entendres. “Come up and see me sometime.”
shirley temple
Shirley Temple
  • Starred in over a dozen films in the 1930s
  • One of the first child stars.
  • “Heidi”, “The Little Colonel”, “The Littlest Rebel”.
  • Debuted in 1931.
  • Launched Bela Lugosi’s career.
  • Considered to be the scariest movie of all time when it was released.
  • Debuted in 1932
  • Launched Boris Karloff’s career.
gone with the wind
Gone With the Wind
  • Debuted in 1939
  • Sold more tickets than any other film before or since.
  • If released today would gross over 1 billion dollars
  • One of the first color films.
king kong
King Kong
  • Debuted in 1933
  • Won awards for special effects
  • Hitler’s favorite film.
  • Remakes made in 1976 and 2005.
wizard of oz
Wizard of Oz
  • Debuted in 1939
  • First color film ever made.
  • One of the most popular films of all time.
  • “Lions & Tigers & Bears. Oh my!”
joe louis
Joe Louis
  • “The Brown Bomber”
  • Longest reigning heavyweight champion of the world. 12 years (1937-1949)
  • Made 25 consecutive defenses of his title.
joe louis ii
Joe Louis II
  • Defeated Billy Conn in 1941.
  • Conn said, “I’m going to hit and run.”
  • Louis replied-“He can run, but he can’t hide.”
  • Ranked as the greatest heavyweight of all time and the 2nd best boxer of all time.
  • Horse of the Year 1938
  • Won match race against war admiral 1938
  • Movie made about Seabiscuit 2003
salvador dali
Salvador Dali
  • Born in Catalonia Spain, 1904.
  • His most famous painting “Persistance of Memory”
  • Painted in 1931.
  • Pioneered the field of surrealism.
brave new world
Brave New World
  • Written in 1932 by Aldous Huxley.
  • Shocking view of the future as a dystopia (Anti-Utopia).
  • Efficiency triumphs over the human spirit.
  • “Soma” is consumed to shield all from pain.
  • Humans are no longer born, but cloned.
the hobbit
The Hobbit
  • Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Same author as “Lord of the Rings”
  • The adventures of Bilbo Baggins in which he encounters Gollum/Smeagol
  • Bilbo is helped by the magic ring of invisibility, “The Precious”
john steinbeck
John Steinbeck
  • “Of Mice and Men”-1937. George and his mentally challenged friend Lenny try to survive as ranch hands during the depression.
  • “The Grapes of Wrath”-1939. Tom Joad tries to help his family survive in California after moving from Oklahoma dustbowl during the depression.
the good earth
The Good Earth
  • Written by Pearl S. Buck-1931
  • Story of farmer, Wang Lung and his rise from poverty to wealth in China.
the yearling
The Yearling
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings-1938
  • The story of Jody Baxter and his fawn “Flag”
who goes there
Who Goes There?
  • Written by John Campbell 1938.
  • Antarctic research team uncovers a frozen alien in the ice.
  • It awakens and hunts down the crew one by one.
  • It has the ability to mimic any living creature after consuming them.
  • Made into a movie, “The Thing”-1982 with Kurt Russell
  • Written by John Paul Sartre-1938
  • Existentialist philosophy.
  • World is meaningless.
  • Man struggles to define himself with no objective truth.
  • The only purpose of life is to define one’s purpose.