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List of LGBT-related films of the 1930s

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This is a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films released in the 1930s. It contains theatrically released films that deal with important gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender characters or issues and may have same-sex romance or relationships as a plot device.

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Lesbian

Lesbian

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Gay

Gay

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Transgender

Transgender

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Film

Film

A film – also called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, picture or photoplay – is a work of visual art that simulates experiences and otherwise communicates ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere through the use of moving images. These images are generally accompanied by sound and, more rarely, other sensory stimulations. The word "cinema", short for cinematography, is often used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, and to the art form that is the result of it.

1930s

Title Year Director Country Genre Cast Notes
Borderline 1930 Kenneth MacPherson United Kingdom Drama, avant-garde Paul Robeson, Eslanda Goode Robeson (credited as Eslanda Robeson), H.D. (credited as Helga Doorn)
Morocco 1930 Josef von Sternberg United States Drama Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt, Francis McDonald, Eve Southern, Paul Porcasi Based on the novel Amy Jolly by Benno Vigny
Sunny Skies 1930 Norman Taurog United States Comedy Benny Rubin, Marceline Day, Rex Lease, Marjorie Lane, Harry Lee, Wesley Barry, Greta Granstedt, Robert Livingston (credited as Robert Randall), Eddy Chandler (credited as Eddie Chandler)
Way Out West 1930 Fred Niblo United States Comedy, western Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn (credited as Sharon Lynne), James Finlayson, Rosina Lawrence, Stanley Fields, Vivien Oakland, The Avalon Boys
Mädchen in Uniform 1931 Leontine Sagan Germany Drama, romance Hertha Thiele, Dorothea Wieck, Emilia Unda Co-written by Christa Winsloe, based on her stage play Gestern und heute (Then and Now)
The Maltese Falcon 1931 Roy Del Ruth United States Crime Bebe Daniels, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges, Una Merkel, Robert Elliott, Thelma Todd, Otto Matieson, Walter Long, Dwight Frye, J. Farrell McDonald Based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett
Manhattan Parade 1931 Lloyd Bacon United States Comedy Winnie Lightner, Charles Butterworth
The Public Enemy 1931 William A. Wellman United States Action, crime James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell Based on the unpublished novel Beer and Blood by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon
The Blood of a Poet 1932 Jean Cocteau France Drama, fantasy Enrique Riveros a.k.a. Le sang d'un poète
The Old Dark House 1932 James Whale United States Horror Boris Karloff (credited as KARLOFF), Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Eva Moore, Brember Wills Based on the novel Benighted by J. B. Priestley
Call Her Savage 1932 John Francis Dillon United States Drama Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley, Estelle Taylor, Weldon Heyburn, Willard Robertson One of the first portrayals of homosexuals on screen
Hell's Highway 1932 Rowland Brown United States Drama Richard Dix, Tom Brown, Rochelle Hudson, C. Henry Gordon, Oscar Apfel, Stanley Fields, John Arledge, Warner Richmond
Diplomaniacs 1933 William A. Seiter United States Comedy Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Phyllis Barry, Louis Calhern, Hugh Herbert, Edgar Kennedy, Richard Carle, William Irving, Neely Edwards, Billy Bletcher
Lot in Sodom 1933 James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber United States Drama Friedrich Haak, Hildegarde Watson, Dorothea Haus, Lewis Whitbeck
Ladies They Talk About 1933 Howard Bretherton, William Keighley United States Drama, romance Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber, Robert McWade Based on the play Women in Prison by Dorothy Mackaye and Carlton Miles
Myrt and Marge 1933 Al Boasberg United States Comedy Myrtle Vail
Our Betters 1933 George Cukor United States Comedy, drama, romance Constance Bennett, Anita Louise, Gilbert Roland, Violet Kemble-Cooper, Charles Starrett, Grant Mitchell, Minor Watson, Hugh Sinclair, Alan Mowbray, Tyrell Davis based on the play of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham
Queen Christina 1933 Rouben Mamoulian United States Drama, biography Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone
Stage Mother 1933 Charles Brabin United States Drama, musical, romance Alice Brady, Maureen O'Sullivan, Franchot Tone, Phillips Holmes, Ted Healy, Russell Hardie, C. Henry Gordon, Alan Edwards, Ben Alexander, Jay Eaton, Larry Fine Based on the novel of the same name by Bradford Ropes
Zero for Conduct 1933 Jean Vigo France Short, comedy, drama a.k.a. Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège
Victor and Victoria 1933 Reinhold Schünzel Germany Musical, comedy Renate Müller, Hermann Thimig, Anton Walbrook, Hilde Hildebrand, Fritz Odemar, Friedel Pisetta, Aribert Wäscher a.k.a. Viktor und Viktoria
Wonder Bar 1934 Lloyd Bacon United States Musical, crime, drama Al Jolson, Kay Francis
First a Girl 1935 Victor Saville United Kingdom Musical, comedy Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee, Griffth Jones, Alfred Drayton An English version of Viktor und Viktoria
Sylvia Scarlett 1935 George Cukor United States Comedy, drama, romance Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Brian Aherne, Edmund Gwenn, Dennie Moore Based on the novel The Early Life of Sylvia Scarlett by Compton Mackenzie
Top Hat 1935 Mark Sandrich United States Comedy, musical, romance Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Helen Broderick, Eric Blore
Dracula's Daughter 1936 Lambert Hillyer United States Drama, fantasy, horror Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel, Gilbert Emery, Edward Van Sloan, Halliwell Hobbes, Billy Bevan, Nan Grey, Hedda Hopper, Claud Allister, Edgar Norton, E. E. Clive
La Garçonne 1936 Jean de Limur France Drama Marie Bell, Arletty, Henri Rollan, Maurice Escande, Jaque Catelain, Pierre Etchepare, Philippe Hersent, Jean Worms, Marcelle Praince, Vanda Gréville, Suzy Solidor, Édith Piaf, Jean Tissier, Marcelle Géniat, Junie Astor, Jane Marken a.k.a. The Bachelor Girl; based on the novel of the same name by Victor Margueritte
Rangle River 1936 Clarence G. Badger Australia Action, adventure, mystery Victor Jory, Robert Coote Based on a story by Zane Grey
Lady Killer 1937 Jean Grémillon France
Germany
Drama, romance, war Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Pierre Etchepare, Henri Poupon, Jean Aymé, Pierre Magnier, Marguerite Deval, René Lefèvre, Jane Marken (credited as Jeanne Markin), Paulette Noizeux, André Siméon (credited as Siméon), Pierre Labry, Lucien Dayle, Louis Florencie (credited as Florencie), Paul Fournier, André Carnège, Maurice Baquet, Frédéric Mariotti (credited as Mariotti) a.k.a. Gueule d'amour
Stage Door 1937 Gregory La Cava United States Comedy, drama Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick, Andrea Leeds, Constance Collier, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden, Ann Miller, Franklin Pangborn Adapted from a play of the same name by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
Hôtel du Nord 1938 Marcel Carné France Drama Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty, Paulette Dubost, Andrex, André Brunot, Henri Bosc, Marcel André, Bernard Blier, Jacques Louvigny, Armand Lurville (credited as Lurville), Jane Marken, Génia Vaury, François Périer, René Bergeron

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Borderline (1930 film)

Borderline (1930 film)

Borderline is a 1930 film, written and directed by Kenneth Macpherson and produced by the Pool Group in Territet, Switzerland. The silent film, with English inter-titles, is primarily noted for its handling of the contentious issue of inter-racial relationships, using avant-garde experimental film-making techniques, and is today very much part of the curriculum of the study of modern cinematography.

Eslanda Goode Robeson

Eslanda Goode Robeson

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson was an American anthropologist, author, actress, and civil rights activist. She was the wife and business manager of performer Paul Robeson.

H.D.

H.D.

Hilda Doolittle was an American modernist poet, novelist, and memoirist who wrote under the name H.D. throughout her life. Her career began in 1911 after she moved to London and co-founded the avant-garde Imagist group of poets with American expatriate poet and critic Ezra Pound. During this early period, her minimalist free verse poems depicting Classical motifs drew international attention. Eventually distancing herself from the Imagist movement, she experimented with a wider variety of forms, including fiction, memoir, and verse drama. Profoundly affected by her experiences in London during the Blitz, H.D.'s poetic style from World War II until her death pivoted towards complex long poems on esoteric and pacifist themes.

Josef von Sternberg

Josef von Sternberg

Josef von Sternberg was an Austrian-American filmmaker whose career successfully spanned the transition from the silent to the sound era, during which he worked with most of the major Hollywood studios. He is best known for his film collaboration with actress Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s, including the highly regarded Paramount/UFA production, The Blue Angel (1930).

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper was an American actor known for his strong, quiet screen persona and understated acting style. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor twice and had a further three nominations, as well as an Academy Honorary Award in 1961 for his career achievements. He was one of the top 10 film personalities for 23 consecutive years and one of the top money-making stars for 18 years. The American Film Institute (AFI) ranked Cooper at No. 11 on its list of the 25 greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema.

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer whose career spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s.

Adolphe Menjou

Adolphe Menjou

Adolphe Jean Menjou was an American actor. His career spanned both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as Charlie Chaplin's A Woman of Paris, where he played the lead role; Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory with Kirk Douglas; Ernst Lubitsch's The Marriage Circle; The Sheik with Rudolph Valentino; Morocco with Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper; and A Star Is Born with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Front Page in 1931.

Francis McDonald

Francis McDonald

Francis McDonald was an American actor whose career spanned 52 years.

Eve Southern

Eve Southern

Eve Southern was an American film actress. She appeared in 38 films from 1916 to 1936. In 1930 she was selected by portrait artist Rolf Armstrong as one of the film industry's 16 "screen beauties".

Benno Vigny

Benno Vigny

Benno Vigny was a French-German novelist and screenwriter.

Benny Rubin

Benny Rubin

Benny Rubin was an American comedian and film actor. Born in Boston, Rubin made more than 200 radio, film and television appearances over a span of 50 years.

Marceline Day

Marceline Day

Marceline Day was an American motion picture actress whose career began as a child in the 1910s and ended in the 1930s.

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