1930s Independent Movies (Indie)

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White Zombie(1932)

| 1h 7min | Horror
2.9/5 (with 104 votes)

In Haiti, a wealthy landowner convinces a sorcerer to lure the American woman he has fallen for away from her fiance, only to have the madman decide to keep the woman for himself, as a zombie.

Tell Your Children(1938)

| 1h 6min | Drama
2.1/5 (with 43 votes)

High-school principal Dr. Alfred Carroll relates to an audience of parents that marijuana can have devastating effects on teens: a drug supplier entices several restless teens, Mary and Jimmy Lane, sister and brother, and Bill, Mary's boyfriend, into frequenting a reefer house. Gradually, Bill and Jimmy are drawn into smoking dope, which affects their family lives.


3.0/5 (with 7 votes)

A young man is torn between his free-thinking lifestyle and the tradition of his wealthy fiancée's family.


51min | Horror
1.8/5 (with 21 votes)

An ex-vaudeville actor is working as the assistant to a doctor who has Frankenstein aspirations. The ex-vaudeville actor kills the doctor and decides to assume the identity of the dead physician.

Directed by Dwain Esper - With Horace B. Carpenter

The Plow That Broke the Plains(1936)

25min | Documentary
2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

A documentary about what happened to the Great Plains of the United States and Canada when uncontrolled farming destroyed the soil and led to the Dust Bowl.

Directed by Pare Lorentz


2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

A massive earthquake strikes the United States, which destroys the West Coast and unleashes a massive flood that threatens to destroy the East Coast as well.

Directed by Felix E. Feist - With Peggy Shannon

The New Adventures of Tarzan(1935)

| 4h 17min | Action, Adventure, Crime
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

A serial in 12 chapters. Tarzan goes to Guatemala to find his lost friend, D'Arnot. On the way he helps Major Matling search Mayan ruins for hidden jewels and an idol containing the formula for a powerful explosive. D'Arnot and the idol are rescued, but the idol falls into the clutches of the explorer Raglan.

Directed by Edward A. Kull - With Bruce Bennett, Ashton Dearholt, Lewis Sargent

The Lost City(1935)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An evil scientist invents a earthquake machine and plots to take over the world from his base in Africa.

Custer's Last Stand(1936)

| 5h 28min | Action, Western
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Kit Cardigan seeks the killer of his father...among other plot threads leading up to the famous historical incident.

The Lion Man(1936)

1h 7min | Adventure
2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

A young British boy whose father was murdered by a treacherous Aran sheik finds himself in a position to exact revenge as an adult.

Directed by John P. McCarthy - With Jon Hall

Before Morning(1933)

1.8/5 (with 3 votes)

A night of love, intrigue, death and blackmail leaves stage-star Elise Manning's fate at stake in a conflict with the unscrupulous Doctor Gruell. A rejected lover dies in Miss Manning's apartment, and Gurell implies that the death was murder and attempts to blackmail the actress. The climax brings the actress, her fiancé and the dead-man's wife face-to-face in an emotional denouement.

Directed by Arthur Hoerl - With Leo Carrillo

Queen of the Jungle(1935)

3h 17min | Action

A 12-chapter serial built around stock footage from a 1922 silent serial, "The Jungle Goddess",young David Worth and Joan Lawrence are children with a group of explorers that are seeking African radium deposits. They are playing in the basket of the party's air balloon when the bag takes off with Joan aboard, last seen sailing over the back-lot jungle. This puts a chill on the expedition and all hands return to whence they came. The end of chapter 1, "Lost in the Clouds", finds Marilyn's balloon being shot down by the flaming arrows of a native tribe. Chapter 2,"Radium Rays", reveals that Joan survived her descent and the tribe named "the child from the sky" as their queen and priestess.A flash forward of about 18 years finds that the now-adult David has returned to Africa to search for his long-lost childhood friend.He hits the trail and is quickly captured by the tribesmen and is brought to their sadistic ruler,who turns out to be a now-grown Joan. Unaware of his or her own true ...

Directed by Robert F. Hill
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Hitler's Reign of Terror(1934)

55min | Documentary

A documentary meant to show Americans what had been going on in Germany since Hitler's rise, centered on a fact finding trip by Cornelius Vanderbilt, with newsreel footage of book burnings and such.

Directed by Michael Mindlin

The Viking(1931)

2.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Originally called White Thunder, American producer Varick Frissell's 1931 film was inspired by his love for the Canadian Arctic Circle. Set in a beautifully black-and-white filmed Newfoundland, it is the story of a rivalry between two seal hunters that plays out on the ice floes during a hunt. Unsatisfied with the first cut, Frissell arranged for the crew to accompany an actual Newfoundland seal hunt on The SS Viking, on which an explosion of dynamite (carried regularly at the time on Arctic ships to combat ice jams) killed many members of the crew, including Frissell. The film was renamed in honor of the dead.

Directed by George Melford, Varick Frissell - With Louise Huntington, Charles Starrett, Robert Abram Bartlett, Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, Arthur Vinton


1h 33min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Tevye is a dairyman in the Russian Ukraine early in the 20th century. He lives in a cabin outside Boyberik with his wife Goldie, his widowed daughter Tseytl, her two children, and his younger daughter, the unmarried Khave. Khave is being courted by Fedya, a Christian, the son of a local government official. Tevye warns Khave against romance and marriage outside her faith, but Fedya is persuasive too. What will Khave decide, how will Tevye react, and when the Tsar initiates a pogrom, will Tevye's friends come to his defense? Can the stubborn Tevye reconcile his heart and tradition?

As the Earth Turns(2019)

2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

This Seattle-shot silent film, originally shot in 1937, tells of an apocalyptic future war that could devastate the planet.

Custer's Last Stand(1936)

1h 24min | Western

The feature length version of the serial by the same name. A mystical medicine arrow, the key to a lost gold treasure, is lost in one of many Indian attacks. It is recovered by the only two survivors, a Major and his daughter, who become the targets of those who wish to possess it. General George Armstrong Custer and army scout Kid Cardigan attempt to stop the ensuing war over the arrow, but fail in their efforts, which becomes the historic Custer's Last Stand.

Prison Train(1938)

1h 4min | Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Gangsters plan an assassination of a rival while he rides the train carrying him to prison.

Directed by Gordon Wiles - With Dorothy Comingore

What a Widow!(1930)

3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A young woman's elderly husband dies and leaves her $5 million. She travels to Paris and becomes part of the "Continental" set and is pursued by a rich playboy and a lawyer who works for her.

Directed by Allan Dwan

Midnight Special(1930)

1h | Drama

A thrilling drama of young love and the great sacrifice made by railroad workers that we may travel in safety. (Print ad- Evening News, Tonawanda, N.Y. 4 February 1931)

Directed by Duke Worne - With Glenn Tryon

Border Vengeance(1935)

57min | Western
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A rancher is murdered after discovering that 40 head of his cattle have been rustled. A neighboring family is accused of the crime and flees across the border, then tries to find the real killers to clear their name.

Bosom Friends(1934)

10min | Comedy

Bosom Friends is a 1934 American short film produced by E. W. Hammons. It was nominated for an Academy Award at the 7th Academy Awards in 1934 for Best Short Subject (Novelty). Preserved by the Academy Film Archive in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive in 2013.

Ten Laps to Go(1936)

| 1h | Action

Larry Evans, champion race car driver, is envied by his chief rival, Eddie DeSylva, who has more ambitions than merely winning the races; he has designs on the motor patent held by Corbett (Tom Moore), Larry's employer. Eddie also has a yen for Corbett's daughter, Norma, who prefers Larry. Eddie intentionally causes a race wreck that injures Larry and sends him to the hospital.

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