1930s Science Fiction Movies

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Things to Come(1936)

| 1h 40min | Drama, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 53 votes)

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Modern Inventions(1937)

3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

Donald Duck goes to a museum of modern inventions. After getting in without paying, he meets a robot butler who takes Donald's hat every time he sees him. Donald is very annoyed by this and magically fixes himself a new hat every time this happens and strolls on. Ignoring the sign not to touch it, Donald starts playing with a wrapping machine and ends up being wrapped himself. He also encounters and tries out a robot nursemaid and a fully automatic barber chair. They both don't do him much good.

Directed by Jack King

Peace on Earth(1939)

9min | War, Animation
3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war. This classic animation short was an Academy Award Best Short Subject, Cartoons nominee.

Directed by Hugh Harman

Mickey's Mechanical Man(1933)

| 7min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Mickey has built a robot to compete in the boxing ring against the giant gorilla, the Kongo Killer. Whenever it hears Minnie's car horn, it goes crazy and starts punching any picture of Killer that it sees, even if it's on a brick wall, thus hurting itself. Mickey manages to barely patch his robot together to take on Killer, but after some early success, it gets pummeled by the ape. Minnie fetches the car horn, which brings it back, and it trounces Killer, then flies apart.

Directed by Wilfred Jackson

The White Disease(1937)

3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

The White Plague, a leprosy-like disease, ravages the world during a war. Based on a play by Karel Čapek.

End of the World(1931)

1h 45min | Science Fiction
2.4/5 (with 5 votes)

The plot concerns a comet hurling toward Earth on a collision course and the different reactions to people on the impending disaster.

Just Imagine(1930)

2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ... well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930; he is rechristened "Single O". He is befriended by J-21, who can't marry the girl of his dreams because he isn't "distinguished" enough -- until he is chosen for a 4-month expedition to Mars by a renegade scientist. The Mars J-21, his friend, and stowaway Single O visit is full of scantily clad women doing Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers and worshiping a fat middle-aged man.

The Mad Doctor(1933)

3.6/5 (with 19 votes)

A dark and stormy night. Pluto is spirited away to the spooky mansion of an evil genius for a mad transplant scheme to put his head on the body of a chicken. Mickey gives chase, but find himself threatened severely by the house and its denizens.

Directed by David Hand

Undersea Kingdom(1936)

2.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. Norton's rocket submarine searching the sea and little Billy Norton, the professor's son stows away, of course. When they find Atlantis they are caught in a war between peaceful Atlanteans, note their white capes, and war-monging Atlanteans, note their black capes. After many harrowing moments for Crash, Diana, Prof. Norton and Billy, they barely get away with their lives when they escape a tower of Atlantis raised to the surface for the sole purpose of dominating or destroying the Earth (Which one depends on the compliance of the upper world dwellers.)

Der Tunnel(1933)

1h 12min | Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

The engineer MacAllan designs a tunnel, which will join America and Europe together on the seabed. A group of American billionaires are financing the gigantic project, but the construction of the tunnel is proving to be as tedious as it is dangerous. MacAllan's worst enemy is the speculator Woolf, who had embezzled the money for the construction and who is attempting to cover up his crime by carrying out acts of sabotage. Also filmed in 1933 in a French-language version, LE TUNNEL, and remade in 1935 in England as TRANSATLATIC TUNNEL.

Night Key(1937)

3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system is kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.

Men Must Fight(1933)

3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Prophetic tale of a mother in 1940 trying to keep her son out of war.

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Cosmic Journey(1936)

1h 10min | Science Fiction
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Soviet cinematographers created a progressively realistic image of a journey to the moon in these early days of special effects. Scientist Pavel Sedikh grows impatient with the restrictions of the conservative Soviet space institute in Moscow. Sedikh builds his own spacecraft, and accompanied by a female astronaut and a boy, he embarks on a the first human trip to the moon.

The Tunnel(1935)

1h 34min | Science Fiction
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

An engineer (Richard Dix) leads the building of a trans-Atlantic tunnel linking Britain and the United States. A remake of the 1933 German film, DER TUNNEL.


4.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Using an atomic reactor, Two scientists try to create gold.

Air Hawks(1935)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An air delivery service is menaced by a mad scientist with a death ray machine that blows up planes in mid-flight.

Loss of Feeling(1935)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

In an unnamed English-speaking capitalist land, a young engineer invents inexhaustible giant robots to replace the fragile human workers on high-volume assembly-lines, and soon finds his invention co-opted by the military-industrial complex.

Directed by Aleksandr Andriyevsky - With Vladimir Gardin, Sergey Martinson

The Phantom Creeps(1939)

4h 25min | Science Fiction
2.4/5 (with 5 votes)

A mad scientist attempts to rule the world by creating various elaborate inventions.

Directed by Ford Beebe - With Bela Lugosi, Dorothy Arnold, Robert Kent, Regis Toomey, Edward Van Sloan, Eddie Acuff, ...

F.P.1 Doesn't Answer(1932)

1h 54min | Science Fiction
4.3/5 (with 1 vote)

F.P.1 is a huge airplane landing dock in the Atlantic where pilots making the transatlantic flight can stop. Yet a saboteur tries to sink the technical wonder in this classic German science fiction film from 1932. The film was also created with English and French speaking actors at the same time.

Life Returns(1935)

2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A doctor who has spent his career working on ways to revive the dead sees his chance to prove his theory by performing his procedures on a recently deceased dog.

6 Hours to Live(1932)

A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.

Directed by William Dieterle - With Warner Baxter

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.

The Vanishing Shadow(1934)

3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A 12-episode serial in which a son avenges the death of his father at the hands of corrupt politicians. He develops a wide variety of complex devices in his crusade . . . ray guns, robots and a 'vanishing belt.'.

Directed by Lew Landers

Trapped by Television(1936)

2.8/5 (with 1 vote)

An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.

Directed by Del Lord - With Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot

Le Tunnel(1933)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An engineer is hired to plan and oversee the construction of a undersea tunnel between Europe and the US. However, certain interests don't want to see the tunnel built and use every means at their disposal, including sabotage and murder, to stop its construction. French-language version of the 1933 German DER TUNNEL, q.v.

Blake of Scotland Yard(1937)

1h 12min | Crime, Mystery
0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Sir James Blake has retired from Scotland Yard so that he can assist his niece Hope and her friend Jerry in developing an apparatus they have invented. Sir James thinks that their invention has the potential to prevent wars, and plans to donate it to the League of Nations. But a gang of criminals led by the elusive "Scorpion" steals the device, and Blake and his associates must recover the invention and determine the identity of the "Scorpion".

Directed by Robert F. Hill

Ghost Patrol(1936)

2.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A Professor has an invention that will bring down planes causing them to crash and Dawson is forcing him to use it on those carrying money. When Tim arrives to investigate he is mistaken for a noted outlaw. So he assumes that identity to force Dawson to make him a partner. But just as a plane bringing Tim help is arriving, his true identity is revealed and while he is a prisoner, Dawson forces the Professor to start his machine.

Directed by Sam Newfield - With Tim McCoy

Non-Stop New York(1937)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A young woman finds herself as the intended victim of a murder plot on a transatlantic flight from London to New York.

Directed by Robert Stevenson - With John Loder

Mechanical Man(1932)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

In this one, Oswald and his girlfriend are playing the piano with an animated light bulb and an accordion dancing along. A peg leg villain makes a robot that needs a human heart.

Directed by Walter Lantz
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