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Looking Back

November 1931

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in November 1931. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


Michigan Theater visitors saw Clark Gable in his first starring role, in Sporting Blood. Gable, who began 1931 in lower-billed roles, later teamed up with Greta Garbo in Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise). Jimmy Durante was promoted as the "Idol of Broadway" in New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford (with William Haines) and as "Schnozzle Durante" in The Cuban Love Song (with Lawrence Tibbett).

Other popular movies at the Michigan included the Eddie Cantor comedy Palmy Days and the drama Once a Lady, in which Ruth Chatterton played "a woman who becomes a social outcast in one scandalous moment - and who regains glorious renown in a life of Love-atonement." Also at the Michigan were highlights of the University of Michigan's November 21 6-0 win over the University of Minnesota in front of a homecoming crowd of about 50,000.

Current visitors to the front lobby of the Redford admire a large "Photo of the Original Marquee," which shows George O'Brien and Noah Beery starring in Riders of the Purple Sage, along with promos for a bunch of Mickeys: Mickey Mouse cartoons and Mickey McGuire (Mickey Rooney) in Mickey's Thrill Hunters. That November 13-14 lineup was followed on November 15 with the live appearance of bandleader Del Delbridge. Laughter echoed throughout the Redford at the antics of Laurel and Hardy (in Pardon Us, their first full-length feature), Buster Keaton (Sidewalks of New York) and the Marx Brothers (Monkey Business).

"Members of the Allied Theater Owners of Michigan, representing 350 theaters throughout the state, will donate two per cent of their gross receipts for November as their contribution to President Hoover's campaign for unemployment relief," read an article in the November 3 Detroit News. Highly publicized films in Detroit included Possessed (with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable), which opened at the United Artists on November 12; Frankenstein (RKO Downtown, November 19); and The Champ (Paramount, November 21). Also popular was The Sin of Madelon Claudet.


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