Movie trailers available on Digital History for The Great Depression era

39 Steps (1935)
Digital History ID 2197
A Canadian tourist becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy when a spy is murdered in his rented London flat.
Length of this clip: 1:54.
View this trailer

42nd Street (1933)
Digital History ID 2198
As a director puts on his last show, a chorus girl must replace the star.
Length of this clip: 2:19.
View this trailer

A Day at the Races (1937)
Digital History ID 2199
Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, a veterinarian, is hired to save a sanatorium from a banker who wants to turn it into a casino.
Length of this clip: 0:56.
View this trailer

A Night at the Opera (1935)
Digital History ID 2203
To bring a young couple together, an opera performance must be sabotaged.
Length of this clip: 1:02.
View this trailer

Alice Adams (1935)
Digital History ID 2200
The misadventures of two social-climbing women in small town America.
Length of this clip: A lonely misfit tries to fit in with the debutantes in her class-conscious small town..
View this trailer

All the King's Men (1949)
Digital History ID 2126
Based on Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the film tells the story of a populist Louisana politician modeled on Huey Long who belies his "man of the people" roots as he ruthlessly maneuvers, lies, and deals his way into the halls of powe
Length of this clip: 2:35.
View this trailer

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Digital History ID 2202
A mobster and a priest conspire to discourage a gang of young ruffians from embarking on a life of crime.
Length of this clip: 3:19.
View this trailer

Animal Crackers (1930)
Digital History ID 2204
A valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.
Length of this clip: 0:21.
View this trailer

At the Circus (1939)
Digital History ID 2205
A crackpot lawyer, a circus hand, a strongman's assistant, and a gorilla try to save a financially troubled circus.
Length of this clip: 1:28.
View this trailer

Awful Truth (1937)
Digital History ID 2206
Before their divorce is finalized, a couple do their best to thwart each other's remarriage plans.
Length of this clip: 0:31.
View this trailer

Ball of Fire (1941)
Digital History ID 2207
A lexicographer researching an article on slang meets nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea.
Length of this clip: 0:26.
View this trailer

Bank Dick (1940)
Digital History ID 2208
A henpecked husband and father replaces a drunken film director, foils a bank robbery, and becomes involved in embezzlement.
Length of this clip: 1:52.
View this trailer

Beau Geste (1939)
Digital History ID 2209
Three brothers join the French Foreign Legion and confront a sadistic sergeant.
Length of this clip: 0:25.
View this trailer

Benny Goodman Story (1955)
Digital History ID 1654
Biography of wing band leader Benny Goodman from age ten in 1919 to his Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938.
Length of this clip: 0:40.
View this trailer

Big Store (1941)
Digital History ID 2210
Private eye Wolf J. Flywheel investigates an attempted murder of a department store owner.
Length of this clip: 0:29.
View this trailer

Bingo Long's Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Digital History ID 1861
A barnstorming baseball team of African American players in 1939.
Length of this clip: 2:40.
View this trailer

Blonde Venus (1932)
Digital History ID 2212
When her husband needs a life-saving operation, a woman becomes a nightclub singer, to raise funds, and, as a result, is thrown out of her home.
Length of this clip: 1:21.
View this trailer

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Digital History ID 1659
Tagline: "They're young, they're in love, they kill people."
Length of this clip: 2:56.
View this trailer

Bound for Glory (1976)
Digital History ID 1871
The biography of the legendary folk singer and composer, Woody Gutherie.
Length of this clip: 1:28.
View this trailer

Boys Town (1938)
Digital History ID 2213
Father Flanagan opens Boys Town to help juvenile delinquents go straight.
Length of this clip: 1:47.
View this trailer

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Digital History ID 2214
Dr. Frankenstein creates a mate for his monster.
Length of this clip: 1:28.
View this trailer

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Digital History ID 2215
A stuffy paleontologist loses a dinosaur bone to a dog belonging to free-spirited heiress and attempts to recover it.
Length of this clip: 2:24.
View this trailer

Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
Digital History ID 2219
Charlie Chan investigates a bond forgery racket in Paris.
Length of this clip: 0:22.
View this trailer

Children's Hour (1961)
Digital History ID 1673
A spiteful student at a girl's school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.
Length of this clip: 1:46.
View this trailer

Chinatown (1974)
Digital History ID 1892
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has to do with supply water to Los Angeles.
Length of this clip: 1:39.
View this trailer

Citizen Kane (1941)
Digital History ID 2221
Powerful newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane was many things to many people, both in life and, as seen in retrospective here, in death.
Length of this clip: 0:29.
View this trailer

City Lights (1931)
Digital History ID 2222
The Tramp struggles to help a blind flower girl he has fallen in love with.
Length of this clip: 0:21.
View this trailer

Dangerous (1935)
Digital History ID 2224
Bette Davis plays a once respected theatre actress who's drifted into the seedy life of alcholism and self-pity.
Length of this clip: 0:38.
View this trailer

Dark Victory (1939)
Digital History ID 2225
A brain tumor transforms a socialite's wild life.
Length of this clip: 0:29.
View this trailer

De-Loveley (2004)
Digital History ID 2312
Musical portrait of composer Cole Porter.
Length of this clip: .
View this trailer

Duck Soup (1933)
Digital History ID 2229
Rufus T. Firefly is named president of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania.
Length of this clip: 1:49.
View this trailer

Frankenstein (1931)
Digital History ID 2231
Dr. Frankenstein creates a creature from dead human parts.
Length of this clip: 0:32.
View this trailer

Freaks (1932)
Digital History ID 2232
Treachery is discovered amongst a traveling circus sideshow.
Length of this clip: 1:18.
View this trailer

General Died at Dawn (1936)
Digital History ID 2234
In revolution-torn China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.
Length of this clip: 0:43.
View this trailer

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Digital History ID 2236
Millionaire turned composer rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.
Length of this clip: 1:13.
View this trailer

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Digital History ID 2237
Director stages a show to get the money to pay his bills.
Length of this clip: 3:34.
View this trailer

Grand Hotel (1932)
Digital History ID 2241
Berlin's plushest, most expensive hotel is the setting where in the words of Dr. Otternschlag "People come, people go. Nothing ever happens."
Length of this clip: 0:33.
View this trailer

His Girl Friday (1940)
Digital History ID 2244
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.
Length of this clip: 2:48.
View this trailer

Horse Feathers (1932)
Digital History ID 2246
Groucho becomes president of Huxley College.
Length of this clip: 0:31.
View this trailer

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979)
Digital History ID 1962
Based on writer Maya Angelou's childhood, this story is about a young girl in the South who is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents divorce.
Length of this clip: .
View this trailer

I'm No Angel (1933)
Digital History ID 2251
Tira, a dancing beauty and lion tamer, flirts with rich men.
Length of this clip: 1:59.
View this trailer

Invisible Man (1933)
Digital History ID 2253
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.
Length of this clip: 1:19.
View this trailer

It Happened One Night (1934)
Digital History ID 2255
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who's actually a reporter looking for a story.
Length of this clip: 0:56.
View this trailer

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Digital History ID 2138
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed.
Length of this clip: 0:31.
View this trailer

Kid Galahad (1937)
Digital History ID 1733
Fight promoter Nick Donati grooms a bellhop as a future champ, but has second thoughts when the 'kid' falls for his sister.
Length of this clip: 0:43.
View this trailer

King Kong (1933)
Digital History ID 2257
An expedition team go to a tropical island and discover a colossal giant gorilla.
Length of this clip: 1:13.
View this trailer

Lady Eve (1941)
Digital History ID 2259
The rich but unsophisticated Charles Pike meets con-artist Jean Harrington on a ship.
Length of this clip: 1:36.
View this trailer

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Digital History ID 1980
The troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.
Length of this clip: 0:32.
View this trailer

Maltese Falcon (1941)
Digital History ID 2269
Sam Spade, a private detective, gets involved in a murderous hunt for a valuable statuette.
Length of this clip: 0:42.
View this trailer

Modern Times (1936)
Digital History ID 2272
The Tramp confronts modern industrial society.
Length of this clip: 0:29.
View this trailer

Monkey Business (1931)
Digital History ID 2273
The Marx Brothers play stowaways on a transatlantic ship.
Length of this clip: 1:24.
View this trailer

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Digital History ID 2274
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.
Length of this clip: 2:38.
View this trailer

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Digital History ID 2276
A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate and promptly collide with political corruption, and doesn't back down.
Length of this clip: 1:41.
View this trailer

My Man Godfrey (1936)
Digital History ID 2280
A "forgotten man" becomes a butler for a society family.
Length of this clip: 0:27.
View this trailer

Night and Day (1946)
Digital History ID 2146
Fictionalized biography of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.
Length of this clip: 2:18.
View this trailer

Ninotchka (1939)
Digital History ID 2282
A Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.
Length of this clip: 2:22.
View this trailer

Now Voyager (1942)
Digital History ID 2283
Boston spinster blossoms under therapy.
Length of this clip: 0:29.
View this trailer

Old Maid (1939)
Digital History ID 2284
An unwed mother turns her child over to a married cousin.
Length of this clip: 0:24.
View this trailer

Palm Beach Story (1942)
Digital History ID 2285
An inventor's wife decides to divorce her husband and marry a millionaire to get him money to develop his big idea.
Length of this clip: 1:41.
View this trailer

Philadelphia Story (1940)
Digital History ID 2286
A rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage.
Length of this clip: 2:10.
View this trailer

Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Digital History ID 1778
An alcoholic street woman discovers that her convent-raised daughter is planning to visit her; her friends transform her into an elegant dowager.
Length of this clip: 1:06.
View this trailer

Rebecca (1940)
Digital History ID 2288
A a naive young woman marries a rich widower, and finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants.
Length of this clip: 0:52.
View this trailer

Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Digital History ID 2297
Co-workers correspond and fall in love, not realizing that they are writing to each other.
Length of this clip: 4:03.
View this trailer

Stalin (1992)
Digital History ID 2073
The life of Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin.
Length of this clip: 1:28.
View this trailer

Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Digital History ID 1796
A playboy dies under mysterious circumstances, causing his cousin to go into shock; she is to undergo a lobotomy to relieve her distress.
Length of this clip: 2:41.
View this trailer

Sugar Cane Alley (1983)
Digital History ID 2081
A self-sacrificing grandmother tries to keep her orphaned grandson in school in 1930s Martinique.
Length of this clip: 1:08.
View this trailer

Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Digital History ID 2300
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life.
Length of this clip: 1:49.
View this trailer

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)
Digital History ID 2084
The sequel to Tarzan, the Ape Man.
Length of this clip: 0:55.
View this trailer

The Women (1939)
Digital History ID 2302
A group of catty, competitive friends destroy reputations and fight over husbands and lovers.
Length of this clip: 0:43.
View this trailer

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Digital History ID 1804
The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanly grueling dance marathon.
Length of this clip: 3:02.
View this trailer

Thin Man (1934)
Digital History ID 2304
A former detective and his rich, playful wife solve a murder.
Length of this clip: 0:35.
View this trailer

Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Digital History ID 2155
The life of Broadway composer Jerome Kern.
Length of this clip: 1:36.
View this trailer

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Digital History ID 1807
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice.
Length of this clip: 2:52.
View this trailer

Topper (1937)
Digital History ID 2306
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.
Length of this clip: 0:39.
View this trailer

Copyright Digital History 2016