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This page contains many unique slices of our great Americana culture that may be of interest for all of you great movie lovers of the 1930's and 1940's. Not only will you get to examine some 30 + very rare brochures theaters handed out in the late 1930's in full color, but we also have listed the top 100 movies of the 1930's by title, director and actor. 

Before getting there, here is something just as unique and special!

A very rare and unusual two hour free listening experience presented live here on WYYR from 2/15/12 with child star actor Mr. Darryl Hickman. It's unusual because you get to hear many of the movie trailers of the films he was in including some of his scenes. Quite rare for radio and certainly a treat for any 1930's and 1940's movie fan.

Just click the play button:

Darryl Hickman and Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath

Darryl Hickman with Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath 1940

Here is a partial list of the actors and directors Darryl Hickman has worked with:

John Ford, Henry Fonda, SpencerTracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Zinneman, Robert Taylor, Clark Gable, Norman,Taurog, Gene Kelly, Shirley Temple, Pat O’Brien, Lewis Milestone, William Wellman, Clint Eastwood, Judy Garland, Vincente Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, William Holden, Deborah Kerr, John Wayne, Wallace Beery, Robert Duvall, Richard Widmark, Robert Wise, George Cukor, and Sidney Lumet. Darryl was also in the 1950's The Tingler and the 1970's classic Network. On radio, he played Raymond in Meet Corliss Archer for several years, and did Lux Radio Theater, A Date with Judy, Family Theater, and so forth. On TV just about every 1950's TV program you can think of right into the late 1990's being on The Nanny.

Here's is a link to an almost complete list of all of his credits:

The IMDb Site listing of all of Darryl Hickmans 137 credits

Click the color photo to watch Darryl's famous drowning scene with Gene Tierney!

Darryl Hickman Darryl Hickman in the famous drowning scene from Leave Her To Heaven

Above is the cover of Mr. Hickmans amazing book The Unconcious Actor. You can find it by clicking the book cover above which will bring you to his website or you can buy it on Amazon.com. The color photo is Darryl in the famous drowning scene from Leave Her To Heaven (1945) Click the photo to watch that famous scene!

 "The 1930's and 40's, in my opinion, was without a doubt the greatest time for American cinema and film making". Chris Valenti

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As promised, here are the best 100 movies of the 1930's including their stars, director, and title!    

  1. Gone With the  Wind- (1939, Victor Fleming) (Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard)
  2. The Wizard of Oz - (1939, Victor Fleming) (Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger)
  3. The Rules of the Game - (1939, Jean Renoir) (Roland Toutain, Nora Gregor)
  4. Mr.
 Smith Goes to Washington - (1939, Frank Capra) (James Stewart, Claude Rains)
  5. City Lights - (1931, Charles Chaplin) (Charles Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill, Harry Myers)
  6. M - (1931, Fritz Lang) (Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Otto Wernicke, Inge Landgut)
  7. Modern Times - (1936, Charles Chaplin) (Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard)
  8. King Kong - (1933, Merian C. Cooper) (Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot)
  9. All Quiet on the Western Front - (1930, Lewis Milestone) (Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim)
10. Grand Illusion - (1937, Jean Renoir) (Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim)
11. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - (1937, William Cottrell) (Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne)
12. Little Caesar - (1931, Mervyn LeRoy) (Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
13. The 39 Steps - (1935, Alfred Hitchcock) (Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim)
14. It Happened One Night - (1934, Frank Capra) (Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Alan Hale)
15. Stagecoach - (1939, John Ford) (John Wayne, Claire Trevor, John Carradine)
16. L'Atalante - (1934, Jean Vigo) (Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Gilles Margaritis)
17. Scarface - (1932, Howard Hawks) (Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft, Boris Karloff)
18. Bringing Up Baby
 - (1938, Howard Hawks) (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald)
19. Frankenstein - (1931, James Whale) (Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Frederick Kerr)
20. Freaks - (1932, Tod Browning) (Wallace Ford, Harry Earles, Olga Baclanova)
21. The Adventures of Robin Hood - (1938, Michael Curtiz) (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland)
22. The Bride of Frankenstein - (1935, James Whale) (Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive)
23. Duck Soup - (1933, Leo McCarey) (Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres)
24. The Public Enemy - (1931, William Wellman) (James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell)
25. Grand Hotel - (1932, Edmund Goulding) (Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford)
26. Dracula - (1931, Tod Browning) (Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners)
27. The Thin Man - (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) (William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan)
28. I Am a Fugitive from A Chain Gang - (1932, Mervyn LeRoy) (Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell)
29. A Star is Born - (1937, William Wellman) (Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou)
30. Wuthering Heights - (1939, William Wyler) (Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, David Niven)
31. My Man Godfrey - (1936, Gregory La Cava) (William Powell, Carole Lombard)
32. Angels With Dirty Faces - (1938, Michael Curtiz) (James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart)
33. They Won't Forget - (1937, Mervyn LeRoy) (Claude Rains, Lana Turner, Otto Kruger)
34. A Tale of Two Cities - (1935, Jack Conway) (Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan)
35. Manhattan Melodrama - (1934, W.S. Van Dyke) (Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy)
36. Little Women - (1933, George Cukor) (Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas)
37. Zemlya (aka Earth) - (1930, Alexander Dovzhenko) (Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko)
38. A Night at the Opera - (1935, Sam Wood) (Marx Brothers, Kitty Carlisle, Margaret Dumont)
39. A Day in the Country - (1936, Jean Renoir) (Sylvia Bataille, Georges D'Arnoux, Jane Marken)
40. The Four Feathers - (1939, Zoltan Korda) (John Clements, Ralph Richardson)
41. You Can't Take It With You - (1938, Frank Capra) (Jean Arthur, James Stewart)
42. The Front Page - (1931, Lewis Milestone) (Pat O'Brien, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Brian)
43. Trouble in Paradise - (1932, Ernst Lubitsch) (Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall)
44. Top Hat - (1935, Mark Sandrich) (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton)
45. 42nd Street - (1933, Lloyd Bacon) (Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers)
46. The Blue Angel - (1930, Josef von Sternberg) (Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings)
47. Young Mr. Lincoln - (1939, John Ford) (Henry Fonda, Marjorie Weaver, Alice Brady)
48. Alexander Nevsky - (1938, Sergei Eisenstein) (Nikolai Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov)
49. The Roaring Twenties - (1939, Raoul Walsh) (James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart)
50. Les Misérables - (1935, Richard Boleslawski) (Fredric March, Charles Laughton)
51. Zero for Conduct - (1933, Jean Vigo) (Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Du Verron)
52. The Stars Look Down - (1939, Carol Reed) (Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood)
53. Osaka Elegy - (1936, Kenji Mizoguchi) (Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa)
54. Of Mice and Men - (1939, Lewis Milestone) (Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney Jr.)
55. Jezebel - (1938, William Wyler) (Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent)
56. The Informer - (1935, John Ford) (Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster)
57. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - (1939, William Dieterle) (Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara)
58. The Good Earth - (1937, Victor Fleming) (Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly)
59. Dodsworth - (1936, William Wyler) (Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, David Niven)
60. 
  David Copperfield - (1935, George Cukor) (W.C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, Elsa Lanchester)
61. Show Boat - (1936, James Whale) (Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Hattie McDaniel)
62. The Great Ziegfeld - (1936, Robert Z. Leonard) (William Powell, Myrna Loy, Fanny Brice)
63. Gold Digger of 1933 - (1933, Mervyn LeRoy) (Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ginger Rogers)
64. The Gay Divorcee - (1934, Mark Sandrich) (Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady)
65. The Scarlet Pimpernel - (1934, Harold Young) (Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Nigel Bruce)
66. Mutiny on the Bounty - (1935, Frank Lloyd) (Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Donald Crisp)
67. Gunga Din - (1939, George Stevens) (Cary Grant, Sam Jaffe, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
68. Captains Courageous - (1937, Victor Fleming) (Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy)
69. Captain Blood - (1935, Michael Curtiz) (Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone)
70. Love Affair - (1939, Leo McCarey) (Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya)
71. Camille - (1936, George Cukor) (Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore)
72. Destry Rides Again - (1939, George Marshall) (James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich)
73. Vampyr - (1932, Carl Theodor Dreyer) (Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel)
74. Son of Frankenstein - (1939, Rowland V. Lee) (Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone)
75. The Mummy - (1932, Karl W. Freund) (Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners)
76. Island of Lost Souls - (1932, Erle C. Kenton) (Charles Laughton, Richard Arlen)
77. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - (1931, Rouben Mamoulian) (Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins)
78. Lost Horizon - (1937, Frank Capra) (Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, John Howard)
79. Animal Crackers - (1930, Victor Heerman) (Marx Brothers, Lillian Roth, Margaret Dumont)
80. Twentieth Century - (1934, Howard Hawks) (John Barrymore, Carole Lombard)
81. Nothing Sacred - (1937, William Wellman) (Carole Lombard, Fredric March)
82. Ninotchka - (1939, Ernst Lubitsch) (Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Bela Lugosi)
83. Holiday - (1938, George Cukor) (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Lew Ayres)
84. The Awful Truth - (1937, Leo McCarey) (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy)
85. À Nous la Libertén - (1931, René Clare) (Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand)
86. The Invisible Man - (1933, James Whale) (Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan)
87. Queen Christina - (1933, Rouben Mamoulian) (Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith)
88. Pygmalion - (1938, Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard) (Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller)
89. Dark Victory - (1939, Edmund Goulding) (Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, George Brent)
90. Three Comrades - (1938, Frank Borzage) (Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan)
91. Fury - (1936, Fritz Lang) (Spencer Tracy, Sylvia Sidney, Walter Brennan, Walter Abel)
92. The Scarlet Empress - (1934, Josef von Sternberg) (Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge)
93. A Farewell to Arms - (1932, Frank Borzage) (Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou)
94. The Testament of Dr. Mabuse - (1933, Fritz Lang) (Oscar Beregi Sr., Paul Bernd)
95. The Lady Vanishes - (1938, Alfred Hitchcock) (Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave)
96. King Solomon's Mines - (1937, Robert Stevenson) (Cedric Hardwicke, Paul Robeson)
97. The Mystery of the Wax Museum - (1933, Michael Curtiz) (Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray)
98. Love Me Tonight - (1932, Rouben Mamoulian) (Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald)
99. A Day at the Races - (1937, Sam Wood) (Marx Brothers, Maureen O'Sullivan)
100. The Big House - (1930, Paul Fejos, G.W. Hill) (Chester Morris, Wallace Beery)

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Here is something else special and rare! 

During this special time, theaters were sent small coming attraction handouts from the studios. They were in full color and were only afforded a small amount. These handouts listed the coming movies and shorts that will be played on the upcoming dates. Very few of these handouts survived. Here we have over 30 of them for your enjoyment from the late 1930's. These originate from several theaters in Savannah, GA.

We want to thank (RET) president of the Friends of Johnny Mercer Group Mr. David Oppenheim for donating these original and rare pieces of American Popular art to our extensive archives for preservation. And for also allowing the rest of us to enjoy them.

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Other child stars at the same time that worked with Darryl Hickman were ShirleyTemple, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Claude Jarman, Russ Tamblyn, Dickie Moore, and too many others to mention. Some became great motion picture icons and others didn't.

Here is a bio of another that is quite possibly the most tragic. Mr. Scotty Beckett. Someone else Darryl worked with and even replaced during one of his tragedies. Thanks Terry Dinan and IMDb for supplying this.

Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories.

Born Scott Hastings Beckett on September 30, 1929 in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to Los Angeles when Scotty was 3 years old. Shortly after arriving in LA, Beckett's father was hospitalized and Scotty would frequently entertain his dad by singing songs. During one such visit, a Hollywood casting director happened to notice the cherubic youngster and told his parents he had movie potential. Scotty made his debut in Gallant Lady (1933) starring Clive Brook and Ann Harding. Scotty played a boy of three in the film, and was succeeded by Dickie Moore, who played the same character at the age of six in the story. It was the first of several connections between the two child stars. The next year, he filled the hole vacated by Moore in Our Gang, and they later appeared as the same character in Heaven Can Wait (1943), portraying Don Ameche as a child. He and Moore finally appeared together in Dangerous Years (1947), which was Marilyn Monroe's screen debut.

Scotty appeared in fifteen Our Gang shorts in two years. Hal Roach noted a resemblance to Jackie Coogan, and dressed Beckett accordingly, with an oversized cap and turtleneck sweater reminiscent of Coogan's outfit in The Kid (1921). He was paired with Spanky McFarland as a kind of team within the gang, and their sideline observations and wisecracks highlighted the series from 1934 until 1936, just as Porky and Buckwheat sparked the one-reelers from 1936 on.

After leaving Our Gang, Beckett emerged as one of the top child stars of his era, appearing in many films with the top stars of the late 30s and early 40s. Among his major credits were Dante's Inferno (1935) with Spencer Tracy, Anthony Adverse (1936) with Fredric March, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) with Errol Flynn, Conquest (1937) with Greta Garbo, Marie Antoinette (1938) with Norma Shearer, My Favorite Wife (1940) with Cary Grant, and Kings Row (1942) with Claude Rains.

In 1943 Scotty attended Los Angeles High School, and was named treasurer of his freshman class. He also appeared on Broadway that same year in the play "Slightly Married" and received the only favorable notices of the production, and played Junior in the hit radio show "The Life of Riley". Adolescence did not slow down his film career, as Scotty continued to win roles in such movies as My Reputation (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck and most notably The Jolson Story (1946), where he played the young Al Jolson.

He enrolled at USC, but had to drop out when he began receiving more offers from MGM, beginning with Cynthia (1947) with Elizabeth Taylor, A Date with Judy (1948) again with Taylor and Jane Powell (the future Mrs. Dickie Moore), Battleground (1949) with Van Johnson, Nancy Goes to Rio (1950), again with Powell, and The Happy Years (1950) with fellow child stars Dean Stockwell and Darryl Hickman.

At around the same time, Scotty began to gain notoriety not only for his acting, but also for his nocturnal activities. Part of the young Hollywood jet set, Beckett was a fixture at parties and would frequently be seen with young stars like Roddy McDowall, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, and Edith Fellows. His nightlife seemed to become more of a priority than his burgeoning acting career, and it started a trend of reckless, irresponsible behavior which plagued Beckett the rest of his life. Early success without any sacrifice often breeds a sense of entitlement and a lack of responsibility or consequence. This seems to be an overriding theme as Beckett began making headlines most Hollywood stars try to avoid.

In 1948 he was arrested for drunk driving after he crashed into another car after attending a frat party where he had "five bourbons". Scotty tried to run from the booking office after being arrested and refused to surrender his possessions. In September of 1949, he eloped with tennis star Beverly Baker. Right from the start, Scotty showed signs that he was not ready for marriage. On their honeymoon in Acapulco, Beckett allegedly threatened to punch a pool bystander in the nose. The couple separated after 5 months of marriage, divorcing in June of 1950. Newspapers covered the divorce, citing Baker's allegations of Beckett's jealousy and controlling, abusive behavior. Scotty tried to get Baker to quit tennis and stop seeing her parents. He also threatened her if she were to ever have a soft drink "with any boy or man between 6 and 60."

In 1951, Becket met actress Sunny Vickers. The couple began dating and shortly thereafter, Vickers was pregnant. They married in Phoenix om June 27, 1951. Five months later, Scott Hastings Beckett, Jr. was born. The bad publicity of the divorce from Baker plus the forced marriage to Vickers in the conservative 1950's immediately made Beckett a Hollywood outcast. Between 1952 and 1954, Scotty only landed two roles in relatively minor films, You're Only Young Twice (1952) and Hot News (1953). He was beginning to get desperate.

In early 1954, Beckett landed the role of "Winky" in a low-budget sci-fi show called "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger" (1954), which today has become a cult classic. However, as former co-stars and ex-friends such as Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Powell emerged as bona-fide film stars of the 1950s, a supporting role in a fledgling, unproven industry must have been extremely frustrating for Scotty.

In February of that year, the Cavalier Hotel in Hollywood was robbed of a little more than $130 in cash. The bandit pistol-whipped the desk clerk, and disappeared with the loot, or so police thought. Passed out drunk in the basement of the hotel, armed with a gun and knife, was Scotty Beckett. He was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon, but not with the robbery because the money was not found and the clerk could not positively identify the former star.

After posting bail, Beckett, with his wife and 3-year son in tow, fled the country to Mexico. He checked into a Tampico hotel under the name of Sean Bullock, giving Carmel, California as his address. There were two bullet holes in his car. Beckett said these were from a gang who tried to rob him south of Juarez.

After running out of cash and options, Scotty wrote out several cashier checks from a non-existent bank to different merchants, and was eventually tracked down by Mexican authorities in a Ciudad Victoria hotel. When they arrived, Scotty attempted to sneak himself and his family out of the hotel and in a gunfight with the Mexican police, 20 shots were exchanged. Miraculously, no one was killed, and Scott and Sunny were eventually captured. Scott Jr. was sent back to Los Angeles.

Scotty served only four months in a Mexican jail before returning to the US in September of 1954. He surrendered to authorities for the weapons charge, pleading guilty, and amazingly, was given only three years probation. Although he told newspapers he saw this as an opportunity to pick up the pieces and start over with a clean slate, it was too little, too late. He was dropped from the Rocky Jones series, replaced with Jimmy Lydon (with whom Beckett had appeared with in Cynthia (1947)). A little more than a month later, Beckett was arrested in Las Vegas, once again for bouncing a check.

Scotty re-enrolled at USC to study medicine, but when Our Gang was reissued for TV in 1955 as The Little Rascals, Beckett saw an opportunity to make a comeback in the movies. He appeared in Three for Jamie Dawn (1956), and had walk-ons in The Oklahoman (1957) with Joel McCrea and Monkey on My Back (1957) with 'Cameron Mitchell'. He proved he could still act, exhibiting that same youthful charm, appearing perfectly at ease on camera, particularly in his small role as a Navy corpsman with the Marine Corps, in Monkey on My Back (1957). But just when it seemed as though a comeback might happen, Scotty Beckett self-destructed again.

In February of 1957 Scotty was caught at a Mexican-US border crossing trying to bring illegal drugs back to the United States. He said the pills were for his wife, who he claimed had a nervous ailment. In reality, Sunny Vickers was suffering from alcoholism, and had checked herself into Metropolitan State Hospital for treatment. She filed for divorce in August of 1957. After Sunny was awarded custody of Scott Jr., Beckett attempted suicide by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills. He recovered, but realized he was finished as an actor. He tried his hand at selling used cars, among other things. He still had his charm, but he could not stay out of trouble.

In April of 1959, Beckett was arrested on charges of drunk driving. In August of that same year, he was driving drunk again, but this time he did not emerge unscathed. He smashed his '52 sedan into a tree, fracturing his skull, thigh and hip, and suffered multiple lacerations of his head. Although he was given probation and a suspended sentence, he was crippled for the rest of his life.

In September of 1963, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Beckett, confined to a wheelchair from the near-fatal drunk driving accident, attempted to stab his neighbor after a dispute. His wife of two years, Margaret, a divorcée with a teenage daughter Susan, assisted in breaking up the fight. Three days later Beckett tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists. He recovered from this second suicide attempt, but by that time, Margaret had enough. She moved out, taking Susan with her. While trying to move out some of their belongings out, Scotty tried to stop Margaret, hitting Susan over the head with a crutch that he now used after his car accident. Arrested again, Scotty told the judge at his sentencing that he vowed "never to drink again."

Scotty stayed out of the headlines for a few years. In 1967 he was found employment driving an ambulance...perhaps to be close to the prescription drugs to which he was addicted, perhaps to try to revive his interest in becoming a doctor, perhaps to try to forget that he had once graced the screen with Hollywood's biggest stars, and how his own star had plummeted to earth...or perhaps because he had run out of alternatives.

On May 8th, Scotty checked into the Royal Palms Hotel, a Hollywood nursing home after suffering a beating in what may have been a drug deal gone wrong. Two days later, he was dead from an suicidal overdose of barbiturates. The third time had been the charm. He left behind a note, a son and some wonderful films and memories that will endure for eternity.

Leonard Maltin summed it up best when he wrote, "It was a particularly sad end for someone who, as a child, had shown so much easy charm and talent." Scotty Beckett was not the first child-star casualty and he would not be the last. But his story was certainly one of the saddest.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Terry Dinan 

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