1930's Entertainment

Movies, Books and Comics from the '30's


Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was a very popular piece of literature among the people of this era. It really appealed to the people of this era because the main character is a migrant, uneducated farmer and it won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1937 (Telgen 240-262).

The Hobbit

The Hobbit, written by J.R. R. Tolkien, is about the quest of a Hobbit through beautiful countrysides to fiery devilish lands. This book often appealed to the more juvenile generation and won the Carnegie Medal in 1937 as well. It was written in the trenches of World War 1 (Napierkowski and Stanley 94-113) .


Gone With the Wind

Gone with the Wind was originally written as a book by Margaret Mitchell, but then adapted into a movie in 1939 by producer David O' Selznick. The movie and the book are about the love life of Scarlett O' Hara during the Civil War (Grant 321-328).


Frankenstein is a 1930's horror film based on the novel by Mary Shelly. It was followed by multiple sequels and has become one of the most famous early horror films over the years. ("Wiki")




The Superman character was invented by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later to become DC) in the year 1938. Superman's arch enemy is Lex Luthor and his secret identity is Clark Kent (Baughman et al.).

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon was created by Alex Raymond in 1934 and it originated around the idea of a hero of early sci-fi. The comic strip follows Flash Gordon and his multitudes of exciting adventures ((Baughman et al.).

Gone with the Wind Official Trailer 1939 Oscar Best Picture