Clark Gable

Clark Gable

As each decade passes cinema continues to transform and move forward, and the actors who star in these movies change too.

In the thirties the studios ruled Hollywood with actors in contract with studios, very different to today.

But during this decade Hollywood produced some of the most iconic stars to grace the big screen. So FemaleFirst takes a look at the names that were graced cinema screens in the thirties.

Fred Astaire: enjoyed a career that spanned over sixty years and saw him find huge success on the big screen as well as on the stage.

Astaire was an all rounder as a film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. He made his big screen debut in 1933 with Dancing Lady, after spending most of the twenties in the theatre.

During the thirties he had nine collaborations with Ginger Rogers including The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Top Hat (1935), Follow the Fleet (1936) which shot him to stardom.

He remains one of the greatest influences on the musical, in both TV and film, as well as having a huge impact on dancers such as  Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Greta Garbo: was one of the biggest names in the silent movie ear as she enjoyed huge success with the likes of Flesh and the Devil (1927), Love (1927), making the transition into talking pictures in the thirties.

Her voice was first heard on the big screen in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie in 1930. The decade was a huge success for the actress as she was nominated for a Best Actress for Anna Christie (1930), Romance (1930), Camille (1937) and Ninotchka (1939).

Despite not picking up an award on any of those occasions she was rewarded with an Honorary Academy Award in 1954 and she is still regarded as one of the finest actresses ever to grace the big screen.

Errol Flynn: was the swashbuckling hero of Hollywood as he shot to fame overnight with the release of Captain Blood in 1935.

He found himself typecast in this role as the likes of The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Dawn Patrol came his way.

However the thirties brought him the role that he is most associated with, Robin Hood. The Adventures of Robin Hood hit the big screen in 1938 and was directed by  Michael Curtiz and William Keighley.

Shirley Temple: kicked off her acting career at the tender age of three in 1932 and it wasn't long before she was the biggest child star to grace the big screen.

Stand Up and Cheer was her breakthrough role in 1934, a musical directed by Hamilton MacFadden.

Bright Eyes, Our Little Girl, Curly and Heidi all followed and she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood.

She remains the youngest person ever to be awarded an Oscar, at the age of just  6, when she was awarded the now retired Academy Juvenile Award in 1934.

Clark Gable: throughout the thirties Gable was one of the most recognisable faces on the big screen and was nicknamed the 'King of Hollywood'.

After appearing in silent movies in the twenties he signed a contract with MGM at the turn of the decade and moved into talkies.

She made his speaking movie debut in 1933 when he appeared in The Painted Desert. He was the rising star throughout the decade with roles in Red Dust, Hold Your Man and A Free Soul all added to his increasing popularity.

His star power reached a major high in 1934 when he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in  It Happened One Night. A nomination followed the year later for Mutiny on the Bounty.

But his popularity reached an all time high in 1939 when he starred alongside Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.

Rhett Butler remains his most famous role as well as one of cinema's most iconic characters, for his performance he earnt another Oscar nod.

Ginger Rogers: enjoyed a career that spanned almost seventy year and in that time she made seventy three movies.

Along with Fred Astaire she revolutionised the musical genre throughout the thirties with a string of movies with together.

Towards the end of the thirties, when she began to forge a career alone, she was one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood as she dabbled with comedy and drama.

She did get her hands on an Oscar in 1941 for Kitty Foyle.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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