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Looking Back

January 1932

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in January 1932. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

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


"HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL DETROIT!" read the Publix Theatres ad in the January 1, 1932 Detroit News. "These special holiday shows are the brightest message of cheer we could give to you." Entertainment at the Fisher included "Fascinating French Musical Comedy Queen" Irene Bordoni in person, along with the movie This Reckless Age, with Peggy Shannon and Buddy Rogers.

At the Redford, Metropolitan Opera star Lawrence Tibbett appeared in The Cuban Love Song, with Lupe Velez and Jimmy Durante. Also on screen were early lead parts for Ginger Rogers (The Tip Off, with Eddie Quillan and Robert Armstrong) and Carole Lombard (It Pays to Advertise, with Norman Foster). Most popular this month at the Redford were The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Helen Hayes), Ambassador Bill (Will Rogers), Possessed (Joan Crawford and Clark Gable), and Over the Hill (James Dunn).

Movies at the Michigan in Ann Arbor included Under Eighteen, which was part of a December 4, 2006 "Forbidden Hollywood" lineup on Turner Classic Movies about the edgy movies of the early 1930s. "The story of a girl who was NOT old enough to know better," read an ad for this movie in the January 6, 1932 edition of The Ann Arbor Daily News.

Also drawing crowds at the Michigan were the comedy Flying High (Bert Lahr), Delicious (Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell), and Peach-O-Reno (Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey). A 50-minute movie of Southern California's 21-12 win over Tulane in the 1932 Rose Bowl was filmed with seven cameras and telephoto lens.

In Ann Arbor, the "long dark" Whitney Theatre was scheduled to show German language films, which had drawn praise "because of their exceptional quality and the unusualness of their photographic effects," wrote Allison Ind in the January 26, 1932 Ann Arbor Daily News.


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