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List Rules Vote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1930s.

The Golden Age of Hollywood was also a golden age of comedy. Comedy titans like the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin released countless comedy pictures during the 1930s, giving us a myriad of hilarious titles to choose from for our list of the best ‘30s comedy movies.


Chaplin’s
Modern Times, released in 1936, was preserved by the Library of Congress in 1989 for its cultural and historical significance. In the film, Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character confronts the harsh realities of the Depression-era. Both funny and tragic, Modern TImes held a mirror up to society and highlighted the hard truths of the day with more than a few laughs in the mix. Other great ‘30s comedies on this list include the Marx Brothers satirical Duck Soup, and their farce A Night at the Opera.


Even master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock got in on the comedy game in the 1930s with his caper film
The Lady Vanishes, a funny and mysterious film set on a train. Vote up the best '30s comedies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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It Happened One Night is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
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My Man Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
My Man Godfrey Carole Lombard, Jane Wyman, William Powell

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The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan

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Bringing Up Baby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Bringing Up Baby Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Barry Fitzgerald

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Duck Soup is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Duck Soup Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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A Night at the Opera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
A Night at the Opera Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Leonard Marx

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The Awful Truth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Awful Truth Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy

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Modern Times is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Modern Times Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Edward LeSaint

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Animal Crackers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx

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A Day at the Races is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
A Day at the Races Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Maureen O'Sullivan

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Horse Feathers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Horse Feathers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd

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Topper is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Topper Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young

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Way Out West is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Way Out West Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Rosina Lawrence

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After the Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
After the Thin Man James Stewart, Myrna Loy, William Powell

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Holiday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
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The Lady Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

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Ninotchka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Ninotchka Greta Garbo, Bela Lugosi, Melvyn Douglas

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Another Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Another Thin Man Myrna Loy, William Powell, Ruth Hussey

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Top Hat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Top Hat Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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Swing Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Swing Time Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Furness

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Trouble in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Trouble in Paradise Herbert Marshall, Charlie Ruggles, Miriam Hopkins

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Libeled Lady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Libeled Lady Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy

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Midnight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Midnight Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore

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Ruggles of Red Gap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Ruggles of Red Gap Charles Laughton, Sam Lufkin, Roland Young

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You Can't Take It With You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
You Can't Take It With You James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Ann Miller

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Monkey Business is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Monkey Business Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Thelma Todd - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Room Service is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Room Service Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

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Sons of the Desert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Sons of the Desert Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Robert Cummings

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Shall We Dance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Shall We Dance Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
42nd Street Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler

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Destry Rides Again is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Destry Rides Again James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Billy Gilbert

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It's a Wonderful World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
It's a Wonderful World James Stewart, Claudette Colbert, Edgar Kennedy

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Footlight Parade is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Footlight Parade James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Dorothy Lamour

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Follow the Fleet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Follow the Fleet Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire

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Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Twentieth Century Carole Lombard, John Barrymore, Charles Lane

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Babes in Toyland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Babes in Toyland Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Henry Brandon

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The Scarlet Pimpernel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Scarlet Pimpernel Merle Oberon, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey

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Design for Living is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Design for Living Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Edward Everett Horton

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The Gay Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Gay Divorcee Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Betty Grable

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Gold Diggers of 1933 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Gold Diggers of 1933 Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Billy Barty

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Carefree is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Carefree Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Hattie McDaniel

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The Smiling Lieutenant is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Smiling Lieutenant Claudette Colbert, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Ruggles

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The Music Box is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Music Box Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sam Lufkin

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The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
The Old Dark House Robert Morley, Joyce Grenfell, Tom Poston

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It's a Gift is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
It's a Gift W. C. Fields, Jean Rouverol, Kathleen Howard

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Show Boat Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel

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Love Me Tonight is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Love Me Tonight Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier

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At the Circus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
At the Circus Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Eve Arden

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L'Age D'Or is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies

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Boudu Saved from Drowning is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '30s Comedy Movies
Boudu Saved from Drowning Michel Simon, Jean Dasté, Charles Granval