An early John "Jack" Ford silent from 1920 with Buck Jones, where a town bum redeems himself by being a big brother "pal" to a runaway.
12 years later, in 1932, Buck Jones was appearing in some of the most well produced Westerns of the period. In Forbidden Trails, he and his friend were as if 8 or 9 year olds trapped in 40ish year old bodies.
Around about the same period, Harry Carey, a good friend of Jack Ford, was making his own westerns that gave an authentic 1800s feel to many of its scenes, especially the look of the buildings used in the opening from this following western.
And in 1934, we see that Laurel and Hardy were truly endeared to the generation of the time in bringing a Victor Herbert (Broadway and related New York stages ) 1903 adaptation of Mother Goose Rhymes to the screen. Unfortunately, to truly enjoy this film, a literacy in Mother Goose, which was successfully used in the developing of the child's process of critical thinking and proper use of imaginative visualization a century ago, is just something that U.S. Education is woefully deficient in (but perhaps for home-schooloing) in our current day.
In 1946, a fictionalized bio-pic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Kern
on the rise of songwriter Jerome Kern, who made his impact in the New York (legitimate) Theater and whose songs were especially popular in movies in the 1930s, which the movie sadly ignores and shouldn't have. The emphasis of the movie focuses on the songwriter's greatest success of songs from the hit New York play of "Showboat", but I personally much prefer the sound of the number of the title song, "Til Clouds Roll By".