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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook : 1936

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In the first full year after the merger, 20th Century Fox was working at an astounding rate. With 59 films released, they were going at a rate slightly faster than 1 a week. They also found the time (and money) to dip their toes into three-strip Technicolor for the first time, something that would hint of the company's trailblazing use of color in the future. and a movie that premiered in November (although released nationwide in January 1937) would seal their destiny as an important studio.

The year began early, on Janurary 3, with Warner Baxter and Alice Faye starring in the musical King of Burlesque.

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On January 10, the newest Charlie Chan mystery, Charlie Chan's Secret, was released.

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January 17 brought Paddy O'Day, another musical vehicle for child star Jane Withers co-starring a pre-stardom Rita Hayworth (still working under her real last name Cansino at this point in time)

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January 24's Professional Soldier was an adventure film based on a Damon Runyon story. It starred Victor McLaughlin (destined to win an Oscar for The Informer a few months later) and MGM's child star Freddie Bartholomew.

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The month of January was capped off by the dramatic B-film My Marriage with Claire Trevor.

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February 7's release started a brand new B movie series. The film was named Every Saturday Night, and it concerned a family named Evers (later changed to Jones in the series' run.) 17 films would be made in the series including 2 more before the year was out.

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February 14's drama, It had to Happen brought together George Raft and Rosalind Russell (bizarrely this lobby card is stamped by company 7 arts, which was not even existent when this film was released)

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February 21 was marked by Here Comes Trouble, a short heist comedy.

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February was closed out on its final day by a John Ford classic, The Prisoner of Shark Island, starring Warner Baxter and Gloria Stuart 

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March 6 brought onto the screen the famous Dionne Quintuplets for their first film, The Country Doctor. Being less than 2 years old at the time, it can be assumed that titular character Jean Hersholt did much of the acting.

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March 13's Song and Dance Man was misleadingly named. It starred Claire Trevor.

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March 20's Everybody's Old Man showcased writer Irvin S. Cobb in a dramatic acting role.

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Charlie Chan could find a mystery anywhere. On March 27, he found one At the Circus.

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That same day, George O'Brien became a Canadian mountie in the western O'Malley of the Mounted.

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April began with Jane Withers playing Booth Tarkington's Gentle Julia.

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The following week brought major stars Wallace Beery and Barbara Stanwyck in the war film A Message to Garcia.

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April 17 arrived bringing the latest with Shirley Temple, Captain January, with her blend of charm and cheer.

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April 24 closed the month on a quieter note with The Country Beyond with Rochelle Hudson.

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The May quartet started on the 1st with Under Two Flags, a romantic adventure epic with Ronald Colman, Claudette Colbert, Victor MacLachlan, and Rosalind Russell.

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Paul Cavanaugh played the gambler Champagne Charlie on May 8.

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The First Baby, the next May release, looks like a lost film. It only has this one cropped photo to show for it.

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May 22 brought Frances Dee in the comedy Half Angel opposite Brian Donlevy.

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June 5's Private Number was a remake in disguise. The earlier film, Secret Interlude, was much more risque allegedly. This one starred Robert Taylor, Loretta Young, Patsy Kelly, and Basil Rathbone. Despite the comic chops of Kelly, this film was a drama.

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On June 12, Jane Withers thought she was Little Miss Nobody (inferiority complex?) The drama also featured Jane Darwell, Ralph Morgan, Sara Haden, and Harry Carey Sr..

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Human Cargo was an action-suspense film about illegal trafficking and people out to stop it. Claire Trevor, Brian Donlevy, Ralph Morgan, and Rita Hayworth appeared.

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Sins of Men was a drama with that somber title. Jean Hersholt was the star, but Don Ameche played a double role.

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On June 26, The Crime of Doctor Forbers (as played by Robert Kent) was revealed. Gloria Stuart was by his side.

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Jack London's classic adventure White Fang came to the screen in July with Michael Whalen and Jean Muir.

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Then George O'Brien hit the oater trail again with The Border Patrolman.

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And the newly-renamed Jones family returned for their second homey outing in Educating Father.

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High Tension mixed comedy and drama, and Glenda Farrell and Brian Donlevy.

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And Shirley Temple had one of her best regarded hours with Poor Little Rich Girl, with Jack Haley, Alice Faye, and Gloria Stuart.

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36 Hours to Kill rounded off July. the thriller starred Brian Donlevy and Gloria Stuart, who seemingly had boundless reserves of energy given how often they appeared over the course of a month.

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To begin August, Myrna Loy came from MGM to Fox and Warner Baxter for To Mary with Love.

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and Charlie Chan, now finished with the circus, hit the Race track instead in Charlie Chan at the Race Track.

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Simone Simon came to America for the romantic Girls' Dormitory alongside Herbert Marshall and Ruth Chatterton. tyrone Power had a smaller part (though he would not have to settle for those much longer)

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Sing Baby Sing came with an Oscar nominated song and with Alice Faye, the Fox musical queen of the era, and Adolphe Menjou.

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August ended with Claire Trevor in a generation swap version of Lady for a Day known as Star for a Night. Jane Darwell played her mother.

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The cool breeze of September brought Howard Haws directing the war saga The Road for Glory with Fredric March, Warner Baxter, and Lionel Barrymore.

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And Jane Withers now felt better enough to have a name this time around: Pepper. Maybe the comedy lifted her spirits.

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The mounties returned, this time with Robert Kent, in King of the Royal Mounted.

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Continuing the air of deja vu, the Jones family returned in Back to Nature.

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September ended with the milestone of Fox's first 3-Strip Technicolor film. Ramona, based on a well regarded novel, was a Western Adventure Romance with Loretta Young and Don Ameche.

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October started with the PG Wodehouse comedy Thank You, Jeeves! with Arthur Treacher and David Niven.

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The Ladies in love in Ladies in Love were Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, Simone Simon, and Loretta Young. Don Ameche, Paul Lukas, Alan Mowbray,  and Tyrone Power were the men who were the objects of their affection.

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No need to guess who the star of the musical Dimples was. it was Shirley Temple. Frank Morgan played her grandfather.

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Pigskin Parade, another musical, was the first Fox film since the merger to receive a nomination at the Oscars for acting for Stuart Erwin. Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and Tony Martin were also involved.

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October closed with the thriller 15 Maiden Lane. Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero were the ones exploring it.

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November started the American directing career of Otto Preminger with a musical comedy (!), Under Your Spell with Lawrence Tibbitt and Wendy Barrie.

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Wild Brian Kent sent Ralph Bellamy and Mae Clarke (no grapefruits here) to the Wild Wild West.

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Can This be Dixie? asked Jane Withers and Slim Summerville in this musical comedy. the answer was yes. Deep south all the way.

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reunion was indeed a Reunion. It was a sequel to the year's earlier film The Country Doctor, and again had the same leads.
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Warner Baxter went on safari in the adventure White Hunter.

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And then came the gamechanger..... Lloyd's of London was the one TCF had been waiting for. A smash hit, a big film, a new major star in Tyrone Power, and plenty of prestige. This was the film that really cemented the newly reformed company as a major studio. it also starred Madeline Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew, Guy Standing, and C. Aubrey Smith in this sweeping epic.

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As such, December was a little anticlimatic but still supple. Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea inagurated the holiday season with the musical Banjo on My Knee. Buddy Ebsen and Walter Brennan were also present.

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Who was Laughing at Trouble? Jane Darwell, Allan Lane, Sara Haden, Margaret Hamilton, and John Carradine, that's who!

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The Career Woman was Claire Trevor. Given the number of films she was in in this year, that comes as no surprise!

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The Christmas Shirley temple film was Stowaway, a delightful and charming musical that paired her with Robert Young and Alice Faye. She even spoke a little Mandarin Chinese in this one.

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The final release of the year was One in a Million, which premied on New Year's Eve. It was Sonia Henie's debut to films after winning so many skating prizes.

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23 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

Am busy with another project today and do not have too much time, but this series will be back tomorrow with 1937.

No rush. Take your time and do it when you have the time and feel up to it. If you set too brisk a pace, then it begins to feel like an obligation.

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