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Your Favourite Performances from 1930 to present are...

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...and Una Merkel, my best supporting gal of the year. She got all the best lines in this one, as she so often did.

 

By the way, the alternate title for this film is All Women Are Bad. (Most of the film is about trying to find out whether this is so.)

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...and Una Merkel, my best supporting gal of the year. She got all the best lines in this one, as she so often did.

 

By the way, the alternate title for this film is All Women Are Bad. (Most of the film is about trying to find out whether this is so.)

 

They didn't need to make a movie to answer the question if all women are bad.    Just ask Nipkow.   :blink:

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Thanks for creating this thread, Bogie. While it's fun to pick your own favourite performances for a year, it can also be educational to see the feedback of others and find out what you've been missing. And, perhaps, start thinking it's time to see a few of those performances once again that have become vague memories.

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Thanks for creating this thread, Bogie. While it's fun to pick your own favourite performances for a year, it can also be educational to see the feedback of others and find out what you've been missing. And, perhaps, start thinking it's time to see a few of those performances once again that have become vague memories.

I agree there, Tom. The passage of time has definitely clouded my memory, and it's become more evident with these lists. For example, I posted my thoughts on THE GUARDSMAN, but I for the life of me can't picture either star's face in my mind. After your positive comments on the film, maybe I should rewatch it.

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I agree there, Tom. The passage of time has definitely clouded my memory, and it's become more evident with these lists. For example, I posted my thoughts on THE GUARDSMAN, but I for the life of me can't picture either star's face in my mind. After your positive comments on the film, maybe I should rewatch it.

 

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There you go, Lawrence, if that photo helps you, at all. Lynn Fontanne was not a conventional Hollywood beauty by any means, but, when I watched her in The Guardsman, I thought she had a sophisticated elegance, as well as intelligence, that made her most attractive to me.

 

Of course, if I appeared before her looking like Howard from Treasure of the Sierra Madre, I'm not at all certain that the attraction would be a mutual thing.

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It’s time for 1932

 

Here are Oscar’s choices for 1931-1932 and 1932-1933.  Winners in bold.  Remember, the Oscars did not have supporting awards this year.  We can correct that with all of your choices.  I have put ‘X’s’ beside the non 1932 films.  That done you can see that there was only one left from each category.

 

1931-1932 Oscars

 

Best Actor

 

Wallace Beery, The Champ*  X (31)

Fredric March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde*  X (31)

Alfred Lunt, The Guardsman  X (31)

 

Best Actress

 

Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet*  X (31)

Marie Dressler, Emma  

Lynn Fontaine, The Guardsman  X (31)

 

 

1932-1933 Oscars

 

Best Actor

 

Charles Laughton, The Private Life of Henry VIII*  X (33)

Leslie Howard, Berkeley Square  X (33)  

Paul Muni, I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

 

Best Actress

 

Katherine Hepburn, Morning Glory*  X (33)

May Robson, Lady For a Day  X (33)

Diana Wynyard, Cavalcade  X (33)

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1932 had a number of interesting films in diverse genres. Once again, I'm having trouble finding candidates for Supporting Actor, but let's start off with Best Supporting Actress. Despite the Rooney Mara Principle, whereby every actress in every film has been nominated in the supporting category, my executive decision is that Ann Dvorak is a lead actress in both THREE ON A MATCH and SCARFACE, which is why she is not mentioned here.

 

Second thoughts: Since Bogey has placed Ann in supporting categories, I'll follow his lead.

 

Best Supporting Actress for 1932:

 

Ann Dvorak, THREE ON A MATCH*

Ann Dvorak, SCARFACE

Aline MacMahon, ONE WAY PASSAGE

Anna May Wong, SHANGHAI EXPRESS

Bette Davis, SO BIG

Glenda Farrell, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG

Karen Morley, SCARFACE

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Kingrat,

Not that it makes any difference but I chose to put Ann Dvorak in the supporting category for both of those films. I would like to see them again though.

 

Here are my choices of the 55 films I've seen from 1932 for…

 

Best Supporting Actress of 1932

 

1.  ANN DVORAK (Cesca Camonte), Scarface: The Shame of a Nation

2.  MAY ROBSON (Mrs. Mary Walker), If I Had a Million

3.  ALISON SKIPWORTH (Emily La Rue), If I Had a Million

4.  ALINE MACMAHON (Nurse Bowers), Life Begins

5.  EVA MOORE (Rebecca Femm), The Old Dark House

 

6.  GENEVIEVE TOBIN (Mitzi Olivier/”Mitsi”), One Hour With You

7.  GLORIA STUART (Margaret Waverton), The Old Dark House

8.  ANN DVORAK (Vivian Revere), Three on a Match

9.  BEULAH BONDI (Mrs. Davidson), Rain

10. ANNA MAY WONG (Hui Fei), Shanghai Express

 

and ...

 

DOROTHY TREE (Rita), Life Begins

LILLIAN BOND (Irene Wilkins), Air Mail

 
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Bogey, I'll revise my post to match yours. Ann Dvorak is awfully good in both SCARFACE and THREE ON A MATCH. She also starred in 1932 in a film called THE STRANGE LOVE OF MOLLY LOUVAIN, which TCM has shown. Unfortunately, her career is not going to take off. She's terrific in a couple of  excellent 1947 films, THE LONG NIGHT and THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF BEL AMI, but neither is well known.

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It's probably not wise to provide my entire list this early before I see the suggestions made by other posters but who said I was wise? 1932 was a year particularly rich with fine and interesting performances, it seems to me. My picks are more or less in order, with the winner in bold. Here goes:

 

BEST ACTOR

 

Paul Muni, I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG

Paul Muni, SCARFACE (First Place Tie)

Lionel Barrymore,GRAND HOTEL

John Barrymore, GRAND HOTEL

Herbert Marshall, TROUBLE IN PARADISE

 

Honourable Mention:

 

Charles Laughton in Payment Deferred, Charles Laughton in Island of Lost Souls, Maurice Chevalier in Love Me Tonight, John Gilbert in Downstairs, James Cagney in Taxi, Warren William in Skyscrapper Souls, Maurice Chevalier in One Hour With You, Lee Tracy in Blessed Event, John Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement, William Powell in Jewel Robbery, William Powell in Lawyer Man, John Barrymore in State's Attorney, Warren William in The Mouthpiece.

 

BEST ACTRESS

 

Joan Crawford, GRAND HOTEL

Miriam Hopkins, TROUBLE IN PARADISE

Jean Harlow, RED DUST

Clara Bow, CALL ME SAVAGE

Jeanette MacDonald, LOVE ME TONIGHT

 

Honourable Mention:

 

Jean Harlow in Red Headed Woman, Katharine Hepburn in A Bill of Divorcement, Joan Blondell in Lawyer Man, Zita Johann in The Mummy, Joan Blondell in Make Me A Star.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

 

Charles Laughton, SIGN OF THE CROSS

Lionel Barrymore, ARSENE LUPIN

Adolphe Menjou, A FAREWELL TO ARMS

Paul Lukas, DOWNSTAIRS

Charlie Ruggles, LOVE ME TONIGHT

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 

Ann Dvorak, SCARFACE

Claudette Colbert, SIGN OF THE CROSS

Ann Dvorak, THREE ON A MATCH

May Robson, IF I HAD A MILLION

Mary Astor, RED DUST

 

Honourable Mention:

 

Genevieve Tobin in One Hour With You, Billie Burke in A Bill of Divorcement, Eva Moore in The Old Dark House

 

SPECIAL COMEDY SHORTS PERFORMANCE AWARD

 

Laurel & Hardy, The Music Box

Billy Gilbert, The Music Box

 

SPECIAL IT SURE IS A LOT OF FUN TO WATCH AWARD

 

Bela Lugosi, White Zombie

Leslie Banks, The Most Dangerous Game

Boris Karloff, The Mummy

Boris Karloff, Mask of Fu Manchu

Olga Baclanova, Freaks

Myrna Loy, Thirteen Women

Marlene Dietrich, Shanghai Express

Bela Lugosi, Chandu the Magician

W. C. Fields, Million Dollar Legs

Charles Laughton, Devil and the Deep

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​Best Performances of 1932

 

 

Best Actor

Charles Laughton  Island of Lost Souls

Paul Muni  I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang **

Paul Muni  Scarface

Raimu  Fanny

Michel Simon  Boudou Saved from Drowning

 

Best Actress

Joan Crawford  Rain **

Marlene Dietrich  Shanghai Express

Marie Dressler  Emma

Greta Garbo  Grand Hotel

Jean Harlow  Red Dust

 

Best Supporting Actor

Leslie Banks  The Most Dangerous Game ** 

Lionel Barrymore  Grand Hotel

Guy Kibbe  Winner Take All

Adolphe Menjou  A Farewell to Arms

Charles Ruggles  Love Me Tonight

 

Best Supporting Actress

Beulah Bondi  Rain

Joan Crawford  Grand Hotel

Ann Dvorak  Scarface  **

Myrna Loy  The Mask of Fu Manchu

Eva Moore  The Old Dark House

 

Best Juvenile

Dickie Moore  Winner Take All

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Thanks Bogie. I really tossed back and forth on the two Paul Muni performances then just called it a draw. They're such contrasting performances, too. I think he might be at his most sincere and powerful (ultimately poignant- that ending!) in Fugitive. But at the same time he was never more fun to watch than as Scarface.

 

Speaking of fun, that's why I came up with that last list. How can you not make same kind of mention of such an array of really fun performances all in one year. Leslie Banks, for example, rubbing the scar on his forehead, as Count Zaroff in Most Dangerous Game is an irrestible hoot, no matter how much ham may be there. All those "fun" performances have given me so much pleasure over the years, just as much, if not more, than some of the performances to which I gave awards.

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Ann Dvorak has gone 4 for 4 with us for Best Supporting Actress for Scarface.  Even if the Oscars had the supporting category there is no telling if she would have won.

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I think this was possibly Muni's year with both Scarface and Chain Gang.  I know he had success in some of the bigger Warners bio pics a few years later but these two films were grittier.

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Ann Dvorak has gone 4 for 4 with us for Best Supporting Actress for Scarface.  Even if the Oscars had the supporting category there is no telling if she would have won.

Hi, I just want to say before I start posting my choices with each category separately, that I will break that 4 fo 4.  My choice will be someone who likely would never win in that era.

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Okay, first may I say that I'm not a Scarface fan.  It is well done, but I prefer Muni's other film much better.

 

So glad allowed to have same people mentioned multiple times in the same category with this list.  I'm a big Barrymore family fan. :)

 

BEST ACTOR:

 

John Barrymore in Grand Hotel

Lionel Barrymore in Grand Hotel

Wallace Beery in Grand Hotel

Gary Cooper in Farewell to Arms

Clark Gable in Red Dust

William Powell in Jewel Robbery

Charles Laughton in Payment Deferred

Herbert Marshall in Blonde Venus

Chester Morris in Red-Headed Womsn

Paul Muni in I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan the Ape Man

 

 

Winner:

 

Lionel Barrymore for Grand Hotel

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I think Paul Muni made a career mistake when he didn't insist on doing leading man roles as well as the biopics. He had the looks to play romantic leads, and I prefer him in contemporary roles.

 

My Best Actor list will look very much like Tom's, especially at the top. Tom also mentioned someone I had left out of the supporting actor considerations. The Special Thanks category is a great idea.

 

And how could I have left out Mary Astor in RED DUST?

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

 

John Barrymore in Rasputin and the Empress

Lionel Barrymore in Arsine Lupin

Donald Crisp in Red Dust

Cary Grant in Blonde Venus

Preston Foster in I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Jean Hersholt in Grand Hotel

Walter Huston in Rain

Boris Karloff as The Mummy

Lewis Stone in Grand Hotel 

 

Winner: Lewis Stone for Grand Hotel

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Since my Juvenile winner is also male, I'll post my choice before moving on to the actresses:

 

Dickie Moore for Blonde Venus.

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BEST ACTRESS:

 

Ethel Barrymore for Rasputin and the Empress

Joan Crawford in Grand Hotel

Marlene Dietrich for Shanghai Express

Irene Dunne for Back Street

Glenda Farell for I am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Kay Francis for Jewel Robbery

Greta Garbo for Grand Hotel

Jean Harlow for Red Dust

Jean Harlow for Red-Headed Woman

Helen Hayes for Farewell to Arms

Maureen O'Sullivan for Tarzan the Ape Man

 

WINNER: Greta Garbo for Grand Hotel

 

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And finally, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

 

Mary Astor in Red Dust

Ann Dvorak in Scarface

Myrna Loy in The Mask of Fu Manchu

Una Merkel in Red Headed Woman

May Robson in Red Headed Woman

Anna Mae Wong for Shanghai Express

 

WINNER:  Anna Mae Wong for Shanghai Express

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1932 - Once again, winners felt impossible and pointless to choose. They, as well as all nominees, are based entirely on bias because that's the only way this feels fair to me, (otherwise I'm just grasping at smoke.)

Actor

Lionel Barrymore - Grand Hotel***
Stuart Erwin - Make Me a Star
Walter Huston - Kongo
Edmund Lowe - Chandu the Magician (inclusion is slightly ironic)
Paul Muni - I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
Paul Muni - Scarface

Actress

Olga Baclanova - Freaks
Virginia Bruce - Kongo
Joan Crawford - Grand Hotel
Ann Dvorak - Scarface
Ann Dvorak - Three on a Match
Jean Harlow - Red-Headed Woman***
Edna May Oliver - Penguin Pool Murder

Supporting Actor
 
Leslie Banks (the hunter) - The Most Dangerous Game
Edgar Kennedy (the warden) - Hold 'Em Jail
Bela Lugosi (Roxor) - Chandu the Magician
Zeppo Marx (the reactor) - Horse Feathers***
Warner Oland (a suspicious character) - Shanghai Express

Supporting Actress
 
Olga Baclanova (the Baroness) - Downstairs
Glenda Farrell (the no-good dame) - I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang***
Aline MacMahon (a sympathetic gal) - One Way Passage
Vivienne Osborne (the ex-wife) - The Dark Horse
Thelma Todd (the universal girlfriend) - Horse Feathers
Anna May Wong (the companion) - Shanghai Express
 

Best Synergy

Groucho Marx and Zeppo Marx - Horse Feathers
Chico Marx and Harpo Marx - Horse Feathers
Edna May Oliver and James Gleason - Penguin Pool Murder
Roland Young and Charlie Ruggles - This Is the Night***

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Kay, I like your Best Synergy category. You also reminded me how effective Virginia Bruce was in Kongo and Edna May Oliver, well, she always puts on a good show.

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Kay, I like your Best Synergy category. You also reminded me how effective Virginia Bruce was in Kongo and Edna May Oliver, well, she always puts on a good show.

 

Yeah, Edna May Oliver could take up permanent residence in these lists, and so would the Marx brothers if I let them.

 

"Best Synergy" I feel could almost be a real Oscar category. Roland Young and Charlie Ruggles are such a great team they will be showing up again later in this context- and winning again, too.

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