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  1. Miriam Hopkins and Gertrude Lawrence vied for Sebastian Shaw in the fierce Men are Not Gods, which also gave a push to Rex Harrison's career. Several Brits needed to attend to some unfinished business in India in Troopship. Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney made for a tragic pair of outlaws in love in Fritz Lang's brilliant You Only Live Once. Roland Young starred as The Man Who Could Work Miracles, a comedy written by HG Welles. Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison, both early in their careers, appeared in Storm in a Teacup, a romantic comedy. leigh was back again in the historical drama Fire Over England involving the great London fire. Flora Robson played the queen; Lawrence Olivier, Robert Newton, and Raymond Massey were also involved. Charles Boyer and Jean Arthur were a wonderful pair in History is Made at Night, a cross between romance, comedy, drama, and disaster film. Somehow, it worked. Sabu made his debut in the adventure Elephant Boy. Ann Harding and Basil Rathbone appeared in the Agatha Christie adaptation Love from a Stranger. A remake would appear just a few years later with Sylvia Sidney. The first official version of A Star is Born was my personal favorite. The tried-and-true tale was luminously enacted by Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, both of whom were Oscar nominated. Miriam Hopkins was after Joel McCrea in Woman Chases Man Elizabeth Bergner appeared in Dreaming lips, the saga of an illicit affair and its dreadful repercussions. Douglas Fairbanks Jr was a cat burgler whose ideas of love were shattered in When Thief Meets Thief (foreign-language poster here) Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett found themselves falling for one another in the fashion industry in Vogues of 1938 (actually a 1937 film) Conrad Veight and Vivien Leigh were spies in love in Dark Journey Robert Donat was out to save hostage Marlene Dietrich in Knight Without Armor Barbara Stanwyck obtained one of her signature roles in the affecting Stella Dallas, a wonderful film. Both she and Anne Shirley were Oscar nominated for it. Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, and Claire Trevor (not to mention the Dead End Kids) were trapped in the slums in Dead End. Ronald Colman starred in The Prisoner of Zenda, one of the screen's best swashbucklers. Stand-In was a lampoon of Hollywood with Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell, and Humphrey Bogart. This sounds most intriguing. Dorothy Lamour and her sarongs shot to stardom following the release of The Hurricane, a classic disaster film with Jon hall, Mary Astor, C Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond Massey, and John Carradine Murder on Diamond Row was a crime saga from England. Ian Hunter starred in 52nd Street, a musical Carole Lombard made her only film in color with Nothing Sacred, a gleefully wicked satire filled with one delicious joke after another. Fredric March was the male lead, with Walter Connelly making an impact as a newspaper editor named Oliver Stone!
  2. Ann Harding was the lead in Gallant Lady, playing a woman who hoped to obtain custody of the child she had to put up for adoption following the passing of the foster mother. Constance Bennett was off to dancing in a notorious nightclub in Moulin Rouge. Palooka was one of the early films based on a comic strip Anna Sten starred in a version of the Emile Zola tale Nana. It was meant to make Sten into a star. Elizabeth Bergner became one of Russia's most famous rulers in The Rise of Catherine the Great. Spencer Tracy was robbing banks in Looking for Trouble. George Arliss, Loretta Young, Boris Karloff, and Robert Young were in The house of Rothschild, a best picture nominee concerning the famous banking family. Arliss was back again in The Last Gentleman, a comedy costarring the great Edna May Oliver. Loretta Young and Cary Grant were teamed for the pert and saucy Born to Be Bad. HB Warner was back again in the notorious Sorrell and Son. Ronald Colman returned to his Oscar-nominated role in Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Despite below the title billing, Frank Morgan received a leading actor nomination for The Affairs of Cellini. Robert Donat was off to be a swashbuckler in The Count of Monte Cristo. Our Daily Bread by King Vidor is widely considered to be a landmark of independent cinema. Fredric March and Anna Sten took on Tolstoy in We live Again, which had its moments. Jack Benny, Gene Raymond, and Nancy Carroll were ready for a Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round Eddie Cantor had his best regarded film in Kid Millions The Private life of Don Juan was the last non-cameo appearance of Douglas Fairbanks. The Queen's Affair was a European-made saga of a Queen falling for the man who had deposed her. Wallace Beery closed the year by playing PT Barnum of circus fame. hollywoodhistoryinpictures.wordpress.com/blog-feed/
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