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A United Artists Retrospective Yearbook: 1934


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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.

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Constance Bennett was off to dancing in a notorious nightclub in Moulin Rouge.

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Palooka was one of the early films based on a comic strip

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Anna Sten starred in a version of the Emile Zola tale Nana. It was meant to make Sten into a star.

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Elizabeth Bergner became one of Russia's most famous rulers in The Rise of Catherine the Great.

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Spencer Tracy was robbing banks in Looking for Trouble.

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George Arliss, Loretta Young, Boris Karloff, and Robert Young were in The house of Rothschild, a best picture nominee concerning the famous banking family.

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Arliss was back again in The Last Gentleman, a comedy costarring the great Edna May Oliver.

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Loretta Young and Cary Grant were teamed for the pert and saucy Born to Be Bad.

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HB Warner was back again in the notorious Sorrell and Son.

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Ronald Colman returned to his Oscar-nominated role in Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

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Despite below the title billing, Frank Morgan received a leading actor nomination for The Affairs of Cellini.

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Robert Donat was off to be a swashbuckler in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Our Daily Bread by King Vidor is widely considered to be a landmark of independent cinema.

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Fredric March and Anna Sten took on Tolstoy in We live Again, which had its moments.

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Jack Benny, Gene Raymond, and Nancy Carroll were ready for a Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round

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Eddie Cantor had his best regarded film in Kid Millions

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The Private life of Don Juan was the last non-cameo appearance of Douglas Fairbanks.

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The Queen's Affair was a European-made saga of a Queen falling for the man who had deposed her.

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Wallace Beery closed the year by playing PT Barnum of circus fame.

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I've seen many of these titles and enjoyed them.

All the 20th Century Pictures are great-- especially THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD, BORN TO BE BAD and MOULIN ROUGE. MOULIN ROUGE has a very good supporting turn by Helen Westley who went on to make many films for Zanuck in the 30s.

PALOOKA's fun, with its charming comedy stars (Durante, Velez and Erwin). 

Elisabeth Bergner is appropriately great in THE RISE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT.

The Anna Sten movies were produced by Sam Goldwyn who would distribute many of his films through UA.

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  1. Catherine the Great: Bergner doesn't even approach Dietrich's grandeur in The Scarlet Empress, but Fairbanks is surprisingly touching and effective as Grand Duke Peter.
  2. Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back: Normally I like Charles Butterworth, but he drags down this film.
  3. The Affairs of Cellini: March is actually rather stiff, but Bennett and Morgan are fortunately adept at comedy.
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