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A United Artists Retrospective Scrapbook: 1935


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it should be said up front that a few of these films this year are from the company known as 20th Century. Some of them have already been included in the first Fox installment, but I am including them here because technically, UA still handled them.

Ronald Colman started the year in the biopic Clive of India.

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Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey were the leads in the classic adventure The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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Merle was back again with Charles Boyer in another adventure, Battle in the East.

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and even more Merle! This time she was in a musical with Maurice Chevalier and Ann Sothern.

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Gary Cooper and Anna Sten appeared in the tragic The Wedding Night which won a directing prize for King Vidor at the Venice Film Festival

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Fredric March and Charles Laughton scored a triumph with Les Miserables.

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George Arliss then returned as Cardinal Richielieu

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Richard Arlen and Virginia Bruce starred in Let Em Have It, a gangster saga.

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Elizabeth Bergner starred in the romantic melodrama Escape Me Never, later remade at WB in 1947.

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Anna Neagle was Nell Gwenn and Cedric Hardwicke was King Charles II, her secret love. Well, not so secret anymore.

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Paul Robeson starred in the much acclaimed Sanders of the River.

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Clark Gable and Loretta Young starred in a very entertaining (if loose) version of Jack London's Call of the Wild.

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Look who's back again! It's Merle Oberon, in her only Oscar nominated role; The Dark Angel. This superior romantic melodrama is deeply felt and is overall entrancing.

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Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Young were trying to outwit some Communists in Red Salute.

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Miriam Hopkins was a female cardsharp in Barbary Coast. it had its moments.

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The Melody Lingers On looks to be a lost film.

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Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea were in love in Splendor, costarring Billie Burke and David Niven.

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Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Gertrude Lawrence starred in the romance Mimi

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And Brewster's Millions was a British take of the much filmed tale

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  1. Les Miserables - the first version of the story that I ever saw, and still my favorite
  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel
  3. Barbary Coast
  4. The Wedding Night
  5. Sanders of the River
  6. Call of the Wild

 

I've also seen Clive of IndiaEscape Me NeverThe Dark Angel, and Red Salute.

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So many great ones this year-- mostly because we're looking at output from Zanuck and Goldwyn, both producers were making top-grade independent "A" films.

The Arliss film, CARDINAL RICHELIEU, was his lat American effort. But he would make four more in Britain, and they're all gems. 

Likewise, Chevalier left Hollywood after FOLIES BERGERE DE PARIS and returned to European films. 

I think THE WEDDING NIGHT might be favorite from this overall group. Though I also think THE DARK ANGEL is well made, and so is LES MISERABLES.

I've never seen the Stanwyck-Young picture.

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