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"I am no man. I am Beddini!"

 

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"For the woman, the kiss.

For the man, the sword!"

 

Speaking of swords, according to IMBd Erik Rhodes "idolized" Douglas Fairbanks.

 

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Here are my choices of the 65 films I've seen from 1935 for…

 

Best Actress of 1935

 

1.  GRETA GARBO (Anna Karenina), Anna Karenina

2.  BETTE DAVIS (Joyce Heath), Dangerous

3.  CAROLE LOMBARD (Regi Allen), Hands Across the Table

4.  KATHARINE HEPBURN (Alice Adams), Alice Adams

5.  MERLE OBERON (Kitty), The Dark Angel

 

6.  MIRIAM HOPKINS (Phyllis Manning Lorrimore), Splendor

7.  MADELEINE CARROLL (Pamela), The 39 Steps

8.  MAE WEST (Cleo Borden), Goin' to Town

9.  CLAIRE TREVOR (Betty McWade Carter), Dante’s Inferno

10. JEANETTE MACDONALD (Princess Marie de Namours de la Bonfain/”Marietta Franini”), Naughty Marietta

 

and...

 

ELISABETH BERGNER (Gemma Jones), Escape Me Never

ELIZABETH ALLAN (Lucie Manette Darnay), A Tale of Two Cities

MIRIAM HOPKINS (Mary Rutledge/”Swan”), Barbary Coast

JEAN ARTHUR (Joan Hawthorne), If You Could Only Cook

FRANCES DRAKE (Yvonne Orlac), Mad Love

ANN HARDING (Mrs. Lotty Wilkins), Enchanted April

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I just saw Becky Sharp  for the first time tonight, Lawrence.

 

 

Here are my choices for Best Actress from 1935.

 

Again ignore alphabet:

 

 

 

BEST ACTRESS 1935

 

Jean Arthur in The Whole Town's Talking

Madeleine Carroll in The 39 Steps

Joan Crawford in No More Ladies

Bette Davis in Dangerous

Bette Davis in Special Agent

Olivia DeHaviland in Captain Blood

Irene Dunne in Roberta

Jean Harlow in China Seas

Katherine Hepburn in Alice Adams

Miriam Hopkins in Splendor

Carole Lombard in Hands Across the Table

Merle Oberon in The Dark Angel

Eleanor Powell in Broadway Melody of 1936

Ginger Rogers in Top Hat

Ginger Rogers in Roberta

Barbara Stanwyck in Annie Oakley

 

 

WINNER:

 

 

MERLE OBERON IN THE DARK ANGEL

 

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And here are my choices of the 65 films I've seen from 1935 for…

 

Best Actor of 1935

 

1.  THE MARX BROTHERS: Groucho (Otis B. Driftwood), Chico  (Fiorello), Harpo (Tommasso), A Night at the Opera

2.  VICTOR MCLAGLEN (“King” Gypo Nolan), The Informer

3.  BORIS KARLOFF (“The Monster”), The Bride of Frankenstein

4.  CLARK GABLE (Master's Mate, Fletcher Christian), Mutiny on the Bounty

5.  PETER LORRE (Dr. Gogol/”Rollo”), Mad Love

 

6.  FRANCHOT TONE (Midshipman Roger Byam), Mutiny on the Bounty

7.  FREDRIC MARCH (Jean Valjean/”2906”/”the jack”/”Mayor Madeleine”/Champmathieu/ ”old man”), Les Miserables

8. ROBERT DONAT (Richard Hannay/”Hammond”/”Captain Fraser”/"Henry Hopkinson”), The 39 Steps

9. CHARLES LAUGHTON (Capt. William Bligh), Mutiny on the Bounty

10. CHARLES LAUGHTON ("Colonel" Marmaduke "Bill" Ruggles), Ruggles of Red Gap

 

and...

 

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (Arthur Ferguson Jones/’Killer’ Mannion), The Whole Town’s Talking

GARY COOPER (Lieutenant Alan McGregor),The Lives of a Bengal Lancer

SPENCER TRACY (Steve Gray), The Murder Man

JAMES CAGNEY (James “Brick” Davis), G-Men

FREDRIC MARCH (Count Vronsky), Anna Karenina

W.C. FIELDS (Ambrose Wolfinger), Man on the Flying Trapeze

CLARK GABLE (Alan Gaskell), China Seas

WALLACE BEERY  (Jamesy MacArdle), China Seas

FRED MACMURRAY (Theodore Drew III), Hands Across the Table

SPENCER TRACY (Jim Carter), Dante’s Inferno

CLAUDE RAINS (John Jasper/“Mr. Horridge”), The Mystery of Edwin Drood

HUGH SINCLAIR (Sebastian Sanger), Escape Me Never

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BEST ACTOR OF 1935:

 

 

Fred Astaire in Top Hat

Fred Astaire in Roberta

Freddie Bartholomew in David Copperfield

George Brent in Special Agent

Jack Benny in The Broadway Melody of 1936

Robert Donat in the 39 Steps

Clark Gable in Mutiny on the Bounty

Clark Gable in China Seas

Errol Flynn in Captain Blood

Charles Laughton in Ruggles of Red Gap

Charles laughton in Mutiny on the Bounty

Charles Laughton in Les Miserables

Peter lorre in Crime and Punishment

Fred MacMarray in Hands Across the Table

Frederic March in The Dark Angel

Frederic March in Les Misterables

Herbert Marshall in The Dark Angel

Joel McCrea in Splendor

Robert Montgomery in No More Ladies

Victor McLaglen in The Informer

Edward G. Robinson in The Whole Town's Talking

 

 

 

Another hard decision;

 

 

WINNER:

 

 

PETER LORRE IN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

 

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Here is my generous helping of unseen titles listed by the other participants:

 

 

Ah, Wilderness!

Anna Karenina

Annie Oakley

Black Sheep

Curly Top

The Devil Is a Woman

Enchanted April

The Ghost Goes West

Goin' to Town

Hands Across the Table

Harmony Lane

If You Could Only Cook

Kind Lady

La Kermesse Heroique

The Little Colonel

Man On the Flying Trapeze

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

No More Ladies

Oil for the Lamps of China

Peter Ibbetson

Roberta

She

Splendor

 

 

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MY PARTIAL LIST OF TO-SEE 1935 MOVIES:  these interest me the most:

 

 

 

(too long to list all):

 

 

Oil lamps of China

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Black Sheep

The Devil is a Woman

The Ghost Goes West

Harmony Lane

If You Could Only Cook

Goin' to Town

The Man on the Flying Trapeze

Peter Ibbestson

Dante's Inferno

Barbary Coast

Enchanted April

La Kermesse  Heroique

 

 

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Best Actor in a character and/or supporting role of 1935

 

1) Ernest Thesiger-- the Bride of Frankenstein

2) W.C.Fields-- David Copperfield

3) Edward Everett Horton-- top hat

4) Eric Blore-- top hat

5) Lewis Stone-- China Seas

 

All actors are movies from my top ten list I'm not aware of any duplications.

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Honorable Mentions of 1935

 

Movies

 

The Gilded Lily

Mutiny on the Bounty

A Night at the Opera

Captain Blood

Annie Oakley

She

 

Directors

 

Mitchell Leisen

Robert Z Leonard

Tay Garnett

 

 

Actresses

 

Jeanette MacDonald

Olivia de Havilland

Barbara Stanwyck

 

Actors

 

Fred Astaire

Errol Flynn

Fred MacMurray

Colin Clive

 

 

Supporting Players

 

Jessie Ralph

 

Erik Rhodes

Roland Young

Wylie Watson-- Mr. Memory

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Addendum-- Favorite Film of 1935 - - Top Hat

 

Performance I'd most like to see of 1935

Louis Jouvet in La Kermesse Héroïque

 

Most critically acclaimed movies that I have never seen of 1935--

 

The Informer

Crime and Punishment

Anna Karenina

Dante's Inferno

 

Most disappointing films that I've seen of 1935

 

If you could only cook

Broadway Melody of 1936

Dangerous

Alice Adams

Gold Diggers of 1935

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Best Actress in a character and/ or supporting role of 1935

 

1) Edna May Oliver

2) Helen Broderick

3) Elsa Lanchester

4) Una O'Connor

5) Hattie McDaniel

 

P of T, maybe for 1936 you could attach the name of the film for your acting choices.  It will help us zero in on the particular performances in specific films.

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Here are the films from 1935 that were mentioned that I have not seen as yet.  Not quite as bad as previous years.

 

Ah, Wilderness with Spring Byington

Becky Sharp with Miriam Hopkins

Black Fury with Paul Muni

Black Sheep with Claire Trevor

Crime and Punishment with Peter Lorre, Edward Arnold and Mrs. Patrick Campbell

The Devil Is a Woman with Marlene Dietrich and Cesar Romero

Dr. Socrates with Paul Muni

The Good Fairy with Margaret Sullavan

Harmony Lane with Douglass Montgomery and Evelyn Venable

No More Ladies with Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery

Oil For the Lamps of China with Josephine Hutchinson and Jean Muir

Peter Ibbetson with Ann Harding

Roberta with Irene Dunne and Fred Astaire

Special Agent with Bette Davis and George Brent

 

And I would like to see these again …

 

Alice Adams for Ann Shoemaker, Hattie McDaniel and Fred Stone

The Dark Angel for Janet Beecher

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer for Guy Standing

Splendor for Billie Burke and Katherine Alexander

A Tale of Two Cities for Henry B. Walthall and Edna May Oliver

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The films of 1935 mentioned on this thread that I have yet to see:

 

Escape Ne Never

Harmony Lane

La Kermesse Heroique (Carnival in Flanders)

Dr. Socrates

Black Sheep

Enchanted April

Splendor

If You Could Only Cook

No More Ladies

 

1935 films that  are vague memories:

 

Private Worlds

Becky Sharp

Roberta

Littlest Rebel

Ah Wilderness

Dangerous

Barbary Coast

Black Fury

Kind Lady

Goin' to Town

 

Special Mention: Actor of the Year

 

Charles Laughton

 

This is a different category from Best Actor, in my opinion, since that is just dealing with a single performance. In the case of Laughton, though, his three 1935 films and performances were all so remarkable that I think he deserves this special accolade.

 

Not only was it a year in which he gave, in my opinion, two of the year's strongest dramatic performances in Mutiny on the Bounty and Les Miserables, but he also demonstrated his range even further by his delightful comedy turn in Ruggles of Red Gap.

 

Laughton had the best run of films in his career throughout the 1930s, but 1935 stands out, in my opinion, as a particularly memorable year for this English acting giant.

 

 

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P of T, maybe for 1936 you could attach the name of the film for your acting choices.  It will help us zero in on the particular performances in specific films.

 

 

Yes, Princess.  One of the reasons Bogie started this thread is to alert each other to wonderful performances which we have missed.

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Honorable Mentions:

 

Best Supporting Actress:

 

Una Merkel in The Night Is Young

Rosalind Russell in The Night Is Young

 

Biggest Non-Threat to Jeanette MacDonald--Evelyn Laye in The Night is Young

 

Best Equine Performance--Mitzi in The Night Is Young

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With Charles Laughton winning TomJH's award as Actor of the Year for 1935, I'll belatedly suggest that the winner for 1934 should be Claudette Colbert. Not only did she win an Oscar and become a major star in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, she was in two other films which were also nominated for Best Picture: IMITATION OF LIFE and CLEOPATRA.

 

Screwball comedy, mother/daughter soap opera, historical picture: three very different genres.

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