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1937 Supporting Players are:

 

 

Best supporting actor

 

1) Erich von Stroheim - -La Grande Illusion

2) Sam Jaffe - - Lost Horizon

3) Ralph Bellamy - - The Awful Truth

4) John Barrymore - - True Confession

5) Alexander D'Darcy - - The Awful Truth

6) Alan Mowbray--Topper

7) Andy Devine - - A Star is Born

 

 

 

 

Best supporting actress

 

1) Cecil Cunningham - - The Awful Truth

2) Billie Burke -- Topper

3) May Robson--A Star is Born

4) Andrea Leeds- - Stage Door

5) Marjorie Main - - Dead End

6) Esther Dale - - The Awful Truth

7) Sophie Tucker - - Broadway Melody of 1938

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1937 Best Performances by Musical Performers

 

 

Singing

 

Best solo-- Judy Garland, Dear Mr. Gable - - Broadway Melody of 1938

 

2) Fred Astaire, They Can't Take that Away from Me, Shall We Dance?

3) Fred Astaire, They All Laughed, Shall We Dance?

4) Fred Astaire, A Foggy Day, A Damsel in Distress( Movie recommended for fun)

5) Sophie Tucker, Some of These Days, Broadway Melody of 1938

 

 

Best duet-- Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy--Will You Remember (Sweetheart)? Maytime

 

2) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Shall We Dance?

 

3) Ralph Bellamy and Irene Dunne, Home on the Range ( Kansas state song), The Awful Truth

 

4) Cary Grant and Asta, ?, The Awful Truth

 

 

Best Tap Dance-- Fred Astaire, I Can't Be Bothered Now-- A Damsel in Distress

 

Runner-up - - Eleanor Powell, Broadway Rhythm - - Broadway Melody of 1938

 

 

 

Best Musical Production Number--Czarita-- Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy-- Maytime

 

 

Best Comedy Musical Performance - - Joyce Compton - - My Dreams are Gone with the Wind-- The Awful Truth

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Apologia aux Doyennes- - For Best 1937 Performances

 

 

I have not seen Fire over England or Night Must Fall.

 

Considering how I feel about Flora Robson and Dame May Whitty, I must apologize for not having them at the top of my list. In as much as I know that their performances must have been superb, I can't include them because I've never seen them.

 

So I do have something to look forward to in the future.

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1937 Best Performances by Musical Performers

 

 

Singing

 

Best solo-- Judy Garland, Dear Mr. Gable - - Broadway Melody of 1938

 

2) Fred Astaire, They Can't Take that Away from Me, Shall We Dance?

3) Fred Astaire, They All Laughed, Shall We Dance?

4) Fred Astaire, A Foggy Day, A Damsel in Distress( Movie recommended for fun)

5) Sophie Tucker, Some of These Days, Broadway Melody of 1938

 

 

Best duet-- Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy--Will You Remember (Sweetheart)? Maytime

 

2) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, Shall We Dance?

 

3) Ralph Bellamy and Irene Dunne, Home on the Range ( Kansas state song), The Awful Truth

 

4) Cary Grant and Asta, ?, The Awful Truth

 

 

Best Tap Dance-- Fred Astaire, I Can't Be Bothered Now-- A Damsel in Distress

 

Runner-up - - Eleanor Powell, Broadway Rhythm - - Broadway Melody of 1938

 

 

 

Best Musical Production Number--Czarita-- Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy-- Maytime

 

 

Best Comedy Musical Performance - - Joyce Compton - - My Dreams are Gone with the Wind-- The Awful Truth

 

Yes, Princess it is the same dog in The Awful Truth as who portrayed Asta in the first few The Thin man movies - the dog's name was actually Skippy.  Eventually the dog was simply credited as Asta.

 

The last couple of films in the series was another dog and you can see this in the 'tricks" the dog did.  But that dog was called "Asta" as well.

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Yes, Princess it is the same dog in The Awful Truth as who portrayed Asta in the first few The Thin man movies - the dog's name was actually Skippy. Eventually the dog was simply credited as Asta.

 

The last couple of films in the series was another dog and you can see this in the 'tricks" the dog did. But that dog was called "Asta" as well.

GPF--

 

The question mark refers to the song not to the dog. I don't know the name of the song that Asta and Cary Grant were singing at the piano. In fact, I don't know if it's even a real song. But I think it was the best sequence in the entire movie.

 

So for two years in a row, Asta will be my Best Non-Human Actor and now ditto Musical Performer, as well.

 

His ball and mirror trick in The Awful Truth stole the show and, like every good performance should, advanced the plot!

 

Asta who plays the role of Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth, took that movie name after his great success in the Thin Man series. You can hear Cary Grant call him by his real name, Skippy, while he's imploring him to get in there and sing.

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GPF--

 

The question mark refers to the song not to the dog. I don't know the name of the song that Asta and Cary Grant were singing at the piano. In fact, I don't know if it's even a real song. But I think it was the best sequence in the entire movie.

 

So for two years in a row, Asta will be my Best Non-Human Actor and now ditto Musical Performer, as well.

 

His ball and mirror trick in The Awful Truth stole the show and, like every good performance should, advanced the plot!

 

Asta who plays the role of Mr. Smith in The Awful Truth, took that movie name after his great success in the Thin Man series. You can hear Cary Grant call him by his real name, Skippy, while he's imploring him to get in there and sing.

 

Okay, Princess.

 

Yes, I remember the scene well.  I misunderstood the ?

 

Fun movie.

 

The mirror aspect reminds me.....has that been mentioned in the mirror thread?

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The New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 1937 were:

 

Best Actor

Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola*

Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous

 

Best Actress

Great Garbo, Camille* (1936)

Katharine Hepburn, Stage Door

 
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My all-time favorite for 1937 is Stage Door (what a great ensemble)

 

Ginger Rogers

Katharine Hepburn

Lucille Ball

Adolphe Menjou

Eve Arden

Constance Collier

Jack Carson

Gail Patrick

Ann Miller

Andrea Leeds

 

*Apparently Ann Miller was only 14 years old at the time she was in this movie, but produced a fake birth certificate.*

 

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Here she is with Ginger Rogers. Amazing how she could hold her own at 14 years old with Ginger during the dance sequences.

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Aside from those who won Academy Awards for their performances this year, 1937 was an important year in the careers of a number of film actors.

 

Paul Muni

 

Perhaps the most critically esteemed actor in Hollywood at this time, he enjoyed the peak of his acclaimed status with the release of two of the biggest prestige productions of the year, The Life of Emile Zola (best picture winner, with an Oscar nomination for him) and, on loan to MGM,  The Good Earth.

 

Charles Boyer

 

Newly arrived in America and promoted as a smouldering romantic, with ze French accent, he proved this year that he could also play light hearted romantic comedy with both History Is Made at Night and Tovarich. And, on a dramatic level, he received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Napoleon in Conquest, a film which gave him the further distinction of being recognized as the only Garbo leading man who stole a film from her.

 

Ronald Colman

 

Still being presented as a screen romantic at age 46, Colman delivered two of his most memorable performances in two of the biggest hits of his career, both of them ranking among the films with which he is most associated today, Lost Horizon and The Prisoner of Zenda.

 

Cary Grant

 

With the releases this year of Topper and, in particular, The Awful Truth, both demonstrating his remarkable facility with romantic and screwball comedy, Grant would finally emerge as a star.

 

Irene Dunne

 

As a followup to the previous year's Theodora Goes Wild, The Awful Truth confirmed her ability as a superb screen comedienne. Prior to these two films she was largely known for soap operas. I've always thought it unfortunate that the actress appeared in so few comedies in her career.

 

Fredric March and William Wellman

 

This actor/director combination showed off their considerable versatility this year with two films that couldn't be much more contrasting, though both touched on the subject of fame, the Hollywood dramatics of A Star is Born and the screwballish satire Nothing Sacred. Star would be one of the great highlights of March's career, while Nothing Sacred showed him to be an unexpectedly skillful comedy performer, as well.

 

Carole Lombard

 

"The Queen of Screwball Comedy," Lombard had a very busy year. Aside from her most famous film of the year, Nothing Sacred, she also appeared in True Confession and Swing High, Swing Low. According to Wiki, she was the highest paid Hollywood star of the late '30s.

 

Jean Harlow

 

An unexpected farewell in June, 1937.

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Here are my choices of the 66 films I've seen from 1937 for…

 

Best Supporting Actress of 1937

 

1.  CLAIRE TREVOR (Francie), Dead End

2.  CONSTANCE COLLIER (Catherine Luther), Stage Door

3.  ISABELLE JEANS (Fermonde Dupont), Tovarich

4.  BILLIE BURKE (Henrietta Topper), Topper

5.  FAY BAINTER (Anita Cooper), Make Way For Tomorrow

 

6.  PHYLLIS KENNEDY (Hattie), Stage Door

7.  ESTHER DALE (Mrs. Leeson), The Awful Truth

8.  LUCILLE BALL (Judy Canfield), Stage Door

9.  GALE SONDERGAARD (Lucie Dreyfus), The Life of Emile Zola

10. EVE ARDEN (Eve), Stage Door

 

and...

 

ANITA LOUISE (Helene Dupont), Tovarich

VIVIEN LEIGH (Cynthia), Fire Over England

MARJORIE MAIN (Mrs. Martin), Dead End

MARY ASTOR (Antoinette de Mauban), The Prisoner of Zenda

FREHEL (Tania), Pepe Le Moko

MARGARET DUMONT (Emily Upjohn), A Day at the Races

UNA MERKEL (Fritzi O’Malley), Saratoga

FAY BAINTER (Susan Throssel), Quality Street

ALICE BRADY (Molly O'Leary), In Old Chicago

ERIN O’BRIEN-MOORE (Ruth Taylor), Black Legion

ANNE SHIRLEY (Laurel “Lolly” Dallas Grosvenor), Stella Dallas 

MERLE TOTTENHAM (Dora), Night Must Fall

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Toravich is a perfect example of what I mean when I say that Bogie and Lawrence mention obscure to me movies.

 

I have never heard of it.

 

Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer.  It's only obscure because of its poor circulation for some reason.

 

Elwy Yost's TVO Saturday Night at the Movies brought it to my attention.

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If you want a obscurity-- this is a obscurity- - in 1963 Vivien Leigh did a musical based on Tovarich. And apparently it was a Broadway hit.

 

So what is more obscure? The movie or the Broadway hit?

 

Well unless one can time travel I would say the Broadway hit.

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Toravich is a perfect example of what I mean when I say that Bogie and Lawrence mention obscure to me movies.

 

I have never heard of it.

 

Tovarich has been on TCM. I saw it on the channel, at a guess, around nine or ten years ago. I'm not certain if it's been on since then.

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If you want obscurity-- this is obscurity- - in 1963 Vivien Leigh did a musical based on Tovarich. And apparently it was a Broadway hit.

 

So what is more obscure? The movie or the Broadway hit?

 

By the way, the musical was called Tovarich.

 

The musical has a nice score. I worked with the composer and lyricist -- Lee Pockriss and Ann Croswell, on a project. They also wrote a musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest, called Ernest in Love, which is absolutely delightful. Btw Mr. Pockriss wrote many hit songs -- "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini;" "Johnny Angel," etc.

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NEXT CATEGORY:  1937 BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: (typically my shortest category)

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Lucille Ball in Stage Door

Joyce Compton in The Awful Truth

Mary Clare in Young and Innocent

Henrietta Crossman in Personal Property

Judy Garland in Broadway Melody of 1938

Molly Lamont in The Awful Truth

Ann Miller in Stage Door

Cora Witherspoon in Personal Property

Una O'Conner in Personal Property

 

 

WINNER:

 

Joyce Compton in The Awful Truth

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Here are Danny Peary’s Alternate Oscar choices for 1937.  Winners in bold. 

 

1937 Best Actor

Cary Grant, The Awful Truth* 

Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola

Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous

 

1937 Best Actress

Irene Dunne, The Awful Truth* 

Jean Arthur, Easy Living

Greta Garbo, Camille (1936)

Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born

Katharine Hepburn, Stage Door

Carole Lombard, Nothing Sacred

Anna Neagle, Victoria the Great

Ginger Rogers, Stage Door

 

 

And here are Michael Gerbert’s Golden Armchair choices for 1937:

 

Best Actor

Jean Gabin, Pepe Le Moko*

 

Best Actress

Ginger Rogers, Stage Door*

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Here are Danny Perry’s Alternate Oscar choices for 1937.  Winners in bold. 

 

1937 Best Actor

Cary Grant, The Awful Truth* 

Paul Muni, The Life of Emile Zola

Spencer Tracy, Captains Courageous

 

1937 Best Actress

Irene Dunne, The Awful Truth* 

Jean Arthur, Easy Living

Greta Garbo, Camille (1936)

Janet Gaynor, A Star Is Born

Katharine Hepburn, Stage Door

Carole Lombard, Nothing Sacred

Anna Neagle, Victoria the Great

Ginger Rogers, Stage Door

 

 

And here are Michael Gerbert’s Golden Armchair choices for 1937:

 

Best Actor

Jean Gabin, Pepe Le Moko*

 

Best Actress

Ginger Rogers, Stage Door*

 2 good books that I also own-(NOTE: but do you know if there's a (revised) edition of "Alt OSCARS?")

 

& this is easy for me anyway, *Spencer Tracy in "C. Courageous" & Garbo in "Camille"

& The Marx Bros. in "A Day at the Races"

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 2 good books that I also own-(NOTE: but do you know if there's a (revised) edition of "Alt OSCARS?")

 

 

 

I could not find a revised edition of Alternate Oscars online or on Amazon.  But I did find listings somewhere online for Peary's choices for 1992.  The book stops at 1991.

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Here are my choices of the 66 films I've seen from 1937 for…

 

Best Supporting Actor of 1937

 

1.  HUMPHREY BOGART (“Baby Face” Martin/”Marty”/”Johnson”), Dead End

2.  MELVILLE COOPER (Charles Dupont), Tovarich

3.  ERICH VON STROHEIM (Captain, later Major von Rauffenstein), Grand Illusion

4.  MARCEL DALIO (Lieutenant Rosenthal), Grand Illusion

5.  FERNAND CHARPIN (Regis), Pepe Le Moko

 

6.  RALPH BELLAMY (Daniel Leeson), The Awful Truth

7.  DONALD CRISP (Maitre Labori), The Life of Emile Zola

8.  JOSEPH SCHILDKRAUT (Capt. Alfred Dreyfus), The Life of Emile Zola

9.  THOMAS MITCHELL (Dr. Kersaint), The Hurricane

10. EDWARD EVERETT HORTON (Alexander P. Lovett/"Lovey"), Lost Horizon

 

and...

 

JOHN CLEMENTS (Poushkoff), Knight Without Armour

THOMAS MITCHELL (George Cooper), Make Way For Tomorrow

ADOLPHE MENJOU (Oliver Niles), A Star Is Born

LIONEL STANDER (Libby), A Star Is Born

HENRY WILCOXON (Lieutenant Stanley Tarryton), Souls at Sea

JOHN CARRADINE (“Long Jack”), Captains Courageous

THOMAS MITCHELL (Henry Barnard/"Barnie"/"Chalmers Bryant"), Lost Horizon

SATURNIN FABRE (“Grandfather”), Pepe Le Moko

ALEXANDER D’ARCY (Armand Duvalle), The Awful Truth

H.B. WARNER (Mr. Chang), Lost Horizon

ALLAN JEAYES (Machua Appa), Elephant Boy

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