Best Action Movies of 1936

1.

Anthony Adverse

3.5
6.3/10 IMDB

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and falls for the beautiful Angela Giuseppe. When circumstances separate Anthony and Angela and he embarks on a long journey, he must find his way back to her, no matter what the cost.

Starring: Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods, Anita Louise, Edmund Gwenn, Claude Rains, Louis Hayward, Gale Sondergaard, Steffi Duna, Billy Mauch ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1936-08-29
Best Action Movies of 1936 : The General Died at Dawn
2.

The General Died at Dawn

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Akim Tamiroff, Madeleine Carroll, Porter Hall, Dudley Digges, William Frawley, J. M. Kerrigan, Philip Ahn, Leonid Kinskey, Willie Fung ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1936-09-02
Best Action Movies of 1936 : The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
3.

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A well-established tale of a long-running feud between two mountain clans. The features of this production were the new three-strip Technicolor process showing the outdoor Californian settings and an energetic young cast. It is said that Li'l Abner was based on Henry Fonda's performance.

Starring: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Fred Stone, Nigel Bruce, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat, George McFarland, Fuzzy Knight, Fred MacMurray ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1936-03-13
Best Action Movies of 1936 : The Bold Caballero
4.

The Bold Caballero

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Heather Angel, Sig Ruman, Ian Wolfe, Robert Warwick, Emily Fitzroy, Charles Stevens, Walter Long, Ferdinand Munier, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: Wells Root
Release date: 1936-12-01
Best Action Movies of 1936 : Fugitive in the Sky
5.

Fugitive in the Sky

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is on the trail of a criminal, decides to go along to get a story.

Starring: Jean Muir, Warren Hull, John Litel, Carlyle Moore Jr., Louise Stanley, Lillian Harmer, Gordon Oliver, Howard Phillips, Wini Shaw, Mary Treen ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1936-11-28
Best Action Movies of 1936 : Winds of the Wasteland
6.

Winds of the Wasteland

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract.

Starring: John Wayne, Phyllis Cerf, Lew Kelly, Douglas Cosgrove, Lane Chandler, Sam Flint, Bob Kortman, Ed Cassidy, Jon Hall, Yakima Canutt ..
Directed by: Mack V. Wright
Release date: 1936-07-06
Best Action Movies of 1936 : Roaming Lady
7.

Roaming Lady

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Joyce Reid (Fay Wray), a wealthy young debutante, stows away on a cargo ship to China, carrying as passengers her dashing aviator sweetheart, Dan Bailey (Ralph Bellamy) and and her munitions-producing father, E. J. Reid (Thurston Hall) and an assortment of the usual south-seas characters along with some orientals with varying agendas...and some plot-lines straight out of "Terry and the Pirates." The cargo included a shipment of bombs and machine guns. She soon finds herself being held hostage by some wily orientals who will free her only if dashing Dan agrees to pilot a bombing plane for some Chinese bandits.

Starring: Fay Wray, Ralph Bellamy, Thurston Hall, Edward Gargan, Roger Imhof, Paul Guilfoyle, Tetsu Komai, Arthur Rankin, Gene Morgan, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1936-05-02
Best Action Movies of 1936 : Rocket Ship
8.

Rocket Ship

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1936 movie serial of the same name, with altered music scoring, released outside the USA only until 1950.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Frank Shannon, Richard Alexander, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, Theodore Lorch, James Pierce, Earl Askam ..
Directed by: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1936-01-01
Best Action Movies of 1936 : Captain Calamity
9.

Captain Calamity

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

A South Seas skipper fights off thieves and pirates who are after a lost treasure.

Starring: George Houston, Marian Nixon, Vince Barnett, Crane Wilbur, Juan Torena, Movita, Roy D'Arcy, George J. Lewis, Margaret Irving, Louis Natheaux ..
Directed by: John Reinhardt
Release date: 1936-11-28
10.

Tarzan Escapes

0.0
6.7/10 IMDB

White hunter Captain Fry tries to take Tarzan back to civilization, caged for public display. He arrives in the jungle with Jane's cousins, Eric and Rita who want Jane's help in claiming a fortune left her.

Starring: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Buckler, Benita Hume, William Henry, Herbert Mundin, E.E. Clive, Darby Jones ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe, John Farrow, James C. McKay, George B. Seitz, William A. Wellman
Release date: 1936-11-06

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