Best History Movies of 1932


The Sign of the Cross


After burning Rome, Emperor Nero decides to blame the Christians, and issues the edict that they are all to be caught and sent to the arena. Two old Christians are caught, and about to be hauled off, when Marcus, the highest military official in Rome, comes upon them. When he sees their stepdaughter Mercia, he instantly falls in love with her and frees them. Marcus pursues Mercia, which gets him into trouble with Emperor (for being easy on Christians) and with the Empress, who loves him and is jealous.

Starring: Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton, Ian Keith
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1932-11-30

Rasputin and the Empress


The story of corrupt, power-hungry, manipulative Grigori Rasputin's influence on members of the Russian Imperial family and others, and what resulted.

Starring: Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan, John Barrymore, Diana Wynyard
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1932-12-23

The Lost Squadron

The Lost Squadron
When World War I comes to an end, three pilots find themselves on hard times. They wind up in Hollywood, where they work as stunt fliers for a sadistic director.
Starring: Richard Dix, Mary Astor, Robert Armstrong, Dorothy Jordan, Joel McCrea
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1932-03-12

Scarlet Dawn


During the Russian Revolution, a young nobleman and his peasant maid flee from their homeland to Constantinople where they marry and begin a challenging new life.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Nancy Carroll, Lilyan Tashman, Guy Kibbee, Sheila Terry
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1932-11-12

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