Best History Movies of 1934

1.

The Scarlet Empress

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, C. Aubrey Smith, Gavin Gordon, Olive Tell, Ruthelma Stevens, Davison Clark, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1934-05-09
Best History Movies of 1934 : Nell Gwyn
2.

Nell Gwyn

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Moore Marriott, Jeanne De Casalis, Muriel George, Helena Pickard, Dorothy Robinson, Esme Percy, Miles Malleson, Craighall Sherry ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1934-08-01
Best History Movies of 1934 : The House of Rothschild
3.

The House of Rothschild

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews.

Starring: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Young, Arthur Byron, Helen Westley, Reginald Owen, Florence Arliss, Alan Mowbray ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1934-04-07
Best History Movies of 1934 : British Agent
4.

British Agent

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, William Gargan, Phillip Reed, Irving Pichel, Ivan F. Simpson, Halliwell Hobbes, J. Carrol Naish, Walter Byron, Cesar Romero ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1934-09-15
Best History Movies of 1934 : The Affairs of Cellini
5.

The Affairs of Cellini

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Starring: Fredric March, Constance Bennett, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray, Vince Barnett, Jessie Ralph, Louis Calhern, Paul Harvey, Lucille Ball, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1934-08-24
Best History Movies of 1934 : Jew Süss
6.

Jew Süss

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A historical satire critical of the rising tide of Anti-Semitism in Germany. Based on the novel by Lionel Feuchtwanger, Jew Süss is the story of life in the 18th century Jewish ghetto of Württemberg. Süss (Veidt) works himself out of the ghetto and into a position of power himself with the help of an evil Duke.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Benita Hume, Frank Vosper, Cedric Hardwicke, Gerald du Maurier, Paul Graetz ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1934-10-13
7.

Hail Columbia

1.3
5.7/10 IMDB

This short film provides highlights from American history, focusing on George Washington's farewell to the troops to the War of 1812.

Starring: John B. Kennedy ..
Release date: 1934-08-28
Best History Movies of 1934 : Operator 13
8.

Operator 13

0.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer.

Starring: Marion Davies, Gary Cooper, Jean Parker, Katharine Alexander, Ted Healy, Russell Hardie, Henry Wadsworth, Douglass Dumbrille, Willard Robertson, Fuzzy Knight ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1934-06-08

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