Best History Movies of 1936


The Prisoner of Shark Island

7.2/10 IMDB

After healing the leg of the murderer John Wilkes Booth, responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, perpetrated on April 14, 1865, during a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington; Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, considered part of the atrocious conspiracy, is sentenced to life imprisonment and sent to the sinister Shark Island Prison.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, O. P. Heggie, Harry Carey, Francis Ford, John McGuire, Francis McDonald, Douglas Wood ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1936-02-28

The Story of Louis Pasteur

7.3/10 IMDB

A true story about Louis Pasteur, who revolutionized medicine by proving that much disease is caused by microbes, that sanitation is paramount and that at least some diseases can be cured by vaccinations.

Starring: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods, Fritz Leiber, Henry O'Neill, Porter Hall, Raymond Brown, Akim Tamiroff, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1936-02-22

Lloyd's of London

7.0/10 IMDB

Norfolk, England, 1770. The nephew of an innkeeper and the son of a reverend maintain a very close friendship until, after living a great adventure, they must separate their paths. The former will head his footsteps to London and bound his destiny to Lloyd's, a thriving insurance company; the latter will eventually become one of the greatest heroes in the history of the British Empire.

Starring: Freddie Bartholomew, Madeleine Carroll, Guy Standing, Tyrone Power, C. Aubrey Smith, Virginia Field, Douglas Scott, George Sanders, J. M. Kerrigan, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1936-11-25

Mary of Scotland

6.3/10 IMDB

The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton, John Carradine, Robert Barrat, Gavin Muir, Ian Keith, Moroni Olsen, William Stack ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1936-07-28
Best History Movies of 1936 : The Plainsman

The Plainsman

6.8/10 IMDB

Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill go up against Indians and a gunrunner.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Helen Burgess, Porter Hall, Paul Harvey, Victor Varconi, John Miljan, Frank McGlynn Sr. ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1936-11-16

The Last of the Mohicans

6.7/10 IMDB

The story is set in the British province of New York during the French and Indian War, and concerns—in part—a Huron massacre (with passive French acquiescence) of between 500 to 1,500 Anglo-American troops, who had honorably surrendered at Fort William Henry, plus some women and servants; the kidnapping of two sisters, daughters of the British commander; and their rescue by the last Mohicans.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot, Heather Angel, Phillip Reed, Robert Barrat, Hugh Buckler, Willard Robertson, William Stack ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1936-07-02
Best History Movies of 1936 : Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

6.5/10 IMDB

The tragic story of Lady Jane Grey, the young queen who reigned in England for nine days before she was executed.

Starring: Nova Pilbeam, Cedric Hardwicke, John Mills, Felix Aylmer, Leslie Perrins, Frank Cellier, Desmond Tester, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Martita Hunt, Miles Malleson ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1936-09-01

The White Angel

6.6/10 IMDB

In mid-nineteenth century England the medical establishment does not recognize the value of skilled nurses, cleanliness, nutrition and kindness. Florence Nightingale's heroic measures slowly changes all of this.

Starring: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, Henry O'Neill, Billy Mauch, Charles Croker-King, Phoebe Foster, George Curzon ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1936-06-25
Best History Movies of 1936 : Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

5.8/10 IMDB

It is England in the 1830s. London's dockside is teeming with ships and sailors who have made their fortune in foreign lands. Sweeney Todd, a Fleet Street barber, awaits the arrival of men whose first port of call is for a good, close shave. For most it will be the last time they are seen alive. Using a specially designed barber's chair, Sweeney Todd despatches his victims to the cellar below, where he robs them of their new found fortunes and chops their remains into small pieces. Meanwhile, Mrs Lovett is enjoying a roaring trade for her popular penny meat pies.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer, Eve Lister, Bruce Seton, D.J. Williams, Davina Craig, Jerry Verno, Graham Soutten, Billy Holland ..
Directed by: George King
Release date: 1936-03-01
Best History Movies of 1936 : A Woman Rebels

A Woman Rebels

6.4/10 IMDB

A Victorian-era woman struggles to break free of the moral codes established by society and enforced by her father.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Herbert Marshall, Elizabeth Allan, Donald Crisp, Doris Dudley, David Manners, Lucile Watson, Van Heflin, George Davis, Leonard Carey ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1936-11-06
Best History Movies of 1936 : The Gorgeous Hussy

The Gorgeous Hussy

5.6/10 IMDB

It's the early nineteenth century Washington. Young adult Margaret O'Neal, Peggy to most that know her, is the daughter of Major William O'Neal, who is the innkeeper of the establishment where most out-of-town politicians and military men stay when they're in Washington. Peggy is pretty and politically aware. She is courted by several of those politicians and military men who all want to marry her, except for the one with who she is truly in love.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone, Melvyn Douglas, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi, Alison Skipworth, Louis Calhern, Melville Cooper ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1936-08-28
Best History Movies of 1936 : Give Me Liberty

Give Me Liberty

6.1/10 IMDB

Patrick Henry's rousing speech before the Virginia legislature argues for colonial independence.

Starring: John Litel, Nedda Harrigan, Carlyle Moore Jr., Robert Warwick, George Irving, Boyd Irwin, Gordon Hart, Myrtle Stedman, Ted Osborne, Jesse Graves ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1936-12-19

Rhodes of Africa

5.6/10 IMDB

Rhodes of Africa is a 1936 British biographical film charting the life of Cecil Rhodes. It was directed by Berthold Viertel and starred Walter Huston, Oskar Homolka, Basil Sydney and Bernard Lee.

Starring: Walter Huston, Oskar Homolka, Basil Sydney, Peggy Ashcroft, Frank Cellier, Renee De Vaux, Bernard Lee, Percy Parsons, Lewis Casson, Ndaniso Kumala ..
Directed by: Berthold Viertel
Release date: 1936-06-30
Best History Movies of 1936 : The Cardinal

The Cardinal

5.8/10 IMDB

Set in 15th-century Italy, The Cardinal stars Matheson Lang as one Cardinal de Medici. Bound by the rules of the confessional, the cardinal is unable to disclose the multitude of sins revealed to him by one of his most influential parishioners. De Medici's dilemma is compounded by the fact that the confessor has committed a murder for which the Cardinal's brother has been arrested. The basic plot gimmick was good for another go-round in the 1953 Hitchcock flick I Confess. This 7-reel British film was based on a play by Louis N. Parker.

Starring: Matheson Lang, Eric Portman, Robert Atkins, O.B. Clarence, Douglas Jefferies, F.B.J. Sharp, Wilfred Fletcher, A. Bromley Davenport, Rayner Barton, Edgar K. Bruce ..
Directed by: Sinclair Hill
Release date: 1936-01-04
Best History Movies of 1936 : Master Will Shakespeare

Master Will Shakespeare

5.6/10 IMDB

A short biography of William Shakespeare that highlights the various jobs he worked at in the theater.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Lionel Belmore, Francis X. Bushman Jr., Charles Coleman, John George, Anthony Kemble-Cooper, Harry Wilson, Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1936-06-13
Best History Movies of 1936 : Robin Hood of El Dorado

Robin Hood of El Dorado

5.9/10 IMDB

In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin Murrieta revenges the death of his wife against the four Americans who killed her and is branded an outlaw. The reward for his capture is increased as he subsequently kills the men who brutally murder his brother. Joining with bandit Three Fingered Jack, Murrieta raises an army of disaffected Mexicans and goes on a rampage against the Americans, finally forcing his erstwhile friend, Bill Warren, to lead a posse against him.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot, Margo, J. Carrol Naish, Soledad Jiménez, Carlos De Valdez, Eric Linden, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Trowbridge ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1936-03-17
Best History Movies of 1936 : Whom the Gods Love: The Original Story of Mozart and His Wife

Whom the Gods Love: The Original Story of Mozart and His Wife

5.6/10 IMDB

Mozart biopic.

Starring: Stephen Haggard, Victoria Hopper, John Loder, Jean Cadell, Hubert Harben, Frederick Leister, Marie Lohr, Laurence Hanray, Deidre Gale, Pat Fitzpatrick ..
Directed by: Basil Dean
Release date: 1936-02-22
Best History Movies of 1936 : Hearts in Bondage

Hearts in Bondage

5.6/10 IMDB

Best friends Kenneth Reynolds and Raymond Jordan are U.S. Navy officers, and Kenneth is engaged to Raymond's sister. But the eruption of the Civil War divides them, as Raymond stands by his native Virginia while Kenneth remains on duty as a Northern officer. Kenneth's uncle, John Ericsson, designs a new kind of ship, an ironclad he calls the Monitor. Eventually the war pits Kenneth, on board the Monitor, against his friend Raymond, serving aboard the South's own ironclad, the Merrimac (as it is called here). A naval battle ensues, one that will go down in history.

Starring: James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners, Charlotte Henry, Henry B. Walthall, Fritz Leiber, George Irving, Smiley Burnette ..
Directed by: Lew Ayres
Release date: 1936-05-26
Best History Movies of 1936 : Hearts Divided

Hearts Divided

6.1/10 IMDB

Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother, visiting the United States, falls madly in love with a young woman he meets in Baltimore.

Starring: Marion Davies, Dick Powell, Claude Rains, Beulah Bondi, Henry Stephenson, Clara Blandick, Charles Ruggles, Edward Everett Horton, Arthur Treacher, George Irving ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1936-06-20
Best History Movies of 1936 : Cavalcade of the West

Cavalcade of the West

5.2/10 IMDB

Two brothers are separated when young. One becomes the pony express rider Clint Knox and the other the outlaw Ace Carter.

Starring: Rex Lease, Hoot Gibson, Marion Shilling, Adam Goodman, Nina Guilbert, Earl Dwire, Phil Dunham, Robert McKenzie, Steve Clark ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser
Release date: 1936-10-01

Spy of Napoleon

6.9/10 IMDB

Exiled French patriot helps to find the men who want to betray emperor Napoleon III by selling military secrets to the German government.

Starring: Richard Barthelmess, Dolly Haas, Frank Vosper, Francis L. Sullivan, Joyce Bland ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1936-09-09
Best History Movies of 1936 : The Glory Trail

The Glory Trail

5.1/10 IMDB

It's just after the Civil War and Captain Morgan and his confederate soldiers are establishing a town on the Bozeman trail. Colonel Strong and his union men are at the nearby fort. Things are peaceful until Riley has the Indians attack a union wagon train and leave a confederate sword at the scene.

Starring: Tom Keene, Joan Barclay, James Bush, Frank Melton, Etta McDaniel, E.H. Calvert, Walter Long, Ann Hovey, William Royle, Allen Greer ..
Directed by: Lynn Shores
Release date: 1936-09-25
Best History Movies of 1936 : The Conquest of the Air

The Conquest of the Air

6.3/10 IMDB

This early docudrama uses dramatic re-enactment, working models of early flying machines, and archival footage to trace man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930's.

Starring: Frederick Culley, Laurence Olivier, Franklin Dyall, Henry Victor, Hay Petrie, John Turnbull, Charles Lefeaux, Bryan Powley, Alan Wheatley, John Abbott ..
Directed by: Alexander Esway, Zoltan Korda, John Monk Saunders
Release date: 1936-12-01

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