Best History Movies of 1937


The Man in the Barn

6.3/10 IMDB

After John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, he escaped to Maryland and was discovered hiding in a barn. After he refused to surrender, the barn was set afire and Booth died in the blaze. However, in 1903 a Mr. David E. George, while on his deathbed in Enid, Oklahoma, claimed to be John Wilkes Booth. This MGM An Historical Mystery series short presents evidence of the possibility that Mr. George's claim was true.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Ernie Adams, Erville Alderson, Virginia Brissac, Philo McCullough, Douglas Wood ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1937-11-20
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Emperor's Candlesticks

The Emperor's Candlesticks

6.6/10 IMDB

Spies on opposite sides fall in love in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Starring: William Powell, Luise Rainer, Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Henry Stephenson, Bernadene Hayes, Donald Kirke, Douglass Dumbrille, Charles Waldron ..
Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Release date: 1937-07-02
Best History Movies of 1937 : Victoria the Great

Victoria the Great

6.4/10 IMDB

The film biography of Queen Victoria focussing initially on the early years of her reign with her marriage to Prince Albert and her subsequent rule after Albert's death in 1861. The film was released in the year of King George VI's coronation, which was also the centennial of Victoria's own accession to the throne.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Adolf Wohlbrück, Walter Rilla, H.B. Warner, Mary Morris, James Dale, Felix Aylmer, Charles Carson, Gordon McLeod, C.V. France ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1937-09-01
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Vicar of Bray

The Vicar of Bray

5.4/10 IMDB

The Vicar of Bray is a satirical description of an individual fundamentally changing his principles to remain in ecclesiastical office as external requirements change around him. The religious upheavals in England from 1533 to 1559 and from 1633 to 1715 made it almost impossible for any individual to comply with the successive religious requirements of the state.

Starring: Stanley Holloway, Hugh Miller, K. Hamilton Price, Felix Aylmer, Margaret Vines, Garry Marsh, Esmond Knight, Martin Walker, Eve Gray, Kitty Kirwan ..
Directed by: Henry Edwards
Release date: 1937-05-09
Best History Movies of 1937 : Candid Cameramaniacs

Candid Cameramaniacs

6.0/10 IMDB

Short comedic subject on the history of photography from the daguerrotype to modern amateur photographers.

Starring: Bobby Caldwell, Leonid Kinskey, Gwen Lee, Pete Smith ..
Directed by: Hal Yates
Release date: 1937-12-11

The Good Earth

7.5/10 IMDB

China, during the rule of the Qing Dynasty. The arranged marriage between Wang Lung, a humble farmer, and O-Lan, a domestic slave, will endure the many hardships of life over the years; but the many temptations of a fragile prosperity will endanger their love and the survival of their entire family…

Starring: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, Jessie Ralph, Soo Yong, Keye Luke, Roland Lui, Suzanna Kim ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, Sam Wood
Release date: 1937-06-02
Best History Movies of 1937 : Knight Without Armour

Knight Without Armour

6.8/10 IMDB

British agent working in Russia is forced to remain longer than planned once the revolution begins. After being released from prison in Siberia he posses as a Russian Commissar. Because of his position among the revolutionaries he is able to rescue a Russian countess from the Bolsheviks.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Robert Donat, Irene Vanbrugh, Herbert Lomas, Austin Trevor, Basil Gill, David Tree, John Clements, Frederick Culley, Laurence Hanray ..
Directed by: Jacques Feyder
Release date: 1937-07-23
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World

7.3/10 IMDB

A way of life is dying on a Shetland island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.

Starring: John Laurie, Belle Chrystall, Eric Berry, Kitty Kirwan, Finlay Currie, Niall MacGinnis, Grant Sutherland, Campbell Robson, George Summers, Michael Powell ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1937-09-10
Best History Movies of 1937 : Romance of Radium

Romance of Radium

6.3/10 IMDB

This short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine.

Starring: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, André Cheron, James Conaty, Eddie Hart, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1937-10-23


6.6/10 IMDB

A polish countess dispatched by her country to become Napoleon Bonaparte's mistress at the urging of Polish leaders, who feel she might influence him to make Poland independent.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer, Reginald Owen, Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson, Leif Erickson, Dame May Whitty, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Henry Gordon, Claude Gillingwater ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown, Gustav Machatý
Release date: 1937-10-22

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