Best History Movies of 1937

1.

The Edge of the World

3.8
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
2.

The Good Earth

3.7
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 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
3.

Conquest

3.5
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, May Whitty, Maria Ouspenskaya, C. Henry Gordon, Claude Gillingwater ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown, Gustav Machatý
Release date: 1937-10-22
4.

Fire Over England

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, British sea raiders such as Sir Francis Drake regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World.

Starring: Flora Robson, Raymond Massey, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Morton Selten, Tamara Desni, Lyn Harding, George Thirlwell, Henry Oscar ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1937-03-05
Best History Movies of 1937 : Knight Without Armour
5.

Knight Without Armour

3.3
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
6.

The Firefly

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions toward Spain. She is sent to Bayonne, France to gather military secrets. Prior to this, she meets, Don Diego while performing at a club. Unknown to her, Don Diego is actually Captain Andre, who is sent to Spain to spy on her. While in France, Nina discovers Diego's true identity, only after she has fallen in love with him. Nina Maria outwits her potential captors and returns to Spain, and goes into hiding. Napoleon's troops invade Spain, resulting in Nina's capture. In a strange twist of fate, Nina and Captain Andre are reunited, but, the 2 nations are now at war... Written by Kelly

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Allan Jones, Warren William, Billy Gilbert, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Leonard Penn, Tom Rutherford, Belle Mitchell, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1937-11-05
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Soldier and the Lady
7.

The Soldier and the Lady

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

In the face of rebellion in Russia, Czar Alexander II sends soldier Michael Strogoff 2,000 miles away, with a critical message for Grand Duke Vladimir. On the train journey, Michael befriends a traveler and comes into contact with a mysterious spy, who both unexpectedly aid him in his quest. Once behind enemy lines, Michael is near his hometown and his mother, whom he must avoid in order to fulfill his mission.

Starring: Adolf Wohlbrück, Elizabeth Allan, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Fay Bainter, Edward Brophy, Eric Blore, Paul Guilfoyle, William Stack, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: George Nichols Jr.
Release date: 1937-04-09
8.

Decathlon Champion: The Story of Glenn Morris

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

This Pete Smith Specialty tells how Glenn Morris trained for and won the 1936 Olympic decathlon event.

Starring: Glenn Morris ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1937-11-20
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Emperor's Candlesticks
9.

The Emperor's Candlesticks

2.7
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 : Romance of Radium
10.

Romance of Radium

2.6
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

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