Best History Movies of 1937

1.

The Edge of the World

3.9
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.

The Life of Emile Zola

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.

Starring: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien-Moore, John Litel, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1937-10-02
4.

Conquest

3.5
6.5/10 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
5.

Fire Over England

3.3
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
6.

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 poses 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
7.

The Firefly

2.9
6.8/10 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
8.

The Soldier and the Lady

2.8
6.1/10 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
9.

Decathlon Champion: The Story of Glenn Morris

2.8
6.6/10 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
10.

The Emperor's Candlesticks

2.7
6.5/10 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 : The Toast of New York
11.

The Toast of New York

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

After the American Civil War, Jim Fisk, a former peddler and cotton smuggler, arrives in New York, along with his partners Nick and Luke, where he struggles to make his way through the treacherous world of Wall Street's financial markets.

Starring: Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer, Jack Oakie, Donald Meek, Thelma Leeds, Clarence Kolb, Billy Gilbert, Dudley Clements, Dewey Robinson ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1937-07-22
Best History Movies of 1937 : Romance of Radium
12.

Romance of Radium

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Romance of Radium is a 1937 American short film directed by Jacques Tourneur, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This short film tells the story of the discovery of radium and how it is used in medicine. In 1937, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (One-Reel) at the 10th Academy Awards

Starring: Pete Smith, Margaret Bert, André Cheron, James Conaty, Eddie Hart, Emmett Vogan ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1937-10-23
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Outcasts of Poker Flat
13.

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

The 1937 film version of Bret Harte's story, starring Preston Foster.

Starring: Preston Foster, Van Heflin, Virginia Weidler, Jean Muir, Margaret Irving, Si Jenks, Dick Elliott, Al St. John, Bradley Page, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1937-04-16
Best History Movies of 1937 : The King Without a Crown
14.

The King Without a Crown

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

This short explores the possibility that Louis XVII, son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, escaped death during the French Revolution and was raised by Indians in America.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Scotty Beckett, John Burton, Doris Lloyd, Leonard Mudie, Zeffie Tilbury ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1937-10-09
Best History Movies of 1937 : Romance of Louisiana
15.

Romance of Louisiana

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A short historical drama about the Louisiana Purchase.

Starring: Addison Richards, Erville Alderson, Suzanne Kaaren, Ian Wolfe, Alphonse Ethier, Henry Hall, Jack Mower, Ted Osborne ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1937-07-08
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Man in the Barn
16.

The Man in the Barn

2.5
6.2/10 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 : Victoria the Great
17.

Victoria the Great

2.5
6.3/10 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.

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 : Wells Fargo
18.

Wells Fargo

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

In the 1840s, Ramsey MacKay, the driver for the struggling Wells Fargo mail and freight company, will secure an important contract if he delivers fresh oysters to Buffalo from New York City. When he rescues Justine Pryor and her mother, who are stranded in a broken wagon on his route, he doesn't let them slow him down and gives the ladies an exhilirating ride into Buffalo. He arrives in time to obtain the contract and is then sent by company president Henry Wells to St. Louis to establish a branch office.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Bob Burns, Frances Dee, Lloyd Nolan, Henry O'Neill, Mary Nash, Ralph Morgan, Johnny Mack Brown, Porter Hall, Jack Clark ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1937-12-31
Best History Movies of 1937 : The Vicar of Bray
19.

The Vicar of Bray

2.4
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 : Parnell
20.

Parnell

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) struggles to free his country from English rule, but his relationship with married Katie O'Shea threatens to ruin all his dreams of freedom.

Starring: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn, Alan Marshal, Donald Crisp, Billie Burke, Berton Churchill, Donald Meek, Montagu Love ..
Directed by: John M. Stahl
Release date: 1937-06-04
21.

Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States is a 1937 short directed by Edward Cahn.

Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1937-03-20
Best History Movies of 1937 : Candid Cameramaniacs
22.

Candid Cameramaniacs

1.4
5.9/10 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
Best History Movies of 1937 : Song of Revolt
23.

Song of Revolt

1.4
5.7/10 IMDB

This MGM Tabloid Musical short tells the story of how France's national anthem, "La Marseillaise", came to be written during the French Revolution.

Starring: Leon Ames, Frank Austin, Barbara Bedford, Harry Cording, Karl Hackett, Mary Howard, Edward Keane, Mitchell Lewis, Claire McDowell, Louis Mercier ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1937-05-29
Best History Movies of 1937 : Heroes of the Alamo
24.

Heroes of the Alamo

1.4
5.7/10 IMDB

In early spring of 1833, the smoldering resentment of American settlers in Texas against their oppression by Mexico dictator General Santa Anna/Ana coming to a head. When a decree is issued that no more Americans may enter Texas, William H. Wharton, fiery head of a faction determined on independence or nothing, warns Stephen F. Austin that the time for half-measures is past. Austin, responsible for bringing the Americans to Texas as colonists, reminds Wharton that a settler's revolt against Mexico would dishonor his name and the arrangements he had with the Mexican government. He gets the "Whartonites" to agree to a general convention of all colonists. Almerian Dickinson, biggest land owner in the settlement of Gonzales, deeply in love with his wife Anne, warns Wharton that a bloody revolt would endanger every wife and mother in the colony. He proposes they send Austin to Mexico City to ask Santa Anna to grant Texans a voice in their own government.

Starring: Earle Hodgins, Lane Chandler, Roger Williams, Rex Lease, Jack C. Smith, Bruce Warren, Ruth Findlay, Lee Valanios, Edward Peil Sr., Julian Rivero ..
Directed by: Harry L. Fraser
Release date: 1937-08-07
Best History Movies of 1937 : Under Strange Flags
25.

Under Strange Flags

1.2
4.8/10 IMDB

Not quite a western, not quite a historical drama, Under Strange Flags is a little bit of both, and a lot of former RKO Radio cowboy hero Tom Keene. The star is cast as Tom Kenyon, a roving adventurer in Mexico during the Revolution. Hoping to protect the silver mine owned by heroine Dolores De Vargas (Luana Walters), Tom receives unexpected assistance from none other than rebel leader Pancho Villa (Maurice Black).

Starring: Tom Keene, Luana Walters, Budd Buster, Maurice Black, Paul Sutton, Roy D'Arcy, Paul Barrett ..
Directed by: Irvin Willat
Release date: 1937-04-11

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