Best History Movies of 1938


The Adventures of Robin Hood

7.9/10 IMDB

Robin Hood fights nobly for justice against the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne while striving to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marian.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter, Una O'Connor ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Release date: 1938-05-13

Marie Antoinette

7.3/10 IMDB

The young Austrian princess Marie Antoinette is arranged to marry Louis XVI, future king of France, in a politically advantageous marriage for the rival countries. The opulent Marie indulges in various whims and flirtations. When Louis XV passes and Louis XVI ascends the French throne, his queen's extravagant lifestyle earns the hatred of the French people, who despise her Austrian heritage.

Starring: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley, Anita Louise, Joseph Schildkraut, Gladys George, Henry Daniell, Henry Stephenson, Scotty Beckett ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1938-08-26
Best History Movies of 1938 : If I Were King

If I Were King

7.1/10 IMDB

King Louis XI masquerades as a commoner in Paris, seeking out the treachery he is sure lurks in his kingdom. At a local tavern, he overhears the brash poet François Villon extolling why he would be a better king. Annoyed yet intrigued, the King bestows on Villon the title of Grand Constable. Soon Villon begins work and falls for a lovely lady-in-waiting, but then must flee execution when the King turns on him.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew, C. V. France, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Thatcher, Stanley Ridges, Bruce Lester, Alma Lloyd ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1938-09-28
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

6.6/10 IMDB

French pirate Jean Lafitte rescues a girl and joins the War of 1812.

Starring: Fredric March, Franziska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Walter Brennan, Ian Keith, Anthony Quinn, Douglass Dumbrille, Beulah Bondi, Robert Barrat ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1938-02-04

Gold Is Where You Find It

6.1/10 IMDB

Colonel Ferris, a wealthy farmer in northern California, is strongly opposed to hydraulic mining, a new method developed during the gold rush of the 1870's, which is flooding the area's prosperous farmlands. Despite Ferris' political stance, Jared Whitney, a mining engineer from the East, becomes friends with the colonel's son Lance and falls in love with his daughter Serena. Family tensions deepen when the colonel's brother Ralph gives up farming to go to San Francisco to work for his wife Rosanna's father, Harrison McCooey, a leader in the mining venture. When Lance follows Ralph, the colonel, focusing his anger on Jared, forbids him to see Serena.

Starring: George Brent, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Marcia Ralston, Barton MacLane, Tim Holt, Sidney Toler, Henry O'Neill ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1938-02-12
Best History Movies of 1938 : Sixty Glorious Years

Sixty Glorious Years

6.3/10 IMDB

Continuing the story of 'Victoria the Great'.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Adolf Wohlbrück, Walter Rilla, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Carson, Felix Aylmer, Lewis Casson, Pamela Standish, Gordon McLeod, Henry Hallett ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1938-11-18
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Face Behind the Mask

The Face Behind the Mask

6.2/10 IMDB

This dramatized short film describes the historical mystery of France's "man in the iron mask". King Louis XIV imprisoned a man who was never identified, but who was forced to wear an iron mask for the length of his captivity, which ended only in his death. Several candidates for the identity of the man are investigated.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Carlos De Valdez, Jack Deery, Ivo Henderson, Mary Howard, George W. Jimenez, Edward Keane, Michael Mark, Andre Marsaudon, Thomas R. Mills ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-03-19
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Challenge

The Challenge

6.2/10 IMDB

Dramatization of the first climbing of the Matterhorn in 1865.

Starring: Robert Douglas, Luis Trenker, Joan Gardner, Frank Birch, Geoffrey Wardwell, Moran Caplat, Lyonel Watts, Mary Clare, Fred Groves, Laurence Baskcomb ..
Directed by: Milton Rosmer, Luis Trenker
Release date: 1938-09-14
Best History Movies of 1938 : Yellow Jack

Yellow Jack

6.3/10 IMDB

A fairly accurate historical account of Walter Reed's search for the cause of "Yellow Jack" or Yellow Fever and those who risked their lives in the pursuit.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Virginia Bruce, Lewis Stone, Andy Devine, Henry Hull, Charles Coburn, Buddy Ebsen, Henry O'Neill, Janet Beecher, William Henry ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1938-05-19
Best History Movies of 1938 : Suez


6.6/10 IMDB

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella, J. Edward Bromberg, Joseph Schildkraut, Henry Stephenson, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Moscovitch, Sig Ruman, Nigel Bruce ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1938-10-28
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Great Heart

The Great Heart

6.1/10 IMDB

This short film tells the true story of the heroic sacrifice of Father Damien, the Belgian priest who suffered a living death in order to bring hope and God's comfort to the lepers confined on the Hawaiian island of Molokai.

Starring: Tom Neal, Carey Wilson ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1938-12-31
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

5.9/10 IMDB

This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware who in the summer of 1776 cast the deciding vote, at the meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

Starring: John Litel, Ted Osborne, Rosella Towne, Richard Bond, Owen King, Lionel Belmore, Sidney Bracey, Tom Chatterton, Hal Craig, Henry Hall ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1938-11-26
Best History Movies of 1938 : We're Going to Be Rich

We're Going to Be Rich

6.2/10 IMDB

A perpetual dreamer talks his wife into moving with him from their home in Australia to South Africa, where he hopes to discover gold and finally become wealthy.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Gracie Fields, Brian Donlevy, Coral Browne, Ted Smith, Gus McNaughton, Charles Carson, Syd Crossley ..
Directed by: Monty Banks
Release date: 1938-07-03

Captain Kidd's Treasure

5.5/10 IMDB

In this short, a modern-day promoter tries to sell a man the idea of searching for Captain Kidd's buried treasure, claiming he has the original map. A flashback reveals that Kidd was known to be a pirate and also to have had a commission from William III at one time, which instructed him to act as a unit of the British Navy. What became of the fabulous treasure Kidd took from the ship "Kedah Merchant".

Starring: Stanley Andrews, Wade Boteler, James Dime, Leslie Fenton, Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian, Charles Irwin, Edward LeSaint, Jack Roper, Charles Sullivan, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1938-01-22
Best History Movies of 1938 : Strange Glory

Strange Glory

5.6/10 IMDB

During the American Civil War, General Ulysses Grant carries out the 'Tennessee Plan,' which involves stopping the Confederate supply line on the Tennessee River. This proved to be a vital action for the North in its push south...

Starring: Carey Wilson, Fay Helm, Frank McGlynn Sr., Addison Richards, Byron Foulger, Jack Grey, Charles K. French ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1938-07-01

Bravest of the Brave

6.5/10 IMDB

This short film looks at the life of Michel Ney, who fought at Napoleon's side and was made a Marshall of France.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Sergei Arabeloff, John Burton, Lita Chevret, Barry Downing, Rex Downing ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1938-08-06

The Story of Doctor Carver

6.8/10 IMDB

The story of Dr. George Washington Carver (1864-1943), black educator and horticulturist. He is perhaps most well known for developing over 140 products from all parts of the peanut plant, including the shells and husks. He also developed products based on sweet potatoes and soybeans, and developed a cotton hybrid that was named after him.

Starring: Jesse Graves ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1938-06-18


6.5/10 IMDB

An examination of the history of anesthesia, from ancient Egyptian times to contemporary times.

Starring: Pete Smith, George Du Count, Eddie Gribbon, Danny Jackson, Eugene Jackson, Mitchell Lewis, Alberto Morin, Tom Rutherford, Walter Soderling, Will Stanton ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1938-07-09

The Rebel Son

6.0/10 IMDB

During the 16th century the Cossacks and their Ukraine homeland is ruled by Poland. This is the story of the leader of the Cossacks and how his son was sent to study under the Poles to learn how to defeat them in battle. However, the son falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman.

Starring: Harry Baur, Anthony Bushell, Frederick Culley, Joe Cunningham, Charles Farrell, Joan Gardner, Stafford Hilliard, Roger Livesey, Bernard Miles, Patricia Roc ..
Directed by: Adrian Brunel, Albert de Courville, Alexis Granowsky
Release date: 1938-02-02
Best History Movies of 1938 : Young Fugitives

Young Fugitives

5.8/10 IMDB

A young man befriends the last surviving Civil War veteran, intending to rob him of $50,000.

Starring: Robert Wilcox, Dorothea Kent, Harry Davenport, Larry J. Blake, Clem Bevans, Mira McKinney, Henry Roquemore, Tom Ricketts, Mary Treen, William Benedict ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1938-06-30
Best History Movies of 1938 : Nostradamus


5.7/10 IMDB

A look at various predictions Nostradamus made, such as the American and French Revolutions.

Starring: Carey Wilson, John Burton ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1938-09-24
Best History Movies of 1938 : Life of St. Paul

Life of St. Paul

4.5/10 IMDB

The Life of St. Paul, including reenactment of the Book of Acts, and St. Paul's Epistles.

Starring: Neal Arden, Josephine Wilson, George Hayes, Charles Oliver, Ralph Truman, Conway Dixon, Clifton Boyne, Jack Raine, Lewis Broughton, Whitmore Humphries ..
Directed by: Norman Walker
Release date: 1938-09-30
Best History Movies of 1938 : The view of Budapest

The view of Budapest

0.0/10 IMDB

The views of Budapest. Estimated to be recorded on the summer of 1938

Release date: 1938-01-01
Best History Movies of 1938 : A Royal Divorce

A Royal Divorce

7.2/10 IMDB

The love affair between the French Emperor Napoleon and the lady Josephine leads through Napoleon's rise to power and their eventual divorce.

Starring: Ruth Chatterton, Pierre Blanchar, Frank Cellier, Carol Goodner, Auriol Lee, George Curzon, Laurence Hanray, John Laurie, Jack Hawkins, Allan Jeayes ..
Directed by: Jack Raymond
Release date: 1938-09-21

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