Best History Movies of 1938


Marie Antoinette

7.4/10 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

7.2/10 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 Fran├žois 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

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 : The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer

6.7/10 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
Best History Movies of 1938 : The Great Heart

The Great Heart

6.5/10 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 Face Behind the Mask

The Face Behind the Mask

6.3/10 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

6.3/10 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

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 : 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

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