1936 Chronicle of The Cinema

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1. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 195,218 | Gross: $0.16M

2. Swing Time (1936)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A performer and gambler travels to New York City to raise the $25,000 he needs to marry his fiancée, only to become entangled with a beautiful aspiring dancer.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick

Votes: 11,257

3. A Day in the Country (1946)

Not Rated | 40 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux, André Gabriello

Votes: 5,186

4. My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler - but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick

Votes: 19,046

5. Camille (1936)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 6,781 | Gross: $1.15M

6. Sabotage (1936)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Thriller

A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Oskar Homolka, Desmond Tester, John Loder

Votes: 13,374

7. Dodsworth (1936)

Passed | 101 min | Drama, Romance

A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor

Votes: 7,369

8. Things to Come (1936)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,479

9. The Story of a Cheat (1936)

81 min | Comedy

A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

Director: Sacha Guitry | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Adolphe Borchard, Marcel Lucien, Raymond Clunie

Votes: 1,709

10. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History

The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 2,023

11. San Francisco (1936)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

Votes: 4,579

12. Come and Get It (1936)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman's daughter.

Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler, Richard Rosson | Stars: Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,617

13. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

98 min | Adventure, Crime, Film-Noir

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, Dudley Digges

Votes: 970

14. Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Passed | 125 min | Drama, Romance

Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 1,576

15. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,528

16. Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

The author of a controversially racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity status from her provincial small-town neighbors, who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell, Thurston Hall

Votes: 1,989

17. Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (1936)

Approved | 110 min | Drama

Gladys George, a superlative actress often wasted in secondary roles, carries her starring assignment in Valiant is the Word for Carrie with singular brilliance. George plays the town ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Gladys George, Arline Judge, John Howard, Dudley Digges

Votes: 155

18. Anthony Adverse (1936)

Not Rated | 141 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 18th-century Italy, an orphan's debt to the man who raised him threatens to separate him forever from the woman he loves.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Fredric March, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Woods, Anita Louise

Votes: 1,481

19. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, History

President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

Votes: 939 | Gross: $1.46M

20. These Three (1936)

Passed | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Two school teachers and the man they both love face ruin when a malicious student cooks up a lie.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Catherine Doucet

Votes: 2,097

21. Lloyds of London (1936)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance

Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Madeleine Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew, Guy Standing

Votes: 922

22. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

Approved | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 4,164

23. The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, History

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 1,056

24. The Garden of Allah (1936)

Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The star-crossed desert romance of a cloistered woman and a renegade monk.

Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Tilly Losch, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,242

25. Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When two investors inform an opportunistic dancer that they can't fund an elderly stage producer's production, she suggests they get an insurance policy on the producer's life.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Victor Moore

Votes: 850

26. Pennies from Heaven (1936)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Madge Evans, Edith Fellows, Louis Armstrong

Votes: 581

27. Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 6,502

28. Three Smart Girls (1936)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Ray Milland

Votes: 1,096 | Gross: $3.00M

29. Fury (1936)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 10,375

30. After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi

Votes: 8,728

31. Rembrandt (1936)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama

This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman

Votes: 1,441

32. Secret Agent (1936)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

After three British Agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Peter Lorre

Votes: 7,227

33. Ceiling Zero (1936)

Approved | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline in Newark. Dizzy is flirting with the girlfriend of a younger pilot and, due to this, he feigns illness to... See full summary »

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, June Travis, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 580

34. The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,805

35. Winterset (1936)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Immigrant radical Bartolomeo Romagna is falsely condemned and executed for a payroll robbery. Years later, his son Mio sets out to find the truth of the crime and to bring to account the ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Margo, Eduardo Ciannelli, John Carradine

Votes: 309

36. Mayerling (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Romance

Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Marthe Régnier, Yolande Laffon

Votes: 641 | Gross: $0.24M

37. The Lower Depths (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Jean Gabin, Suzy Prim, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt

Votes: 2,742

38. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander

Votes: 18,360

40. We Are from Kronstadt (1936)

88 min | Drama, War

In 1919, during the post-revolution Russian Civil War, a naval detachment (made up of communist Reds) defends the strategic city of Petrograd from the White Russian counterrevolutionary ... See full summary »

Director: Efim Dzigan | Stars: Vasiliy Zaychikov, Georgi Bushuyev, Nikolay Ivakin, Oleg Zhakov

Votes: 132

41. Nine Days a Queen (1936)

TV-PG | 80 min | Drama, History

A dramatization of Lady Jane Grey's short life, from her forced marriage (which she resisted), to her brief reign as monarch of England, and finally to her beheading. This movie portrays ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Nova Pilbeam, Cedric Hardwicke, John Mills, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 152

42. The Green Pastures (1936)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

God, heaven, and several Old Testament stories, including the Creation and Noah's Ark, are described supposedly using the perspective of rural, black Americans.

Directors: Marc Connelly, William Keighley | Stars: Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Frank H. Wilson

Votes: 713

43. The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A well-bred young English lad living in lower Manhattan tries to gain acceptance from his not-so-well-bred peers at school.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Rowland Brown | Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Jackie Cooper, Mickey Rooney, Ian Hunter

Votes: 347

44. Jánosik (1936)

80 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The story of the Slovak highwayman and folk hero Juraj Janosik.

Director: Martin Fric | Stars: Palo Bielik, Zlata Hajdúková, Andrej Bagar, Theodor Pistek

Votes: 89

45. La guerre des gosses (1936)

87 min | Drama

Separated by an ancestral hatred, two small villages of the South see their infant population engaging in war, while the teacher of the first village and the mayor of the second love each other.

Director: Jacques Daroy | Stars: Jean Murat, Saturnin Fabre, Marcel Mouloudji, Claude May

Votes: 8

46. Redes (1936)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

A story of burgeoning labor rights amongst poor fishermen in a small village in Mexico.

Directors: Emilio Gómez Muriel, Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Silvio Hernández, David Valle González, Rafael Hinojosa, Antonio Lara

Votes: 466



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