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Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39A Round of Cheap Diversions?$

Robert James

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(p.209) Appendix I: Broader patterns of film popularity

(p.209) Appendix I: Broader patterns of film popularity

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Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39
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1930

Table 1. Best British films of 1930, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Rookery Nook (1930)

2

Atlantic (1929)

3

White Cargo (1929)

4

Under the Greenwood Tree (1929)

5

Juno the Paycock (1930)

6

High Treason (1928)

7

The Hate Ship (1929)

8

Balaclava (1928)

9

Elstree Calling (1930)

10

Splinters (1929)

11

Alf's Button (1930)

12

At the Villa Rose (1930)

13

The Return of the Rat (1929)

14

Song of Soho (1930)

15

Piccadilly (1929)

16

The American Prisoner (1929)

17

Cottage on Dartmoor (1929)

18

The Manxman (1929)

19

The Informer (1929)

20

Taxi for Two (1929)

Source: Film Weekly, 16 May 1931, p. 6.

(p.210)

Table 2. Best voices of the talkies, Film Weekly

Male

Female

Ronald Colman

Ruth Chatterton

Clive Brook

Norma Shearer

George Arliss

Gloria Swanson

John Boles

Betty Compson

William Powell

Janet Gaynor

Source: Film Weekly, 7 June 1930, p. 10.

Table 3. Films with the widest appeal in 1930, Film Weekly

Title (inc. year of release)

Atlantic (1929)*

The Big House (1930)

Bulldog Drummond (1929)

The Desert Song (1929)

The Four Feathers (1929)

Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

High Society Blues (1930)

The Love Parade (1929)

Raffles (1930)

Rio Rita (1929)

Romance of the Rio Grande (1929)

Rookery Nook (1930)*

Sunny Side Up (1929)

Source: Film Weekly, 27 December 1930, p. 9.

* denotes a British production

1931

(p.211)

Table 4. Most popular types of British film in 1931, Film Weekly

Rank

Genre

Film (represented by)

1

Comedy

The Middle Watch (1930)

2

Drama

The Woman Between (1931)

3

Bedroom Farce

Almost a Honeymoon (1930)

4

Melodrama

The Man From Chicago (1930)

5

Musical Comedy

The Yellow Mask (1930)

6

Farce

Compromising Daphne (1930)

7

Underworld Drama

Night Birds (1930)

8

Tragedy

Cape Forlorn (1931)

9

Child Picture

The Black Hand Gang (1930)

10

Victorian Comedy

How He Lied to Her Husband (1931)

Source: Film Weekly, 22 August 1931, p. 6.

Table 5. Best British films of 1931, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

The Middle Watch (1930)

2

The Outsider (1931)

3

Young Woodley (1930)

4

Murder! (1930)

5

A Warm Corner (1930)

6

My Wife's Family (1931)

7

Loose Ends (1930)

8

Plunder (1931)

9

Tons of Money (1930)

10

The Chance of a Night-time (1931)

11

The Sleeping Cardinal (1931)

12

The ‘W’ Plan (1931)

13

On Approval (1930)

14

City of Song (1931)

15

The Skin Game (1931)

16

The Man from Chicago (1930)

17

Dreyfus (1931)

18

Tell England (1931)

19

Escape (1930)

20

The Sport of Kings (1931)

Source: Film Weekly, 29 April 1932, p. 12.

(p.212)

Table 6. Best performance in a British film in 1931, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Harold Huth

The Outsider (1931)

2

Edmund Gwenn

The Skin Game (1931)

3

Gordon Harker

Third Time Lucky (1931)

4

Adrianne Allen

Loose Ends (1930)

5

Herbert Marshall

Murder! (1930)

6

Cedric Hardwicke

Dreyfus (1931)

7

Madeleine Carroll

Young Woodley (1930)

8

Ralph Lynn

The Chance of a Night-time (1931)

9

Gene Gerrard

My Wife's Family (1931)

10

Frank Lawton

Young Woodley (1930)

Source: Film Weekly, 29 April 1932, p. 12.

Table 7. Most popular film stars in 1931, Bernstein questionnaire report

Rank

Male

Female

1

Ronald Colman

Norma Shearer

2

Clive Brook

Constance Bennett

3

George Arliss

Marie Dressler

4

Robert Montgomery

Ruth Chatterton

5

Maurice Chevalier

Janet Gaynor

6

John Boles

Greta Garbo

7

Ralph Lynn

Jeanette MacDonald

8

Tom Walls

Joan Crawford

9

William Powell

Ann Harding

10

Wallace Beery

Marlene Dietrich

Source: Picturegoer, 4 June 1932, p. 1.

1932

(p.213)

Table 8. Best British films of 1932, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Sunshine Susie (1931)

2

Service for Ladies (1932)

3

Michael and Mary (1931)

4

Jack's the Boy (1932)

5

The Faithful Heart (1932)

6

Hindle Wakes (1931)

7

Mr Bill the Conqueror (1932)

8

The Lodger (1932)

9

Thark (1932)

10

The Frightened Lady (1932)

11

The Ghost Train (1931)

12

After Office Hours (1932)

13

Carnival (1931)

14

Goodnight Vienna (1932)

15

The Calendar (1931)

16

Keepers of Youth (1931)

17

Looking on the Bright Side (1932)

18

Love on Wheels (1932)

19

Men Like These (1931)

20

A Night Like This (1932)

Source: Film Weekly, 26 May 1933, p. 7.

Table 9. Best performance in a British film in 1932, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Emlyn Williams

The Frightened Lady (1932)

2

Leslie Howard

Service for the Ladies (1932)

3

Herbert Marshall

Michael and Mary (1931)

4

Jack Hulbert

Jack's the Boy (1932)

5

Renate Muller

Sunshine Susie (1931)

6

Edna Best

Michael and Mary (1931)

7

Ivor Novello

The Lodger (1932)

8

Tom Walls

Thark (1932)

9

Edmund Gwenn

Hindle Wakes (1931)

10

Garry Marsh

Keepers of Youth (1931)

Source: Film Weekly, 26 May 1933, p. 7.

(p.214)

Table 10. Award of Merit 1932, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Ronald Colman

Arrowsmith (1931)

2

Ricardo Cortez

The Melody of Life (1932)

3

Fredric March

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1932)

4

Emlyn Williams

The Frightened Lady (1932)*

5

George Arliss

The Silent Voice (1932)

6

Herbert Marshall

The Faithful Heart (1932)*

7

Jack Hulbert

Jack's the Boy (1932)*

8

Wallace Beery

Hell Divers (1932)

9

Lowell Sherman

What Price Hollywood? (1932)

10

Walter Huston

The Wet Parade (1932)

Source: Picturegoer, 24 February 1934, pp. 10–11.

* denotes a British production

Table 11. Award of Merit 1932, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Marie Dressler

Emma (1932)

2

Barbara Stanwyck

Forbidden (1932)

3

Greta Garbo

As You Desire Me (1932)

4

Norma Shearer

Private Lives (1931)

5

Marlene Dietrich

Shanghai Express (1932)

6

Joan Crawford

Letty Lynton (1932)

7

Edna Best

The Faithful Heart (1932)*

8

Helen Hayes

Lullaby (1931)

9

Winifred Shotter

Love Contract (1932)*

10

Hertha Thiele

Mädchen in Uniform (1931)**

Source: Picturegoer, 24 February 1934, p. 10–11.

* denotes a British production

**denotes a German production

1933

(p.215)

Table 12. Best British films of 1933, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

I Was a Spy (1933)

2

The Good Companions (1933)

3

Rome Express (1932)

4

Soldiers of the King (1933)

5

Wedding Rehearsal (1932)

6

Bitter Sweet (1933)

7

Maid of the Mountains (1932)

8

Loyalties (1933)

9

This Week of Grace (1933)

10

Falling for You (1933)

Source: Film Weekly, 4 May 1934, p. 9.

Table 13. Best performance in a British film in 1933, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Madeleine Carroll

I Was a Spy (1933)

2

Conrad Veidt

I Was a Spy (1933)

3

Edmund Gwenn

The Good Companions (1933)

4

Cicely Courtneidge

Soldiers of the King (1933)

5

Basil Rathbone

Loyalties (1933)

6

Jessie Matthews

The Good Companions (1933)

7

Gracie Fields

This Week of Grace (1933)

8

Anna Neagle

Bitter Sweet (1933)

9

Matheson Lang

Channel Crossing (1933)

10

Cedric Hardwicke

Rome Express (1932)

Source: Film Weekly, 4 May 1934, p. 9.

Table 14. ‘Principal picture successes’ in 1933, Film Weekly

Title (inc. year of release)

Calvacade (1933)

Forty-Second Street (1933)

The Good Companions (1933)*

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

I Was a Spy (1933*)

King Kong (1933)

Maid of the Mountains (1932)*

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)*

Sleepless Nights (1932)*

Smilin’ Trough (1932)

Tell Me Tonight (1932)*

Source: Film Weekly, 29 December 1933, pp. 4–5.

* denotes a British production

(p.216)

Table 15. ‘Big Money’ stars in 1933, Film Weekly

Lionel Barrymore

Jan Kiepura

Wallace Beery

Charles Laughton

Madeleine Carroll

Jessie Matthews

Edmund Gwenn

Paul Muni

Jean Harlow

Spencer Tracy

Katharine Hepburn

Lee Tracy

Leslie Howard

Mae West

Source: Film Weekly, 29 December 1933, pp. 4–5.

Table 16. Award of Merit 1933, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Clive Brook

Calvacade (1933)

2

Ronald Colman

Cynara (1932)

3

Gary Cooper

A Farewell to Arms (1932)

4

Conrad Veidt

I Was a Spy (1933)*

5

Paul Muni

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

6

Leslie Howard

Smilin’ Trough (1932)

7

Walter Huston

Gabriel Over the White House (1933)

8

George Arliss

The Working Man (19323)

9

John Barrymore

A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

10

Edmund Gwenn

The Good Companions (1933)*

Source: Picturegoer, 28 April 1934, pp. 12–13.

* denotes a British production

(p.217)

Table 17. Award of Merit 1933, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Norma Shearer

Smilin’ Trough (1932)

2

Diana Wynyard

Calvacade (1933)

3

Madeleine Carroll

I Was a Spy (1933)*

4

Greta Garbo

Grand Hotel (1932)

5

Marlene Dietrich

Blonde Venus (1932)

6

Anna Neagle

Bitter Sweet (1933)*

7

Katharine Hepburn

Christopher Strong (1933)

8

Kay Francis

One Way Passage (1932)

9

Cicely Courtneidge

Soldiers of the King (1933)*

10

Sylvia Sidney

Madame Butterfly (1932)

Source: Picturegoer, 28 April 1934, pp. 12–13.

* denotes a British production

Table 18. Very good films in 1933, Bernstein questionnaire report

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Calvacade (1933)

2

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)*

3

I Was a Spy (1933)

4

Tugboat Annie (1933)

5

The Kid from Spain (1932)

6

Voltaire (1933)

Source: Bernstein questionnaire report, 1934, p. 18.

* denotes a British production

Table 19. Most popular film stars in 1933, Bernstein questionnaire report

Rank

Male

Female

1

George Arliss

Norma Shearer

2

Clark Gable

Marie Dressler

3

Wallace Beery

Greta Garbo

4

Clive Brook

Kay Francis

5

Robert Montgomery

Marlene Dietrich

6

Ronald Colman

Katharine Hepburn

Source: Bernstein questionnaire report, 1934, p. 1.

1934

(p.218)

Table 20. Best British films of 1934, Film Weekly

Rank Title

(inc. year of release)

1

Blossom Time (1934)

2

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

3

Evergreen (1934)

4

Catherine the Great (1934)

5

The Constant Nymph (1933)

6

Man of Aran (1934)

7

Little Friend (1934)

8

Friday the Thirteenth (1933)

9

Sorrell and Son (1933)

10

The Wandering Jew (1933)

Source: Film Weekly, 5 April 1935, p. 11.

Table 21. Best performance in a British film in 1934, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Charles Laughton

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

2

Conrad Veidt

The Wandering Jew (1933)

3

Nova Pilbeam

Little Friend (1934)

4

Elisabeth Bergner

Catherine the Great (1934)

5

Jessie Matthews

Evergreen (1934)

6

Brian Aherne

The Constant Nymph (1933)

7

Victoria Hopper

The Constant Nymph (1933)

8

Richard Tauber

Blossom Time (1934)

9

Evelyn Laye

Evensong (1934)

10

H.B. Warner

Sorrell and Son (1933)

Source: Film Weekly, 5 April 1935, p. 11.

Table 22. Award of Merit 1934, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Clark Gable

It Happened One Night (1934)

2

William Powell

The Thin Man (1934)

3

Charles Laughton

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)*

4

Fredric March

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

5

George Arliss

The House of Rothschild (1934)

6

Charles Laughton

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

7

John Gilbert

Queen Christina (1934)

8

Conrad Veidt

The Wandering Jew (1933)*

9

Conrad Veidt

Jew Süss (1934)*

10

Leslie Howard

Berkeley Square (1933)

Source: Picturegoer, 15 June 1935, pp. 8–9.

(*) denotes a British production

(p.219)

Table 23. Award of Merit 1934, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Greta Garbo

Queen Christina (1934)

2

Norma Shearer

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

3

Nova Pilbeam

Little Friend (1934)*

4

Myrna Loy

The Thin Man (1934)

5

Claudette Colbert

It Happened One Night (1934)

6

Jessie Matthews

Evergreen (1934)*

7

Katharine Hepburn

Little Women (1933)

8

Margaret Sullavan

Only Yesterday (1933)

9

Elizabeth Bergner

Catherine the Great (1934)*

10

Maureen O’Sullivan

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)

Source: Picturegoer, 15 June 1935, pp. 8–9.

(*) denotes a British production

1935

Table 24. Best British films of 1935, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)

2

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

3

Nell Gwynn (1934)

4

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

5

Sanders of the River (1935)

6

Escape Me Never (1935)

7

The Clairvoyant (1935)

8

Jew Süss (1934)

9

Scrooge (1935)

10

Heart's Desire (1935)

Source: Film Weekly, 2 May 1936, p. 15.

(p.220)

Table 25. Best performance in a British film in 1935, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Elisabeth Bergner

Escape Me Never (1935)

2

Robert Donat

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)

3

Leslie Howard

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

4

Anna Neagle

Nell Gwynn (1934)

5

Leslie Banks

Sanders of the River (1935)

6

Conrad Veidt

Jew Süss (1934)

7

Peter Lorre

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

8

Claude Rains

The Clairvoyant (1935)

9

Peggy Ashcroft

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)

10

Raymond Massey

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

Source: Film Weekly, 2 May 1936, p. 15.

Table 26. Award of Merit 1935, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Leslie Howard

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)*

2

Gary Cooper

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

3

Robert Donat

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)

4

Franchot Tone

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

5

Robert Donat

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)*

6

Victor McLaglen

The Informer (1935)

7

Freddie Bartholomew

David Copperfield (1935)

=8

Clark Gable

China Seas (1935)

=8

Ronald Colman

Clive of India (1935)

9

Charles Laughton

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

10

W.C. Fields

David Copperfield (1935)

Source: Picturegoer, 8 August 1936, pp. 12–13.

(*) denotes a British production

Table 27. Award of Merit 1935, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Elisabeth Bergner

Escape Me Never (1935)

2

Greta Garbo

The Painted Veil (1934)

3

Katharine Hepburn

The Little Minister (1934)

4

Anna Neagle

Nell Gwyn (1934)*

5

Bette Davis

Of Human Bondage (1934)

6

Anne Shirley

Anne of Green Gables (1934)

7

Joan Crawford

Forsaking All Others (1934)

8

Miriam Hopkins

Becky Sharpe (1935)

9

Shirley Temple

The Little Colonel (1935)

=10

Claudette Colbert

Private Worlds (1935)

=10

Grace Moore

One Night of Love (1934)

Source: Picturegoer, 8 August 1936, pp. 12–13.

(*) denotes a British production

(p.221)

Table 28. Most popular British film actors in 1935, Alexander Korda's national film ballot

Rank

Star(s)

1

Charles Laughton

2

George Arliss

3

Cedric Hardwicke

4

Robert Donat

5

Jack Hulbert

6

Leslie Howard

7

Tom Walls

8

Jack Buchanan

9

Gordon Harker

10

Conrad Veidt

11

Leslie Banks

12

Clive Brook

Source: News Chronicle, 7 November 1935.

1936

Table 29. Best British films of 1936, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

The Ghost Goes West (1935)

2

Tudor Rose (1936)

3

Peg of Old Drury (1935)

4

The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

5

Secret Agent (1936)

6

Turn of the Tide (1935)

7

Ourselves Alone (1936)

8

Rhodes of Africa (1936)

9

Things to Come (1936)

10

The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

Source: Film Weekly, 8 May 1937, p. 11.

(p.222)

Table 30. Best performance in a British film in 1936, Film Weekly

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Nova Pilbeam

Tudor Rose (1936)

2

Robert Donat

The Ghost Goes West (1935)

3

Anna Neagle

Peg of Old Drury (1935)

4

Conrad Veidt

The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

5

René Ray

The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)

6

Walter Huston

Rhodes of Africa (1936)

7

Peter Lorre

The Secret Agent (1936)

8

Oscar Homolka

Rhodes of Africa (1936)

9

Douglas Fairbanks Jr

The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

10

John Lodge

Ourselves Alone (1936)

Source: Film Weekly, 8 May 1937, p. 11.

Table 31. Award of Merit 1936, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Gary Cooper

Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

2

Ronald Colman

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

3

Robert Donat

The Ghost Goes West (1935)*

4

Errol Flynn

Captain Blood (1935)

5

Charles Laughton

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

6

Paul Muni

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

7

Clark Gable

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

8

Spencer Tracy

Fury (1936)

9

Leslie Howard

The Petrified Forest (1936)

10

Fredric March

The Dark Angel (1935)

Source: Picturegoer, 12 March 1938, pp. 8–9.

(*) denotes a British production

(p.223)

Table 32. Award of Merit 1936, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Nova Pilbeam

Tudor Rose (1936)*

2

Greta Garbo

Anna Karenina (1935)

3

Bette Davis

Dangerous (1935)

=4

Claudette Colbert

Under Two Flags (1936)

=4

Merle Oberon

The Dark Angel (1935)

5

Marlene Dietrich

Desire (1936)

6

Anna Neagle

Peg of Old Drury (1935)*

7

Jean Arthur

Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

8

Luise Rainer

Escapade (1935)

9

Jeanette MacDonald

Rose Marie (1936)

=10

Claudette Colbert

She Married Her Boss (1935)

=10

Katharine Hepburn

Sylvia Scarlet (1935)

Source: Picturegoer, 12 March 1938, pp. 8–9.

(*) denotes a British production

Table 33. ‘Box office Winners’ in 1936, Kinematograph Weekly

Biggest money maker: Mr Deeds Goes to Town

Runner-up: Mutiny on the Bounty

Most popular British film: The Ghost Goes West*

Most popular and consistent star: Shirley Temple

Other box office successes: Rose Marie, Captain January, The Littlest Rebel, A Tale of Two Cities, Follow the Fleet, These Three, First A Girl*, Modern Times, Under Two Flags, It's Love Again*, The Secret Agent*, Queen of Hearts*, Come Out of the Pantry*, Boys Will Be Boys*, China Seas, Broadway Melody of 1936, She Married Her Boss, Ourselves Alone, Living Dangerously, Anna Karenina, I Give My Heart*, The Dark Angel

Source: Kinematograph Weekly, 14 January 1937, p. 40A.

(*) denotes a British production

(p.224)

Table 34. ‘The British All-Star Money Makers of 1936’, International Motion Picture Almanac

Rank

Star(s)

1

Shirley Temple

2

Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers

3

Gracie Fields

4

Clark Gable

5

Laurel and Hardy

6

Jessie Matthews

7

James Cagney

8

Wallace Beery

9

Greta Garbo

10

Norma Shearer

Source: International Motion Picture Almanac, 1937–1938, p. 1093.

Table 35. Most popular film stars in 1936, Bernstein questionnaire report

Rank

Male

Female

1

Gary Cooper

Norma Shearer

2

Clark Gable

Myrna Loy

3

Charles Laughton

Greta Garbo

4

Robert Taylor

Ginger Rogers

5

Ronald Colman

Claudette Colbert

6

William Powell

Shirley Temple

Source: Bernstein questionnaire report, 1937, p. 1.

Table 36. ‘Outstanding’ films in Bernstein questionnaire report

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

2

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

3

Mr Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

4

Under Two Flags (1936)

5

David Copperfield (1935)

6

Captain Blood (1935)

Source: Bernstein questionnaire report, 1937, p. 29.

1937

(p.225)

Table 37. ‘Box Office Winners’ in 1937, Kinematograph Weekly

Biggest money maker: Lost Horizon

Most successful output: MGM

Most popular and consistent star: Shirley Temple

Winning British stars: Gracie Fields, George Formby

January: San Francisco, Windbag the Sailor, Anthony Adverse, Showboat

February: Gorgeous Hussy, Sabotage*, My Man Godfrey, Dodsworth, Charlie Chan at the Race Track, His Lordship*

March: The Great Ziegfeld, Romeo and Juliet, Dimples, Keep Your Seats Please*, Craig's Wife

April: Libelled Lady, Good Morning, Boys*, Dishonour Bright, The General Died at Dawn, Love on the Run, The Great Barrier*, Theodora Goes Wild

May: Three Smart Girls, Come and Get It, Cain and Mabel, Banjo on My Knee*

June: The Plainsman, Charlie Chan at the Opera, Love From a Stranger*

July: Jungle Princess, Espionage*, Feather Your Nest*, Black Legion, The Magnificent Brute

August: Wings of the Morning*, Stowaway, One in a Million, Dark Journey*, Man in Possession

September: After the Thin Man, Camille, King Solomon's Mines*, Elephant Boy*, A Day at the Races, Lloyds of London, On the Avenue, Shall We Dance, The Charge of the Light Brigade

October: Lost Horizon, The Frog*, They Gave Him a Gun, Seventh Heaven, Maytime

November: Night Must Fall, I Met Him in Paris, Charlie Chan at the Olympics, His Affair, Saratoga, Storm in a Teacup*, Under the Red Robe

December: Victoria the Great*, Wee Willie Winkie, Tarzan and the Green Goddess, Captains Courageous

Source: Kinematograph Weekly, 13 January 1938, p. 49.

(*) denotes a British production

Table 38. Best British films of 1937, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Victoria the Great (1937)

2

Wings of the Morning (1937)

3

Farewell Again (1937)

4

Fire Over England (1937)

5

Storm in a Teacup (1937)

6

Love from a Stranger (1936)

7

Elephant Boy (1937)

8

The Great Barrier (1937)

9

Rembrandt (1936)

10

Dark Journey (1937)

Source: Film Weekly, 2 July 1938, p. 5.

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Table 39. Best performance in a British film in 1937, Film Weekly – actors

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Anton Walbrook

Victoria the Great (1937)

2

Basil Rathbone

Love from a Stranger (1936)

3

Charles Laughton

Rembrandt (1936)

4

Rex Harrison

Storm in a Teacup (1937)

5

Conrad Veidt

Dark Journey (1937)

6

Laurence Olivier

Fire Over England (1937)

7

Leslie Banks

Farewell Again (1937)

8

John Lodge

Sensation (1936)

9

Sabu

Elephant Boy (1937)

10

Emlyn Williams

Broken Blossoms (1936)

Source: Film Weekly, 2 July 1938, p. 5.

Table 40. Best performance in a British film in 1937, Film Weekly – actresses

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Flora Robson

Fire Over England (1937)

2

Anna Neagle

Victoria the Great (1937)

3

Annabella

Wings of the Morning (1937)

4

Diana Churchill

The Dominant Sex (1937)

5

Ann Harding

Love from a Stranger (1936)

6

Dolly Haas

Broken Blossoms (1936)

7

Vivien Leigh

Storm in a Teacup (1937)

8

Elisabeth Bergner

Dreaming Lips (1937)

9

Miriam Hopkins

Men Are Not Gods (1936)

10

Sylvia Sidney

Sabotage (1936)

Source: Film Weekly, 2 July 1938, p. 5.

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Table 41. Award of Merit 1937, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Spencer Tracy

Captains Courageous (1937)

2

Anton Walbrook

Victoria the Great (1937)*

3

Ronald Colman

Lost Horizon (1937)

4

Errol Flynn

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)

5

Leslie Howard

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

6

Gary Cooper

The Plainsman (1936)

7

Robert Montgomery

Night Must Fall (1937)

8

Spencer Tracy

San Francisco (1936)

9

Clark Gable

San Francisco (1936)

10

Robert Taylor

Camille (1937)

Source: Picturegoer, 14 May 1938, pp. 10–11.

(*) denotes a British production

Table 42. Award of Merit 1937, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Anna Neagle

Victoria the Great (1937)*

2

Greta Garbo

Camille (1937)

3

Norma Shearer

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

4

Deanna Durbin

Three Smart Girls (1936)

5

Jeanette MacDonald

Maytime (1937)

6

Flora Robson

Fire Over England (1937)

7

Annabella

Wings of the Morning (1937)*

8

Irene Dunne

Theodora Goes Wild (1936)

9

Luise Rainer

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

10

Katharine Hepburn

Quality Street (1937)

Source: Picturegoer, 14 May 1938, pp. 10–11.

(*) denotes a British production

1938

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Table 43. ‘Box Office Winners’ in 1938, Kinematograph Weekly

Biggest money maker: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Runner-up: A Yank at Oxford*, Captains Courageous

Most popular and consistent star: Shirley Temple

Most successful output: MGM

Winning British stars: George Formby, Gracie Fields

January: A Star is Born, The Good Earth, Oh, Mr Porter*, Knight Without Armour*, Kid Galahad, Big City, Way Out West

February: Firefy, Keep Fit*, Souls at Sea, Stella Dallas, Dr Syn*, The Squeaker*

March: The Prisoner of Zenda, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Stage Door, Leave it to Me*, The Rat*, Non-Stop New York*

April: Marie Walewska, Dead End, The Awful Truth, Heidi, The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel*, Angel

May: Wells Fargo, The Last Gangster, Dead Men Tell No Tales*, Submarine DI, Man Proof, Alcatraz Island

June: Bad Men of Brimstone, Damsels in Distress, You’re a Sweetheart, Tarzan's Revenge, Mademoiselle Docteur*

July: I See Ice*, The Buccaneer, Boy of the Streets

August: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Housemaster*, Vessel of Wrath*, South Riding*, Owd Bob*, A Slight Case of Murder, Mannequin, The Baroness and the Butler

September: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A Yank at Oxford*, The Hurricane, Mad About Music, Test Pilot, Convict 99*, Tovarich, Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, The Girl of the Golden West

October: The Drum*, Alf's Button Afoat*, In Old Chicago, Three Comrades, Joy of Living, The Terror*

November: The Crowd Roars, Blockade, The Adventures of Marco Polo, The Boy From Barnardo’s, There's Always a Woman, Vivacious Lady

December: Sixty Glorious Years*, Little Miss Broadway, Hey! Hey! U.S.A.!*, Three Men and a Girl, Spawn of the North, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Crime School, This Man is News*, Sing You Sinners

Source: Kinematograph Weekly, 12 January 1939, p. 61.

(*) denotes a British production

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Table 44. Best British films of 1938, Film Weekly

Rank

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Pygmalion (1938)

2

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)

3

South Riding (1938)

4

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

5

A Yank at Oxford (1937)

6

The Drum (1938)

7

Bank Holiday (1938)

8

The Housemaster (1938)

9

The Edge of the World (1937)

10

This Man is News (1938)

Source: Film Weekly, 24 June 1939, p. 5.

Table 45. Best performance in a British film in 1938, Film Weekly – actors

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Ralph Richardson

South Riding (1938)

2

Leslie Howard

Pygmalion (1938)

3

Will Fyffe

Owd Bob (1938)

4

Otto Kruger

The Housemaster (1938)

5

Anton Walbrook

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)

6

Barry K. Barnes

This Man is News (1938)

7

Robert Taylor

A Yank at Oxford (1937)

8

Charles Laughton

Vessel of Wrath (1938)

9

Emlyn Williams

Dead Men Tell No Tales (1938)

10

Laurence Olivier

The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

Source: Film Weekly, 24 June 1939, p. 5.

Table 46. Best performance in a British film in 1938, Film Weekly – actresses

Rank

Performer

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Wendy Hiller

Pygmalion (1938)

2

Anna Neagle

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)

3

Margaret Lockwood

Bank Holiday (1938)

4

Edna Best

South Riding (1938)

5

Nova Pilbeam

Young and Innocent (1937)

6

Elsa Lanchester

Vessel of Wrath (1938)

7

Valerie Hobson

This Man is News (1938)

8

Diana Churchill

The Housemaster (1938)

9

Vivien Leigh

A Yank at Oxford (1937)

10

May Whitty

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Source: Film Weekly, 24 June 1939, p. 5.

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Table 47. Award of Merit 1938, Picturegoer – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Charles Boyer

Marie Walewska (1937)

2

Spencer Tracy

Test Pilot (1938)

3

Robert Taylor

A Yank at Oxford (1937)*

4

Ronald Colman

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

5

Fredric March

A Star is Born (1937)

6

Paul Muni

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

7

Anton Walbrook

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)*

8

Barry K. Barnes

This Man is News (1938)*

9

Clark Gable

Test Pilot (1938)

10

Franchot Tone

Three Comrades (1938)

Source: Picturegoer, 6 May 1939, pp. 8–9.

* denotes a British production

Table 48. Award of Merit 1938, Picturegoer – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Margaret Sullavan

Three Comrades (1938)

2

Greta Garbo

Marie Walewska (1937)

3

Bette Davis

Jezebel (1938)

4

Deanna Durbin

Mad About Music (1938)

5

Anna Neagle

Sixty Glorious Years (1938)*

6

Luise Rainer

The Good Earth (1937)

7

Katharine Hepburn

Stage Door (1937)

8

Deanna Durbin

One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

9

Janet Gaynor

A Star is Born 1937)

10

Alice Faye

In Old Chicago (1938)

Source: Picturegoer, 6 May 1939, pp. 8–9.

* denotes a British production

1939

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Table 49. ‘Box office Winners’ in 1939, Kinematograph Weekly

Biggest money maker: The Citadel*, The Lion Has Wings*

Most popular and consistent star: Deanna Durbin

Most successful output: MGM

Winning British stars: Gracie Fields, George Formby

Biggest all-time turn-up: Pygmalion*

January: Pygmalion*, The Adventures of Robin Hood*, That Certain Age, The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse, Too Hot to Handle, Alexander's Ragtime Band, The Lady Vanishes*, St. Martins’ Lane*

February: It's in the Air, Boys Town, Marie Antoinette, Stablemates, Yellow Sands*, Carefree, If I Were King, I am the Law

March: The Citadel*, You Can’t Take it with You, Keep Smiling, Thanks for the Memory, Old Bones of the River*, Suez, Submarine Patrol, Racket Busters, Men with Wings, Young in Heart, Four Daughters, The Return of the Frog*

April: The Dawn Patrol, Out West with the Hardies, The Great Waltz, The Cowboy and the Lady, Kentucky, Stolen Life*, Just Around the Corner

May: Stand Up and Fight, Sweethearts, The Ware Case*, Young Dr Kildare, Angels with Dirty Faces, Four's a Crowd, Trade Winds, Service de Luxe

June: Topper Takes a Tip, The Sisters, They Made Me a Criminal, Honolulu, Storm Over Bengal

July: Trouble Brewing*, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Wings of the Navy, Tailspin, Fast and Loose

August: Love Affair, Oklahoma Kid, Captain Fury, Q Planes*, Sergeant Madden, The Little Princess, East Side of Heaven, Jesse James, The Outsider*, Ask a Policeman*

September: The Four Feathers*, Idiot's Delight, Ice Follies, Made for Each Other, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Face at the Window*

October: Gunga Din, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, The Hardy's Ride High, The Story of Irene and Vernon Castle, Dark Victory, Beau Gate, Stagecoach, Jamaica Inn*, The Mikado*

November: The Lion Has Wings*, Goodbye Mr Chips,*, Shipyard Sally*, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Dodge City, Union Pacifc, Nurse Edith Cavell*, Wuthering Heights, Calling Dr Kildare, It's a Wonderful World, Only Angels Have Wings, The Four Just Men*

December: Tarzan Finds a Son, Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever, Man of Conquest, Under Pup, Stanley and Livingstone, This Man in Paris*, Man About Town, The Sun Never Sets, Spies of the Air*, Five Came Back

Source: Kinematograph Weekly, 11 January 1940, p. E1.

* denotes a British production

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Table 50. Award of Merit 1939, Picturegoer and Film Weekly – male stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Robert Donat

Goodbye Mr Chips (1939)*

2

Laurence Olivier

Wuthering Heights (1939)

3

Ralph Richardson

The Four Feathers (1939)*

4

Charles Boyer

Love Affair (1939)

5

Errol Flynn

The Dawn Patrol (1938)

6

David Niven

The Dawn Patrol (1938)

7

Spencer Tracy

Boys’ Town (1938)

8

Conrad Veidt

The Spy in Black (1939)*

9

Leslie Howard

Pygmalion (1938)*

10

Kenny Baker

The Mikado (1939)*

Source: Picturegoer, 18 May 1940, pp. 12–13.

* denotes a British production

Table 51. Award of Merit 1939, Picturegoer and Film Weekly – female stars

Rank

Star

Title (inc. year of release)

1

Bette Davis

Dark Victory (1939)

2

Wendy Hiller

Pygmalion (1938)*

3

Deanna Durbin

Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)

4

Merle Oberon

Wuthering Heights (1939)

5

Elisabeth Bergner

A Stolen Life (1939)*

6

Anna Neagle

Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)*

7

Greer Garson

Goodbye Mr Chips (1939)*

8

Norma Shearer

Marie Antoinette (1938)

9

Irene Dunne

Love Affair (1939)

10

Claire Trevor

Stagecoach (1939)

Source: Picturegoer, 18 May 1940, pp. 12–13.

* denotes a British production

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Table 52. ‘The British All-Star Money Makers of 1939’, International Motion Picture Almanac

Rank

Stars

British stars

‘Western’ moneymakers

1

Deanna Durbin

George Formby

Bill Boyd

2

Mickey Rooney

Gracie Fields

Gene Autry

3

Shirley Temple

Robert Donat

Dick Foran

4

Robert Taylor

Will Hay

George O’Brien

5

Jeaneete MacDonald

Anna Neagle

Buck Jones

6

Spencer Tracy

Leslie Howard

Ken Maynard

7

Errol Flynn

Charles Laughton

The Three Mesquiteers

8

George Formby

Gordon Harker

Tim McCoy

9

Nelson Eddy

Ralph Richardson

Bob Baker

10

Gary Cooper

Will Fyffe

Tex Ritter

Source: International Motion Picture Almanac, 1940–1941, pp. 834–835.