Best Picture Nominees: 1935

Marching closer to war, the Nazis repudiated the Treaty of Versailles and introduced compulsory military service. Meanwhile, Italy under Mussolini invaded Ethiopia. Most hideous, Germany invoked the Nuremberg Laws against Jews to prevent "racial pollution." At home, President Roosevelt moved into the next phase of his war against the Depression, starting the Social Security Administration.

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Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd)
Won Best Picture
The Bounty sails from Britain for Tahiti. Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton) is in charge, and he over-zealously enforces discipline by various methods--his favorite being flogging. Bligh cuts rations and works his men so hard that even first mate Fletcher Christian (Clark Gable) finds him hard to take. In Tahiti, Christian and midshipman Byam (Franchot Tone) become involved with native women, and when the Bounty is loaded and sets sail to return, the harsh treatment by their Captain is too much for the crew. Christian leads a mutiny. They set Bligh and his supporters adrift on a boat and return the Bounty to Tahiti. What they did not count on is the Captain's return. Uniquely, this film received Oscar nominations for three men in the Best Actor category: Laughton, Gable, and Tone.

Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey)
Nominated Best Picture
While visiting Paris in 1908, upper class Lord Burnstead (Roland Young) loses his butler Ruggles (Charles Laughton) playing poker. Egbert and Effie Floud (Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland) bring Ruggles back to Red Gap, Washington. Effie wants to take advantage of Ruggles' upper class background to influence Egbert's hick lifestyle. However, Egbert is more interested in partying, and he takes Ruggles to the local 'beer bust'. When word gets out that "Colonel Ruggles is staying with his close friends" in the local paper, the butler becomes a town celebrity. After befriending Mrs. Judson (Zasu Pitts), a widow who he impresses with his culinary skills, Ruggles decides to strike out on his own and open a restaurant. His transition from servant to independent man will depend on its success.

Top Hat (Mark Sandrich)
Nominated Best Picture
Possibly the best Astaire and Rogers musical. Showman Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) is working for producer Horace Hardwick (Edward Everett Horton) in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace.


Les Miserables (Richard Boleslawski)
Nominated Best Picture
From the novel by Victor Hugo, this is the story of Jean Valjean (Fredric March), a Frenchman of good character and great strength, who is convicted of stealing a loaf of bread. He is captured and given 10 years of hard labor. He escapes and rebuilds his life, becoming mayor of the town where a truly frightening Javert (Charles Laughton) is chief of police. Valjean is identified as a wanted criminal and then tormented by the obsessed Javert, who will not let the past be forgotten.

The Informer (John Ford)
Nominated Best Picture
In 1922 Ireland, Gypo Nolan (Victor McLaglen), strong but none too bright, has been ousted from the Sinn Fein rebels and is starving. When he finds that his equally destitute sweetheart Katie (Margot Grahame) has been reduced to prostitution, he succumbs to temptation and betrays his former comrade Frankie (Wallace Ford) to the British authorities for a 20 pound reward. In the course of one gloomy, foggy night, guilt and retribution inexorably close in.

David Copperfield (George Cukor)
Nominated Best Picture
From the novel by Charles Dickens, this is the story of a young boy (Freddie Bartholomew) and his struggles to escape persecution in 18th century London. When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone (Basil Rathbone) has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to London to work for a living. This film is noted for its unforgettable supporting characters, including Aunt Betsey (Edna May Oliver), Micawber (W.C. Fields), and Uriah Heep (Roland Young).

Captain Blood (Michael Curtiz)
Nominated Best Picture
In 1685, Dr. Peter Blood (Errol Flynn), a British surgeon, is arrested and wrongly condemned to slavery in the Caribbean for helping a rebel soldier in England. After spending some time as a slave, he escapes, steals a ship and becomes a pirate who effectively steals from the rich and gives to the poor. This is Flynn's first real starring role, and it cemented him as the swashbuckling heir to Douglas Fairbanks.

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (Henry Hathaway)
Nominated Best Picture
The 41st Bengal Lancers are stationed on the Northwest Frontier of British India, guarding against Afridi invaders led by wily Mohammed Khan (Douglass Dumbrille). Experienced (though insubordinate) Lt. McGregor (Gary Cooper) is joined by two new arrivals--haughty Forsythe (Franchot Tone) and callow Donald Stone (Richard Cromwell)...son of the commanding colonel (Guy Standing). When they are captured by Khan, he threatens them with the famous line: "We have ways of making men talk."

Alice Adams (George Stevens)
Nominated Best Picture
In the lower-middle-class Adams family, father and son (Fred Stone and Frank Albertson) are happy to work in a drugstore, but mother and daughter Alice (Ann Shoemaker and Katharine Hepburn) try every possible social-climbing stategem, despite snubs and embarrassment. When Alice finally meets her dream man Arthur (Fred MacMurray), mother nags father into a risky business venture and plans to impress Alice's beau with an "upscale" family dinner.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt)
Nominated Best Picture
A film adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. In it, Theseus (Ian Hunter) is set to marry Hippolyta (Verree Teasdale). His officer Demetrius (Ross Alexander) is engaged to Hermia (Olivia de Havilland). But Hermia loves Lysander (Dick Powell). Helena (Jean Muir) loves Demetrius. Oberon (Victor Jory) and Titania (Anita Louise), king and queen of the faeries, have a slight quarrel about who gets a boy as servant. So Oberon tries to get him from her by using some magic. But they're not alone in the forest. Lysander and Hermia have come there for a rendevous, as are Helena and Demetrius. On top of that, some actors are practising a play for the ongoing wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Due to some missunderstandings by Puck (Mickey Rooney), the whole thing becomes a little bit confused...(as if it isn't already?)

Naughty Marietta (Robert Z. Leonard and W.S. Van Dyke)
Nominated Best Picture
In this film version of an operetta, Princess Marie de Namours de la Bonfain (Jeanette MacDonald) is a beautiful, young, sophisticated French princess of 23, who finds more worth in true love than a title. On the eve of her arranged marriage, to a Spanish-grandee (Walter Kingsford), whom she doesn't love, her maid, Marietta (also played by MacDonald), comes to her to say farewell. Marietta is to leave that night on a cargo ship bound for New Orleans, where she is to make a new life and find a husband. Princess Marie trades places with Marietta to escape her unwanted marriage. While sailing, the cargo ship is taken hostage by pirates. Captain Richard Warrington (Nelson Eddy) and his mercenaries soon come to the rescue. Captain Warrington is quickly taken by the beautiful Marietta, and she with him. But he has no interest in marriage, and she's afraid she might be recognized. Meanwhile in France, a search and reward is out for Princess Marie's whereabouts. Princess Marie's Uncle (Douglass Dumbrille) and fiancée soon discover that she is in New Orleans and sail for America.


Broadway Melody of 1936 (Roy Del Ruth)
Nominated Best Picture
This is a follow-up to 1929's The Broadway Melody. Bob Gordon (Robert Taylor) is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian (June Knight), if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler (Jack Benny), a paper man, gets this information and is writing about this in his column in an unfriendly way. Gordon's old class mate Irene Foster (Eleanor Powell), a tap dancer from Albany also tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lilian insists in getting this part herself. So Irene Foster, Bert Keeler and Gordon's secretary Kitty (Una Merkel) start a little game to get Irene the leading role.

A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway)
Nominated Best Picture
IMDB Highest Rated
An elaborate adaptation of Dickens' classic tale of the French Revolution. Aimless lawyer Sydney Carton (Ronald Colman) defends victims of France's Reign of Terror, including Charles Darnay (Donald Woods) who is accused spying against England. He becomes enamored of Darnay's fiancée, Lucie Manette (Elizabeth Allan), and agrees to help her save Darnay from the guillotine.

A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood)
The Marx Brothers take on high society in what is considered to be their best and most popular film. It received critical acclaim when released, and by bringing their comedy sequences, musical numbers, and plot line up to higher standards, the film also proved to be a tremendous financial success.

The most famous of the comedy team's routines are included here: the crowded shipboard stateroom scene, the contract-tearing scene between Groucho and Chico, the rearranged furniture and bed-switching sequence to elude a private detective, the operatic finale (a lavish production number) with Harpo swinging Tarzan ape-like on stage flyropes in tune to Verdi's music, and sprinkled throughout--Groucho's zippy one-line insults and flirtations with his perennial nemesis--Margaret Dumont.

The plot concerns two lovers (Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones) who are both in the opera and are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor (Walter Woolf King) to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance.

Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale)
Solonor's Pick
Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and his monster (Boris Karloff) both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), kidnaps his wife (Valerie Hobson), Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman (Elsa Lanchester--who also played author Mary Shelley), to be the companion of the monster.

The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock)
This is one of the first classic Hitchcock films, and it gave him some of his earliest acclaim in the U.S. In it, Richard Hannay (Robert Donat, who plays multiple roles) is a Canadian visitor to London. At the end of a show by "Mr Memory" (Wylie Watson), he meets Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim) who is running away from secret agents. He hides her in his flat, but in the night she is murdered. Fearing he could be accused, Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring.

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Best Picture: 1935
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Mutiny on the Bounty
Ruggles of Red Gap
Top Hat
Les Miserables
The Informer
David Copperfield
Captain Blood
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
Alice Adams
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Naughty Marietta
Broadway Melody of 1936
A Tale of Two Cities
A Night at the Opera
The Bride of Frankenstein
The 39 Steps

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