Most Popular Titles With W.S. Van Dyke
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1. The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Not Rated | 165 min | Drama, History, War
The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war.
Votes: 16,901 | Gross: $3.00M
2. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.
Writers: Anthony Hope, John L. Balderston, Edward E. Rose, Wells Root, Donald Ogden Stewart | Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey
3. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.
4. The Thin Man (1934)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Nick and Nora Charles, a former detective and his rich, playful wife, investigate a murder case mostly for the fun of it.
Not Rated | 197 min | Drama, History, War
The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.
6. 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.
7. Marie Antoinette (1938)
Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History
The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.
8. Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.
9. Another Thin Man (1939)
Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Mystery, Drama
An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out.
10. Northwest Passage (1940)
Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.
11. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track.
12. It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood is framed for murder and while Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are nabbed by the police, tried, convicted and ... See full summary »
13. 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.
14. Rose-Marie (1936)
Passed | 113 min | Musical, Romance, Adventure
Opera singer (Marie de Flor) seeks out fugitive brother in the Canadian wilderness. During her trek, she meets a Canadian mountie (Sgt. Bruce) who is also searching for her brother. Romance... See full summary »
15. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
G | 133 min | Documentary, Family, Musical
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.
16. Rosalie (1937)
Passed | 123 min | Drama, Musical
West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.
17. Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
Passed | 101 min | Musical, Romance
Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lilian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a paper man, gets ... See full summary »
18. Naughty Marietta (1935)
G | 105 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.
19. Rage in Heaven (1941)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Thriller
Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »
20. Forsaking All Others (1934)
Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.
22. Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931)
Passed | 79 min | Drama
Dan works for Pritchard and Pritchard out of San Francisco and is in love with Maisie, referred to as "the icebox" by his news reporter friend. As one of his ships returns to San Francisco,... See full summary »
23. I Love You Again (1940)
Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Writers: Leon Gordon, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Octavus Roy Cohen, Charles Lederer, George Oppenheimer, Harry Kurnitz | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe
24. Sweethearts (1938)
Passed | 114 min | Musical
A musical comedy duo in their 6th year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them ... See full summary »
Writers: Fred De Gresac, Harry B. Smith, Robert B. Smith, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell | Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
25. New Moon (1940)
Passed | 105 min | Musical, Romance, Adventure
Marianne de Beaumaniour is on her way to New Orleans from Paris to inspect the plantation she inherited from her uncle. On the ship with her are bondsmen, that are to be sold for slavery. ... See full summary »
Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel, Laurence Schwab, Jacques Deval, Robert Arthur | Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco
26. Bitter Sweet (1940)
Passed | 94 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, ... See full summary »
27. Trader Horn (1931)
Passed | 122 min | Adventure, Romance
Two white traders in the darkest Africa of the 1870s find a missionary's daughter, who was captured as a child by a savage tribe and now worshiped as a goddess.
28. Love on the Run (1936)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.
29. I Live My Life (1935)
Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry ... See full summary »
30. Personal Property (1937)
Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Romance
Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him a job watching the house and furniture of widow Crystal Wetherby without knowing she is... See full summary »
31. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
An ex-sailor turned boxer finds romance and gets a shot at the heavyweight title.
32. I Take This Woman (1940)
Passed | 98 min | Drama
Georgi has attempted suicide in reaction to an earlier love affair. Now that Dr. Decker has married her he sets out to get her to love him. To make enough to give her what she wants he ... See full summary »
33. Penthouse (1933)
Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters ... See full summary »
34. Journey for Margaret (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Drama, War
An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid. Outraged, they visit a shelter for homeless children where they fall in love with ... See full summary »
35. I Married an Angel (1942)
Passed | 84 min | Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the ... See full summary »
37. His Brother's Wife (1936)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance
Rita Wilson meets epidemiologist Chris Claybourne and they fall in love with each other. When Claybourne leaves for the tropics to find a cure against a disease, Wilson gets her revenge by ... See full summary »
38. The Pagan (1929)
Passed | 83 min | Drama
A carefree South Seas native falls for the half-caste ward of a religious white man who desires her for himself.
39. Stand Up and Fight (1939)
Passed | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance
It starts in 1844 in Maryland, where R.Taylor, owner a plantation with slaves, is forced by debts to sell his estate ad his people. Then he leaves for Cumberland, looking for a job (first ... See full summary »
40. 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.
41. The Feminine Touch (1941)
Approved | 97 min | Comedy
John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »
42. Guilty Hands (1931)
69 min | Drama, Crime
A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.
43. Cairo (1942)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Reporter Homer Smith accidently draws Marcia Warren into his mission to stop Nazis from bombing Allied Conwoys with robot-planes.
44. White Shadows in the South Seas (1928)
Passed | 88 min | Drama, Romance
An alcoholic doctor on a Polynesian island, disgusted by white exploitation of the natives, finds himself marooned on a pristinely beautiful island.
45. They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Jimmy is drafted and ends up in Fred's troop on his way to Europe. Jimmy becomes vicious with his gun, wins a medal, and weds Fred's nurse girlfriend, Rose. Back home years later, Rose ... See full summary »
46. The Cuban Love Song (1931)
Passed | 86 min | Musical, Romance
A guilt-ridden U.S. Marine returns to Cuba to try to find his illegitimate child.
Writers: C. Gardner Sullivan, Bess Meredyth, John Lynch, John Colton, Gilbert Emery, Robert E. Hopkins, Paul Hervey Fox | Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Lawrence Tibbett, Lupe Velez, Ernest Torrence, Jimmy Durante
47. Night Court (1932)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
Judge Moffett is as crooked as they come and the Board of Judicial Corruption is after him. So he hides out in the poor part of town. While there, she drops the bankbook that Moffett has ... See full summary »
48. Laughing Boy (1934)
Passed | 79 min | Drama, Romance, Western
Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in ... See full summary »
49. Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)
Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama
Dr. Jimmy Kildare is back at work at Blair General hospital, though several people admit that he is not himself since suffering his loss. He's taken a liking to a young intern, Don Winthrop... See full summary »
50. The Miracle of Sound (1940)
Passed | 11 min | Documentary, Short
MGM sound engineer Douglas Shearer takes us for a behind the scenes look at how the sound portion of a talking picture is created. Uses Bitter Sweet (1940) (a Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson ... See full summary »