I watched 24 of the more popular movies of 1934 and here are my nominees, and ultimately, my winner. Movies taken into account : Cleopatra Flirtation Walk Here Comes the Navy Imitation of Life It Happened One Night It's a Gift Judge Priest L'Atalante Man of Aran Manhattan Melodrama Of Human Bondage One Night of Love The Affairs of Cellini The Barretts of Wimpole Street The Black Cat The Count of Monte Cristo The Gay Divorcee The House of Rothschild The Man Who Knew Too Much The Scarlet Empress The Scarlet Pimpernel The Thin Man Twentieth Century Viva Villa!
was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the University of California...
“ Here comes The Navy ” - gr_olivier
1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...
“ Imitation of Life ” - gr_olivier
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private Catholic girls schools in London...
“ 3rd Place - The Barretts of Wimpole Street ” - gr_olivier
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady
. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow
“ 2nd Place - The Gay Divorcee ” - gr_olivier
Fredi Washington was a pioneering African-American actress whose fair skin and green eyes often were impediments to her showing her extraordinary acting skills. Her talent was often overlooked because of people's obsession with her race and color. In the few films in which she acted her enormous talent as an actress couldn't be hidden...
“ Winner - Imitation of Life ” - gr_olivier