1937

This is a list-in-progress of some favorite movies from 1937. The numbers are not rankings; the list is alphabetical, although the displayed form of some titles may not reflect this.
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1.
Abused Confidence (1937)
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Imposture helps an orphan girl become a lawyer. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Decoin
 
2.
The Awful Truth (1937)
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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
3.
Captains Courageous (1937)
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A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work. (117 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
4.
Dance Program (1937)
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Christine, newly widowed and consumed by the memory of a ball she attended age 16, decides to track down the men she danced with that night and discover their fates. (144 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
5.
Conquest (1937)
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A Polish countess becomes Napoleon Bonaparte's mistress at the urging of Polish leaders, who feel she could influence him to make Poland independent. (113 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
6.
Dark Journey (1937)
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During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love. (77 mins.)
Director: Victor Saville
 
7.
Dead End (1937)
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The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum. (93 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
8.
Les dégourdis de la 11ème (1937)
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A colonel decided to be represented at the regiment festival of a tragedy in verse by the poem written by his sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christian-Jaque
 
9.
Désiré (1937)
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Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook... (92 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
10.
Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)
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In Victorian London, a Crime Novelist and his Wife fake their disappearance in order to hide from an uptight Anglican Bishop who is leading a campaign against the "evils" of crime fiction. (94 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
11.
Easy Living (1937)
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During the Great Depression, a wealthy banker throws away his wife's expensive fur coat; it lands on the head of a stenographer, leading to everyone assuming she is his mistress and has access to his millions. (88 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
12.
Elephant Boy (1937)
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This black and white movie is based on Rudyard Kipling's "Toomai, of the Elephants", in which a small native lad claims he knows the congregating place of the elephant hordes. (80 mins.)
 
13.
Feu Mathias Pascal (1937)
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Mathias Pascal, saddled with a stupid wife and a nagging mother-in-law, leaves home and is extremely lucky at several gambling resorts... (92 mins.)
Director: Pierre Chenal
 
14.
La Grande Illusion (1937)
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During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from. (113 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
15.
Lady Killer (1937)
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Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women... (94 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
16.
The Hurricane (1937)
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A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor. (110 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
17.
It's Love I'm After (1937)
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An actor of the stage finds himself pursued by a lovestruck fan while trying to patch up a tempestuous relationship with his actress lover. (90 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
 
18.
King Solomon's Mines (1937)
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White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa. (77 mins.)
 
19.
Marked Woman (1937)
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A crusading DA persuades a clip joint "party girl" to testify against her mobster boss after her innocent sister is accidentally murdered during one of his unsavory "parties". (96 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
20.
A Night of Terror (1937)
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A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous. (86 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
21.
Nothing Sacred (1937)
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An eccentric woman learns she is not dying of radium poisoning as earlier assumed, but when she meets a reporter looking for a story, she feigns sickness again for her own profit. (77 mins.)
 
22.
On the Avenue (1937)
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Broadway producer satirizes an important New York family. The family sues but their daughter falls in love with producer. (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
23.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
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A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
24.
The Pearls of the Crown (1937)
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Three narrators (French writer Jean Martin, an English royal equerry, and a papal chamberlain) tell the story of seven matched pearls... (118 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
25.
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
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Two look-alike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like. (118 mins.)
 
26.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
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An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped. (101 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
27.
Harvest (1937)
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(127 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
28.
Shall We Dance (1937)
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A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
29.
Slim (1937)
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A veteran lineman takes an awe-struck young farmer under his wing, but problems arise when he introduces him to his occasional girlfriend, a pretty nurse. (85 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
30.
Stage Door (1937)
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A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house. (92 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
 
31.
A Star Is Born (1937)
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
 
32.
Topper (1937)
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A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. (97 mins.)
 
33.
The Girl Was Young (1937)
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Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. (80 mins.)