Top Ten Films of 1934: World Premieres

1. The Scarlet Empress Dir. Josef von Sternberg. With Marlene Dietrich, Sam Jaffe A
2. It Happened One Night Dir. Frank Capra. With Claudette Colbert, Clark Gable A–
3. L'Atalante Dir. Jean Vigo. With Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon, Louis Lefebvre A–
4. The Thin Man Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan A–
5. Imitation of Life Dir. John M. Stahl. With Claudette Colbert, Louise Beavers B+

Reviews from 1934
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   L'Atalante Dir. Jean Vigo. With Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon, Louis Lefebvre A–

More Grades from 1934
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      The Barretts of Wimpole Street Dir. Sidney Franklin. With Norma Shearer, Charles Laughton B
      The Black Cat Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer. With Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, David Manners, Lucille Lund C+
      The Gay Divorcée Dir. Mark Sandrich. With Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton B
      Of Human Bondage Dir. John Cromwell. With Leslie Howard, Bette Davis, Frances Dee B
      One Night of Love Dir. Victor Schertzinger. With Grace Moore, Tullio Carminati B
      The White Parade Dir. Irving Cummings. With Loretta Young, John Boles, Jane Darwell C


Still to Come from 1934
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      The House of Rothschild Dir. Alfred Werker. With George Arliss, Loretta Young
      It's a Gift Dir. Norman Z. McLeod. With W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol
      Judge Priest Dir. John Ford. With Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise
      Man of Aran Dir. Robert J. Flaherty. Documentary of life on the Aran Islands
      The Man Who Knew Too Much Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Leslie Banks, Edna Best
      Manhattan Melodrama Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With Clark Gable, William Powell, Myrna Loy
      Operator 13 Dir. Richard Boleslawski. With Marion Davies, Gary Cooper
      Our Daily Bread Dir. King Vidor. With Karen Morley, Tom Keene, Barbara Pepper
      A Story of Floating Weeds Dir. Yasujiro Ozu. With Takeshi Sakamoto, Chouko Iida
      Twentieth Century Dir. Howard Hawks. With John Barrymore, Carole Lombard

Further Research:
      The Affairs of Cellini Dir. Gregory La Cava. With Fredric March, Constance Bennett
      The Age of Innocence Dir. Philip Moeller. With Irene Dunne, John Boles, Lionel Atwill
      The Big Shakedown Dir. John Frances Dillon. With Charles Farrell, Bette Davis
      Bright Eyes Dir. David Butler. With Shirley Temple, James Dunn, Jane Darwell
      Death Takes a Holiday Dir. Mitchell Leisen. With Fredric March, Evelyn Venable
      Easy to Love Dir. William Keighley. With Adolphe Menjou, Genevieve Tobin
      Flirtation Walk Dir. Frank Borzage. With Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Pat O'Brien
      Fog over Frisco Dir. William Dieterle. With Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
      The Girl from Missouri Dir. Jack Conway. With Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore
      Have a Heart Dir. David Butler. With Jean Parker, James Dunn, Una Merkel
      Here Comes the Navy Dir. Lloyd Bacon. With James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart
      Housewife Dir. Alfred E. Green. With George Brent, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak
      I Am a Thief Dir. Robert Florey. With Mary Astor, Ricardo Cortez, Dudley Digges
      Kid Millions Dir. Roy Del Ruth. With Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman
      Laughing Boy Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With Ramon Novarro, Lupe Vélez, Chief Thunderbird
      Liliom Dir. Fritz Lang. With Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Florelle
      The Little Minister Dir. Richard Wallace. With Katharine Hepburn, John Beal, Alan Hale
      A Lost Lady Dir. Alfred E. Green. With Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Morgan, Ricardo Cortez
      The Merry Widow Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
      The Painted Veil Dir. Richard Boleslawski. With Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall
      The Richest Girl in the World Dir. William A. Seiter. With Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea
      Sadie McKee Dir. Clarence Brown. With Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone
      The Scarlet Pimpernel Dir. Harold Young. With Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey
      Viva Villa! Dir. Jack Conway. With Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Fay Wray

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