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Lew Ayres All Quiet on the Western Front
Made at the dawn of the sound era, All Quiet on the Western Front remains the best war film ever made. Despite some brave (and not so brave) attempts by other filmmakers ever since, no other motion picture I’ve seen has captured the horrors of war with the honesty and the poignancy of Lewis Milestone’s rendition of Erich Maria Remarque’s pacifist novel. Lew Ayres plays the young, idealistic soldier who soon discovers that war has nothing to do with either honor or glory.

FILM

All Quiet on the Western Front
d: Lewis Milestone; scr: Maxwell Anderson, Del Andrews, George Abbott

The Bishop Murder Case
d: Nick Grindé, David Burton; scr: Lenore J. Coffee

Going Wild
d: William A. Seiter; scr: Humphrey Pearson, Henry McCarthy

In Gay Madrid
d: Robert Z. Leonard; scr: Edwin Justus Mayer, Bess Meredyth, Salisbury Field

Let Us Be Gay
d: Robert Z. Leonard; scr: Frances Marion, Lucille Newmark

Sous les toits de Paris / Under the Roofs of Paris
d, scr: René Clair

 

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d: George Cukor, Cyril Gardner; scr: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Gertrude Purcell

 

ACTOR

Chester Morris
The Bat Whispers

Ramon Novarro
In Gay Madrid

Warner Oland
The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

Albert Préjean
Under the Roofs of Paris

ACTRESS

Dorothy Jordan
In Gay Madrid

Dorothy Peterson
Mothers Cry

Norma Shearer
Let Us Be Gay

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Noah Beery
Golden Dawn

Edward Everett Horton
Reaching for the Moon

Fredric March
The Royal Family of Broadway

George F. Marion
The Bishop Murder Case

Charles Quartermaine
The Bishop Murder Case

Ernest Torrence
Call of the Flesh

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Renée Adorée
Call of the Flesh

May Boley
Going Wild

Marie Dressler
The Girl Said No

Marie Dressler
Let Us Be Gay

Beryl Mercer
All Quiet on the Western Front

Ona Munson
Going Wild

Zelma O’Neal
Follow Thru

Marjorie Rambeau
Min and Bill

Alison Skipworth
Outward Bound

Blanche Sweet
Showgirl in Hollywood

CINEMATOGRAPHY

William H. Daniels
Romance

Arthur Edeson
All Quiet on the Western Front

Henry Gerrard, Charles Boyle
Follow Thru

Merritt B. Gerstad
Call of the Flesh

Ray June
The Bat Whispers

Roy Overbaugh
The Bishop Murder Case

 

MUSIC

Fred E. Ahlert, Xavier Cugat, Herbert Stothart
In Gay Madrid

Armand Bernard
Under the Roofs of Paris

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