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The Life of Emile Zola (11-Aug-1937)

Director: William Dieterle

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine; Heinz Herald; Geza Herczeg

Based on a book: Zola and His Time by Matthew Josephson

Music by: Max Steiner

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Unjustly Accused, Libel

Fictionalized version of the life of writer Emile Zola, who rose to the defense of French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus, falsely accused and convicted of treason. The story is one of the great scandals of France. Outstanding performance by Paul Muni, probably his best role. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Robert Barrat
Actor
10-Jul-1889 7-Jan-1970 The Kennel Murder Case
Louis Calhern
Actor
19-Feb-1895 12-May-1956 Duck Soup
Morris Carnovsky
Actor
5-Sep-1897 1-Sep-1992 Dead Reckoning
Donald Crisp
Actor
27-Jul-1880 25-May-1974 Silent film actor, survived into talkies
Harry Davenport
Actor
19-Jan-1866 9-Aug-1949 Gone with the Wind
Gloria Holden
Actor
5-Sep-1908 22-Mar-1991 Dracula's Daughter
Walter Kingsford
Actor
20-Sep-1881 7-Feb-1958 British-American character actor
John Litel
Actor
30-Dec-1892 3-Feb-1972 Two Dollar Bettor
Montagu Love
Actor
15-Mar-1877 17-May-1943 British character actor
Grant Mitchell
Actor
17-Jun-1874 1-May-1957 Father Is a Prince
Dickie Moore
Actor
12-Sep-1925   The Little Rascals
Ralph Morgan
Actor
6-Jul-1883 11-Jun-1956 The Kennel Murder Case
Paul Muni
Actor
22-Sep-1895 25-Aug-1967 The Life of Louis Pasteur
Henry O'Neill
Actor
10-Aug-1891 18-May-1961 Anchors Aweigh
Joseph Schildkraut
Actor
22-Mar-1896 21-Jan-1964 The Life of Emile Zola
Vladimir Sokoloff
Actor
26-Dec-1889 15-Feb-1962 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Gale Sondergaard
Actor
15-Feb-1899 14-Aug-1985 Anthony Adverse
Robert Warwick
Actor
9-Oct-1878 6-Jun-1964 Alias Jimmy Valentine

CAST

Paul Muni   ...   Émile Zola
with
Joseph Schildkraut   ...   Capt. Alfred Dreyfus
Gale Sondergaard   ...   Lucie Dreyfus
Donald Crisp   ...   Maitre Labori
Gloria Holden   ...   Alexandrine Zola
Erin O'Brien Moore   ...   Nana
Henry O'Neill   ...   Col. Picquart
Morris Carnovsky   ...   Anatole France
Louis Calhern   ...   Maj. Dort
John Litel   ...   Charpentier
Ralph Morgan   ...   Commander of Paris
Robert Barrat   ...   Maj. Walsin-Esterhazy
Vladimir Sokoloff   ...   Paul Cezanne
Grant Mitchell   ...   Georges Clemenceau
Harry Davenport   ...   Chief of Staff
Robert Warwick   ...   Maj. Henry
Charles Richman   ...   M. Delagorgue
Gilbert Emery   ...   Minister of War
Walter Kingsford   ...   Col. Sandherr
Paul Everton   ...   Assistant Chief of Staff
Montagu Love   ...   M. Cavaignac
Frank Sheridan   ...   M. Van Cassell
Lumsden Hare   ...   Mr. Richards
Marcia Mae Jones   ...   Helen Richards
Florence Roberts   ...   Madame Zola
Dickie Moore   ...   Pierre Dreyfus
Rolla Gourvitch   ...   Jeanne Dreyfus

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