The Life of Emile Zola is anything but a conventional screen biography. This Oscar winner for best picture could more accurately have been entitled The Dreyfus Affair, for that notorious case of military injustice is the film’s centerpiece.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is the greatest of all the social problem pictures Hollywood produced during the Depression. It's one of the few feature films actually responsible for a major change in government policy.
Throughout the 1930s and into the ‘40s Paul Muni was considered America’s premier dramatic actor. Scarface was his breakout role, highly theatrical and bigger than life. Audiences found it wildly entertaining.