Bachelor Mother (1939) is a prime example of a production that cannily employed comedy to dance through forbidden territory. Ginger Rogers got to show off her comic chops and an impeccable sense of timing.
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.