Top Ten 1931

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

I know I should go for Chaplin on this one; he accomplishes the pitch-perfect pathos and comedy of City Lights as effectively in his role as actor as he does directing it. But I’m already giving him a Best Pic and Best Director selection, so for male lead I’m going with a long-forgotten performer who really gives an early talkie its verve. Platinum Blonde is mainly remembered as a starring vehicle for the legendary Jean Harlow, but it’s the genius of Robert Williams that is noticeable while you’re watching it and, sadly, more was not made of what he gives here.

Honour Roll: Charles Chaplin, City Lights; Ronald Colman, Arrowsmith

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

Legends don’t just come…

  • City Lights

    1

  • Bad Girl

    2

  • Frankenstein

    3

  • Little Caesar

    4

  • The Public Enemy

    5

  • M

    6

  • Monkey Business

    7

  • Tabu

    8

  • Arrowsmith

    9

  • Platinum Blonde

    10