Top Ten 1932

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Paul Muni was famous for his ability to put on any accent for a role, sort of the Meryl Streep of his day, but I find his most energetic and enjoyable performance happened well before the days he was headlining bloated biopics about the likes of Zola or Juarez. In Scarface he is alternately scary and hilarious as Howard Hawks’ unreliable anti-hero, and the film far outshines the epic remake by Brian DePalma many decades later.  In I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang, he is charismatic without overwhelming a very watchable message-driven drama, probably giving his most sympathetic and human performance.

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

Marlene Dietrich only ever received one Academy Award nomination, for Morocco,…

  • Shanghai Express

    1

  • Grand Hotel

    2

  • Horse Feathers

    3

  • Vampyr

    4

  • I Was Born, But...

    5

  • Chandu the Magician

    6

  • Scarface

    7

  • Island of Lost Souls

    8

  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

    9

  • Boudu Saved from Drowning

    10