Top Ten 1938

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

I haven’t seen this year’s Best Actor winner, Spencer Tracy in Boys Town, but I can hardly believe he comes anywhere near the vivacity that James Cagney brings to Angels With Dirty Faces. Cagney made himself a star for portraying the same level of manic (but strangely intelligent) energy in Public Enemy, and would have to jump genres in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy in order to get the gold statuette, but it’s hard to imagine Michael Curtiz’s film about life among slum criminals without his brand of verve.

Honour Roll: Robert Donat, The Citadel; Errol Flynn, The Adventures Of Robin Hood; Jean Gabin, Port of Shadows; Leslie Howard, Pygmalion

BIL'S BEST ACTRESS

For this year I…

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1

  • The Lady Vanishes

    2

  • Four Daughters

    3

  • Alexander Nevsky

    4

  • Angels with Dirty Faces

    5

  • Alexander's Ragtime Band

    6

  • La Bête Humaine

    7

  • Pygmalion

    8

  • The Citadel

    9

  • You Can't Take It with You

    10