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This act of altruism on behalf of the brothers Warner was rewarded with the best picture Oscar for 1937; it isn't so much bad as utterly, magisterially bland.
It's a compelling film that demands no previous knowledge of the title character in order to derive satisfaction from the story.
Last week Warner Brothers released a movie which is probably the outstanding prestige picture of the season. It is also one of the best shows.
Carefully mounted, well directed and acted, but basically the sort of well-meaning pap out of which Oscars are made.
John C. Flinn Sr.,
The film is destined to box office approval of the most substantial character. It is finely made and merits high rating as cinema art and significant recognition as major showmanship.