Year 1935

Highest Grossing Movies, 1935

#3 China Seas 

An adventure movie starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery, China Seas is probably best remembered for Robert Benchley’s portrayal of a drunk. This was one of six films Clark Gable and Jean Harlow made together, the first being the sizzling Red Dust.

#2 Top Hat

Top Hat starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They made nine movies together for RKO with Top Hat being the most successful picture of their partnership. Indeed, it was Astaire’s second most successful movie overall, after Easter Parade.

#1 Mutiny on the Bounty

Historically accurate in only one sense – Clark Gable shaved off his moustache because Royal Navy sailors of the 18th century had to be clean-shaven, nevertheless, Mutiny on the Bounty was one of MGM’s biggest hits of the 1930s. The film featured James Cagney and David Niven as uncredited extras.

Top Ten Moneymaking Stars, 1935

  1. Shirley Temple 
  2. Will Rogers
  3. Clark Gable
  4. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  5. Joan Crawford 
  6. Claudette Colbert
  7. Dick Powell
  8. Wallace Beery
  9. Joe E. Brown
  10. James Cagney

On August 15, 1935 Will Rogers, pictured, died in a plane crash.

Notable Movie Debuts in 1935, Actresses

Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland.

Vivien Leigh made her debut in Look Up and Laugh, a Gracie Fields comedy, while Olivia de Havilland made her debut in Alibi Ike a romantic comedy starring Joe E. Brown.

Notable Movie Debuts in 1935, Actors

James Mason in Late Extra, a British crime drama, which also featured Alistair Sim, and Henry Fonda in The Farmer Takes a Wife, a comedy directed by the erstwhile Victor Fleming and co-starring Janet Gaynor. Originally a Broadway play, Fonda reprised his stage role as the farmer.

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