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The Good Earth (1937) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Sidney Franklin and Gustav Machat? and produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin.

Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressLuise RainerWon
Best CinematographyKarl FreundWon
Best DirectorSidney FranklinNominated
Best Film EditingBasil WrangellNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerNominated

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The Good Earth (1937) (2)

By Beatrice on Sep 23, 2013 From Flickers in Time

The Good Earth Directed by Sidney Franklin Written by Talbot Jennings, Tess Slesinger, and Claudine West based upon the novel by Pearl S. Buck 1937/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing Unidentified laborer: I don’t know but it has something to do with food. Something about MGM’s worthy... Read full article

The Good Earth (1937) (1)

By Angela on Jan 14, 2011 From Hollywood Revue

The Good Earth follows Chinese farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) and his wife O-Lan (Luise Rainer) as their lives go through a series of highs and lows.? Wang Lung comes from a family of farmers and the movie opens on the day he marries O-Lan, a kitchen slave in the Great House.? O-Lan had been sold into... Read full article

Dragon Seed(1944) and The Good Earth(1937).

By Dawn on Oct 18, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Dragon Seed(1944).War film. Cast: Katharine Hepburn. Based on a best-selling book by Pearl S. Buck, the film is about a peaceful village in China that has been invaded by the Imperial Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese war. In the valley of Ling, China, Ling Tan and his family plant rice... Read full article

The Good Earth

By Alyson on Jun 10, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Everyone wants their children to have a life better than their own.? That’s no different for Wang Lung (Paul Muni) a poor farmer who tends the fields with his aging father.? Wang is the only survivor of six sons and is about to get a wife.? We watch as he fulfills his chores in excited ant... Read full article

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According to Peter Hay's 1991 book "When the Lion Roars", when MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer learned of production chief Irving Thalberg's desire to film Pearl S. Buck's novel about Chinese peasants, he told him, "The public won't buy pictures about American farmers, and you want to give them Chinese farmers?" Opposed by Mayer, Thalberg had to appeal to Nicholas Schenck, the chief executive of MGM parent Loew's Theaters Inc. and President of MGM, to make the film. Permission was given, but Thalberg never lived to see the film completed. This is the only film that bears a Thalberg producer credit.
Victor Sen Yung's first movie.
The play by Owen Davis and Donald Davis, based on Pearl S. Buck's novel, opened in New York on 18 October 1933 at the Guild Theater with Claude Rains and Alla Nazimova in the lead roles and ran for 56 performances.
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