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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, Sidney Franklin)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

For maybe the first ninety minutes of The Good Earth, it seems like the most interesting thing to talk about is going to be how the filmmakers were able to make the lead characters in the film appear sympathetic while they were being, frankly, un-American. It makes sense, since the main characters a... Read full article

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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Chinese-born Anna May Wong desperately wanted the role of O-Lan. Being a close friend of author Pearl S. Buck helped. She tested for the role, but producer Irving Thalberg was unsatisfied. Also, since Paul Muni, a Caucasian actor, had already been cast in the lead, Thalberg knew he couldn't cast Wong as Muni's wife. The Hays Code prohibited actors of different races from playing husband/wife couples on film. (This was to avoid offending white audiences in the segregated American South, where there were laws against mixed-race marriages.) Thalberg offered her the "vamp" role of Lotus, but a distraught Anna May turned it down.
The location shots in China were filmed by director George W. Hill for a movie that was later abandoned. Hill had died by the time this film went into production.
Because the Sino-Japanese war was in progress, the Chinese government threatened not to approve the movie if any Japanese actors were cast in any role.
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