The year 1937 in film involved some significant events, including the Walt Disney production of the first American full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Events

May 7 – Shall We Dance premieres in the US. May 11 – Captains Courageous premieres in the US. June 7 – Actress Jean Harlow passes away aged 26. July 9 – The silent film archives of Fox Film Corporation are destroyed by the 1937 Fox vault fire. December 21 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres in the US.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

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Rank Title Studio Starring
1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Disney/RKO Radio Pictures voices of Adriana Caselotti and Lucille La Verne
2. The Good Earth MGM Paul Muni and Luise Rainer
3. One Hundred Men and a Girl Universal Deanna Durbin and Leopold Stokowski
4. Topper MGM Constance Bennett and Cary Grant
5. Wee Willie Winkie 20th Century Fox Shirley Temple
6. Stella Dallas Goldwyn/United Artists Barbara Stanwyck
7. In Old Chicago 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power, Alice Faye and Don Ameche
8. The Prince and the Pauper Warner Bros. Errol Flynn
9. Saratoga MGM Clark Gable and Jean Harlow
10. The Life of Emile Zola Warner Bros. Paul Muni
11. Lost Horizon Columbia Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt
12. Dead End United Artists Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Claire Trevor and Humphrey Bogart
13. The Hurricane United Artists Dorothy Lamour
14. Heidi 20th Century Fox Shirley Temple
15. Conquest MGM Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer
16. Personal Property MGM Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor

Academy Awards

Best Picture: The Life of Emile Zola – Warner Bros. Best Director: Leo McCarey – The Awful Truth Best Actor: Spencer Tracy – Captains Courageous Best Actress: Luise Rainer – The Good Earth

Top ten money-making stars

Rank

Actor/Actress

1. Shirley Temple 2. Clark Gable 3. Robert Taylor 4. Bing Crosby 5. William Powell 6. Jane Withers 7. (tie) Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers 8. Sonja Henie 9. Gary Cooper 10. Myrna Loy

Notable films released in 1937

  1. Lost Horizon
  2. Way Out West

Serials

Blake of Scotland Yard, starring Ralph Byrd and Herbert Rawlinson Dick Tracy, starring Ralph Byrd Jungle Jim Jungle Menace, starring Frank Buck The Mysterious Pilot, starring Frank Hawks The Painted Stallion, starring Ray Corrigan Radio Patrol Secret Agent X-9, starring Scott Kolk S.O.S. Coast Guard, starring Ralph Byrd and Bela Lugosi Tim Tyler's Luck, starring Frankie Thomas Wild West Days Zorro Rides Again, starring John Carroll

Comedy film series

Harold Lloyd (1913–1938) Charlie Chaplin (1914–1940) Lupino Lane (1915–1939) Buster Keaton (1917–1944) Laurel and Hardy (1921-1945) Our Gang (1922–1944) Wheeler and Woolsey (1929-1937) The Marx Brothers (1929–1946) The Three Stooges (1933–1962)

Animated short film series

Krazy Kat (1925–1940) Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (1927–1938) Mickey Mouse (1928–1953) Silly Symphonies Woodland Café Little Hiawatha The Old Mill

Screen Songs (1929–1938) Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Terrytoons (1930–1964) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Scrappy (1931–1941) Betty Boop (1932–1939) Popeye (1933–1957) Happy Harmonies (1934–1938) Color Rhapsodies (1934–1949) Meany, Miny, and Moe (1936-1937) Donald Duck (1937-1956)

Births

Deaths

Debuts

Glenn Ford - Night in Manhattan Ronald Reagan - Love Is on the Air Lana Turner - They Won't Forget

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