Of course, in the 1930s Columbia had one major advantage: they had director Frank Capra, who brought them box office and Academy Award gold in 1934 with It Happened One Night and made some of his best-remembered pictures with them.
My ten favorite Golden Age Columbia films in chronological order are:
- It Happened One Night (1934)
- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
- Lost Horizon (1937)
- You Can't Take it With You (1938)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
- Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
- His Girl Friday (1940)
- Penny Serenade (1941)
- Dead Reckoning (1947)
- Lady From Shanghai (1947)
7 are romance/comedy with 1 fantasy and 2 film noirs. Half of them were directed by Frank Capra while another 3 star Cary Grant.