THE GOOD EARTH (Sidney Franklin, Sam Wood, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, 1937)

The specious, superficial nature of The Good Earth, an extravagant production from Hollywood’s “golden age,” can be attributed to the impersonality of executive producer Irving Thalberg, who died at 37 prior to the film’s release, and principal director Sidney Franklin. Pearl S. Buck, the author of the persistently popular 1931 novel on which the film […]