Screen Test of Time, Ep. 64: Anthony Adverse
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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Never before have our hosts said, “But whatever,” as many times as in this episode (please do not turn this into a drinking game— you have been warned). Despite SToT favorite Frederic March giving it his all as the titular character, Anthony Adverse is a confusing and confused muddle devoid of character development and made worse by a middle third fraught with all kinds of racism. But it does have the distinction of being the lowest rated Best Picture nominee on Rotten Tomatoes, so at least it has that going for it.
Year Eligible: 1936 (Nominated)
Additional Audio from Anthony Adverse (1936)