Historical Films 1930-1949 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 25

A Chronology of Posters for Historical Films 1930-1949.

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The Sign of the Cross (1932)
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
The Sign of the Cross (1932)
The Sign of the Cross (1932)


The Sign of the Cross (1932) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 122mins

Fredric March - Marcus Superbus
Elissa Landi - Mercia
Claudette Colbert - Poppea
Charles Laughton - Nero
Ian Keith - Tigellinus
Arthur Hohl - Titus

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.1

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Directed by Alexandra Korda. 97mins

Charles Laughton - Henry VIII
Robert Donat - Thomas Culpeper
Franklin Dyall - Thomas Cromwell
John Loder - Peynell
Merle Oberon - Anne Boleyn The Second Wife
Wendy Barrie - Jane Seymour The Third Wife
Elsa Lanchester - Anne of Cleves The Fourth Wife
Binnie Barnes - Katherine Howard The Fifth Wife
Everley Gregg - Katherine Parr The Sixth Wife

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 for Best Actor (Charles Laughton)

IMDB rating 7.3

Cleopatra (1934)
Cleopatra (1934)


Cleopatra (1934) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 100mins.

Claudette Colbert - Cleopatra
Warren William - Julius Caesar
Henry Wilcoxon - Marc Antony
Joseph Schildkraut - King Herod
Ian Keith - Octavian
C. Aubrey Smith - Enobarbus
Irving Pichel - Apollodorus
Arthur Hohl - Brutus

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 for Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.9

Treasure Island (1934)
Treasure Island (1934)



Treasure Island (1934) Directed by Victor Fleming. 110mins

Wallace Beery - Long John Silver
Jackie Cooper - Jim Hawkins
Lionel Barrymore - Billy Bones
Otto Kruger - Doctor Livesey
Lewis Stone - Captain Smollett
Nigel Bruce - Squire Trelawney

IMDB rating 7.1

Captain Blood (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Captain Blood (1935) Swedish poster
Captain Blood (1935) Swedish poster


Captain Blood (1935) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 119mins.

Errol Flynn - Peter Blood
Olivia de Havilland - Arabella Bishop
Lionel Atwill - Col. Bishop
Basil Rathbone - Levasseur
Ross Alexander - Jeremy Pitt
Guy Kibbee - Hagthorpe
Henry Stephenson - Lord Willoughby

Nominated for 5 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Crusades (1935) French poster
The Crusades (1935) French poster
The Crusades (1935)
The Crusades (1935)

The Crusades (1935) Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. 125mins.

Loretta Young - Berengaria, Princess of Navarre
Henry Wilcoxon - Richard, King of England
Ian Keith - Saladin, Sultan of Islam
C. Aubrey Smith - The Hermit
Katherine DeMille - Alice, Princess of France
Joseph Schildkraut - Conrad, Marquis of Montferrat
Alan Hale - Blondel - Troubadour
C. Henry Gordon - Philip the Second, King of France

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.9

The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)



The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack. 96mins.

Preston Foster - Marcus
Alan Hale - Burbix
Basil Rathbone - Pontius Pilate
Louis Calhern - Allus Martius
John Wood - Flavius, as a Man
David Holt - Flavius, as a Boy

IMDB rating 6.5

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 109mins

Gary Cooper - Lt. Alan McGregor
Franchot Tone - Lt. Forsythe
Richard Cromwell - Lt. Donald Stone
C. Aubrey Smith - Maj. Hamilton
Kathleen Burke - Tania Volkanskaya
Douglass Dumbrille - Mohammed Khan
Akim Tamiroff - Otamanu, emir of Gopal
J. Carrol Naish - Grand Vizier

Nominated for 8 Oscars winning 2 for Best Assistant Directors.

IMDB rating 7.5.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Directed by Frank Lloyd. 132mins.

Charles Laughton - Captain William Bligh
Clark Gable - Fletcher Christian
Franchot Tone - Byam
Donald Crisp - Burkitt
Henry Stephenson - Sir Joseph Banks
Francis Lister - Capt. Nelson
Movita - Tehani

Nominated for 8 Oscars winning 1 - Best Picture.

IMDB rating 7.9

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) French poster
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) French poster

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 115mins.

Errol Flynn - Major Geoffrey Vickers
Olivia de Havilland - Elsa Campbell
Patric Knowles - Captain Perry Vickers
Henry Stephenson - Sir Charles Macefield
Nigel Bruce - Sir Benjamin Warrenton
Donald Crisp - Colonel Campbell
David Niven - Captain James Randall
C. Henry Gordon - Surat Khan

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Assistant Director.

IMDB rating 7.1

Fire Over England (1937)
Fire Over England (1937)



Fire Over England (1937) Directed by William K. Howard. 92mins.

Flora Robson - Queen Elizabeth I of England
Raymond Massey - King Philip II of Spain
Leslie Banks - Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Laurence Olivier - Michael Ingolby
Vivien Leigh - Cynthia
Robert Newton - Don Pedro
James Mason - Hillary Vane

IMDB rating 6.7

The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)


The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) Directed by John Cromwell. 101mins.

Ronald Colman - Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf V
Madeleine Carroll - Princess Flavia
C. Aubrey Smith - Colonel Zapt
Raymond Massey - Black Michael
Mary Astor - Antoinette de Mauban
David Niven - Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - Rupert of Hentzau

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 7.7

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Belgian poster
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Belgian poster

The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) Directed by Archie Mayo. 104mins.

Gary Cooper - Marco Polo
Sigrid Gurie - Princess Kukachin
Basil Rathbone - Ahmed
George Barbier - Kublai Khan
Binnie Barnes - Nazama
Alan Hale - Kaidu
H.B. Warner - Chen Tsu
Lana Turner - Nazama's Maid

IMDB rating 5.7

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)


The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley. 102mins.

Errol Flynn - Robin Hood
Olivia de Havilland - Maid Marian
Basil Rathbone - Sir Guy of Gisbourne
Claude Rains - Prince John
Patric Knowles - Will Scarlett
Eugene Pallette - Friar Tuck
Alan Hale - Little John
Melville Cooper - High Sheriff of Nottingham
Ian Hunter - King Richard the Lion-Heart

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 3 - Best Music (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), Best Art Direction and Best Editing.

IMDB rating 8.0

The Buccaneer (1958)
The Buccaneer (1958)



The Buccaneer (1938) Directed by Cecil B DeMille. 126mins.

Fredric March - Jean Lafitte
Franciska Gaal - Gretchen
Akim Tamiroff - Dominique You
Margot Grahame - Annette de Remy
Walter Brennan - Ezra Peavey
Ian Keith - Senator Crawford
Anthony Quinn - Beluche

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Four Feathers (1939)
The Four Feathers (1939)



The Four Feathers (1939) Directed by Zoltan Korda. 129mins.

John Clements - Harry Faversham
Ralph Richardson - Captain John Durrance
C. Aubrey Smith - General Burroughs
June Duprez - Ethne Burroughs
Allan Jeayes - General Faversham
Jack Allen - Lieutenant Willoughby

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.6

Beau Geste (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)



Beau Geste (1939) Directed by William A. Wellman. 112mins.

Gary Cooper - Beau Geste
Ray Milland - John Geste
Robert Preston - Digby Geste
Brian Donlevy - Sergeant Markoff
Susan Hayward - Isobel Rivers
J. Carrol Naish - Rasinoff
Albert Dekker - Schwartz
Broderick Crawford - Hank Miller

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Supporting Actor (Brian Donlevy) and Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 7.8

Gunga Din (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)


Gunga Din (1939) Directed by George Stevens. 117mins

Cary Grant - Sgt. Archibald Cutter
Victor McLaglen - Sgt Mac MacChesney
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - Sgt Thomas Ballantine
Sam Jaffe - Gunga Din
Eduardo Ciannelli - Guru
Joan Fontaine - Emmy
Robert Coote - Sgt Bertie Higginbotham

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.5

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Italian poster
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Italian poster


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Directed by William Dieterle. 117mins.

Charles Laughton - Quasimodo
Cedric Hardwicke - Frollo
Thomas Mitchell - Clopin
Maureen O'Hara - Esmeralda
Edmond O'Brien - Gringoire
Alan Marshal - Phoebus
Harry Davenport - King Louis XI

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music (Alfred Newman) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.9

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)


The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 106mins.

Bette Davis - Queen Elizabeth
Errol Flynn - Earl of Essex
Olivia de Havilland - Lady Penelope Gray
Donald Crisp - Francis Bacon
Alan Hale - Earl of Tyrone
Vincent Price - Sir Walter Raleigh
Henry Stephenson - Lord Burghley
Henry Daniell - Sir Robert Cecil

Nominated for 5 Oscars - Best Music (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Special Effects,

IMDB rating 7.1

The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)



The Mark of Zorro (1940) Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. 94mins.

Tyrone Power - Don Diego Vega / Zorro
Linda Darnell - Lolita Quintero
Basil Rathbone - Capt. Esteban Pasquale
Gale Sondergaard - Inez Quintero
Eugene Pallette - Fray Felipe
J. Edward Bromberg - Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love - Don Alejandro Vega

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Music (Alfred Newman).

IMDB rating 7.6

The Sea Hawk (1940) Belgian poster
The Sea Hawk (1940) Belgian poster
The Sea Hawk (1940)
The Sea Hawk (1940)


The Sea Hawk (1940) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 127mins.

Errol Flynn - Geoffrey Thorpe
Brenda Marshall - Dona Maria
Claude Rains - Don Jose Alvarez de Cordoba
Donald Crisp - Sir John Burleson
Flora Robson - Queen Elizabeth
Alan Hale - Carl Pitt
Henry Daniell - Lord Wolfingham
Gilbert Roland - Capt. Lopez

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Music (Erich Wolfgang Korngold), Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Lady Hamilton (1941) Italian poster
The Lady Hamilton (1941) Italian poster

The Lady Hamilton (1941) Also known as That Hamilton Woman. Directed by Alexander Korda. 128mins.

Vivien Leigh - Emma Lady Hamilton
Laurence Olivier - Lord Horatio Nelson
Alan Mowbray - Sir William Hamilton
Sara Allgood - Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon
Gladys Cooper - Lady Frances Nelson
Henry Wilcoxon - Captain Hardy

IMDB rating 7.2

The Black Swan (1942)
The Black Swan (1942)



The Black Swan (1942) Directed by Henry King. 85mins.

Tyrone Power - Jamie Waring
Maureen O'Hara - Lady Margaret Denby
Laird Cregar - Capt. Henry Morgan
Thomas Mitchell - Tommy Blue
George Sanders - Capt. Billy Leech
Anthony Quinn - Wogan
George Zucco - Lord Denby

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.0

Henry V (1944)
Henry V (1944)

Henry V (1944) Directed by Laurence Olivier. 137mins.

Laurence Olivier - King Henry V of England
Robert Newton - Ancient Pistol
Leslie Banks - Chorus
Felix Aylmer - Archbishop of Canterbury
Robert Helpmann - Bishop of Ely
Ralph Truman - Mountjoy - The French Herald
Ernest Thesiger - Duke of Berri - French Ambassador
Freda Jackson - Mistress Quickly
George Cole - Boy
George Robey - Sir John Falstaff
Harcourt Williams - King Charles VI of France
Leo Genn - The Constable of France
Renée Asherson - Princess Katherine

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Honorary Award (Laurence Olivier).

IMDB rating 7.4

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)


Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) Directed by Gabriel Pascal. 138mins

Claude Rains - Julius Caesar
Vivien Leigh - Cleopatra
Stewart Granger - Apollodorus
Flora Robson - Ftatateeta
Francis L. Sullivan - Pothinus
Basil Sydney - Rufio
Cecil Parker - Britannus
Ernest Thesiger - Theodotus
Anthony Harvey - Ptolemy
Michael Rennie - Quayside Centurion
Stanley Holloway - Belzanor
Leo Genn - Bel Affris

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Art Direction

IMDB rating 6.4

Captain Kidd (1945)
Captain Kidd (1945)



Captain Kidd (1945) Directed by Rowland V. Lee. 90mins

Charles Laughton - Capt. William Kidd
Randolph Scott - Adam Mercy / Adam Blayne
Barbara Britton - Lady Anne Dunstan
John Carradine - Orange Povey
Gilbert Roland - Jose Lorenzo
John Qualen - Bart Blivens
Henry Daniell - King William III

IMDB rating 6.4

Captain from Castile (1947)
Captain from Castile (1947)



Captain from Castile (1947) Directed by Henry King. 140mins.

Tyrone Power - Pedro De Vargas
Jean Peters - Catana Perez
Cesar Romero - Hernando Cortez
Lee J. Cobb - Juan Garcia
John Sutton - Diego De Silva
Thomas Gomez - Father Bartolome Romero
George Zucco - Marquis De Carvajal

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Music (Alfred Newman).

IMDB rating 6.9

Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Belgian poster
Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Belgian poster



The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) Directed by Vincent Sherman. 110mins.

Errol Flynn - Don Juan de Maraña
Viveca Lindfors - Queen Margaret
Robert Douglas - Duke de Lorca
Alan Hale - Leporello
Romney Brent - King Phillip III
Ann Rutherford - Donna Elena
Raymond Burr - Captain Alvarez

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.8

Hamlet (1948)
Hamlet (1948)
Hamlet (1948) Spanish poster
Hamlet (1948) Spanish poster

Hamlet (1948) Directed by Laurence Olivier. 155mins.

Laurence Olivier - Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Norman Wooland - Horatio - His Friend
Basil Sydney - Claudius - The King
Eileen Herlie - Gertrude - The Queen
Felix Aylmer - Polonius - Lord Chamberlain
Jean Simmons - Ophelia - His Daughter
Terence Morgan - Laertes - His Son
Anthony Quayle - Marcellus
Niall MacGinnis - Sea Captain
Patrick Troughton - Player King
Peter Cushing - Osric
Stanley Holloway - Gravedigger

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 4 - Best Picture, Best Actor (Laurence Olivier), Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.9

Macbeth (1948)
Macbeth (1948)



Macbeth (1948) Directed by Orson Welles. 107mins.

Orson Welles - Macbeth
Jeanette Nolan - Lady Macbeth
Dan O'Herlihy - Macduff
Roddy McDowall - Malcolm
Edgar Barrier - Banquo
Alan Napier - A Holy Father

IMDB rating 7.5

Joan of Arc (1948)
Joan of Arc (1948)

Joan of Arc (1948) Directed by Victor Fleming. 145mins.

Ingrid Bergman - Joan of Arc
Francis L. Sullivan - Pierre Cauchon
J. Carrol Naish - John, Count of Luxembourg
Ward Bond - La Hire
Gene Lockhart - Georges de la Trémouille
John Emery - Jean - Duke d'Alencon
Leif Erickson - Dunois
Cecil Kellaway - Jean le Maistre
José Ferrer - The Dauphin

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.4

The Three Musketeers (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
The Three Musketeers (1948) French poster
The Three Musketeers (1948) French poster


The Three Musketeers (1948) Directed by George Sidney. 125mins.

Lana Turner - Lady de Winter
Gene Kelly - D'Artagnan
Van Heflin - Athos
Gig Young - Porthos
Robert Coote - Aramis
June Allyson - Constance
Angela Lansbury - Queen Anne
Frank Morgan - King Louis XIII
Vincent Price - Richelieu
Keenan Wynn - Planchet
John Sutton - The Duke of Buckingham

Nominated for 1 Oscar - Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.2

Prince of Foxes (1949)
Prince of Foxes (1949)



Prince of Foxes (1949) Directed by Henry King. 107mins.

Tyrone Power - Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles - Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix - Camilla Verano
Marina Berti - Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane - Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou - Mona Constanza Zoppo
Felix Aylmer - Count Marc Antonio Verano

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.0

Samson and Delilah (1949) French poster
Samson and Delilah (1949) French poster
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Samson and Delilah (1949)


Samson and Delilah (1949) Directed by Cecil B. Demille. 131mins.

Victor Mature - Samson
Hedy Lamarr - Delilah
George Sanders - The Saran of Gaza
Angela Lansbury - Semadar
Henry Wilcoxon - Prince Ahtur
Russ Tamblyn - Saul

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 2 - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.7

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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Awesome List!!!! I enjoy the classics!!! Another well done Hub!!!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Patty, appreciate the kind words. Glad you liked the hub.

I've already started work on the next one. :)


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I've seen most of these movies (on late night TV) and they're just plain fun to watch. One I haven't seen is Macbeth. I don't even want to imagine how over-dramatic Orson Welles could be in Shakespeare. Maybe I'm not being fair, but he could make a trip to the grocery store into a journey to the ninth pit of hell. Nicely done.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

I saw Macbeth a couple of years ago, cheaply made but it had its moments, the black and white worked in its favour. Welles is always worth a look.

Two films here I can't remember if I saw or not, Gary Cooper as Marco Polo and Fredric March the Buccaneer.

Thanks for commenting Harald the Unnamed, always appreciated.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Wow cool! Lots of nice posters, it's interesting how they evolve over time!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

It's just me, again


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

nanderson500, thanks for commenting, it is appreciated.

Mhatter99, thanks for popping in, always good to see you amigo.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub...I think this is the third hub that you written were Errol Flynn has gotten many of his posters shown...it is making me think it is time to do a Flynn hub. I have seen many of these movies....with Mutiny on the Bounty, Gunga Din, Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk being my favorites. Looking at these classic posters it makes me wonder how current blockbuster would look if they still did the posters this way....as for the best poster art...I will go with Marco Polo as the best....but it certainly is not a great movie. Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

I don't think I've seen Marco Polo, I'm curious to give it a gander.

I thought you did a Flynn hub, no? the legendary swashbuckler, only 50 years old when he died, so sad.

And Tyrone 'Zorro' Power was even younger when he died of a heart attack on the set of Solomon and Sheba, which had to be finished with Yul Brynner replacing him though he could still be spotted in long shots.

Thanks for posting amigo.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Another great subject, hub, and posters. I think I've seen them all. do you think I spent to much time watching movies? Even though he was a bit before my time I enjoyed Erroll Flynn but I always thought Tyrone Power was the top! I think every other movie made back then had Erroll Flynn in it...his 'swashbuckler films, westerns(he was a good looking General Custer), and war movies. Anyway, I digress. Loved this hub. Thanks for the memories.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Mary, thanks for commenting much appreciated. Flynn and Power were the action men of their time, both died too soon. Douglas Fairbanks was the top swashbuckler before them, and later on it was Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.

Thanks for posting.

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