Today in Movie History: February 9

A fairly quiet day for movie releases, marked by a remarkably unremarkable Western. Cimarron, a turgid tale of the Oklahoma land rush and the various soap opera theatrics that which followed, opened today in 1931. It’s interesting mainly because it was released before the Hays Code, which means it’s reasonably steamy for its era, and it succeeded in walking off with only the 4th Best Picture Oscar ever presented. That wouldn’t be such a big deal, until you consider that it opened the same year as City Lights, Frankenstein, Dracula and The Public Enemy…  all of which are still being watched a hell of a lot more often than Cimarron.

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