Oscar Movies: Dynamite (1928-9)

In this Cecil B. DeMille production, Kay Johnson marries a convict on death row (Charles Bickford), hoping that he’ll be executed so that she can get his money and marry another man (Conrad Nagel).

But he is reprieved, and goes to work as a miner, when he discovers the reasons why she married him. Afraid of losing his money, she follows him.

Melodrama kicks in, when all three are trapped in the mine during an explosion. Nagel then sacrifices himself for the sake of the other two.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Interior Decoration: Mitchell Leisen

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Interior Decoration Oscar was Cedric Gibbons for The Bridge of San Luis Rey.