‘The Life of Emile Zola’ premieres in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 11 1937)

Video: 'The Life of Emile Zola' trailer

(Wednesday, August 11, 1937, 8:30 p.m. EDT)The Life of Emile Zola, an American biographical film about French author Émile Zola, the famed writer who risked his reputation to defend a Jewish army officer accused of treason, premiered tonight at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City.

Directed by William Dieterle, the film starred Paul Muni, Gloria Holden, Gale Sondergaard and Joseph Schildkraut.

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