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  (in credits order)

Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Thomas Schatz ... Himself - Author of 'The Genius of the System'
F.X. Feeney ... Himself - Film Critic and Historian
Scott Eyman ... Himself - Author of 'Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer'
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Author of 'The Star Machine'
Aubrey Solomon ... Himself - Author of 'The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox'
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Author of 'Frankly, My Dear'

George Cukor ... Himself (archive footage)

Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Author of 'Inside Warner Bros.'

Francis Lederer ... Himself (archive footage)

A.C. Lyles ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself - Author of 'Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success'

Frank Capra ... Himself (archive footage)

Howard Hawks ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard B. Jewell ... Himself - Author of 'The RKO Story' (as Dr. Richard Jewell)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Maureen O'Hara ... Herself (archive footage)

Claire Trevor ... Herself (archive footage)
Daniel Selznick ... Himself

Ann Rutherford ... Herself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Astaire ... (archive footage)

Humphrey Bogart ... (archive footage)

Charles Boyer ... (archive footage)

James Cagney ... (archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... (archive footage)

Olivia de Havilland ... (archive footage)

Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Donat ... (archive footage)

Irene Dunne ... (archive footage)

Errol Flynn ... (archive footage)

John Ford ... Himself (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... (archive footage)

Judy Garland ... (archive footage)

Greer Garson ... (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Hope ... Himself (archive footage)

Charles Laughton ... (archive footage)

Vivien Leigh ... (archive footage)

Myrna Loy ... (archive footage)

Louis B. Mayer ... Himself (archive footage)

Hattie McDaniel ... Herself (archive footage)

Thomas Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward G. Robinson ... (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... (archive footage)

Mickey Rooney ... (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage)

George Stevens ... Himself (archive footage)

James Stewart ... (archive footage)

Spencer Tracy ... (archive footage)

Lana Turner ... (archive footage)

Jack L. Warner ... Himself (archive footage)

John Wayne ... Himself (archive footage)

Darryl F. Zanuck ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Constantine Nasr 
Writing credits
Gary Leva  and
Constantine Nasr 

Produced by
Michael Crawford .... producer
Victoria Csatar .... co-producer
George Feltenstein .... executive producer
Peter Fitzgerald .... consulting producer
Michael Meadows .... executive producer
Constantine Nasr .... producer
Film Editing by
David Creal 
Peter Fitzgerald (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Claire Doyle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dale Carroll .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Michael Bonner .... graphics designer
Sound Department
Chris Colley .... sound mixer
Marla Hettinger .... sound
Tim Nichol .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
William Hooke .... camera operator (as Will Hooke)
Adam Rehmeier .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Robert Buttermilch .... assistant editor
Elizabeth C. Cook .... assistant editor (as Elizabeth Cook)
Johanna Moyal .... on-line editor
Brittaney Parbs .... on-line editing coordinator
Anthony Rose .... additional editorial
Jason Schwab .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rachel Glassberg .... music coordinator
Other crew
Alexandra Broudy .... researcher
Randal Kaplan .... researcher
Amy Rodrigue .... researcher
Leith Adams .... special thanks
Steven Arcieri .... special thanks
Michael Arick .... special thanks
Andy Bandit .... special thanks
Jeanine Basinger .... special thanks
Rudy Behlmer .... special thanks
Stacey Behlmer .... special thanks
Steve Bingen .... special thanks (as Steven Bingen)
Bob Burns .... acknowledgment: photographs and film footage provided by
Lea Carlson .... special thanks
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Barry Dagestino .... special thanks
Rick DeCroix .... special thanks
Margarita Diaz .... special thanks
Scott Eyman .... special thanks
Michael Fallavollita .... special thanks
F.X. Feeney .... special thanks
Dan Ford .... special thanks
John Gallagher .... special thanks
John A. Gallagher .... special thanks
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. .... special thanks (as Sam Goldwyn Jr.)
Molly Haskell .... special thanks
Omar Herrera .... special thanks
Richard B. Jewell .... special thanks (as Dr. Richard B. Jewell)
Roni Lubliner .... special thanks
A.C. Lyles .... special thanks
Alice Tlusty Maltin .... special thanks
Leonard Maltin .... special thanks
Gregory W. Mank .... special thanks (as Gregory William Mank)
Joseph McBride .... special thanks
Geoff Murillo .... special thanks
Constantine Nasr .... acknowledgment: photographs and film footage provided by
John M. Poole .... special thanks
Thomas Schatz .... special thanks
Aubrey Solomon .... special thanks
Michael Sragow .... special thanks
Jeff Stevens .... special thanks
Alisa Trimble .... special thanks
Catherine Wyler .... special thanks (as Catharine Wyler)

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Available on the Gone with the Wind (1939) Ultimate Collector's Edition and Scarlet Edition Blu-Ray releases, as well as the Ultimate Collector's Edition DVD.See more »
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Features Stagecoach (1939)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Nice "sampler" package of Hollywood treats from an important period in time, 15 November 2009
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

I really enjoyed this "sampler" of Hollywood's greatest hits of 1939 - a year which (as the title implies) many consider to be Hollywood's greatest. Somewhat thin and rushed in its overall feel, one nevertheless can't deny that this documentary makes a sincere effort to open the eyes of today's movie lovers to a bygone era of Hollywood greatness.

The deficiency of this documentary can best be explained very simply: Not enough time! That is to say, the subject matter is really too vast to be condensed neatly into a 75-minute documentary with any expectation that it will reveal enough facts, figures, anecdotes, history and lore of late-30's Hollywood to even begin to satisfy the more serious film buff. So in effect, the documentary comes across more as a compilation of trailers and previews of all those great films of 1939, rather than any sort of serious history lesson.

The viewer nevertheless does get a sense of the historical "place" of 1939 Hollywood: it is made apparent that the preceding 8 or 9 years of hard economic times, i.e. The Great Depression, culminated in an end-of-decade perfect storm of masterful film productions. Whether this is cause and effect or something else entirely, is left up to the viewer to decide. Also, one can see that 1939 was a transitional year on a global scale, what with war clouds looming on the horizon, which indubitably cast long shadows into the movie studios of the time. Further, there were some interesting comments about the manner by which major Hollywood studios controlled not only production of their films, but distribution as well (in the form of wholly-owned theater chains), leading to members of U.S. Congress leveling charges of monopoly tactics.

I wish there would have been a lot more to this documentary, but I also wonder, how much could they really do with 75 minutes? At what point did they decide to "draw the line," and leave much of the historical context on the cutting room floor, and simply concentrate more on showcasing the finished product - i.e. the films themselves? I think in that regard they did the right thing. As I noted above, the subject matter is too vast for a 75-minute documentary.

As a movie lover, and as someone who enjoys exploring movies from the bygone era of Hollywood, I commend this documentary for allowing me to see some of my favorites - Ninotchka, Gone With The Wind, Gunga Din, Stagecoach, etc. - in a new light. In addition, I thank this work for showing some snippets of movies that I have not yet seen, but really must check out: Midnight, Dodge City, The Women, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, etc. If nothing else, I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in getting some "movie night" ideas. Hopefully there is a video store near you that carries many of these movie titles from 1939, "Hollywood's Greatest Year."

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