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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:
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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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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Another Winning Documentary for TCM, 3 July 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely entertaining documentary from Warner takes a look at 1939, which many film buffs and historians consider the greatest year for movies. The documentary has Kenneth Branagh doing the narration and features interviews with Leonard Maltin, Rudy Behlmer and many others as they look over the countless great films released that year. They break the movies down by studios and is pretty level in regards to all of them with the exception of Universal and Paramount. No clips from either of those studios are shown and the movies themselves get very little mention, although Maltin does mention SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. The spotlight is certainly on MGM as they released the two monsters in GONE WITH THE WIND as well as THE WIZARD OF OZ. We also take a look at the work done by John Ford with YOUNG MR. LINCOLN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK and STAGECOACH. Capra and MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON is also a favorite here as are discussion of NINOTCHKA, OF MICE AND MEN, GUNGA DIN, DODGE CITY, THE ROARING TWENTIES and countless other gems. The documentary does a great job at introducing these films to those who might not be familiar with them or the legend of 1939 but I think the one weak spot is that there's never really any talk of why the studios were pumping out so many great movies in this one year. There's a brief mention of coming out of the Depression and going for it all but more discussion here would have been a plus. Coming in at just under 70-minutes, the documentary is a good introduction to these films.

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