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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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing, 12 July 2009
Author: mountainkath from United States

I was expecting so much more from this profile of Hollywood's greatest year. I was very disappointed that this look at 1939 was so thin and so poorly done.

I expected a lot of time to be spent on The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind. I didn't expect this time to be at the expense of other '39 movies. This documentary of 1939 barely glossed over Idiot's Delight (Clark Gable's only appearance singing and dancing) and totally ignored The Little Princess, Bachelor Mother, Stanley and Livingstone, and Intermezzo: A Love Story (just to name a few).

I was particularly disappointed that they left out Intermezzo because this would have provided a perfect time to contrast Leslie Howard with his role in Gone With The Wind (he was much too old to play Ashley Wilkes and I feel that showed in his performance, but he was wonderful in Intermezzo). The exclusion of Intermezzo is all the more puzzling because it was the first American film appearance of Ingrid Bergman. How can the debut of such a star be overlooked?

Even the attention given to Gone With The Wind is weak. No mention is made of Hattie McDaniel's historic Oscar win (except for a one second moment of footage at the awards).

The core audience for this film would have to be newcomers to classic movies. Any fan of classic movies will not learn anything new and will be horribly distracted by all of the omissions.

The 70th anniversary of Hollywood's greatest year deserves better.

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