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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (2009)

A look at the movies in the year 1939, considered by many to be one of the greatest years in film history.


Constantine Nasr


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Leonard Maltin ... Self - Film Critic and Historian
Thomas G. Schatz Thomas G. Schatz ... Self - Author, 'The Genius of the System' (as Thomas Schatz)
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Self - Film Critic and Historian
Scott Eyman Scott Eyman ... Self - Author of 'Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer'
Jeanine Basinger Jeanine Basinger ... Self - Author of 'The Star Machine'
Aubrey Solomon Aubrey Solomon ... Self - Author of 'The Films of Twentieth Century-Fox'
Molly Haskell ... Self - Author of 'Frankly, My Dear'
George Cukor ... Self (archive footage)
Rudy Behlmer ... Self - Author of 'Inside Warner Bros.'
Francis Lederer ... Self (archive footage)
A.C. Lyles ... Self
Joseph McBride ... Self - Author of 'Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success'
Frank Capra ... Self (archive footage)
Howard Hawks ... Self (archive footage)


A look at the movies in the year 1939, considered by many to be one of the greatest years in film history.

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Just what you'd expect from Turner.
21 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary focuses on the great films from 1939--a year that is considered by many to represent the pinnacle of American film making. The production is narrated by Kenneth Branagh and is filled with interviews and tons of film clips. As for the clips, since most of the great films of this year were from MGM, Turner Entertainment (who made the documentary) had easy access to the footage. Among the great films discussed were: "Ninotchka", "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "Gone With the Wind", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "The Wizard of Oz", "The Women", "The Roaring Twenties", "Dodge City", "Old Maid", "Dark Victory", "Confessions of a Nazi Spy", "Beau Geste", "Midnight", "Union Pacific", "Gunga Din", "Stagecoach", "Only Angels Have Wings", "Of Mice and Men". Is the film any good? Yup--with exactly the quality and entertainment we've come to expect from Turner.

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Release Date:

2 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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1939: El gran año de Hollywood See more »

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New Wave Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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