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    Films of 1939

    Help me out here, classic movie fans -- I'm doing a little informal survey.

    When I say "1939," what films from that year come to mind for you?
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    Gone with the Wind
    Wizard of Oz

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    ^Yes, plus:
    Wuthering Heights (I kind of hated it though)
    Stagecoach
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    See these books:

    Hollywood's Golden Year, 1939: A Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration
    by Ted Sennett

    Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939
    by Mark A. Vieira

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    Drums Along the Mohawk
    GWTW
    The Women

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    GWTW, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, Stagecoach, Goodbye, Mr. Chips
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    The Wizard Of Oz
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - Jimmy Stewart

    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle - Fred and Ginger

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Gone with the Wind
    Wizard of Oz
    same here
    Never mess with a geocacher. We know the best places to hide a body....

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    La regle du jeu/The Rules of the Game
    Stagecoach
    The Women

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Gone with the Wind
    Wizard of Oz
    These are the ones that come to my mind, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    Gone with the Wind
    Wizard of Oz
    Ditto.

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    My favorites of 1939 are

    Wizard of Oz
    Gone With The Wind
    Dark Victory
    The Roaring Twenties
    Five Came Back
    They Made Me A Criminal

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    everything already mentioned (excellent call on they made me a criminal, duane), my other favorites:
    ninotchka
    private lives of elizabeth and essex
    hunchback of notre dame
    golden boy
    intermezzo
    the little princess (dont judge)
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    I think of the big two:

    Gone With the Wind
    Wizard of Oz
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    The ones that came to mind most quickly were of course The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. Next were The Rules of the Game, Ninotchka, and Dark Victory.
    Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem

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    Babes in Arms
    Buck Rogers
    Gulliver's Travels
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    It's a Wonderful World
    The Little Princess
    Of Mice and Men
    The Secret of Dr. Kildare
    The Son of Frankenstein
    Stanley and Livingston
    The Three Musketeers
    Wuthering Heights
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    We have some SERIOUS fans here! Thanks, all. This is helpful.

    One thing particularly interests me: I see Destry Rides Again on most "Best of 1939" lists around the Web, but it hasn't shown up here. Is it more a critical than a popular favorite, I wonder? Or has it just fallen into obscurity? (It's not a particular favorite of mine. I'm just curious.)
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    I forgot about that one. I mean, you can hardly go wrong with Jimmy Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, LOL! Her role is a bit hackneyed but still... and his is a forerunner of Clint Eastwood's in Unforgiven, only Jimmy's renunciation of guns is more successful.

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    I saw Destry Rides Again many years ago. It's definitely one of the films that comes to mind of what is considered the greatest year in movie history, and it kept my interest (the film revived Marlene Dietrich's career, as she had been labeled "Box Office Poison"). But I've never wanted to see it again.

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