It's often argued that 1939 was the golden year for motion pictures. The best films, the best performances, the best overall. Is that true? Well, take a look at this list of thirteen films released in 1939 and judge for yourself.
Gone With The Wind. Because frankly, my dear, I *do* give a damn.
The Wizard of Oz. I always wonder what it would have been like to be in that audience as Dorothy opens the door to Oz for the first time -- that switch from B/W to Technicolor. Brilliant!
Stagecoach. One of many pairings of John Ford/John Wayne, and one of my favorites.
Goodbye Mr. Chips. When you watch this, you totally understand why Clark Gable didn't win the Academy Award for best actor this year. Robert Donat was amazing.
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Errol Flynn -- need I say more?
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. I loved Jimmy Stewart in this film.
Gunga Din. A great epic adventure, starring Cary Grant, among others.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Probably the most famous version, with Maureen O'Hara and Charles Laughton.
Love Affair. The precursor to An Affair to Remember.
Ninotchka. "Garbo Laughs."
Wuthering Heights. Star-crossed lovers! English moors! Olivier and Oberon!
Young Mr. Lincoln. Henry Fonda in one of his best roles.
The Roaring Twenties. James Cagney in one of his many fine gangster roles.
What's your opinion? Any thoughts on these films? Does 1939 live up to its reputation?