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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year

1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year is a once-over-lightly evocation of a slate of classic films unmatched before or since. In a year permitting 10 Best Picture nominees, the final cut included Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Love Affair. Shut out: The Roaring '20s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Intermezzo, Destry Rides Again, Idiot's Delight, Young Mr. Lincoln, Gunga Din. This hour-long film finds room to acknowledge a few of these non-starters, but its brevity means a lot gets left out. This includes the absence of anything that doesn't celebrate the studio system, including the practices of the shrewd tyrants who ran them, seen in brief archival footage.

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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Cast

Name Character
Fred Astaire He was 110, 88 years old when he died
Joan Crawford She was 105, 73 years old when she died
Bette Davis She was 101, 81 years old when she died as Herself
Clark Gable He was 108, 59 years old when he died as Himself
Kenneth Branagh He was 48, now 61 years old as Narrator (voice)
Greta Garbo She was 103, 84 years old when she died
Charles Boyer He was 109, 78 years old when he died
James Stewart He was 101, 89 years old when he died
Cary Grant He was 105, 82 years old when he died
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. He was 99, 90 years old when he died
Maureen O'Hara She was 88, 95 years old when she died
Frank Capra He was 112, 94 years old when he died
Bob Hope He was 106, 100 years old when he died
John Wayne He was 102, 72 years old when he died
Judy Garland She was 87, 47 years old when she died as Herself
George Stevens He was 104, 70 years old when he died
Claire Trevor She was 99, 90 years old when she died
Errol Flynn He was 100, 50 years old when he died as Himself
John Ford He was 115, 79 years old when he died
Charles Laughton He was 110, 63 years old when he died
Edward G. Robinson He was 115, 79 years old when he died
Humphrey Bogart He was 109, 57 years old when he died
Olivia de Havilland She was 93, 104 years old when she died as Herself
Myrna Loy She was 103, 88 years old when she died
James Cagney He was 109, 86 years old when he died
Vivien Leigh She was 95, 53 years old when she died as Herself
Lana Turner She was 88, 74 years old when she died
Mickey Rooney He was 88, 93 years old when he died
Ginger Rogers She was 97, 83 years old when she died
Ann Rutherford She was 91, 94 years old when she died
Irene Dunne She was 110, 91 years old when she died
Spencer Tracy He was 109, 67 years old when he died
Greer Garson She was 104, 91 years old when she died
David O. Selznick He was 107, 63 years old when he died
Francis Lederer He was 109, 100 years old when he died
Darryl F. Zanuck He was 106, 77 years old when he died
Thomas Mitchell He was 116, 70 years old when he died
Jack L. Warner He was 116, 86 years old when he died
Jeanine Basinger She was 73, now 86 years old
F. X. Feeney He was 55, 66 years old when he died
Rudy Behlmer He was 82, 92 years old when he died
George Cukor He was 109, 83 years old when he died
Howard Hawks He was 113, 81 years old when he died
Hattie McDaniel She was 114, 57 years old when she died
Aubrey Solomon
Molly Haskell She was 69, now 82 years old
Thomas Schatz
A.C. Lyles He was 91, 95 years old when he died as Himself
Leonard Maltin He was 58, now 71 years old as Himself
Robert Donat He was 104, 53 years old when he died
Louis B. Mayer He was 124, 73 years old when he died
Franklin Delano Roosevelt He was 127, 63 years old when he died
Elias Disney He was 150, 82 years old when he died

1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Crew

Name Department
Constantine Nasr as Director. Directing
Constantine Nasr as Writer. Writing
Gary Leva as Writer. Writing
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1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (13 years)

  • Release day: Thursday, July 02, 2009
  • Runtime: 69 minutes