1939

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

IMDb: 7.2
1939
93min

In 1911, minor stage comic, Vernon Castle meets the stage-struck Irene Foote. A few misadventures later, they marry and then abandon comedy to attempt a dancing career together. While they’re performing in Paris, an agent sees them rehearse and starts them on their brilliant career as the world’s foremost ballroom dancers. However, at the height of their fame, World War I begins.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

IMDb: 7.6
1939
80min

On his uncle’s death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound. First casting of Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson.

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Stagecoach

Stagecoach

Stagecoach

IMDb: 7.9
1939
96min

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

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The Flying Deuces

The Flying Deuces

The Flying Deuces

IMDb: 6.9
1939
69min

Ollie is in love with a woman. When he discovers that she is already married, he tries to kill himself. Of course, the suicide is avoided and the boys join the Foreign Legion to get away from their troubles. Finally, they are arrested for trying to desert the Legion and to escape the firing squad by stealing a plane.

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The Women

The Women

The Women

IMDb: 8.0
1939
133min

Wealthy Mary Haines is unaware her husband is having an affair with shopgirl Crystal Allen. Sylvia Fowler and Edith Potter discover this from a manicurist and arrange for Mary to hear the gossip. On the train taking her to a Reno divorce Mary meets the Countess and Miriam (in an affair with Fowler’s husband). While they are at Lucy’s dude ranch, Fowler arrives for her own divorce and the Countess meets fifth husband-to-be Buck. Back in New York, Mary’s ex is now unhappily married to Crystal who is already in an affair with Buck.

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

IMDb: 8.0
1939
102min

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

IMDb: 8.2
1939
238min

An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Dark Victory

Dark Victory

Dark Victory

IMDb: 7.6
1939
104min

Judith Traherne is at the height of young society when Dr. Frederick Steele diagnoses a brain tumor. After surgery she falls in love with Steele. The doctor tells her secretary that the tumor will come back and eventually kill her. Learning this, Judith becomes manic and depressive. Her horse trainer Michael, who loves her, tells her to get as much out of life as she can. She marries Steele who intends to find a cure for her illness. As he goes off to a conference in New York failing eyesight indicates to Judith that she is dying.

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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

IMDb: 7.6
1939
129min

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

IMDb: 7.9
1939
116min

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool’s Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars; Gringoire, Esmeralda’s husband; and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

IMDb: 6.3
1939
108min

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she’s living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

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The Little Princess

The Little Princess

The Little Princess

IMDb: 7.3
1939
93min

The classic Shirley Temple film in which a little girl goes in search of her father who is reported missing by the military during World War I.

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

IMDb: 8.2
1939
129min

Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed to the United States Senate by the puppet governor of his state. He soon discovers, upon going to Washington, many shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys’ camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss.

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The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black

IMDb: 7.0
1939
82min

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet.

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Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

IMDb: 7.7
1939
121min

Geoff Carter (Cary Grant) is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator (Richard Barthelmess) who arrives with his wife (Rita Hayworth), Carter’s ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter. The film received two Academy Award nominations.

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Drums Along the Mohawk

Drums Along the Mohawk

Drums Along the Mohawk

IMDb: 7.2
1939
104min

Set in America’s Colonial period, John Ford’s adventure tale follows Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Lana Martin (Claudette Colbert) as they try to survive the rugged frontier. After their settlement is repeatedly attacked by Indians, the couple is taken in by a spinster (Edna May Oliver). Lana bears a son, while Gilbert heads off to fight the Indians and the British. He returns, wounded, to find his family once again under attack by the Indians.

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

IMDb: 7.8
1939
114min

A shy British teacher looks back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people touched his life.

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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels

IMDb: 6.8
1939
76min

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver’s pistol.

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Fangs of the Wild

Fangs of the Wild

Fangs of the Wild

IMDb: 5.3
1939
52min

Foxes are disappearing from fox farms.

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Union Pacific

Union Pacific

Union Pacific

IMDb: 7.2
1939
135min

One of the last bills signed by President Lincoln authorizes pushing the Union Pacific Railroad across the wilderness to California. But financial opportunist Asa Barrows hopes to profit from obstructing it. Chief troubleshooter Jeff Butler has his hands full fighting Barrows’ agent, gambler Sid Campeau; Campeau’s partner Dick Allen is Jeff’s war buddy and rival suitor for engineer’s daughter Molly Monahan. Who will survive the effort to push the railroad through at any cost?

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Love Affair

Love Affair

Love Affair

IMDb: 7.4
1939
88min

French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love during the transatlantic passage of a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, if neither has changed their mind.

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The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties

IMDb: 7.9
1939
104min

After the WWI Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie’s partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

IMDb: 7.7
1939
104min

The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw’s son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley’s sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the Moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they’re happy — until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.

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Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln

Young Mr. Lincoln

IMDb: 7.6
1939
100min

A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case. Ten years in the life of Abraham Lincoln, before he became known to his nation and the world. He moves from a Kentucky cabin to Springfield, Illinois, to begin his law practice. He defends two men accused of murder in a political brawl, suffers the death of his girlfriend Ann, courts his future wife Mary Todd, and agrees to go into politics.

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The Oklahoma Kid

The Oklahoma Kid

The Oklahoma Kid

IMDb: 6.5
1939
85min

McCord’s gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw “The Oklahoma Kid” Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a “sooner” claim on land which is to be used for a new town; in exchange for giving it up he gets control of gambling and saloons. When Kincaid’s father runs for mayor, McCord incites a mob to lynch the old man whom McCord has already framed for murder.

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