For classic film fans, 1939 is a mystical year filled with perfect films.
“Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” and “Ninotchka” are just a few of the greats that were released in 1939.
But in 2011, I decided I wanted to see beyond more than just the big-budget box office successes of the year and dig deeper to see what made this year tick. Were all the movies special or was it just a handful?
This included watching all the B and C movies – The 68-minute movies that star people like character actor Henry O’Neill as a lead character.
So seven years ago I set out to see every film made in 1939, a count that came roughly to 515.
Read more in my 2011 post “1939: Watching a Year” about how this all began.
To date after all this time, I’ve still managed to only watch 173 movies made in 1939. So to help propel myself further, I am beginning a weekly Comet Over Hollywood series focused on the films of 1939.
Every Thursday, I will review a film made during 1939. This could range from the top tier films to those B movies shown in a double feature.
Join me every week as I “Watch a Year.”
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Great idea for a series! Looking forward to your reviews.