Introduction - Research Article from History of the American Cinema

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Ending the decade on an upbeat, Hollywood proclaimed 1939 "The Greatest Year in Motion Pictures." Only vestiges of the Depression remained, and people were flocking to the theaters. To satisfy its fans, Hollywood turned out more "classics" that year than any other in the decade. A partial list of these films arranged in the order of their release includes JESSE JAMES (20th-Fox), GUNGA DIN (RKO), MADE FOR EACH OTHER (Selznick-UA), STAGECOACH (Wanger- UA), DARK VICTORY (Warners), WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Goldwyn-UA), ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Columbia), YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (20th-Fox), THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM), MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (Columbia), NINOTCHKA (MGM), DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (Universal), and GONE WITH THE WIND (Selznick- MGM). The stars of these pictures included Bette Davis, Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, James Stewart, John Wayne, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Judy Garland, Jean Arthur, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, and Vivien Leigh...

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