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    If you googled “1939 best year in film history,” you will get a TON of results claiming that 1939 was one of, if not the best year in film history.

    Discuss below why you believe that this is/is not the case.

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    Blanche
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    I´ve only seen three films from that year lol.One of them is the best film of all time, Gone With The Wind.One of them is one of the most annoying films of all time, The Wizard Of Oz.And a good film with a stellar performance from Bette Davis, Dark Victory.

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    BenNunis
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    One of my favourite films, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington also came out in 1939. And all ten nominees are classics. But there was always going to be only one winner for Best Picture. Yes, it meanders in the last hour and a half. Yes, some of the racial / gender stereotypes are less than flattering. But no film deserved Best Picture more for its sweep, its grandeur, its story, its acting, its script and yes, it’s success.

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    Anyone ever see “Drums Along the Mohawk”?

    That is a pretty great year for Supporting Actresses but Margaret Hamilton should have been nominated for The Wizard of Oz. I’ve never seen nor heard of Edna May Oliver.

    Lordy Hamilton was terrifying to kids. I remember a neighbor of mine had Wizard of Oz toys and if you just held the witch one up in front of her four year oldish brother he’d scream in terror.

    Hattie McDaniel Award winner Mammy Gone with the Wind [10]
    Olivia de Havilland Melanie Hamilton Gone with the Wind
    Geraldine Fitzgerald Isabella Linton Wuthering Heights
    Edna May Oliver Sarah McKlennar Drums Along the Mohawk
    Maria Ouspenskaya Grandmother Janou Love Affair

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    Emmyfan
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    1939 Best Picture nominees:

    Gone with the Wind
    Dark Victory
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    Love Affair
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Ninotchka
    Of Mice and Men
    Stagecoach
    The Wizard of Oz
    Wuthering Heights

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    BenNunis
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    Edna May Oliver plays a slightly uptight older spinster character in Drums Along Mohawk, which is a role she commonly plays. I would say the role is similar to Margaret Hamilton’s character in the Kansas part of The Wizard of Oz. Perhaps there was bias against acting in fantasy films, or the character was viewed as dislikeable, although Gale Sondergaard won for Best Supporting Actress for a dislikeable character for Anthony Adverse.

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    Xander Cassel
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    Between Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, yes

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    Eddy Q
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    One of them is one of the most annoying films of all time, The Wizard Of Oz.

    Negative Nancy!

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    I think 1939 was a good, not great year for movies. I happen to hate Gone with the Wind, but there are a few great movies from that year. Stagecoach and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington are both masterpieces. In addition, some other great movies such a Gunga Din, Wizard of Oz, Rules of the Game, Only Angels Have Wings, and Ninotchka.

    Drums Along the Mohawk is from John Ford. It is not one of his best, but it is entertaining. Ford actually released three movies that year: Stagecoach, Young Mr. Lincoln, and Drums Along the Mohawk.

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    Djoko
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    1939 probably, but 1962 is a very close second with these classics:

    1) Lawrence of Arabia
    2) To Kill A Mockingbird
    3) The Manchurian Candidate
    4) The Longest Day
    5) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    6) The Miracle Worker

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