Nineteen hundred and thirty nine.
That’s the year Franco’s right-wing army won the Spanish Civil War, when Gandhi began a fast protesting British rule in India, and when Batman was created by Bob Kane.
And it was also, in the opinion of just about every film historian and critic, the best year for movies in Hollywood history.
Below are 10 important movies from that year. Match them up with the actor that appeared in each, along with a line of dialogue spoken by that actor.
1. Gone With the Wind
2. The Wizard of Oz
3. Of Mice and Men
4. Dark Victory
5. Love Affair
6. Goodbye, Mr. Chips
7. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
10. Wuthering Heights
A. Irene Dunne
B. Greta Garbo
C. John Wayne
D. Laurence Olivier
E. Greer Garson
F. Frank Morgan
G. Clark Gable
H. Bette Davis
I. Thomas Mitchell
J. Burgess Meredith
a. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want!"
b. "You love this monkey, don’t you?"
c. "Well, I guess you can't break out of prison and into society in the same week."
d. "Don’t make an issue of my womanhood."
e. "I think I'll have a large order of prognosis negative!"
f. "Oh, you liquidated her, eh? Very resourceful!"
g. "The things we like best are either illegal, immoral or fattening."
h. "If he loved you with all the power of his soul for a whole lifetime, he couldn't love you as much as I do in a single day."
i. "I don't see how you could ever get old in a world that's always young."
j. "With enough courage you can do without a reputation."
About the Author
Robert W. Butler is a lifelong Kansas City area resident, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. For several decades he was the movie editor of the Kansas City Star; he now writes a movie-themed blog at butlerscinemascene.com. He's married to the former Ellen Vaughan; they are the proud parents of LA-based comedian, writer, director and TV personality Blair Butler. He used to be a dog person but now lives with two cats, thus demonstrating the flexibility of the human condition.
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