1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year

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Film critic Robert W. Butler kicks off the Library’s year-long celebration of the films of 1939 with a discussion of how in a single year Hollywood produced Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and other classics.
Robert W. Butler
Sunday, December 29, 2013
2:00pm @ Plaza Branch

Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz. Stagecoach. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Wuthering Heights.

Hollywood’s greatest year was 1939, with more memorable movies released than at any other time. Each week throughout 2014, the Library will screen one film from that year: Westerns, musicals, dramas, romances – even titles from the long-running Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, and Andy Hardy series.

To kick off this celebration of celluloid, former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler — now with the Library’s public affairs staff — provides an introductory survey of the films and personalities that made 1939 so memorable.