Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Gone with the Wind (1939)

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Gone with the Wind is hugely entertaining, with great acting, compelling characters and production values capable of impressing even those of us raised on computer-sweetened cinema.

Program Notes: The Roaring Twenties (1939)

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With 1939’s The Roaring Twenties, James Cagney put a cap on his career as a movie tough guy. It would be a full decade after for him to star in another gangster film.

Program Notes: Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

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Whatever its merits as entertainment, 1939's Confessions of a Nazi Spy is a social and historical landmark, the first time a major Hollywood studio pulled out all the stops in attacking the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

Program Notes: Each Dawn I Die (1939)

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Warner Brothers was noted for its emphasis on films that dealt with social problems. Each Dawn I Die is a prison film pairing James Cagney with tough guy George Raft – a man with intimate knowledge of underworld characters.

Program Notes: Another Thin Man (1939)

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One of the first things you realize watching 1939’s Another Thin Man is that the mystery hardly matters. Watch it for the sophisticated humor and the superb banter between stars William Powell and Myrna Loy.