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Program Notes: Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)

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It’s difficult for modern viewers to appreciate the immense popularity of MGM’s Andy Hardy films of the late 1930s and early ‘40s. Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever is the seventh release in the 18-film series that began in 1937 and didn’t wrap up until 1958.

Program Notes: In Name Only (1939)

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1939’s In Name Only was made under the Hollywood Production Code. It managed to bend the usual rules out of shape and should have been on the code’s naughty list. How did they get away with it?

Program Notes: The Cat and the Canary (1939)

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Baby boomers who grew up watching Bob Hope on television may not realize that he was a major movie star as well. In 1939’s “old dark house” film, The Cat and the Canary, Hope is clearly the most interesting thing on the screen.

Program Notes: You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

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You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man brought W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy together on the big screen in 1939. The film isn’t much for plot, but it’s rich in comic inventiveness.

Program Notes: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

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The year 1939 was a very good one for actress Bette Davis. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex shows her at her most magnificent – a monumental, horrifying, and very human performance.