Top Ten Films of 1939: World Premieres

1. Stagecoach Dir. John Ford. With John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine A
2. Gone with the Wind Dir. Victor Fleming. With Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland A
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Dir. Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Jean Arthur A–
4. Young Mr. Lincoln Dir. John Ford. With Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Eddie Collins A–
5. The Wizard of Oz Dir. Victor Fleming. With Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr A–
6. Dark Victory Dir. Edmund Goulding. With Bette Davis, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald A–
7. Ninotchka Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Ina Claire, Felix Bressart B+
8. Love Affair Dir. Leo McCarey. With Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Maria Ouspenskaya B+

More Grades from 1939
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
      Babes in Arms Dir. Busby Berkeley. With Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger C
      Drums Along the Mohawk Dir. John Ford. With Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert C+
      Intermezzo Dir. Gregory Ratoff. With Leslie Howard, Ingrid Bergman, Mary Todd D+
      The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Bette Davis B–
      The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle Dir. H.C. Potter. With Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers C–

Also from 1939
The memories are fading, but they're somewhere in my brain
      Goodbye, Mr. Chips Dir. Sam Wood. With Robert Donat, Greer Garson, John Mills
      Only Angels Have Wings Dir. Howard Hawks. With Cary Grant, Thomas Mitchell
      The Rules of the Game Dir. Jean Renoir. With Marcel Dalio, Roland Toutain
      The Women Dir. George Cukor. With Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell
      Wuthering Heights Dir. William Wyler. With Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon

Still to Come from 1939
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      Beau Geste Dir. William Wellman. With Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston
      Daughters Courageous Dir. Michael Curtiz. With John Garfield, Claude Rains
      Destry Rides Again Dir. George Marshall. With James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich
      Golden Boy Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. With Barbara Stanwyck, William Holden
      Le Jour se lève Dir. Marcel Carné. With Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty, Mady Berry
      Midnight Dir. Mitchell Leisen. With Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
      Of Mice and Men Dir. Lewis Milestone. With Burgess Meredith, Lon Chaney, Jr.
      The Old Maid Dir. Edmund Goulding. With Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent
      The Roaring Twenties Dir. Raoul Walsh. With James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart
      The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. With Shôtarô Hanayagi

Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Dir. Alfred L. Werker. With Basil Rathbone
      Another Thin Man Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With William Powell, Myrna Loy, C. Aubrey Smith
      At the Circus Dir. Edward Buzzell. With the Marx Brothers, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice
      Bachelor Mother Dir. Garson Kanin. With Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn
      Dodge City Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan
      Each Dawn I Die Dir. William Keighley. With James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan
      The Four Feathers Dir. Zoltan Korda. With John Clements, Ralph Richardson
      Gunga Din Dir. George Stevens. With Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
      Harlem Rides the Range Dir. Richard C. Kahn. With Herb Jeffries, Lucius Brooks
      The Hound of the Baskervilles Dir. Sidney Lanfield. With Basil Rathbone, Richard Greene
      The Hunchback of Notre Dame Dir. William Dieterle. With Chales Laughton
      Idiot's Delight Dir. Clarence Brown. With Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Edward Arnold
      Jamaica Inn Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Hay Petrie
      Jesse James Dir. Henry King. With Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Randolph Scott
      Juarez Dir. William Dieterle. With Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains
      King of the Underworld Dir. Lewis Seiler. With Humphrey Bogart, Kay Francis
      The Little Princess Dir. Walter Lang. With Shirley Temple, Richard Greene
      Miracles for Sale Dir. Tod Browning. With Robert Young, Florence Rice, Henry Hull
      Raffles Dir. Sam Wood. With David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, Dame May Whitty
      The Rains Came Dir. Clarence Brown. With Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent
      Remember? Dir. Norman Z. McLeod. With Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, Lew Ayres
      The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Dir. Irving Cummings. With Don Ameche
      Union Pacific Dir. Cecil B. DeMille. With Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Akim Tamiroff
      Way Down South Dir. Bernard Vorhaus. With Bobby Breen, Alan Mowbray, Ralph Morgan

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