Felix In Hollywood

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

That Was The Year That Was

As everyone knows, or at least as everyone has heard somewhere along the way,  1939 was the greatest year in films.  It is astonishing the number of landmark pictures that were put out that year.

A partial list includes:

Gone With The Wind
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes
Gunga Din
Love Affair
The Hound Of The Baskervilles
Of Mice and Men
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
The Roaring Twenties
Golden Boy
The Lady Vanishes

Wuthering Heights
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Beau Geste
Destry Rides Again
Babes In Arms
Drums Along The Mohawk
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Wizard Of Oz
Intermezzo: A Love Story
The Women
Only Angels Have Wings
Young Mr. Lincoln
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Dark Victory
With such a veritable banquet of offerings vying for the picture goer's dimes, who do you suppose was the actor/actress who sold the most tickets that year?  Ok, I'll tell ya:


Ok, here goes.

Starring in five movies that year,
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
The Hardys Ride High
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
Babes In Arms
Judge Hardy And Son
The sawed off, multi-talented bundle of energy outsold any other performer at the box office.  An honor that he would repeat in '40 and '41.


MJ said...

I don't care HOW many tickets he sold, keep him away from me!

And don't let him put on a show!

kabuki zero said...

i did not see 'Big Trouble in Little China' on your list, so how good a year was it really? Really, no ninja movies either? troubling

Mike, Studio city said...

He will be 90 in September. Now that is truly a living legend. M.

mrpeenee said...

Mickey, bring me a bromide. And put some gin in it.