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75 Years-July 1939

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A list of films released in July 1939.

On Borrowed Time
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On Borrowed Time

Release Date: July 7

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Beulah Bondi, Bobs Watson

Director: Harold S. Bucquet

Synopsis: An elderly man (Barrymore) traps Death (Hardwicke) in a tree.

Studio: MGM

Trivia: H.C. Potter was originally scheduled to direct.

Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation
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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation

Release Date: July 7

Starring: Peter Lorre, Joseph Schildkraut, Lionel Atwill

Director: Norman Foster

Synopsis: Mr. Moto (Lorre) helps recover priceless jewels.

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Trivia: Made in 1938, but not released until 1939 due to negative reviews.

The last of the Lorre "Moto" series.

Hell's Kitchen
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Hell's Kitchen

Release Date: July 8

Starring: The Dead End Kids, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Lindsay

Director: E.A. Dupont, Lewis Seiler

Synopsis: A lawyer (Reagan) helps juvenile delinquents (Dead End Kids) reform.

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: Remake of the 1933 film The Mayor of Hell.

Given a "H" rating (an equivalent of the NC-17 rating) in the United Kingdom due to its violent content.

Indianapolis Speedway
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Indianapolis Speedway

Release Date: July 14 Wide: August 5

Starring: Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan, John Payne

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Synopsis: A champion race car driver (O'Brien) tries to keep his kid brother (Payne) out of auto racing.

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: Remake of 1932 film The Crowd Roars.

Two actors (Frank McHugh and Regis Toomey) played the same characters in the original and the remake.

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
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Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever

Release Date: July 21

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker

Director: W.S. Van Dyke

Synopsis: Andy Hardy develops a crush on his drama teacher.

Studio: MGM

Trivia: The seventh of sixteen Hardy films.

Each Dawn I Die
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Each Dawn I Die

Release Date: July 22 Wide: August 19

Starring: James Cagney, George Raft,, Jane Bryan

Director: William Keighley

Synopsis: An investigative reporter (Cagney) is framed for murder.

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: This was Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's favorite movie.

Beau Geste
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Beau Geste

Release Date: July 24

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward

Director: William A. Wellman

Synopsis: Three brothers (Cooper, Milland, and Preston) join the Foreign Legion.

Studio: Paramount

Trivia: Nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the 1926 film of the same name.

They Shall Have Music
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They Shall Have Music

Release Date: July 26 Wide: August 18

Starring: Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds

Director: Archie Mayo

Synopsis: A boy (Gene Reynolds) runs away and finds himself at a music school.

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn

Trivia: Gene Reynolds would go on to be a producer of MASH.

Frontier Marshal
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Frontier Marshal

Release Date: July 28

Starring: Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Caesar Romero

Director: Allan Dwan

Synopsis: Wyatt Earp (Scott) agrees to become marshal of Tombstone.

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Trivia: Caesar Romero's character name was changed from "Doc Holliday" to "Doc Halliday."

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