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75 Years-March 1939

Blackwell's Island
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List of films released 75 years ago this March. Includes a classic romance which has been filmed three times, the late Shirley Temple's last popular movie, and a odd film in the careers of James Stewart and Joan Crawford.

Blackwell's Island
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Blackwell's Island

Starring: John Garfield, Rosemary Lane, Dick Purcell

Release Date: March 2 Wide: March 25

Plot: A investigative reporter (Garfield) gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: The first press screening was held at the Welfare Island Prison in New York.

Made in 1938, but held for release to capitalize on Garfield's success with 1938's Four Daughters.

The Ice Follies of 1939
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The Ice Follies of 1939

Starring: Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayers, Lewis Stone

Release Date: March 10

Plot: A figure skating team (Crawford and Stewart) struggle to balance their personal and professional lives.

Studio: MGM

Trivia: None of the stars could ice skate.

The Saint Strikes Back
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The Saint Strikes Back

Starring: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Barry Fitzgerald

Release Date: March 10

Plot: Simon Templar, aka The Saint, (Sanders) solves crimes in San Fransisco.

Studio: RKO

Trivia: The first of five Saint movies starring George Sanders.

The first of three movies with Wendy Barrie, who played a different character in each.

The Oklahoma Kid
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The Oklahoma Kid

Starring: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane

Release Date: March 11

Plot: A cowboy (Cagney) avenges his father's death.

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: James Cagney's first Western; he didn't make another until the 1950's.

Humphrey Bogart was quoted as saying James Cagney looked like a "mushroom" in his costume.

Love Affair
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Love Affair

Starring: Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, Maria Ouspenskaya

Release Date: March 16 Wide: April 7

Plot: Two people (Boyer and Dunne), engaged to others, meet and fall in love on a cruise ship.

Studio: RKO

Trivia: One of Irene Dunne's and Charles Boyer's favorite movies.

Pink champagne became widely popular because of this movie.

Director Leo McCarey remade his own film in 1957 released as An Affair to Remember.

Remade in 1994 with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening.

The Little Princess
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The Little Princess

Starring: Shirley Temple, Richard Greene, Anita Louise

Release Date: March 17

Plot: A young girl (Temple) is left in a exclusive girls school after her father is called to fight in the second Boer War.

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Trivia: Shirley Temple's last major success as a child star.

Shirley Temple's first film in Technicolor.

Midnight
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Midnight

Starring: Claudette Colbert. Don Ameche, John Barrymore, Mary Astor

Release Date: March 24

Plot: A stranded chorus girl (Colbert) creates chaos for several people.

Studio: Paramount

Trivia: Mary Astor was pregnant during filming.

Paramount actually hired Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder to rewrite their own script!

The two men rewrote the script and the studio loved the "rewrites" and ordered no further changes!

John Barrymore's lines were written on cue cards due to his alcoholism.

You Can't Get Away with Murder
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You Can't Get Away with Murder

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page, Billy Halop

Release Date: March 24 Wide: May 20

Plot: A young man (Halop) falls under the spell of a gangster (Bogart).

Studio: Warner Brothers

Trivia: One of Bogart's "B" films before finally hitting it big with High Sierra two years later.

Three Smart Girls Grow Up
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Three Smart Girls Grow Up

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Charles Winninger, Nan Grey, Helen Parrish

Release Date: March 24

Plot: The youngest sister (Durbin) plays matchmaker for her sisters (Grey and Parrish).

Studio: Universal

Trivia: Sequel to 1936's Three Smart Girls

Helen Parrish replaced Barbara Read for the sequel.

Let Us Live
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Let Us Live

Starring: Henry Fonda, Maureen O' Sullivan, Ralph Bellamy

Release Date: March 29

Plot: Two men (Fonda and Alan Baxter) are falsely convicted of murder.

Studio: Columbia

Trivia: Based on a Massachusetts court case.

Columbia intended to release the movie as an "A" picture, but pressure from the state of Massachusetts made the studio scale back the budget considerably.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan

Release Date: March 29

Plot: The story of a famous ballroom dancing team (Rogers and Astaire).

Studio: RKO

Trivia: The ninth and last of the RKO Astaire-Rogers musicals; the duo would reunite one more time 10 years later for The Barkleys of Broadway at MGM.

Irene Castle was a technical advisor for this film.

SPOILER ALERT: Astaire's character dies.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene

Release Date: March 31

Plot: Sherlock Holmes (Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Bruce) investigate the legend of a supernatural hound on a large estate.

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Trivia: The first of the Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes films

The film was such a hit that Rathbone and Watson were hired to do a radio series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

The movie was out of circulation for many years until its restoration and re-release in 1975.