In 1939 Hollywood Released 365 Films and Moviegoers Were Buying 80 Million Tickets Per Week
Pick a day in 1939, almost any day, and let the tornado whirl you into a never-never land of Hollywood excellence. Pick a day in the year that was Hollywood's best and try to imagine the luck of a movie buff with enough dimes to see every great movie released. Pick a day and skip past the portentous international news and go directly to the movie listings.
Pick Aug. 15, for instance, the day that "The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
In the news (you had to look, didn't you?), Adolf Hitler was pushing Poland toward war and Benito Mussolini was urging the Poles not to fight back. The mayor of Waterbury, Conn., and 19 others were being convicted of pocketing $1 million in city funds. And in Philadelphia, a 27-year-old golfer was apologizing for throwing a club the day before and killing his caddy.
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