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Definition of having an ‘on’ year

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Want to know why 1939 was the best year in movie history? Want to know why the studio system rocked? Want to know why nobody gets excited about the vast bulk of dreck produced by Hollywood today? Try this on for size:

[In 1939] Thomas Mitchell (with his second and last career nomination and sole Oscar), who had played Scarlett O’Hara’s father Gerald in Gone With The Wind, a grounded flyer Kid Dabb in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (with two nominations and no wins), a newspaperman Diz Moore in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Clopin, the King of the Beggars in director William Dieterle’s best version of the Victor Hugo classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame (with two nominations and no wins), won the Best Supporting Actor award for another role: his whiskey-soaked, drunken Doc Boone in John Ford’s celebrated Western, Stagecoach.

Name one actor in the last forty years who has had even half as many good roles in the span of twelve months, in movies that people want to see, in movies that people remember more than two years after release.

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Written by [IMH]

22 January 2008 at 12:08 pm

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