The most anticipated film of the year was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind a book about a sixteen year old southern Belle’s loves and losses during the civil war and reconstruction.
Twenty-six year old Vivien Leigh would play two sixteen year old characters in her film career, Scarlett in 1939 and Cleopatra in the 1946 British film Caesar and Cleopatra.
Another film anticipation took place that year for tweenagers all over the world. The release of the modern day at the time re-make of Cinderella titled First Love starring seventeen year old Deanna Durbin. Hearts were atwitter…Deanna would be receiving her first on screen kiss. Pasternak and Koster chose well for the knight in shining armor, the twenty year old Robert Stack. Stack was dashing; tall and good looking First Love was a perfect retelling of the classic love story. The Academy nominated First Love for Music Scoring, Art Direction and was on a list of eleven black and white movies that voters narrowed down to two movies to choose from for Best Cinematography, Stagecoach and Wuthering Heights, Wuthering Heights received the Oscar. Deanna Durbin was a Universal girl; she shared the 1938 Special Award with Mickey Rooney (an MGM boy) for their significant contribution to the screen the spirit and personification of youth and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement. In 1939 the Special Award miniature statuette went to Judy Garland for her outstanding performance as a screen juvenile during the past year.