1939 – Only Angels Have Wings

★★★★☆ USA. 2h1m. Adventures / Drama / Romance. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Jules Furthman (screenplay) and Howard Hawks (story). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Viola Lawrence. Music by Dmitri Tiomkin. Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Killian, John Carroll, Don Barry.

Geoff Carter is the head pilot and manager of Barranca Airways, a small, barely solvent company owned by “Dutchy” Van Ruyter, carrying airmail from the fictional South American port town of Barranca through a high pass in the Andes Mountains. The situation is complicated by the arrival of pilot Bat MacPherson and his wife (and Geoff’s old flame) Judy.

1938 – You Can’t Take It With You

★★★★☆ USA. 2h6m. Comedy / Romance. Directed by Frank Capra. Written by Robert Riskin (screenplay) and George Kaufman, Moss Hart (“You Can’t Take It With You”). Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Edited by Gene Havlick. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Edward Arnold, Mischa Auer, Ann Miller.

You Can’t Take It With You is about a man from a family of rich snobs who becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

A critical and commercial success, the film received two Academy Awards from seven nominations: Best Picture and Best Director for Frank Capra. This was Capra’s third Oscar for Best Director in just five years, following It Happened One Night (1934) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).