Best Adventure Movies of 1939


The Wizard of Oz

8.1/10 IMDB

Young Dorothy finds herself in a magical world where she makes friends with a lion, a scarecrow and a tin man as they make their way along the yellow brick road to talk with the Wizard and ask for the things they miss most in their lives. The Wicked Witch of the West is the only thing that could stop them.

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick, The Singer Midgets ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1939-08-15


7.8/10 IMDB

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, George Bancroft, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Tim Holt ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1939-03-03

Only Angels Have Wings

7.6/10 IMDB

Geoff Carter is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a discredited aviator who arrives with his wife, Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter.

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn, Sig Ruman, Victor Kilian, John Carroll, Don Barry ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1939-05-15

Gunga Din

7.2/10 IMDB

British army sergeants Ballantine, Cutter and MacChesney serve in India during the 1880s, along with their native water-bearer, Gunga Din. While completing a dangerous telegraph-repair mission, they unearth evidence of the suppressed Thuggee cult. When Gunga Din tells the sergeants about a secret temple made of gold, the fortune-hunting Cutter is captured by the Thuggees, and it's up to his friends to rescue him.

Starring: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Sam Jaffe, Eduardo Ciannelli, Joan Fontaine, Montagu Love, Robert Coote, Abner Biberman, Lumsden Hare ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1939-01-26

Jamaica Inn

6.3/10 IMDB

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman who's come there to visit her aunt, discovers that she's married an inkeeper who's a member of a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking and murder for profit.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges, Maureen O'Hara, Hay Petrie, Frederick Piper, Emlyn Williams, Herbert Lomas, Clare Greet, William Devlin, Jeanne De Casalis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1939-05-11

Beau Geste

7.6/10 IMDB

When three brothers join the Foreign Legion to escape a troubled past, they find themselves trapped under the command of a sadistic sergeant deep in the scorching Sahara. Now the brothers must fight for their lives as they plot mutiny against tyranny and defend a desert fortress against a brutal enemy.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward, J. Carrol Naish, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Charles Barton, James Stephenson ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1939-07-24

The Four Feathers

7.5/10 IMDB

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.

Starring: John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez, Allan Jeayes, Jack Allen, Donald Gray, Frederick Culley, Clive Baxter, Robert Rendel ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1939-04-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Man in the Iron Mask

The Man in the Iron Mask

7.0/10 IMDB

Tyrannical King Louis XIV learns that he has an identical twin brother, Philippe, who was raised from birth by his late father's trusted friend D'Artagnan and his faithful musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis. After Philippe falls for the king's betrothed, Spanish Princess Maria Theresa, Louis imprisons him, forcing his brother to don an iron mask that will slowly suffocate him -- and it's up to D'Artagnan to rescue him.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, Warren William, Joseph Schildkraut, Alan Hale, Walter Kingsford, Miles Mander, Bert Roach, Marion Martin, Montagu Love ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1939-07-13

Five Came Back

7.1/10 IMDB

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety.

Starring: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Joseph Calleia, C. Aubrey Smith, Kent Taylor, Patric Knowles, Elisabeth Risdon ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1939-06-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Stanley and Livingstone

Stanley and Livingstone

7.0/10 IMDB

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume.") blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan, Charles Coburn, Cedric Hardwicke, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Miles Mander, David Torrence ..
Directed by: Henry King, Otto Brower
Release date: 1939-08-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Rains Came

The Rains Came

6.9/10 IMDB

Indian aristocrat Rama Safti returns from medical training in the U.S. to give his life to the poor folk of Ranchipur. Lady Edwina and her drunken artist ex-lover Tom Ransome get in the way, but everyone shapes up when faced by earthquake, flooding, and plague.

Starring: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce, Nigel Bruce, Maria Ouspenskaya, Joseph Schildkraut, Mary Nash, Jane Darwell, Marjorie Rambeau ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1939-09-15

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

6.8/10 IMDB

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Rex Ingram, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Lynne Carver, Jo Ann Sayers, Minor Watson, Elisabeth Risdon, Victor Kilian, Clara Blandick ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1939-02-10

Gulliver's Travels

6.6/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby. A life-threatening situation develops when the bumbling trio of Blefiscu spies, Sneak, Snoop, and Snitch, manage to steal Gulliver's pistol.

Starring: Lanny Ross, Sam Parker, Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, Cal Howard, Tedd Pierce, Livonia Warren, Jessica Dragonette, Max Smith, Gus Wickie ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1939-11-10

Tarzan Finds a Son!

6.5/10 IMDB

A young couple die in a plane crash in the jungle. Their son is found by Tarzan and Jane who name him Boy and raise him as their own. Five years later a search party comes to find the young heir to millions of dollars. Jane agrees, against Tarzan's will, to lead them to civilization.

Starring: Johnny Weissmüller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Ian Hunter, Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort, Henry Wilcoxon, Laraine Day, Morton Lowry, Gavin Muir ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1939-06-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Mystery Plane

Mystery Plane

5.2/10 IMDB

An American pilot with a top-secret invention is kidnapped by foreign agents.

Starring: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Lucien Littlefield, Tommy Bupp, Jason Robards Sr., George Lynn, Polly Ann Young, Betsy Gay, William P. Carleton ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1939-03-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Allegheny Uprising

Allegheny Uprising

6.3/10 IMDB

South western Pennsylvania area of colonial America, 1760s. Colonial distaste and disapproval of the British government is starting to surface. Many local colonists have been killed by American Indians who are armed with rifles supplied by white traders.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, George Sanders, Brian Donlevy, Wilfrid Lawson, Robert Barrat, John F. Hamilton, Moroni Olsen, Eddie Quillan, Chill Wills ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1939-11-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Blondie Takes a Vacation

Blondie Takes a Vacation

6.8/10 IMDB

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy, Danny Mummert, Donald Meek, Donald MacBride, Thomas W. Ross, Elizabeth Dunn, Robert Wilcox ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1939-07-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Spies of the Air

Spies of the Air

5.9/10 IMDB

Set just before the outbreak of WWII, this is the story of a test pilot who works for the (unnamed) enemy. Made in 1939, by the time it was released in 1940, war had been declared.

Starring: Barry K. Barnes, Joan Marion, Roger Livesey, Basil Radford, Everley Gregg, Felix Aylmer, Wallace Douglas, Henry Oscar, John Turnbull, Edward Ashley ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1939-03-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Women in the Wind

Women in the Wind

6.0/10 IMDB

A famous aviator helps an amateur enter a cross-country air race for women.

Starring: Kay Francis, William Gargan, Victor Jory, Maxie Rosenbloom, Eddie Foy Jr., Sheila Bromley, Eve Arden, Charles Anthony Hughes, Frankie Burke, Spencer Charters ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1939-04-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt

The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt

6.4/10 IMDB

Spies force former jewel thief Michael Lanyard to steal defense secrets in Washington.

Starring: Warren William, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth, Virginia Weidler, Ralph Morgan, Tom Dugan, Don Beddoe, Leonard Carey, Ben Welden, Brandon Tynan ..
Directed by: Peter Godfrey
Release date: 1939-01-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Raffles


6.4/10 IMDB

Man about town and First Class cricketer A.J. Raffles keeps himself solvent with daring robberies. Meeting Gwen from his schooldays and falling in love all over again, he spends the weekend with her parents, Lord and Lady Melrose. A necklace presents an irresistible temptation, but also in attendance is Scotland Yard's finest, finally on the trail.

Starring: David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, May Whitty, Dudley Digges, Douglas Walton, E. E. Clive, Lionel Pape, Margaret Seddon, Hilda Plowright, Gilbert Emery ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1939-11-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Torchy Runs for Mayor

Torchy Runs for Mayor

6.3/10 IMDB

Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.

Starring: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, John Miljan, Frank Shannon, Joe Cunningham, George Guhl, Joe Downing, Irving Bacon, John Butler ..
Directed by: Ray McCarey
Release date: 1939-05-13
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

5.9/10 IMDB

A parodic remake of the story of the young Gascon D'Artagnan, who arrives in Paris, his heart set on joining the king's Musketeers. He is taken under the wings of three of the most respected and feared Musketeers, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Together they fight to save France and the honor of a lady from the machinations of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.

Starring: Don Ameche, Binnie Barnes, Gloria Stuart, Pauline Moore, Joseph Schildkraut, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, Miles Mander, Douglass Dumbrille, John 'Dusty' King ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1939-02-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Secret Service of the Air

Secret Service of the Air

5.6/10 IMDB

Brass Bancroft and his sidekick Gabby Watters are recruited onto the secret service and go undercover to crack a ruthless gang that smuggles illegal aliens.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Ila Rhodes, Eddie Foy Jr., James Stephenson, John Litel, Frank M. Thomas, Bernard Nedell, John Ridgely, Anthony Averill, Rosella Towne ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-03-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Captain Fury

Captain Fury

6.1/10 IMDB

An Irish convict sentenced to hard labor in Australia escapes into the outback, and organizes a band of fellow escapees to fight a corrupt landlord.

Starring: Brian Aherne, Victor McLaglen, Paul Lukas, June Lang, John Carradine, George Zucco, Rondo Hatton, Douglass Dumbrille, Virginia Field, Charles Middleton ..
Directed by: Hal Roach
Release date: 1939-05-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Witness Vanishes

The Witness Vanishes

5.6/10 IMDB

In this mystery, a newspaper executive and three of his colleagues conspire to have the owner of the highly-respected London Sun committed to an insane asylum. The hapless publisher manages to escape. Soon after, the four collaborators begin dying one-by-one. Oddly their obituaries appear in a rival publication before they are actually killed.

Starring: Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Bruce Lester, Forrester Harvey, Walter Kingsford, J.M. Kerrigan, Barlowe Borland, Boyd Irwin, Vernon Steele, Reginald Barlow ..
Directed by: Otis Garrett
Release date: 1939-09-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Rookie Cop

The Rookie Cop

5.6/10 IMDB

A rookie cop tries to prove his friend is innocent of a robbery, despite the police commissioner's objection to his use of a trained German Shepherd dog named Ace.

Starring: Tim Holt, Virginia Weidler, Janet Shaw, Frank M. Thomas, Robert Emmett Keane, Monte Montague, Don Brodie, Ralf Harolde, Muriel Evans, Ace the Wonder Dog ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1939-04-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Smashing the Money Ring

Smashing the Money Ring

5.6/10 IMDB

T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Margot Stevenson, Eddie Foy Jr., Joe Downing, Charles D. Brown, Joe King, William B. Davidson, Charles C. Wilson, Elliott Sullivan, John Hamilton ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1939-10-21
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Conspiracy


5.4/10 IMDB

American Steve Kendall, a freighter's radio officer, discovers seaman Carlson sending an unauthorized message ashore as the ship approaches his war-poised homeland. Carlson is shot in cold blood when he jumps ship and Kendall, implicated in the espionage, swims ashore to avoid arrest. A woman he meets at the dock hides him in her apartment, where he learns Carlson was her brother, and they both work in a sabotage ring. Nedra is a singer at Tio's Cafe, and she approaches Tio for help when both the saboteurs and the secret police try to capture Steve.

Starring: Allan Lane, Robert Barrat, Lionel Royce, J. Farrell MacDonald, Charley Foy, Linda Hayes, Lester Matthews, Henry Brandon, Wilhelm von Brincken, Solly Ward ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-08-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Irish Luck

Irish Luck

5.5/10 IMDB

A spunky young bellhop investigates the murder of a hotel guest.

Starring: Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland, Dick Purcell, Sheila Darcy, Lillian Elliott, Dennis Moore, James Flavin, Tris Coffin, Ralph Peters, Pat Gleason ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1939-08-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Pacific Liner

Pacific Liner

5.7/10 IMDB

An outbreak of cholera threatens a luxury liner in this surprisingly low-budget melodrama from RKO. En route from Shanghai to San Francisco, chief engineer Crusher McKay (Victor McLaglen) and shipboard doctor Tony Craig (Chester Morris) become rivals for the attention of nurse Ann Grayson (Wendy Barrie). A Chinese stowaway, meanwhile, infects the stokehold with cholera and it is left to Crusher to keep the engines at full throttle until reaching harbor. But morale sinks to an all-time low when Crusher himself is stricken and the overworked men threaten with mutiny. Tony attempts to keep the stokers in check but the situation is growing more dangerous by the minute when a heroic Crusher rises from his sickbed. Leaving their previous petty squabbles behind, Tony and Crusher manage to guide the ship safely to harbor, where the doc and Ann rekindle their romance.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale, Barry Fitzgerald, Allan Lane, Halliwell Hobbes, Cy Kendall, Paul Guilfoyle, John Wray ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-01-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Twelve Crowded Hours

Twelve Crowded Hours

5.5/10 IMDB

An ace reporter with a girlfriend nails a numbers racketeer for murders.

Starring: Richard Dix, Lucille Ball, Allan Lane, Donald MacBride, Cy Kendall, John Arledge, Granville Bates, Bradley Page, Dorothy Lee, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1939-02-23
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Fighting Mad

Fighting Mad

5.3/10 IMDB

Ann Fenwick is a witness to a bank robbery in the U.S. and the bandits, led by Trigger (Warner Richmond) and Leon (Ted Adams) capture her and when she disappears, a warrant is issued for her arrest as a material witness. The bank robbers flee across the border into Canda where they steal a trailer in which they lock Ann and the loot. The hitch breaks and the trailer plunges into a lake. Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien), of the Canadian Mounties,rescue Ann and she tells them she is a hitch-hiking tourist and gives a false name. Renfrew sends Kelly for aid, Ann escapes and Kelly returns with the news that she is wanted. The leader of the gang, Cardigan (Milburn Stone), sends the gang back for Ann and the loot, which Ann has hidden in a trappers cabin, just before Trigger recaptures her. Renfrew goes to her rescue, but is also captured. But reliable Constable Kelly is somewhere in the woods.

Starring: James Newill, Sally Blane, Benny Rubin, Dave O'Brien, Milburn Stone, Walter Long, Warner Richmond, Ted Adams, Chief Thundercloud, Ole Oleson ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1939-11-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Man from Montreal

The Man from Montreal

5.0/10 IMDB

The Man From Montreal is a lively entry in Universal's Richard Arlen-Andy Devine action series. The stars are cast respectively as fur trapper Clark Manning and constable Bones Blair, who carry on a friendly rivalry in the Canadian Northwest. Our heroes team up in the final reels to put the kibosh on a fur-smuggling racket, permitting Universal to plunge deeply into its stock-footage files. The leading ladies this time out are Anne Gwynne and Kay Sutton, their billing status indicating which one of the two ladies will land Clark Manning in the last scene. Incredibly, the Arlen-Devine series lasted for 14 films, none of them classics but all of them worthwhile Saturday-matinee fare.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Kay Sutton, Reed Hadley, Addison Richards, Joe Sawyer, Jerry Marlowe, Tommy Whitten, Eddy Waller ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1939-12-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Burn 'Em Up O'Connor

Burn 'Em Up O'Connor

5.6/10 IMDB

An auto mechanic suspects sabotage in a recent series of fatal racecar accidents.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Cecilia Parker, Nat Pendleton, Harry Carey, Addison Richards, Charley Grapewin, Alan Curtis, Tom Neal, Tom Collins, Frank Orth ..
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick
Release date: 1939-01-13
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Code of the Secret Service

Code of the Secret Service

5.1/10 IMDB

Secret Service agents try to solve the theft of treasury banknote plates.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Rosella Towne, Eddie Foy Jr., Moroni Olsen, Edgar Edwards, Jack Mower, John Gallaudet, Joe King, Steve Darrell, Sol Gorss ..
Directed by: Noel M. Smith
Release date: 1939-05-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Danger Flight

Danger Flight

5.6/10 IMDB

Crooks plot to steal a payroll being shipped by air.

Starring: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr., Tommy Baker, Dennis Moore, Julius Tannen, Eddie Parker, Joseph E. Bernard, Harry Harvey Jr. ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1939-11-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Wolf Call

Wolf Call

6.1/10 IMDB

A spoiled New York playboy learns the values of life when he's sent by his father to work in a rural mining community in Canada.

Starring: John Carroll, Movita, George Lynn, Guy Usher, Polly Ann Young, Holmes Herbert, George Cleveland, John Kelly, Wheeler Oakman, John Sheehan ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1939-05-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Legion of Lost Flyers

Legion of Lost Flyers

5.4/10 IMDB

A group of pilots, because of unsavory or unearned reputations, establish an outpost squadron of their own, led by "Loop" Gillian, running charter-flights and hauling supplies in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. The operation does not go without misadventures, foul-ups, and a bit of treachery tossed in.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Anne Nagel, William Lundigan, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Ona Munson, Jerry Marlowe, Leon Ames, Theodore von Eltz, Leon Belasco ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1939-11-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Barricade


5.7/10 IMDB

In China, a singer and a journalist meet while traveling on a train attacked by bandits.

Starring: Alice Faye, Warner Baxter, Charles Winninger, Arthur Treacher, Doris Lloyd, Keye Luke, Willie Fung, Joan Carroll, Eily Malyon, Leonid Snegoff ..
Directed by: Gregory Ratoff
Release date: 1939-12-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Sunset Trail

Sunset Trail

6.9/10 IMDB

Disguising himself as a milquetoast Easterner who writes Western novels, Hoppy enrolls in a dude ranch in order to unmask the murderer of the owner's husband.

Starring: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Charlotte Wynters, Jan Clayton, Robert Fiske, Kenneth Harlan, Anthony Nace, Kathryn Sheldon, Maurice Cass ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1939-02-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Mutiny on the Blackhawk

Mutiny on the Blackhawk

6.4/10 IMDB

Story deals with slave-running between Hawaii and California in 1840, featuring a wild mutiny aboard a slave ship on the high seas, the bartering of natives for slavery in a tropical paradise, and battle scenes between enraged California settlers and the Mexican Army.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Constance Moore, Noah Beery, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Mala, Thurston Hall, Sandra Kane, Paul Fix, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1939-07-31
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Law of the Pampas

Law of the Pampas

6.7/10 IMDB

Hoppy and Lucky are headed to South America to deliver a heard of cattle. Bay guy Ralph Merritt gets in their way. For a while.

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Sidney Toler, Steffi Duna, Sidney Blackmer, Pedro de Cordoba, William Duncan, Anna Demetrio, Eddie Dean, Glenn Strange ..
Directed by: Nate Watt
Release date: 1939-11-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Chasing Danger

Chasing Danger

5.9/10 IMDB

When American newsreel cameraman stationed in Paris is sent to cover an Arab rebellion he finds a financier presumed dead but actually fomenting desert warfare.

Starring: Preston Foster, Lynn Bari, Wally Vernon, Henry Wilcoxon, Joan Woodbury, Harold Huber, Roy D'Arcy ..
Directed by: Ricardo Cortez
Release date: 1939-05-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Taming of the West

The Taming of the West

6.3/10 IMDB

Bill Elliott stops the evil cattle rustlers, who use up sheriffs like disposable razor blades. Instead of the customary gun battles, Elliott was known for his fisticuffs action and so he uses his knuckles to clean out the bad guys and win the heart of Iris Meredith, who had been the main lady for Charles Starrett in his westerns.

Starring: Bill Elliott, Iris Meredith, Dick Curtis, Dub Taylor, James Craig, Stanley Brown, Ethan Allen, Kenneth MacDonald, Victor Wong, Charles King ..
Directed by: Norman Deming
Release date: 1939-12-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Romance of the Redwoods

Romance of the Redwoods

6.2/10 IMDB

June Martin is a dishwasher in a California logging camp boarding house. Steve Blake fights Jed Malone for her and loses, thus casting suspicion on himself when Malone dies under cloudy circumstances.

Starring: Charles Bickford, Jean Parker, Al Bridge, Gordon Oliver, Ann Shoemaker, Lloyd Hughes, Pat O'Malley, Marc Lawrence, Earl Gunn, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1939-03-29

Navy Secrets

5.6/10 IMDB

After a stamp-collecting Navy chief petty officer is jailed following FBI and Naval Justice investigation, his fiancee meets one of his fellow officers, becomes romantically interested in him, and joins him in trying to get an envelope, believed to contain rare stamps, to its intended recipient, only to end up in a web of intrigue involving foreign-accented men who are unusually interested in that simple envelope.

Starring: Fay Wray, Grant Withers, Dewey Robinson, André Cheron, George Sorel, Robert Frazer, Wilhelm von Brincken, Duke York, Craig Reynolds, Joseph Crehan ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1939-02-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : The Jones Family in Hollywood

The Jones Family in Hollywood

5.7/10 IMDB

Father goes to an American Legion convention in Hollywood and the family goes along, visiting a studio a causing havoc on the set.

Starring: Jed Prouty, Spring Byington, Kenneth Howell, George Ernest, June Carlson, Florence Roberts, Billy Mahan, William Tracy, June Gale, Marvin Stephens ..
Directed by: Malcolm St. Clair
Release date: 1939-06-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Scouts to the Rescue

Scouts to the Rescue

5.8/10 IMDB

Filmed in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Sonora, California, this Universal serial is Universal's 40th sound-era serial. Eagle Scout Bruce Scott, leader of Martinsville Troop Number One, and his pack sets off in search of lost treasure and finds adventure

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Vondell Darr, Edwin Stanley, William Ruhl, Bill Cody Jr., David Durand, Ralph Dunn, Frank Coghlan Jr., Ivan Miller, Victor Adams ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor, Alan James
Release date: 1939-01-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1939 : Stunt Pilot

Stunt Pilot

5.7/10 IMDB

The second of a series of four features Monogram made based on the comic strip by Hal Forrest (Universal also used the strip characters in two serials), finds a movie company shooting a war picture at Three Points airport, with Tailspin Tommy Tompkins as a stunt pilot in the film. Tommy is incensed by the complete disregard for human life shown by the film's director, Sheehan, and quits. Sheehan gets a replacement pilot named Earl Martin, who is known as a reckless pilot who will try an aerial stunt for a thrill. He hand Tommy get into a fight when Martin takes Betty Lou Barnes for a ride in a plane that is practically falling apart.

Starring: John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr., Pat O'Malley, George Meeker, Wesley Barry, George Cleveland, John Daheim, Tod Sterling ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1939-06-30

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