Best Science Fiction Movies of 1939

1.

Son of Frankenstein

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton, Perry Ivins, Lawrence Grant ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1939-01-13
2.

The Man They Could Not Hang

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Henryk Savaard is a scientist working on experiments to restore life to the dead. When he is unjustly hanged for murder, he is brought back to life by his trusted assistant. Re-animated he turns decidedly nasty and sets about murdering the jury that convicted him.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor, Don Beddoe, Ann Doran, Joe De Stefani, Charles Trowbridge, Byron Foulger, Dick Curtis ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1939-08-17
3.

The Return of Doctor X

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

When news reporter Walter Garrett arrives at the hotel room of bombshell actress Angela Merrova to conduct an interview, he finds her dead from multiple stab wounds. He returns with the police to find the hotel empty and the body vanished. Garrett writes about the incident but is fired when Merrova, alive and well, goes to the paper to complain. Now his only chance to get his job back is to find the truth, which involves the grisly scheme of a madman.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris, Dennis Morgan, John Litel, Lya Lys, Huntz Hall, Charles C. Wilson, Vera Lewis, Howard Hickman ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1939-11-23
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1939 : Buck Rogers
4.

Buck Rogers

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Buck Rogers and Buddy Wade are in the middle of a trans-polar dirigible flight when they are caught in a blizzard and crash. Buddy then releases a special gas to keep them in suspended animation until a rescue party can arrive. However, an avalanche covers the craft and the two are in suspended animation for 500 years. When they are found, they awake to find out that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane. Along with Lieutenant Wilma Deering, Buck and Buddy join in the fight to overthrow Kane and with the help of Prince Tallen of Saturn and his forces, they eventually do and Earth is free of Kane's grip.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Anthony Warde, C. Montague Shaw, William Gould, Philson Ahn, Guy Usher, Henry Brandon, Wheeler Oakman ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
Release date: 1939-04-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1939 : S.O.S Tidal Wave
5.

S.O.S Tidal Wave

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

A news reporter-commentator at a combined radio-television broadcasting station gives up his stand against the election of a corrupt mayoral candidate after a gangster threatens his family. Features tidal wave stock footage from RKO's "Deluge" (1933), q.v.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, George Barbier, Kay Sutton, Frank Jenks, Marc Lawrence, Raymond Bailey, Don Barry, Dorothy Lee, Oscar O'Shea, Mickey Kuhn ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1939-06-02
6.

The Phantom Creeps

2.4
4.7/10 IMDB

A mad scientist attempts to rule the world by creating various elaborate inventions.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold, Edwin Stanley, Regis Toomey, Jack C. Smith, Edward Van Sloan, Dora Clement, Anthony Averill, Hugh Huntley ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
Release date: 1939-01-07
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1939 : Television Spy
7.

Television Spy

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A scientist invents a television device called the Iconoscope. Foreign agents hear about it and try to steal it.

Starring: William Henry, Judith Barrett, William Collier Sr., Richard Denning, John Eldredge, Dorothy Tree, Anthony Quinn, Minor Watson, Morgan Conway, Byron Foulger ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1939-10-20
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1939 : Torture Ship
8.

Torture Ship

1.6
3.4/10 IMDB

A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

Starring: Lyle Talbot, Irving Pichel, Julie Bishop, Sheila Bromley, Eddie Holden, Anthony Averill, Russell Hopton, Julian Madison, Wheeler Oakman, Stanley Blystone ..
Directed by: Victor Halperin
Release date: 1939-10-28

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