March 1939 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Film Premiere

Mar 24 "Wuthering Heights" film based on the Emily Brontë novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles

Film Release

Mar 31 "The Hound of Baskervilles" first of 14 films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson is released


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Mar 2 Barbara Luna, American actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 3 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (BBC, "the Bearded Wonder"), born in Epsom, England (d. 2009)
  • Mar 4 Carlos Vereza, Brazilian actor, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Mar 5 Charles Fuller, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (A Soldier's Play; Zooman and the Sign; The Brownsville Raid), and screenwriter (A Soldier's Story; A Gathering of Old Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d.2022) [1]
  • Mar 5 Norman Seeff, South African-American photographer, filmmaker, and album cover artist (Joni Mitchell; Captain & Tenille; Fleetwood Mac), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mar 5 Samantha Eggar, English actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • Mar 6 David Spielberg, Weslaco Tx, actor (Jessica Novak, The Practice)

Jim BoutonJim Bouton (1939-2019)

Mar 8 American Baseball Pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • Mar 9 John Howard Davies, British child actor (Oliver Twist), and television comedy producer and director (Monty Python's Flying Circus; Fawlty Towers; The Good Life), born in Paddington, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 14 Bertrand Blier, French novelist and director (Going Places), born in Paris, France
  • Mar 14 Raymond J. Barry, American actor (Steel City), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Mar 21 Kathleen Widdoes, actress (Without a Trace), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Mar 23 Bert Berdis, American comedian (Tim Conway Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 24 [Lilian] Lynda Baron, British actress, comedian, and singer (Open All Hours - "Nurse Gladys"; Come Inside - "Auntie Mabel"), born Urmston, Lancashire, England
  • Mar 26 Phillip R. Allen, American stage and screen actor (Hardy Boys Mysteries - "Harry"; Star Trek III - "Captain Esteban"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)

Weddings in Film & TV

Clark Gable

Mar 29 "Gone With The Wind" actor Clark Gable (37) weds actress Carole Lombard (30) at the rectory of Saint John's Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingman, Arizona