Someone very special is having a birthday today. My mom, Margaret. I decided to dedicate a blogathon in honor of her, focusing on the year she was born: 1938. My fellow blogger Crystal at In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood is joining me in co-hosting this blogathon to honor her grandmother, Audrey, who was also born in 1938.
While the arrivals of these special women were clearly the most important things to happen in 1938, the year was full of notable events, many of them sadly in anticipation of World War II, which would begin the next year. 1938 was also the year the USA experienced two alien invasions. In May the man from Krypton flew into comic books for the first time, and in October Orson Welles’s martians attacked through our radios. Ballpoint pens and Teflon were introduced. Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in the “Race of the Century” at Pimlico. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president, and, in acknowledgement of our Antipodean co-host, Joseph Lyons was Prime Minister of Australia.
The year in movies began with a smash holdover from 1937 with Walt Disney’s first animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reigning atop the box office in the first weeks of January. However, 1938 would produce its own share of hits, with Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Test Pilot, Boys Town, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and You Can’t Take It with You leading the box office. The last of these would go on to win the Oscar for Best Picture, while Boys Town‘s Spencer Tracy would win Best Actor (for the second consecutive year) and Bette Davis would take home her second Oscar, this time for Jezebel.
Notable people born in 1938 include Natalie Wood, Jon Voight, Ted Turner, Connie Francis, Joyce Carol Oates, Rudolf Nureyev, Kofi Annan, Gordon Lightfoot, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Stephen Breyer, Shashi Kapoor, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Wolfman Jack, Paul Verhoeven, and Judy Blume.
Come and explore the pop culture made in 1938!
Thank you to all the participants in this blogathon!
THE SUBMISSIONS (will be updated as they come in):
Love Letters to Old Hollywood considers Carefree:
Caftan Woman examines If I Were King:
Talk about Cinema talks about Disney Studios’ work in 1938:
The Midnite Drive-In studies Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars:
Classic Comedy Corner contemplates Dreizehn Stühle/13 Chairs:
The Story Enthusiast offers a tribute to Natalie Wood:
The Flapper Dame looks at Vivacious Lady:
The Stop Button sails in with The Buccaneer:
Cinematic Scribblings writes about The Masseurs and a Woman:
Critica Retro examines Angels with Dirty Faces:
Movie Movie Blog Blog rings in with Room Service:
The Wonderful World of Cinema reviews Merrily We Live:
Pop Culture Reverie examines Mad About Music:
Taking Up Room takes up Test Pilot:
Portraits by Jenni looks at The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse:
18 Cinema Lane asks “What Makes a Shirley Temple Movie a “Shirley Temple Movie”?“:
Movie Rob offers another perspective on Room Service:
Silver Screen Classics studies Bette Davis’s Oscar-Winning performance in Jezebel:
Wide Screen World meditates on Rawhide:
Movie Rob returns with Three Comrades:
Carole & Co. reflects on Carole Lombard’s work in 1938:
Love Letters to Old Hollywood explores The Saint in New York:
Movies Meet Their Match rides in with The Cowboy and the Lady:
Overture Books and Film chimes in with another perspective on Carefree:
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood contends with The Sisters: