Panel discussion focuses on iconic 1939 films

James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

James Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”

“The Year’s Best Pictures: 1939 Iconic Films” is the title of a panel discussion 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, 151 W. Wood St. in Youngstown.

The discussion will focus on four iconic films from 1939, the year that many historians rates as the greatest year in the history of Hollywood.

The panel includes: Stephanie Tingly, YSU Professor of English, who will talk about John Ford’s Stagecoach; Atty. Michelle Simonelli discussing Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; and Donna DeBlasio, YSU Professor of History, speaking about The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. The presenters will put the films in the context of the United States in 1939 and why they were so significant.

The event sponsored by the YSU History Club is free and open to the public. For more information, call at 330-941-3452.