Hischak (emer., theater, SUNY Courtland), author of 38 plays and multiple books on musical theater and film, such as Musicals in Film (CH, May'17, 54-4055) and The Jerome Kern Encyclopedia (CH, Nov'13, 51-1216), examines all the films produced during 1939, seeking to situate them within their historical and cultural context. Most of his thorough, detailed work (348 pages of 412) consists of dated entries—one for each day of the year—of two sections: historical events related to literature, art, theater, politics, crime, national/international news, and other topics of note; and the films released on that date, including a brief plot synopsis, mention of the actors/actresses, and a few words of commentary. The book includes three appendixes listing international films, short films, and Academy Award nominees of 1939. Entries are well written, clear, and concise, with useful, succinct commentary…. Summing Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections.