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1939 Palme to ‘Pacific’

Garland, Morgan mentioned as promising thesps

CANNES — The Cannes Film Fest had fun presenting a selection of films that were scheduled for its intended first year, 1939, a fest canceled when Hitler started the invasion that precipitated the events depicted in “The Pianist.”

A special jury awarded the Palme d’Or 1939 — 63 years after the fact — to Cecil B. De Mille’s “Union Pacific,” with some initial votes also going to Zoltan Korda’s “The Four Feathers” and Sam Wood’s “Goodbye Mr. Chips.”

Jury added that its members also wished “to pay tribute to two young promising actresses to whom they confidently and warmly wish all the best. They promise them a brilliant career: Judy Garland, especially for her singing in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by Victor Fleming, and Michele Morgan in ‘The Law of the North’ by Jacques Feyder.”