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Pasupathastram (1939)

Cast: Kalyanam Raghuramaiah
Director: Kochcharlakota Ranga Rao
Notes: Kalyanam Raghuramaiah was born in Suddapalli, Guntur District in 1901. He debut on stage at the age of 8 as Raghurama in 'Bhakta Ramadasu'. He acted in over 100 films.

Malli Pelli (1939)

Synopsis: Lawyer Jagannatha Rao Panthulu (Balijepalli Lakshmikantham), fearing that Sarada Act (which prohibits child marriage) may come into force, gets his six-year-old daughter Lalitha (Kanchanamala) married to an elderly person, who dies and she becomes a child widow. Rao is against any social reforms and wields considerable influence in the area. He hosts a Swamiji, Kaliyugananda. People throng to his house to have the Swamiji's darshan.
Sundar Rao (YV Rao), an unemployed graduate, stays with his sister Kamala (Bezawada Rajarathnam) in the opposite house. Kamala and Lalitha become friends. Soon love blossoms between Lalitha and Sundar Rao, who decides to marry her. Jagannatha Rao's nephew Venkata Rao (Kocharlakota Sathyanarayana) and Kamala are also in love.
One day, when Kamala comes to his house, Jagannatha Rao attempts to molest her. Sundar Rao thrashes Jagannatha Rao and goes to jail. A rumour spreads that Lalitha is pregnant. She goes to Sundar Rao and tries to convi…

Jayaprada (1939)

Cast: C.S.R. Anjaneyulu, K. Pitchaiah, Kanchi Narasimha Rao, Tanguturi Suryakumari, Lalitha Devi, Sampurna, Seshu, Chitti, Sita, Yashoda, Rajakumari, Anjamma, Ramudu, Saluri Rajeswara Rao, BV Anjanenyulu, Yalam Gangayya, JV Subba Rao, Sampoorna
Story: Chitrapu Hanumantha Rao
Dialogues: Varanasi Seetarama Sastry, Ch. Hanumantha Rao
Lyrics: Varanasi Seetharama Sastry
Music: Saluri Rajeswara Rao
Cinematography: DT Tilang
Director: Chitrapu Narasimha Rao
Banner: Sri Sarada Rayalaseema Films
Release Date: 2 July
Duration: 190 minutes
Trivia: This was the first film to Saluri Rajeswara Rao as a music director. He was just 17 years old at that time.

Balaji (1939)

Cast: C.S.R. Anjaneyulu, P. Santha Kumari, Rajeswari Devi, Buchchanna Sastry, T. Venkateswarlu, Sanjeeva Kumari, Nagamani, Nagamma
Dialogues: Duvvuri Ramireddy
Music: B. Kumaraswamy, Akula Narasimha Rao
Cinematography: K.V. Machwe
Director: P. Pullaiah
Banner: Famous Films
Trivia: This movie also named as SRI VENKATESWARA MAHATYAM.

Amma (1939)

Cast: Lakshmirajyam
Director: Niranjan Pal
Notes: Niranjan Pal was the son of Indian nationalist Bipin Chandra Pal. In his teens he was attracted to the young extremist movement in Calcutta, and in an altercation with a British officer, beat him up and stole his gun. With an arrest warrant out on him, he escaped to London, where he was lived with nationalists Veer Savarkar and Madanlal Dhingra (later executed for assassinating a British officer). He studied script-writing in London, and was eventually discovered by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai, with whom he went set up Bombay Talkies, one of India's first and most important film studios. His autobiography "Aye Jibon" won the President's National Award in India in 2001.

Thukaram (1937)

Cast: CSR Anjaneyulu, Surabhi Kamalabai, Surabhi Balasaraswathi
Playback: CSR Anjaneyulu
Director: B. Narayana Rao
Banner: Star Combines
Notes: B. Narayana Rao's original name was Balakrishnan Narayana Nair. He was from Tellicherry.

Sri Satyanrarayana Swamy (1938)

Cast: Vadrevu Kamaraju (Satyanarayana Swamy), Hymavathi, Devarakonda Ramamurthy, Kadiyam Mallayachary, Lakshmi Narasamma, Yanamandra Ramakrishnaiah, Relangi, Mukkala Koteswara Rao
Writer: Muddu Krishna
Lyrics: Kallakuri Hanumantha Rao
Music: Nimmagadda Paradesi, B. Kumaraswamy
Cinematography: Govind Rao Bhadasavle
Editor: G.D. Joshi
Art: B.D. Kotwal
Director: Chittajallu Pullaiah
Banner: Andhra Talkies
Release Date: 12 Jan, 1938
Notes: This was the first film made in 'vaduka bhasha' in Telugu. It was released in theatres along with 'Kasula Peru', documentary on Annavaram Satyanarayana Swamy Temple and 'Chal Mohana Ranga', a folk dance. Kallakuri Hanumantha Rao, Sundaramma, Srihari and Tulasi were the actors in 'Kasula Peru' while Pushpavalli and Vali Subba Rao were performed in 'Chal Mohana Ranga'.