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Vande Mataram (1939)

Synopsis: Raghu (Nagaiah), an unemployed graduate, insists on marrying a village girl Janaki (Kanchanamala) despite the opposition of his scheming mother who wants a dowry. Raghu's unemployment problems continue despite his migration towards city, leaving his wife in the clutches of her mother-in-law. When Raghu wins a lottery for Rs 5 lakhs and returns home, he finds his wife and infant son have left.
Although his mother insists he marry again, Raghu goes to the city and dedicates himself to social work, including building factories in order to create employment opportunities. In this his rich female college friend, provoking gossip around their relationship, assists him. Raghu's wife, now a poor flower seller, sees her husband with his new friend and believes he has married. Eventually the misunderstanding is revolved.
Cast: Chittooru Nagaiah (Raghuramayya), Kanchanamala (Janaki), Mudigonda Linga Murthy, Kalyani (Jayalakshmi), Seshamamba (Paravathamma), Doraiswamy (Venkayya),…

Raitu Bidda (1939)

Synopsis: The story was set in Nagapuram. Rami Reddy (Kosaraju) contests elections representing the peasants. The powerful Zamindar (Gidugu Sitapathi) nominates Venkayya (E. Seshaiah) as his candidate. The shavukar (Makeup chief MC Raghavan) and the village Karanam (VV Subbaiah) force Narsi Reddy (Bellari Raghava) the peasant leader to support the zamindar's candidate. Narsi Reddy refuses. The wily zamindar arranges a Kuchipudi dance (Vedantam Raghavaiah choreographed and played) and locks up those who attended the show to keep them away from casting their vote. The farmers break open the door and Rami Reddy wins the election. While the zamindar suffers humiliation, his trusted servant Khasa Subbanna (Bhimavarapu Narasimha Rao) creates havoc in Nagapuram. The Shavukar and the Karanam withe the help of the Tahsildar (Nellore Nagaraja Rao) confiscate Narsi Reddy's property. Aghast at the floods that made them penniless, the Shavukar and Karanam repent for their deed…

Mathru Bhoomi (1939)

Cast: S. Santhanam, P.U. Chinnappa, Kali N. Rathnam, C.S.D. Singh, K.K. Perumal, T.V. Kumudini, A.K. Rajyalakshmi
Story: Dwijendralal Roy
Music: Kopparapu Subba Rao
Cinematography: E.R. Cooper
Director: H.M. Reddy

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.