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1.
Transfer of Skill (1940 Documentary)
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The application of peace-time skills to war production.
Director: Geoffrey Bell
 
2.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
3.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
4.
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
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Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England... (94 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
5.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
6.
The Stars Look Down (1940)
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Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners... (110 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
7.
Night Train to Munich (1940)
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When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
8.
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
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Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
9.
Second Chorus (1940)
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When perennial college students Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor are forced to make it on their own, the competitive pair get jobs with Artie Shaw's band and reunite with ex-manager Ellen Miller. (84 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
10.
Christmas in July (1940)
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An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves... (67 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
11.
Lucky Partners (1940)
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Ronald Colman shares a sweepstakes ticket with Ginger Rogers and they then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings." (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
12.
Wunschkonzert (1940)
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At the Olympic games in Berlin 1936 Inge Wagner falls in love with Luftwaffenleutnant (Airforce Lieutenant) Herbert Koch... (103 mins.)
 
13.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
14.
The Return of Frank James (1940)
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Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse. (92 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
15.
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
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Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap... (90 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
 
16.
Blackout (1940)
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Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
17.
Girl in the News (1940)
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Nurse Anne Graham is controversially - but rightly - acquitted of murder after her elderly patient dies in suspicious circumstances... (78 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
18.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
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During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
19.
The Sea Hawk (1940)
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Geoffrey Thorpe, a buccaneer, is hired by Queen Elizabeth I to nag the Spanish Armada. The Armada is waiting for the attack on England and Thorpe surprises them with attacks on their galleons where he shows his skills on the sword. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
20.
Saturday's Children (1940)
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Pretty Bobby Halevy loves Rims Rosson, a dreamer and inventor without much going for him. Rims has a... (102 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
21.
Susan and God (1940)
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Susan Trexel is a wealthy socialite, who while vacationing in Europe undergoes a religious transformation... (117 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
22.
The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
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Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder. (89 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
23.
Johnny Apollo (1940)
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The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release. (94 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
24.
Lady in Distress (1940)
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A passerby witnesses a murder through the windows of a passing train. He then tries to track down the killer. (77 mins.)
Director: Herbert Mason
 
25.
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
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Jim "Lucky" Moore (Allan Jones), an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend... (82 mins.)
 
26.
Remember the Night (1940)
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Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent... (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
27.
My Love Came Back (1940)
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Amelia is a gifted violinist who is in danger of quitting the Brissac Academy of Music. Julius arranges... (85 mins.)
Director: Kurt Bernhardt
 
28.
The Great Profile (1940)
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Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady returns to save it... (82 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
29.
Virginia City (1940)
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Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City in Nevada. Once there he finds that the former commander of his prison Vance Irby is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy. (121 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
30.
Boom Town (1940)
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Two buddies who rise from fly-by-night wildcatters to oil tycoons over a twenty year period both love the same woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
31.
Kitty Foyle (1940)
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Kitty Foyle, a hard-working white-collar girl from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania low, middle-class family, meets and falls in love with young socialite Wyn Strafford but his family is against her. (108 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
32.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
33.
A Dispatch from Reuter's (1940)
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Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns... (90 mins.)
 
34.
21 Days Together (1940)
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After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime... (72 mins.)
Director: Basil Dean
 
35.
Swinging the Lambeth Walk (1940 Short Film)
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A film made without a camera by painting directly onto the celluloid. (4 mins.)
Director: Len Lye
 
36.
Fashion Horizons (1940 Documentary)
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(20 mins.)
 
37.
They Drive by Night (1940)
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Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder. (95 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
38.
French Without Tears (1940)
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The love affairs of three young Englishmen at a language cramming school in the south of France. Diana, the sister of one of the boys, arrives in town to flirt with all of her brothers' schoolmates. (86 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
39.
Love Thy Neighbor (1940)
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Jack Benny is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester... (82 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
40.
It's a Date (1940)
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An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man. (103 mins.)
 
41.
Road to Singapore (1940)
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Bing Crosby and Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour. (85 mins.)
 
42.
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
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On the eve of WWII, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London. (120 mins.)
 
43.
Blondie on a Budget (1940)
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Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat. (72 mins.)
 
44.
Lillian Russell (1940)
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Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore. (127 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
 
45.
Little Old New York (1940)
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Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
46.
Music in My Heart (1940)
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Rita Hayworth co-stars with famed recording artist Tony Martin in this musical comedy featuring the music of Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra... (70 mins.)
Director: Joseph Santley
 
47.
Down Argentine Way (1940)
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An American girl on vacation in Argentina falls for a wealthy racehorse owner. (89 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
 
48.
Ein Mann auf Abwegen (1940)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Herbert Selpin
 
49.
Spring Parade (1940)
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In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller... (89 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
50.
Tomorrow Is Theirs (1940 Documentary)
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(10 mins.)
Director: James Carr
 
51.
Young Tom Edison (1940)
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Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific... (86 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
52.
To Hell with Hitler (1940)
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Shortly after the start of World War II, a ukelele player (George) takes the wrong boat and finds himself in (still uninvaded) Norway... (82 mins.)
Director: Marcel Varnel
 
53.
Spare a Copper (1940)
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A brave wartime copper (policeman) becomes a hero when he thwarts a plot to destroy a battleship. But... (77 mins.)
 
54.
Young People (1940)
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Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide... (79 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
55.
The Invisible Woman (1940)
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine. (72 mins.)
 
56.
Flight Command (1940)
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A rookie flyer, Ens. Alan Drake, joins the famous Hellcats Squadron right out of flight school in Pensacola... (116 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
57.
Stolen Paradise (1940)
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Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood... (79 mins.)
Director: Louis Gasnier
 
58.
Strange Cargo (1940)
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Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure. (113 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
59.
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
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Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie... (105 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
60.
They Also Serve (1940 Documentary)
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A drama/documentary in which a matronly housewife performs various low-key good deeds to help keep her family and neighbours (and hence by extension her country) running during the war. (10 mins.)
Director: Ruby Grierson
 
61.
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis. (103 mins.)
 
62.
Marked Men (1940)
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Bill Carver is a young medical-school graduate wrongly confined in prison. He escapes and finds a haven and romance in an Arizona small town... (66 mins.)
Director: Sherman Scott
 
63.
The Blue Bird (1940)
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Mytyl and her brother Tyltyl, a woodchopper's children, are led by the Fairy Berylune on a magical trip through the past, present, and future to locate the Blue Bird of Happiness. (88 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
64.
Convoy (1940)
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A tale of the highs and lows of life protecting the vital convoys between America & England during WWII. (90 mins.)
Director: Pen Tennyson