Favorite Films of 1942

by bertramsharp | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 05 Sep 2016 | Public

Updated: 9/5/16

I have watched 29 films with a 1949 release date. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 432,991 | Gross: $1.02M

2. Holiday Inn (1942)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.6
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At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale

Votes: 10,272

3. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.3
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 106,741 | Gross: $102.80M

4. To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, War

8.2
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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch | Stars: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart

Votes: 21,265

5. Night Monster (1942)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Irene Hervey

Votes: 777

6. Saboteur (1942)

PG | 109 min | Thriller, War

7.2
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Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter

Votes: 19,460

7. I Married a Witch (1942)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward

Votes: 5,374

8. George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

7.1
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When Bill and Connie Fuller are forced to move out of their Manhattan apartment because of their pet dog, Connie persuades Bill to buy a dilapidated old Pennsylvania house that George Washington allegedly slept in.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride

Votes: 1,213

9. Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Thriller

5.3
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Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal

Votes: 745

10. Valley of Hunted Men (1942)

Passed | 60 min | Drama, Western

7.4
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It's 1941 and three Nazis escape from a Canadian prison. Two are killed but the third kills Paul Schiller and assumes his identity. This leads him to the Three Mesquiteers ranch where his ... See full summary »

Director: John English | Stars: Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, Jimmie Dodd, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 56

11. A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)

68 min | Comedy

6.4
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Stan and Ollie get involved with con men, crooks, a genial magician, and two interchangeable coffins with disastrous but funny results.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dante, Sheila Ryan

Votes: 796

12. Saludos Amigos (1942)

Approved | 42 min | Animation, Short, Family

6.2
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Disney animators tour South America and present four animated shorts inspired by their trip.

Directors: Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts | Stars: Fred Shields, José Oliveira, Lee Blair, Mary Blair

Votes: 3,498

13. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Not Rated | 64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin, Elizabeth Russell

Votes: 2,323

14. Pardon My Sarong (1942)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Adventure

7.6
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A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce, Robert Paige

Votes: 1,864

15. Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)

82 min | Comedy, Western, Musical

7.1
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Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,198

16. Who Done It? (1942)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.8
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Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan

Votes: 1,825

17. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 4,417

18. Road to Morocco (1942)

Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.3
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Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 4,405

19. Rio Rita (1942)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

6.6
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Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson, John Carroll

Votes: 954

20. The Phantom Plainsmen (1942)

Approved | 56 min | Western

7.4
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It is 1937, but the life out West has not changed much. The boys are working at the Wyoming ranch of Captain Marvin herding horses which he sells to Kurt Redman. Marvin will not sell any ... See full summary »

Director: John English | Stars: Bob Steele, Tom Tyler, Rufe Davis, Rudolph Anders

Votes: 50

21. Alias Boston Blackie (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Chester Morris, Adele Mara, Richard Lane, George E. Stone

Votes: 351

22. The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox

Votes: 1,983

23. Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved | 18 min | Short, History, War

6.4
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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

Directors: John Huston, Owen Crump | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore

Votes: 233

24. Cat People (1942)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

7.4
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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph

Votes: 15,405 | Gross: $4.00M

25. The Living Ghost (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Vera Gordon

Votes: 412

26. The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy

6.7
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While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden

Votes: 379

27. Fingers at the Window (1942)

Passed | 80 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

6.3
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The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lederer | Stars: Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Basil Rathbone, Walter Kingsford

Votes: 563

28. Black Dragons (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Thriller, War

4.2
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A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke, Clayton Moore

Votes: 833

29. The Mad Monster (1942)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

3.2
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A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Glenn Strange

Votes: 1,275