Favourite Films of 1940

My favourite films of 1940
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1.
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
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Charlie tries to discover the identity of a strangler who strikes multiple times on a cruise ship bound from Honolulu to California. (76 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)
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An escaped convicted murderer hides out at a New York wax museum where he hopes to get plastic surgery, which will help him revenge himself on Charlie Chan. (63 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shores
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
6.
Waterloo Bridge (1940)
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During World War I, believing her fianc to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. (108 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
7.
Pinocchio (1940)
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
8.
My Favorite Wife (1940)
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Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. (88 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
9.
Murder Over New York (1940)
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When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on. (65 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
 
10.
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
 
11.
City for Conquest (1940)
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Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together. (104 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
12.
Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)
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Inspector Chan investigates a group of travelers, one of whom is a saboteur. (67 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
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 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
 
15.
Rebecca (1940)
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A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
16.
Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940)
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After gumshoe Mike Shayne is hired by a millionaire to keep his daughter away from gambling and gamblers, he becomes involved in the murder of a racetrack tout. (77 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
 
17.
The Saint Takes Over (1940)
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Inspector Fernack is framed by a cartel of five gangsters and Simon does his best to prove it before all the conspirators are murdered by a mysterious killer. (69 mins.)
Director: Jack Hively
 
18.
I Love You Again (1940)
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Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife. (99 mins.)
 
19.
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
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A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. (94 mins.)
 
20.
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
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In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume. (110 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
21.
Angels Over Broadway (1940)
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A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting. (79 mins.)
 
22.
The Fighting 69th (1940)
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Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end. (90 mins.)
 
23.
The Saint's Double Trouble (1940)
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An enigmatic gang leader known as "The Boss," who is a dead-ringer for Simon, puts "The Saint" under suspicion of murder. (67 mins.)
Director: Jack Hively
 
24.
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
 
25.
The Great Dictator (1940)
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Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
26.
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
 
27.
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
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An aspiring reporter is the key witness at the murder trial of a young man accused of cutting a caf owner's throat and is soon accused of a similar crime himself. (64 mins.)
Director: Boris Ingster
 
28.
Doomed to Die (1940)
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Mr. Wong and a girl reporter investigate a shipping magnate's murder. (68 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)
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Delia Jordan's father is murdered and some very valuable jewelry stolen. She hires Michael Lanyard (aka The Lone Wolf)... (67 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
31.
The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940)
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A hardworking secretary for a rich woman finds herself engaged to the woman's son and accused of a murder she didn't commit. Lanyard, the Lone Wolf, and Jamison set out to find the real killer. (71 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow
 
32.
Four Sons (1940)
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When the Germans invade Czechoslovakia the four sons of a Czecho-German family follow different paths: Czech patriot, Nazi supporter, artist in America, and heroic German soldier. (89 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
33.
My Little Chickadee (1940)
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Rightly suspected of illicit relations with the Masked Bandit, Flower Belle Lee is run out of Little Bend... (83 mins.)
Director: Edward F. Cline
 
34.
Dark Command (1940)
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In Kansas, during the Civil War opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders. (94 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
35.
The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date (1940)
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Complicated plot involving missing stamp collection and kidnapped businessman, with the Lone Wolf keeping... (65 mins.)
Director: Sidney Salkow