1940's Movie List

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1.
Lifeboat (1944)
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Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it. (97 mins.)
“ Really good movie.. but not your typical Alfred Hitchcock movie.. ” - pauluzell
 
2.
Band Waggon (1940)
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A plot involving spies in a haunted castle gives this team of celebrated British wireless comedians plenty of scope for laughs. (85 mins.)
Director: Marcel Varnel
 
3.
Brother Orchid (1940)
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When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk. (88 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
4.
Christmas in July (1940)
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When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered? (67 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
5.
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
Gaslight (1940)
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Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden. (84 mins.)
 
8.
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
“ Classic Hope.. Comedy/Horror fun.. ” - pauluzell
 
9.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
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A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
The Mortal Storm (1940)
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The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil. (100 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
13.
Phantom Raiders (1940)
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An insurance company tasks Carter and Beeswax to Panama as cargo ships are mysteriously exploding and sending their valuable cargoes to the bottom with all hands. (70 mins.)
 
14.
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
“ Great Movie.. Great Cast.. Hepburn and your zaniest best.. ” - pauluzell
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
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Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them... (118 mins.)
 
17.
Remember the Night (1940)
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A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
18.
Safari (1940)
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Millionaire Baron de Courland and his fiance Linda Stewart employ Jim Logan as a guide for their hunting trip in the jungle... (80 mins.)
 
19.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
20.
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
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After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves. (106 mins.)
 
21.
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
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A single magazine editor pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues, but complications ensue when she meets a potential suitor. (96 mins.)
 
22.
You'll Find Out (1940)
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The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her. (97 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
23.
The Smiling Ghost (1941)
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An heiress seems to be cursed as each of her intended grooms meets with a horrible end. (71 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
24.
Ball of Fire (1941)
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A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover. (111 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
25.
Citizen Kane (1941)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Ok if you haven't seen this, well hurry up you should.. Brilliant.. ” - pauluzell
 
26.
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After their parents are killed, co-joined twin boys are separated, with one raised as a gentleman in Paris and the other in the mountains becoming a bandit. (111 mins.)
Director: Gregory Ratoff
 
27.
Bombsight Stolen (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Allied spies and Nazi agents insinuate themselves at a Scottish cottage (converted to a wartime hospital) with interests on an inventor's nearly perfected bomb sight. (90 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
28.
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A tycoon goes undercover to ferret out agitators at a department store, but gets involved in their lives instead. (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
29.
Father Takes a Wife (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college... (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Hively