My Favorite Movies of 1942

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1.
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
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Cheated out of his estate by his sadistic uncle, young Benjamin Blake goes to the South Seas to make his fortune so he can return to claim his birthright. (98 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
2.
Woman of the Year (1942)
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Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle. (114 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
3.
Reunion in France (1942)
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Frenchwoman Michele de la Becque, an opponent of the Nazis in German-occupied Paris, hides a downed American flyer... (104 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
4.
Bombay Clipper (1942)
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An American Foreign Correspodent, Jim Wilson, and his wife Frankie, who wishes he would give up his traveling job and settle down in one location... (54 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
5.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
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Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands. (68 mins.)
 
6.
Arabian Nights (1942)
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The caliph of Baghdad must go into hiding with a group of traveling performers when his brother usurps the throne. Both brothers desire a beautiful dancing girl, who is torn between power and true love. (86 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
7.
Random Harvest (1942)
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An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life. (126 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
8.
The Black Swan (1942)
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An ex-pirate contends with rowdy buccaneers and a love-hate relationship with an aristocratic woman who's tougher than she seems. (87 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
9.
Keeper of the Flame (1943)
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Journalist Steve O'Malley wants to write a biography of a national hero who died when his car ran off a bridge. Steve receives conflicting reports and tales that make him question what the truth about the hero is. (100 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
10.
Casablanca (1942)
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In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
11.
Castle in the Desert (1942)
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Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert. (62 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
 
12.
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
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The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order... (97 mins.)
 
13.
Lucky Jordan (1942)
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Lucky Jordan, cynical gambler and racketeer, finds one thing his luck and connections can't fix: the draft board... (84 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
14.
Gentleman Jim (1942)
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world. (104 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
15.
Road to Morocco (1942)
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Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar. (82 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
16.
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
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An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire. (88 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
17.
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
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In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them. (117 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
18.
George Washington Slept Here (1942)
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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. (93 mins.)
 
19.
Now, Voyager (1942)
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A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Irving Rapper
 
20.
The Glass Key (1942)
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A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign. (85 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
21.
Flying Tigers (1942)
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Capt. Jim Gordon's command of the famed American mercenary fighter group in China is complicated by the recruitment of an old friend who is a reckless hotshot. (102 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
22.
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
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When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror'... (65 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
23.
The Major and the Minor (1942)
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A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth. (100 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
24.
Across the Pacific (1942)
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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
25.
The Talk of the Town (1942)
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An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher. (118 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
26.
Bambi (1942)
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The story of a young deer growing up in the forest. (70 mins.)
 
27.
The Big Street (1942)
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Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists... (88 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
28.
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
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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. (68 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
29.
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
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A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way. (118 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
30.
Holiday Inn (1942)
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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. (100 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
31.
A Yank in Libya (1942)
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American correspondent Mike Malone uncovers a Nazi plot for an uprising of the Arab tribes in Lybia... (67 mins.)
Director: Albert Herman
 
32.
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
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When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely. (112 mins.)
 
33.
Crossroads (1942)
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Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia. (83 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
34.
The Big Shot (1942)
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Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna... (82 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
35.
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
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A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II. (134 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
36.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. (126 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
37.
This Gun for Hire (1942)
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When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies. (81 mins.)
Director: Frank Tuttle
 
38.
In This Our Life (1942)
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The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fianc. (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
39.
The Spoilers (1942)
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara. (87 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
40.
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
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Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus. (71 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
41.
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
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A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks. (90 mins.)
 
42.
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
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Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers... (95 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
43.
Saboteur (1942)
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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. (109 mins.)
 
44.
Jungle Book (1942)
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A boy raised by wolves tries to adapt to human village life. (108 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
45.
To the Shores of Tripoli (1942)
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Life at the Marine Training Base in San Diego on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (86 mins.)
 
46.
Rings on Her Fingers (1942)
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Susan Miller works behind the girdle counter in a department store and dreams about the beautiful clothes and glamour she can never hope to have... (86 mins.)
 
47.
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
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Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy. (123 mins.)
 
48.
The Male Animal (1942)
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It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan... (101 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
49.
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
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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. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
50.
Kings Row (1942)
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The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
51.
I Married a Witch (1942)
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A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor. (77 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair