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1. Across the Pacific (1942)

Passed | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In December 1941, ex-army captain Rick Leland boards a Japanese ship heading to Asia via the Panama Canal where his Japanese hosts show interest in the American defense plans for the canal zone.

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton

Votes: 3,936

2. Flying Tigers (1942)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: David Miller | Stars: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly

Votes: 3,217 | Gross: $3.27M

3. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Passed | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey

Votes: 2,645

4. Invisible Agent (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 1,429

5. Showdown (1942)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Crime

A crook dressed as Superman commits a series of robberies. The real Superman must work fast to counter the bad publicity.

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer

Votes: 461

6. Arabian Nights (1942)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson

Votes: 1,134 | Gross: $3.71M

7. Wake Island (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey, William Bendix

Votes: 1,648

8. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

Votes: 1,704

9. Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure

Tarzan and Jane go to New York to rescue Boy after he is kidnapped into a circus.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey

Votes: 2,950

10. The Spoilers (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Western

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.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 2,125

11. Fingers at the Window (1942)

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

In Chicago, an unemployed actor aims to solve the mystery concerning a string of ax murders, apparently committed by a lunatic.

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

Votes: 644

12. Captains of the Clouds (1942)

Approved | 114 min | Action, Drama, War

Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF but are deemed too old to be fliers.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,273

13. Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy

Carmelita and Uncle Matt find themselves in a haunted house, but the "ghosts" are actually enemy agents who are trying to frighten away visitors in order to develop a nitroglycerin bomb.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Lupe Velez, Leon Errol, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon

Votes: 158

14. Captain Midnight (1942)

Passed | 270 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Secret Service Major Steel (Joseph W. Girard), is one of the few men in America aware of the fact that Captain Albright (Dave O'Brien) is also Captain Midnight, daring masked aviator ... See full summary »

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Dave O'Brien, Dorothy Short, James Craven, Sam Edwards

Votes: 85

15. Overland Mail (1942)

Approved | 279 min | Adventure, Western

Two investigators for a stagecoach company are assigned to find out why the company's stages keep being ambushed. They discover that the culprits are white men disguised as Indians, and they set out to discover who is behind the plot.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Helen Parrish, Noah Beery Jr., Don Terry

Votes: 44

16. Rio Rita (1942)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

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: 1,058

17. The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.

Director: Stanley Logan | Stars: George Sanders, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Don Barclay

Votes: 649

18. Bandit Ranger (1942)

Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Rancher Clay Travers finds and brings in the body of ranger Frank Mattison, murdered on the road to Trail City, where he had been sent to deal with an outbreak of cattle rustling. ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Tim Holt, Cliff Edwards, Joan Barclay, Kenneth Harlan

Votes: 56

19. Cairo (1942)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Reporter Homer Smith accidentally draws Marcia Warren into his mission to stop Nazis from bombing Allied Convoys with robot-planes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Ethel Waters, Reginald Owen

Votes: 293

20. Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1942)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

After Pearl Harbor, convicts at Alcatraz prison live in fear of bomb attacks, driving Champ Larkin and his pal Jimbo to a desperate escape attempt which lands them on a tiny lighthouse ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: James Craig, Bonita Granville, Frank Jenks, Cliff Edwards

Votes: 241

21. Prairie Pals (1942)

Passed | 58 min | Action, Music, Western

Shannon wants Hank Stoner's land for the vanadium ore it contains. He has chemist Wainwright, who can change the ore into gold, held prisoner. But the Frontier Marshals are on the job. Art ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd, Art Davis, Lee Powell, Esther Estrella

Votes: 20

22. Junior G-Men of the Air (1942)

Approved | 225 min | Action, Adventure, War

A group of street kids battle a terrorist gang led by a Japanese spy.

Directors: Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor | Stars: Billy Halop, Gene Reynolds, Lionel Atwill, Frank Albertson

Votes: 58

23. Pirates of the Prairie (1942)

Approved | 57 min | Action, Music, Western

This film opens with two small Arizona towns, Spencerville and East Spencerville, separated by a dry gulch and a feud, and governed by a Vigilante Committee. Lew Harmon, committee member ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Tim Holt, Cliff Edwards, Nell O'Day, John Elliott

Votes: 75

24. Sin Town (1942)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Drama, Western

Two con artists arrive in a western boom town that they think is ripe for the pickings, only to get swindled themselves.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Constance Bennett, Broderick Crawford, Patric Knowles, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 25

25. Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942)

Not Rated | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

A team of ex-con bounty hunters go to Germany in search of Hitler. If they can find him, a million dollar reward is to be paid to them.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Ward Bond, Dorothy Tree, Warren Hymer, Paul Fix

Votes: 267

26. Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, History, War

A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 606 | Gross: $1.30M

27. Come on Danger (1942)

Passed | 59 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Ranger Jack Mason is sent to Manzanita to bring in Ann Jordan, head of the Jordan gang, reputed to have murdered a rancher and stolen his herd. Mason helps her out during an ambush and, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy | Stars: Tim Holt, Frances E. Neal, Ray Whitley, Lee 'Lasses' White

Votes: 93

28. Red River Robin Hood (1942)

Passed | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Music

A crime boss uses a corrupt judge and fake land grant to steal ranchers properties, but is met with strong resistance organized by two cowboys and the town's newspaper editor.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Tim Holt, Cliff Edwards, Barbara Moffett, Eddie Dew

Votes: 82

29. Dr. Broadway (1942)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

New York City physician, Dr. Timothy Kane, knows Broadway, the Great White Way and all of its characters thoroughly, as does his receptionist, Connie Madigan. A man Kane had sent to prison ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Jean Phillips, J. Carrol Naish, Richard Lane

Votes: 66

30. Berlin Correspondent (1942)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Thriller

American correspondent Bill Roberts is a thorn in the side of the Nazis, as his paper always scoops the world with the truth about Germany. Gestapo Captain Carl Von Rau means to plug the ... See full summary »

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Virginia Gilmore, Dana Andrews, Mona Maris, Martin Kosleck

Votes: 225

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