1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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Miracle on 34th Street(1947)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 301 votes)

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others question his sanity.

His Girl Friday(1940)

3.7/5 (with 347 votes)

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 286 votes)

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

Going My Way(1944)

| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.4/5 (with 66 votes)

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Directed by Leo McCarey - With Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Risë Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, ...

The Bells of St. Mary's(1945)

| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 52 votes)

Father O'Malley is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements.

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

| 1h 19min | Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
3.3/5 (with 20 votes)

The tale of Jeremiah Kincaid and his quest to raise his 'champion' lamb, Danny. Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving, yet strict, grandmother Granny. Jeremiah's confidant, Uncle Hiram, is the boy's steady ally.

Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

| 1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge.

Directed by Preston Sturges - With Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest, Bill Edwards

The Three Huastecos(1948)

4.1/5 (with 42 votes)

This is the story of three brothers (a priest, a soldier and an outlaw) that are raised separately by their godfathers once their mother dies. They cross their paths again when the soldier and the priest move into two towns near the town the outlaw lives in. The drama will unfold once the three brothers meet each other.

The Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 26 votes)

Peter, an orphaned boy, is adopted by Gramp Frye after his parents are killed in Europe while doing war relief work. The boy feels safe with his new caretaker, but when he is taunted for being an orphan, he gets demoralized. The next day Peter wakes up with green hair. Embarrassed and further ridiculed, Peter seeks solace in a nearby forest. To his surprise, he finds other orphans in the woods, who encourage him to spread news of the injustices of war.

The Night Before Christmas(1941)

3.6/5 (with 27 votes)

It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes him and a mad chase ensues.

Old Acquaintance(1943)

| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 12 votes)

Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.

Four Steps in the Clouds(1942)

1h 34min | Drama, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 14 votes)

A family man travelling for work, Paolo Bianchi, meets on a train a lonely girl, Maria. He sees her again on a bus and she reveals him that she's in troubles: she's pregnant, her baby's father has left her and she doesn't know how to tell to her parents that she's not married. She asks Paolo to play the role of her husband and he accepts....

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Little Giant(1946)

| 1h 30min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot.

The Hucksters(1947)

3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

The Lady in Question(1940)

1h 20min | Action, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

When a jury member takes in the defendant he couldn't convict, she has a bad influence on his son.

To Live in Peace(1947)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 6 votes)

Vivere in pace is a 1947 Italian comedy-drama war film directed by Luigi Zampa.

The Rake's Progress(1945)

3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Vivian Kenway, a young Englishman from an aristocratic background, flunks out of Oxford, and decides to use his considerable charm to achieve his goal of, apparently, making dissipation his career. His derelictions include seduction, betrayals of sweethearts, family and friends, and Marriage for money. All this with no signs of remorse or redemption, since his life as a completely unprincipled rake is quite enjoyable...for him, at least. Then, World War II breaks out and he is given a chance to die a heroic death for flag and country. Maybe.

The Amazing Mrs. Holliday(1943)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance / Love, War
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

A Yank at Eton(1942)

1h 28min | Kids & Family, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

An American playboy is sent to a British boarding school to learn discipline.

Week-End at the Waldorf(1945)

| 2h 10min | Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Anything can happen during a weekend at New York's Waldorf-Astoria: a glamorous movie star meets a world-weary war correspondent and mistakes him for a jewel thief; a soldier learns that without an operation he'll die and so looks for one last romance with a beautiful but ambitious stenographer; a cub reporter tries to get the goods on a shady man's dealing with a foreign potentate.

The Time of Your Life(1948)

| 1h 49min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Joe spends a lot of his time at Nick's Pacific Street Saloon. Tom, who credits Joe with once saving his life, stops by regularly to run errands for Joe. Today, Tom notices a woman named Kitty when she comes into Nick's, and he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, a distraught young man repeatedly calls his girlfriend, begging her to marry him. Nick himself muses on all the various persons who come into his bar, some to ask for work and others just to pass the time.

Flying Wild(1941)

3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A group of young men who work at an aviation factory begin to suspect that a doctor who runs an air ambulance service is secretly a spy transporting secret information from the plant to enemy agents.

El mejor papá del mundo(1941)

1h 17min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A young man gives a hard lesson to his father, a prestigious lawyer complicated in the management of a foreign company.

Directed by Francisco Múgica - With Elías Isaac Alippi, Ángel Magaña, María Montserrat Juliá, Hugo Pimentel, Domingo Márquez, Ricardo Passano, ...

That's My Baby!(1944)

1h 8min | Comedy, Drama, Music
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A love triangle occurs between the publisher's daughter Betty Moody. comic book artist Tim Jones, and the company's wily manipulative manager Hilton Payne. In addition, Betty's dad, Phineas Moody suffers from severe melancholy; and an emergency cure of laughter is required to save his health.

Directed by William Berke - With Richard Arlen

Inside the Law(1942)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A gang of crooks wrestles with the temptation to rob the bank that they now manage.

Directed by Hamilton MacFadden

Maisie Was a Lady(1941)

| 1h 19min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Showgirl Maisie Ravier finds herself once again out of work. She meets a wealthy playboy who hires her to be his family's new maid. Maisie soon finds herself trying to mend the family's many problems.

Vuelven los García(1947)

2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

Ruled by a tough grandma, the Garcías are three charro cousins who fall in love with young American-born Lupita and fight for her love until grandma quiets them.

Design for Scandal(1941)

2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

A newsman (Walter Pidgeon) falls in love on Cape Cod with the judge (Rosalind Russell) his angry boss (Edward Arnold) expects him to discredit.

Susan and God(1940)

| 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

A flighty socialite neglects her family to promote a new religious group.

Beating Heart(1940)

1h 37min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 8 votes)

Tells the story of a young woman escaping from reform school who tries to steal a foreign ambassador's watch but ends up falling in love with him.

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