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1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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The Great Dictator(1940)

G
| 2h 5min | Comedy
4.2/5 (with 864 votes)

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Miracle on 34th Street(1947)

3.7/5 (with 175 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)

3.8/5 (with 188 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 141 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)

G
| 2h 6min | Drama, Comedy, Music
3.5/5 (with 37 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, ...

Monsieur Verdoux(1947)

2h 4min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 89 votes)

The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine.

Meet John Doe(1941)

3.7/5 (with 54 votes)

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Heaven Can Wait(1943)

3.6/5 (with 44 votes)

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha, with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

1h 19min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 12 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.

Little Giant(1946)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 5 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.

Once Upon a Honeymoon(1942)

3.2/5 (with 11 votes)

A radio correspondent tries to rescue a burlesque queen from her marriage to a Nazi official.

The Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

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Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.7/5 (with 19 votes)

Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) 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

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

Three modern day pilgrims investigate a bizarre crime in a small town on the way to Canterbury.

Come to the Stable(1949)

1h 34min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 4 votes)

1949 film from 20th Century Fox that was nominated for numerous Oscars including Loretta Young for best Actress and Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester for best Supporting Actress. It is a simple, reverent story of French nuns and their powerful faith as they push New Englanders toward funding a new hospital. Old-fashioned and tedious by the standards of today, it ought to be remembered if only for it's Oscar nominations (none of which earned a an Oscar).

The Night Before Christmas(1941)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 14 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 the cat and a mad chase ensues. Various toys come to Jerry's rescue as he dashes about. Mistletoe is his final refuge before he must escape to the outdoors just ahead of Tom's claws. Out in the snow, he may become a mouse Popcycle, and unless Christmas peace can descend, Tom may be in for a nasty surprise as well. Can the lads find the spirit of the season?

The Green Years(1946)

2h 7min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother's Scottish relations.

Lucky Partners(1940)

3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Two strangers split a sweepstake prize to go on a fake honeymoon with predictable results.

Quartet(1948)

2h | Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Somerset Maugham introduces four of his tales in this anthology film: "The Facts of Life," "The Alien Corn," "The Kite," and "The Colonel's Lady.".

The Lady in Question(1940)

1h 20min | Action, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

When a jury member takes in the defendant he couldn"t convict, she has a bad influence on his son.

Four Steps in the Clouds(1942)

1h 34min | Drama, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 7 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....

Dance, Girl, Dance(1940)

3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man.

Nine Lives Are Not Enough(1941)

1h 3min | Drama, Mystery
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A reporter is constantly in trouble for jumping to conclusions.

Kathleen(1941)

3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Kathleen is a twelve-year-old who lives in a big house with a nanny, a butler, maids, no mother and a father who is working most of the time. She dreams of a family with a mother, father and her, and tells everyone that she has such a family. Because of this story, she cannot invite any friends over as they will see that it is not true.

The Rake's Progress(1945)

2h
4.3/5 (with 2 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.

Old Acquaintance(1943)

1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

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

London Belongs to Me(1948)

1h 47min | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

Classic British drama about the residents of a large terrace house in London between Christmas 1938 and September 1939. Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, he becomes mixed up with gangsters and murder. The story focuses on the effects this has on Percy and the other residents.

Two Thousand Women(1944)

1h 37min | War, Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

Downed English airmen hide out with women in a Nazi concentration camp in France.

Susan and God(1940)

1h 57min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

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

Los Tres Huastecos(1948)

3.3/5 (with 4 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.

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