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1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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His Girl Friday(1940)

3.7/5 (with 278 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.

Going My Way(1944)

NR
| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.4/5 (with 59 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, ...

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 244 votes)

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

The Three Huastecos(1948)

4.1/5 (with 36 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 Bells of St. Mary's(1945)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he 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.

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 41 votes)

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

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

NR
| 1h 19min | Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
3.4/5 (with 18 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 25 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

The Night Before Christmas(1941)

3.5/5 (with 19 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.

The Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 25 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.

Little Giant(1946)

1h 30min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 7 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 Amazing Mrs. Holliday(1943)

NR
| 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.

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The Lady in Question(1940)

1h 20min | Action, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

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

Old Acquaintance(1943)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 11 votes)

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

Week-End at the Waldorf(1945)

3.2/5 (with 3 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.

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.

Four Steps in the Clouds(1942)

1h 34min | Drama, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 11 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....

The Hucksters(1947)

3.4/5 (with 5 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 Foundling(1940)

1h 8min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

A little girl is lost in Moscow and hits the road making fun (not intentionally) of everybody she meets. She'll be back home soon but she will change the life of at least one man forever...

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.

Return to Yesterday(1940)

2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Robert Maine is torn between returning to the glamour of Hollywood and working with a small theatre company in England.

Quartet(1948)

2h | Drama
3.0/5 (with 5 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.".

White Tie and Tails(1946)

1h 21min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

When his employer goes to Florida, a butler masquerades as a millionaire and winds up marrying an heiress.

Cynthia(1947)

1h 38min | Comedy, Drama
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Sheltered by her conservative parents, a small-town teenager finally goes out on a date.

The Time of Your Life(1948)

1h 49min | Comedy, Drama
3.1/5 (with 4 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.

29 Acacia Avenue(1945)

1h 23min | Comedy, Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The Robinsons are two respectable middle class parents living with their children in a suburban house in Acacia Avenue. Preferring to holiday every year in Bognor, they are pressed into booking a cruise for their annual vacation and thereby leaving their teenage children free run of their house. As the youngsters enjoy their newfound freedom and discover the angst of teenage life, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson begin to have second thoughts about their cruise and decide to return home early.

To Live in Peace(1947)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 4 votes)

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

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.

3 Men in White(1944)

1h 25min | Comedy, Drama
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Gillespie has to finally choose his official assistant, or Red and Lee are going to kill themselves in competition. So, it's another diagnosis competition. Lee's assignment is a small girl who falls ill whenever she eats candy. Red has to cure a girl's mother of a debilitating case of arthritis. But when Red needs Lee's help, will either one live with Gillespie's choice?

The Royal Rabble(1945)

1h 58min | Drama, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

The ups and downs of three generations in an acting family.

Directed by Hasse Ekman - With Edvin Adolphson
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