1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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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.

Adam's Rib(1949)

| 1h 41min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 98 votes)

When a woman attempts to kill her uncaring husband, prosecutor Adam Bonner gets the case. Unfortunately for him his wife Amanda (who happens to be a lawyer too) decides to defend the woman in court. Amanda uses everything she can to win the case and Adam gets mad about it. As a result, their perfect marriage is disturbed by everyday quarrels.

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.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 217 votes)

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

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

3.4/5 (with 17 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.

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.

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 35 votes)

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

Dicen que soy mujeriego(1949)

1h 57min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Pedro has had many lovers but he only loves one of them, but this romance stop going on for his flirts with other women.

Directed by Roberto Rodríguez - With Pedro Infante, Sara García, María Eugenia Llamas, Amalia Aguilar

Little Giant(1946)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 6 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 Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

An American war orphan finds himself a safe haven in a small-town... until the day his hair turns green. Then the townsfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that "different" doesn't mean "threatening".

Come to the Stable(1949)

| 1h 34min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Two nuns arrive unannounced in the small New England town of Bethlehem, where they recruit various townspeople to help them build a children's hospital.

Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.6/5 (with 23 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
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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.

London Belongs to Me(1948)

1h 47min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 5 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.

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.

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.

Claudia and David(1946)

1h 18min | Drama, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The follow-up film to "Claudia", with Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young reprising their earlier roles as a young married couple living in a small Connecticut town.

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.


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.".

Hitler- Dead or Alive(1942)

2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

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.

Directed by Nick Grinde - With Ward Bond

Apartment for Peggy(1948)

1h 36min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

Professor Henry Barnes decides he's lived long enough and contemplates suicide. His attitude is changed by Peggy Taylor, a chipper young mother-to-be who charms him into renting out his attic as an apartment for her and her husband Jason, a former GI struggling to finish college.

Old Acquaintance(1943)

| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 10 votes)

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

Beating Heart(1940)

1h 37min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 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.

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.

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.

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...

Roughly Speaking(1945)

1h 57min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

In the 1920s, enterprising Louise Randall is determined to succeed in a man's world. Despite numerous setbacks, she always picks herself back up and moves forward again.

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.

Design for Scandal(1941)

2.8/5 (with 2 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.

Le camion blanc(1943)

1h 52min | Drama, Comedy

A young mechanic is given a strange job: to convey the king of the gypsies' embalmed dead body on a very long route.

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