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1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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The Great Dictator(1940)

NR
| 2h 5min | Comedy
4.2/5 (with 973 votes)

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

His Girl Friday(1940)

3.8/5 (with 211 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.

Miracle on 34th Street(1947)

3.7/5 (with 185 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.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 163 votes)

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

Meet John Doe(1941)

3.7/5 (with 56 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.

Monsieur Verdoux(1947)

2h 4min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 100 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.

Heaven Can Wait(1943)

3.5/5 (with 49 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.

A Canterbury Tale(1944)

2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

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

Little Giant(1946)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.1/5 (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.

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.

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

1h 19min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 13 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)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 15 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.

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Lucky Partners(1940)

3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

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

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.

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.

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 Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

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

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.

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.

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.

Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.7/5 (with 20 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 Foundling(1940)

1h 8min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 6 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...

Week-End at the Waldorf(1945)

3.2/5 (with 2 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
3.1/5 (with 3 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.

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.

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.".

A Stranger in Town(1943)

3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

In the small town of Crownport local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets help from a visiting hunter who, unknown to Adams and the rest of the town, is actually vacationing supreme court justice John Josephus Grant.

The Hucksters(1947)

3.4/5 (with 4 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.

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.

Lady from Louisiana(1941)

1h 22min | Drama
2.6/5 (with 4 votes)

Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each other, the fact that her father heads the lottery means they end up on opposite sides. When her father is killed, Julie becomes more and more involved in the shady activities and in blocking Reynolds' attempts at prosecution.

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