1940s Comedy-drama Movies

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His Girl Friday(1940)

3.7/5 (with 263 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.

Adam's Rib(1949)

| 1h 41min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 90 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.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 205 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 Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Made in the hopeful post-World War 2 era, this provocative film is a fable for its time — and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an American war orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America...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", the Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between) [From the Warner Brothers Archive Collection DVD].

Los Tres Huastecos(1948)

4.2/5 (with 30 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 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.

Hail the Conquering Hero(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, War
3.6/5 (with 22 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 33 votes)

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

So Dear to My Heart(1948)

3.4/5 (with 16 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.

Old Acquaintance(1943)

| 1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

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

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.

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.

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2h | Drama
3.1/5 (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.".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Star Dust(1940)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

When the studios reject her because she"s too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own.

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.

3 Men in White(1944)

1h 25min | Comedy, Drama
2.8/5 (with 2 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?

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.

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.

Vuelven los García(1947)

2.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Ruled by a tough grandma (Sara García), the Garcías (Infante, Salazar and Mendoza) are three charro cousins who fall in love with young American-born Lupita (Marga López) and fight for her love until grandma quiets them.

Four Steps in the Clouds(1942)

1h 34min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 10 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....


1h 31min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Child bride Claudia Naughton has made life difficult for her husband David because she can't stand living so far away from her mother. She's also afraid her husband doesn't find her desirable enough. To remedy both situations, she sells their farm to an opera singer so they'll have to move back to the city near her mother, and she tries to make her husband jealous by flirting with a neighbor. Eventually, Claudia has to learn to grow when she discovers that she's about to become a mother and that her own mother is gravely ill.

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

Beating Heart(1940)

1h 37min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 4 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.

Return to Yesterday(1940)

2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

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

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