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1940s Romantic Comedy Movies

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The Philadelphia Story(1940)

NR
| 1h 53min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 325 votes)

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. Remade as a musical in 1956 as High Society.

The Shop Around the Corner(1940)

NR
| 1h 39min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 188 votes)

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

The Palm Beach Story(1942)

NR
| 1h 28min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her.

Christmas in Connecticut(1945)

3.6/5 (with 50 votes)

Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country's most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children, and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality, she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?

The Lady Eve(1941)

3.7/5 (with 106 votes)

It's no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean. Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles' life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith(1941)

NR
| 1h 35min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 68 votes)

Happily married for three years, Ann and David Smith live in New York. One morning Ann asks David if he had to do it over again, would he marry her? To her shock, he answers, "No". Later that day, they separately discover that, due to a legal complication, they are not legally married.

Ball of Fire(1941)

NR
| 1h 51min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 67 votes)

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue(1947)

NR
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 26 votes)

A New Yorker hobo moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.

The Bishop's Wife(1947)

NR
| 1h 49min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 82 votes)

An Episcopal Bishop, Henry Brougham, has been working for months on the plans for an elaborate new cathedral which he hopes will be paid for primarily by a wealthy, stubborn widow. He is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley, an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. With the exception of Henry, everyone loves him, but Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him, both at work and in his family's affections, as Christmas approaches.

Christmas in July(1940)

1h 7min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 27 votes)

An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize.

I Married a Witch(1942)

NR
| 1h 14min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 57 votes)

Rocksford, New England, 1672. Puritan witch hunter Jonathan Wooley is cursed after burning a witch at the stake: his descendants will never find happiness in their marriages. At present, politician Wallace Wooley, who is running for state governor, is about to marry his sponsor's daughter.

A Foreign Affair(1948)

3.6/5 (with 41 votes)

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.

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The Harvey Girls(1946)

NR
| 1h 42min | Comedy, Music, Western
3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

On a train trip West to become a mail-order bride, Susan Bradley meets a cheery crew of young women traveling out to open a "Harvey House" restaurant at a remote whistle-stop.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941)

3.5/5 (with 34 votes)

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who's just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth's unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife?

Woman of the Year(1942)

NR
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 50 votes)

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer(1947)

NR
| 1h 35min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

Teenager Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nugent agrees to date Susan until the crush abates.

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek(1944)

3.5/5 (with 39 votes)

A small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can't remember.

Road to Singapore(1940)

NR
| 1h 25min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Bing Crosby an Bob Hope star in the first of the 'Road to' movies as two playboys trying to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour...

You Were Never Lovelier(1942)

NR
| 1h 37min | Romance / Love, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 16 votes)

An Argentine heiress thinks a penniless American dancer is her secret admirer.

Road to Morocco(1942)

NR
| 1h 22min | Comedy, Music, Adventure
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Cover Girl(1944)

NR
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 30 votes)

A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.

Caesar and Cleopatra(1945)

2h 18min | Drama, History, Comedy
3.1/5 (with 19 votes)

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.

My Favorite Wife(1940)

3.6/5 (with 48 votes)

Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride. But he gets a shock when he hears the whole story: Ellen spent those seven years alone on a desert island with another man.

Nasreddin in Bukhara(1943)

3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Smart Man Nassredin easily penetrates into Bukhara Emir inner circle posing as Wise Man from Damascus. He becomes Emir trusted advisor, and even convinces the tyrant to relax the rule and release a lot of political prisoners (because stars favor this arrangement).

Directed by Yakov Protazanov - With Lev Sverdlin, Konstantin Mikhaylov, Emmanuil Geller, Vasily Zaychikov

The Strawberry Blonde(1941)

3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

Biff Grimes is desperately in love with Virginia, but his best friend Hugo marries her and manipulates Biff into becoming involved in his somewhat nefarious businesses. Hugo appears to have stolen Biff's dreams, and Biff has to deal with the realisation that having what he wants and wanting what another has can be very different things.

You'll Never Get Rich(1941)

PG
| 1h 28min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

A Broadway choreographer gets drafted and coincidentally ends up in the same army base as his object of affection’s boyfriend.

The Egg and I(1947)

NR
| 1h 48min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

World War II veteran Bob MacDonald surprises his new wife, Betty, by quitting his city job and moving them to a dilapidated farm in the country. While Betty gamely struggles with managing the crumbling house and holding off nosy neighbors and a recalcitrant pig, Bob makes plans for crops and livestock. The couple's bliss is shaken by a visit from a beautiful farm owner, who seems to want more from Bob than just managing her property.

Unfaithfully Yours(1948)

3.8/5 (with 39 votes)

Before he left for a brief European visit, symphony conductor Sir Alfred De Carter casually asked his staid brother-in-law August to look out for his young wife, Daphne, during his absence. August has hired a private detective to keep tabs on her. But when the private eye's report suggests Daphne might have been canoodling with his secretary, Sir Alfred begins to imagine how he might take his revenge.

The More the Merrier(1943)

3.4/5 (with 25 votes)

It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female tenent. What she gets instead is mischievous, middle-aged Benjamin Dingle. Dingle talks her into subletting to him and then promptly sublets half of his half to young, irreverent Joe Carter - creating a situation tailor-made for comedy and romance.

Her Highness and the Bellboy(1945)

NR
| 1h 52min | Comedy, Romance / Love
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

In a fictional European country, a beautiful princess meets a handsome American reporter and falls in love with him. On a trip to New York, she hopes to find him again. While staying at one of the city's finest hotels she meets a kind-hearted bellhop who mistakes her for a maid. She invites him to be her escort, not realizing that he believes he has fallen in love with her. Every nice thing the princess does encourages him to believe that she feels the same way he does.

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