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1940s Comedy 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.

Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)

1h 58min | Comedy, Crime
3.8/5 (with 332 votes)

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Directed by Frank Capra - With Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Lane Sisters, ...

¡A Volar, Joven!(1947)

1h 53min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 42 votes)

Cantinflas is a private in the military, who doesn't know anything about discipline or following rules. He only wants to think about his girlfriend, the maid in an opulent hacienda. The owner of the hacienda has an ugly and shy daughter, who is in love with Cantinflas. The problems arrive when the family arranges a wedding between the ugly girl and Cantinflas, who in order to avoid the commitment gets himself arrested. During his punishment, Cantinflas learns to fly with a silly and poorly trained flight instructor.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty(1947)

3.4/5 (with 40 votes)

Walter Mitty, a daydreaming writer with an overprotective mother, likes to imagine that he is a hero who experiences fantastic adventures. His dream becomes reality when he accidentally meets a mysterious woman who hands him a little black book. According to her, it contains the locations of the Dutch crown jewels hidden since World War II. Soon, Mitty finds himself in the middle of a confusing conspiracy, where he has difficulty differentiating between fact and fiction.

One Day with the Devil(1945)

1h 40min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 23 votes)

Cantinflas, on a drunken night, becomes Army soldier. Soon, he meets the Devil who tries to make it an evil being.

Monsieur Verdoux(1947)

2h 4min | Comedy, Crime
4.0/5 (with 138 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 72 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.

El Circo(1943)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 19 votes)

A cobbler gets a job in a Circus as a janitor, recommended by the beautiful girl rider of the show. But later, he gets in trouble when he involves in dangerous acts, such as the trapeze. Obviously, our friend will risk his life by the love of his new girlfriend.

Sullivan's Travels(1941)

NR
| 1h 31min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 164 votes)

Successful movie director John L. Sullivan, convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey, aiming to "know trouble" first-hand. When all he finds is a train ride back to Hollywood and a beautiful blonde companion, he redoubles his efforts, managing to land himself in more trouble than he bargained for when he loses his memory and ends up a prisoner on a chain gang.

The Major and the Minor(1942)

3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

Susan Applegate, tired of New York after one year and twenty-five jobs, decides to return to her home town. Discovering she hasn't enough money for the train fare, Susan disguises herself as a twelve-year-old and travels for half the price. Caught out by the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby, a military school instructor who takes the "child" under his wing.

Song of the Thin Man(1947)

3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.

A Night in Casablanca(1946)

1h 25min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

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Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein(1948)

NR
| 1h 23min | Comedy, Horror
3.6/5 (with 102 votes)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Hold That Ghost(1941)

1h 26min | Comedy, Horror
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house along with several other strangers.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House(1948)

NR
| 1h 34min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 65 votes)

An advertising executive dreams of getting out of the city and building a perfect home in the country, only to find the transition fraught with problems.

You’re Missing the Point(1940)

1h 52min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 31 votes)

Cantinflas, the boyfriend of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his wife's brother (Leonardo), who had been lost for years. The rich man then remembers that his father in law's testament could only be paid when all brothers get together, so treats Cantinflas, a real bum, as a king.

The Punch Bowl(1944)

1h 37min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

Die Feuerzangenbowle from Director Helmut Weiss is based on the novel by the same name from Heinrich Spoerl and Hans Reimann that has turned into a cult German film. The film tells the story of a writer Johannes Pfeiffer who goes undercover as a student in a high school after his friends told him that he missed out on a great life experience since he was home schooled.

Puss Gets the Boot(1940)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".

Blithe Spirit(1945)

NR
| 1h 36min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 48 votes)

An English mystery novelist invites a medium to his home, so she may conduct a séance for a small gathering. The writer hopes to gather enough material for the book he's working on, as well as to expose the medium as a charlatan. However, proceedings take an unexpected turn, resulting in a chain of supernatural events being set into motion that wreak havoc on the man's present marriage.

Soy un prófugo(1946)

1h 35min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 29 votes)

A janitor in a large bank is accused of pulling of a major heist. He is forced to become a fugitive while hunting for the real culprits.

Hellzapoppin'(1941)

1h 24min | Comedy, Music
3.6/5 (with 25 votes)

Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

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.

El gendarme desconocido(1941)

1h 48min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

A gang of thieves has jeopardized the city and even the police, whose chief urges their forces to captured the band within 48 hours. Meanwhile, band members meet in a cafe run by a widow and her daughter and her suitor, Cantinflas, who maintains a scuffle with the robbers running all at the station. Since then, Cantinflas become a member of the police force for special missions.

The Thin Man Goes Home(1944)

1h 41min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 30 votes)

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

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.

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.

The Invisible Woman(1940)

2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

Kitty Carroll, an attractive store model, volunteers to become a test subject for a machine that will make her invisible so that she can use her invisibility to exact revenge on her ex-boss.

The Murderer Lives at Number 21(1942)

3.6/5 (with 48 votes)

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Mexican Hayride(1948)

1h 18min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

Two con men selling phony stock flee to Mexico ahead of the law, where they run into a woman friend from their earlier days, who is now a bullfighter.

The Bank Dick(1940)

1h 12min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 38 votes)

Egbert Sousé becomes an unexpected hero when a bank robber falls over a bench he's occupying. Now considered brave, Egbert is given a job as a bank guard. Soon, he is approached by charlatan J. Frothingham Waterbury about buying shares in a mining company. Egbert persuades teller Og Oggilby to lend him bank money, to be returned when the scheme pays off. Unfortunately, bank inspector Snoopington then makes a surprise appearance.

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