1940s Christmas Movies

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Miracle on 34th Street(1947)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 203 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.

The Shop Around the Corner(1940)

3.9/5 (with 144 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.

Holiday Inn(1942)

3.6/5 (with 58 votes)

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Directed by Mark Sandrich - With Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Walter Abel, Irving Berlin, Donald Brown, Julia Faye, ...

Meet Me in St. Louis(1944)

3.6/5 (with 101 votes)

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

The Bishop's Wife(1947)

1h 49min | Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 59 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.

Going My Way(1944)

| 2h 6min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.5/5 (with 44 votes)

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Directed by Leo McCarey - With Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Risë Stevens, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, ...

Christmas in Connecticut(1945)

3.5/5 (with 37 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?

Meet John Doe(1941)

3.7/5 (with 63 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.

Quai des Orfèvres(1947)

1h 50min | Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 33 votes)

Jenny Lamour sings in a music hall in postwar Paris, accompanied by her husband, Maurice Martineau, on piano. When Martineau notices his wife flirting with an older businessman named Georges Brignon, he follows her to Brignon's house with the intent to kill him. At the house, Brignon is found murdered -- but by someone else. Inspector Antoine conducts an investigation that implicates Martineau, whose planned alibi comes loose.

The Night Before Christmas(1941)

| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 16 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.

3 Godfathers(1948)

1h 46min | Western
3.3/5 (with 46 votes)

Three outlaws on the run discover a dying woman and her baby. They swear to bring the infant to safety across the desert, even at the risk of their own lives.

Lady in the Lake(1946)

1h 45min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.1/5 (with 25 votes)

Private detective Philip Marlowe is asked by a publishing executive, Adrienne Fromsett, to locate the wife of her boss, publisher Derace Kingsby. Earlier she had sent her husband a telegram saying she was heading to Mexico to marry Chris Lavery. However Kingsby had recently seen Lavery in the neighbouring Bay City. Marlowe pursues his investigation at the Kingsby's lakeside cottage.

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Remember the Night(1940)

3.8/5 (with 24 votes)

When John, an assistant District Attorney, takes Lee, a shoplifter caught in the act, home with him for Christmas, the unexpected happens and love blossoms.

The Curse of the Cat People(1944)

1h 10min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 34 votes)

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

It Happened on Fifth Avenue(1947)

3.6/5 (with 17 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.

Sun Valley Serenade(1941)

| 1h 26min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

Holiday Affair(1949)

3.6/5 (with 19 votes)

Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, who's actually a comparison shopper sent by another store. Steve lets her go, which gets him fired. They spend the afternoon together, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, when he finds out, but delights her young son Timmy, who quickly takes to Steve.

Toy Tinkers(1949)

| 7min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

When Donald Duck chops a Christmas tree, the inquisitive chipmunks Chip and Dale follow and see him decorate it with nuts and sweets. So they sneak in his home, determined to 'harvest' it all, using the toys for the Duck nephews, as if Christmas came early for them, so to say. Donald puts up an equally 'playful' yet grim defense, so it all rapidly escalates into a bitter miniature two-to-one-giant war over the Christmas-treats.

Directed by Jack Hannah

Larceny, Inc.(1942)

| 1h 36min | Comedy, Crime
3.6/5 (with 7 votes)

A hoodlum tries to go legit to buy a dog tract but needs investment money which he plans to get by robbing a bank, tunning in from a neighboring luggage shop. He takes over the luggage shop but is thwarted by its unexpected success.

Beyond Tomorrow(1940)

3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Three ghosts try to help two young lovers whom they knew when alive.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(1948)

3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

The rare original version of the classic underdog holiday story by ace animator Max Fleischer.

Directed by Max Fleischer

Christmas Holiday(1944)

1h 33min | Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

Don't be fooled by the title. Christmas Holiday is a far, far cry from It's a Wonderful Life. Told in flashback, the story begins as Abigail Martin marries Southern aristocrat Robert Monette. Unfortunately, Robert has inherited his family's streak of violence and instability, and soon drags Abigail into a life of misery.

Mr. Soft Touch(1949)

1h 33min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

After being betrayed, a gangster hangs out in a settlement house while seeking revenge.

Alias Boston Blackie(1942)

1h 7min | Mystery, Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

It is the Christmas Holidays and reformed thief, Boston Blackie goes to Castle Theater to pick up players who will perform for prisoners that are still in prison. He takes a girl with him who has a brother already in prison. She has visited the prison twice in the month, so is not suppose to visit again. However when the group is completed the girl is included as well as Inspector Farrady. One of the clowns in the show is kidnapped and replaced by a con who wants to get even with two ex-partners. Boston Blackie figures out that a con has replaced one of his clowns but is unable to stop him. Blackie's clothes are stolen and a murder is committed. Of course, the Inspector immediately suspects Blackie of being involved. Now it is Blackie's job to find the killer, exonerate himself and help the girl free her brother.

Tenth Avenue Angel(1948)

1h 14min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Flavia's been told that her Aunt Susan's fiancé, Steve, has been on a trip around the world, but in truth he's finished his prison term. Steve wonders how he can make some money and is approached by his old associates. When Flavia discovers the truth about Steve, she loses all faith in her family and in God, and it will take a miracle to restore Flavia's belief and Steve out of trouble.

In the Good Old Summertime(1949)

3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

In this musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, feuding co-workers in a small music shop do not realize they are secret romantic pen pals.

Bush Christmas(1947)

2.8/5 (with 6 votes)

In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains.

Directed by Ralph Smart - With Chips Rafferty

A Christmas Dream(1945)

2.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Christmas has arrived. As a little girl and her parents enter the room, the little girl finds all kinds of toys under the Christmas Tree. She immediately throws her old doll aside and starts playing with her new dolls. But that night she has a dream. Or isn't it a dream… The Czech version's soundtrack was purely instrumental with no dialog or sound effects and no Santa! When MGM distributed the film to American theatres, they replaced the charming score with an overwrought Hollywood concoction, inserted an American-style Santa Claus into the footage […], and gave the doll a pip-squeaky voice. (YouTube)

Junior Miss(1945)

1h 34min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 1 vote)

A Manhattan family's Christmas season turns topsy-turvy when 13-year-old Judy Graves mistakenly thinks her newly-arrived visiting uncle has just been released from prison.

Christmas Under Fire(1941)

10min | Documentary, War
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

How Britain coped with a Christmas during the war.

Directed by Harry Watt
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