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Movies: Popular Movies of 1942

Movies in chronological context: 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1942nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 942nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 42nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1940s decade. The Uppsala Conflict Data Program project estimates this to be the deadliest year in human history in terms of conflict deaths, placing the death toll at 4.62 million. However, the Correlates of War estimates that the prior year, 1941, was the deadliest such year. Death toll estimates for both 1941 and 1942 range from 2.28 to 7.71 million each. ()

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Bambi(1942)

G
| 1h 5min | Animation, Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 2,574 votes)

Bambi's tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

Casablanca(1942)

PG
| 1h 42min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.1/5 (with 2,329 votes)

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

To Be or Not to Be(1942)

1h 39min | Comedy, War
4.0/5 (with 286 votes)

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

Cat People(1942)

NR
| 1h 13min | Horror, Drama
3.5/5 (with 231 votes)

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love, and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

Saboteur(1942)

1h 48min | Thriller, Mystery
3.4/5 (with 198 votes)

Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane flees across the United States after he is wrongly accused of starting the fire that killed his best friend.

Saludos Amigos(1942)

3.0/5 (with 180 votes)

Live-action segments show members of the Disney staff touring South America and recording their impressions in sketches. These segue into four animated sections: "Lake Titicaca" depicts tourist Donald Duck's troubles with a stubborn llama; "Pedro" tells of a little mail plane's adventures flying over the treacherous Andes; "El Gaucho Goofy" transplants an American cowboy into the Argentine pampas; and in "Aquarela do Brasil," Jose Carioca shows Donald the sights and sounds of Rio de Janiero.

The Magnificent Ambersons(1942)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, Romance / Love, History
3.7/5 (with 173 votes)

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Mrs. Miniver(1942)

NR
| 2h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 104 votes)

Middle-class housewife Kay Miniver deals with petty problems. She and her husband Clem watch her Oxford-educated son Vin court Carol Beldon, the charming granddaughter of the local nobility as represented by Lady Beldon. Then the war comes and Vin joins the RAF.

Yankee Doodle Dandy(1942)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 87 votes)

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Holiday Inn(1942)

NR
| 1h 41min | Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 81 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, ...

I Married a Witch(1942)

NR
| 1h 14min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 79 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.

Now, Voyager(1942)

NR
| 1h 57min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 78 votes)

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.

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The Palm Beach Story(1942)

NR
| 1h 28min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 76 votes)

A New York inventor, Tom Jeffers, needs cash to develop his big idea, so his adoring wife, Gerry (Geraldine), decides to raise it by divorcing him and marrying an eccentric Florida millionaire, J. D. Hackensacker III.

This Gun for Hire(1942)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 66 votes)

Sadistic killer-for-hire Philip Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Woman of the Year(1942)

NR
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 65 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 Murderer Lives at Number 21(1942)

NR
| 1h 24min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 62 votes)

A serial killer by the name of Monsieur Durand stalks the streets of Paris. When Inspector Wens learns that the killer stays at a Paris boarding house, he gets a room there to keep watch.

The Ghost of Frankenstein(1942)

NR
| 1h 7min | Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
2.9/5 (with 60 votes)

Ygor discovers Frankenstein's creation is still alive and brings him to the Doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Obsessed with restoring the monster to his full potential, Ludwig is unaware that someone has more devious plans for the creature.

The Major and the Minor(1942)

NR
| 1h 40min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 53 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.

The Glass Key(1942)

NR
| 1h 25min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 49 votes)

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

The Pride of the Yankees(1942)

NR
| 2h 8min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.7/5 (with 49 votes)

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon(1942)

3.2/5 (with 46 votes)

In the midst of World War II, Sherlock Holmes rescues the Swiss inventor of a new bomb-sight from the Gestapo and brings him to England, where he shortly falls into the clutches of Professor Moriarty.

Jungle Book(1942)

3.2/5 (with 42 votes)

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, Mowgli returns only to find disappointment in the greed and treachery of man. Over time, Mowgli and the village members do grow to trust one another, but not before the village finds itself under siege. It's up to Mowgli and his jungle friends to save the day.

Tarzan's New York Adventure(1942)

1h 11min | Action, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 39 votes)

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York.

Random Harvest(1942)

NR
| 2h 6min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 39 votes)

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

The Talk of the Town(1942)

NR
| 1h 58min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 37 votes)

When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson and accidental murder. Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley... which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.

In Which We Serve(1942)

NR
| 1h 55min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 35 votes)

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most importantly—to themselves.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror(1942)

NR
| 1h 5min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 34 votes)

England, at the start of World War Two. Mysterious wireless broadcasts, apparently from Nazi Germany are heard over the BBC. They warn of acts of terror in England, just before they take place. Baffled, the Defence Committee call in Holmes ...

The Black Swan(1942)

3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

When notorious pirate Henry Morgan is made governor of Jamaica, he enlists the help of some of his former partners in ridding the Caribbean of buccaneers. When one of them apparently abducts the previous governor's pretty daughter and joins up with the rebels, things are set for a fight.

Donald's Snow Fight(1942)

3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

It's snowed, and Donald Duck is going sledding. Meanwhile, his nephews have built a snowman at the bottom of the hill. Donald aims his sled at their snowman and demolishes it, so the boys get even by including a boulder in the bottom of their next snowman. This means war, so they retreat to opposing snow forts for battle.

Directed by Jack King

The Battle of Midway(1942)

NR
| 18min | Documentary, War
2.9/5 (with 32 votes)

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Directed by John Ford - With Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell
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