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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. ()

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Bambi(1942)

G
| 1h 5min | Animation, Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 2,481 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 2,287 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 277 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 221 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
3.5/5 (with 183 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 177 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
3.7/5 (with 141 votes)

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

The Ox-Bow Incident(1942)

NR
| 1h 16min | Western, Drama
3.9/5 (with 139 votes)

Gil Carter and Art Croft ride into a small Nevada town plagued by cattle thieves. Initially suspected of being the rustlers themselves, Carter and Croft eventually join a posse out to get the criminals, who also may be involved in a recent shooting. When the posse closes in on a group that could be the fugitives, they must decide on a course of action, with numerous lives hanging in the balance.

Mrs. Miniver(1942)

NR
| 2h 14min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.5/5 (with 97 votes)

English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II.

Yankee Doodle Dandy(1942)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, Music
3.6/5 (with 82 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 78 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 76 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.

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Now, Voyager(1942)

NR
| 1h 57min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.7/5 (with 74 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.

The Palm Beach Story(1942)

NR
| 1h 28min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 68 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.

This Gun for Hire(1942)

1h 21min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 57 votes)

Sadistic killer-for-hire 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 55 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 Ghost of Frankenstein(1942)

NR
| 1h 7min | Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction
2.9/5 (with 52 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 Murderer Lives at Number 21(1942)

NR
| 1h 24min | Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 52 votes)

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

The Major and the Minor(1942)

3.5/5 (with 50 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 48 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 46 votes)

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

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.

Random Harvest(1942)

NR
| 2h 6min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.6/5 (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.

Tarzan's New York Adventure(1942)

1h 11min | Action, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 38 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.

The Talk of the Town(1942)

NR
| 1h 58min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 34 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.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror(1942)

NR
| 1h 5min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 33 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 ...

In Which We Serve(1942)

NR
| 1h 55min | Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 32 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.

The Black Swan(1942)

3.3/5 (with 31 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.

Why We Fight: Prelude to War(1942)

53min | Documentary, War
3.3/5 (with 28 votes)

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

Directed by Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak - With Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, 2nd Earl of Lytton, Chiang Kai-shek, Richard Walther Darré, Otto Dietrich, Hans Frank, ...

The Battle of Midway(1942)

NR
| 18min | Documentary, War
2.9/5 (with 28 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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