Best Action Movies of 1942

1.

Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so cannot claim the inheritance, he is taking no chances. Benjamin eventually rebels against his uncle and sets sail to try and make his fortune. This may enable him to return to prove his claim to being the rightful heir to the estate.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, George Sanders, Frances Farmer, Elsa Lanchester, Roddy McDowall, John Carradine, Harry Davenport, Kay Johnson, Dudley Digges ..
Directed by: John Cromwell, Darryl F. Zanuck
Release date: 1942-01-29
2.

Larceny, Inc.

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, Anthony Quinn, Edward Brophy, Harry Davenport, John Qualen, Barbara Jo Allen, Grant Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1942-04-24
3.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gambler 'Gloves' Donahue wants to find who killed the baker of his favorite cheesecake. He sees nightclub singer Leda Hamilton leaving the bakery. When her boss Marty's partner Joe is murdered, Leda and her accompanist Pepi disappear. It turns out that beneath all the mystery is a gang of Nazi operatives planning to blow up a battleship in New York harbor.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1942-01-10
4.

The Black Swan

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, George Sanders, Anthony Quinn, George Zucco, Clarence Muse, Helene Costello ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1942-12-04
Best Action Movies of 1942 : Desperate Journey
5.

Desperate Journey

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

During WWII, when an allied bomber is shot down over Germany, the five surviving crew are captured but cleverly escape detention after learning German secret information and knocking out a Nazi major. With the angry major in hot pursuit, aided by military personnel, Gestapo agents and Hitler-loyal citizens, the five wend their way across perilous Germany, intent on reaching the UK with the secrets they have learned.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Nancy Coleman, Arthur Kennedy, Ronald Sinclair, Albert Bassermann, Rudolph Anders ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1942-09-25
Best Action Movies of 1942 : One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
6.

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home.

Starring: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, Peter Ustinov, Googie Withers, Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Robert Beatty ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1942-04-24
7.

Jungle Book

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Sabu, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, Faith Brook, Noble Johnson, John Mather ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1942-04-03
8.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, William Post Jr., Dennis Hoey, Mary Gordon, Holmes Herbert, Harry Cording, Harold De Becker ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1942-12-25
9.

Captains of the Clouds

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Inspired by Churchill's Dunkirk speech, brash, undisciplined Canadian bush pilot Brian MacLean and three friends enlist in the RCAF.

Starring: James Cagney, Dennis Morgan, Brenda Marshall, Alan Hale, George Tobias, Reginald Gardiner, W.A. Bishop, Reginald Denny, Russell Arms, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-02-12
10.

Flying Tigers

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

Starring: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones, Mae Clarke, Addison Richards, Edmund MacDonald, Bill Shirley, Tom Neal ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1942-10-08

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