Best Adventure Movies of 1940


The Mark of Zorro

7.5/10 IMDB

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher, George Regas, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1940-11-08

The Thief of Bagdad

7.4/10 IMDB

When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, John Justin, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall ..
Directed by: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Release date: 1940-12-25

The Sea Hawk

7.6/10 IMDB

Dashing pirate Geoffrey Thorpe plunders Spanish ships for Queen Elizabeth I and falls in love with Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal he captures.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson, Alan Hale, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-08-10

Boom Town

7.1/10 IMDB

McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsy comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill, Chill Wills, Bess Flowers, Marion Martin, Minna Gombell ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1940-08-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Contraband


6.9/10 IMDB

When a neutral Danish merchant ship is forced to put into port after trying to evade British wartime contraband control, its captain becomes involved in a beautiful British Naval Intelligent agent's efforts to capture a group of German spies operating from a London cinema.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler, Raymond Lovell, Esmond Knight, Charles Victor, Phoebe Kershaw, Harold Warrender, John Longden ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1940-05-11

Strange Cargo

6.9/10 IMDB

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas, Albert Dekker, J. Edward Bromberg, Eduardo Ciannelli, John Arledge, Frederick Worlock ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1940-03-01

Northwest Passage

7.0/10 IMDB

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Louis Hector, Robert Barrat, Lumsden Hare, Donald MacBride, Isabel Jewell ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1940-02-23

Torrid Zone

6.7/10 IMDB

A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.

Starring: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O’Brien, Andy Devine, Helen Vinson, Jerome Cowan, George Tobias, George Reeves, Victor Kilian, Frank Puglia ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1940-05-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : North West Mounted Police

North West Mounted Police

6.4/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, George Bancroft, Lynne Overman, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney Jr. ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1940-10-22

Dr. Cyclops

6.4/10 IMDB

Four explorers are summoned to Peru by the brilliant physicist Dr Thorkel. They discover a rich source of radium and a half-mad Thorkel who shrinks them down to one-fifth their normal size when they threaten to stop his unorthodox experimentation.

Starring: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian, Frank Yaconelli, Paul Fix, Frank Reicher, Jane Webb, Billy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Release date: 1940-04-09

British Intelligence

6.1/10 IMDB

During WWI pretty German master spy Helene von Lorbeer is sent undercover to London to live with the family of a high-placed British official where she is to rendezvous with the butler Valdar, also a spy, and help him transmit secret war plans back to Germany.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, Leonard Mudie, Holmes Herbert, Austin Fairman, William Bailey, Louise Brien, Glen Cavender, David Cavendish ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1940-01-29

The Mummy's Hand

6.0/10 IMDB

A couple of young, out-of-work archaeologists in Egypt discover evidence of the burial place of the ancient Egyptian princess Ananka. After receiving funding from an eccentric magician and his beautiful daughter, they set out into the desert only to be terrorized by a sinister high priest and the living mummy Kharis who are the guardians of Ananka’s tomb.

Starring: Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, George Zucco, Cecil Kellaway, Charles Trowbridge, Tom Tyler, Eduardo Ciannelli, Sig Arno, Leon Belasco ..
Directed by: Christy Cabanne
Release date: 1940-09-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird

6.2/10 IMDB

An ungrateful girl and her little brother are transported in their dreams by a fairy to a wonderland, tasked with finding the mythical blue bird of happiness, meeting friends and foes along the way.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Eddie Collins, Sybil Jason, Jessie Ralph, Helen Ericson, Johnny Russell, Laura Hope Crews ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1940-01-15

One Million B.C.

5.7/10 IMDB

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak's love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak's stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe.

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hubbard, Mamo Clark, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Nigel De Brulier, Conrad Nagel, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Hal Roach, Hal Roach, Jr.
Release date: 1940-04-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : New Moon

New Moon

6.7/10 IMDB

A revolutionary leader romances a French aristocrat in Louisiana.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco, H.B. Warner, Grant Mitchell, Stanley Fields, Dick Purcell, John Miljan, Ivan F. Simpson ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard
Release date: 1940-06-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Flowing Gold

Flowing Gold

6.5/10 IMDB

In the American oilfields, a fugitive from justice's destiny is intertwined with the fortunes and the misfortunes of a small oil company that hires him as a roughneck.

Starring: John Garfield, Frances Farmer, Pat O’Brien, Raymond Walburn, Cliff Edwards, Tom Kennedy, Granville Bates, Jody Gilbert, Edward Pawley, Frank Mayo ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1940-08-24

Spills for Thrills

7.2/10 IMDB

Warner Bros. short about stuntmen and stuntwomen and how they do their work, featuring real-life stunt artists Harvey Parry, Mary Wiggins, and Allen Pomeroy.

Starring: Harvey Parry, Mary Wiggins, Allen Pomeroy, Knox Manning, John Ridgely ..
Directed by: De Leon Anthony
Release date: 1940-01-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : The Phantom Submarine

The Phantom Submarine

6.8/10 IMDB

On the night before he sails in search of the steamship Arcadia's sunken gold, Paul Sinclair (Bruce Bennett)meets Madeliene Nielson (Anita Louise) in a San Francisco nightclub. On the second day at sea, Madeliene turns up as a stowaway. While diving and searching for the sunken gold, off the Phillipines, Paul discovers that a foreign-country submarine has been laying mines in order to completely cut off the Phillipines from American protection.

Starring: Anita Louise, Bruce Bennett, Oscar O'Shea, John Tyrrell, Pedro de Cordoba, Victor Wong, Charles McMurphy, Harry Strang, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1940-12-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now

I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now

6.3/10 IMDB

In this low-budget musical, two sets of politically ambitious parents attempt to pair up their youngsters who unfortunately despise each other and only pretend to like each other to please their parents. On the nights they are to go out, they sneak out with their respective true loves. It all works well until the unwilling couple find themselves falling in love for real. songs include: "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now", and "Got Romance".

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Helen Parrish, Lewis Howard, Laura Hope Crews, Samuel S. Hinds, Berton Churchill, Marjorie Gateson, Margaret Hamilton, Tim Ryan ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1940-10-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : The Green Hornet Strikes Again!

The Green Hornet Strikes Again!

6.6/10 IMDB

Second serial featuring The Green Hornet and Kato.

Starring: Warren Hull, Wade Boteler, Anne Nagel, Keye Luke, Eddie Acuff, Pierre Watkin, James Seay, Arthur Loft, Joe Devlin, William Hall ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins
Release date: 1940-12-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Give Us Wings

Give Us Wings

5.2/10 IMDB

Dead End Kids epic. The boys want desperately to fly, and get mixed up with crooked crop dusters, whose planes are flying deathtraps.

Starring: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Bobby Jordan, Wallace Ford, Anne Gwynne, Victor Jory, Shemp Howard, Milburn Stone ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1940-12-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Pride of the Bowery

Pride of the Bowery

5.9/10 IMDB

Muggs is tricked into entering a Civilian Conservation Corps camp by Danny in order to get in shape. Muggs resists and battles with the camp captain and with other campers. He also becomes involved in trying to help one of his friends get out of trouble.

Starring: Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Kenneth Howell, Mary Ainslee, Bobby Stone, Donald Haines, David Gorcey, Sunshine Sammy Morrison, Kenneth Harlan, Nick Stuart ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1940-12-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Untamed


5.2/10 IMDB

A courageous doctor braves a fierce blizzard in the Canadian wilderness to save a remote community from a deadly epidemic. He has come North to visit and ends up stealing a wife from her husband. When the epidemic hits, he and the wife begin their arduous journey.

Starring: Ray Milland, Patricia Morison, Akim Tamiroff, William Frawley, Jane Darwell, Esther Dale, J. M. Kerrigan, Eily Malyon, Fay Helm, Sibyl Harris ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1940-07-24

The Son of Monte Cristo

6.2/10 IMDB

Rightful owner of the kingdom, the Duchess of Zona, is engaged in a power struggle with the evil General Gurko. Edmond, the son of Monte Cristo, dons many disguises to come to the aid of the Duchess.

Starring: Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, Florence Bates, Lionel Royce, Montagu Love, Ian Wolfe, Clayton Moore, Ralph Byrd, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Rowland V. Lee
Release date: 1940-12-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Ellery Queen, Master Detective

Ellery Queen, Master Detective

6.1/10 IMDB

The mysteriously ill John Braun makes a new will, leaving out his daughter Barbara, over the protests of his wife. The trouble began when the daughter wanted to marry Mr. Braun's doctor, James Rogers. Mrs. Braun asks Inspector Queen to help find the long-missing Barbara. The inspector's son, Ellery, works on the case. He goes to a home frequently visited by Dr. Rogers where the bell is answered by Nikki Porter who Ellery mistakes for Barbara and insists she return to the Braun home. Nikki does, to protect Barbara, and a short time later finds herself alone in a room outside Braun's bedroom. She finds him dead - his throat cut. No weapons are found and the door to the room where Nikki had been is locked, and she is suspected. Ellery hides Nikki in his apartment. Braun's body, sent for an autopsy, disappears and in its place is a life-sized statue of the dead man.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, James Burke, Michael Whalen, Marsha Hunt, Fred Niblo, Charles Lane, Ann Shoemaker, Marion Martin ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1940-11-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Girls Under 21

Girls Under 21

6.1/10 IMDB

Francis Ryan, living high-and-free-wheeling life as the wife of gangster "Smiley" Ryan, spends some time behind bars as a result of her husband's activities, and, when she gets out, realizes she has been a bad example for her kid-sister, Jennie White, and five of her friends. With the aid of her old boyfriend, she manages to divert them from their juvenile-delinquent path leading to disaster for each.

Starring: Bruce Cabot, Rochelle Hudson, Paul Kelly, Tina Thayer, Roberta Smith, Lois Verner, Beryl Vaughan, Joanne Tree, Debbie Ellis, William Edmunds ..
Directed by: Max Nosseck
Release date: 1940-11-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Junior G-Men

Junior G-Men

6.4/10 IMDB

A gang of urban street kids and a club of suburban would-be federal agents, at first rivals, join forces to rescue the father of one of the kids, the inventor of a super-explosive and its remote detonator, from the clutches of a band of foreign subversives call the "Flaming Torch Gang". A 12-episode movie serial with the chapters: •1. Enemies Within •2. The Blast of Doom •3. Human Dynamite •4. Blazing Danger •5. Trapped By Traitors •6. Traitors' Treachery •7. Flaming Death •8. Hurled Through Space •9. The Plunge of Peril •10.The Toll of Treason •11.Descending Doom •12.The Power of Patriotism

Starring: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Kenneth Howell, Phillip Terry, Cy Kendall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Ken Lundy, Ben Taggart, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins
Release date: 1940-11-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet

6.5/10 IMDB

A newspaper publisher and his Korean servant fight crime as vigilantes who pose as a notorious masked gangster and his aide.

Starring: Gordon Jones, Wade Boteler, Keye Luke, Anne Nagel, Phillip Trent, Cy Kendall, Stanley Andrews, Selmer Jackson, Joseph Crehan, Walter McGrail ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1940-01-08

Swiss Family Robinson

6.4/10 IMDB

A family setting out for a new life across the sea is shipwrecked on a deserted island. The family members collaborate to create a home for themselves in the jungle environment.

Starring: Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Freddie Bartholomew, Terry Kilburn, Tim Holt, Bobbie Quillan, Christian Rub, John Wray, Herbert Rawlinson, Jack Stoney ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1940-02-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Moon Over Burma

Moon Over Burma

6.6/10 IMDB

The managers of a teak lumber camp in Burma compete for the affections of a beautiful American entertainer who gets stranded in Rangoon.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Robert Preston, Preston Foster, Doris Nolan, Albert Bassermann, Frederick Worlock, Addison Richards, Harry Allen, Frank Lackteen, Stanley Price ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1940-07-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Mysterious Doctor Satan

Mysterious Doctor Satan

7.4/10 IMDB

A mad scientist named Dr. Satan plots to steal key pieces of technology to enable him to build an army of robots based on his prototype to conquer America. The only one standing in his way is Bob Wayne, who fights Satan as the enigmatic Copperhead. Mysterious Doctor Satan is a 1940 film serial named after its chief villain. Doctor Satan's main opponent is the masked mystery man, "The Copperhead", whose secret identity is Bob Wayne, a man searching for justice and revenge on Satan for the death of his step-father. The serial charts the conflict between the two as Bob Wayne pursues Doctor Satan, while the latter completes his plans for world domination.

Starring: Eduardo Ciannelli, Robert Wilcox, William Newell, C. Montague Shaw, Ella Neal, Dorothy Herbert, Charles Trowbridge, Jack Mulhall, Edwin Stanley, Walter McGrail ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1940-12-13
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : South of Pago Pago

South of Pago Pago

6.3/10 IMDB

Sent by cutthroat pirates to turn Kehane’s head while they loot his island paradise of a fortune in pearls, Ruby instead falls for the young chief. Together, the two save Kehane’s people and their island home from the rapacious picaroons but at the tragic cost of their own future together.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Olympe Bradna, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille, Francis Ford, Ben Welden, Abner Biberman, Pedro de Cordoba ..
Directed by: Alfred E. Green
Release date: 1940-07-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : In Old Missouri

In Old Missouri

5.7/10 IMDB

The Weavers are share-croppers who confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs the Weavers to trade places with him and fix things up.

Starring: Leon Weaver, Frank Weaver, June Weaver, June Storey, Marjorie Gateson, Thurston Hall, Alan Ladd, Loretta Weaver, Mildred Shay, Andrew Tombes ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1940-04-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Half a Sinner

Half a Sinner

6.3/10 IMDB

Although young and beautiful, schoolteacher Anne Gladden fears a dull future. She finally decides to take a walk on the wild side, splurging on some fashionable new clothes and setting off to find adventure. Her new confidence inspires her to flirt with complete strangers. When a gangster pays unwanted attention to her, she ditches him and flees in his car, unaware that there's a corpse in the trunk. Determined to recover his stolen vehicle and its incriminating cargo the thug begins a desperate search. The oblivious Anne, comes to the aid of a handsome young man stranded alongside the road. Romance blooms, but after the shocking discovery of a body in the trunk, the duo decide they have to return the car. The bickering lovebirds head back to the city, trailed by both the angry gangster and the cops, who suspect the young couple of murder.

Starring: Heather Angel, John 'Dusty' King, Constance Collier, Tom Dugan, Robert Elliott, Clem Bevans, Henry Brandon, Emma Dunn, Walter Catlett, William B. Davidson ..
Directed by: Al Christie
Release date: 1940-04-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : The Marines Fly High

The Marines Fly High

5.4/10 IMDB

Marine lieutenants Dan and Jim fight bandits in the South American jungle, while competing for the attention of beautiful Joan Grant.

Starring: Richard Dix, Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, Steffi Duna, John Eldredge, Paul Harvey, Horace McMahon, Dick Hogan, Kirby Grant, Ann Shoemaker ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff, George Nichols Jr.
Release date: 1940-03-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Under Your Hat

Under Your Hat

5.5/10 IMDB

In pre-Second World War England, a leading film star and his wife attempt to recover a secret carburetor stolen by enemy agents. Based on a popular stage musical starring Hulbert and Courtneidge, a husband-and-wife team who had made a series of successful comedy films during the 1930s.

Starring: Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Austin Trevor, Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns, Leonora Corbett, H.F. Maltby, Anthony Hayes, Charles Oliver, Myrette Morven ..
Directed by: Maurice Elvey
Release date: 1940-09-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Charter Pilot

Charter Pilot

4.8/10 IMDB

US-to-Central-America freight service pilot gets engaged to radio broadcaster and promises to take a desk job but the urge for adventure is too strong.

Starring: Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Arleen Whelan, George Montgomery, Hobart Cavanaugh, Henry Victor, Etta McDaniel, Andrew Tombes, Charles C. Wilson, Chick Chandler ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1940-12-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Drums of the Desert

Drums of the Desert

5.5/10 IMDB

On his way to a post as special adviser of the new parachute troops of the French Foreign Legion in Morocco, Paul Dumont meets the beautiful Helene on the ship. A romance ensues, but the two decide to part when Paul learns that Helene is the fiancée of his best friend and fellow officer Raoul. Raoul is wounded during an Arab attack and the wedding is postponed, and Helene and Paul are thrown together and find it impossible to hide their feelings. The meet in the tent of Hassan, a fortune teller, not knowing the tent is a storage place for arms and ammunition belonging to Addullah, an Arab leader determined to avenge the death of his brother Ben Ali.

Starring: Ralph Byrd, Lorna Gray, George Lynn, Willy Castello, Mantan Moreland, Jean Del Val, Ann Codee, Boyd Irwin, Neyle Morrow, Alberto Morin ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1940-10-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Sky Bandits

Sky Bandits

5.3/10 IMDB

Sgt. Renfrew and Constable Kelly go aloft to search for a plane missing with a shipment of gold from the Yukon Mine Company. Inventor Speavy has devised a power ray which disrupts electrical impulses, and Morgan and his gang of crooks has brought in Prof. Lewis to increase the ray's range, telling him he's helping the government develop this new weapon. Speavy spills the beans to Prof. Lewis and his daughter Madeleine,and Morgan threatens to implicate them in his crimes unless they cooperate. Morgan kills Speavy when he tries to warn Renfrew, but when Madeleine stows away on board the doomed plane Renfrew is piloting, will the crooks be able to make Prof. Lewis use the power ray to bring the plane down?

Starring: James Newill, Louise Stanley, Dewey Robinson, William Pawley, Joe De Stefani, Jim Farley, Dave O'Brien, Karl Hackett, Ted Adams, Dwight Frye ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1940-07-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Captain Caution

Captain Caution

5.4/10 IMDB

When her father dies, a young girl helps a young man take command of the ship to fight the British during the war of 1812.

Starring: Victor Mature, Louise Platt, Leo Carrillo, Bruce Cabot, Robert Barrat, Vivienne Osborne, Alan Ladd, Miles Mander, El Brendel, Roscoe Ates ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1940-08-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Midnight Limited

Midnight Limited

5.0/10 IMDB

The Phantom Robber gets a fortune in jewels and some valuable papers from a robbery on the crack train "The Midnight Limited" and Val Lennon and his pretty assistant, Joan Marshall, are on his trail. But the Phantom strikes three more times and adds murder to his list. Val decides to use himself as bait, although Chief Harrigan and Joan beg him not to risk his life. But Val, disguised as a wealthy Canadian, boards the train for a rendezvous with a killer.

Starring: John 'Dusty' King, Marjorie Reynolds, George Cleveland, Edward Keane, Monte Collins, I. Stanford Jolley, Pat Flaherty, Herbert Ashley, Lita Chevret, Ray Bennett ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1940-03-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Girls of the Road

Girls of the Road

6.0/10 IMDB

A story of the great-depression era about women hobos, tramps, job-seekers, fugitives and runaways running from or toward something as they hitch-hiked their way across the United States, dodging the police, do-gooders, lustful men and pursuing-husbands in a bad mood. One of them is a killer, another is a girl hitch-hiking to her wedding in order to afford a wedding gown, and there is also the Governor's daughter who crusades on their behalf, while hitch-hiking along with them.

Starring: Ann Dvorak, Helen Mack, Lola Lane, Ann Doran, Marjorie Cooley, Mary Field, Mary Booth, Madelon Grayson, Grace Lenard, Evelyn Young ..
Directed by: Nick Grinde
Release date: 1940-07-24
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Isle Of Destiny

Isle Of Destiny

4.7/10 IMDB

A pretty socialite / pilot runs into gun smugglers when she lands her plane on a Pacific island.

Starring: June Lang, William Gargan, Wallace Ford, Gilbert Roland, Etienne Girardot, Katherine DeMille, Grant Richards, Tom Dugan, Harry Woods, Ted Osborne ..
Directed by: Elmer Clifton
Release date: 1940-03-08
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Green Hell

Green Hell

5.7/10 IMDB

A group of adventurers head deep into South American jungle in search of an ancient Incan treasure.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joan Bennett, John Howard, George Sanders, Alan Hale, George Bancroft, Vincent Price, Eugene Gericke, Francis McDonald, Mala ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1940-01-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Men with Steel Faces

Men with Steel Faces

4.5/10 IMDB

Re-edited feature version of serial The Phantom Empire (1935). Singer Gene Autry discovers a race of advanced humans living beneath the earth.

Starring: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Smiley Burnette, Betsy King Ross, Dorothy Christy, Wheeler Oakman, Charles K. French, Warner Richmond, J. Frank Glendon, Edward Peil Sr. ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason, Otto Brower
Release date: 1940-05-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Double Alibi

Double Alibi

6.2/10 IMDB

A man's ex-wife is found murdered, and he finds himself to be the prime suspect.

Starring: Wayne Morris, Margaret Lindsay, William Gargan, Roscoe Karns, Robert Emmett Keane, James Burke, William Pawley, Frank Mitchell, Eddy Chandler, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1940-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Yukon Flight

Yukon Flight

5.0/10 IMDB

When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane.

Starring: James Newill, Louise Stanley, Warren Hull, William Pawley, Dave O'Brien, George Humbert, Karl Hackett, Jack Rube Clifford, Roy Barcroft, Bob Terry ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1940-01-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : King of the Royal Mounted

King of the Royal Mounted

7.5/10 IMDB

The Canadians have discovered a valuable substance called Compound X, which can cure infantile paralysis. When a country at war with Canada learns that Compound X also contains magnetic properties that could aid them in their warfare against the British, they send agents to infiltrate Canada and steal a large quantity of the substance. It's up to Sgt. King (Allan Lane) and his Mounties to track down the agents and put an end to their scheme.

Starring: Allan Lane, Robert Strange, Robert Kellard, Lita Conway, Herbert Rawlinson, Harry Cording, Bryant Washburn, Budd Buster, Stanley Andrews, John Davidson ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1940-09-19
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : Victory


7.0/10 IMDB

A hermit's idyllic life on an island is disturbed by the arrival of a bunch of cutthroats.

Starring: Fredric March, Betty Field, Cedric Hardwicke, Jerome Cowan, Sig Ruman, Margaret Wycherly, Fritz Feld, Lionel Royce, Rafaela Ottiano, Chester Gan ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1940-12-21
Best Adventure Movies of 1940 : I Married Adventure

I Married Adventure

6.8/10 IMDB

A 1940 Columbia Picture feature film, "I Married Adventure" stars Osa Johnson and closely follows her 1940 best-selling book of the same name. Osa portrays herself in studio-produced scenes which bridge the transition between actual documentary footage segments as the film recounts the Johnson's nine world expeditions to Africa, Borneo, and the South Seas. Jim Bannon, a Hollywod stuntman who lent his voice to many western's including Red Ryder, Don Clark, and Albert Duffy narrate this adventure classic that compiles the very best images from the Johnsons' original feature films.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Martin E. Johnson, Osa Johnson ..
Directed by: Osa Johnson
Release date: 1940-07-24

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