Best Adventure Movies of 1942

1.

The Black Swan

3.6
6.9/10 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
2.

Across the Pacific

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has Leland really been booted out, or is there some other motive for his getting close to fellow passenger Doctor Lorenz? Any motive for getting close to attractive traveller Alberta Marlow would however seem pretty obvious.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton, Victor Sen Yung, Roland Got, Lee Tung Foo, Frank Wilcox, Paul Stanton, Lester Matthews ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1942-09-05
3.

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 ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1942-04-03
4.

Reap the Wild Wind

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

The Florida Keys in 1840, where the implacable hurricanes of the Caribbean scream, where the salvagers of Key West, like the intrepid and beautiful Loxi Claiborne and her crew, reap, aboard frail schooners, the harvest of the wild wind, facing the shark teeth of the reefs to rescue the sailors and the cargo from the shipwrecks caused by the scavengers of the sea.

Starring: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Susan Hayward, Charles Bickford, Walter Hampden, Louise Beavers ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1942-03-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1942 : Tarzan's New York Adventure
5.

Tarzan's New York Adventure

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

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. At a trial over custody of Boy, Tarzan becomes violent and is jailed. With the help of the pilot's girlfriend Tarzan (who has since escaped, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge) finds the circus. He and the circus elephants complete the classic rescue.

Starring: Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Virginia Grey, Charles Bickford, Paul Kelly, Chill Wills, Cy Kendall, Russell Hicks, Howard C. Hickman ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1942-05-01
6.

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Starting in Switzerland, Sherlock Holmes rescues the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London it seems that the inventor is not all that he seemed.

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
7.

Invisible Agent

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany in this comedy-thriller.

Starring: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke, J. Edward Bromberg, Albert Bassermann, John Litel, Holmes Herbert, Keye Luke, Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1942-07-31
8.

Arabian Nights

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Jon Hall, Maria Montez and Sabu star in this lush, epic story of two half brothers who battle each other for the power of the throne and the love of a sensual, gorgeous dancing girl, Scheherazade

Starring: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Edgar Barrier, Richard Lane, Turhan Bey, John Qualen, Shemp Howard ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-12-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1942 : Heart of the Rio Grande
9.

Heart of the Rio Grande

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

As foreman of a dude ranch, Gene has two problems. One is a guest, the spoiled daughter of a millioniare, and the other is the disgruntled ex-foreman that Gene replaced, now just a ranch hand. Gene eventually gets the daughter straightened out but has to fire the ex-foreman and this leads to trouble when he returns intent on revenge.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Edith Fellows, Pierre Watkin, Joe Strauch Jr., William Haade, Sarah Padden, Jean Porter, Jimmy Wakely Trio ..
Directed by: William Morgan
Release date: 1942-03-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1942 : Escape from Hong Kong
10.

Escape from Hong Kong

2.5
5.4/10 IMDB

Three American vaudeville entertainers become involved with spies in Hong Kong, just before Pearl Harbor.

Starring: Leo Carrillo, Andy Devine, Marjorie Lord, Don Terry, Gilbert Emery, Leyland Hodgson, Frank Puglia, Chester Gan, Frank Kelly, Paul Dubov ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1942-05-15

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