Best Comedy Movies of 1940

1.

The Great Dictator

6.9
8.4/10 IMDB

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert, Paul Weigel, Paulette Goddard, Grace Hayle, Maurice Moscovitch, Emma Dunn ..
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin
Release date: 1940-10-15
2.

The Shop Around the Corner

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realising that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Starring: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney, Sarah Edwards, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1940-01-11
3.

The Philadelphia Story

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Weidler, Mary Nash, John Halliday, Roland Young, John Howard, Henry Daniell ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1940-12-05
4.

His Girl Friday

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.

Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack, Porter Hall, Ernest Truex, Cliff Edwards, Clarence Kolb, Roscoe Karns ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1940-01-18
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : La Conga Nights
5.

La Conga Nights

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

In this comedy, actor Hugh Herbert plays six different roles. Only one of the roles is a man. The story centers around a dizzy music lover, who has grown rich through real estate deals. Also figuring in the story are a cab driver/performer, and a down-on-her-luck, aspiring singer. They meet when she hails his cab as she skips out on her former boarding house because she cannot pay rent.

Starring: Hugh Herbert, Dennis O'Keefe, Constance Moore, Ferike Boros, Eddie Quillan, Armida, Joe Brown Jr., Sally Payne, Frank Orth, Barnett Parker ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1940-05-31
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Spare a Copper
6.

Spare a Copper

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

George (George Formby) is an inept reserve policeman working in wartime Liverpool, who is chosen by a gang of Nazi saboteurs as the stooge for their planned destruction of the British battleship HMS Hercules. Framed by the villains and forced to go on the run, George sets out to clear his name with the aid of new girlfriend, Jane (Dorothy Hyson).

Starring: George Formby, Dorothy Hyson, Bernard Lee, George Merritt, John Warwick, Bryan Herbert, Warburton Gamble, John Turnbull, James Woodburn, Eliot Makeham ..
Directed by: John Paddy Carstairs
Release date: 1940-12-02
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : How High Is Up?
7.

How High Is Up?

3.1
8.1/10 IMDB

The stooges are the 'Minute Menders', three tinkers who live under their car. The boys decide to drum up some business by punching holes in the unattended lunch boxes of some workmen. When they're caught in the act, they escape and accidentally get hired as riveters on a new building, working on the 97th floor. Their ineptitude and lousy workmanship screw up construction of the building and they must parachute off the building to escape the wrath of the boss.

Starring: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Bruce Bennett, Edmund Cobb, Vernon Dent ..
Directed by: Del Lord
Release date: 1940-07-26
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : The Doctor Takes a Wife
8.

The Doctor Takes a Wife

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Starring: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick, Frank Sully, Gordon Jones, Georges Metaxa, Charles Halton, Joseph Eggenton ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1940-04-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : The Boys from Syracuse
9.

The Boys from Syracuse

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the concerns The efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana's sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love

Starring: Allan Jones, Martha Raye, Alan Mowbray, Irene Hervey, Joe Penner, Charles Butterworth, Rosemary Lane, Samuel S. Hinds, Tom Dugan, Spencer Charters ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-07-30
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : It's a Date
10.

It's a Date

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

An aspiring actress is offered the lead in a major new play, but discovers that her mother, a more seasoned performer, expects the same part. The situation is further complicated when they both become involved with the same man.

Starring: Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Eugene Pallette, Henry Stephenson, Cecilia Loftus, Samuel S. Hinds, Lewis Howard, S.Z. Sakall, Fritz Feld ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1940-03-22

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