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: 1940-01-12
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. Remade as a musical in 1956 as High Society.

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

5.4
7.8/10 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
5.

My Favorite Wife

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride. But he gets a shock when he hears the whole story: Ellen spent those seven years alone on a desert island with another man.

Starring: Cary Grant, Randolph Scott, Irene Dunne, Gail Patrick, Ann Shoemaker, Scotty Beckett, Mary Lou Harrington, Donald MacBride, Hugh O'Connell, Granville Bates ..
Directed by: Garson Kanin
Release date: 1940-05-17
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : You Ought to Be in Pictures
6.

You Ought to Be in Pictures

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy, Robert Clampett, Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese, Fred Jones ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1940-05-18
7.

Remember the Night

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

When Jack, an assistant District Attorney, takes Lee, a shoplifter caught in the act, home with him for Christmas, the unexpected happens and love blossoms.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Willard Robertson, Sterling Holloway, Charles Waldron, Paul Guilfoyle, Charles Arnt, John Wray ..
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1940-01-01
8.

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A wax museum run by a demented doctor contains statues of such crime figures as Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard. In addition to making wax statues the doctor performs plastic surgery. It is here that an arch fiend takes refuge. The museum also houses a statue of Charlie. Frustrated number-two son kicks statue in rear; oops, number-two son wrong in his assumption

Starring: Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence, Joan Valerie, Marguerite Chapman, Ted Osborne, Michael Visaroff, Hilda Vaughn, Charles Wagenheim ..
Directed by: Lynn Shores
Release date: 1940-09-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : A Plumbing We Will Go
9.

A Plumbing We Will Go

3.9
8.3/10 IMDB

To escape the police, the stooges pose as plumbers and are hired to fix a leak in a fancy mansion. They wind up crossing the electrical system with the plumbing and generally ruin the place. One memorable scene has the lady of the house tuning into a television broadcast from Niagara Falls as a torrent of water pours from the set. To escape the wrath of the homeowners the stooges escape through a magicians trap door.

Starring: Curly Howard, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Wilson Benge, Monte Collins, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Del Lord
Release date: 1940-04-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : A Wild Hare
10.

A Wild Hare

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

While hunting rabbits, Elmer Fudd comes across Bugs Bunny who tricks and harasses the hunter.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1940-07-27
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Puss Gets the Boot
11.

Puss Gets the Boot

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".

Starring: Lillian Randolph, June Foray, Thea Vidale, Harry Lang, William Hanna ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1940-02-10
12.

I Love You Again

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe, Donald Douglas, Nella Walker, Carl Switzer, Pierre Watkin, Paul Stanton, Morgan Wallace ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1940-08-09
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
13.

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

On a cruise ship from Honolulu to San Francisco, the famous Chinese detective encounters four more murders while trying to figure out the murder of a Scotland Yard friend.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill, Victor Sen Yung, Don Beddoe, Leo G. Carroll, Robert Lowery, Harlan Briggs, Cora Witherspoon, Kay Linaker ..
Directed by: Eugene Forde
Release date: 1940-05-02
14.

The Great McGinty

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city's political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from "the boss," who finally decides he'd be ideal as a new, nominally "reform" mayor; but this candidacy requires marriage. His in-name-only marriage to honest Catherine proves the beginning of the end for dishonest Dan...

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff, Muriel Angelus, Allyn Joslyn, William Demarest, Jimmy Conlin, Steffi Duna, Arthur Hoyt, Libby Taylor, Thurston Hall ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1940-08-01
15.

Christmas in July

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his co-workers put together a fake telegram which says that he won the $25,000 grand prize.

Starring: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn, Alexander Carr, William Demarest, Ernest Truex, Franklin Pangborn, Harry Hayden, Rod Cameron, Adrian Morris ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1940-10-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Charlie Chan in Panama
16.

Charlie Chan in Panama

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Charlie impersonates an employee of the U.S. government to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its way to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash, Victor Sen Yung, Kane Richmond, Chris-Pin Martin, Lionel Royce, Helen Ericson, Jack La Rue ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1940-03-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Saps at Sea
17.

Saps at Sea

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie work in a horn factory. Ollie starts having violent fits every time he hears a horn. His doctor prescribes a restful sea voyage. Mayhem ensues.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson, Richard Cramer, Ben Turpin, Harry Bernard, Eddie Conrad, Charlie Hall, Ernie Alexander, Chester A. Bachman ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1940-04-29
18.

The Ghost Breakers

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

After intrepid working girl Mary Carter becomes the new owner of a reputedly haunted mansion located on Black Island near the Cuban coast, a stranger phones warning her to stay away from the castle. Undaunted, Mary sets sail for Cuba with a stowaway in her trunk—wise-cracking Larry Lawrence, a radio announcer who helps Mary get to the bottom of the voodoo magic, zombies and ghosts that supposedly curse the spooky estate.

Starring: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas, Willie Best, Pedro de Cordoba, Virginia Brissac, Noble Johnson, Anthony Quinn, Tom Dugan ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1940-06-21
19.

Brother Orchid

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart, Donald Crisp, Ralph Bellamy, Allen Jenkins, Charles D. Brown, Cecil Kellaway, Morgan Conway, Richard Lane ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1940-06-07
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip
20.

Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Mickey is heading out on vacation from Burbank to Pomona, taking the train. The conductor, Pete, won't let him on with Pluto, so he hides Pluto in his suitcase, and tries to hide him all throughout the trip without much luck. But Pete wins when Pluto is hooked by a mail hook. Or does he?

Starring: Walt Disney, Lee Millar, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1940-11-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : The Bank Dick
21.

The Bank Dick

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Egbert Sousé becomes an unexpected hero when a bank robber falls over a bench he's occupying. Now considered brave, Egbert is given a job as a bank guard. Soon, he is approached by charlatan J. Frothingham Waterbury about buying shares in a mining company. Egbert persuades teller Og Oggilby to lend him bank money, to be returned when the scheme pays off. Unfortunately, bank inspector Snoopington then makes a surprise appearance.

Starring: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel, Evelyn Del Rio, Jessie Ralph, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Dick Purcell, Grady Sutton, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1940-11-29
22.

My Little Chickadee

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

While on her way by stagecoach to visit relatives out west, Flower Belle Lee is held up by a masked bandit who also takes the coach's shipment of gold. When he abducts Flower Belle and they arrive in town, Flower Belle is suspected of being in collusion with the bandit.

Starring: W.C. Fields, Mae West, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, Fuzzy Knight, Willard Robertson, George Moran ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1940-02-09
23.

Go West

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west, too, because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. But the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, Robert Barrat, June MacCloy, George Lessey, Walter Woolf King, Lee Bowman ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1940-12-06
24.

Murder Over New York

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

When Charlie's old friend from Scotland Yard is murdered when they attend a police convention in New York, Chan picks up the case he was working on.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery, Ricardo Cortez, Donald MacBride, Melville Cooper, Joan Valerie, Kane Richmond, Victor Sen Yung, John Sutton ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1940-12-13
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Tugboat Mickey
25.

Tugboat Mickey

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Mickey is performing routine maintenance on his tugboat (with interference from a pelican) when a call comes on the radio that there's a sinking ship needing assistance. Sadly, Mickey's crew consists of Donald and Goofy, so getting underway to help is not easy. Goofy has to fight a boiler's door to get it stoked with coal (and when he succeeds, he overfills it) and Donald gets tangled up in the machinery. Not to mention that nobody casts off, so they drag half the dock along with them. The overworked boiler soon explodes.

Starring: Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi
Release date: 1940-04-26
26.

Torrid Zone

3.5
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
27.

Road to Singapore

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Two playboys try to forget previous romances in Singapore - until they meet Dorothy Lamour...

Starring: Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Charles Coburn, Judith Barrett, Anthony Quinn, Jerry Colonna, Elvia Allman, Johnny Arthur, Bobby Barber ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1940-03-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : This Thing Called Love
28.

This Thing Called Love

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months to make sure they are truly compatible.

Starring: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Binnie Barnes, Allyn Joslyn, Gloria Dickson, Lee J. Cobb, Gloria Holden, Paul McGrath, Leona Maricle, Don Beddoe ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1940-12-20
29.

Strike Up the Band

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Jimmy and Mary get a group of kids together to play in a school orchestra. A huge contest between schools is coming up and they have a hard time raising money to go to Chicago for the contest.

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, June Preisser, William Tracy, Larry Nunn, Paul Whiteman, Margaret Early, Ann Shoemaker, Francis Pierlot, Virginia Brissac ..
Directed by: Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1940-09-27
30.

Seven Sinners

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Beautiful chanteuse 'Bijou' (Marlene Dietrich) cascades through Malaysia's ports of call eventually landing in a handsome lieutenant's lap. As Bijou 'drifts through the standards', the fleet's Admiral reckons the US Navy "already has enough destroyers". A Marlene classic with songs by Frederick Hollander and a young and promising John Wayne.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Anna Lee, Mischa Auer, Billy Gilbert, Richard Carle, Samuel S. Hinds, Oskar Homolka ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1940-10-25
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Too Many Husbands
31.

Too Many Husbands

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Jean Arthur, Melvyn Douglas, Dorothy Peterson, Melville Cooper, Edgar Buchanan, Tom Dugan, Harry Davenport, William Brisbane, James Conaty ..
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1940-04-03
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : It All Came True
32.

It All Came True

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

After crooked nightclub owner Chips Maguire murders a police informant, he blackmails his piano player to allow him to stay at his eccentric mother's boarding house.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn, Humphrey Bogart, Zasu Pitts, Una O'Connor, Jessie Busley, John Litel, Grant Mitchell, Felix Bressart, Charles Judels ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1940-04-06
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : La Conga Nights
33.

La Conga Nights

3.4
6.7/10 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 : Down Argentine Way
34.

Down Argentine Way

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

The story—in which an American heiress on holiday in South America falls in love with an Argentine horse breeder against the wishes of their families—takes a backseat to the spectacular location shooting and parade of extravagant musical numbers, which include the larger-than-life Carmen Miranda singing the hit “South American Way” and a showstopping dance routine by the always amazing Nicholas Brothers.

Starring: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Charlotte Greenwood, J. Carrol Naish, Henry Stephenson, Kay Aldridge, Leonid Kinskey, Chris-Pin Martin, Gregory Gaye ..
Directed by: Irving Cummings
Release date: 1940-10-11
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : No Time for Comedy
35.

No Time for Comedy

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Director William Keighley's 1940 film adaptation of S. N. Behrman's stage hit, about an aspiring playwright who finds himself an overnight Broadway success, stars James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Genevieve Tobin, Louise Beavers, Charles Ruggles and Allyn Joslyn.

Starring: James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Charles Ruggles, Genevieve Tobin, Allyn Joslyn, Clarence Kolb, Louise Beavers, Lawrence Grossmith, Robert Greig, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1940-09-14
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Angels Over Broadway
36.

Angels Over Broadway

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Small-time businessman Charles Engle is threatened with exposure for embezzling $3,000 for his free-spending wife. Deciding on suicide, he scribbles a note, stuffs it in his pocket and goes for one last night on the town. He is pulled into a poker game by conman Bill O'Brien and singer Nina Barone, but when they discover the dropped note, they resolve to turn the tables, get Engle his $3,000 and save his life.

Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen, George Watts, Ralph Theodore, Eddie Foster, Jack Roper, Constance Worth, Harry Antrim ..
Directed by: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes
Release date: 1940-10-02
37.

Susan and God

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

A flighty socialite neglects her family to promote a new religious group.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Fredric March, Ruth Hussey, John Carroll, Rita Hayworth, Nigel Bruce, Bruce Cabot, Rose Hobart, Constance Collier, Rita Quigley ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1940-06-07
38.

Comrade X

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

Starring: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka, Felix Bressart, Eve Arden, Sig Ruman, Natasha Lytess, Vladimir Sokoloff, Edgar Barrier, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1940-12-13
39.

The Invisible Woman

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Kitty Carroll, an attractive store model, volunteers to become a test subject for a machine that will make her invisible so that she can use her invisibility to exact revenge on her ex-boss.

Starring: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, Charles Ruggles, Oskar Homolka, Edward Brophy, Donald MacBride, Margaret Hamilton, Shemp Howard, Anne Nagel, Kathryn Adams ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-12-28
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : You Nazty Spy!
40.

You Nazty Spy!

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

In this satire of the Nazis the stooges are paperhangers in the country of Moronica. When evil cabinet ministers overthrow the king, they decide to make Moe the new ruler as he'll be stupid enough to follow their orders. Moe becomes Dictator, Curly is a Field Marshal and Larry becomes Minister of propaganda. After successfully preventing a female spy from committing mayhem, the boys are run out of office by a mob and eaten by lions.

Starring: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Don Beddoe, Dick Curtis, Charles Dorety, Al Thompson ..
Directed by: Jules White
Release date: 1940-01-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Five Little Peppers at Home
41.

Five Little Peppers at Home

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

The second entry in the four "Five Little Peppers" films finds the family struggling to keep their copper mine when their elderly business partner becomes ill.

Starring: Dorothy Peterson, Edith Fellows, Charles Peck, Tommy Bond, Bobby Larson, Dorothy Ann Seese, Clarence Kolb, Ronald Sinclair, Rex Evans, Herbert Rawlinson ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1940-02-08
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : The Blue Bird
42.

The Blue Bird

3.2
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
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Li'l Abner
43.

Li'l Abner

3.2
4.9/10 IMDB

Li'l Abner becomes convinced that he is going to die within twenty-four hours, so agrees to marry two different girls: Daisy Mae (who has chased him for years) and Wendy Wilecat (who rescued him from an angry mob). It is all settled at the Sadie Hawkins Day race.

Starring: Jeff York, Martha O'Driscoll, Mona Ray, Johnnie Morris, Buster Keaton, Billie Seward, Kay Sutton, Maude Eburne, Edgar Kennedy, Charles A. Post ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1940-11-09
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : How High Is Up?
44.

How High Is Up?

3.2
7.9/10 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
45.

You'll Find Out

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

The manager of Kay Kyser’s band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Starring: Kay Kyser, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Bela Lugosi, Helen Parrish, Dennis O'Keefe, Alma Kruger, Bess Flowers, Joseph Eggenton, Kay Kyser Band ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1940-11-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Rhythm on the River
46.

Rhythm on the River

3.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant, Oscar Shaw, Charley Grapewin, Lillian Cornell, William Frawley, Jeanne Cagney, Charles Lane ..
Directed by: Victor Schertzinger
Release date: 1940-08-28
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Blondie Has Servant Trouble
47.

Blondie Has Servant Trouble

3.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Things get under way when Blondie Bumstead demands that her husband request a raise from his boss Mr. Dithers, so that she can afford to hire a maid. But Dithers has no time for any salary disputes: his construction firm is currently stuck with an unsaleable old mansion that is rumored to be haunted. To disprove this theory, Dithers asks the Bumstead family to spend a night in the crumbling old house, throwing a retinue of servants into the bargain.

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy, Danny Mummert, Jonathan Hale, Arthur Hohl, Esther Dale, Irving Bacon, Ray Turner ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1940-07-25
48.

One Night in the Tropics

3.1
6.3/10 IMDB

Jim "Lucky" Moore, an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve: a 'love insurance policy', that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia. The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve's ex-girlfriend, Mickey, and Cynthia's disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe, who sends two enforcers - Abbott and Costello - to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned.

Starring: Allan Jones, Nancy Kelly, Robert Cummings, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mary Boland, William Frawley, Peggy Moran, Leo Carrillo, Don Alvarado ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-11-15
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Blondie Plays Cupid
49.

Blondie Plays Cupid

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Starring: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy, Jonathan Hale, Danny Mummert, Irving Bacon, Glenn Ford, Luana Walters, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1940-10-31
Best Comedy Movies of 1940 : Doomed to Die
50.

Doomed to Die

3.1
5.5/10 IMDB

Shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth, downcast over a disaster to his ocean liner 'Wentworth Castle' (carrying, oddly enough, an illicit shipment of Chinese bonds) is shot in his office at the very moment of kicking out his daughter's fiance Dick Fleming. Of course, Captain Street arrests Dick, but reporter Bobbie Logan, the attractive thorn in Street's side, is so convinced he's wrong that she enlists the help of detective James Lee Wong to find the real killer.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers, William Stelling, Catherine Craig, Guy Usher, Henry Brandon, Melvin Lang, Wilbur Mack, Kenneth Harlan ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1940-08-12

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