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: 1940-10-23
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: 1940-01-10
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
5.

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

4.0
7.3/10 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
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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, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Michael Maltese ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1940-05-18
7.

I Love You Again

3.9
7.5/10 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
8.

The Great McGinty

3.9
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
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9.

Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise

3.8
7.3/10 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
10.

A Chump at Oxford

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The boys get jobs as a butler and maid (Stan in drag) for a dinner party. When that ends in disaster, they resort to sweeping streets and accidentally capture a bank robber. The thankful bank president sends them to Oxford to get an education. Predictable results ensue.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey, Wilfred Lucas, Forbes Murray, Peter Cushing, James Finlayson, Anita Garvin, Frank Baker, Eddie Borden ..
Directed by: Alfred J. Goulding
Release date: 1940-02-16

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