Best Comedy Movies of 1941

1.

Sullivan's Travels

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Successful movie director John L. Sullivan, convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey, aiming to "know trouble" first-hand. When all he finds is a train ride back to Hollywood and a beautiful blonde companion, he redoubles his efforts, managing to land himself in more trouble than he bargained for when he loses his memory and ends up a prisoner on a chain gang.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Byron Foulger, Margaret Hayes, Robert Greig, Eric Blore ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1941-11-30
2.

Ball of Fire

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss O’Shea, a nightclub singer, who’s on top of all the slang—and, it just so happens, needs a place to stay.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, S.Z. Sakall, Henry Travers, Oskar Homolka, Tully Marshall, Leonid Kinskey, Richard Haydn, Aubrey Mather, Dana Andrews ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1941-12-02
3.

Meet John Doe

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby to impersonate "Doe." Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story for all it's worth, until the made-up "John Doe" philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan, Spring Byington, James Gleason, Gene Lockhart, Rod La Rocque, Irving Bacon, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1941-03-14
4.

The Lady Eve

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

It's no accident when wealthy Charles falls for Jean. Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles' fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles' life. With love and payback on her mind, she re-introduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper, Martha O'Driscoll, Janet Beecher, Robert Greig ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1941-02-25
5.

Love Crazy

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Circumstance, an old flame and a mother-in-law drive a happily married couple to the verge of divorce and insanity.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick, Jack Carson, Florence Bates, Sidney Blackmer, Sig Ruman, Vladimir Sokoloff, Donald MacBride, Sara Haden ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1941-05-23
Best Comedy Movies of 1941 : The Devil and Miss Jones
6.

The Devil and Miss Jones

4.0
7.6/10 IMDB

The wealthiest man in the world, John P. Merrick, is a private person who likes to stay anonymous. One of his many assets is Neeley's Department Store. There is labor unrest at the store, and the employees' anger is directed at him, who they hang in effigy outside the store despite not knowing what he looks like. Merrick, not happy at what he sees going on, decides to mete out the rabble-rousers. So he goes undercover as a sales clerk in the shoe department.

Starring: Jean Arthur, Charles Coburn, Robert Cummings, Edmund Gwenn, Spring Byington, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Kingsford, Montagu Love, Richard Carle, Charles Waldron ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1941-04-11
Best Comedy Movies of 1941 : The Midnight Snack
7.

The Midnight Snack

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Jerry takes a midnight snack from the fridge unaware that Tom is watching him.

Starring: Lillian Randolph, Thea Vidale, Harry Lang ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-07-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1941 : The Night Before Christmas
8.

The Night Before Christmas

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes him and a mad chase ensues.

Starring: Frank Graham ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1941-12-06
9.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Happily married for three years, Ann and David Smith live in New York. One morning Ann asks David if he had to do it over again, would he marry her? To her shock, he answers, "No". Later that day, they separately discover that, due to a legal complication, they are not legally married.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond, Jack Carson, Philip Merivale, Lucile Watson, William Tracy, Charles Halton, Esther Dale, Emma Dunn ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1941-01-31
10.

Shadow of the Thin Man

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

High society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles run into a variety of shady characters while investigating a race-track murder.

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter, Henry O'Neill, Richard Hall, Stella Adler, Loring Smith ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke
Release date: 1941-11-21

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