Best Comedy Movies of 1942

1.

To Be or Not to Be

5.8
8.3/10 IMDB

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan, Charles Halton, Henry Victor ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1942-03-05
2.

Holiday Inn

4.6
7.4/10 IMDB

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper, Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club—Holiday Inn—is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel, Louise Beavers, Irving Bacon, Marek Windheim, James Bell, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1942-07-10
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Bowling Alley-Cat
3.

The Bowling Alley-Cat

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

As the title implies, Tom and Jerry are in a bowling alley. Both spend a lot of time sliding on the well-polished lanes. Eventually, Jerry takes up residence among the pins and Tom tries to bowl him down.

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1942-07-18
4.

The Palm Beach Story

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, Sig Arno, Robert Warwick, Arthur Stuart Hull, Torben Meyer, Jimmy Conlin, Victor Potel ..
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1942-11-07
5.

You Were Never Lovelier

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

An Argentine heiress thinks a penniless American dancer is her secret admirer.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Xavier Cugat, Isobel Elsom, Leslie Brooks, Adele Mara, Gus Schilling, Barbara Brown, Douglas Leavitt ..
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1942-11-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Talk of the Town
6.

The Talk of the Town

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson (and murder; one man was lost). Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley ...which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.

Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell, Charles Dingle, Emma Dunn, Rex Ingram, Leonid Kinskey, Tom Tyler ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1942-08-20
7.

Gentleman Jim

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder, William Frawley, Minor Watson, Ward Bond, Madeleine Lebeau, Rhys Williams ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1942-11-14
8.

The Major and the Minor

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Susan Applegate, tired of New York after one year and twenty-five jobs, decides to return to her home town. Discovering she hasn't enough money for the train fare, Susan disguises herself as a twelve-year-old and travels for half the price. Caught out by the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby, a military school instructor who takes the "child" under his wing.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn, Frankie Thomas, Raymond Roe, Norma Varden, Lela Rogers, Charles Smith ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1942-09-16
9.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in with a Midwestern family.

Starring: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis, Jimmy Durante, Billie Burke, Reginald Gardiner, Elisabeth Fraser, Grant Mitchell, George Barbier ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1942-01-24
10.

Road to Morocco

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn, Vladimir Sokoloff, Yvonne De Carlo, John George, Poppy Wilde, Dona Drake, Mikhail Rasumny ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1942-11-10

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