Best Comedy Movies of 1942

1.

To Be or Not to Be

5.9
8.2/10 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.

The Palm Beach Story

5.2
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: 1942-08-28
3.

Holiday Inn

5.2
7.3/10 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
4.

Woman of the Year

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Fay Bainter, Reginald Owen, Minor Watson, William Bendix, Gladys Blake, Dan Tobin, Roscoe Karns, Ludwig Stössel ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1942-02-05
5.

The Major and the Minor

4.5
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
6.

I Married a Witch

4.3
7.1/10 IMDB

Rocksford, New England, 1672. Puritan witch hunter Jonathan Wooley is cursed after burning a witch at the stake: his descendants will never find happiness in their marriages. At present, politician Wallace Wooley, who is running for state governor, is about to marry his sponsor's daughter.

Starring: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward, Cecil Kellaway, Elizabeth Patterson, Eily Malyon, Robert Warwick, Robert Greig, Viola Moore ..
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1942-10-30
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Bowling Alley-Cat
7.

The Bowling Alley-Cat

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

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
8.

Gentleman Jim

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

As bare-knuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to 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
9.

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 accidental murder. 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
10.

You Were Never Lovelier

3.8
7.2/10 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 : Fraidy Cat
11.

Fraidy Cat

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Tom hears a ghost story on the radio and is spooked by it; Jerry notices this and takes advantage of it, using a variety of tricks to scare Tom.

Starring: William Hanna, Lillian Randolph, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-01-17
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Fine Feathered Friend
12.

Fine Feathered Friend

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Chased by Tom around the barnyard, Jerry takes refuge under a hen, who, in her nest, is sitting on eggs. Tom has to figure out ways to get Jerry out from under the protective hen.

Directed by: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Release date: 1942-10-10
13.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

An acerbic critic wreaks havoc when a hip injury forces him to move in indefinitely 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: 1942-01-01
14.

Who Done It?

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan, Louise Allbritton, Thomas Gomez, William Bendix, Don Porter, Jerome Cowan, Mary Wickes ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-10-30
15.

All Through the Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Broadway gamblers stumble across a plan by Nazi saboteurs to blow up an American battleship.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell, Frank McHugh, Peter Lorre, Judith Anderson, William Demarest, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1942-01-10
16.

Larceny, Inc.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, Anthony Quinn, Edward Brophy, Harry Davenport, John Qualen, Barbara Jo Allen, Grant Mitchell ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1942-04-24
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
17.

Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Mama Buzzard wants her children to learn to bring back meat for dinner. One buzzardling is shy and has to be kicked out of the nest. He's told to at least bring back a rabbit.

Starring: Sara Berner, Kent Rogers, Mel Blanc, Arnold Stang, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-07-11
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Case of the Missing Hare
18.

Case of the Missing Hare

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

After a traveling magician puts a poster over his home, Bugs visits his act to get revenge.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-12-12
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : How to Play Baseball
19.

How to Play Baseball

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches. On to the World Series, where we go through an eventful inning, culminating in a baseball that disintegrates when being hit.

Starring: George Johnson, Fred Shields ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-09-04
20.

Road to Morocco

3.7
7.0/10 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
21.

Roxie Hart

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

A café in Chicago, 1942. On a rainy night, veteran reporter Homer Howard tells an increasing audience the story of Roxie Hart and the crime she was judged for in 1927.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington, Helene Reynolds ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1942-02-20
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Puss n' Toots
22.

Puss n' Toots

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Tom is playing with Jerry when a cute lady cat is delivered to Mammy for her to take care of. Tom is smitten at first sight.

Starring: Lillian Randolph ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Michael Lah
Release date: 1942-05-30
23.

My Sister Eileen

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two end up living in a dismal basement apartment in Greenwich Village, where a parade of odd characters are constantly breezing in and out. The women also meet up with magazine editor Bob Baker, who takes a personal interest in helping both with their career plans.

Starring: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair, George Tobias, Allyn Joslyn, Grant Mitchell, Gordon Jones, Elizabeth Patterson, Richard Quine, June Havoc ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1942-09-24
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : A Tale of Two Kitties
24.

A Tale of Two Kitties

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Two alley cats, Babbitt and Catsello, decide to make a meal out of Orson as he sleeps in his nest atop a telephone pole. The gullible (and loud) Catsello is repeatedly gulled into trying to "get the bird," earning a variety of thrashings from the casually murderous little canary. Catsello finally resorts to an air strike (with a pair of wooden boards for wings), but it's wartime, and Orson has the cat blasted out of the sky by anti-aircraft guns.

Starring: Tedd Pierce, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1942-11-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
25.

The Wabbit Who Came to Supper

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny exploits the situation when an uncle leaves Elmer Fudd three million dollars on the condition that he harm no animals, especially rabbits.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1942-03-28
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Dover Boys at Pimento University
26.

The Dover Boys at Pimento University

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Three fun-loving, morally upright brothers from Pimento University save their fiancée from their fiendish archenemy, Dan Backslide, in this spoof of the Rover Boys.

Starring: Mel Blanc, John McLeish, Tedd Pierce, Sara Berner ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-09-19
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Tales of Manhattan
27.

Tales of Manhattan

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson, Paul Robeson, Ethel Waters, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Thomas Mitchell ..
Directed by: Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1942-08-05
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Blitz Wolf
28.

Blitz Wolf

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Yet another variation on the Three Little Pigs theme, this time told as WW2 anti-German propaganda (the US had just entered the war), with the wolf as a thinly-disguised Hitler.

Starring: Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham ..
Directed by: Tex Avery
Release date: 1942-08-22
29.

Go to Blazes

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Ministry of Information-sponsored comedy short showing wartime audiences how to deal with the threat of incendiary bombs.

Starring: Will Hay, Thora Hird, Muriel George ..
Directed by: Walter Forde
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Olympic Champ
30.

The Olympic Champ

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A narrator explains the history of the Olympic Games while Goofy demonstrates events.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-10-09
31.

Pardon My Sarong

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A pair of bus drivers accidentally steal their own bus. With the company issuing a warrant for their arrest, they tag along with a playboy on a boat trip that finds them on a tropical island, where a jewel thief has sinister plans for them.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Virginia Bruce, Robert Paige, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Nan Wynn, William Demarest, Samuel S. Hinds, Marie McDonald ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-08-07
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : A Night to Remember
32.

A Night to Remember

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A woman rents a gloomy basement apartment in Greenwich Village thinking it will provide the perfect atmosphere for her mystery writer husband to create his next book. They soon find themselves in the middle of a real-life mystery when a corpse turns up in their apartment.

Starring: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright, Sidney Toler, Gale Sondergaard, Lee Patrick, Don Costello, Richard Gaines, Blanche Yurka ..
Directed by: Richard Wallace
Release date: 1942-12-10
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : How to Fish
33.

How to Fish

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Goofy's demonstration of fishing is fouled up by his clumsy casting and fly fishing, and problems with his boat.

Starring: George Johnson, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Jack Kinney
Release date: 1942-12-04
34.

My Favorite Blonde

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Larry Haines, a mediocre vaudeville entertainer, boards a train for Los Angeles. Aboard, he meets an attractive, blonde British agent carrying a coded message hidden in a brooch—and is being pursued by Nazi agents.

Starring: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco, Lionel Royce, Walter Kingsford, Victor Varconi, Otto Reichow, Esther Howard, Edward Gargan ..
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1942-04-02
35.

George Washington Slept Here

3.4
6.9/10 IMDB

New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller have to move from their apartment. Without Bill's knowledge, Connie purchases a delapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution.

Starring: Jack Benny, Ann Sheridan, Charles Coburn, Percy Kilbride, Hattie McDaniel, William Tracy, Joyce Reynolds, Lee Patrick, Charles Dingle, John Emery ..
Directed by: William Keighley
Release date: 1942-10-30
36.

Ride 'Em Cowboy

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of them knows anything about cowboys, horses, or anything else.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Johnny Mack Brown, Judd McMichael, Ted McMichael, Joe McMichael, Mary Lou Cook, Ella Fitzgerald ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1942-02-13
37.

Invisible Agent

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany in this comedy-thriller.

Starring: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke, J. Edward Bromberg, Albert Bassermann, John Litel, Holmes Herbert, Keye Luke, Paul Bryar ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1942-08-07
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Once Upon a Honeymoon
38.

Once Upon a Honeymoon

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A radio correspondent tries to rescue a burlesque queen from her marriage to a Nazi official.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker, Albert Bassermann, Ferike Boros, John Banner, Harry Shannon, Natasha Lytess, Hans Joby ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1942-11-27
39.

Arabian Nights

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Two half brothers battle each other for the power of the throne and the love of sensual, gorgeous dancing girl Scheherazade.

Starring: Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Edgar Barrier, Richard Lane, Turhan Bey, John Qualen, Shemp Howard ..
Directed by: John Rawlins
Release date: 1942-12-25
40.

A-Haunting We Will Go

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Stan and Ollie get involved with con men, crooks, a genial magician, and two interchangeable coffins with disastrous but funny results.

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dante, Sheila Ryan, John Shelton, Don Costello, Elisha Cook Jr., Edward Gargan, Addison Richards, George Lynn ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1942-08-07
41.

Rio Rita

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Doc and Wishey run into some Nazi-agents, who want to smuggle bombs into the USA from a Mexican border hotel.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Kathryn Grayson, John Carroll, Patricia Dane, Tom Conway, Peter Whitney, Barry Nelson, Eros Volusia, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: S. Sylvan Simon
Release date: 1942-03-11
42.

Tortilla Flat

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, inherits two houses from his grandfather and is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield, Frank Morgan, Akim Tamiroff, Sheldon Leonard, John Qualen, Donald Meek, Connie Gilchrist, Allen Jenkins ..
Directed by: Victor Fleming
Release date: 1942-05-21
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Boogie Man Will Get You
43.

The Boogie Man Will Get You

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jeff Donnell, Larry Parks, Maude Eburne, Don Beddoe, George McKay, Eddie Laughton, Frank Puglia ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-10-22
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Remarkable Andrew
44.

The Remarkable Andrew

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of being blamed himself. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, William Holden, Ellen Drew, Montagu Love, Gilbert Emery, Brandon Hurst, George Watts, Rod Cameron, Jimmy Conlin, Richard Webb ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1942-03-05
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Heart of the Rio Grande
45.

Heart of the Rio Grande

3.1
6.5/10 IMDB

As foreman of a dude ranch, Gene has two problems. One is a guest, the spoiled daughter of a millioniare, and the other is the disgruntled ex-foreman that Gene replaced, now just a ranch hand. Gene eventually gets the daughter straightened out but has to fire the ex-foreman and this leads to trouble when he returns intent on revenge.

Starring: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Edith Fellows, Pierre Watkin, Joe Strauch Jr., William Haade, Sarah Padden, Jean Porter, Jimmy Wakely Trio ..
Directed by: William Morgan
Release date: 1942-03-11
46.

The Black Sheep of Whitehall

3.1
6.7/10 IMDB

A professor teaching at a correspondence school discovers that a Nazi agent is trying to prevent a trade treaty being signed between England and South America.

Starring: Will Hay, John Mills, Basil Sydney, Felix Aylmer, Thora Hird, Henry Hewitt, Owen Reynolds, Frank Cellier, Joss Ambler, Frank Allenby ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Release date: 1942-02-23
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : My Favorite Duck
47.

My Favorite Duck

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Porky tries to relax on a hunting and fishing trip, but Daffy, smugly pointing out the "No Duck Hunting" signs, subjects him to constant irritation. Then the "Duck Hunting Season Open" signs start going up.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1942-12-05
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Symphony Hour
48.

Symphony Hour

3.0
7.4/10 IMDB

Mickey guest-directs a radio orchestra. The sponsor loves the rehearsal, but come the actual performance, Goofy drops all the instruments under an elevator, so they sound like toys. The sponsor hates it, but the audience loves it anyway.

Starring: Walt Disney, Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, John McLeish ..
Directed by: Riley Thomson
Release date: 1942-03-20
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : Aquarela do Brasil
49.

Aquarela do Brasil

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba

Starring: José Oliveira, Clarence Nash ..
Directed by: Wilfred Jackson
Release date: 1942-08-24
Best Comedy Movies of 1942 : The Bear and the Beavers
50.

The Bear and the Beavers

3.0
6.2/10 IMDB

Barney has run out of firewood in mid winter. His quest for more is not too successful. Meanwhile, the beavers have been busily cutting and stacking their wood, which proves too tempting for Barney. The beavers are not pleased.

Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1942-03-28

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