Best Comedy Movies of 1944

1.

Arsenic and Old Lace

5.6
8.0/10

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Starring: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Edward Everett Horton
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1944-09-23
2.

Meet Me in St. Louis

5.3
7.6/10

In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Starring: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Leon Ames
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1944-11-23
3.

Hail the Conquering Hero

3.9
7.7/10
Hail the Conquering Hero
Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge.
Starring: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1944-08-09
4.

Going My Way

3.9
7.1/10

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys looking for direction, eventually winning over the aging, conventional Parish priest.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1944-05-15
5.

A Canterbury Tale

3.9
7.5/10
A Canterbury Tale
Three people arrive in a village in Southern England in the early years of World War 2. Alison Smith is a London girl who is due to start working on a farm as a 'Land Girl'. Peter Gibbs is an Englishman conscripted into the army, taking a few days leave before going abroad. Bob Johnson is a U.S. Army sergeant who wanted to go to Canterbury, but got off here by mistake. As they walk into the village, Alison is attacked by 'The Glue Man', a prankster who pours glue in women's hair. The three of them start to explore the area to discover and expose 'The Glue Man' but then get engrossed in the history of the area and the tales of The Pilgrim's Way. The local magistrate, Thomas Colpeper, JP is a local historian and a very mysterious character who leads them further into the mystery.
Starring: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price, John Sweet, Charles Hawtrey
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1944-08-21
6.

In Society

3.8
6.9/10
In Society
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marion Hutton, Kirby Grant, Margaret Irving
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1944-08-16
7.

This Happy Breed

3.8
7.3/10
This Happy Breed
In 1919, Frank Gibbons returns home from army duty and moves into a middle-class row house, bringing with him wife Ethel, carping mother-in-law Mrs. Flint, sister-in-law Sylvia and three children. Years pass, with the daily routine of family infighting and reconciliation occasionally broken by a strike or a festival.
Starring: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggatt, Stanley Holloway
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1944-06-01
8.

Little Red Riding Rabbit

3.8
7.6/10
Little Red Riding Rabbit
Bugs, the Wolf and bobby-soxer Red chase each other around while Grandma is off working at Lockheed aircraft.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Billy Bletcher
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1944-01-04
9.

Black Magic

3.7
6.6/10
Black Magic
Chinese detective Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) solves a murder linked to the occult. This movie had an alternative title: Meeting at Midnight.
Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Frances Chan, Joseph Crehan, Helen Beverly
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1944-08-19
10.

Cover Girl

3.6
6.8/10

A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman, Phil Silvers, Jinx Falkenburg
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1944-03-30
11.

The Princess and the Pirate

3.6
7.0/10
The Princess and the Pirate
Princess Margaret is travelling incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man her father has betrothed her to. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who know her identity and plan to kidnap her and hold her for a king's ransom.
Starring: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, Walter Slezak, Victor McLaglen
Directed by: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Release date: 1944-11-10
12.

Bathing Beauty

3.5
6.6/10

A big splash in her first starring role: Esther Williams is a teacher at a women's college -- and wacky Red Skelton enrolls to be near her. An astonishing flames-and-fountains aquatic finale.

Starring: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone, Bill Goodwin, Jean Porter
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1944-07-01
13.

It Happened Tomorrow

3.5
7.1/10
It Happened Tomorrow
A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.
Starring: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1944-05-28
14.

Lost in a Harem

3.4
6.6/10

Two bumbling magicians help a Middle Eastern prince regain his rightful throne from his despotic uncle.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marilyn Maxwell, John Conte, Douglass Dumbrille
Directed by: Charles Reisner
Release date: 1944-12-01
15.

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service

3.3
6.5/10
Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
Charlie Chan is an agent of the U.S. government working in Washington DC and he is assigned to investigate the murder of the inventor of a highly advanced torpedo. Aiding Chan is his overeager but dull-witted Number Three son Tommy (Benson Fong) and his Number Two Daughter Iris Chan (Marianne Quon).
Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Arthur Loft, Gwen Kenyon, Sarah Edwards
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1944-02-14
16.

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay

3.2
6.6/10
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
In 1923, two young ladies depart unescorted for a tour of Europe, meeting two eligible men aboard ship. Their great naivity and efforts to seem grown-up lead them into many comic misadventures.
Starring: Gail Russell, Diana Lynn, Charles Ruggles, Dorothy Gish, Beulah Bondi
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1944-11-02
17.

Hare Force

3.2
7.2/10
Hare Force
Granny lets Bugs Bunny come in from the cold, but her dog Sylvester will have none of it.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Kent Rogers
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1944-02-22
18.

The Old Grey Hare

3.2
7.8/10
The Old Grey Hare
Elmer wonders if he'll ever catch the rabbit; the voice of God takes him through a flash-forward to the year 2000. Elmer is equipped with a rocket-launcher rifle, but he's no smarter. He shoots Bugs, who shows him a photo album with baby pictures. We see a sequence of Bugs and Elmer as babies. Elderly Bugs digs his own grave and tricks Elmer into getting in.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1944-10-28
19.

Puttin' on the Dog

3.2
7.8/10
Puttin' on the Dog
Jerry runs into a dog pound (and right on top of a napping Spike) to escape a rather mangy-looking Tom. To avoid being ripped to shreds, Tom borrows the head of a nearby dog statue. This easily fools the dogs, but not Jerry, and Tom keeps losing his newfound head...
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1944-10-28
20.

Bowery Champs

3.1
5.6/10
Bowery Champs
Copy boys Muggs and Glimpy investigate a murder. They locate the ex-wife of the murdered man and become convinced she is innocent. They hide her from the police while they investigate.
Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William Benedict, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-11-25

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