Best Comedy Movies of 1946

1.

A Matter of Life and Death

5.7
8.1/10

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.

Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough, Robert Coote
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1946-08-22
2.

The Time of Their Lives

3.9
7.7/10
The Time of Their Lives
Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence.
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds, Binnie Barnes, John Shelton
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1946-08-16
3.

Cluny Brown

3.9
7.5/10

Amateur plumber Cluny Brown gets sent off by her uncle to work as a servant at an English country estate..

Starring: Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lawford, Helen Walker, Reginald Gardiner
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1946-05-01
4.

Baseball Bugs

3.9
7.8/10
Baseball Bugs
A baseball game is going on in New York City, at the Polo Grounds (although the rooftop facade is more suggestive of Yankee Stadium), between the visiting "Gas-House Gorillas" and the home team, the "Tea Totallers". The game is not going well for the Tea Totallers, as the Gorillas, a bunch of oversized, roughneck players, are not only dominating the Tea Totallers, made up of old men, but intimidating the umpire by knocking him into the ground like a tent peg after an unpopular judgment. The Gorillas' home runs go screaming out of the ballpark (literally) and the batters form a conga line, with each hitter knocking a ball out.
Starring: Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet, Frank Graham, Tedd Pierce, The Sportsmen Quartet
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-02-02
5.

A Night in Casablanca

3.7
7.0/10
A Night in Casablanca
The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Charles Drake, Lois Collier
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1946-05-10
6.

Book Revue

3.6
7.2/10
Book Revue
A secluded bookstore comes to life in madcap, pop culture reference-heavy fashion.
Starring: Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1946-01-05
7.

The Harvey Girls

3.6
7.1/10

Vittles, songs and dance are amply ladeled out when Judy Garland headlines The Harvey Girls, a joyous musical slice of Americana celebrating the restaurants that brought extra helpings of civilization to Old West rail passengers.

Starring: Judy Garland, John Hodiak, Ray Bolger, Angela Lansbury, Preston Foster
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1946-01-18
8.

Little Giant

3.5
7.0/10
Little Giant
Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot.
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Brenda Joyce, Jacqueline deWit, George Cleveland
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1946-02-22
9.

Blue Skies

3.4
6.5/10
Blue Skies
Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who can't stay committed to anything in life for very long.
Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan
Directed by: Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1946-10-15
10.

Angel on My Shoulder

3.4
6.8/10

Gangster Eddie Kagel is killed by a trusted lieutenant and finds himself in Harry Redmond Jr's special effects Hell, where Nick/The Devil sees that he is an-exact double for a judge of whom Nick doesn't approve. Eddie is agreeable to having his soul transferred to the judge's body, as it will give him a chance to avenge himself on his killer. But every action taken by Eddie (as the judge) results in good rather than evil and, to Nick's dismay, the reputation and influence of the judge is enhanced, rather than impaired by Eddie. And Eddie also falls in love with the judge's fiancée, Barbara. Even Eddie's planned revenge fails and Nick is forced to concede defeat. He returns to Hell, taking Eddie with him, after Eddie has extracted his promise that Nick will not molest the judge or Barbara in the future.

Starring: Paul Muni, Anne Baxter, Claude Rains, Onslow Stevens, George Cleveland
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1946-09-20
11.

One Way to Love

3.3
8.1/10
One Way to Love
A Chicago team of radio scriptwriters must split up when he takes a job with his bride-to-be's father, and the other must write commercial jingles.
Starring: Willard Parker, Marguerite Chapman, Chester Morris, Janis Carter, Hugh Herbert
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1946-01-08
12.

Rhapsody Rabbit

3.2
7.9/10
Rhapsody Rabbit
When Bugs attempts to perform Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he is troubled by a mouse.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1946-11-09
13.

Trap Happy

3.1
8.0/10
Trap Happy
Tom calls the exterminators, but they send a cat, who despite his various tools, doesn't fare much better than Tom usually does.
Starring: William Hanna
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1946-06-29
14.

Mr. Hex

3.1
6.1/10
Mr. Hex
Sach is given a post-hypnotic suggestion that turns him into a championship prizefighter.
Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, William Benedict
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1946-11-09
15.

Margie

3.1
7.2/10
Margie
Margie and her daughter reminisce about Margie's girlhood in the roaring twenties. In flashback, Margie, a smarter, less popular girl at Central High, meets handsome new French teacher Ralph Fontayne. Circumstances keep throwing them together and Margie, in company with every other girl in school, develops a crush on him. Margie's date for the prom gets sick, and what happens next surprises everyone.
Starring: Jeanne Crain, Glenn Langan, Lynn Bari, Alan Young, Barbara Lawrence
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1946-10-15
16.

Kitty Kornered

3.0
7.3/10
Kitty Kornered
Porky puts his cats out in the snow, but then they put him out and have a party. Expelling them again, Porky goes to bed, only to be terrorized by the felines' mock Martian invasion.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1946-06-08
17.

Baby Bottleneck

3.0
7.3/10
Baby Bottleneck
As the baby boom commences, and with the delivery service overworked, Porky and Daffy are placed in charge of a baby factory, where they help the stork keep up... until an unidentified egg comes off the assembly line.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Bob Clampett
Release date: 1946-03-16
18.

Springtime for Thomas

3.0
7.8/10
Springtime for Thomas
It's spring, and Tom is much more interested in the female cat next door than in Jerry.
Starring: Frank Graham
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1946-03-30
19.

Bowery Bombshell

3.0
6.4/10
Bowery Bombshell
Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Whitey (William Benedict) and Chuck (David Gorcey) unsuccessfully try to sell a dilapidated car to a street cleaner for a fabulous amount, so they can get enough money to save Louie's (Bernard Gorcey) Malt Shop. Sidewalk photographer Cathy Smith (Teala Loring) snaps a pictures of three bank robbers as they are fleeing a robbery but when the Bowery Boys and Cathy realize that Sach is also in the photograph, they break into the photo lab to destroy the negative, which might make the police think Sach was involved in the robbery.
Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William Benedict, Bobby Jordan, David Gorcey
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1946-07-20
20.

The Mouse-Merized Cat

3.0
6.7/10
Babbit hypnotizies Catsello, despite his efforts to resist, into believing he's Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Jimmy Durante, then a chicken, and finally a dog, who he sics on the cat. The cat hypnotizes him back. Finally, Catstello hypnotizes both of them into cowboy and horse, leaving him alone to enjoy the deli they live in.
Starring: Tedd Pierce, Mel Blanc, Richard Bickenbach
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Release date: 1946-10-18

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