Best Fantasy Movies of 1940

1.

The Thief of Bagdad

4.6
7.5/10 IMDB

When Prince Ahmad is blinded and cast out of Bagdad by the nefarious Jaffar, he joins forces with the scrappy thief Abu to win back his royal place, as well as the heart of a beautiful princess.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, Rex Ingram, John Justin, Miles Malleson, Morton Selten, Mary Morris, Hay Petrie, Adelaide Hall ..
Directed by: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan
Release date: 1940-12-25
2.

Beyond Tomorrow

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Three ghosts try to help two young lovers whom they knew when alive.

Starring: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh, Maria Ouspenskaya, Helen Vinson, Rod La Rocque, Richard Carlson, Jean Parker, J. Anthony Hughes ..
Directed by: A. Edward Sutherland
Release date: 1940-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : The Blue Bird
3.

The Blue Bird

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in mid-Europe sometime in the late 18th century where Mytyl (Shirley Temple), the bratty daughter of a woodcutter (Russell Hicks), finds a unique bird in the Royal Forest and selfishly refuses to give it to her sick friend. That night, she is visited in a dream by a fairy named Berylune (Jessie Ralph ) who sends her and her brother Tyltyl (Johnny Russell) to search for the Blue Bird of Happiness. To accompany them, the fairy magically transforms their dog Tylo (Eddie Collins), cat Tylette (Gale Sondergaard), and lantern ("Light") into human form. The children have a number of adventures. The dream journey makes Mytyl awake as a kinder and gentler girl who has learned to appreciate all the comforts and joys of her home and family.

Starring: Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard, Eddie Collins, Sybil Jason, Jessie Ralph, Helen Ericson, Johnny Russell, Laura Hope Crews ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1940-01-19
4.

One Million B.C.

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to unite the uncivilized Rock Tribe and the peaceful Shell Tribe, Carole Landis as Loana, daughter of the Shell Tribe chief and Tumak's love interest, and Lon Chaney, Jr. as Tumak's stern father and leader of the Rock Tribe.

Starring: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., John Hubbard, Mamo Clark, Inez Palange, Edgar Edwards, Nigel De Brulier, Conrad Nagel, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Hal Roach, Hal Roach, Jr.
Release date: 1940-04-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : The Milky Way
5.

The Milky Way

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The three little kittens have lost their mittens and are sent to bed without dinner. From their room, they see the Milky Way and sail up to it, using a basket and helium balloons, passing through some fanciful astronomical bodies, until they reach a Milky Way filled with every conceivable form of milk, including milkweed and Milk of Magnesia.

Starring: Bernice Hansen ..
Directed by: Rudolf Ising
Release date: 1940-06-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : Earthbound
6.

Earthbound

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A murdered man (Baxter) helps his widow (Leeds) bring his killer to justice.

Starring: Warner Baxter, Andrea Leeds, Lynn Bari, Elizabeth Patterson, Charley Grapewin, Henry Wilcoxon, Russell Hicks, Ian Wolfe, Christian Rub, Pedro de Cordoba ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1940-06-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : One for the Book
7.

One for the Book

0.0
5.9/10 IMDB

In this entertaining short, famous literary figures step out of the pages of books after dark.

Starring: Betty Hutton, Hal Sherman, Miriam Grahame, Gae Foster Girls ..
Directed by: Roy Mack
Release date: 1940-02-03
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : The Sorcerer's Apprentice
8.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the third and most famous segment in Disney's Fantasia and went on to be the only returning segment in its sequel, Fantasia 2000. Based on the poem of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the musical piece, it stars Mickey Mouse as the titular apprentice.

Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1940-10-13
9.

Drums of Fu Manchu

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Movie serial that was later edited together into a feature movie.

Starring: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard, Luana Walters, Olaf Hytten, Tom Chatterton, Gloria Franklin, John Merton, George Cleveland, John Dilson ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1940-03-15
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
10.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Live-action shots of the orchestra illuminated in blue and gold, backed by superimposed shadows, fade into abstract patterns. Animated lines, shapes and cloud formations reflect the sound and rhythms of the music.

Release date: 1940-11-13

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