Best Fantasy Movies of 1940


Beyond Tomorrow

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: 1940-05-10

One Million B.C.

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

The Milky Way

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 : Drums of Fu Manchu

Drums of Fu Manchu

6.9/10 IMDB

The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and his associates fight to keep the evil doctor from getting his hands on the keys. In 1943, the serial that was edited together into a feature movie also called Drums of Fu Manchu.

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 : One for the Book

One for the Book

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 : Earthbound


6.2/10 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 : The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

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
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : The Nutcracker Suite

The Nutcracker Suite

0.0/10 IMDB

Selections from the ballet suite underscore scenes depicting the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn to winter. A variety of dances are presented with fairies, fish, flowers, mushrooms, and leaves, including "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", "Chinese Dance", "Arabian Dance", "Russian Dance", "Dance of the Flutes" and "Waltz of the Flowers".

Directed by: Samuel Armstrong
Release date: 1940-11-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1940 : Rite of Spring

Rite of Spring

0.0/10 IMDB

A visual history of the Earth's beginnings is depicted to selected sections of the ballet score. The sequence progresses from the planet's formation to the first living creatures, followed by the reign and extinction of the dinosaurs.

Release date: 1940-11-13

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