Best Fantasy Movies of 1942

1.

Cat People

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love, and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Theresa Harris, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Russell, Mary Halsey, Henrietta Burnside ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1942-12-05
2.

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
3.

Jungle Book

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is given the full treatment in this lavish retelling filled with huge sets, exotic animals, a large cast and the incomparable Sabu, starring as Mowgli, the young orphan boy raised by wolves. Curious to reconnect with his human village, Mowgli returns only to find disappointment in the greed and treachery of man. Over time, Mowgli and the village members do grow to trust one another, but not before the village finds itself under siege. It's up to Mowgli and his jungle friends to save the day.

Starring: Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Sabu, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke, Ralph Byrd, Faith Brook, Noble Johnson, John Mather ..
Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Release date: 1942-04-03
4.

The Mummy's Tomb

3.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A high priest of Karnak travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Turhan Bey, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Virginia Brissac, Cliff Clark, Mary Gordon, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1942-10-23
5.

The Ghost of Frankenstein

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Ygor discovers Frankenstein's creation is still alive and brings him to the Doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Obsessed with restoring the monster to his full potential, Ludwig is unaware that someone has more devious plans for the creature.

Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, Janet Ann Gallow, Olaf Hytten, Barton Yarborough, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-03-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : The Remarkable Andrew
6.

The Remarkable Andrew

3.1
6.7/10 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 Fantasy Movies of 1942 : The Magnetic Telescope
7.

The Magnetic Telescope

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

When police interfere with a reckless scientist's experiment, it creates a deadly meteor shower only Superman can stop.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-04-24
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Aquarela do Brasil
8.

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 Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Superman: The Arctic Giant
9.

Superman: The Arctic Giant

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

A frozen Tyrannosaurus rex is found and put on display in a museum, but when he thaws out and revives, Superman has to stop his rampage!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-02-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Superman: The Bulleteers
10.

Superman: The Bulleteers

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Criminals with rocket powered car loot and extort the city, and only Superman can stop them!

Starring: Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-03-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Superman: Terror on the Midway
11.

Superman: Terror on the Midway

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

When things go wrong at the circus, it's up to Superman to stop the escaped animals.

Starring: Joan Alexander, Bud Collyer, Jack Mercer, Julian Noa ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1942-08-30
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Thunder Rock
12.

Thunder Rock

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

David Charleston, once a world renowned journalist, now lives alone maintaining the Thunder Rock lighthouse in Lake Michigan. He doesn't cash his paychecks and has no contact other than the monthly inspector's visit. When alone, he imagines conversations with those who died when a 19th century packet ship with some 60 passengers sank. He imagines their lives, their problems, their fears and their hopes. In one of these conversations, he recalls his own efforts in the 1930s when he desperately tried to convince first his editors, and later the public, of the dangers of fascism and the inevitability of war. Few would listen. One of the passengers, a spinster, tells her story of seeking independence from a world dominated by men. There's also the case of a doctor who is banished for using unacceptable methods. David has given up on life, but the imaginary passengers give him hope for the future.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Finlay Currie, Frederick Valk, Sybille Binder, Frederick Cooper, Jean Shepeard, Barry Morse ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1942-12-04
13.

I Married an Angel

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

A playboy drops his many girlfriends when he falls in love with a grounded angel.

Starring: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Edward Everett Horton, Binnie Barnes, Reginald Owen, Douglass Dumbrille, Mona Maris, Janis Carter, Inez Cooper, Leonid Kinskey ..
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke, Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1942-07-09
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : Beyond the Blue Horizon
14.

Beyond the Blue Horizon

1.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A young girl's parents are killed on a tropical island, and the girl is raised and protected by the jungle animals. When she is found, as a grown woman, she is taken back to the United States to claim her inheritance. There are several people, with vested interests, who stand to gain something if she is shown not to be the missing heir.

Starring: Dorothy Lamour, Richard Denning, Jack Haley, Patricia Morison, Walter Abel, Helen Gilbert, Elizabeth Patterson, Edward Fielding, Gerald Oliver Smith, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Alfred Santell
Release date: 1942-06-25
15.

Prisoner of Mars

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Kenneth Anger plays a "chosen adolescent" who is elected to be sent on a trip to Mars in a rocket. He awakes in a Martian maze only to find that he not the first to arrive from Earth, as evidenced by the human bones littered about. Although circulated on 16 mm through 1967, Anger then withdrew Prisoner of Mars. It is possible that the film no longer exists, but it may be among a few extant titles that Anger has stated he prefers not to show. This science-fiction drama was particularly interesting, as it was a structured as a serial chapter, and made use of miniatures and models.

Starring: Kenneth Anger ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1942-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1942 : The Boogie Woogie Man
16.

The Boogie Woogie Man

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Gwen Brian, Betty Brian, Doris Brian ..
Release date: 1942-01-01

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