Best Fantasy Movies of 1943


Heaven Can Wait


Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha, with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1943-08-11

I Walked with a Zombie


A nurse in the Caribbean turns to voodoo in hopes of curing her patient, an unusual woman whose husband she's fallen in love with.

Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison, Edith Barrett, James Bell
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-04-21

Du Barry Was a Lady


Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Starring: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Virginia O'Brien, Rags Ragland
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1943-08-13

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man


Graverobbers open the grave of the Wolfman and awake him. He doesn't like the idea of being immortal and killing people when the moon is full, so he tries to find Dr. Frankenstein, in the hopes that the Dr. can cure him, but Frankenstein is dead and only his Monster is alive and this one wants to live, not to die like the Wolfman.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-05

Son of Dracula


Carpathian Count Alucard is invited to the U.S. by a young heiress. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the "virile" soil of the new world.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton, Evelyn Ankers, Frank Craven
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1943-10-05

Flesh and Fantasy


Director Julien Duvivier's 1943 anthology film tells three tales of the supernatural. The first story is set at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the second involves a psychic who predicts murder, and the third is about a man who literally meets the girl of his dreams.

Starring: Robert Benchley, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Edgar Barrier, Edward G. Robinson
Directed by: Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1943-10-29

Momotaro, the Sea Eagle

Momotaro, the Sea Eagle
Considered the first animated feature film from Japan. Although it's short, it was billed as a main attraction. This government funded propaganda film features the classic folklore character Momotaro and his animal friends as they attack Pearl Harbor which is defended by characters strikingly similar to Bluto and Olive Oil from the Popeye cartoons. The animation is mixed with real video footage from the attack on Pearl Harbor supplied by the military.
Directed by: Mitsuyo Seo
Release date: 1943-03-25

A Christmas Carol

An early experimental television broadcast of Dickens's famous novel.
Starring: William Podmore, Lon Clark, Roger De Koven, Noah Julian, Consuela Lembke
Directed by: George Lowther
Release date: 1943-12-22

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