Best Fantasy Movies of 1944


The Uninvited

7.2/10 IMDB

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house that has been abandoned for many years on the Cornwellian coast only to soon discover that it is haunted by the ghost of the mother of their neighbor's granddaughter, with whom the brother has fallen in love.

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Queenie Leonard, Rita Page ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1944-02-18

The Curse of the Cat People

6.7/10 IMDB

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Eve March, Sir Lancelot, Julia Dean, Elizabeth Russell, Erford Gage, Nita Hunter ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Release date: 1944-04-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : At Land

At Land

7.5/10 IMDB

A woman lies on the sand, left there by the tides and waves (and in a pose that would be copied in From Here to Eternity). She reaches up across tree roots and makes a difficult climb. Only to discover herself climbing horizontally along a long dinner table as bourgeoise black-tie guests chat and drink and smoke, oblivious to her. At the top of the table, a man is playing chess but abandons the game. Fascinated, she gazes at board, the pieces moving unaided. The woman chases a pawn as it falls to the floor. Falls down a waterfall. Is lost.

Starring: Maya Deren, John Cage, Parker Tyler, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1944-01-01

Between Two Worlds

7.1/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got onboard or where they are going. Soon it becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Starring: John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Eleanor Parker, Edmund Gwenn, Sydney Greenstreet, George Tobias, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, Sara Allgood, Dennis King ..
Directed by: Edward A. Blatt
Release date: 1944-05-20
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : It Happened Tomorrow

It Happened Tomorrow

7.0/10 IMDB

A young turn-of-the-century newspaper man finds he can get hold of the next day's paper. This brings more problems than fortune, especially as his new girlfriend is part of a phony clairvoyant act.

Starring: Dick Powell, Linda Darnell, Jack Oakie, Edgar Kennedy, John Philliber, Edward Brophy, George Cleveland, Sig Ruman, George Chandler, Eddie Acuff ..
Directed by: René Clair
Release date: 1944-03-31

The Canterville Ghost

6.9/10 IMDB

The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.

Starring: Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien, William Gargan, Reginald Owen, Una O'Connor, Rags Ragland, Donald Stuart, Elisabeth Risdon, Frank Faylen ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod
Release date: 1944-07-20

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

6.3/10 IMDB

Orphaned as a young child and adopted by a band of notorious thieves, now-grown Ali Baba sets out to avenge his father’s murder, reclaim the royal throne, and rescue his beloved Amara from the iron fist of his treacherous enemy.

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Kurt Katch, Frank Puglia, Fortunio Bonanova, Moroni Olsen, Ramsay Ames, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1944-01-14
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

6.1/10 IMDB

Broadway producer Jerry Flynn is anxious to recapture the magic and reclaim the crowds after a set of costly flops. Outside his theater one night, Flynn meets a young boy who just might save the day. Inside a small box the boy shows Flynn his pride and joy: a caterpillar named Curly that dances to Yes Sir, That's My Baby. Word quickly spreads about the amazingly talented hoofer, and the caterpillar becomes a symbol of hope for wartime America. Soon, offers are pouring in to capitalize on this sensational insect.

Starring: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason, Ted Donaldson, William Demarest, John Abbott, Paul Stanton, Howard Freeman, Ida Moore, Barbara Pepper ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1944-06-29


6.1/10 IMDB

Hafiz, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to royalty and to win the heart of the queen of the castle himself.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig, Edward Arnold, Hugh Herbert, Joy Page, Florence Bates, Harry Davenport, Hobart Cavanaugh, Robert Warwick ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1944-10-01

The Mummy's Ghost

5.6/10 IMDB

An Egyptian high priest travels to America to reclaim the bodies of ancient Egyptian princess Ananka and her living guardian mummy Kharis. Learning that Ananka's spirit has been reincarnated into another body, he kidnaps a young woman of Egyptian descent with a mysterious resemblance to the princess. However, the high priest's greedy desires cause him to lose control of the mummy...

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon, Frank Reicher, Claire Whitney, Lester Sharpe, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-07-07

The Mummy's Curse

5.4/10 IMDB

After being buried in quicksand for the past 25 years, Kharis is set free to roam the rural bayous of Louisiana, as is the soul of his beloved Princess Ananka, still housed in the body of Amina Mansouri, who seeks help and protection at a swamp draining project.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Dennis Moore, Kay Harding, Virginia Christine, Peter Coe, Martin Kosleck, Addison Richards, Holmes Herbert, Ann Codee, Kurt Katch ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1944-12-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Witch's Cradle

Witch's Cradle

6.3/10 IMDB

Witch’s Cradle is an unfinished Maya Deren film made in the Guggenheim Gallery during a surrealist “Art of this Century” exhibit. It was assembled long after her death by staffers within the preservation department at Anthology Film Archives.

Starring: Marcel Duchamp, Pajorita Matta ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Gildersleeve's Ghost

Gildersleeve's Ghost

5.5/10 IMDB

Gildersleeve, running for office, is aided by two ghosts and hindered by a mad scientist and an invisible woman.

Starring: Harold Peary, Marion Martin, Richard LeGrand, Nick Stewart, Amelita Ward, Freddie Mercer, Frank Reicher, Lillian Randolph, Margie Stewart, Marie Blake ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1944-06-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : They Came to a City

They Came to a City

6.2/10 IMDB

People from different walks of life mysteriously find themselves at the gate of an unknown city

Starring: John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley, Renee Gadd, A.E. Matthews, Mabel Terry-Lewis, Ada Reeve, Norman Shelley, Fanny Rowe, J. B. Priestley ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1944-08-21


6.1/10 IMDB

Framed for two crimes he didn't commit, and betrayed by his girl, Cliff Banks finds himself on the run from the police. Now distrustful of everyone, he finds a safe haven hiding out at a quaint country cottage under the care of a kindly old farmer and his daughter, a Cinderella-like blind woman who seems to be able to communicate with nature. There he is forced by their love to question his misanthropy.

Starring: Gloria Jean, Alan Curtis, Frank Craven, Grace McDonald, Vivian Austin, Minna Gombell, Frank Fenton ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-12-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Jungle Woman

Jungle Woman

4.7/10 IMDB

Paula, the ape woman, has survived the ending of CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN and is running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher, reverting to her true gorilla form every once in a while to kill somebody.

Starring: Acquanetta, Evelyn Ankers, J. Carrol Naish, Samuel S. Hinds, Lois Collier, Milburn Stone, Douglass Dumbrille, Richard David, Nana Bryant, Pierre Watkin ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-06-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : A Night of Magic

A Night of Magic

3.9/10 IMDB

London bachelor Reggie Bryant receives a most unusual gift from his uncle - an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus with a 3,000 year old princess inside. More amazing still, when Reggie lifts the lid, he finds not a dried-up old mummy, but a very gorgeous and nubile young blonde who identifies herself as Princess Raviola. Forgetting all about his fiance, Reggie and the Princess set off on a wild drinking and dancing escapade through the nightclubs of London. Wishing to return the favor, Princess Raviola whisks Reggie 3,000 years back in time to ancient Egypt, where she intends to show him how they partied in Pharaoh's Palace!

Starring: Mariana Olive, Robert Griffith, Gerald Pring, Billy 'Uke' Scott, Elsa Tee, Edith Trent ..
Directed by: Herbert Wynne
Release date: 1944-04-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : The Halfway House

The Halfway House

6.6/10 IMDB

A group of travellers, each with a personal problem that they want to hide, arrive at a mysterious Welsh country inn. There is a certain strangeness in the air as they are greeted by the innkeeper and his daughter. Why are all the newspapers a year old? And why doesn't Gwyneth seem to cast a shadow?

Starring: Mervyn Johns, Glynis Johns, Sally Ann Howes, Françoise Rosay, Tom Walls, Esmond Knight, Guy Middleton, Valerie French, Valerie White, Moses Jones ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1944-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Baía


0.0/10 IMDB

This segment involves a pop-up book trip through the Brazilian state of Bahía (spelled Baía in the film), as Donald and José meet up with some of the locals who dance a samba and Donald pining for one of the women, portrayed by singer Aurora Miranda.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Las Posadas

Las Posadas

0.0/10 IMDB

This is the story of a group of Mexican children who celebrated Christmas by re-enacting the journey of Mary, the mother of Jesus and Saint Joseph searching for room at the inn. "Posada" meant "inn", or "shelter", and their parents told them "no posada" at each house until they came to one where they were offered shelter in a stable. This leads to festivities including the breaking of the piñata, which in turn leads to Donald Duck trying to break his own piñata as well.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracruz and Acapulco

Mexico: Pátzcuaro, Veracruz and Acapulco

0.0/10 IMDB

Panchito gives Donald and José a tour of Mexico on a flying sarape, or magic carpet. Several Mexican dances and songs are learned here. A key point to what happens later is that Donald is pining for some more ladies again, tries to hound down every single one he sees, and gain return affections, but once more he fails every time and ends up kissing José while blindfolded.

Release date: 1944-12-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1944 : You Belong to My Heart/Donald's Surreal Reverie

You Belong to My Heart/Donald's Surreal Reverie

0.0/10 IMDB

The skies of Mexico City result in Donald falling in love with singer Dora Luz.

Starring: Dora Luz ..
Release date: 1944-12-21

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