Best History Movies of 1940

1.

The Sea Hawk

4.1
7.7/10 IMDB

Dashing pirate Geoffrey Thorpe plunders Spanish ships for Queen Elizabeth I and falls in love with Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal he captures.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Donald Crisp, Flora Robson, Alan Hale, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor, James Stephenson, Gilbert Roland ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-07-01
2.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Abe Lincoln in Illinois is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of the life of Abraham Lincoln from his departure from Kentucky until his election as President of the United States.

Starring: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Minor Watson, Alan Baxter, Harvey Stephens, Howard Da Silva, Dorothy Tree, Aldrich Bowker ..
Directed by: John Cromwell
Release date: 1940-02-12
3.

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet

3.6
7.4/10 IMDB

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp, Maria Ouspenskaya, Montagu Love, Sig Ruman, Donald Meek, Henry O'Neill, Albert Bassermann ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1940-01-03
4.

Northwest Passage

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Louis Hector, Robert Barrat, Lumsden Hare, Donald MacBride, Isabel Jewell ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1940-02-23
Best History Movies of 1940 : North West Mounted Police
5.

North West Mounted Police

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, George Bancroft, Lynne Overman, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney Jr. ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1940-10-22
Best History Movies of 1940 : Four Sons
6.

Four Sons

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

Four Sons is a 1940 film directed by Archie Mayo. It stars Don Ameche and Eugenie Leontovich. It is a remake of the 1928 film of the same name.

Starring: Don Ameche, Eugenie Leontovich, Mary Beth Hughes, Alan Curtis, George Ernest, Robert Lowery, Lionel Royce, Sig Ruman, Ludwig Stössel, Christian Rub ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1940-06-14
Best History Movies of 1940 : Teddy the Rough Rider
7.

Teddy the Rough Rider

2.7
6.0/10 IMDB

This short follows the political career of Theodore Roosevelt, beginning in 1895, when he was appointed police commissioner of New York City. In 1897 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His charge up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War in 1898 is re-created. He becomes vice president in March 1901 and assumes the presidency when William McKinley is assassinated six months later. According to the narrator, Roosevelt refused to be beholden to political bosses, doing what he believed to be right for the American people.

Starring: Sidney Blackmer, Douglas Wood, Selmer Jackson, Theodore von Eltz, Arthur Loft, John Ridgely, Glenn Strange, Robert Warwick, Frank Wilcox ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1940-02-21
Best History Movies of 1940 : The Howards of Virginia
8.

The Howards of Virginia

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbringing when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard. Matt joins the Colonial forces in their fight for freedom against England. Matt will meet Jane's father in the battlefield.

Starring: Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Marshal, Richard Carlson, Paul Kelly, Irving Bacon, Elisabeth Risdon, Anne Revere, Tom Drake ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1940-09-19
Best History Movies of 1940 : A Dispatch from Reuter's
9.

A Dispatch from Reuter's

2.6
6.9/10 IMDB

German Julius Reuter (Edward G. Robinson) sends 19th-century news by carrier pigeon and then by wire, founding a news agency.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Edna Best, Eddie Albert, Albert Bassermann, Gene Lockhart, Otto Kruger, Nigel Bruce, Montagu Love, James Stephenson, Walter Kingsford ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1940-10-19
10.

The Man from Dakota

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

A frontier scout (Wallace Beery), a Boston officer (John Howard) and a Russian girl (Dolores del Rio) escape with a map past Confederates.

Starring: Wallace Beery, John Howard, Dolores del Río, Donald Meek, Robert Barrat, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1940-02-16

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