Best History Movies of 1941


The Little Foxes

7.9/10 IMDB

The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddons née Hubbard has her daughter under her thumb. Mrs. Giddons is estranged from her husband, who is convalescing in Baltimore and suffers from a terminal illness. But she needs him home, and will manipulate her daughter to help bring him back. She has a sneaky business deal that she's cooking up with her two elder brothers, Oscar and Ben. Oscar has a flighty, unhappy wife and a dishonest worm of a son. Will the daughter have to marry this contemptible cousin? Who will she grow up to be - her mother or her aunt? Or can she escape the fate of both?

Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson, Dan Duryea, Patricia Collinge, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid, Jessica Grayson, John Marriott ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1941-08-29

Sergeant York

7.7/10 IMDB

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Ward Bond, Noah Beery Jr., June Lockhart, Dickie Moore ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1941-09-27

How Green Was My Valley

7.7/10 IMDB

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Morton Lowry ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1941-10-28

That Hamilton Woman

7.2/10 IMDB

The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, Gladys Cooper, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Angel, Halliwell Hobbes, Gilbert Emery, Miles Mander ..
Directed by: Alexander Korda
Release date: 1941-04-03

They Died with Their Boots On

7.2/10 IMDB

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer's adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, John Litel, Walter Hampden, Sydney Greenstreet ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1941-11-20
Best History Movies of 1941 : Hudson's Bay

Hudson's Bay

6.3/10 IMDB

Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

Starring: Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Laird Cregar, John Sutton, Virginia Field, Vincent Price, Nigel Bruce, Morton Lowry, Robert Greig, Chief Thundercloud ..
Directed by: Irving Pichel
Release date: 1941-01-03
Best History Movies of 1941 : Main Street on the March!

Main Street on the March!

6.5/10 IMDB

This Best Short Subject Academy Award winning film begins in the spring of 1940, just before the Nazi occupation of the Benelux countries, and ends immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It chronicles how the people of "Main Street America", the country's military forces, and its industrial base were completely transformed when the decision was made to gear up for war. Original footage is interspersed with contemporary newsreels and stock footage.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Barbara Bedford, Margaret Bert, Robert Blake, Naomi Childers, Mark Daniels, Robert Homans, Milton Kibbee, May McAvoy ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1941-12-09
Best History Movies of 1941 : This England

This England

5.8/10 IMDB

Set in Claverly Village, it follows the fortunes of the Rookebys (Clements) and the ne'r-do-well Appleyards (Williams) from the time of the Normans, 1588, 1804, 1914, and 1940. Made to support morale during the war, its message is basically that you can't suppress the British; they've been there since the beginning; they'll be there to the end.

Starring: Emlyn Williams, John Clements, Constance Cummings, Frank Pettingell, Esmond Knight, Roland Culver, Morland Graham, Leslie French, Martin Walker, Ronald Ward ..
Directed by: David MacDonald
Release date: 1941-07-22
Best History Movies of 1941 : Beatrice Cenci

Beatrice Cenci

5.7/10 IMDB

Italian historical drama portraying the story of the sixteenth century Italian noblewoman Beatrice Cenci.

Starring: Carola Höhn, Tina Lattanzi, Osvaldo Valenti, Enzo Fiermonte, Giulio Donadio, Elli Parvo, Luigi Pavese, Arturo Bragaglia, Sandro Ruffini, Gualtiero De Angelis ..
Directed by: Guido Brignone
Release date: 1941-09-09

Strange Testament

6.2/10 IMDB

This MGM Passing Parade series short tells the story of Julian Poydras, whose encounter with a girl at Mardi Gras had a profound effect on his later life.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Edward Ashley, Ava Gardner, Dorothy Morris ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1941-11-15

Minstrel Days

5.8/10 IMDB

This Vitaphone musical featurette features a minstrel show, with traditional interlocutor and Mr. Bones, doing many old time songs (mostly Stephen Foster) with Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor in blackface, via stock footage from earlier Warners films, inserted doing some of their trademark songs. This short was reissued November of 1946 and again in September of 1953.

Starring: Bud Jamison, Al Herman, Billy Elliott, Willie Best ..
Directed by: Bobby Connolly
Release date: 1941-09-06
Best History Movies of 1941 : The Prime Minister

The Prime Minister

5.7/10 IMDB

Directed by Thorold Dickinson.

Starring: John Gielgud, Diana Wynyard, Will Fyffe, Owen Nares, Fay Compton, Pamela Standish, Stephen Murray, Frederick Leister, Nicholas Hannen, Anthony Ireland ..
Directed by: Thorold Dickinson
Release date: 1941-03-04
Best History Movies of 1941 : The 47 Ronin: Part 1

The 47 Ronin: Part 1

0.0/10 IMDB

The first part of the famous tale of the loyal 47 Ronin.

Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
Release date: 1941-12-01

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