Best History Movies of 1942


Yankee Doodle Dandy

7.7/10 IMDB

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

Starring: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-05-29
Best History Movies of 1942 : Why We Fight: Prelude to War

Why We Fight: Prelude to War

7.0/10 IMDB

Prelude to War was the first film of Frank Capra's Why We Fight propaganda film series, commissioned by the Pentagon and George C. Marshall. It was made to convince American troops of the necessity of combating the Axis Powers during World War II. This film examines the differences between democratic and fascist states.

Starring: Walter Huston, Max Schmeling ..
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1942-05-27

Flying Tigers

6.8/10 IMDB

Jim Gordon commands a unit of the famed Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group which fought the Japanese in China before America's entry into World War II. Gordon must send his outnumbered band of fighter pilots out against overwhelming odds while juggling the disparate personalities and problems of his fellow flyers.

Starring: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Gordon Jones, Mae Clarke, Addison Richards, Edmund MacDonald, Bill Shirley, Tom Neal ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1942-10-08

The Film That Was Lost

7.7/10 IMDB

In this John Nesbitt's Passing Parade short, a look is taken at the problems of film preservation efforts in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Starring: John Nesbitt ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1942-10-31
Best History Movies of 1942 : The Young Mr. Pitt

The Young Mr. Pitt

6.7/10 IMDB

This biopic tells the story of the life of Pitt The Younger, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of 24.

Starring: Robert Donat, Robert Morley, Phyllis Calvert, John Mills, Geoffrey Atkins, Jean Cadell, Raymond Lovell, Agnes Lauchlan, Felix Aylmer, Ian McLean ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1942-09-21

Tennessee Johnson

6.6/10 IMDB

The tumultuous presidency of 17th-president Andrew Johnson is chronicled in this biopic. The story begins with Johnson's boyhood and covers his early life. During the Civil War, Johnson stays a staunch Unionist and upon Lincoln's reelection in 1864, becomes his Vice President. After Lincoln's assassination, Johnson becomes the President and became the first U.S. president ever to be impeached.

Starring: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Regis Toomey, J. Edward Bromberg, Grant Withers, Alec Craig, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1942-12-01
Best History Movies of 1942 : Penn of Pennsylvania

Penn of Pennsylvania

5.6/10 IMDB

Penn of Pennsylvania is a 1941 British historical drama film directed by Lance Comfort and starring Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans, Dennis Arundell, Henry Oscar, Herbet Lomas and Edward Rigby. The film depicts the life of the Quaker founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn. It portrays his struggle to be granted a colonial charter in London and attracting settlers to his new colony as well as his adoption a radical new approach with regard to the treatment of the Native Americans. It is also known by the alternative title Courageous Mr. Penn.

Starring: Clifford Evans, Deborah Kerr, Dennis Arundell, Aubrey Mallalieu, D.J. Williams, O.B. Clarence, James Harcourt, Charles Carson, Henry Oscar, Max Adrian ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1942-01-24
Best History Movies of 1942 : Native Land

Native Land

6.4/10 IMDB

By the start of World War II, Paul Robeson had given up his lucrative mainstream work to participate in more socially progressive film and stage productions. Robeson committed his support to Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s political semidocumentary Native Land. With Robeson’s narration and songs, this beautifully shot and edited film exposes violations of Americans’ civil liberties and is a call to action for exploited workers around the country. Scarcely shown since its debut, Native Land represents Robeson’s shift from narrative cinema to the leftist documentaries that would define the final chapter of his controversial film career.

Starring: Paul Robeson, Fred Johnson, Mary George, John Rennick, Amelia Romano, Houseley Stevenson, Louis Grant, James Hanney, Howard Da Silva, Art Smith ..
Directed by: Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand
Release date: 1942-05-11
Best History Movies of 1942 : Winning Your Wings

Winning Your Wings

6.3/10 IMDB

Winning Your Wings is a 1942 short American World War II recruitment film produced by Warner Bros. Studios for the US Army Air Forces, starring Jimmy Stewart. It was aimed at young men who were thinking about joining the Air Force.

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore, Charles Drake, Bill Edwards, Inez Gay, Creighton Hale, Adolf Hitler ..
Directed by: John Huston, Owen Crump
Release date: 1942-05-28
Best History Movies of 1942 : Famous Boners

Famous Boners

6.4/10 IMDB

This Passing Parade series entry looks at three instances of people who either caused or were the victims of errors.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Ian Wolfe, Joe Yule, Edward McWade, Margaret Bert ..
Directed by: Douglas Foster
Release date: 1942-10-24

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