Best History Movies of 1943


Hangmen Also Die!


During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda, a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny and his daughter Mascha.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, Gene Lockhart, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1943-04-15

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia

Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia
"The Battle of Russia," Chapter V of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series, follows the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler.
Starring: Anthony Veiller, Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Ion Antonescu, Nikolai Cherkasov
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1943-01-01

For Whom the Bell Tolls


Spain in the 1930s is the place to be for a man of action like Robert Jordan. There is a civil war going on and Jordan—who has joined up on the side that appeals most to idealists of that era—has been given a high-risk assignment up in the mountains. He awaits the right time to blow up a crucial bridge in order to halt the enemy's progress

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ingrid Bergman, Akim Tamiroff, Arturo de Córdova, Vladimir Sokoloff
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1943-07-12

Air Force


The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Starring: John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, Harry Carey
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1943-03-20

Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain

Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain
Exciting newsreel footage highlights this award-winning documentary of Britain's gallant stand against the encroaching Nazi horde. As the British people fight bravely, Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to begin the London Blitz in the hope of bringing England to her knees.
Starring: Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, John B. Hughes
Directed by: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller
Release date: 1943-10-10

Background to Danger


An American gets caught up in wartime action in Turkey.

Starring: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Osa Massen
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1943-07-03

The Voice That Thrilled the World

The Voice That Thrilled the World
This short traces the history of sound in the movies, beginning with French scientist Leon Scott's experiments in 1857. Featured are snippets from early sound pictures.
Starring: Art Gilmore, Sheldon Jett, Harold Miller, Edwin Tuttle, Giovanni Martinelli
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-01-01

Tonight We Raid Calais

Tonight We Raid Calais
A British commando is on a one-man raid to destroy a bomb factory in Nazi-occupied France. He must enlist the aid of French farmers to complete his mission.
Starring: Annabella, John Sutton, Lee J. Cobb, Beulah Bondi, Blanche Yurka
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1943-04-30

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