Best Movies of 1942

1.

Casablanca

6.8

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-11-26
2.

Bambi

5.9

Bambi's tale unfolds from season to season as the young prince of the forest learns about life, love, and friends.

Starring: Donnie Dunagan, Peter Behn, Stan Alexander, Cammie King, Will Wright
Directed by: David Hand, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Graham Heid, William Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright
Release date: 1942-08-14
3.

To Be or Not to Be

5.8

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

Starring: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1942-03-05
4.

The Magnificent Ambersons

5.5

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Starring: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter, Dolores Costello
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1942-07-10
5.

Cat People

5.3

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Tom Conway, Theresa Harris
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1942-12-05
6.

Saboteur

5.1

Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Starring: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter, Clem Bevans
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1942-04-24
7.

Now, Voyager

4.9

A woman suffers a nervous breakdown and an oppressive mother before being freed by the love of a man she meets on a cruise.

Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville
Directed by: Irving Rapper
Release date: 1942-10-31
8.

Mrs. Miniver

4.7

The Minivers, an English "middle-class" family experience life in the first months of World War II.

Starring: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1942-06-04
9.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

4.7

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
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1942-06-06
10.

Holiday Inn

4.6

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush. Jim's supper club, Holiday Inn, is the setting for the chase by Hanover and manager Danny Reed. The music's the thing.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale, Walter Abel
Directed by: Mark Sandrich
Release date: 1942-07-10
11.

This Gun for Hire

4.0

Sadistic killer-for-hire Raven becomes enraged when his latest job is paid off in marked bills. Vowing to track down his double-crossing boss, nightclub executive Gates, Raven sits beside Gates' lovely new employee, Ellen, on a train out of town. Although Ellen is engaged to marry the police lieutenant who's hunting down Raven, she decides to try and set the misguided hit man straight as he hides from the cops and plots his revenge.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1942-05-13
12.

Random Harvest

4.0

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters, Henry Travers
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1942-12-17
13.

The Pride of the Yankees

4.0
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The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.
Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan, Dan Duryea
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1942-07-14
14.

Went the Day Well?

4.0

The quiet village of Bramley End is taken over by German troops posing as Royal Engineers. Their task is to disrupt England's radar network in preparation for a full scale German invasion. Once the villagers discover the true identity of the troops, they do whatever they can to thwart the Nazis plans.

Starring: Leslie Banks, Mervyn Johns, Marie Lohr, Basil Sydney, Edward Rigby
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti
Release date: 1942-12-07
15.

The Palm Beach Story

4.0

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee, Sig Arno
Directed by: Preston Sturges
Release date: 1942-11-07
16.

You Were Never Lovelier

3.9

The Acunas, a rich Argentine family, have the tradition that the daughters have to get married in order, oldest first. When sister #1 gets married, sisters #3 and #4 put pressure on Maria, sister #2, because they have their husbands picked out already. But Maria hasn't yet met a man she likes. Eduardo Acuna, believing that men aren't romantic enough these days, sends his daughter flowers and anonymous love letters, creating a "mystery man" for her to fall in love with. He intends to pick out an appropriate beau for her later, to fill the role. But Robert Davis, an American dancer looking for work, stumbles into the picture. Maria falls for him, but the father does not approve.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Adolphe Menjou, Xavier Cugat, Isobel Elsom
Directed by: William A. Seiter
Release date: 1942-11-19
17.

Gentleman Jim

3.9

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, John Loder
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1942-11-14
18.

Donald's Snow Fight

3.9
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It's snowed, and Donald Duck is going sledding. Meanwhile, his nephews have built a snowman at the bottom of the hill. Donald aims his sled at their snowman and demolishes it, so the boys get even by including a boulder in the bottom of their next snowman. This means war, so they retreat to opposing snow forts for battle.
Starring: Clarence Nash
Directed by: Jack King
Release date: 1942-04-10
19.

The Talk of the Town

3.9
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When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson (and murder; one man was lost). Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley ...which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.
Starring: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan, Glenda Farrell
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1942-08-20
20.

Who Done It?

3.9
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Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan, Louise Allbritton
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-11-06

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