BFI 1940sby mjrgarvey | created - 14 Apr 2018 | updated - 20 Apr 2018 | Public
BFI Monthly Film Bulletin and Sight and Sound in the 1940s
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1. South of St. Louis (1949)
Passed | 88 min | Western
The friendship of three Texas Ranchers. Later their ranch was destroyed by Cotrell, of the Union army,and his band of outlaw raiders. The original title was "Distant Drums", this was a description of Civil War army deserters.
2. Treasure of Monte Cristo (1949)
Passed | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
This modern tale borrows from an old story in establishing Langan, who works on a ship that docks in San Francisco, as a descendant of the Count of Monte Cristo. Crooked Lawyer Brodie sets ... See full summary »
3. The Red Shoes (1948)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.
Votes: 24,873 | Gross: $10.90M
4. An Ideal Husband (1947)
Approved | 96 min | Comedy
A prominent politician is preparing to expose a financial scandal. But then a woman who has invested heavily in the shady venture threatens to uncover a damaging secret in the politician's ... See full summary »
5. Man Hunt (1941)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War
British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gun sight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.
6. The Seventh Veil (1945)
Approved | 94 min | Drama, Music
One dark summer night, Francesca Cunningham, a once world famed pianist, escapes from her hospital room and tries to commit suicide by jumping off a local bridge. She is rescued and taken ... See full summary »
7. Adam's Rib (1949)
Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.
8. Battleground (1949)
Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, History
True tale about a squad of the 101st Airborne Division coping with being trapped by the Germans in the besieged city of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944.
Votes: 6,146 | Gross: $10.29M
9. On the Town (1949)
Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.
10. Treasured Earth (1948)
97 min | Drama
A young peasant girl wants to marry her love, but due to the pressure of her parents she ends up with a wealthier man. Their real hardships begin when they escape together from her wedding.
11. Border Street (1948)
110 min | Drama, War
The story of Polish and Jewish families living side by side in one Warsaw street. Everything changes once and for all with the Nazi invasion.
12. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.
13. Africa Screams (1949)
Approved | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy
Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals...
14. Alias the Champ (1949)
Approved | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
New York gangsters trying to muscle in on the California wrestling scene come up against a wrestler who won't knuckle under. They frame him for a murder, and his manager and a cop set out ... See full summary »
15. Alimony (1949)
Passed | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Music
A promising young composer is tempted away from his devoted wife by a fortune-seeking woman who cares more for his prospects than for him.
16. But Not in Vain (1948)
17. A Dangerous Profession (1949)
Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
LA ex-cop Vince Kane is a bail-bondsman who bails out the suspect of a securities bonds robbery but his client disappears, prompting Vince to investigate.
18. Forgotten Women (1949)
65 min | Drama
A tale of three women who hang out in a bar and bend the ear of Harry the bartender. Kate Allison drinks to forget playboy Andy Emerson, whom she might have married if her husband, John ... See full summary »
19. Free for All (1949)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Romance
An inventor comes up with a pill that turns water into gasoline. Complications ensue.
20. The Judge (1949)
Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A crooked lawyer blackmails a client into a murder plot against his wife.
21. It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Music
A waitress at the Warner Bros. commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when two actors agree to help her.
22. Leave It to Henry (1949)
Passed | 57 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
Henry Latham and town Mayor Colton continue their misadventures in Smalltown, America. This time, twelve-year-old David Latham is testifying at the trial of his father, Henry, who is ... See full summary »
23. Massacre River (1949)
Approved | 78 min | Western
Two cavalry officers clash over the colonel's daughter at a remote outpost with Indian troubles.
24. My Foolish Heart (1949)
Approved | 98 min | Drama, Romance
After being visited by an old friend, a woman recalls her true love, the man she met and lost years ago.
25. Northwest Stampede (1948)
Approved | 79 min | Western
When his father dies, rodeo star Dan Bennett returns to his ranch but hires on as a ranch hand. A horse known as the White Outlaw is the leader of a herd of wild horses and Dan's obsession ... See full summary »
26. Outpost in Morocco (1949)
Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure
After escorting an Emir's daughter to her father's stronghold, French Foreign Legion Captain Gerard's unit joins an isolated Moroccan outpost facing imminent attack by rebel Bedouin tribes.
27. The Red Danube (1949)
Passed | 119 min | Drama, Romance, War
Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael 'Hooky' Nicobar is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet authorities to repatriate ... See full summary »
28. Ringside (1949)
Approved | 68 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Joe O'Hara, a hard fighter, wants the championship title for the money to finance the concert pianist career of his brother Mike, who also could be a good fighter. When Joe fights the title... See full summary »
29. Saddle Serenade (1945)
Approved | 57 min | Western
Doris Rogers, half owner of a dude ranch, as Jimmy Wakely, "Lasses" White and Dusty Smith to help run it. U.S. Marshal Tom Logan, posing as a stage driver, is killed during a mock holdup of... See full summary »
30. Shep Comes Home (1948)
Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
Little Larry Havens, whose father died in WWII, runs away from home to keep from being separated from "Shep," his father's dog. In Arizona, he is befriended by a kindly Mexican, Manuel ... See full summary »
31. A Friend Will Come Tonight (1946)
92 min | Drama, War
32. Under Arizona Skies (1946)
Approved | 59 min | Western
Dusty Smith arrives and takes a job on a ranch that is losing cattle to rustlers. When the rustlers strike again the cattle cannot be found but Dusty shoots one of the rustlers. Arrested ... See full summary »
33. Undertow (1949)
Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
After being released from prison, an ex-convict is framed for a murder. The man sets out to find the real killers before the police blame the crime on him.
34. West to Glory (1947)
Passed | 56 min | Action, Adventure, Music
At a border town, Eddie Dean and his partner, Soapy Jones, attend a fiesta at the home of Don Lopez who, in accordance with his custom, displays a valuable diamond necklace to his guests ... See full summary »
35. Without Honor (1949)
TV-PG | 69 min | Drama
Jane Bandle has recently married, but Bill, her husband's brother, tries to wreck her marriage because Jane rejected his sexual advances before her marriage.
36. Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949)
Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Music, Sport
At a college, a group of ex-GIs clash with their wives about over playing football.
37. Blanche Fury (1948)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself.
38. Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Mystery
In the early part of this century, Maddelena a teenage Italian girl, is attacked whilst walking in the woods. The attack leaves her mentally scarred and our story flashes forward to the ... See full summary »
39. The Goose Steps Out (1942)
Approved | 79 min | Comedy
A bumbling teacher turns out to be the double of a German general. He is flown into Germany to impersonate the general and cause chaos and hilarity in a Hitler Youth college.
40. Gaslight (1944)
Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.