BFI 1940s

by 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.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joel McCrea, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 323

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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 »

Director: William Berke | Stars: Glenn Langan, Adele Jergens, Steve Brodie, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 86

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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.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Jean Short

Votes: 24,873 | Gross: $10.90M

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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 »

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Paulette Goddard, Michael Wilding, Diana Wynyard, Hugh Williams

Votes: 523

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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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders, John Carradine

Votes: 4,437

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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 »

Director: Compton Bennett | Stars: James Mason, Ann Todd, Herbert Lom, Hugh McDermott

Votes: 1,370

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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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

Votes: 18,061

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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.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 6,146 | Gross: $10.29M

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9. On the Town (1949)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

71 Metascore

Three sailors on a day of shore leave in New York City look for fun and romance before their twenty-four hours are up.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller

Votes: 14,757

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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.

Director: Frigyes Bán | Stars: Ági Mészáros, Ádám Szirtes, Viola Orbán, Ferike Vidor

Votes: 113

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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.

Director: Aleksander Ford | Stars: Mieczyslawa Cwiklinska, Jerzy Leszczynski, Wladyslaw Godik, Wladyslaw Walter

Votes: 157

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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.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,533

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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...

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck

Votes: 3,226

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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 »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Robert Rockwell, Barbra Fuller, Audrey Long, James Nolan

Votes: 31

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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.

Director: Alfred Zeisler | Stars: Martha Vickers, John Beal, Hillary Brooke, Laurie Lind

Votes: 101

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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.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O'Brien, Bill Williams

Votes: 484

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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 »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Elyse Knox, Edward Norris, Robert Shayne, Theodora Lynch

Votes: 5

19. Free for All (1949)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

An inventor comes up with a pill that turns water into gasoline. Complications ensue.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Robert Cummings, Ann Blyth, Percy Kilbride, Ray Collins

Votes: 47

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20. The Judge (1949)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crooked lawyer blackmails a client into a murder plot against his wife.

Director: Elmer Clifton | Stars: Milburn Stone, Katherine DeMille, Paul Guilfoyle, Stanley Waxman

Votes: 84

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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.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,304

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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 »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Raymond Walburn, Walter Catlett, Gary Gray, Mary Stuart

Votes: 16

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23. Massacre River (1949)

Approved | 78 min | Western

Two cavalry officers clash over the colonel's daughter at a remote outpost with Indian troubles.

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Guy Madison, Rory Calhoun, Carole Mathews, Cathy Downs

Votes: 108

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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.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith, Lois Wheeler

Votes: 694

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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 »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Joan Leslie, James Craig, Jack Oakie, Chill Wills

Votes: 104

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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.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: George Raft, Marie Windsor, Akim Tamiroff, John Litel

Votes: 336

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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 »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 477

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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 »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Don 'Red' Barry, Tom Brown, Sheila Ryan, Margia Dean

Votes: 34

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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 »

Director: Oliver Drake | Stars: Jimmy Wakely, Lee 'Lasses' White, John James, Nancy Brinckman

Votes: 6

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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 »

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Robert Lowery, Billy Kimbley, Martin Garralaga, Margia Dean

Votes: 12

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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 »

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Reno Browne, Raymond Hatton, Riley Hill

Votes: 9

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.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart, Peggy Dow

Votes: 329

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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 »

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: Eddie Dean, Flash, Roscoe Ates, Dolores Castle

Votes: 56

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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.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Laraine Day, Dane Clark, Franchot Tone, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 191

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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.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Charles Coburn, Gloria DeHaven, Joshua Shelley

Votes: 62

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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.

Director: Marc Allégret | Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 693

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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 »

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger, Patricia Roc, Peter Glenville

Votes: 388

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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.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay | Stars: Will Hay, Charles Hawtrey, Peter Croft, Barry Morse

Votes: 368

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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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 21,433

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41. Fallen Angel (1945)

Approved | 98 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 4,245

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