Favourite Films of 1942

by awoodbine | created - 28 Aug 2011 | updated - 14 Oct 2011 | Public

My favourite films of 1942

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1. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 489,289 | Gross: $1.02M

2. A Night to Remember (1942)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell, William Wright

Votes: 907

3. Castle in the Desert (1942)

62 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Charlie Chan investigates apparent poisonings at a mystery mansion in the Mojave Desert.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 1,140

4. Roxie Hart (1942)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned?

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman

Votes: 1,521 | Gross: $2.40M

5. Desperate Journey (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When the crew of a downed British bomber escape from their Nazi captors with Top Secret intelligence, they make a desperate journey to get out of Germany alive.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Coleman, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,878

6. Across the Pacific (1942)

Passed | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In December 1941, ex-army captain Rick Leland boards a Japanese ship heading to Asia via the Panama Canal where his Japanese hosts show interest in the American defense plans for the canal zone.

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton

Votes: 4,009

7. The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Mystery

A private detective gets mixed up with a phony spiritualist racket.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Helene Reynolds, Henry Wilcoxon

Votes: 433

8. The Falcon Takes Over (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Lynn Bari, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 763

9. My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy

Karen Bentley, an English secret agent, links up with Larry Haines and his star penguin Percy in an attempt to outwit German spies.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Madeleine Carroll, Gale Sondergaard, George Zucco

Votes: 1,093

10. Cat People (1942)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph

Votes: 18,241 | Gross: $4.00M

11. Kings Row (1942)

Passed | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

The dark side and hypocrisy of provincial American life is seen through the eyes of five children as they grow to adulthood at the turn-of-the-century.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Betty Field

Votes: 3,677

12. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson

Votes: 4,754 | Gross: $0.45M

13. Grand Central Murder (1942)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Classic whodunit mystery film about a gold-digging variety show actress who has many enemies and is found dead in her private railroad car at Grand Central Station in New York.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker, Virginia Grey

Votes: 673

14. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Reginald Denny

Votes: 3,832

15. The Spoilers (1942)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Western

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 2,166

16. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Monty Woolley, Richard Travis

Votes: 6,236

17. Bambi (1942)

G | 70 min | Animation, Drama, Family

91 Metascore

The story of a young deer growing up in the forest.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, David Hand, Graham Heid, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Norman Wright, Arthur Davis, Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Votes: 122,332 | Gross: $102.80M

18. The Talk of the Town (1942)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman, Edgar Buchanan

Votes: 6,727

19. Random Harvest (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance

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

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Philip Dorn, Susan Peters

Votes: 6,502 | Gross: $10.14M

20. Who Done It? (1942)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Film-Noir, Mystery

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.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Patric Knowles, William Gargan

Votes: 2,072

21. The Glass Key (1942)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A crooked politician finds himself being accused of murder by a gangster from whom he refused help during a re-election campaign.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville

Votes: 5,149

22. The Falcon's Brother (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tom Lawrence, Gay's brother, takes over for his injured sibling in a case which involves Nazi espionage and political assassination.

Director: Stanley Logan | Stars: George Sanders, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Don Barclay

Votes: 662

23. Saboteur (1942)

PG | 109 min | Thriller, War

64 Metascore

An aircraft factory worker goes on the run after being wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Alan Baxter

Votes: 21,613

24. Kid Glove Killer (1942)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 845

25. In This Our Life (1942)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

The day before her wedding, a pampered young woman absconds with her sister's husband; in retaliation, her sister begins seeing the woman's former fiancé.

Directors: John Huston, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 3,756

26. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

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

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 13,181 | Gross: $11.80M

27. Eyes in the Night (1942)

Passed | 80 min | Crime, Mystery

A blind detective and his seeing-eye dog investigate a murder and discover a Nazi plot.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed, Stephen McNally

Votes: 1,057

28. Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak, Albert Dekker

Votes: 2,431 | Gross: $0.86M

29. A Date with the Falcon (1942)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, James Gleason, Allen Jenkins

Votes: 711

30. Road to Morocco (1942)

Passed | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Two carefree castaways on a desert shore find an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the luscious Princess Shalmar.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 4,770 | Gross: $1.63M

31. Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Boston Blackie and his pal, The Runt, are ready to board a train for Florida when Blackie gets a telegram from his friend Arthur Manleder asking Blackie to go to Manleder's New York ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Chester Morris, William Wright, Constance Worth, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 372

32. Gentleman Jim (1942)

Approved | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Votes: 3,010

33. I Married a Witch (1942)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A beautiful 17th-century witch returns to life to plague politician Wallace Wooley, descendant of her persecutor.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward

Votes: 6,207 | Gross: $0.31M

34. Crossroads (1942)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

An amnesiac French diplomat is blackmailed for crimes that he committed before he lost his memory.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 1,004



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