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50 Favourites of the 1940s

by Tom JF
50 Favourites of the 1940s by Tom JF
“The last man who said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat” – His Girl Friday (1940) 1940 Grapes of Wrath, the (Ford, J) His Girl Friday (Hawks, H) Philadelphia Story, the (Cukor, G) Pinocchio (produced by Disney, W) Sea Hawk, the (Curtiz, M) Stranger on the Third Floor (Ingster, B) Thief of Bagdad, the (Berger, L, Powell, M & Whelan, T) “I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper” – High Sierra (1941) 1941 Citizen Kane (Welles, O) High Sierra (Walsh, R) Maltese Falcon, the (Huston, J) Sullivan’s Travels (Sturges, P) Wolf Man, the (Waggner, R) “I like the dark. It’s friendly” – Cat People… Read more

“The last man who said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat” – His Girl Friday (1940)

1940
Grapes of Wrath, the (Ford, J)
His Girl Friday (Hawks, H)
Philadelphia Story, the (Cukor, G)
Pinocchio (produced by Disney, W)
Sea Hawk, the (Curtiz, M)
Stranger on the Third Floor (Ingster, B)
Thief of Bagdad, the (Berger, L, Powell, M & Whelan, T)


“I wouldn’t give you two cents for a dame without a temper” – High Sierra (1941)

1941
Citizen Kane (Welles, O)
High Sierra (Walsh, R)
Maltese Falcon, the (Huston, J)
Sullivan’s Travels (Sturges, P)
Wolf Man, the (Waggner, R)

“I like the dark. It’s friendly” – Cat People (1942)

1942
Casablanca (Curtiz, M)
Cat People (Tourneur, J)

“Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you’d find swine? The world’s a hell” – Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

1943
I Walked with a Zombie (Tourneur, J)
Le Corbeau (Clouzot, HG)
Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, A)

“I don’t know which side anybody’s on. I don’t even know who’s playing today” – Farewell, My Lovely (1944)

1944
Double Indemnity (Wilder, B)
Farewell, My Lovely (Dmytryk, E)
To Have and Have Not (Hawks, H)

“That’s life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you” – Detour (1945)

1945
Body Snatcher, the (Wise, R)
Detour (Ulmer, E)
Rome, Open City (Rossellini, R)

“Belle, you mustn’t look into my eyes” – La Belle et la Bete (1946)

1946
A Matter of Life and Death (Powell, M & Pressburger, E)
Big Sleep, the (Hawks, H)
Gilda (Vidor, C)
Great Expectations (Lean, D)
It’s a Wonderful Life (Capra, F)
La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau, J)
My Darling Clementine (Ford, J)
Postman Always Rings Twice, the (Garnett, T)

“Spare her some of your own importance… if you can” – Black Narcissus (1947)

1947
Black Narcissus (Powell, M and Pressburger, E)
Brighton Rock (Boulting, J)
Ghost and Mrs Muir, the (Mankiewicz, J)
Kiss of Death (Hathaway, H)
Lady from Shanghai, the (Welles, O)
Odd Man Out (Reed, C)

“I know what gold does to men’s souls” – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

1948
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, V)
Drunken Angel (Kurosawa, A)
Fallen Idol, the (Reed, C)
Macbeth (Welles, O)
Naked City, the (Dassin, J)
Red River (Hawks, H)
Red Shoes, the (Powell, M and Pressburger, E)
Treasure of Sierra Madre, the (Huston, J)

“the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils” – The Third Man (1949)

1949
Adventures of Ichabod & Mr Toad, the (Algar, J, Geronimi, C & Kinney, J)
Kind Hearts and Coronet (Hamer, R)
Stray Dog (Kurosawa, A)
Third Man, the (Reed, C)
White Heat (Walsh, R)

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