Collections: 1940s

Sahara (1943) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, and J. Carrol Naish

Sahara (1943) — 97 min - Action, Adventure, Drama, War - 2 September 1943 Your rating: Not rated yet! Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress where they hope to find water. Soon a detachment of German soldiers arrives and attempts to barter food for water, but Gunn and his followers refuse. When the Germans attack, Gunn leads his desert-weary men in...

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Dragon Seed (1944) Starring Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, and Aline MacMahon

Dragon Seed (1944) — 145 min - Drama - 20 July 1944 Your rating: Not rated yet! As the Second Sino-Japanese War erupts in 1937 with the Japanese invasion of northern China, the rural Tan family in southern China go about their daily chores without notice of the impending conflict. Jade (Katharine Hepburn), wife of Lao Er Tan (Turhan Bey), desires books, an unconventional request for a Chinese wife. But when war finally reaches the family, Jade is first to join the resistance, leading pacifist patriarch Ling Tan (Walter Huston) to concern over his family's entry in the war. Director: ...

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Thin Man Goes Home, The (1945) Starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Lucile Watson

The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) — 101 min - Comedy, Mystery, Thriller - 25 January 1945 Your rating: Not rated yet! Famous retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) takes his wife, Nora (Myrna Loy), and their dog, Asta, to visit Nick's parents in their small, quiet town. Determined that Nick's father respect Nick's profession, Nora urges him to find a crime to investigate, unaware that Nick's presence has already frightened spy Edgar Draque (Leon Ames) into action. After Nora buys a painting for Nick's birthday and the artist is murdered, Nick discovers that the murder is connected to espionage....

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Joan of Arc (1948) Starring Ingrid Bergman, Francis L. Sullivan, and J. Carrol Naish

Joan of Arc (1948) — 145 min - War, Drama, History - 22 December 1948 Your rating: In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France. Joan gathers the people with her faith, forms an army and conquerors Orleans. When her army is ready to attack Paris, the corrupt Charles sells his country to England and...

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Harvey Girls, The (1946) Starring Judy Garland, John Hodiak, and Ray Bolger

The Harvey Girls (1946) NR 102 min - Western, Drama, Comedy, Music - 18 January 1946 Your rating: When Susan Bradley (Judy Garland) responded to an ad in New Mexico for a mail-order bride, she had no idea that her would-be husband was a broken-down cowhand. Instead of returning back home, she takes a job at the local Harvey House restaurant. But the new establishment faces tough resistance from the local saloon owner (John Hodiak) and the town's streetwise showgirl, Em (Angela Lansbury). As Susan works with the Harvey girls to win over the townsfolk, she also searches for a...

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Double Life, A (1947) Starring Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso, Edmond O’Brien, and Shelley Winters

A Double Life (1947) — 104 min - Drama, Thriller, Crime - 25 December 1947 Your rating: Highly regarded theater actor Anthony John (Ronald Colman) has a violent temper, which leads his actress wife, Brita (Signe Hasso), to leave him. When the two perform together in a production of "Othello," the strain of playing Othello drives John insane, to the point of killing his mistress, Pat Kroll (Shelley Winters). John does not remember the incident, but is forced to face his actions when promoter Bill Friend (Edmond O'Brien) uses the murder to publicize the play. Director:  George Cukor Writers:  Ruth...

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Back Street (1941) Starring Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullavan, and Richard Carlson

Back Street (1941) — 89 min - Drama - 7 February 1941 Your rating: Based on the bestselling novel by Fannie Hurst (Imitation of Life), Back Street is a quintessential tearjerker in which a couple meets and falls in love but is unable to marry due to impossible circumstances. However, despite their situation, they carry on a lifelong illicit affair until tragedy strikes. Directed by Robert Stevenson, the film also stars Richard Carlson, Tim Holt, Frank McHugh, Esther Dale and Cecil Cunningham. Director:  Robert Stevenson Stars:  Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullavan, Richard Carlson, Frank McHugh, Tim Holt, Frank Jenks, Esther Dale,...

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Bells of St. Mary’s (1944) Starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, and Henry Travers

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) — 126 min - Drama, Family - 27 December 1945 Your rating: Father O'Malley the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way' continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements. Director:  Leo McCarey Stars:  Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Martha Sleeper, Rhys Williams, Richard Tyler, Una O'Connor, Jimmy Crane, Bobby...

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Body and Soul (1947) Starring John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, and Hazel Brooks

Body and Soul (1947) — 104 min - Drama - 9 November 1947 Your rating: Charley Davis, against the wishes of his mother, becomes a boxer. As he becomes more successful the fighter becomes surrounded by shady characters, including an unethical promoter named Roberts, who tempt the man with a number of vices. Charley finds himself faced with increasingly difficult choices. Director:  Robert Rossen Stars:  John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, Hazel Brooks, Anne Revere, William Conrad, Joseph Pevney, Lloyd Gough, Canada Lee, Art Smith, James Burke, Virginia Gregg, Peter Virgo, Joe Devlin, Shimen Ruskin Photos No images were imported for this...

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Fort Apache (1948) Starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Temple

Fort Apache (1948) — 125 min - Western - 26 March 1948 Your rating: In John Ford's sombre exploration the mythology of American heroes, he slowly reveals the character of Owen Thursday, who sees his new posting to the desolate Fort Apache as a chance to claim the military honor which he believes is rightfully his. Arrogant, obsessed with military form and ultimately self-destructive, Thursday attempts to destroy the Apache chief Cochise after luring him across the border from Mexico, against the advice of his subordinates. Director:  John Ford Stars:  John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond,...

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