1940 in film

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1943

The year 1940 in film involved some significant events, including the premieres of the Walt Disney classics Pinocchio and Fantasia.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[1][edit]

At the time, box office numbers were reported as a percentage of business for each theater in comparison to 'normal' business. For example, Boom Town performed at 232% and Pinocchio at 130%. This is why exact dollar grosses for films are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors Directors Gross
1. Boom Town MGM Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy Jack Conway $5,000,000
2. North West Mounted Police Paramount Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard Cecil B. DeMille unknown
3. The Great Dictator United Artists Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard Charlie Chaplin $5,000,000
4. The Philadelphia Story MGM Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart George Cukor $3,259,000
5. The Grapes of Wrath 20th Century-Fox Henry Fonda John Ford $2,500,000
6. Rebecca United Artists Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine Alfred Hitchcock $6,000,000
7. Strike Up the Band MGM Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney Busby Berkeley $3,494,000'
8. Northwest Passage MGM Spencer Tracy, Robert Young King Vidor $3,150,000
9. The Fighting 69th Warner Bros. James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent William Keighley unknown
10. The Sea Hawk Warner Bros. Errol Flynn Michael Curtiz $2,000,000
11. Tin Pan Alley 20th Century-Fox Alice Faye, Betty Grable Walter Lang unknown
12. Santa Fe Trail Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ronald Reagan Michael Curtiz unknown
13. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante MGM Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland George B. Seitz $2,623,000
14. Kitty Foyle RKO Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan Sam Wood $2,385,000
15. My Favorite Wife RKO Irene Dunne, Cary Grant Garson Kanin $2,057,000
16. Virginia City Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins Michael Curtiz unknown
17. Road to Singapore Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour Victor Schertzinger $1,600,000
18. I Love You Again MGM William Powell, Myrna Loy W. S. Van Dyke unknown
19. All This, and Heaven Too Warner Bros. Bette Davis, Charles Boyer Anatole Litvak unknown
20. Comrade X MGM Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr King Vidor $2,079,000
28. Pinocchio* Disney Cliff Edwards $84,300,000*[2]

* After theatrical reissues

Academy Awards[edit]

Notable films released in 1940[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

ABC

DEF

GHIJ

KLM

NOP

QRS

TUV

WXYZ

Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Digest, April 1941, p. 18
  2. ^ Pinocchio (1940 film)