List of American films of 1940

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A list of American films released in 1940.

Rebecca won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
20 Mule Team Richard Thorpe Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Marjorie Rambeau, Anne Baxter Western MGM
100 Pygmies and Andy Panda Alex Lovy Bernice Hansen (voice), Dick Nelson (voice) Animated Short

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Abe Lincoln in Illinois John Cromwell Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon Drama, Biography Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Adventure in Diamonds George Fitzmaurice George Brent, Isa Miranda, John Loder Drama Paramount
Adventures of Red Ryder William Witney, John English Don "Red" Barry, Noah Beery, Tommy Cook Western 12-chapter movie serial based on the Western comic strip Red Ryder
Alias the Deacon Christy Cabanne Bob Burns, Mischa Auer, Peggy Moran Comedy Remake of Alias the Deacon (1928 silent film) [1]
All This, and Heaven Too Anatole Litvak Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn Drama Nominated for 3 Academy Awards
Always a Bride Noel M. Smith Rosemary Lane, George Reeves, John Eldredge Comedy Remake of Brides Are Like That (1936 film)
Am I Guilty? Sam Newfield Ralph Cooper, Sam McDaniel Crime drama [2]
Americaner Shadchen Edgar G. Ulmer Leo Fuchs, Judith Abarbanel, Judel Dubinsky Romantic comedy English title "American Matchmaker"; in Yiddish and English [3]
And One Was Beautiful Robert B. Sinclair Robert Cummings, Laraine Day, Jean Muir Romantic drama
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante George B. Seitz Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker Comedy 9th (out of 16) with Andy Hardy character
An Angel from Texas Ray Enright Eddie Albert, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan Romantic comedy Remake of The Butter and Egg Man (1928 silent film)
Angels Over Broadway Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell Drama Nominated for Academy Award
Anne of Windy Poplars Jack Hively Anne Shirley, James Ellison, Henry Travers Drama Follows Anne of Green Gables (1934 film)
The Ape William Nigh Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon Horror Monogram
Argentine Nights Albert S. Rogell The Ritz Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, Constance Moore, George Reeves Musical comedy
Arise, My Love Mitchell Leisen Claudette Colbert, Ray Milland, Dennis O'Keefe Romantic comedy Won Academy Award; another 3 nominations
Arizona Wesley Ruggles Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William Western Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Arizona Frontier Albert Herman Tex Ritter Western [4]
Arizona Gang Busters Sam Newfield Tim McCoy, Pauline Haddon Western [5]

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Babies for Sale Charles Barton Rochelle Hudson, Glenn Ford, Miles Mander Drama Columbia
Bad Man from Red Butte Ray Taylor Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight Western [6]
The Bank Dick Edward F. Cline W. C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Merkel Comedy Universal
Barnyard Follies Frank McDonald Mary Lee, Harry Cheshire, Rufe Davis, June Storey, Isabel Randolph Musical Republic
Before I Hang Nick Grinde Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett Crime, Sci-fi Columbia
Behind the News Joseph Santley Lloyd Nolan, Doris Davenport, Frank Albertson Drama Nominated for Academy Award
Beyond the Sacramento Lambert Hillyer Wild Bill Elliott, Evelyn Keyes, Dub Taylor Western [7]
Beyond Tomorrow A. Edward Sutherland Jean Parker, Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Richard Carlson Fantasy RKO
A Bill of Divorcement John Farrow Maureen O'Hara, Adolphe Menjou, Fay Bainter Drama Version of A Bill of Divorcement (1932 film)
Billy the Kid in Texas Sam Newfield Bob Steele, Terry Walker, Al St. John, Carleton Young Western 2nd (out of 6) with Steele in "Billy the Kid" series
Billy the Kid Outlawed Sam Newfield Bob Steele, Louise Currie, Al St. John, Carleton Young Western 1st (out of 6) film with Bob Steele in "Billy the Kid" series [8]
Billy the Kid's Gun Justice Sam Newfield Bob Steele, Al St. John, Louise Currie, Carleton Young Western 3rd (out of 6) film with Bob Steele in "Billy the Kid" series
The Biscuit Eater Stuart Heisler Billy Lee, Cordell Hickman, Richard Lane Drama
Bitter Sweet W. S. Van Dyke Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Sanders Musical Nominated for 2 Academy Awards; remake of Bitter Sweet (1933 British film)
Black Diamonds Christy Cabanne Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Kathryn Adams Doty Crime drama [9]
Black Friday Arthur Lubin Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges Science fiction
Blazing Six Shooters Joseph H. Lewis Charles Starrett, Iris Meredith, Dick Curtis Western [10]
Blondie Has Servant Trouble Frank R. Strayer Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake Comedy 6th (out of 28) with Blondie character
Blondie on a Budget Frank R. Strayer Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake Comedy 5th (out of 28) with Blondie character
Blondie Plays Cupid Frank R. Strayer Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake Comedy 7th (out of 28) with Blondie character
The Blue Bird Walter Lang Shirley Temple, Spring Byington, Nigel Bruce Fantasy Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Boom Town Jack Conway Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert Drama Nominated for 2 Academy Awards; #4 in top grossing films
The Border Legion Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes Western
Boss of Bullion City Ray Taylor Johnny Mack Brown, Maria Montez, Nell O'Day Western Universal
Bowery Boy William Morgan Dennis O'Keefe, Louise Campbell, Jimmy Lydon, Helen Vinson Crime Republic
Boys of the City Joseph H. Lewis Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Hal E. Chester Comedy Thriller 2nd (out of 22) of East Side Kids series
The Boys from Syracuse A. Edward Sutherland Allan Jones, Irene Hervey, Martha Raye Musical Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Brigham Young Henry Hathaway Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger Biography
British Intelligence Terry O. Morse Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester War Spy Version of Three Faces East (1926 silent film)
Broadway Melody of 1940 Norman Taurog Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy Musical 4th and final film of The Broadway Melody series
Broken Strings Bernard B. Ray Clarence Muse Drama
Brother Orchid Lloyd Bacon Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sothern Crime comedy
Brother Rat and a Baby Ray Enright Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan Comedy Follows Brother Rat (1938 film)
Buck Benny Rides Again Mark Sandrich Jack Benny, Ellen Drew, Eddie Anderson Western comedy
Bullet Code David Howard George O'Brien, Virginia Vale, Slim Whitaker Western Remake of Melody of the Plains (1937 film)
Bullets for Rustlers Sam Nelson Charles Starrett, Lorna Gray, Bob Nolan Western [11]
Buzzy Rides the Range Richard C. Kahn Robert "Buzz" Henry, David O'Brien Western [12]

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Cafe Hostess Sidney Salkow Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, Douglas Fowley Drama [13]
Calling All Husbands Noel M. Smith George Tobias, Lucile Fairbanks, Ernest Truex Comedy Version of Too Young to Marry (1931 film)
Calling Philo Vance William Clemens James Stephenson, Margot Stevenson, Henry O'Neill Mystery 12th (out of 15) film with Philo Vance character
Captain Caution Richard Wallace Victor Mature, Louise Platt, Leo Carrillo, Bruce Cabot, Alan Ladd Adventure Nominated for Academy Award
Carolina Moon Frank McDonald Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey Western Remake of Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935 film)
The Carson City Kid Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, Bob Steele Western Republic
Castle on the Hudson Anatole Litvak John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien Drama Version of 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932 film)
Chad Hanna Henry King Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Linda Darnell Romantic drama
Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum Lynn Shores Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, C. Henry Gordon, Marguerite Chapman Mystery 6th (out of 22) with Toler as Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan in Panama Norman Foster Sidney Toler, Jean Rogers, Lionel Atwill Mystery 7th (out of 22) with Toler as Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise Eugene Forde Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Lionel Atwill Mystery 5th (out of 22) with Toler as Charlie Chan
Charter Pilot Eugene Forde Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Arleen Whelan Adventure 20th Century Fox
Chasing Trouble Howard Bretherton Frankie Darro, Marjorie Reynolds, Mantan Moreland Comedy, drama Monogram
Cherokee Strip Lesley Selander Richard Dix, Florence Rice, William Henry Western
Christmas in July Preston Sturges Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn Screwball comedy Paramount
A Chump at Oxford Alfred J. Goulding Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Forrester Harvey Comedy Partial remake of From Soup to Nuts (1928 film)
City for Conquest Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven Drama Warner Bros.
City of Chance Ricardo Cortez Lynn Bari, C. Aubrey Smith, Amanda Duff Film noir 20th Century Fox
City of Lost Men Harry Revier William "Stage" Boyd, Kane Richmond, Claudia Dell Science fiction 3rd feature version of 1935 serial The Lost City [14]
Colorado Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Pauline Moore Western Republic
Comes Midnight James Baskett, Eddie Green, Amanda Randolph Horror comedy
Comin' Round the Mountain George Archainbaud Bob Burns, Una Merkel, Jerry Colonna Comedy
Comrade X King Vidor Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka Comedy Spy Nominated for Academy Award
Congo Maisie H. C. Potter Ann Sothern, John Carroll, Rita Johnson Comedy Version of Red Dust (1932 film); 2nd (out of 10) film with Maisie character
Convicted Woman Nick Grinde Rochelle Hudson, Frieda Inescort, June Lang, Glenn Ford Crime Columbia
Covered Wagon Days George Sherman Robert Livingston, Raymond Hatton, Duncan Renaldo Western 29th (out of 51) film of The Three Mesquiteers series
Covered Wagon Trails Raymond K. Johnson Jack Randall, Sally Cairns, David Sharpe Western [15]
The Crooked Road Phil Rosen Edmund Lowe, Irene Hervey, Henry Wilcoxon Crime drama Republic
Cross-Country Romance Frank Woodruff Gene Raymond, Wendy Barrie, Hedda Hopper Romantic comedy RKO
Curtain Call Frank Woodruff Barbara Read, Alan Mowbray, Helen Vinson Romantic comedy
Dance, Girl, Dance Dorothy Arzner Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball Musical Footage preserved in US National Registry
Dancing on a Dime Joseph Santley Robert Paige, Peter Lind Hayes, Eddie Quillan Musical
Danger Ahead Ralph Staub James Newill, Dorothea Kent, Guy Usher Adventure 5th (out of 6) with Newill as Sgt. Renfrew of Royal Mounties
Danger on Wheels Christy Cabanne Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Peggy Moran Sport thriller [16]
Dark Command Raoul Walsh Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon Western Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Dark Streets of Cairo László Kardos Sigrid Gurie, Ralph Byrd, Eddie Quillan Mystery
Deadwood Dick James W. Horne Don Douglas, Lorna Gray, Harry Harvey, Marin Sais Western 15-episode serial
Diamond Frontier Harold D. Schuster Victor McLaglen, John Loder, Anne Nagel Adventure
A Dispatch from Reuter's William Dieterle Edward G. Robinson, Edna Best, Eddie Albert Biography Warner Bros.
The Doctor Takes a Wife Alexander Hall Loretta Young, Ray Milland Romantic comedy
Doomed to Die William Nigh Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers Mystery Monogram
Double Alibi Phil Rosen Wayne Morris, Margaret Lindsay, William Gargan Mystery [17]
Down Argentine Way Irving Cummings Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda Musical Nominated for 3 Academy Awards; #9 in Top Grossing Films
Dr. Christian Meets the Women William McGann Jean Hersholt, Veda Ann Borg Mystery
Dr. Cyclops Ernest B. Schoedsack Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan Science Fiction Horror Nominated for Academy Award
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet William Dieterle Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger Biography Nominated for Academy Award
Dr. Kildare's Crisis Harold S. Bucquet Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Robert Young Drama MGM
Dreaming Out Loud Harold Young Lum and Abner, Frances Langford Comedy
Drums of the Desert George Waggner Ralph Byrd, Lorna Gray Western [18]
Dulcy S. Sylvan Simon Ann Sothern, Roland Young Comedy MGM

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Earl of Chicago Richard Thorpe Robert Montgomery Comedy MGM
Earthbound Irving Pichel Andrea Leeds, Warner Baxter Drama 20th Century Fox
East of the River Alfred E. Green John Garfield, Marjorie Rambeau Drama Warner Bros.
East Side Kids Robert F. Hill Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, Joyce Bryant Comedy 1st (out of 22) film of East Side Kids series
Edison, the Man Clarence Brown Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman Biographical Nominated for Academy Award
Elmer's Candid Camera Chuck Jones Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Animated
Escape Mervyn LeRoy Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, Conrad Veidt Drama MGM
Eyes of the Navy Charles B. Middleton Short Documentary Nominated for Academy Award
Fantasia James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, 9 more Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor Animated Won 2 Honorary Academy Awards; footage preserved in US National Registry; #1 in Top Grossing Films*
The Fargo Kid Edward Killy Tim Holt, Ray Whitley Western RKO
The Fatal Hour William Nigh Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers Thriller
Father Is a Prince Noel Smith John Litel, Jan Clayton, George Reeves Drama
The Fight for Life Pare Lorentz Myron McCormick, Will Geer Drama Nominated for Academy Award
The Fighting 69th William Keighley James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent War Warner Bros.
Five Little Peppers in Trouble Charles Barton Edith Fellows Comedy Columbia, last of series
Flight Angels Lewis Seiler Virginia Bruce, Jane Wyman, Ralph Bellamy Drama Warner Bros.
Flight Command Frank Borzage Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon War Nominated for Academy Award
Florian Edwin L. Marin Robert Young, Charles Coburn Drama MGM
Flowing Gold Alfred E. Green John Garfield, Frances Farmer, Pat O'Brien Adventure Warner Bros.
Foreign Correspondent Alfred Hitchcock Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall Spy thriller Nominated for 6 Academy Awards; #15 in Top Grossing Films
Forgotten Girls Phil Rosen Louise Platt, Donald Woods Drama Republic
Forty Little Mothers Busby Berkeley Eddie Cantor, Judith Anderson Drama MGM
Four Sons Archie Mayo Don Ameche, Eugenie Leontovich, Mary Beth Hughes Drama War Remake of Four Sons (1928 silent film)
Free, Blonde and 21 Ricardo Cortez Lynn Bari, Joan Davis, Mary Beth Hughes Comedy 20th Century Fox
From Nurse to Worse Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy Short
A Fugitive from Justice Terry O. Morse Roger Pryor, Lucile Fairbanks, Eddie Foy, Jr. Crime drama Warner Bros.

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Gallant Sons George Seitz Jackie Cooper, Gail Patrick Drama MGM
Gambling on the High Seas George Amy Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman Drama Warner Bros.
Gangs of Chicago Arthur Lubin Lloyd Nolan, Lola Lane Crime Republic
Gaucho Serenade Frank McDonald Gene Autry, June Storey Western Republic
The Ghost Breakers George Marshall Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Anthony Quinn Horror comedy Paramount
The Ghost Comes Home Wilhelm Thiele Frank Morgan, Billie Burke Comedy MGM
Girl from Havana Lew Landers Claire Carleton, Dennis O'Keefe Drama Republic
Girl in 313 Ricardo Cortez Florence Rice, Lionel Atwill Drama 20th Century Fox
Give Us Wings Charles Lamont Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell Adventure Dead End Kids
Glamour for Sale D. Ross Lederman Anita Louise, Roger Pryor Crime Columbia
The Golden Fleecing Leslie Fenton Lew Ayres, Rita Johnson, Lloyd Nolan Comedy written by S. J. Perelman
Golden Gloves Edward Dmytryk Richard Denning, Jeanne Cagney Drama Paramount
Gold Rush Maisie Edwin L. Marin Ann Sothern, Lee Bowman Comedy MGM; third in series
Go West Edward Buzzell Marx Brothers, John Carroll, Diana Lewis Comedy MGM
Granny Get Your Gun George Amy May Robson, Margot Stevenson Comedy
The Grapes of Wrath John Ford Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine Drama Won 2 Academy Awards, one for Best Director; another 5 nominations; footage preserved in US National Registry; #12 in Top Grossing Films
The Great Dictator Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie Comedy Nominated for 5 Academy Awards; footage preserved in US National Registry
The Great McGinty Preston Sturges Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff Comedy Won Academy Award for screenplay
The Green Archer James Horne Victor Jory, Iris Meredith Serial Columbia
Green Hell James Whale Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Joan Bennett, John Howard Adventure Universal
The Green Hornet Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor Gordon Jones, Wade Boteler, Anne Nagel Adventure Serial Universal
Half a Sinner Al Christie Heather Angel, John King Mystery
Haunted Honeymoon Arthur B. Woods Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings Mystery MGM
He Married His Wife Roy Del Ruth Joel McCrea, Nancy Kelly, Roland Young Comedy 20th Century Fox
Her First Romance Edward Dmytryk Edith Fellows, Alan Ladd Musical Monogram
High School George Nicholls, Jr. Jane Withers, Lloyd Corrigan Comedy 20th Century Fox
Hired! H.J. Handy (producer) Short Chevrolet promotion
Hired Wife William A. Seiter Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Virginia Bruce Comedy Universal
His Girl Friday Howard Hawks Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy Screwball comedy Remake of The Front Page (1931); remade in 1974
Hit Parade of 1941 John H. Auer Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Hugh Herbert, Ann Miller Musical comedy Republic, nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Hold That Woman! Sam Newfield Frances Gifford, James Dunn Comedy PRC
The House Across the Bay Archie Mayo George Raft, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Nolan Crime drama
The House of the Seven Gables Joe May George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Nan Grey, Vincent Price, Dick Foran Thriller Universal; nominated for Academy Award
How High Is Up? Del Lord The Three Stooges Comedy Short
The Howards of Virginia Frank Lloyd Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke Period Drama Columbia; nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Hullabaloo Edwin L. Marin Frank Morgan, Virginia Grey, Dan Dailey Musical comedy MGM

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Ice-Capades Joseph Santley James Ellison, Renie Riano, Phil Silvers Comedy Republic
I Love You Again W. S. Van Dyke William Powell, Myrna Loy Romantic comedy MGM
I Take This Oath Sam Newfield Joyce Compton, Gordon Jones Drama PRC
I Take This Woman W. S. Van Dyke Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Laraine Day Drama MGM
I Want a Divorce Ralph Murphy Joan Blondell, Dick Powell Comedy Paramount
If I Had My Way David Butler Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean Musical Paramount
I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now Arthur Lubin Helen Parrish, Constance Moore Drama Universal
I'm Still Alive Irving Reis Kent Taylor, Linda Hayes Drama
The Invisible Man Returns Joe May Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey Science fiction Nominated for Academy Award
The Invisible Woman A. Edward Sutherland Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard Science fiction Comedy Nominated for Academy Award
Irene Herbert Wilcox Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Roland Young Musical Nominated for Academy Award
Island of Doomed Men Charles Barton Peter Lorre, Rochelle Hudson Thriller Columbia
It All Came True Lewis Seiler Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn, Humphrey Bogart Comedy Warner Bros.
It's a Date William A. Seiter Deanna Durbin, Kay Francis, Walter Pidgeon Musical Universal
I Was an Adventuress Gregory Ratoff Vera Zorina, Richard Greene Drama
Jennie David Burton Virginia Gilmore, George Montgomery Drama 20th Century Fox
Johnny Apollo Henry Hathaway Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour Crime drama 20th Century Fox
Junior G-Men Lewis D. Collins, Ray Taylor Dead End Kids Serial Universal

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
King of the Lumberjacks William Clemens John Payne, Gloria Dickson Drama Warner Bros.
King of the Royal Mounted William Witney, John English Allan Lane Adventure Serial Republic
Kitty Foyle Sam Wood Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig Drama Won Academy Award for Best Actress; another 4 nominations
Knock Knock Walter Lantz (producer) Animated Short
Knute Rockne, All American Lloyd Bacon Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan Biographical Story of football coach Knute Rockne
Laddie Jack Hively Tim Holt, Virginia Gilmore Drama
Ladies Must Live Noel M. Smith Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris Comedy Warner Bros.
The Lady in Question Charles Vidor Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth Comedy Columbia
Lady with Red Hair Curtis Bernhardt Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains, Richard Ainley Drama
Legion of the Lawless David Howard George O'Brien, Virginia Vale Western RKO
The Letter William Wyler Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson Film noir Nominated for 7 Academy Awards
The Light That Failed William Wellman Ronald Colman, Walter Huston, Ida Lupino Drama
Lillian Russell Irving Cummings Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda Biographical Nominated for Academy Award
A Little Bit of Heaven Andrew Marton Gloria Jean, Hugh Herbert, Robert Stack Musical Followup to The Under-Pup (1939 film)
Little Men Norman Z. McLeod Kay Francis, Jack Oakie, Ann Gillis Drama based on novel by Louisa May Alcott
Little Nellie Kelly Norman Taurog Judy Garland, George Murphy Musical comedy MGM
Little Old New York Henry King Fred MacMurray, Alice Faye, Brenda Joyce Drama 20th Century Fox
The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Sidney Salkow Warren William, Jean Muir Mystery Columbia
The Long Voyage Home John Ford John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter War Drama Nominated for 6 Academy Awards
Love Thy Neighbor Mark Sandrich Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Mary Martin Comedy
Lucky Cisco Kid H. Bruce Humberstone Cesar Romero, Mary Beth Hughes Western
Lucky Partners Lewis Milestone Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson Romantic comedy RKO

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Maisie Was a Lady Edwin L. Marin Ann Sothern, Lew Ayres Comedy MGM; 4th of series
The Man from Dakota Leslie Fenton Wallace Beery, Dolores del Río Historical Drama MGM
Manhattan Heartbeat David Burton Robert Sterling, Virginia Gilmore Drama 20th Century Fox
The Man I Married Irving Pichel Joan Bennett, Francis Lederer Drama 20th Century Fox
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk David Burton Lloyd Nolan, Jean Rogers Mystery 20th Century Fox
The Marines Fly High Benjamin Stoloff, George Nicholls, Jr. Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Lucille Ball Adventure RKO
The Mark of Zorro Rouben Mamoulian Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone Adventure Nominated for Academy Award; footage preserved in US National Registry
Marked Men Sam Newfield Warren Hull, Isabel Jewell Drama PRC
Married and in Love John Farrow Barbara Read, Helen Vinson Drama RKO
Maryland Henry King Walter Brennan, Fay Bainter Drama 20th Century Fox
Meet the Wildcat Arthur Lubin Ralph Bellamy, Margaret Lindsay Drama Universal
Melody and Moonlight Joseph Santley Jane Frazee, Johnny Downs Comedy Republic
Melody Ranch Joseph Santley Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Ann Miller Western Republic
Mexican Spitfire Leslie Goodwins Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol Comedy First of series
Michael Shayne, Private Detective Eugene Forde Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver Mystery First of series
The Milky Way Rudolf Ising Bernice Hansen Animated Short Won Academy Award
Millionaire Playboy Leslie Goodwins Joe Penner, Russ Brown Comedy RKO
Millionaires in Prison Ray McCarey Lee Tracy, Linda Hayes Drama RKO
Misbehaving Husbands William Beaudine Betty Blythe, Harry Langdon Comedy
Money and the Woman William Howard Jeffrey Lynn, Brenda Marshall Drama Warner Bros.
Moon Over Burma Louis King Dorothy Lamour, Robert Preston Romance Paramount
The Mortal Storm Frank Borzage James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Young, Frank Morgan Drama MGM
Mr. Duck Steps Out Jack King Animated Short
The Mummy's Hand Christy Cabanne Dick Foran, Peggy Moran Horror Universal
Murder in the Air Lewis Seiler Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Lya Lys Drama Warner Bros
Murder Over New York Harry Lachman Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Marjorie Weaver Mystery Charlie Chan, 20th Century Fox
Music in My Heart Joseph Santley Tony Martin, Rita Hayworth, Edith Fellows Musical Nominated for Academy Award
My Favorite Wife Garson Kanin Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott Screwball comedy Nominated for 3 Academy Awards
My Little Chickadee Edward F. Cline Mae West, W. C. Fields Comedy Universal
My Love Came Back Curtis Bernhardt Olivia de Havilland, Jeffrey Lynn, Jane Wyman Romance Warner Bros.
My Son, My Son! Charles Vidor Madeleine Carroll, Brian Aherne, Louis Hayward Drama Nominated for Academy Award
Mysterious Doctor Satan William Witney, John English Eduardo Ciannelli Serial Republic
Mystery Sea Raider Edward Dmytryk Carole Landis Drama
New Moon Jack Conway Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy Musical drama MGM
A Night at Earl Carroll's Kurt Neumann Ken Murray, J. Carrol Naish, Rose Hobart Musical
No Census, No Feeling Del Lord The Three Stooges Comedy Short
North West Mounted Police Cecil B. DeMille Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard Western Won Academy Award for editing; 4 more nominations
Northwest Passage King Vidor, Jack Conway, W. S. Van Dyke Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan Adventure Nominated for Academy Award; #19 in Top Grossing Films
No Time for Comedy William Keighley James Stewart, Rosalind Russell Comedy Warner Bros.
Nutty But Nice Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy Short

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Of Fox and Hounds Tex Avery Willoughby the Dog Animated Short
The Old Swimmin' Hole Robert MacGowan Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones Drama
One Man's Law George Sherman Don "Red" Barry, Janet Waldo Western Republic
One Million B.C. Hal Roach, Jr., Hal Roach Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney, Jr. Fantasy Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
One Night in the Tropics A. Edward Sutherland Abbott and Costello, Nancy Kelly, Allan Jones Comedy film debut of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
On Their Own Otto Brower Spring Byington, June Carlson Comedy 20th Century Fox
Opened by Mistake George Archainbaud Charles Ruggles, Janice Logan Comedy
Our Town Sam Wood William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter Drama Nominated for 6 Academy Awards
Out West with the Peppers Charles Barton Edith Fellows Western third of series
Parole Fixer Robert Florey William Henry, Anthony Quinn Drama Paramount
Patient Porky Bob Clampett Porky the Pig Animated Short
Phantom of Chinatown Phil Rosen Keye Luke, Grant Withers Mystery Monogram
Phantom Raiders Jacques Tourneur Walter Pidgeon, Florence Rice Drama MGM
The Philadelphia Story George Cukor Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart Screwball comedy Won 2 Academy Awards; 4 more nominations
Pier 13 Eugene Forde Lynn Bari, Lloyd Nolan Drama
Pinocchio T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney voices of Cliff Edwards, Evelyn Venable, Mel Blanc Animated Won 2 Academy Awards; footage preserved in US National Registry; #2 in Top Grossing Films*
Pride and Prejudice Robert Z. Leonard Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley Drama Won Academy Award (art direction); #20 in Top Grossing Films
Pride of the Bowery Joseph H. Lewis East Side Kids, Mary Ainslee Family
Primrose Path Gregory La Cava Ginger Rogers, Joel McCrea, Marjorie Rambeau Drama Rambeau nominated for Academy Award
Private Affairs Albert S. Rogell Nancy Kelly, Roland Young, Robert Cummings Comedy
Public Deb No. 1 Gregory Ratoff Brenda Joyce, George Murphy Comedy
Puss Gets the Boot Hanna-Barbera Rudolf Ising Lillian Randolph Animated Short Nominated for Academy Award
The Quarterback H. Bruce Humberstone Wayne Morris, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell Comedy Paramount
Queen of the Mob James P. Hogan Ralph Bellamy, Blanche Yurka Crime Paramount
Queen of the Yukon Phil Rosen Charles Bickford, Irene Rich, June Carlson Adventure
Quicker'n a Wink George Sidney Harold E. Edgerton Short Documentary Won Academy Award
Rancho Grande Frank McDonald Gene Autry, June Storey Western Republic
The Ranger and the Lady Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, Julie Bishop Western Republic
Rangers of Fortune Sam Wood Fred MacMurray, Albert Dekker, Patricia Morison Western Paramount
Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine Suspense Won 2 Academy Awards, one for Best Picture; another 9 nominations; #3 in Top Grossing Films
Remedy for Riches Erle C. Kenton Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett Drama RKO
Remember the Night Mitchell Leisen Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray Romantic drama Paramount
The Return of Frank James Fritz Lang Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney Western
Rhythm on the River Victor Schertzinger Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone Musical Comedy Nominated for Academy Award
Riders of Black Mountain Sam Newfield Tim McCoy Western PRC
Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride Frank McDonald Gene Autry, Mary Lee Western Republic
River's End Ray Enright Dennis Morgan, Elizabeth Inglis Drama Warner Bros.
Road to Singapore Victor Schertzinger Bob Hope, Bing Crosby Musical comedy First of series
Rockin' Thru the Rockies Jules White The Three Stooges Comedy Short
Rocky Mountain Rangers George Sherman Robert Livingston, Rosella Towne Western Republic

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Safari Edward H. Griffith Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Adventure
Sailor's Lady Allan Dwan Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall Comedy 20th Century Fox
The Saint Takes Over Jack Hively George Sanders, Wendy Barrie Crime one of series
The Saint's Double Trouble Jack Hively George Sanders, Helene Whitney Crime RKO
Santa Fe Marshal Lesley Selander William Boyd, Bernadene Hayes Western
Santa Fe Trail Michael Curtiz Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland Western #5 in Top Grossing Films
Saps at Sea Gordon Douglas Laurel and Hardy Comedy
Saturday's Children Vincent Sherman John Garfield, Anne Shirley Drama Warner Bros.
Scatterbrain Gus Meins Judy Canova, Alan Mowbray Comedy
The Sea Hawk Michael Curtiz Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains Adventure Nominated for 4 Academy Awards;
Second Chorus H. C. Potter Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw Musical Comedy Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
Service with the Colors B. Reeves Eason Robert Armstrong, William Lundigan, Henry O'Neill Drama Short Nominated for Academy Award
Seven Sinners Tay Garnett Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne Adventure Universal
Seventeen Louis King Betty Field, Jackie Cooper Comedy Paramount
She Couldn't Say No William Clemens Eve Arden, Roger Pryor Comedy Warner Bros.
She Done Him Right William Beaudine Comedy
Shooting High Alfred E. Green Jane Withers, Gene Autry, Marjorie Weaver Western musical 20th Century Fox
The Shop Around the Corner Ernst Lubitsch[19] James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan Romantic comedy MGM
Siege Julien Bryan Julien Bryan Documentary Short Nominated for Academy Award
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot Lew Landers Ruth Terry, Johnny Downs, Mary Lee Musical Republic
Ski Patrol Lew Landers Luli Deste, Philip Dorn Drama Universal
Sky Murder George Seitz Walter Pidgeon, Joyce Compton Mystery MGM; third in Nick Carter film series
Son of Ingagi Richard Kahn Zack Williams, Laura Bowman Sci-fi
The Son of Monte Cristo Rowland V. Lee Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, George Sanders Adventure United Artists; nominated for Academy Award
Son of the Navy William Nigh Jean Parker, James Dunn Comedy
South of Pago Pago Alfred E. Green Jon Hall, Frances Farmer, Olympe Bradna Adventure United Artists
South of Suez Lewis Seiler George Brent, Brenda Marshall Drama Warner Bros.
So You Won't Talk Edward Sedgwick Joe E. Brown, Frances Robinson, Vivienne Osborne Comedy Columbia Pictures
Sporting Blood S. Sylvan Simon Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan Drama MGM
Spring Parade Henry Koster Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Mischa Auer Comedy, Musical Nominated for 4 Academy Awards
Stage to Chino Edward Killy George O'Brien, Virginia Vale Western RKO
Star Dust Walter Lang Linda Darnell, John Payne Drama 20th Century Fox
Strange Cargo Frank Borzage Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter Drama, Romance #7 in Top Grossing Films
Stranger on the Third Floor Boris Ingster Peter Lorre, Charles Waldron Film noir
Strike Up the Band Busby Berkeley Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra Musical Comedy Won Academy Award; another 2 nominations
Susan and God George Cukor Joan Crawford, Fredric March Comedy MGM
Swiss Family Robinson Edward Ludwig Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Freddie Bartholomew Adventure Nominated for Academy Award
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (Galloping Gertie) Barney Elliott Newsreel Footage preserved in US National Registry
'Taint Legal Harry D'Arcy Edgar Kennedy, Vivien Oakland, Billy Franey Short Comedy [20]
Tear Gas Squad Terry O. Morse John Payne, Dennis Morgan Crime Warner Bros.
Teddy the Rough Rider Ray Enright Sidney Blackmer, Pierre Watkin, Arthur Loft Short Drama Won Academy Award
Terry and the Pirates James W. Horne William Tracy, Sheila Darcy Serial based on comic strip
Texas Rangers Ride Again James Hogan Ellen Drew, John Howard Western Paramount
Texas Terrors George Sherman Don "Red" Barry, Julie Duncan Western
That Gang of Mine Joseph H. Lewis Leo Gorcey Comedy 3rd (out of 22) film of East Side Kids series
They Drive by Night Raoul Walsh George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan Drama Warner Bros.
They Knew What They Wanted Garson Kanin Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton, William Gargan Drama RKO, nominated for Academy Award
Third Finger, Left Hand Robert Z. Leonard Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas Romantic comedy MGM
This Thing Called Love Alexander Hall Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas Romantic comedy Columbia
Those Were the Days! Theodore Reed William Holden, Bonita Granville, Judith Barrett Comedy Paramount
Three Cheers for the Irish Lloyd Bacon Priscilla Lane, Dennis Morgan Comedy Warner Bros.
Three Faces West Bernard Vorhaus John Wayne, Sigrid Gurie Drama Republic
'Til We Meet Again Edmund Goulding Merle Oberon, Pat O'Brien, Geraldine Fitzgerald Drama Remake of One Way Passage (1932 film)
Tin Pan Alley Walter Lang Alice Faye, Betty Grable, Jack Oakie Musical Won Academy Award (musical score)
Tom Brown's School Days Robert Stevenson Cedric Hardwicke, Freddy Bartholomew Drama based on 1857 novel
Too Many Girls George Abbott Lucille Ball, Frances Langford, Desi Arnaz Musical RKO
Too Many Husbands Wesley Ruggles Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas Romantic comedy Nominated for Academy Award
Torrid Zone William Keighley James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien Adventure Warner Bros.
Trail of the Vigilantes Allan Dwan Franchot Tone, Warren William, Broderick Crawford Western
Triple Justice David Howard George O'Brien, Virginia Vale Drama RKO
Tugboat Annie Sails Again Lewis Seiler Marjorie Rambeau, Jane Wyman, Ronald Reagan Comedy Warner Bros.; sequel to 1933 film
The Tulsa Kid George Sherman Don "Red" Barry, Luana Walters Western
Turnabout Hal Roach Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis Comedy United Artists
Two Girls on Broadway S. Sylvan Simon Lana Turner, Joan Blondell Comedy MGM
Typhoon Louis King Dorothy Lamour, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman Adventure Nominated for Academy Award

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Untamed George Archainbaud Patricia Morison, Ray Milland Drama Paramount
Up in the Air Howard Bretherton Marjorie Reynolds, Frankie Darrow Comedy Monogram
Victory John Cromwell Fredric March, Cedric Hardwicke, Betty Field Adventure Paramount
Vigil in the Night George Stevens Carole Lombard, Brian Aherne Romantic Drama RKO
The Villain Still Pursued Her Edward F. Cline Buster Keaton, Billy Gilbert Comedy RKO
Virginia City Michael Curtiz Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart Western #8 in Top Grossing Films
Viva Cisco Kid Norman Foster Cesar Romero, Jean Rogers Western
Wagons Westward Lew Landers Anita Louise, Chester Morris Western Republic
Waterloo Bridge Mervyn LeRoy Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson War drama Nominated for 2 Academy Awards
The Way of All Flesh Louis King Akim Tamiroff, Gladys George Remake of The Way of All Flesh (1927 silent film)
The Westerner William Wyler Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport Western Academy Award for Brennan; 3 nominations
We Who Are Young Harold S. Bucquet Lana Turner, Gene Lockhart Drama MGM
When the Daltons Rode George Marshall Randolph Scott, Kay Francis Western Universal
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Arthur Lubin Wendy Barrie, Mona Barrie, John Hubbard Mystery Universal
Wildcat Bus Frank Woodruff Fay Wray, Charles Lang Drama RKO
A Wild Hare Tex Avery Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan Animated Short Nominated for Academy Award
Winners of the West Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor Dick Foran, Anne Nagel Western Serial
Women in War John H. Auer Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles War drama Nominated for Academy Award
Women Without Names Robert Florey Ellen Drew, Fay Helm, Judith Barrett Drama
Wyoming Richard Thorpe Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford Western MGM
You Can't Fool Your Wife Ray McCarey Lucille Ball, James Ellison Comedy RKO
You Ought to Be in Pictures I. Freleng Looney Tunes Animated Short
You'll Find Out David Butler Kay Kyser, Helen Parrish, Ginny Simms, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff Comedy Nominated for Academy Award
Young Bill Hickok Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, Sally Payne Western Republic
Young Buffalo Bill Joseph Kane Roy Rogers, Pauline Moore Western
Young People Allan Dwan Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood Drama 20th Century Fox
Young Tom Edison Norman Taurog Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, George Bancroft Biography MGM
Young as You Feel Malcolm St. Clair Jed Prouty, Spring Byington Family 20th Century Fox
You're Not So Tough Joe May Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan Drama
Yukon Flight Ralph Staub Louise Stanley, James Newill Western Monogram

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