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Films of the 40's - your favorite
April 8, 2011
9:09 am
Orrymain
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Today everything is so FX oriented.  I really enjoy the more traditional and classic movies from this decade.  Do you have a favorite movie?

April 9, 2011
6:29 pm
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Hi Orrymain!

My favorite is Film Noir, and I don't think I can narrow it to one, but my short list includes Double Indemnity, Leave Her To Heaven, Laura, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Maltese Falcon (actually anything with Bogart in it!). It's probably about a ten-way tie for my favorite, and the rest are all sitting at #2. smiley tongue out Club Dahlia I could spend the rest of the time that I have left on this earth, watching movies of the era.

I keep a list here of all of the movies made during the forties, if anyone is interested: 

http://1940s.org/film/movie-list/

April 10, 2011
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I really have to go back and watch more films from this era, but at the moment I'd say my favourite is probably It's A Wonderful Life.

I agree that there were many excellent movies then, with beautiful design. I also find it interesting how the acting often sort of echoed the radio and theatre performances that came before it.

 

April 10, 2011
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I like so many of the 1940s, especiially any movie that starred Humphrey Bogart.  By far my favorite is "It's a Wonderful Life," though.  That movie has such a wonderful message.

April 11, 2011
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One of my favorites is a lengthy endeavor called Since You Went Away from 1944.  I just love it.  It really tells the female side of the war.  Claudette Colbert is the star and is excellent.  Shirley Temple finally was a teenager and I really enjoyed her as well.

April 11, 2011
10:45 pm
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I started watching films from the 1940's in a film class I took about a year ago and I can't stop. I love Casablanca and Citizen Kane but my absolute favorite so far is Mildred Pierce (there was just a mini-series remake on tv too). Joan Crawford was great as Mildred.

April 12, 2011
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I have to agree with It's a Wonderful Life. This movie holds many personal memories. It is just a great family movie.

Dumbo and Bambi were also released in the 40s. Timeless and classic movies!

April 12, 2011
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It's a Wonderful Life is a film for the ages.  Its theme is universal and ageless so I just don't see it ever not being a standard throughout time.

April 12, 2011
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Wonderful Life was a fabulous movie however I must say that my absolute favorite would have to be The Grapes of Wrath. It is still one of the most amazing dramas of its time in my opinion! ;)

April 12, 2011
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NatureElf said:

I have to agree with It's a Wonderful Life. This movie holds many personal memories. It is just a great family movie.

Dumbo and Bambi were also released in the 40s. Timeless and classic movies!


 

I forgot about Disney films! Bambi really is timeless and it is amazing how many generations it has reached. So many new films don't have that kind of effect. Pinocchio was also released in 1940 and that's another movie that I just love.

April 13, 2011
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My favorite 40's movie that I've seen so far is probably His Girl Friday, not necessarily because of the plot (I really dislike the "oh we got divorced and I'm a horrible husband but you know you love me really" thing) but because of how stylish and witty it is. The dialogue was one of the most fascinating things I've ever experienced in a movie, and of course I love the fashion!

April 13, 2011
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My favorite movie of the 40s is without a doubt The Mortal Storm. My father was involved with the Nazis, and I deplore his actions even more after watching this movie. I remember I used to watch it over, and over, and over growing up. It was so well acted and well written, though of course the effects were absolutely nothing compared to what they have to do. It didn't matter though, movies back then weren't about who has the better effects, it was about which tells the better story, and which has the more professional actors.

April 17, 2011
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I really have never been able to sit through The Grapes of Wrath for some reason.  I see the key scenes all the time.  Remember Michael Keaton in The Dream Team?  He watched Fonda's big 'Wrath' moment in that movie.

April 19, 2011
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Scarlett said:

NatureElf said:

I have to agree with It's a Wonderful Life. This movie holds many personal memories. It is just a great family movie.

Dumbo and Bambi were also released in the 40s. Timeless and classic movies!


 

I forgot about Disney films! Bambi really is timeless and it is amazing how many generations it has reached. So many new films don't have that kind of effect. Pinocchio was also released in 1940 and that's another movie that I just love.


Oh yes, how could I forget about Pinocchio. Honestly, those movies, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty have to be just about the best ever Disney movies!
April 21, 2011
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I see a few of you have already mentioned my all-time favorite… 1946's It's a Wonderful Life.  It's not just a holiday film, and I enjoy it any time of the year… it's just a bit sweeter in December.  :-)

April 28, 2011
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Emmaline said:

My favorite 40's movie that I've seen so far is probably His Girl Friday, not necessarily because of the plot (I really dislike the "oh we got divorced and I'm a horrible husband but you know you love me really" thing) but because of how stylish and witty it is. The dialogue was one of the most fascinating things I've ever experienced in a movie, and of course I love the fashion!


 

I have never seen or heard of this movie.  But from what you are describing it sounds like it may be a good one.

April 30, 2011
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I love all the musicals, and gangster movies… Jimmy Cagney in White Heat, Yankee Doodle Dandy..  Fred Astaire was my favourite..

 

 

May 5, 2011
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The Maltese Falcon is one of my favorite movies also.  My all time favorite Holiday classic movie, have to see it, can't miss it, don't care if I have seen it 3 million times, is Miracle on 34th Street. We also shouldn't overlook the comedy classics at this time.  Favorites here include ALL the Abbott and Costello movies, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby  On the Road to series, and Bob Hope in My Favorite Brunette.  These were all classics performed by the masters of their profession.

May 7, 2011
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luv2write said:

Emmaline said:

My favorite 40's movie that I've seen so far is probably His Girl Friday, not necessarily because of the plot (I really dislike the "oh we got divorced and I'm a horrible husband but you know you love me really" thing) but because of how stylish and witty it is. The dialogue was one of the most fascinating things I've ever experienced in a movie, and of course I love the fashion!


 

I have never seen or heard of this movie.  But from what you are describing it sounds like it may be a good one.


 

You have to see it soon if you can! It's got romance and humor and lots of bantering, plus fast-talking reporters with fancy hats! And it's got Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in it, if that helps convince you more.

May 7, 2011
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Zootsuit said:

The Maltese Falcon is one of my favorite movies also. 


 

The Maltest Falcon is one of the first films from the era I ever saw and it was in a 10th grade English class. I'm grateful to  have seen it because it changed a lot things I thought about the film industry in the 40s. It's also a great detective story.

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