Off to the flicks!

The 1940s were a golden time for cinema, with some of today’s most loved films and revered actors emanating from that decade. Just look at this for a snapshot of what 1940s cinema goers could choose to see…

  • Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier and receiving an Oscar for best picture (1940)
  • The Philadelphia Story, directed by George Cukor, starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart (1940)
  • The Grapes of Wrath, directed by John Ford, starring Henry Fonda (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath film poster, 1940
  • Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles (1941)
  • Gone with the Wind, went into general release, starring Clark Gable and Vivienne Leigh – still one of the highest grossing film in history (1941)
  • The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart (1941)
  • Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premieres in New York (1942)
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, directed by Sam Wood, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman (1943)
  • Gaslight, directed by Sam Cukor, starring Ingrid Bergman (1944)
  • National Velvet, the film that propelled a twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor to stardom (1945)
  • Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, with the wonderful James Stewart (1946) – still one of the best-loved Christmas films some seventy-five years on!

It’s an awesome list of wonderful films and incredible actors – how lucky were those 1940s cinema-goers!

Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s and beyond. She has published six Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s and 1970s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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