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)
- 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!