1940's films I have seen

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1. Fantasia (1940)

G | 125 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

96 Metascore

A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music.

Directors: James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Leopold Stokowski, Deems Taylor, Corey Burton, Walt Disney

Votes: 82,767 | Gross: $76.41M

2. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher

Votes: 118,822 | Gross: $84.25M

3. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 184,592

4. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,765

5. The Ape (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Horror

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell, Dorothy Vaughan

Votes: 1,465

6. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh

Votes: 1,244

7. Ali-Baba Bound (1940)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Porky finds out that Ali-Baba and his Dirty Sleeves plan to attack the fort; it's up to him to go warn the fort. He gets there to discover everyone has left for the Legion convention in ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 222

8. Ants in the Plants (1940)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short

Lots of gags as the little guy fights the bad guy. The insects are living together peacefully, and everybody is going along with their daily business as the evil ant-eater is attacking the ... See full summary »

Director: Dave Fleischer

Votes: 120

9. A Wild Hare (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Family, Short

Elmer is a dimwitted hunter who's "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 1,256

10. Elmer's Candid Camera (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Elmer takes up wildlife photography, but finds his subject, a rabbit similar to the later Bugs Bunny character, much too wild.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 782

11. Pluto's Dream House (1940)

8 min | Animation, Short, Family

Mickey Mouse finds a magic lamp that builds Pluto a doghouse.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Elvia Allman, Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Lee Millar

Votes: 340

12. Loops (1940)

3 min | Short, Animation

An experimental animated short in which images are drawn directly onto the film using a pen.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 385

13. Tarantella (1940)

Not Rated | 4 min | Animation, Short

Abstract animation illustrates Edwin Gerschefski's modernist composition. Two dots - one blue and one orange - appear most often, sometimes large, sometimes small, sometimes overlapping. ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth

Votes: 381

14. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Mel Blanc, Leon Schlesinger, Henry Binder, Gerry Chiniquy

Votes: 1,362

15. Bone Trouble (1940)

9 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

Pluto's dish is empty, so he goes after the bone in the dish of Butch the bulldog, who is sleeping next door. Can he make it home with the bone before Butch wakes up? No. Soon they are ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kinney | Star: Lee Millar

Votes: 454

16. Window Cleaners (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Family

Donald is washing windows on a high-rise; Pluto is his assistant, hauling the rope for the platform and refilling buckets but mostly sleeping. And when things are finally going well, Donald... See full summary »

Director: Jack King | Stars: Lee Millar, Clarence Nash

Votes: 643

17. Donald's Dog Laundry (1940)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald Duck builds an automated dog washer while an unsuspecting Pluto naps nearby. When Donald finishes and announces his plan to use Pluto as his test subject, a battle of wills ensues, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack King | Stars: Lee Millar, Clarence Nash

Votes: 629

18. King for a Day (1940)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

King Little receives a letter that says, "Please be at home to-day. I have orders to shoot you!" He promptly makes Gabby king for a day. The little braggart is thrilled until he learns the reason why.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer

Votes: 77

19. A Gander at Mother Goose (1940)

6 min | Family, Animation, Short

A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Margaret Hill-Talbot, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 213

20. Pantry Pirate (1940)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Pluto is tied up in the backyard and has been ordered by the maid to stay outside while she prepares a roast. Of course, once Pluto smells the scent of the roast, he makes a beeline for the... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Lee Millar, Lillian Randolph

Votes: 254

21. Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald is headed for Daisy. However, his nephews are too.

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 685

22. Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip (1940)

8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

Mickey is heading out on vacation from Burbank to Pomona, taking the train. The conductor, Pete, won't let him on with Pluto, so he hides Pluto in his suitcase, and tries to hide him all ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Walt Disney, Lee Millar

Votes: 743

23. Dumbo (1941)

G | 64 min | Animation, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.

Directors: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte | Stars: Sterling Holloway, Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Mel Blanc

Votes: 110,270 | Gross: $1.60M

24. Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis

Votes: 3,139

25. Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941)

Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Shamus Culhane | Stars: Kenny Gardner, Gwen Williams, Jack Mercer, Tedd Pierce

Votes: 1,016

26. The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

72 Metascore

A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 21,309

27. King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor

Votes: 1,776

28. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,695

29. The Reluctant Dragon (I) (1941)

Approved | 74 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting, Ub Iwerks, Jack Kinney | Stars: Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant

Votes: 2,174 | Gross: $0.87M

30. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 368,834 | Gross: $1.59M

31. Hollywood Steps Out (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

A tour of Ciro's Nightclub packed with caricatures of many top stars, including (in order) Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Edward G. Robinson and Ann Sheridan, Johnny Weissmuller, James Cagney, ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Dave Barry, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Kent Rogers

Votes: 751

32. Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The black residents of Lazy Town are bored one day until a sultry light-skinned woman shows up to teach them what rhythm is.

Director: Walter Lantz | Stars: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc

Votes: 376

33. Porky's Ant (1941)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

In Africa, Porky tries to catch a rare pygmy ant.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 98

34. Pantry Panic (1941)

Passed | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Woody fails to go South for the winter, leaving him vulnerable to a starving cat. But the cat is just as vulnerable to a starving Woody.

Director: Walter Lantz | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen, Walter Lantz

Votes: 310

35. All This and Rabbit Stew (1941)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

Bugs heckles a black hunter and escapes from a bear.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb

Votes: 604

36. We, the Animals - Squeak! (1941)

9 min | Animation, Family, Short

Porky hosts a radio program, where animals tell their stories. The guest star is Kansas City Kitty, the best mouser in the country. She tells the story of her life, including her marriage ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Billy Bletcher, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 113

37. Porky's Pooch (1941)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

A dog named Rover explains to a black, down-on-his-luck shaggy dog named Andy how he got his master. He went into a hotel room and bothered someone taking a bath--Porky Pig. Porky doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Clampett | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 282

38. Porky's Midnight Matinee (1941)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Working backstage at a theater, Porky frees a little ant he finds in a cage, only to learn that it's a rare and valuable trained pygmy ant.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 123

39. Porky's Prize Pony (1941)

8 min | Animation, Family, Short

When jockey Porky's thoroughbred gets drunk on linament, a goofy milk-wagon horse takes over for the big race.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 112

40. Robinson Crusoe Jr. (1941)

8 min | Animation, Family, Short

Stranded on an island after his ship was wrecked by a hurricane, Porky meets a friendly African Native. They build a house, and Porky begins to explore the island. On his way we see various... See full summary »

Director: Norm McCabe | Stars: Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce

Votes: 96

41. Farm Frolics (1941)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

A series of spot gags about farm life. Running gag: why are all the little piggies watching the clock so intently?

Director: Robert Clampett | Stars: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce, Cliff Nazarro

Votes: 249

42. Canine Caddy (1941)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey's going golfing, and Pluto is his caddy. Besides the usual caddy duties, Pluto runs to the ball and points to it. But when the ball lands in a gopher hole, Pluto's got another task: ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 341

43. Pluto's Playmate (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Pluto is playing with a ball on the beach. The ball goes into the water and starts moving in strange ways, because a sea lion is playing with it. Pluto does not want to share the ball, and ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Ferguson | Star: Lee Millar

Votes: 252

44. Lend a Paw (1941)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Pluto saves the life of a kitten, and later feels jealous towards the kitten after Mickey Mouse takes the kitten in.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 1,032

45. A Gentleman's Gentleman (1941)

8 min | Family, Animation, Comedy

Mickey Mouse lies in bed like a lord, getting served breakfast by man's (and mouse's?) best friend Pluto as gentleman's gentleman. Next duty is to fetch the paper, but also pay for it with ... See full summary »

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Walt Disney, Lee Millar

Votes: 260

46. Swing Cleaning (1941)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short

The king allows Gabby to take over the supervision of the castle's spring cleaning with disastrous results.

Directors: Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer

Votes: 77

47. Mail Early (1941)

2 min | Short, Animation

A very short animated film advertising for Canadians to mail their Xmas mail early in order their friends get their mail on time.

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 86