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    With the rapid growth of cinema the world over, 40s began to be an era of class as well as experiment. Look at a few titles

    Top ranking films as listed in the wikipedia:

    1. Sergeant York Warner Bros. Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan
    2. They Died with Their Boots On Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
    3. Honky Tonk MGM Clark Gable, Lana Turner
    4. A Yank in the RAF 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power, Betty Grable
    5. How Green Was My Valley 20th Century Fox Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara
    6. Citizen Kane RKO Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
    7. Sullivan's Travels Paramount Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake
    8. Moon Over Miami 20th Century Fox Betty Grable, Don Ameche
    9. Buck Privates Universal Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
    10. Ziegfeld Girl MGM James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr
    11. Ball of Fire RKO Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
    12. The Maltese Falcon Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor
    13. That Night in Rio 20th Century Fox Alice Faye, Don Ameche
    14. Meet John Doe Warner Bros. Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck
    15. Suspicion RKO Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant
    16. Hold Back the Dawn Paramount Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland
    17. Here Comes Mr. Jordan Columbia Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains
    18. I Wanted Wings Paramount Ray Milland, William Holden
    19. Dive Bomber Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Fred MacMurray
    20. I Wake Up Screaming 20th Century Fox Betty Grable, Victor Mature

    Academy Awards

    Best Picture: How Green Was My Valley - 20th Century-Fox
    Best Actor: Gary Cooper - Sergeant York
    Best Actress: Joan Fontaine - Suspicion
    Best Supporting Actor: Donald Crisp - How Green Was My Valley
    Best Supporting Actress: Mary Astor - The Great Lie
    Best Director: John Ford - How Green Was My Valley

    A list of films released in the world over in 1941 (country name mentioned for non-US films)

    The 47 Ronin (Genroku chushingura), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi - (Japan)
    49th Parallel, directed by Michael Powell, starring Leslie Howard and Laurence Olivier - (U.K.)
    Adam Had Four Sons
    Among the Living
    Andy Hardy's Private Secretary, starring Mickey Rooney
    All Through the Night, starring Humphrey Bogart
    Babes on Broadway, directed by Busby Berkeley, starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
    Back Street
    Ball of Fire, directed by Howard Hawks, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck
    Blood and Sand, starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth
    Blossoms in the Dust, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
    Bowery Blitzkrieg
    The Bride Came C.O.D.
    Broadway Limited, starring Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe, Patsy Kelly
    Buck Privates, starring Abbott and Costello
    Caught in the Draft
    Charlie Chan in Rio
    The Chocolate Soldier
    Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles with Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane
    The Corsican Brothers
    The Devil and Daniel Webster (aka All That Money Can Buy), starring Walter Huston and Edward Arnold
    The Devil and Miss Jones, starring Jean Arthur and Robert Cummings
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman
    The Face Behind the Mask, starring Peter Lorre
    Flying Wild
    The Gang's All Here starring Frankie Darro and Mantan Moreland
    The Great Lie, starring Mary Astor and Bette Davis
    Hatter's Castle, starring Robert Newton and Deborah Kerr - (U.K.)
    Hellzapoppin', starring Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson
    Here Comes Mr. Jordan, starring Robert Montgomery
    High Sierra, starring Ida Lupino and Humphrey Bogart in his first starring role
    Hit the Road
    Hold Back the Dawn, starring Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland and Paulette Goddard
    Hold That Ghost
    Honky Tonk, starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner
    How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford, starring Walter Pidgeon and Maureen O'Hara - winner of 5 Academy Awards
    I Wake Up Screaming, starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis
    I Wanted Wings, starring Ray Milland, William Holden, Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy
    In the Navy, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
    It Started with Eve
    Keep 'Em Flying, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
    Kipps, directed by Carol Reed, starring Michael Redgrave - (U.K.)
    Lady Be Good
    The Lady Eve, directed by Preston Sturges, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda
    Life Begins for Andy Hardy starring Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden
    The Little Foxes, directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis
    Look Who's Laughing, starring Edgar Bergen, Fibber McGee and Molly
    Louisiana Purchase
    Major Barbara, directed by Gabriel Pascal, starring Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison - (U.K.)
    The Maltese Falcon, directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
    Man Hunt, starring Walter Pidgeon and Joan Bennett
    Man Made Monster, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Lionel Atwill
    Meet John Doe, starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck
    Mob Town
    Moon Over Miami, starring Betty Grable
    Mr. Bug Goes to Town
    Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, starring W. C. Fields
    Nice Girl?
    One Foot in Heaven, starring Fredric March and Martha Scott
    Penn of Pennsylvania, starring Clifford Evans and Deborah Kerr - (U.K.)
    Penny Serenade, starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant
    Pimpernel Smith - (U.K.)
    A Place to Live
    Pride of the Bowery
    Princess Iron Fan - (China)
    Rage in Heaven
    Red River Valley, directed by Joseph Kane
    The Reluctant Dragon
    Road to Zanzibar, starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
    The Sea Wolf, starring Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino, John Garfield
    Sergeant York, directed by Howard Hawks, starring Gary Cooper
    Shadow of the Thin Man, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy
    The Shanghai Gesture, starring Gene Tierney
    The Shepherd of the Hills
    Shining Victory, starring James Stephenson and Geraldine Fitzgerald
    Spooks Run Wild, starring East Side Kids and Bela Lugosi
    The Strawberry Blonde
    Sullivan's Travels, directed by Preston Sturges, starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake
    Sun Valley Serenade
    Suspicion, starring Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant
    Swamp Water
    Tank Patrol
    Target for Tonight - (U.K.)
    Tarzan's Secret Treasure
    That Hamilton Woman (aka Lady Hamilton), starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier - (U.K.)
    That Night in Rio
    They Died with Their Boots On, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland
    Tobacco Road, starring Gene Tierney
    Todake no kyodai (Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family), directed by Yasujiro Ozu - (Japan)
    Turned Out Nice Again, starring George Formby - (U.K.)
    Unexpected Uncle, starring Anne Shirley, James Craig, and Charles Coburn
    War Front
    Western Union, starring Randolph Scott
    The Wolf Man
    A Woman's Face, starring Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas
    A Yank in the RAF, starring Tyrone Power and Betty Grable
    You Belong to Me
    You'll Never Get Rich, starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth
    Ziegfeld Girl, starring Judy Garland
    Above and more info at wiki

    1940s contd....
    விமர்சனங்களுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட இறைவன் நடிகர் திலகம்.. கடலின் ஆழத்தை அளந்து விடலாம். நடிகர் திலகத்தின் செல்வாக்கை அளக்க முடியாது... அது பயனளிக்கும் போது தான் அதன் ஆழம் புரியும்....

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    To facilitate recollection and dwelve in nostalgia, the 40s classics are to be discussed on a random order and chronology not followed. Popular as well as rare classics would find place here. Fellow hubbers may please put in their contribution by sharing their knowledge of this era.

    To begin with the evergreen

    How Green Was My Valley

    book cover:

    a classic scene snap

    How Green Was My Valley is a 1941 drama film directed by John Ford. The film, based on the 1939 Richard Llewellyn novel, was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and written by Philip Dunne. The film stars Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee, Donald Crisp, and Roddy McDowall. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards,[1] winning five and beating out for Best Picture such classics as Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Suspicion and Sergeant York.
    The film tells the story of the Morgans, a close, hard-working Welsh family at the turn of the twentieth century in the South Wales coalfield at the heart of the South Wales Valleys. It chronicles a socio-economic way of life passing and the family unit disintegrating.
    In 1990, How Green Was My Valley was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


    Sara Allgood as Beth Morgan and Roddy McDowall as Huw Morgan.
    Walter Pidgeon as Mr. Gruffydd
    Maureen O'Hara as Angharad Morgan
    Anna Lee as Bronwyn, Ivor's wife
    Donald Crisp as Gwilym Morgan
    Roddy McDowall as Huw Morgan
    John Loder as Ianto Morgan
    Sara Allgood as Mrs. Beth Morgan
    Barry Fitzgerald as Cyfartha
    Patric Knowles as Ivor Morgan
    Morton Lowry as Mr. Jonas
    Arthur Shields as Mr. Parry
    Ann E. Todd as Ceinwen
    Frederick Worlock as Dr. Richards
    Richard Fraser as Davy Morgan
    Evan S. Evans as Gwilym Morgan
    James Monks as Owen Morgan
    Rhys Williams as Dai Bando
    Lionel Pape as Evans
    Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Nicholas
    Marten Lamont as Iestyn Evans

    Directed by John Ford
    Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
    Screenplay by Philip Dunne
    Based on How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
    Narrated by Irving Pichel

    Music by Alfred Newman
    Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
    Editing by James B. Clark
    Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
    Release date(s) October 28, 1941
    Running time 118 minutes
    Country United States
    Language English Welsh


    The story is told through the eyes and with the voice-over narration of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall), now a middle-aged man leaving his home, a mining town in the Rhondda Valley, and recalling the events that most impressed his younger self. The boy Huw is played by Roddy, but the voice-over is that of unseen actor Irving Pichel.
    Huw's first memories are of the marriage of his brother, Ivor (Patric Knowles), and the burgeoning, unspoken and ill-fated romance of his sister, Angharad (Maureen O'Hara), with the new preacher, Mr. Gruffydd (Walter Pidgeon). Because of the forbidden nature of the romance, Angharad marries another man (whom she later divorces), and Mr. Gruffydd leaves the chapel in disgust after being subjected to untrue town gossip - his romance with Angharad is never consummated, nor do they ever marry. Still too young to work in the local coal mine like his father, Gwilym (Donald Crisp), and his five older brothers, Huw senses the seriousness of an imminent strike by the rift it creates between his father and the other boys when three of them move out of the family abode.
    During the tensions of the strike, Huw saves his mother (Sara Allgood) from drowning and in so doing temporarily loses the use of his legs. As Gruffydd aids in Huw's recovery, insisting on a positive attitude, he suggests that it is only the first of many trials the boy will have to face. Other subplots are explored in the film, which concludes with the death of Gwilym Morgan in a mining accident.

    Academy Award
    The film was nominated for ten awards.[3]
    Best Picture - Darryl F. Zanuck (won)
    Best Director - John Ford (won)
    Best Supporting Actor - Donald Crisp (won)
    Best Black-and-White Cinematography - Arthur C. Miller (won)
    Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration - Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran and Thomas Little (won)
    Best Adapted Screenplay - Philip Dunne
    Best Supporting Actress - Sara Allgood
    Best Film Editing - James B. Clark
    Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture - Alfred Newman
    Best Recording Sound - Edmund H. Hansen
    ....More info at wiki

    Trailer of the film

    விமர்சனங்களுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட இறைவன் நடிகர் திலகம்.. கடலின் ஆழத்தை அளந்து விடலாம். நடிகர் திலகத்தின் செல்வாக்கை அளக்க முடியாது... அது பயனளிக்கும் போது தான் அதன் ஆழம் புரியும்....

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    A Letter to Three Wives

    A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. It stars Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Kirk Douglas, Paul Douglas in his film debut, Jeffrey Lynn, and Thelma Ritter. An uncredited Celeste Holm provides the voice of Addie Ross, the unseen woman who wrote the eponymous letter.
    The movie was adapted by Vera Caspary and Joseph L. Mankiewicz from the novel Letter to Five Wives by John Klempner. It was directed by Mankiewicz, who went on to direct All About Eve the following year.
    It won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Writing, Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture.
    from wiki...

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Produced by Sol C. Siegel
    Written by John Klempner (novel)
    Vera Caspary
    Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring Jeanne Crain
    Linda Darnell
    Ann Sothern
    Kirk Douglas
    Paul Douglas
    Jeffrey Lynn
    Music by Alfred Newman
    Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
    Editing by J. Watson Webb Jr.
    Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    Release date(s) January 20, 1949
    Running time 103 min.
    Language English
    more info at wiki

    Trailer of A Letter to Three Wives

    Last edited by RAGHAVENDRA; 12th October 2011 at 07:53 AM.
    விமர்சனங்களுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட இறைவன் நடிகர் திலகம்.. கடலின் ஆழத்தை அளந்து விடலாம். நடிகர் திலகத்தின் செல்வாக்கை அளக்க முடியாது... அது பயனளிக்கும் போது தான் அதன் ஆழம் புரியும்....

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    Cat People 1942

    Cat People is a 1942 horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur. DeWitt Bodeen wrote the original screenplay which was based on Val Lewton's short story The Bagheeta published in 1930.[1] The film stars Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph and Tom Conway.
    Cat People was followed by a sequel, The Curse of the Cat People, in 1944. A remake of the same name directed by Paul Schrader and starring Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and John Heard was released in 1982.


    At an American city zoo, Serbian-born fashion designer Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon) makes sketches of a black panther. She catches the attention of marine engineer Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), who strikes up a conversation. Irena invites him to her apartment for tea. As they walk away, one of Irena's discarded sketches is revealed as a panther impaled by a sword.
    At her apartment, Oliver is intrigued by a statue of a medieval warrior on horseback impaling a large cat with his sword. Irena informs Oliver that the figure is the [partly fictional] King John of Serbia and that the cat represents evil. According to legend, long ago the Christian residents of her home village gradually turned to witchcraft and devil worship after being enslaved by the Mameluks. When King John drove the Mameluks out and saw what the villagers had become, he had them killed. However, "the wisest and the most wicked" escaped into the mountains. Oliver buys her a kitten, but upon meeting her it hisses. They go to the pet shop to exchange it as they enter the animals go wild in her presence. The shopkeeper say that animals can sense things about people.
    It gradually becomes clear that Irena believes she is descended from them, and that she fears that she will transform into a panther if aroused to passion. While she was growing up, the other children had called her mother a cat person and her father had died mysteriously.
    Despite her odd beliefs, Oliver persuades her to marry him. However, during the dinner after their wedding at a Serbian restaurant, a woman walks over and asks Irena if she is "мојa сестрa" (moya sestra, "my sister"). Fearing something evil within her and dreading what could happen, Irena avoids sleeping with her husband. He persuades her to see a psychiatrist, Dr. Louis Judd (Tom Conway), who tries to convince her that her fears are of a more mundane nature. When she discovers that Oliver has confided their marital problems to his attractive assistant, Alice Moore (Jane Randolph), she feels betrayed. At work, Alice confesses to Oliver that she loves him.
    One night, Irena sees Oliver and Alice seated together at a restaurant. She follows Alice as she walks home alone. Alice becomes increasingly uneasy, sensing an unseen someone or something behind her. Just as she hears a menacing sound, a bus pulls up; she hastily boards it. Soon after, several sheep are killed. The bloodied pawprints leading away turn into imprints of a woman's shoes.
    Later, when Alice decides to take a dip in the basement swimming pool of her apartment building, she is stalked by an animal shown only by its shadow. She jumps into the pool, using the water to keep the creature at bay. When Alice screams for help, Irena turns on the lights and claims to be looking for Oliver. Alice emerges, wondering if she had imagined the whole thing, until she finds her robe torn to shreds.
    After a talk with Dr. Judd, Irena tells Oliver she is no longer afraid, but it is too late; Oliver has realized that he loves Alice and is getting a divorce. Later, at work, he and Alice are cornered by a ferocious animal. Thinking quickly, he grabs his T-square (which is in the shape of a cross) and tells Irena to go away.
    After it leaves, Alice calls Dr. Judd to warn him to stay away from Irena, but he hangs up when the woman shows up. Attracted to her, he makes the fatal mistake of kissing her. She transforms into a panther and kills him, though he manages to wound her in the shoulder with the sword concealed in his cane. Oliver and Alice arrive a few minutes too late. Irena slips away, back in her human shape, and goes to the zoo. There, she opens the panther's cage and allows herself to be killed.


    Simone Simon as Irena Dubrovna Reed
    Kent Smith as Oliver Reed
    Tom Conway as Dr. Louis Judd
    Jane Randolph as Alice Moore
    Jack Holt as The Commodore
    Elizabeth Russell as Serbian woman at restaurant (uncredited)
    Alan Napier as Doc Carver (uncredited)
    Theresa Harris as Minnie, waitress at Sally Lunds café (uncredited)
    Elizabeth Dunn as Miss Plunkett, pet shop owner (uncredited)
    Mary Halsey as Blondie, apartment house desk clerk (uncredited)

    Directed by Jacques Tourneur
    Produced by Val Lewton
    Written by DeWitt Bodeen

    Music by Roy Webb
    Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
    Editing by Mark Robson
    Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
    Release date(s) 6 December 1942 (NYC)
    25 December 1942 (US)
    Running time 73 minutes
    Country United States
    Language English source wiki.....


    விமர்சனங்களுக்கு அப்பாற்பட்ட இறைவன் நடிகர் திலகம்.. கடலின் ஆழத்தை அளந்து விடலாம். நடிகர் திலகத்தின் செல்வாக்கை அளக்க முடியாது... அது பயனளிக்கும் போது தான் அதன் ஆழம் புரியும்....

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    Most of the biggest critics agree that Citizen Kane is the greatest movie ever made in hollywood. I watched it only once. I would like to watch again to understand to find out what is so great about the movie. According to critics cinematography is a revealtion in this movie and music and story narration. Anyone watched this movie?

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    Citizen Kane is considered by many as the greatest film of all time, and I could see why, because the story, acting, music, and everything else is just so perfectly done and is just so incredible that its hard to believe that one man created this masterpiece. The plot is the best part, it tells the tragic and sad life of one man who wanted love but had none to give, and it just follows his mysterious life step by step an never tries to be boring and it never forgets what the point of the story is, possibly the greatest screenplay ever. Orson Wells is remembered for mostly one thing in his life, acting and directing the most critically acclaimed film in the history of cinema, and he pulls both off with flying colors in ways I cannot describe. The cinematography of the film is also incredible, its like every scene was on the perfect spot for the film. Citizen Kane is not my favorite movie of all time, but if a friend of mine came up to me and asked me "Is Citizen Kane the greatest film of all time?". I would ony respond with "yes, its not my favorite film but it is the best film."

    August 15, 2011

    Interesting review by one of the vistors of rottentomatoes.

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