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Best British Classic Film of the 1940s


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I've been wanting to ask: what do people think are the best British movies of the 1940s?

 

I have been watching a few of these titles at Netflix streaming recently. Some of them are really good! And I was unfamiliar with a lot of these performers and directors before, so it is causing me to research it a bit more to see what other treasures I can find.

 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

 

The one I really loved today was BLANCHE FURY, with Valerie Hobson and Stewart Granger.

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Thanks everyone for the responses. These are some of the ones offered at Netflix streaming that I haven't had time to look at (if any are particularly noteworthy, let me know, and I will put it at the top of queue):

 

_The 1940s_

A PLACE OF ONE'S OWN...Margaret Lockwood & James Mason

THE MAGIC BOW...Phyllis Calvert, Stewart Granger, Jean Kent

ENGLISH WITHOUT TEARS...Michael Wilding & Lilli Palmer

CAPTAIN BOYCOTT...Stewart Granger & Kathleen Ryan

COTTAGE TO LET...Leslie Banks & Alastair Sim

DEAR MURDERER...Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price

THE OCTOBER MAN...John Mills & Joan Greenwood

ADAM AND EVELYNE...Stewart Granger & Jean Simmons

TWO THOUSAND WOMEN...Flora Robson & Patricia Roc

GOOD-TIME GIRL...Jean Kent & Dennis Price

BEWARE OF PITY...Lilli Palmer & Cedric Hardwicke

ALL OVER THE TOWN...Sarah Churchill & Ronald Adam

LONDON BELONGS TO ME...Richard Attenborough & Alastair Sim

THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER...John Mills & Valerie Hobson

HUNGRY HILL...Dennis Price & Margaret Lockwood

MILLIONS LIKE US...Patricia Roc & Gordon Jackson

BLITHE SPIRIT...Rex Harrison & Constance Cummings

MIRANDA...Glynis Johns & Googie Withers

EASY MONEY...Jack Warner & Marjorie Fielding

THIS HAPPY BREED...Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, John Mills

MY BROTHER'S KEEPER...Jack Warner & David Tomlinson

APPOINTMENT WITH CRIME...William Hartnell & Raymond Lovell

ONCE A JOLLY SWAGMAN...Dirk Bogarde & Bonar Colleano

THE LADY FROM LISBON...Francis L. Sullivan & Jane Carr

 

_The 1950s_

THREE SUNDAYS TO LIVE...Kieron Moore & Jane Griffiths

THE ASSASSIN...Richard Todd & Eva Bartok

ALWAYS A BRIDE...Peggy Cummins & Terence Morgan

THE LARGE ROPE...Donald Houston & Susan Shaw

THE BLUE LAMP...Jack Warner & Dirk Bogarde

HIGHLY DANGEROUS...Margaret Lockwood & Dane Clark

A WOMAN POSSESSED...Kay Callard & Francis Matthews

THE DEPRAVED...Anne Heywood & Robert Arden

FATHER'S DOING FINE...Richard Attenborough & Heather Thatcher

TROUBLE IN THE GLEN...Margaret Lockwood & Orson Welles

MOMENT OF INDISCRETION...Ronald Howard & Lana Morris

BLACK ORCHID...Ronald Howard & Olga Edwardes

THE CARD...Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson

MAD ABOUT MEN...Glynis Johns & Donald Sinden

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST...Michael Redgrave

MEET ME TONIGHT...Valerie Hobson, Nigel Patrick, Jack Warner

THE ASTONISHED HEART...Celia Johnson, Noel Coward

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"Kind Hearts And Coronets" (1949) is a fave dark-comedy by Ealing Studios.

 

 

If I may suggest a couple of "lesser-lights"------

 

 

2 George Formby faves: "Let George Do it" & "Turned Out Nice Again" (1940 & 1941)

 

 

Will Hay: "Convict 99" and "The Goose Steps Out" (1937 & 1943) "Convict 99" is a great comedy & I think Roddy McDowell plays a youngster early in it...

 

 

The other three were filmed during the war & are about the war... in one life aspect or another...

 

 

Very Interesting...In "Turned Out Nice Again", if you look real closely you will find Formby's suit is soiled... some scenes it is more noticable but nothing in the film indicates he is wearing a soild suit.... it was probably his own, and just was ..... The leading lady has teeth a bit like Formby's.... and we take so much for granted these days...blackouts & bombings at night but, business as usual in these films...they are quite fun.

 

 

 

 

 

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>The ones of your list which I know and like very much are:

>COTTAGE TO LET...Leslie Banks & Alastair Sim

>DEAR MURDERER...Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price

>THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST...Michael Redgrave

 

Great. I will make sure to put them at the top of my Netflix queue. DEAR MURDERER did seem very interesting.

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Then there's "Brief Encounter" (1945) for those who like their syrup extra sweet.

 

 

I like the scene in "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996) when Streisand has "Brief Encounter" playing on the TV in the background when Bridges complains about how swelling music in romance films drives him crazy.

 

 

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Really? You think *Brief Encounter* is sickly sweet? Imagine how over-done it would have been in American hands.

In fact, I like *Brief Encounter* partly because it has a certain restraint, given its subject matter.

Maybe it's the Brahms or Rachmaninov or whatever that dirge-like classical piano soundtrack is that makes it seem over-the-top.

Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure it's the same Rachmaninov piece in *The Seven Year Itch*, used to very different effect.

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> {quote:title=Trix_of_the_Flix wrote:}{quote}

> "Kind Hearts And Coronets" (1949) is a fave dark-comedy by Ealing Studios.

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THis is absolutely one of my favorites of all time. I highly recommend this to anyone who gets British humor (which I love). It is so brilliant. Not only is it hilarious, but one of my favorite actors of all time (Alec Guinness) gets to show off his genius by playing 8 different characters. Here's one of my favorite quotes from the lead character played by Dennis Price (and this is from memory so sorry if it's not 100% word perfect):

 

"It is so difficult to make a neat job of killing people with whom one is not on friendly terms."

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TopBilled, besides the thread I pointed you to, here is a list of ten films that should be required viewing from the 1940s. There are many other excellent films, but these are essentials. Some have been mentioned by others already, but you can't go wrong with these:

 

In Which We Serve

The Man in Grey

Brief Encounter

Great Expectations

Odd Man Out

Black Narcissus

Hamlet

Oliver Twist

The Red Shoes

The Third Man

 

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