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1940..489 feature films were released in the United States.


1941..508 feature films were released


1942..503 feature films


1943..416 feature films


1944..403 feature films


1945..372 feature films


1946..392 feature films


1947..379 feature films


1948..401 feature films


1949..392 feature films


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COL=Columbia (1940-1949)

RKO=Radio Pictures (1940-1949) and DIS=Disney (1940-1949)

MGM=Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1940-1949)

PAR=Paramount (1940-1949)

MON=Monogram (1940-1949)

AA=Allied Artists (1947-1949)

UNI=Universal/Universal International (1940-1946; 1946-1949)

REP=Republic (1940-1949)

WB=Warner Brothers (1940-1949)

FOX=20th Century Fox (1940-1949)

FC=Film Classics (1947-1949)

SG/LIP=Screen Guild/Lippert (1945-1948; 1948-1949)

PRC=Producers Releasing Corporation (1940-1947)

E-L=Eagle Lion (1947-1949)

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1940..489 feature films were released in the United States.

1941..508 feature films were released

1942..503 feature films

1943..416 feature films

1944..403 feature films

1945..372 feature films

1946..392 feature films

1947..379 feature films

1948..401 feature films

1949..392 feature films

 

That's a total of 4,255 feature films released in the United States from the major studios during the 1940s.

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I forgot to mention these yesterday:

 

Film Classics

 

1947: 2 features; fewest releases

1948: 12

1949: 13; tied with Screen Guild for fewest releases

 

 

Screen Guild Productions/Lippert

 

1945: 2 features; fewest releases

1946: 8 features; fewest releases

1947: 17

1948: 11; fewest releases

1949: 13; tied with Film Classics for fewest releases

 
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Okay-- I will go in-depth with each company. I am starting with Columbia Pictures. See comments below:

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Loretta Young & Melvyn Douglas in HE STAYED FOR BREAKFAST.

 

1940

JANUARY

MUSIC IN MY HEART

CAFÉ HOSTESS 

HIS GIRL FRIDAY..Rosalind Russell's success in this film would cause her to leave home studio MGM and sign a deal with Columbia.

LONE WOLF STRIKES, THE..Warren William was now comfortably rolling along in the Lone Wolf series.

CONVICTED WOMAN

 

FEBRUARY

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AT HOME..The Peppers were a popular new family series at the studio.

PIONEERS OF THE FRONTIER 

BLONDIE ON A BUDGET..this series would be very profitable for Columbia and continue until 1950.

 

MARCH

BULLETS FOR RUSTLERS

FIGHT FOR LIFE, THE 

OUTSIDE THE THREE-MILE LIMIT 

TOO MANY HUSBANDS..Fred MacMurray was borrowed from Paramount.

 

APRIL

BLAZING SIX SHOOTERS 

MAN WITH NINE LIVES, THE 

DOCTOR TAKES A WIFE, THE..Loretta Young had just signed a deal with Columbia after leaving 20th Century Fox.

21 DAYS..a 1937 British production with Vivien Leigh & Laurence Olivier that Columbia snapped up for U.S. release, after Leigh had a big hit playing Scarlett O'Hara.

 

MAY

MAN WITH TUMBLEWEEDS, THE

MEN WITHOUT SOULS 

ISLAND OF DOOMED MEN

ESCAPE TO GLORY

TEXAS STAGECOACH 

LONE WOLF MEETS A LADY, THE 

 

JUNE

PASSPORT TO ALCATRAZ

BABIES FOR SALE..a very young Glenn Ford appears in an early leading role.

MAD MEN OF EUROPE 

THUNDER OVER PARIS 

RETURN OF WILD BILL, THE 

OUT WEST WITH THE PEPPERS

 

JULY

I MARRIED ADVENTURE

GIRLS OF THE ROAD

BLONDIE HAS SERVANT TROUBLE

 

AUGUST

MILITARY ACADEMY

LADY IN QUESTION, THE..Evelyn Keyes' first film at the studio. She had a lengthy run at Columbia.

SECRET SEVEN, THE 

DURANGO KID, THE..the first of 65 'Durango Kid' B westerns Charles Starrett made at Columbia.

HE STAYED FOR BREAKFAST

 

SEPTEMBER

FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS IN TROUBLE 

BEFORE I HANG 

HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA, THE..a flop; it caused Cary Grant to decline period roles after this.

GLAMOUR FOR SALE 

PRAIRIE SCHOONERS 

 

OCTOBER

ANGELS OVER BROADWAY 

SO YOU WON’T TALK 

FUGITIVE FROM A PRISON CAMP..obviously inspired by Warner Brothers' I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG.

WEST OF ABILENE

BLONDIE PLAYS CUPID 

 

NOVEMBER

BEYOND THE SACRAMENTO 

GIRLS UNDER 21 

LONE WOLF KEEPS A DATE, THE 

ELLERY QUEEN, MASTER DETECTIVE..a new version produced by Columbia (there was a hit radio series and Republic had made two films with the character in the mid-1930s).

 

DECEMBER

THUNDERING FRONTIER 

GREAT PLANE ROBBERY, THE 

NOBODY’S CHILDREN 

PHANTOM SUBMARINE, THE 

ARIZONA 

WILDCAT OF TUCSON, THE 

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