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Favorite movies of 1941


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I thought I'd bring this over to favorites from the general page.

 

 

I got a lot of responses to my 1940 Top 10 list a few months back, including some who voted for other years.

 

So I wanted to get something started on 1941. It seems there is not a lot of appreciation, outside of Citizen Kane. But there a number of movies from '41 that may not be classics but are favorites of mine that I could easily watch many times.

And what a great year for Gary Cooper and Babara Stanwyck.

 
My Top 10:
 

1. Suspicion

2. Penny Serenade

3. Meet John Doe

4. Ball of Fire

5. Sergeant York

6. Little Foxes, The

7. How Green Was My Valley

8. Maltese Falcon, The

9. Lady Eve, The

10. Love Crazy

 

 

Best of the rest: The Devil and Miss Jones, I Wake Up Screaming; Shadow of the Thin Man; Sullivan’s Travels; Buck Privates; Sun Valley Serenade.

 

Best Actor: Gary Cooper (Sergeant York)

Best Actress: Joan Fontaine (Suspicion)

Supporting Actor: Sydney Greenstreet (The Maltese Falcon)

Supporting Actress: Mary Astor (The Great Lie)

 
Titles watched: 109

 

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This is one of the better years for me.  I like a lot of films in '41.

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. The Devil and Daniel Webster

3. The Maltese Falcon

4. High Sierra

5. Man Hunt

6. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

7. Meet John Doe

8. The Shepherd of the Hills

9. I Wake Up Screaming

10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

11. Suspicion

12. Blues in the Night

13. Rage in Heaven

14. How Green Was My Valley

15. All Through the Night

16. The Lady Eve

17. Western Union

18. Nothing But the Truth

19. Johnny Eager

20. Out of the Fog

21. The Wolf Man

22. Ball of Fire

23. Dumbo

24. Among the Living

25. The Strawberry Blonde

26. Texas

27. The Sea Wolf

28. The Shanghai Gesture

29. **** Tonk

30. That Uncertain Feeling

31. H.M. Pulham, Esq.

32. They Died with Their Boots On

33. Ringside Maisie

34. Sullivan's Travels

35. The Gay Falcon

36. The Flame of New Orleans

37. Hold That Ghost

38. Shadow of the Thin Man

39. The Bride Came C.O.D.

40. Sundown

41. Hold Back the Dawn

42. Penny Serenade

43. When Ladies Meet

44. That Hamilton Woman

45. The Little Foxes

46. A Woman's Face

47. The Big Store

48. Maisie Was a Lady

49. Confirm or Deny

50. Belle Starr

51. Buck Privates

52. Love Crazy

53. Road to Zanzibar

54. In the Navy

55. Blood and Sand

56. Tobacco Road

57. Sergeant York

 

Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart (Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery)
Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck (Ida Lupino, Ingrid Bergman)
Supporting Actor: Van Heflin (Laird Cregar, Harry Carey)
Supporting Actress: Rita Hayworth (Teresa Wright, Sara Allgood)
Best Director: Orson Welles (John Ford, Preston Sturges)

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I'm definitely not a huge fan of 1942.  But 1941 is quite excellent to me.  I Wake Up Screaming is a creepy kind of film noir.  I definitely recommend it.

 

1941 is clearly one of my favorite movies years (if not the favorite).    A lot of first rate early noirs,  comedies,  westerns and dramas.

 

Best year for Warners but other studios had sucesss as well.    

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I agree, 1941 has a great mix of genres.  One of the best you will ever find.  And when it comes to films placing in my top 100 for the 40s, 1941 places third behind 1948 and 1946 as my favorite years of the decade.  My love of film noir is the biggest reason why.

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This is one of the better years for me.  I like a lot of films in '41.

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. The Devil and Daniel Webster

3. The Maltese Falcon

4. High Sierra

5. Man Hunt

6. Mr. and Mrs. Smith

7. Meet John Doe

8. The Shepherd of the Hills

9. I Wake Up Screaming

10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

11. Suspicion

12. Blues in the Night

13. Rage in Heaven

14. How Green Was My Valley

15. All Through the Night

16. The Lady Eve

17. Western Union

18. Nothing But the Truth

19. Johnny Eager

20. Out of the Fog

21. The Wolf Man

22. Ball of Fire

23. Dumbo

24. Among the Living

25. The Strawberry Blonde

26. Texas

27. The Sea Wolf

28. The Shanghai Gesture

29. **** Tonk

30. That Uncertain Feeling

31. H.M. Pulham, Esq.

32. They Died with Their Boots On

33. Ringside Maisie

34. Sullivan's Travels

35. The Gay Falcon

36. The Flame of New Orleans

37. Hold That Ghost

38. Shadow of the Thin Man

39. The Bride Came C.O.D.

40. Sundown

41. Hold Back the Dawn

42. Penny Serenade

43. When Ladies Meet

44. That Hamilton Woman

45. The Little Foxes

46. A Woman's Face

47. The Big Store

48. Maisie Was a Lady

49. Confirm or Deny

50. Belle Starr

51. Buck Privates

52. Love Crazy

53. Road to Zanzibar

54. In the Navy

55. Blood and Sand

56. Tobacco Road

57. Sergeant York

 

Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart (Gary Cooper, Robert Montgomery)

Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck (Ida Lupino, Ingrid Bergman)

Supporting Actor: Van Heflin (Laird Cregar, Harry Carey)

Supporting Actress: Rita Hayworth (Teresa Wright, Sara Allgood)

Best Director: Orson Welles (John Ford, Preston Sturges)

The censor is at work again, on no. 29. Proving that censors are not only buttinskis who should mind their own business, but that they're also stupid.

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1 The Maltese Falcon

2 Citizen Kane

3 Sullivan's Travels

4 High Sierra

5 Suspicion

6 They Died with Their Boots On

7 The Lady Eve

8 The Litle Foxes

9 You'll Never Get Rich

10 The Great Lie

 

Director: Orson Welles (Huston, Sturges)

Actor: Humphrey Bogart (Orson Welles, Cary Grant)

Actress: Veronica Lake (Mary Astor, Barbara Stanwyck)

Supporting actor: Joseph Cotton (Sydney Greenstreet, Nigel Bruce)

Supporting actress: Hattie McDaniel (Agnes Moorehead, Gladys George)

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The WWII era is probably one of my favorite time periods in film making.  1941 is no exception.

 

These are my favorites (in no particular order):

 

1. Citizen Kane

2. They Died With Their Boots On

3. Dive Bomber

4. Shadow of the Thin Man

5. The Maltese Falcon

6. Dumbo

7. High Sierra

8. I Wake Up Screaming

9. The Little Foxes

10. The Lady Eve

11. Suspicion

12. Footsteps in the Dark

13. Love Crazy

14. Moon Over Miami

15. Skylark

 

If there are any notable exclusions, it's probably because 1) I haven't seen it yet; or 2) I have seen it and didn't like it.

 

Sometimes I have trouble remembering which year a particular movie came out, whenever I compile year-specific lists, I try to look up a list of films that were released in that year.  On Google, a large group of movie posters pop up to show you major films that debuted that year.  I wish that movie posters still looked how they did back then.  The movie posters were so much cooler.  Instead of just taking screenshots from the film and slapping them onto a poster; many of these posters were actual works of art.  I love the "Sullivan's Travels" poster.  I haven't seen the movie yet; but love the poster!

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My list of the greatest movies of 1941 is:

 

Masquerade (1941) 

Tamara Makarova was a great beauty and wonderful actress. Nikolai Mordvinov had a presence which few actors can equal.

It is a story of base emotions of people who should be above such things.

 

Anton Ivanovich Is Angry (1941)

It is a wonderful musical comedy of manners.

 

The 47 Ronin (1941)

It is the story of supreme loyalty and self-sacrifice.

 

Volpone (1941)

This is a wonderful comedy! 

"When you've been here for three months like me, you'll be used to jail. The food is not good but the rats are friendly."

 

The Lady Eve (1941)

This is one of my favorite movies of all time! It is hilarious with subtle comedy, overt comedy and a bit of slapstick. The scene on the train is superb beyond measure!

 

Major Barbara (1941)

It is Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Sybil Thorndike and Robert Newton and it was written by George Bernard Shaw. What is not to love? :)

 

The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)

This is an hilarious comedy mystery! I feel it is one of Ealing's best. Will Hay is a treasure!

 

Charley's Aunt (1941)

 

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

 

Dumbo (1941)

 

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