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Favorite movies of 1942


dagoldenage

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I thought I'd bring this topic over from general discussion.

 

 

Several months ago, I started a post about 1940, and a few posters voted for their favorites of other years. So here are some thoughts of mine on 1942.

Overall, I thought it was a good year with anywhere from 15-20 movies that were at least very good, if not better. There was a good variety as the war movies hadn't hit hard yet.

 

NOTE: I did NOT include Casablanca and In Which We Serve because they were eligible for the Academy Awards the following year.

 

 

Top 10 movies: 

 

1. Yankee Doodle Dandy

2. Holiday Inn

3. Pride of the Yankees, The

4. Mrs. Miniver

5. Kings Row

6. Random Harvest

7. Now, Voyager

8. Man Who Came to Dinner, The

9. For Me and My Gal

10. Johnny Eager

 

Best of the rest: In This Our Life; Saboteur; Desperate Journey; All Through the Night; To Be or Not to Be; Roxie Hart.

Overrated: Magnificent Ambersons

Underrated: All Through the Night

 

 

Best Actor: James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

Best Actress: Bette Davis (Now, Voyager)

Best Supporting Actor: Ronald Reagan (Kings Row)

Best Supporting Actress: Susan Peters (Random Harvest)

 

Titles watched: 99

 

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My favorite film of 1942 is, by far, FOR ME AND MY GAL.  Judy Garland is at her peak in this film with just about every song being an absolute show-stopper.  Starting with the 'Beautiful Doll' number when she starts to slow down, and George Murphy winds her up and she comes back to life  TO the classic 'For Me and My Gal' duet with new comer Gene Kelly TO 'Ballin the Jack'.  And of course we also have "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the Farm", "there are smiles", "After You've Gone", and the tear-jerker ending (still gets me).

 

THe film is really great;  it doesn't get boring when there are no musical numbers.  I also believe this is the film that introduced me to Judy.  WHen I was about five years old, my dad was watching the film on TV (with commercials..... YUK!).  My mom was always working in the kitchen and rarely watched with us during the day.  When Judy and Gene Kelly started the 'Ballin the Jack' number, mom walked out of the kitchen, didn't sit down but watched the TV set.  about 3/4 of the way thru the number, she turned to my dad and said, "no one else like her".  Fifty years later, I totally agree.

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I like these yearly reviews that you do, Da Golden Age.

 

1. Cat People

2. The Big Street

3. This Gun for Hire

4. Saboteur

5. The Man Who Came to Dinner

6. Now, Voyager

7. Across the Pacific

8. My Favorite Blonde

9. The Black Swan

10. I Married a Witch

 

11. Desperate Journey

12. A Date with the Falcon

13. The Talk of the Town

14. To Be or Not to Be

15. In This Our Life

16. Eyes in the Night

17. Moontide

18. Fingers at the Window

19. The Falcon Takes Over

20. Jungle Book

21. Les Visiteurs du Soir

22. The Glass Key

23. Road to Morocco

24. The Spoilers

25. In Old California

26. Reap the Wild Wind

27. The Boogie Man Will Get You

28. The Undying Monster

29. Keeper of the Flame

30. Tortilla Flat

31. Tales of Manhattan

32. Dr. Renault's Secret

33. Invisible Agent

34. The Ghost of Frankenstein

35. Random Harvest

36. The Falcon's Brother

37. The Moon and Sixpence

38. Flying Tigers

39. Woman of the Year

40. Son of Fury

41. The Palm Beach Story

42. Mrs. Miniver

43. Reunion in France

44. The Mummy's Tomb

45. Ride 'Em Cowboy

46. The Major and the Minor

47. Pittsburgh

48. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

49. The Pride of the Yankees

50. The Male Animal

51. Maisie Gets Her Man

52. Thunder Birds

53. Kings Row

 

Best Actor: Alan Ladd (Ronald Colman, Spencer Tracy)
Best Actress: Bette Davis (Greer Garson, Veronica Lake)
Supporting Actor: Joseph Calleia (Frank Morgan, William Bendix)
Supporting Actress: Mary Astor (Teresa Wright, Agnes Moorehead)
Best Director: Jacques Tourneur (John Huston, Marcel Carne)

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I like these yearly reviews that you do, Da Golden Age.

 

1. Cat People

2. The Big Street

3. This Gun for Hire

4. Saboteur

5. The Man Who Came to Dinner

6. Now, Voyager

7. Across the Pacific

8. My Favorite Blonde

9. The Black Swan

10. I Married a Witch

 

11. Desperate Journey

12. A Date with the Falcon

13. The Talk of the Town

14. To Be or Not to Be

15. In This Our Life

16. Eyes in the Night

17. Moontide

18. Fingers at the Window

19. The Falcon Takes Over

20. Jungle Book

21. Les Visiteurs du Soir

22. The Glass Key

23. Road to Morocco

24. The Spoilers

25. In Old California

26. Reap the Wild Wind

27. The Boogie Man Will Get You

28. The Undying Monster

29. Keeper of the Flame

30. Tortilla Flat

31. Tales of Manhattan

32. Dr. Renault's Secret

33. Invisible Agent

34. The Ghost of Frankenstein

35. Random Harvest

36. The Falcon's Brother

37. The Moon and Sixpence

38. Flying Tigers

39. Woman of the Year

40. Son of Fury

41. The Palm Beach Story

42. Mrs. Miniver

43. Reunion in France

44. The Mummy's Tomb

45. Ride 'Em Cowboy

46. The Major and the Minor

47. Pittsburgh

48. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

49. The Pride of the Yankees

50. The Male Animal

51. Maisie Gets Her Man

52. Thunder Birds

53. Kings Row

 

Best Actor: Alan Ladd (Ronald Colman, Spencer Tracy)

Best Actress: Bette Davis (Greer Garson, Veronica Lake)

Supporting Actor: Joseph Calleia (Frank Morgan, William Bendix)

Supporting Actress: Mary Astor (Teresa Wright, Agnes Moorehead)

Best Director: Jacques Tourneur (John Huston, Marcel Carne)

 

I see you list Ladd and Calleia;   is that for The Glass Key?    This early noir is a favorite of mine.   

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I see you list Ladd and Calleia;   is that for The Glass Key?    This early noir is a favorite of mine. 

 

I wouldn't normally select Alan Ladd for the "Best Actor", but I really didn't see too many other alternatives for me.  The kind of films I liked didn't feature a strong male lead performance.  Ladd is at his "Laddest" in This Gun for Hire and The Glass Key, so I liked him the most.

 

Joseph Calleia gets the nod more for The Jungle Book than The Glass Key, but I did factor in the latter, without a doubt.

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Another WWII era year and another favorite film-making year of mine.

 

These are my favorites (in no particular order):

 

1. Gentleman Jim

2. The Big Street

3. Desperate Journey

4. For Me and My Gal

5. Casablanca*

6. The Glass Key (thank you so much to TCM for airing all the Ladd/Lake collaborations during Ladd's SUTS day in Aug!)

7. Holiday Inn

8. The Magnificent Ambersons

9. The Man Who Came to Dinner

10. The Palm Beach Story

11. Saboteur

12. Saludos Amigos

13. The Talk of the Town

14. This Gun for Hire

15. You Were Never Lovelier

16. Now Voyager

17. Der Fuehrer's Face (Disney short featuring Donald Duck)

 

*Don't know if Casablanca counts for '42 or '43.

 

Again, I discovered there is so much that I'm missing! If only I were independently wealthy and could devote myself fully to catching up on films from the Golden Age. 

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My list of movies for 1942 is:

 

Mashenka (1942)

This is a simple story of love with its heartbreaks and joys. It is very moving.

 

Mother Never Dies (1942)

It is the beautiful story of a boy being guided by his mother's spirit into becoming a worthwhile man.

I believe it is an important work in Mikio Naruse's filmography because it shows how deeply he understood women and how realistically he portrayed them. He is in this instance showing a woman's values and sense of self-worth continue to be important even after she is gone.

 

There Was a Father (1942) 

I feel this is Ozu's saddest movie. It is odd also because Ozu snips moments in time but this movie covers years of the relationship between father and son. It is as all of his movies are very beautiful.

 

The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)

This is a murder mystery-thriller from a master of suspense!

 

Went the Day Well? (1942)

I find this to be a taut and exciting depiction of an incident which many feared might happen. 

 

Jungle Book (1942)

 

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

This movie shows the intense personal dramas and lighthearted lives of the owners of a tail coat as it passes from one to the next. It introduced me also to the phrase: "not as sharp as a rowboat."

 

Holiday Inn (1942)

I feel this is one of the greatest holiday movies of all time!

 

Cat People (1942)

I feel this is one of the greatest psychological dramas of all time.

 

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