1940's Best Movies: 80 Years Later

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Rankings come from the overall list of the top 1,000 films at They Shoot Pictures, Don't They.

Poll Results

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (Howard Hawks; USA) [#142] 6
THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (Ernst Lubitsch; USA) [#253] 4
REBECCA (Alfred Hitchcock; USA) [#673] 3
THE MORTAL STORM (Frank Borzage; USA) [#1501] 2
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (George Cukor; USA) [#329] 2
PINOCCHIO (Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton Luske; USA) [#406] 1
THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (Michael Powell/Ludwig Berger/Tim Whelan; UK) [#735] 1
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (John Ford; USA) [#178] 1
FANTASIA (Various Directors; USA) [#463] 1
THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin; USA) [#173] 0
FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (Alfred Hitchcock; USA) [#1966] 0
DANCE, GIRL, DANCE (Dorothy Arzner; USA) [#1565] 0

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 1 May 2020 00:51 (three weeks ago) link

Even I am mystified at how Christmas in July didn't make the TSPDT cut.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 1 May 2020 00:53 (three weeks ago) link

Borzage just above Hitchcock-squared.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 1 May 2020 00:54 (three weeks ago) link

Wow. It's not even my favorite Borzage. Or Hitchcock.

Going for The Shop Around the Corner because, well, there's nothing wrong with it. Not a syllable.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 May 2020 01:02 (three weeks ago) link

loved The Shop Around the Corner, The Philadelphia Story, The Grapes of Wrath, Rebecca, The Great Dictator, The Thief of Baghdad, haven’t yet seen Foreign Correspondent or The Mortal Storm

Dan S, Friday, 1 May 2020 01:08 (three weeks ago) link

also loved His Girl Friday

Dan S, Friday, 1 May 2020 01:09 (three weeks ago) link

The rare time I'll be in sync with the results: The Shop Around the Corner (though I haven't seen it in years). I like Dance, Girl, Dance a lot, too.

clemenza, Friday, 1 May 2020 01:10 (three weeks ago) link

Of the Disney fare, I cop to liking the mess that is Fantasia over Pinocchio.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 1 May 2020 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

1. The Shop Around the Corner
2. The Thief of Bagdad
3. The Grapes of Wrath
4. Pinocchio
5. Rebecca

Dance Girl Dance is the only thing here that I haven't seen; will try to catch its next TCM airing. Beyond that, I basically like everything on this list, with the exception of--*gulp*--His Girl Friday.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:15 (three weeks ago) link

Some of the omissions:

The Bank Dick
The Great McGinty
Remember the Night
They Drive By Night

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:19 (three weeks ago) link

My list:

1. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
2. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
3. The Letter (William Wyler)
4. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
5. The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin)
6. The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford)
7. Contraband (Michael Powell)
8. The Bank Dick (Edward F. Cline)
9. The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
10. The Mortal Storm (Frank Borzage)

NOT FORGOTTEN: Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen), Fantasia (Disney), Christmas in July (Preston Sturges), My Little Chickadee (Edward F. Cline), The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:22 (three weeks ago) link

Remember the Night is a very good film that has the unfortunate disadvantage of being the second best Christmas movie of 1940 (though I still haven't seen Christmas in July).

I like both of those W.C. Fields pics, but I think he works somewhat better in shorter bursts: The Fatal Glass of Beer, from several years before these two, is prob one of the funniest films I've ever seen.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:32 (three weeks ago) link

CiJ is not actually a Christmas movie, so you're okay there

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:39 (three weeks ago) link

I haven't seen the Borzage, Cukor, or Arzner. I might go with THIEF, which is a pure delight, since it sounds like SHOP has this in the bag (Alfred otm there)

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:40 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 21 May 2020 00:01 (six days ago) link

The Great Dictator is one of the great films of all time and should have gotten a vote or two

Dan S, Thursday, 21 May 2020 02:28 (six days ago) link

forgot to vote in this but would've had a hard time choosing between friday, shop, and rebecca (not perfect but still a fav). great dictator is excellent too.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 21 May 2020 02:32 (six days ago) link

Not unless it was their ONE favorite, though!

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:40 (six days ago) link

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