Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1942

And now we're back, from outer space -- that is if "my living-room floor" falls under the definition of "outer space" (there's no gravity when your spine gives in) -- and let us not look upon each other with sad looks upon our faces but rather joy, for it's time for one of our "Siri Says" series, in which I ask my cell phone to choose a number between 1 and 100 and we then choose our five favorite movies from the corresponding year. 

Today we got stuck with 1942 (all of these movies are turning 75 this year!) and at first I thought this would be a tough one - a lot of titles weren't jumping off the year's Wikipedia list at me. But then I started investigating closer, and realized I'd just forgotten the titles of several movies - there are actually a whole lot of movies from 1942 that I love. So many that narrowing it down to only 5 was a tough nut to crack. 

I managed, with some elbow grease brain-wise, but the runners-up should be thought of as a special bunch too. I mean a Hitchcock movie actually didn't make my top five - that's when you know something's nutty...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1942

(dir. Michael Curtiz)
-- released on November 26th 1942 --

(dir. Irving Rapper)
-- released on October 31st 1942 --

(dir. Preston Sturges)
-- released on December 10th 1942 --

(dir. Ernst Lubitsch)
-- released on March 6th 1942 --

(dir. Jacques Tourneur)
-- released on December 25th 1942 --


Runners-up: Bambi (dir. James Algar etc.),  Saboteur (dir. Alfred Hitchcock), The Corpse Vanishes (dir. Wallace Fox), Woman of the Year (dir. George Stevens), Gentlemen Jim (dir. Raoul Walsh), The Black Swan (dir. Henry King), The Pride of the Yankees (dir. Sam Wood), The Man Who Came to Dinner (dir. William Keighley)

Never Seen: Mrs. Miniver (dir. William Wyler),  
The Magnificent Ambersons (dir. Orson Welles)


What are your 5 favorite movies of 1942?


joel65913 said...

Great, great choices!! How amazing did Carole Lombard look in To Be or Not To Be and what a great performance as well! Such a tragedy that she didn't live to see the release of the film but at least her swan song was in a timeless classic.

What an absolutely fantastic year, one of my favorites. My runner-up list is huge and lllooonnnggg and I can't tell you how many I left off that I just liked, but we share at least one in our top five. You can't find much better anguished hopeless romance than Now, Voyager.

Top 5 in order of preference:
Now, Voyager
I Married a Witch
This Gun for Hire
The Major and the Minor

And the many, many honorable mentions (alphabetical):
The Big Street
The Black Swan
Gentleman Jim
George Washington Slept Here
The Glass Key
In This Our Life
The Lady Has Plans
Larceny, Inc.
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Mr. & Mrs. North
Mrs. Miniver
My Sister Eileen
The Night Has Eyes
A Night to Remember
Orchestra Wives
The Palm Beach Story
The Pride of the Yankees
Reap the Wild Wind
Rings on Her Fingers
Son of Fury
Springtime in the Rockies
Star Spangled Rhythm
Take a Letter, Darling
The Talk of the Town
The War Against Mrs. Hadley
To Be or Not to Be

Quiet Please, Murder*-Wanted to point this one out for you particularly. It’s a minor but enjoyable film, and George Sanders is the star and he makes everything better, but what I think will be of particular interest is that it is set almost entirely in a public library!

Pierce said...

Can’t argue with your list, but adding

The Male Animal – Olivia de Havilland and Henry Fonda are fun together
In This our Life – Classy romance with Bette Davis
I Married a Witch – Loads of fun and probably Veronica Lake’s best performance
The Man Who Came to Dinner – Still terrific because it preserves Monty Woolley’s definitive Sheridan Whiteside
In Which We Serve – Written by Noel Coward and directed by David Lean, it shows the war from the common Brit’s point of view and it’s terrific.
The Magnificent Ambersons – Based on Booth Tarkington’s book, Welles second film, features an outstanding performance by Agnes Moorehead as Aunt Fanny. It’s a must see!

I just agree with Joel about Bambi, The Big Street is an outstanding Noir and Lucille Ball is marvelous in it. My Sister Eileen is really funny because it's Rosalind Russell, Janet Blair and one of the first appearances by the Three Stooges.