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The Great Dictator (1940)

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Rebecca (1940)

A naïve and somewhat simple young woman (Joan Fontaine), is working as a hired travel companion for decadent, rich ladies. On one of her assignments she ends up in Monte Carlo at the French Riviera where she gets to meet the handsome Maxim DeWinter (Laurence Olivier), a wealthy and respectable widower. DeWinter is quickly attracted to the young and insecure woman and decides to marry her improptu. The two return to DeWinter’s residence, Manderley, a castle-like estate that seems to come right out of a fairy-tale.

Pinocchio (1940)

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

On the eve of WWII, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Waterloo Bridge (1940)

During WWI, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

Night Train to Munich (1940)

When the Germans march into Prague, armour-plating inventor Dr Bomasch flees to England. His daughter Anna escapes from arrest to join him, but the Gestapo manage to kidnap them both back ... See full summary »

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal.

Go West (1940)

New Yorkers "Rusty" Panello (Harpo Marx) and his brother, Joe (Chico Marx), cheat S. Quentin Quale (Groucho Marx) out of some money, enough to buy themselves a train trip out West. All three soon find themselves involved in a feud between the Turner and Wilson clans, and two crooked land promoters. In order to help two lovers marry, Quale and the Panello brothers pursue the crooks on an eastbound train in a madcap race for justice.

Turnabout (1940)

Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.

His Girl Friday (1940)

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.

21 Days (1940)

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together ... See full summary »

One Million B.C. (1940)

Tumak, member of the prehistoric Rock tribe, is exiled and makes his way to the more peaceful Shell tribe, where he is taken in and taught manners by the lovely Loana. Forced to leave the ... See full summary »

Gaslight (1940)

Twenty years removed from Alice Barlow\'s murder by a thief looking for her jewels, newlyweds Paul (Anton Walbrook) and Bella Mallen (Diana Wynyard) move into the very house where the crime was committed. Retired detective B.G. Rough (Frank Pettingell), who worked on the Barlow case, is still in the area and grows suspicious of Paul, who he feels bears a striking resemblance to one of Barlow\'s relatives. Rough must find the truth before the killer can strike again and reclaim his bounty.

Fantasia (1940)

Released in 1940, represented Disney\'s boldest experiment to date. Bringing to life his vision of blending animated imagery with classical music. What had begun as a vehicle to enhance Mickey Mouse\'s career blossomed into a full-blown feature that remains unique in the history of animation.

June Nights (1940)

A small-town girl (Ingrid Bergman) has a relationship with a sailor who shoots her when she tries to leave him.

North West Mounted Police (1940)

In the Canadian Northwest near a settlement fort, Sgt. Jim Brent (Preston Foster) and Ranger Dusty Rivers (Gary Cooper) vie for the attention of government nurse April Logan (Madeleine Carroll), the sister of Constable Ronnie Logan (Robert Preston). However, the men band together to stop whiskey runner Jacques Corbeau (George Bancroft) from instigating a native uprising by preventing the massacre of a Mounted Ranger unit, whose demise would leave the settlers completely undefended.

Captain Caution (1940)

In the midst of the war of 1812, a British frigate fires upon a peaceful, unwitting mercantile ship. In the attack, the trader\'s captain is killed and the British take the surviving crew prisoner, including sailor Dan Marvin (Victor Mature) and the late captain\'s willful daughter Corunna Dorman (Louise Platt). In captivity, Marvin and Corunna form an uneasy alliance and, along with the other prisoners, plot an escape. Their goal: Reclaim their ship and avenge the murder of their captain.

In Old Missouri (1940)

A mutual agreement between a landowner and his sharecroppers results in a beneficial exchange of identities.

Lady with Red Hair (1940)

When a bitter and sensational divorce leaves Leslie Carter (Miriam Hopkins) without the custody of her son, she determines to make a name for herself and win her child back. She goes to New York City to make her fortune as an actress and so relentlessly pursues producer David Belasco (Claude Rains) after he promises to write a play for her. Leslie\'s career improves, and she attracts the attention of handsome actor Lou Payne (Richard Ainley) -- but will it be enough to get her boy back?

Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)

Concerned about his father\'s failing health, Dr. James Kildare (Lew Ayres) and his mentor, Dr. Leonard Gillespie (Lionel Barrymore), travel to the Kildares\' country home. After speaking with his father, Kildare decides to start a low-cost health clinic and recruits a couple of unemployed local doctors to help him. But realizing his dream becomes an uphill battle for Kildare after the miserly George Winslow (Gene Lockhart) convinces local high-society types to oppose him.

They Drive by Night (1940)

Brothers Joe (George Raft) and Paul Fabrini (Humphrey Bogart), who are delivery-truck drivers, push themselves hard trying to run their own business. One night, a fatigued Paul falls asleep behind the wheel, demolishing the truck and losing an arm. Joe is then offered a job by a truck company owner (Alan Hale) whose wife, Lana (Ida Lupino), falls for Joe. Lana kills her husband to be with Joe, but when he refuses her advances because he loves Cassie (Ann Sheridan), Lana frames him for murder.

A Bill of Divorcement (1940)

A mentally unstable man escapes from an institution and disrupts wedding plans being made by his wife and daughter.

Too Many Husbands (1940)

When Bill Cardew (Fred MacMurray) goes missing, his ship lost at sea, his wife, Vicky (Jean Arthur), assumes he is dead. A year later, she is married to Bill\'s old business partner, Henry Lowndes (Melvyn Douglas). But, of course, it turns out that Bill isn\'t dead, he was just shipwrecked. When he arrives back in town, he is shocked to see his wife with another man. While Bill expects Vicky to dump Harry and return to him, Vicky toys with the idea of staying married to both men.

A Dispatch from Reuter\'s (1940)

In 19th century England, journalist Paul Julius Reuter (Edward G. Robinson) and his partner, Max Wagner (Eddie Albert), utilize messenger pigeons to connect telegraph stations across Europe. As time passes and technology outdates his system, Reuter invents a wire system that transmits news stories directly to newspapers. But when a rival business creates a faster telegraph system, Reuter must transmit high-profile news to stay on top of the industry, in this biopic based on true events.

Hired Wife (1940)

Stephen Dexter (Brian Aherne) is a business owner searching for a way to protect his company from an aggressive effort by his competitors to take control. Under the guidance of attorney Roger Van Horn (Robert Benchley), Dexter agrees to marry his secretary, Kendal Browning (Rosalind Russell), in order to sign over his company to her and keep it from the competition. However, when it comes time for the divorce, Kendal isn\'t so willing to acquiesce, since she really does love him.

Typhoon (1940)

A young girl abandoned on a South Seas island falls in love with a worthless seafarer.

The Fargo Kid (1940)

In this light comedy, the Fargo Kid rides into town on an outlaw\'s horse and when mistaken for him, is hired to kill a man. There is a reward for the outlaw and the Kid\'s pal Whoppper not realizing what has happened, alerts the Sheriff in hope of earning the reward. Thinking himself a good judge of character he even enlists the outlaw\'s help in the capture.

Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)

Uninterested in an office romance, successful fashion journalist Margot Sherwood Merrick (Myrna Loy) goes to great lengths to conceal the fact that she\'s single. To ward off potential beaus, including painter Jeff Thompson (Melvyn Douglas), she wears a fake wedding ring and tells everyone she already has a husband. When Jeff realizes that Margot doesn\'t have a spouse, he decides to make her pay for her deception by posing as her husband, leading to a comical rivalry and a surprising romance.

Murder in the Air (1940)

Secret Service agents Brass Bancroft (Ronald Reagan) and Gabby Watters (Eddie Foy Jr.) believe they have uncovered an enemy agent: a homeless man found dead in a train crash, who had $50,000 in cash and incriminating tattoos. With this lead, Brass takes the dead man\'s place to find out what his ultimate goal was. It turns out that the man had ties to terrorists whose intent is to destroy a dirigible, the \"Mason,\" which is transporting a potentially game-changing weapon for the U.S. Navy.

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