Comedies from the 1940s


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This section is for comedies from the 1940s. By default they are presented starting with the ones ranking highest on the laugh-o-meter, but you can also sort them by year, title or IMDB rating.

Movies from the 1940s sorted by Laugh-o-meter (descending)

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A Foreign Affair posterA Foreign Affair
      1948 | USA | Laughs: 5.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 7.4
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When a congressional committee comes to post-war Berlin to inspect the morals of American soldiers, a nosy lady gets too close to a captain who is fond of an entertainer with a nazi past. Past the first couple of minutes, once I got used to the quaint 1940s voices, I fell under the charm of this very pleasant and funny movie, which didn't unleash laughter but made me smile throughout. (Last viewed: August 2013)

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Arsenic and Old Lace DVDArsenic and Old Lace
      1944 | USA | Laughs: 4.7 (Broken Comedies) | imdb: 8.0
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A famous art critic discovers that his two aunts have made a habit of poisoning some of their elderly lodgers to put them out of their misery. When his older brother (a convicted criminal on the run) arrives with his assistant, a German plastic surgeon, the house turns into a pressure cooker. This movie came out in 1944, and I don't think the humor works anymore. Cary Grant in particular is unbearably loud. Sorry, handsome. (Last viewed: Mar 1980 June 2010)

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His Girl Friday posterHis Girl Friday
      1940 | USA | Laughs: 2.0 (Watch Once) | imdb: 8.0
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Against the backdrop of an upcoming public execution, a ruthless newspaper owner tries to lure his journalist ex-wife back into his world.

To me Cary Grant's acting is gratingly affected and overplayed, making the movie, already chaotic due to its "screwball" classification, even harder to watch at times. However, quieter moments and inspired dialogues between minor characters make it an endearing flick after all. (Last viewed: May 2018)

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