Top Ten Films of 1941: World Premieres
 My 1941 Oscar Ballot / The Best Actress Race

1. Citizen Kane Dir. Orson Welles. With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore A+
2. The Lady Eve Dir. Preston Sturges. With Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn A+
3. The Maltese Falcon Dir. John Huston. With Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor A–
4. How Green Was My Valley Dir. John Ford. With Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp B+
5. The Blood of Jesus Dir. Spencer Williams. With Cathryn Caviness, Spencer Williams B+
6. The Flame of New Orleans Dir. René Clair. With Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot B+
7. The Little Foxes Dir. William Wyler. With Bette Davis, Teresa Wright, Herbert Marshall B+
8. 49th Parallel (aka The Invaders) Dir. Michael Powell. With Eric Portman B+
9. Here Comes Mr. Jordan Dir. Alexander Hall. With Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains B+
10. Sullivan's Travels Dir. Preston Sturges. With Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake B+

Reviews from 1941
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   Here Comes Mr. Jordan Dir. Alexander Hall. With Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains B+
   Tobacco Road Dir. John Ford. With Charley Grapewin, Elizabeth Patterson, Marjorie Rambeau B
©   The Wolf Man Dir. George Waggner. With Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers B+

More Grades from 1941
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      Ball of Fire Dir. Howard Hawks. With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews B
      Blossoms in the Dust Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart C+
      The Devil and Daniel Webster Dir. William Dieterle. With James Craig, Walter Huston B+
      The Devil and Miss Jones Dir. Sam Wood. With Charles Coburn, Jean Arthur C–
      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dir. Victor Fleming. With Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman C+
      Dumbo Dir. Ben Sharpsteen. Animated. With the voices of Edward Brophy, Sterling Holloway B–
      High Sierra Dir. Raoul Walsh. With Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Joan Leslie, Henry Travers C
      Hold Back the Dawn Dir. Mitchell Leisen. With Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland C+
      I Wake Up Screaming Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone. With Victor Mature, Betty Grable B
      Love Crazy Dir. Jack Conway. With William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gail Patrick C
      Meet John Doe Dir. Frank Capra. With Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold B+
      Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard C
      One Foot in Heaven Dir. Irving Rapper. With Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi C–
      Penny Serenade Dir. George Stevens. With Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Edgar Buchanan B
      Sergeant York Dir. Howard Hawks. With Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Margaret Wycherly B–
      The Shanghai Gesture Dir. Josef von Sternberg. With Ona Munson, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney B
      Suspicion Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant, Nigel Bruce, Auriol Lee C–
      That Hamilton Woman Dir. Alexander Korda. With Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier C
      Tom, Dick, and Harry Dir. Garson Kanin. With Ginger Rogers, Burgess Meredith D
      Two-Faced Woman Dir. George Cukor. With Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Constance Bennett C
      A Woman's Face Dir. George Cukor. With Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt B
      Ziegfeld Girl Dirs. Robert Z. Leonard. With Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr C


Still to Come from 1941
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      The 47 Ronin Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi. With Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa
      Back Street Dir. Robert Stevenson. With Charles Boyer, Margaret Sullavan
      The Big Store Dir. Charles Reisner. With the Marx Brothers, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey
      Blood and Sand Dir. Rouben Mamoulian. With Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth
      The Great Lie Dir. Edmund Goulding. With Bette Davis, Mary Astor, George Brent
      Major Barbara Dir. Gabriel Pascal. With Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley
      The Strawberry Blonde Dir. Raoul Walsh. With James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland
      That Uncertain Feeling Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas
      They Died with Their Boots On Dir. Raoul Walsh. With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland
      Western Union Dir. Fritz Lang. With Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger

Further Research:
      Billy the Kid Dir. David Miller. With Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Ian Hunter
      Blues in the Night Dir. Anatole Litvak. With Priscilla Lane, Betty Field
      The Bride Came C.O.D. Dir. William Keighley. With James Cagney, Bette Davis
      The Chocolate Soldier Dir. Roy Del Ruth. With Nelson Eddy, Risë Stevens, Nigel Bruce
      King of the Zombies Dir. Jean Yarbrough. With Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury
      Lydia Dir. Julien Duvivier. With Merle Oberon, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshall
      The Men in Her Life Dir. Gregory Ratoff. With Loretta Young, Conrad Veidt
      Rage in Heaven Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With Robert Montgomery, Ingrid Bergman
      The Sea Wolf Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino
      Shadow of the Thin Man Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With William Powell, Myrna Loy
      Shining Victory Dir. Irving Rapper. With James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald
      Sundown Dir. Henry Hathaway. With Gene Tierney, Bruce Cabot, George Sanders
      Tall, Dark, and Handsome Dir. H. Bruce Humberstone. With Cesar Romero
      The Tell-Tale Heart Dir. Jules Dassin. With Joseph Schildkraut, Roman Bohnen
      When Ladies Meet Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. With Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor
      You'll Never Get Rich Dir. Sidney Lanfield. With Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth

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