Top Ten Films of 1942: World Premieres
 My 1942 Oscar Ballot

1. Casablanca Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid A+
2. The Magnificent Ambersons Dir. Orson Welles. With Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten A–
3. Now, Voyager Dir. Irving Rapper. With Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains A–
4. Bambi Dir. David Hand. Animated. Voices of Hardie Albright, Tim Davis, Peter Behn A–
5. Saboteur Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger A–
6. Yankee Doodle Dandy Dir. Michael Curtiz. With James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston B+
7. Random Harvest Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Susan Peters B+
8. To Be or Not To Be Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With Jack Benny, Carole Lombard, Robert Stack B+
9. This Gun for Hire Dir. Frank Tuttle. With Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Laird Cregar B+
10. Holiday Inn Dir. Mark Sandrich. With Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds B+

Exemplary Shorts: Der Fuehrer's Face


Reviews from 1942
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©   The Battle of Midway Dir. John Ford. Documentary. Voices of Donald Crisp, Irving Pichel B+
©   Wake Island Dir. John Farrow. With Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, William Bendix B

More Grades from 1942
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      Across the Pacific Dir. John Huston. With Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet C–
      The Black Swan Dir. Henry King. With Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Laird Cregar C–
      Cat People Dir. Jacques Tourneur. With Simon Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph B+
      For Me and My Gal Dir. Busby Berkeley. With Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, George Murphy B–
      Gentleman Jim Dir. Raoul Walsh. With Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Ward Bond B
      The Glass Key Dir. Stuart Heisler. With Alan Ladd, Brian Donlevy, Veronica Lake B–
      In This Our Life Dir. John Huston. With Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent C+
      Joan of Paris Dir. Robert Stevenson. With Michèle Morgan, Paul Henreid, Laird Cregar B
      Keeper of the Flame Dir. George Cukor. With Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn D
      Kings Row Dir. Sam Wood. With Robert Cummings, Ronald Reagan, Ann Sheridan C
      The Major and the Minor Dir. Billy Wilder. With Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson B–
      The Man Who Came to Dinner Dir. William Keighley. With Monty Woolley, Bette Davis D+
      Mrs. Miniver Dir. William Wyler. With Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Richard Ney B–
      My Sister Eileen Dir. Alexander Hall. With Rosalind Russell, Janet Blair, Brian Aherne C+
      Once Upon a Honeymoon Dir. Leo McCarey. With Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Walter Slezak C–
      The Palm Beach Story Dir. Preston Sturges. With Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea B
      The Pied Piper Dir. Irving Pichel. With Monty Woolley, Anne Baxter, Roddy McDowall B
      The Pride of the Yankees Dir. Sam Wood. With Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan C
      Roxie Hart Dir. William Wellman. With Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery B–
      The Talk of the Town Dir. George Stevens. With Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman B–
      This Above All Dir. Anatole Litvak. With Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Thomas Mitchell B–
      Tortilla Flat Dir. Victor Fleming. With Spencer Tracy, John Garfield, Hedy Lamarr D
      Woman of the Year Dir. George Stevens. With Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy B+


Still to Come from 1942
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      Bedtime Story Dir. Alexander Hall. With Fredric March, Loretta Young, Robert Benchley
      Cairo Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. With Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Ethel Waters
      I Married a Witch Dir. René Clair. With Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Susan Hayward
      In Which We Serve Dirs. Noël Coward & David Lean. With Noël Coward, John Mills
      Johnny Eager Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold
      Moontide Dir. Archie Mayo. With Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell, Claude Rains
      One of Our Aircraft Is Missing Dirs. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
      Reap the Wild Wind Dir. Cecil B. DeMille. With Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard
      Road to Morocco Dir. David Butler. With Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
      Thunder Rock Dir. Roy Boulting. With Michael Redgrave, Barbara Mullen, James Mason

Further Research:
      My Gal Sal Dir. Irving Cummings. With Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature, John Sutton
      Orchestra Wives Dir. Archie Mayo. With George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Glenn Miller
      Tales of Manhattan Dir. Julien Duvivier. With Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Henry Fonda
      The War Against Mrs. Hadley Dir. Harold S. Bucquet. With Edward Arnold, Fay Bainter
      We Were Dancing Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. With Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas

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