Films from the 1940s

Are You Popular? (1947)
Brief guide to how teenagers should behave in post-war America

Behind Green Lights (1946)
Film noir feature, a car containing a body is dumped in front of a police station

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
Three engineers have a Christmas party but their guests cancel, so they decide to invite strangers

Blood on the Sun (1945)
Spy thriller set in pre-war Japan, James Cagney stars as an American reporter who upsets the authorities

Captain Kidd (1945)
Light-hearted tale of pirates in Madagascar

Dating: Dos and Don’ts (1949)
Short instructional film advising post-war teenagers on how to have fun while courting

Detour (1945)
Film noir, a piano player decides to travel across the US

D.O.A. (1949)
Suspense, a man walks into a police station to report his own murder

Don’t Be A Sucker (1943)
Short film made by the US government during World War Two, imploring people not to listen to racist conmen who claim to have easy answers

Dressed To Kill (1946)
Last of the celebrated Basil Rathbone series, Sherlock Holmes is intrigued by a criminal gang that goes to great lengths to steal cheap music boxes

The Fighting Lady (1944)
Second World War documentary feature about life on an American aircraft carrier

He Walked By Night (1948)
Documentary-style police thriller based on real-life events in 1940s Los Angeles

His Girl Friday (1940)
Romantic screwball comedy, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

Impact (1949)
Noir suspense, a company executive’s wife is behaving very oddly behind his back

Inner Sanctum (1948)
Noirish suspense, a mysterious train passenger tells a story about a murder.

The Inspector General (1949)
Musical comedy starring Danny Kaye, based on the play by Nikolai Gogol

Land and Live in the Jungle (1944)
Wartime air force documentary explaining how to survive in jungle environments

Let There Be Light (1946)
Army documentary by John Huston about soldiers returning from the Second World War suffering from PTSD, banned at the time and not released until the 1980s

Meet John Doe (1941)
Drama comedy by Frank Capra about a newspaper columnist who invents a letter from a fictional reader, “John Doe”

My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Comedy feature starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, a baby photographer dreams of being a private eye

Penny Serenade (1941)
Romantic drama, featuring an Oscar nominated performance by Cary Grant

The Quiet One (1948)
Oscar-nominated documentary about the rehabilitation of a disturbed young boy

The Red House (1947)
Psychological drama about the owner of an isolated farm

Scarlet Street (1945)
Drama about an unhappy amateur painter

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson fight against Nazi Germany

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Noir drama starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wealthy woman’s niece

The Stranger (1946)
Suspense drama about a fugitive Nazi, starring and directed by Orson Welles

Superman: The Mechanical Monsters (1941)
Action animation showing Superman facing off against giant robots, inspiration for the 2004 film “Sky Captain”

Terror By Night (1946)
Sherlock Holmes is hired to protect a fabulous gemstone on its train journey from London to Edinburgh

Too Late For Tears (1949)
Film noir drama, a couple unexpectedly finds a bag full of money thrown into their car

Topper Returns (1941)
Supernatural comedy, the ghost of a murdered woman asks a medium to help her track down the killer

The Woman in Green (1945)
A mutilating serial killer is on the loose in London, the police ask Sherlock Holmes for help