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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Thirteen: Back to the 40's

I've spent a lot of time talking about Return Engagement, so I'm sure everyone is ready for something new. Let's pick up with our series on the 1940's. We've talked about slang and movie stars so today I thought we might do movies.

Finding a site that can tell you the thirteen best movies of the 1940’s is an almost impossible task because every critic has his or her own ideas about what constitutes best. I have opinions too. I liked The Philadelphia Story, Key Largo, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Mrs. Miniver among others.

I finally found one website that allowed viewers to rate the movies they watched. The site is called The Internet Movie Database, and it’s located at This is the way modern people who watched 1940’s movies rated them:

2.It’s A Wonderful Life
3.Citizen Kane
4.Double Indemnity
5.The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
6.The Third Man
7.Bicycle Thieves
8.The Great Dictator
10.The Maltese Falcon
12.Kind Hearts and Coronets
13.The Big Sleep

How many of these have you seen? Leave a comment with your email address and tell me, and if I draw your name from the hat I’ll send you a free electronic copy of my novel Purple Heart.

By the way, I’ve seen Casablanca, the Maltese Falcon, It’s A Wonderful Life, and part of Citizen Kane.

Also, I've done some interviews this week, and they are different from others so I hope you'll check them out. The URL's are listed in the previous post. Please don't forget about Return Engagement either. It's available at


Jane said...

I saw nine of the movies on the list. I took a film class in college and many movies on this list were shown. I love film noir and "The Big Sleep" is one of my favorites.

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Elaine Cantrell said...

Jane, I'll give it a try. I love movies from the 40's.

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J. H. Bográn said...

I saw all of the Humphrey ones. Casablanca is one of my favorites, I have it on DVD and watch it at least once a year.

I've knew IMDB before as I a write reviews for a local newspaper. Love the site, specially the trivia bit since I am nuts on them.

Have you seen that they also have a list of worse movies?

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Elaine Cantrell said...

No, J.H., I haven't seen the worst list, but I'll check it out. Thanks.

susan said...

what a great the memories of the 40's and this should be a great book. Good Luck to you. susan L.

Christopher Hoare said...

Being 1940s vintage myself (actually 1939) I probably saw more of them than the titles I remember. I know that going to the movies was more of a thrill then than now, and the mobile cinemas that travelled from village to village during wartime always collected a crowd.
Actually, the images I remember from that period are mostly of some really terrible wartime flicks that should never have made it to the screen in better times.

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

Hi. I only remember seeing one of the movies but I am sure that i have seen more....


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Sherry Gloag said...

I've seen eight of them. Some more than once!! LOL

Maryannwrites said...

I saw all but three of those movies. Didn't see Bicycle Thieves, The Great DIctator, or Kind Hearts and Coronets.

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