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A list of Americanmarker films released in 1942.

Bob Hope hosted the 15th Academy Awards ceremony at the Ambassador Hotelmarker in Los Angelesmarker. The winner of the Outstanding Motion Picture (later: Best Picture) category was MGM's Mrs Miniver.

The other nine nominated pictures were 49th Parallel; King's Row; The Magnificent Ambersons; The Pied Piper; The Pride of the Yankees; Random Harvest; The Talk of the Town; Wake Island; and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Casablanca was released in 1942, but won its three Oscars in 1944.


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
A-Haunting We Will Go Alfred L. Werker Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Dante the Magician, Sheila Ryan Comedy Laurel and Hardy
Across the Pacific John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton Thriller Warner Bros.. Filmed on the outbreak of America entering World War II
Any Bonds Today? Bob Clampett Animated Propaganda Warner Bros.
Arabian Nights John Rawlins Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert, Turhan Bey, Shemp Howard Adventure Universal Pictures
The Arm Behind the Army Propaganda Short
Bambi David D. Hand Animated RKO Pictures Walt Disney
The Battle of Midway John Ford Propaganda Academy Award
Black Dragons William Nigh Spy Sci-fi Monogram Pictures
The Black Swan Henry King Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara Adventure 20th Century Fox
The Boogie Man Will Get You Lew Landers Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre Comedy Horror Columbia Pictures
Bowery at Midnight Wallace Fox Horror Monogram Pictures
The Bowling Alley Cat William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Animated Short Warner Bros.
Broadway William A. Seiter Crime Musical Universal Pictures
The Bugle Sounds S. Sylvan Simon War
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid Robert Clampett Animated Short Warner Bros.
Campus on the March Propaganda
Captains of the Clouds Michael Curtiz War Warner Bros.
Casablanca Michael Curtiz Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman Drama Romance Academy Award Best Picture in 1943 - often cited as one of the greatest films of all time
Cat People Jacques Tourneur Horror RKO Pictures
The Corpse Vanishes Wallace Fox Sci-Fi Horror Monogram Pictures


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Desperate Journey Raoul Walsh War Warner Bros.
Dog Trouble William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Animated Short MGM
Don Winslow of the Navy Action Adventure Serial Universal Pictures
Donald Gets Drafted Donald Duck Animated Short RKO Pictures, Walt Disney
The Dover Boys Charles M. Jones Animated Short Warner Bros.
The Draft Horse Animated Short Warner Bros.
Fine Feathered Friend William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Tom and Jerry Animated Short MGM
The Fleet's In Victor Schertzinger Musical Paramount Pictures
Flight Lieutenant Sidney Salkow Drama Columbia Pictures
Fly-by-Night Robert Siodmak Thriller
Flying Tigers David Miller John Wayne War Republic Pictures
For Me and My Gal Busby Berkeley Judy Garland, Gene Kelly Musical MGM
Fraidy Cat William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Tom and Jerry Animated Short MGM
Fresh Hare I. Freleng Animated Short Warner Bros.
Friendly Enemies Allan Dwan Drama United Artists
Gang Busters Noel M. Smith, Ray Taylor Action Adventure Serial Universal Pictures
The Gay Sisters Drama
Gentleman Jim Raoul Walsh Errol Flynn Bio-pic
The Ghost of Frankenstein Erle C. Kenton Horror Universal Pictures
The Glass Key Stuart Heisler Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake Film noir Paramount Pictures
Hemp for Victory Raymond Evans Propaganda
Henry Browne, Farmer Canada Lee Propaganda Short
Hold the Lion, Please Chuck Jones Animated Short Warner Bros.
Holiday Inn Mark Sandrich Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire Christmas Musical Paramount Pictures
How to Play Baseball Jack Kinney Animated Short RKO Pictures
How to Swim Jack Kinney Animated Short RKO Pictures, Walt Disney


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
I Married a Witch René Clair Veronica Lake, Frederic March Romantic comedy United Artists
I Married an Angel W. S. Van Dyke Jeanette Macdonald, Nelson Eddy Musical MGM
In This Our Life John Huston Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland Drama Warner Bros.
Invisible Agent Edwin L. Marin World War II Universal Pictures
It's All True Orson Welles, Norman Foster Shot in South America
It's Everybody's War Short war propaganda
Jackass Mail Norman Z. McLeod Western
Jam Session Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing C Jam Blues. Short
Japanese Relocation Short WWII propaganda Produced by the Office of War Information
Johnny Eager Mervyn LeRoy Robert Taylor, Lana Turner Film noir MGM
Jungle Book Zoltan Korda Sabu Adventure Alexander Korda Films for United Artists
Junior G-Men Kids action Universal Pictures
Junior G-Men of the Air Dead End Kids and the Little Tough Guys Kids action Universal Pictures
Keeper of the Flame George Cukor Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn Romantic comedy MGM
King of the Mounties William Witney Action adventure Republic Pictures
Kings Row Sam Wood Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan, Robert Cummings Drama Warner Bros.
The Mad Monster Sam Newfield Horror
Madame Curie Mervyn LeRoy Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon Biopic MGM
The Magnificent Ambersons Orson Welles Romantic drama RKO Pictures
The Major and the Minor Billy Wilder Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland Comedy Paramount Pictures
The Male Animal Elliott Nugent Romantic comedy
The Man Who Came to Dinner Monty Woolley, Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, Billie Burke, Jimmy Durante, Mary Wickes and Richard Travis
Manpower Short WWII propaganda Produced by the Office of War Information
Mrs. Miniver William Wyler Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright War drama MGM Academy Award winner
The Mummy's Tomb Harold Young Horror Universal Pictures
My Favorite Duck Porky Pig and Daffy Duck Animated comedy
My Gal Sal Irving Cummings Rita Hayworth, Victor Mature, Phil Silvers Musical biography 20th Century Fox
My Sister Eileen Alexander Hall Musical Columbia Pictures
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Wallace Fox Crime Monogram Pictures
The News Parade of the Year 1942 Eugene W. Castle Short documentary
Night Monster Ford Beebe Mystery horror Universal Pictures
Night Plane from Chungking Ralph Murphy War adventure drama Paramount Pictures
Now, Voyager Irving Rapper Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper Psychological drama Warner Bros.


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Orchestra Wives Archie Mayo Musical 20th Century Fox
Overland Mail Ford Beebe Western Universal Pictures
The Palm Beach Story Preston Sturges Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee Screwball comedy Paramount Pictures
Panama Hattie Norman Z. McLeod Musical MGM
Pardon My Sarong Erle C. Kenton Universal Pictures
Perils of Nyoka William Witney Action adventure Republic Pictures
The Pied Piper Irving Pichel War 20th Century Fox
Pittsburgh Lewis Seiler John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott Drama Universal Pictures
The Pride of the Yankees Sam Wood Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright Baseball biopic RKO Pictures
Puss 'n' Toots William Hanna, Joseph Barbera Short animation MGM
Random Harvest Mervyn LeRoy Drama MGM
Reap the Wild Wind Cecil B. DeMille John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland Adventure Paramount Pictures
Ride 'Em Cowboy Arthur Lubin Comedy Universal Pictures
Rio Rita S. Sylvan Simon Comedy MGM
Road to Morocco David Butler Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour Road musical Paramount Pictures
Roxie Hart William A. Wellman Comedy
Saboteur Alfred Hitchcock Romantic thriller Universal Pictures
Safeguarding Military Information John Huston Short war propaganda
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror John Rawlins Mystery thriller 20th Century Fox
Ship Ahoy Edward Buzzell Eleanor Powell Musical comedy MGM
The Spoilers Ray Enright John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott Western Universal Pictures
Springtime in the Rockies Irving Cummings Betty Grable, John Payne, Cesar Romero Musical 20th Century Fox
Spy Smasher William Witney Spy Republic Pictures
The Squawkin' Hawk Chuck Jones Animated short Warner Bros.
Star Spangled Rhythm George Marshall The Stars of Paramount Pictures Musical Paramount Pictures
Street of Chance Jack Hively Crime Paramount Pictures


Title Director Cast Genre Notes
A Tale of Two Kitties Bob Clampett Animation
Tales of Manhattan Julien Duvivier Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson Drama 20th Century Fox
The Talk of the Town George Stevens Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman Screwball comedy Columbia Pictures
Tarzan's New York Adventure Richard Thorpe Action MGM
This Gun for Hire Frank Tuttle Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake Crime thriller Paramount Pictures
To Be or Not to Be Ernst Lubitsch Carole Lombard, Jack Benny Screwball comedy United Artists
To the Shores of Tripoli H. Bruce Humberstone Romantic drama 20th Century Fox
Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die William McGann Western
Tortilla Flat Victor Fleming Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield Comedy drama MGM
Treat 'Em Rough Ray Taylor Boxing drama
Tulips Shall Grow Animated short Nominated for an Academy Award Preservation in the National Film Registry
The Undying Monster John Brahm Horror 20th Century Fox
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper I. Freleng Animated Warner Bros.
Wake Island John Farrow WWII drama Paramount Pictures
We Are the Marines Louis De Rochemont War documentary feature 20th Century Fox
White Cargo Richard Thorpe Hedy Lamarr, Walter Pidgeon, Richard Carlson Romantic melodrama MGM
Who Done It? Erle C. Kenton Abbott and Costello Comedy Universal Pictures
Winning Your Wings John Huston War propaganda short
Woman of the Year George Stevens Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn Romantic comedy MGM
Wood for War Arthur H. Wolf WWII propaganda short
The World at War Frank Capra WWII propaganda short Produced by the Office of War Information
Yankee Doodle Dandy Michael Curtiz James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston Biography Warner Bros.
You Were Never Lovelier William A. Seiter Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth Romantic musical comedy Columbia Pictures

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