The 1940s can be divided between the pre-War and post-War eras. The second World War brought death and tragedy with it. For Hollywood, the second half of the decade was a chance to return to normal. Many of the studios had joined the war effort, making propaganda films or selling war bonds. Some of the stars of the age even joined the fight.

Here are a handful of the Hollywood names who served during the second World War:

James Arness   –   Harry Belafonte   –   Ernest Borgnine   –   Mel Brooks   –   Douglas Fairbanks Jr.   –   Henry Ford   –   Don Knotts  

Lee Marvin   –   Glenn Miller   –   Audie Murphy   –   Sidney Poitier   –   Jimmy Stewart   –   Peter Ustinov

The post-War years were very productive for Hollywood as they sought to bring a people back to theaters for something other than the newsreels. Once again movies could be a happy distraction for people. Surprisingly, this was also a time when a number of war films were made, relatively soon after the conflict.

The 1940s were an eventful decade with some wonderful movies made despite the World War. Here are the movies I’ve reviewed:

Don’t for get about the 1920s, 1930s1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, or 2010s!


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