Top 20 Fan-Favorite Films of 1943: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey!

Roll out the red carpet and dust off your vintage popcorn machine, because we’re about to take a nostalgic journey back to 1943! A year that gifted us with cinematic gems that still sparkle in the annals of film history. From heart-stopping thrillers to heartwarming romances, 1943 had it all. So, whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or a curious newcomer, buckle up! We’re about to count down the top 20 fan-favorite films of 1943. These are the movies that made audiences laugh, cry, gasp, and cheer, and they continue to captivate viewers even today. So, without further ado, let’s rewind the reel and dive into a year of unforgettable cinema. Lights, camera, action!
Day of Wrath

Day of Wrath

Release Date: 1943-11-13

Genres: Drama, History

“Day of Wrath” is a captivating Danish film set in the early 1600s. It follows Anne, a young woman whose mother was accused of witchcraft. When Anne develops sympathy for another accused woman, she faces a family destiny that intertwines with love and betrayal. Starring Thorkild Roose and Lisbeth Movin, this thought-provoking movie takes you on a journey through a village plagued by superstition and the consequences of standing up for what is right.

Cast: Thorkild Roose (Rev. Absalon Pederssøn (uncredited)) , Lisbeth Movin (Anne Pedersdotter, Absalon’s Second Wife (uncredited)) , Preben Lerdorff Rye (Martin, Absalon’s Son from First Marriage (uncredited)) , Sigrid Neiiendam (Merete, Absalon’s Mother (uncredited)) , Anna Svierkier (Herlofs Marte (uncredited)) , Albert Høeberg (The Bishop (uncredited)) , Olaf Ussing (Laurentius (uncredited)) , Preben Neergaard (Degn (uncredited)) , Kirsten Andreasen ((uncredited)) , Sigurd Berg ((uncredited)) , Harald Holst ((uncredited)) , Emanuel Jørgensen ((uncredited)) , Sophie Knudsen ((uncredited)) , Emilie Nielsen ((uncredited)) , Hans Christian Sørensen ((uncredited)) , Dagmar Wildenbrück ((uncredited))

Directors: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writers: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Mogens Skot-Hansen, Poul Knudsen, Paul La Cour, Hans Wiers-Jenssen

Tags: denmark, pastor, witchcraft, witch hunt, 17th century

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

Release Date: 1943-03-11

Genres: Western, Drama

“The Ox-Bow Incident” is a gripping 1943 movie that follows a posse as they stumble upon three men suspected of murder and cow theft. With an all-star cast including Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, and Anthony Quinn, the group is torn between delivering the suspects to the law or taking justice into their own hands. Released on March 11, 1943, this film is a must-watch for fans of intense Western dramas.

Cast: Henry Fonda (Gil Carter) , Dana Andrews (Donald Martin) , Mary Beth Hughes (Rose Mapen/Rose Swanson) , Anthony Quinn (Juan Martínez/Francisco Morez) , Jane Darwell (Jenny Grier) , Matt Briggs (Judge Daniel Tyler) , Frank Conroy (Maj. Tetley) , Marc Lawrence (Jeff Farnley) , William Eythe (Gerald Tetley) , Paul Hurst (Monty Smith) , Victor Kilian (Darby) , Harry Morgan (Art Croft) , Rondo Hatton (Gabe Hart (uncredited)) , Harry Davenport (Arthur Davies) , Chris-Pin Martin (Poncho) , Willard Robertson (Sheriff Risley) , Ted North (Joyce) , C.E. Anderson (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Tex Cooper (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Larry Dods (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Tex Driscoll (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Don House (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Frank McGrath (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Ben Watson (Posse Member (uncredited)) , Stanley Andrews (Bartlett (uncredited))

Directors: William A. Wellman

Writers: Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Lamar Trotti

Tags: nevada, saloon, arbitrary law, horseback riding, theft, justice, lynching, posse, lynch mob, cattle rustling, 19th century

Meshes of the Afternoon

Meshes of the Afternoon

Release Date: 1943-01-01

Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Horror

“Meshes of the Afternoon” is a captivating movie from 1943 that takes you on a surreal journey into a woman’s dreams. As she falls asleep, her inner desires come to life on-screen, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. With stunning visuals and a unique portrayal of time and space, this film will leave you mesmerized. Starring Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of 1943.

Cast: Maya Deren (The Woman) , Alexander Hammid (The Man)

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Writers: Maya Deren

Tags: suicide, dream, key, woman director, short film

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Release Date: 1943-07-26

Genres: Drama, Romance, War, Comedy

“The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” is a captivating movie released in 1943 that takes us on a journey through the life of General Candy, a seasoned leader overseeing an English squad during World War II. Despite his experience, he struggles to gain the respect of his men and is seen as out-of-touch with the realities of war. Through flashbacks to his early career, we witness the impact of three women and a lasting friendship with a German soldier on his life. Starring Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Adolf Wohlbrück, and other talented actors, this film offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by a military leader.

Cast: Roger Livesey (Major General Clive Wynne-Candy) , Deborah Kerr (Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Angela “Johnny” Cannon) , Adolf Wohlbrück (Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff) , Roland Culver (Col. Betteridge) , James McKechnie (Spud Wilson) , Arthur Wontner (Embassy Counsellor) , David Hutcheson (Hoppy) , Ursula Jeans (Frau von Kalteneck) , John Laurie (Murdoch) , Harry Welchman (Major Davies) , Robert Harris (Embassy Secretary) , A.E. Matthews (President of Tribunal) , Theodore Zichy (Colonel Borg (as Count Zichy)) , Jane Millican (Nurse Erna) , Neville Mapp (Stuffy Graves) , Vincent Holman (Club Porter (1942)) , Spencer Trevor (Period Blimp) , James Knight (Club Porter (1902)) , Dennis Arundell (Cafe Orchestra Leader) , David Ward (Kaunitz) , Jan Van Loewen (Indignant Citizen) , Valentine Dyall (von Schonborn) , Carl Jaffe (von Reumann) , Albert Lieven (von Ritter) , Eric Maturin (Colonel Goodhead)

Directors: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Writers: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

Tags: berlin, germany, world war ii, world war i, british army, british empire, army, satire, soldier, prison camp, london blitz, boer war, home guard

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Release Date: 1943-01-15

Genres: Crime, Thriller

“Shadow of a Doubt” is a captivating 1943 movie that follows the story of Charlotte Newton, a young woman living in a small California town. Her mundane life takes an exciting turn when her uncle, Charlie Oakley, comes to visit. However, as the plot unfolds, Charlotte’s admiration for her uncle turns into suspicion as dark secrets about him are revealed. Starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten, this thrilling film will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Teresa Wright (Charlie Newton) , Joseph Cotten (Charlie Oakley) , Macdonald Carey (Jack Graham) , Henry Travers (Joseph Newton) , Patricia Collinge (Emma Newton) , Hume Cronyn (Herbie Hawkins) , Wallace Ford (Fred Saunders) , Edna May Wonacott (Ann Newton) , Charles Bates (Roger Newton) , Irving Bacon (Station Master) , Clarence Muse (Pullman Porter) , Janet Shaw (Louise Finch) , Estelle Jewell (Catherine) , Virginia Brissac (Mrs. Phillips (uncredited)) , Frances Carson (Mrs. Potter (uncredited)) , Earle S. Dewey (Mr. Norton (uncredited)) , Sarah Edwards (Doctor’s Wife on Train (uncredited)) , Edward Fielding (Doctor on Train (uncredited)) , Vaughan Glaser (Dr. Phillips (uncredited)) , Alfred Hitchcock (Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited)) , Shep Houghton (Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)) , Ruth Lee (Mrs. MacCurdy (uncredited)) , Eily Malyon (Mrs. Cochran (uncredited)) , John McGuire (Teen at Crosswalk (uncredited)) , Shirley Mills (Shirley (uncredited))

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Alma Reville, Sally Benson, Thornton Wilder, Gordon McDonell

Tags: library, california, detective, bank, small town, telegram, housewife, widow, film noir, murder, fugitive, teenage girl, black and white, murderer, police detective, privacy, visit, gender roles, brother sister , wealthy widow, precocious child, misogynist, uncle niece relationship, money in the bank, murder suspect, northern california, conflicting worldviews



Release Date: 1943-09-22

Genres: Adventure, War

“Sahara” is a gripping war film set in 1943, during World War II. It follows Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew as they embark on a treacherous journey across the Libyan Desert, accompanied by a diverse group of soldiers. When they stumble upon an abandoned fortress in search of water, they find themselves facing a fierce battle against German soldiers. With an all-star cast including Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, and Lloyd Bridges, this action-packed movie will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Released on September 22, 1943, “Sahara” is a must-watch for war movie enthusiasts.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart (Sergeant Joe Gunn) , Bruce Bennett (“Waco” Hoyt) , J. Carrol Naish (Giuseppe) , Lloyd Bridges (Fred Clarkson) , Rex Ingram (Sgt. Major Tambul) , Richard Aherne (Halliday) , Dan Duryea (Jimmy Doyle) , Carl Harbord (Williams) , Patrick O’Moore (Bates) , Louis Mercier (Frenchie) , Guy Kingsford (Stegman) , Kurt Kreuger (Captain von Schletow) , John Wengraf (Major von Falken) , Louis Adlon (Soldier (uncredited)) , Niels Bagge (German Private (uncredited)) , Walter Bonn (Soldier (uncredited)) , Frederic Brunn (German Private (uncredited)) , Leslie Denison (British Soldier (uncredited)) , Michael Dyne (British Soldier (uncredited)) , Carl Ekberg (Sniper (uncredited)) , Jack Gardner (British Soldier (uncredited)) , Leyland Hodgson (British Officer (uncredited)) , Frank Lackteen (Sheik Ali (uncredited)) , Peter Lawford (British Soldier (uncredited)) , Nelson Leigh (British Soldier (uncredited))

Directors: Zoltan Korda

Writers: Philip MacDonald, Zoltan Korda, John Howard Lawson, James O’Hanlon

Tags: tank, sergeant, desert, desert warfare

The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette

Release Date: 1943-12-21

Genres: Drama

“The Song of Bernadette” is a captivating movie set in 1858 Lourdes, France. It tells the inspiring story of Bernadette, a young peasant girl who has a vision of a beautiful lady in the city dump, believed by many to be the Virgin Mary. As Bernadette’s vision gains attention, the town becomes engulfed in the phenomenon, transforming the lives of its inhabitants. With a talented cast including Jennifer Jones, William Eythe, and Vincent Price, this heartfelt film is a must-watch from 1943.”

Cast: Jennifer Jones (Bernadette) , William Eythe (Antoine Nicolau) , Charles Bickford (Father Peyramale) , Vincent Price (Prosecutor Vital Dutour) , Lee J. Cobb (Dr. Dozous) , Gladys Cooper (Sister Marie Therese Vauzous) , Anne Revere (Louise Soubirous) , Roman Bohnen (François Soubirous) , Mary Anderson (Jeanne Abadie) , Patricia Morison (Empress Eugenie) , Aubrey Mather (Mayor Lacade) , Charles Dingle (Jacomet) , Edith Barrett (Croisine Bouhouhorts) , Sig Ruman (Louis Bouriette) , Blanche Yurka (Aunt Bernarde Casterot) , Ermadean Walters (Marie Soubirous) , Marcel Dalio (Callet) , Pedro de Cordoba (Dr. LeCramps) , Jerome Cowan (Emperor Louis Napoleon III) , Charles Waldron (Bishop of Tarbes (uncredited)) , Linda Darnell (The Virgin Mary (uncredited)) , Edward Fielding (Doctor with Empress’ Baby (uncredited)) , Fernanda Eliscu (Townswoman (uncredited)) , Edward Keane (Policeman (uncredited)) , Mae Marsh (Madame Blanche – Townswoman (uncredited))

Directors: Henry King

Writers: George Seaton, Franz Werfel

Tags: france, nun, based on novel or book, southern france, miracle, biography, vision, religion, black and white, church, catholic, lourdes france, convent (nunnery), virgin mary, french countryside, 19th century, covenant, spring (water)

Hangmen Also Die!

Hangmen Also Die!

Release Date: 1943-04-15

Genres: Drama, Thriller, War

“Hangmen Also Die!” is a gripping World War II thriller set in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The movie follows the courageous Dr. Franticek Svoboda, who risks his life to assassinate the notorious Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. With the help of a history professor and his daughter, Svoboda embarks on a thrilling escape, making for a suspenseful and heroic tale. Starring Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee, and a talented ensemble cast, this movie was released on April 15, 1943, and is considered one of the best films of that year.

Cast: Brian Donlevy (Dr. Franticek Svoboda) , Walter Brennan (Prof. Stephen Novotny) , Anna Lee (Masha Novotny) , Gene Lockhart (Emil Czaka) , Dennis O’Keefe (Jan Horak) , Margaret Wycherly (Ludmilla Novotny) , Nana Bryant (Mrs. Hellie Novotny) , William Roy (Boda Novotny) , Hans Heinrich von Twardowski (Reinhard Heydrich) , Alexander Granach (Gestapo Insp. Alois Gruber) , Tonio Selwart (Chief of Gestapo Kurt Haas) , Jonathan Hale (Dedic) , Lionel Stander (Banya) , Sarah Padden (Mrs. Georgia Dvorak) , Edmund MacDonald (Dr. Pillar) , Byron Foulger (Bartos) , Virginia Farmer (Mrs. Nimitz) , Ludwig Donath (Schirmer) , George Irving (Neeval) , James Bush (Peacock) , Arno Frey (Camp Lieutenant Itnut) , Lester Sharpe (Rudy) , Arthur Loft (Gen. Votruba) , Reinhold Schünzel (Gestapo Insp. Ritter) , Chester Conklin (Cook (uncredited))

Directors: Fritz Lang

Writers: Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, John Wexley

Tags: assassination, resistance, hostage, world war ii, nazi, surgeon, prague, czech republic, czechoslovakia, gestapo, double cross, nazi occupation

Five Graves to Cairo

Five Graves to Cairo

Release Date: 1943-05-26

Genres: Thriller, War

“Five Graves to Cairo” is a thrilling war film set in 1943 during World War II. It follows the story of a British Army survivor who seeks refuge at a remote desert hotel on the Egyptian border. With the help of the hotel’s owner, he assumes the identity of a deceased waiter to evade the imminent arrival of German forces led by Rommel. Starring Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, and Akim Tamiroff, this movie takes you on a suspenseful journey filled with danger and survival. Released on May 26, 1943, it is one of the best-voted movies of that year.

Cast: Franchot Tone (Cpl. John J. Bramble / Paul Davos) , Anne Baxter (Mouche) , Akim Tamiroff (Farid) , Erich von Stroheim (Field Marshal Erwin Rommel) , Peter van Eyck (Lt. Schwegler) , Fortunio Bonanova (Gen. Sebastiano) , Philip Ahlm (Second Soldier (uncredited)) , Roger Creed (Fourth Soldier (uncredited)) , Hans Moebus (Third Soldier (uncredited)) , Leslie Denison (British Captain (uncredited)) , Bud Geary (English Tank Commander (uncredited)) , Frederick Giermann (German Sergeant (uncredited)) , Otto Reichow (German Engineer (uncredited)) , Art Gilmore (Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)) , Ian Keith (Capt. St. Bride (uncredited)) , Miles Mander (Colonel Fitzhume (uncredited)) , Fred Nurney (Maj. Lamprecht (uncredited)) , Konstantin Shayne (Maj. Von Buelow (uncredited)) , Kenneth Anspach (German Soldier) , John Erickson (First Soldier) , Clyde Jackman (Rommel’s Orderly) , Bill Mussetter (Schwegler (Body Guard)) , Peter F.U. Pohlney (German Soldier) , John Royce (German Technician) , Sam Waagenaar (Rommel’s Orderly)

Directors: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Lajos Biró

Tags: hotel, egypt, world war ii, grave, german officer, british soldier, assumed identity, rommel

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

Release Date: 1943-08-05

Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Romance

“Heaven Can Wait” is a captivating movie from 1943 that tells the story of Henry van Cleve, a wealthy and reckless playboy who finds himself at the gates of Hell after his death. Surprisingly, the devil is unsure if Henry truly belongs there, leading to a fascinating recounting of his life’s deeds, both good and bad. With a talented cast including Don Ameche, Gene Tierney, and Charles Coburn, this film offers a thought-provoking exploration of judgment and redemption, making it one of the best voted movies of 1943.

Cast: Don Ameche (Henry Van Cleve) , Gene Tierney (Martha Strabel Van Cleve) , Charles Coburn (Hugo Van Cleve) , Marjorie Main (Mrs. Strabel) , Laird Cregar (His Excellency) , Spring Byington (Bertha Van Cleve) , Allyn Joslyn (Albert Van Cleve) , Eugene Pallette (E.F. Strabel) , Signe Hasso (Yvette (“Mademoiselle”)) , Louis Calhern (Randolph Van Cleve) , Helene Reynolds (Peggy Nash) , Aubrey Mather (James) , Tod Andrews (Jack Van Cleve) , Florence Bates (Mrs. Edna Craig (uncredited)) , Scotty Beckett (Henry Van Cleve – Age 9 (uncredited)) , Clara Blandick (Grandmother Van Cleve (uncredited)) , Leonard Carey (Flogdell (uncredited)) , James Conaty (Man in Park with Top Hat (uncredited)) , Jack Deery (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Claire Du Brey (Miss Ralston – Jack’s Secretary (uncredited)) , Jay Eaton (Book Store Clerk (uncredited)) , James Flavin (Policeman (uncredited)) , Bess Flowers (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Gary Gray (Boy in Park (uncredited)) , Alfred Hall (Albert’s Father (uncredited))

Directors: Ernst Lubitsch

Writers: Samson Raphaelson, Leslie Bush-Fekete

Tags: hell, afterlife, based on play or musical, devil

The Spider Woman

The Spider Woman

Release Date: 1943-12-24

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

“The Spider Woman” is a thrilling Sherlock Holmes movie released on December 24, 1943. Starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, it follows Holmes as he investigates a series of mysterious suicides. With a cunning female villain reminiscent of Moriarty and a touch of venomous intrigue, this film is a must-watch for fans of the famous detective.

Cast: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) , Nigel Bruce (Dr. John H. Watson) , Gale Sondergaard (Adrea Spedding) , Dennis Hoey (Insp. Lestrade) , Vernon Downing (Norman Locke) , Alec Craig (Radlik) , Arthur Hohl (Adam Gilflower) , Mary Gordon (Mrs. Hudson) , Teddy Infuhr (Larry (uncredited)) , Donald Stuart (Artie – Shooting Gallery Attendant (uncredited)) , Harry Cording (Fred Garvin (uncredited)) , Belle Mitchell (Fortune Teller (uncredited)) , Angelo Rossitto (Obongo – Pygmy (uncredited)) , Sylvia Andrew (Charwoman (uncredited)) , Marie De Becker (Charwoman (uncredited)) , Jimmy Aubrey (News Vendor (uncredited)) , Brandon Beach (Carnival Patron (uncredited)) , Frank Benson (Toy Doll Attendant (uncredited)) , Lydia Bilbrook (Susan (uncredited)) , John Burton (Radio Announcer (uncredited)) , James Carlisle (Casino Patron (uncredited)) , Jack Deery (Casino Patron (uncredited)) , George Kirby (News Vendor (uncredited)) , Stanley Logan (Robert (uncredited)) , Wilbur Mack (Casino Patron (uncredited))

Directors: Roy William Neill

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertram Millhauser

Tags: suicide, casino, spider, compulsive gambling, roulette, pygmy, black and white, disguise, fake death, female villain, shooting gallery, female serial killer, sherlock holmes

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Release Date: 1943-09-17

Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

“Hey, I found this awesome movie from 1943 called ‘Sherlock Holmes Faces Death’! It’s set during WWII and follows Dr. Watson as he calls upon Sherlock Holmes to help solve a series of murders at a convalescent home where he’s volunteering. With a long list of suspects, including the owners, staff, and patients, Holmes uses his brilliant detective skills to crack the case. It stars Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson, and it’s definitely worth checking out!”

Cast: Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) , Nigel Bruce (Doctor Watson) , Dennis Hoey (Inspector Lestrade) , Hillary Brooke (Sally Musgrave) , Mary Gordon (Mrs. Hudson) , Halliwell Hobbes (Alfred Brunton, the butler) , Milburn Stone (Capt. Pat Vickery) , Minna Phillips (Mrs. Howells) , Arthur Margetson (Dr. Bob Sexton) , Gavin Muir (Phillip Musgrave) , Frederick Worlock (Geoffrey Musgrave) , Norma Varden (Gracie the Barmaid) , Peter Lawford (Young Sailor at Bar) , Heather Wilde () , Olaf Hytten (Captain MacIntosh) , Eric Snowden (Sailor Playing Piano)

Directors: Roy William Neill

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bertram Millhauser

Tags: based on novel or book, black and white, northumberland, sherlock holmes

The More the Merrier

The More the Merrier

Release Date: 1943-05-13

Genres: Comedy, Romance

“The More the Merrier” is a delightful comedy set during World War II in Washington, D.C. Connie Milligan, played by Jean Arthur, rents an apartment and decides to sublet half of it to help with the housing shortage. However, instead of a suitable female tenant, she ends up with mischievous Benjamin Dingle, portrayed by Charles Coburn, who convinces her to sublet to him and then brings in the young and irreverent Joe Carter, played by Joel McCrea. This creates a hilarious and romantic situation that unfolds with plenty of laughs and charm. Released on May 13, 1943, this movie was one of the best-voted films of that year.

Cast: Jean Arthur (Constance Milligan) , Joel McCrea (Joe Carter) , Charles Coburn (Benjamin Dingle) , Richard Gaines (Charles J. Pendergast) , Bruce Bennett (FBI Agent Evans) , Frank Sully (FBI Agent Pike) , Donald Douglas (FBI Agent Harding) , Clyde Fillmore (Senator Noonan) , Ann Doran (Miss Bilby (uncredited)) , Grady Sutton (Diner Counterman (uncredited)) , Ann Savage (Miss Dalton (uncredited)) , Chester Clute (Hotel Clerk (uncredited)) , Jack Carr (Taxi Driver) , Brandon Beach (Shaving Gag)

Directors: George Stevens

Writers: Lewis R. Foster, Richard Flournoy, Frank Ross, Robert Russell

Tags: washington dc, usa, coffee, binoculars, housing shortage, classified ad

I Walked with a Zombie

I Walked with a Zombie

Release Date: 1943-04-21

Genres: Drama, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery

“I Walked with a Zombie” is a captivating movie set in the Caribbean during 1943. It follows the story of a nurse who falls in love with her patient’s husband, and in a desperate attempt to cure the patient, she turns to voodoo. With a talented cast including Frances Dee and Tom Conway, this film promises a thrilling and mysterious journey into the world of the supernatural.

Cast: Frances Dee (Betsy Connell) , Tom Conway (Paul Holland) , James Ellison (Wesley Rand) , Edith Barrett (Mrs. Rand) , James Bell (Dr. Maxwell) , Theresa Harris (Alma) , Darby Jones (Carrefour) , Christine Gordon (Jessica Holland) , Sir Lancelot (Calypso Singer) , Jieno Moxzer (Sabreur) , Jeni Le Gon (Dancer) , Martin Wilkins (Houngan) , Richard Abrams (Clement) , Alan Edmiston (Job Interviewer) , Clinton Rosemond (Coachman) , Arthur Walker (Ti-Joseph) , Norman Mayes (Bayard) , Vivian Dandridge (Melisse) , Doris Ake (Friend of Melise) , Rita Christiani (Friend of Melise) , Melvin Williams (Baby) , Kathleen Hartsfield (Dancer)

Directors: Jacques Tourneur

Writers: Curt Siodmak, Ardel Wray, Inez Wallace

Tags: love triangle, nurse, jealousy, island, plantation, voodoo, calypso, superstition, psychological abuse, sorrow, sibling rivalry, zombie, doctor, alcoholic, tower, val lewton, tropical island, voodoo ritual, guilty conscience, voodoo doll, gothic romance, science vs superstition, brain dead, descendants of african slaves, half brothers, plantation owner, cane field

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Release Date: 1943-12-24

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Jane Eyre” is a captivating 1943 movie that tells the story of Jane, a resilient orphan who finds herself employed by the enigmatic Edward Rochester to care for his daughter. With a stellar cast including Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, this film takes you on a journey through Jane’s challenging past and her blossoming relationship with Rochester. Released on December 24, 1943, it’s definitely one of the best movies of that year!

Cast: Orson Welles (Edward Rochester) , Joan Fontaine (Jane Eyre) , Margaret O’Brien (Adele Varens) , Peggy Ann Garner (Jane Eyre (younger)) , John Sutton (Dr. Rivers) , Sara Allgood (Bessie) , Henry Daniell (Henry Brocklehurst) , Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Reed) , Aubrey Mather (Colonel Dent) , Edith Barrett (Mrs. Fairfax) , Barbara Everest (Lady Ingram) , Hillary Brooke (Blanche Ingram) , Elizabeth Taylor (Helen Burns) , Billy Bevan (Bookie (uncredited)) , Adele Jergens (Woman at Party (uncredited)) , Mae Marsh (Leah (uncredited)) , Erskine Sanford (Mr. Briggs (uncredited)) , John Abbott (Mason) , Harry Allen (Guard) , Ted Billings (Townsman) , Ruth Brady (Woman at Party) , Colin Campbell (Proprietor) , David Clyde (Guard on Coach from Lowood) , Charles Coleman (Guard on Coach to Lowood) , Alec Craig (Footman)

Directors: Robert Stevenson

Writers: Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, Aldous Huxley, Charlotte Brontë

Tags: love triangle, based on novel or book, riding accident, yorkshire, orphan, moor (terrain), gothic, discipline, governess, 19th century

For Whom the Bell Tolls

For Whom the Bell Tolls

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” is a captivating war drama set in 1930s Spain during a civil war. Starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, the movie follows Robert Jordan, a courageous man on a dangerous mission to blow up a vital bridge and impede the enemy’s progress. With a stellar cast and a thrilling storyline, this 1943 film is a must-watch for history buffs and fans of action-packed movies.

Cast: Gary Cooper (Robert Jordan) , Ingrid Bergman (Maria) , Akim Tamiroff (Pablo) , Arturo de Córdova (Agustín (as Arturo de Cordova)) , Vladimir Sokoloff (Anselmo) , Mikhail Rasumny (Rafael) , Fortunio Bonanova (Fernando) , Eric Feldary (Andres) , Victor Varconi (Primitivo) , Katina Paxinou (Pilar) , Joseph Calleia (El Sordo) , Lilo Yarson (Joaquin) , Alexander Granach (Paco) , Adia Kuznetzoff (Gustavo) , Leonid Snegoff (Ignacio) , Leo Bulgakov (General Golz) , Duncan Renaldo (Lt. Berrendo) , Frank Puglia (Captain Gomez) , Pedro de Cordoba (Colonel Miranda) , Michael Visaroff (Staff Officer) , Martín Garralaga (Captain Mora) , Jean Del Val (The Sniper) , John Mylong (Colonel Duval) , Feodor Chaliapin Jr. (Kashkin) , Yvonne De Carlo (Girl in Cafe (uncredited))

Directors: Sam Wood

Writers: Dudley Nichols, Ernest Hemingway

Tags: civil war, spain, fascism, spanish civil war (1936-39), 1930s

Sanshiro Sugata

Sanshiro Sugata

Release Date: 1943-03-25

Genres: Drama

“Sanshiro Sugata” is a captivating movie set in 1943, following the journey of Sanshiro, a determined young man who ventures into the city to learn Jujutsu. However, his plans take an unexpected turn when he discovers the art of Judo, a new form of self-defense. Based on the legendary judoka Shiro Saigo, this film features a talented cast including Denjirō Ōkōchi, Susumu Fujita, and Yukiko Todoroki, making it a must-watch for fans of martial arts and inspiring stories.

Cast: Denjirō Ōkōchi (Shogoro Yano) , Susumu Fujita (Sanshiro Sugata) , Yukiko Todoroki (Sayo Murai) , Ryūnosuke Tsukigata (Gennosuke Higaki) , Takashi Shimura (Hansuke Murai, Sayo’s father) , Ranko Hanai (Osumi Kodana) , Sugisaku Aoyama (Tsunetami Iimura) , Ichirō Sugai (Police Chief Mishima) , Yoshio Kosugi (Master Saburo Kodama) , Kokuten Kōdō (Buddhist Priest) , Michisaburō Segawa (Wada) , Akitake Kôno (Yoshima Dan) , Sōji Kiyokawa (Yujiro Toda) , Kunio Mita (Kohei Tsuzaki) , Akira Nakamura (Toranosuki Niiseki) , Eisaburo Sakauchi (Nemoto) , Ko Yamamuro (Torakichi) , Ichirō Ryūzaki (Monma’s pupil (uncredited))

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita

Tags: jujitsu, partially lost film

The Seventh Victim

The Seventh Victim

Release Date: 1943-08-21

Genres: Horror, Mystery

Hey, I just found this movie called “The Seventh Victim” from 1943 that you might be interested in. It’s about a woman who goes on a search for her missing sister and ends up stumbling upon a Satanic cult in New York’s Greenwich Village. The movie stars Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, and Hugh Beaumont, and it was released on August 21, 1943. Sounds intriguing, right?

Cast: Kim Hunter (Mary Gibson) , Tom Conway (Dr. Louis Judd) , Jean Brooks (Jacqueline Gibson) , Hugh Beaumont (Gregory Ward) , Erford Gage (Jason Hoag) , Isabel Jewell (Frances Fallon) , Evelyn Brent (Natalie Cortez) , Ben Bard (Mr. Brun) , Chef Milani (Giacomo Romari) , Marguerita Sylva (Bella Romari) , Elizabeth Russell (Mimi (Uncredited)) , Milton Kibbee (Joseph (Uncredited)) , Lou Lubin (Irving August (Uncredited)) , Eve March (Mildred Gilchrist (Uncredited)) , Mary Newton (Esther Redi (Uncredited)) , Cyril Ring (Devil Worshipper (Uncredited)) , Joan Barclay (Gladys (Uncredited)) , Wally Brown (Durk (Uncredited)) , Feodor Chaliapin Jr. (Leo (Uncredited)) , Wheaton Chambers (Missing Girl’s Father (Uncredited)) , James Conaty (Party Guest (Uncredited)) , Kernan Cripps (Police Officer Danny (Uncredited)) , Richard Davies (Detective (Uncredited)) , Dan Dowling (Restaurant Patron (Uncredited)) , Lorna Dunn (Mother (Uncredited))

Directors: Mark Robson

Writers: DeWitt Bodeen, Charles O’Neal

Tags: new york city, paranoia, satanism, film noir, murder, betrayal, punishment, noose, missing person, satanic cult, greenwich village, devil worship

The Leopard Man

The Leopard Man

Release Date: 1943-05-19

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

“The Leopard Man” is a thrilling movie released in 1943 that revolves around a publicity stunt gone wrong. When a leopard escapes, a string of murders begins, creating an intense and suspenseful atmosphere. Starring Dennis O’Keefe, Jean Brooks, and James Bell, this film is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Dennis O’Keefe (Jerry Manning) , Jean Brooks (Kiki Walker) , James Bell (Dr. Galbraith) , Abner Biberman (Charlie How-Come) , Ariel Heath (Eloise, cigarette girl) , Ben Bard (Police Chief Robles) , Margo (Gabriella, aka Clo-Clo) , Isabel Jewell (Maria the Fortune Teller) , Margaret Landry (Teresa Delgado) , Kate Lawson (Mother Delgado) , Tuulikki Paananen ((as Tula Parma) Consuelo Contreras) , Fely Franquelli (Rosita, her maid) , Brandon Hurst (The Cemetery Keeper) , Richard Martin (Raoul Belmonte) , Bobby Spindola (Pedro Delgado) , Belle Mitchell (Senora Calderon, grocer) , Eliso Gamboa (Juan Delgado) , John Dilson (The Coroner) , Mary MacLaren (The Nun) , John Piffle (The Flower Vendor) , Ottola Nesmith (Mother Contreras) , Jacques Lory (Phillipe, the chauffeur) , George Sherwood (Police Lieutenant at Cemetery) , William Halligan (Brunton) , Robert J. Anderson (Dwight Brunton)

Directors: Jacques Tourneur

Writers: Cornell Woolrich, Ardel Wray

Tags: fortune teller, leopard, cult, psycho, publicity stunt, proto-slasher

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Release Date: 1943-08-12

Genres: Horror, Romance, Drama, Music

“Phantom of the Opera” is a captivating 1943 movie that tells the story of Claudin, a talented violinist who falls in love with the beautiful opera singer Christine Dubois. However, tragedy strikes when Claudin’s career takes a downturn, leading him to commit a shocking crime and suffer a disfiguring acid attack. As mysterious crimes haunt the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary “phantom,” the suspense and intrigue in this film will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starring Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, and a talented cast, this movie was released on August 12, 1943, and is definitely worth watching for its thrilling plot and exceptional performances.

Cast: Nelson Eddy (Anatole Garron) , Susanna Foster (Christine Dubois) , Claude Rains (Erique Claudin) , Edgar Barrier (Raoul D’Aubert) , Leo Carrillo (Signor Ferretti) , Jane Farrar (Biancarolli) , J. Edward Bromberg (Amiot) , Fritz Feld (Lecours) , Frank Puglia (Villeneuve) , Steven Geray (Vereheres) , Barbara Everest (The Aunt) , Hume Cronyn (Gerard) , Fritz Leiber (Franz Liszt) , Nicki Andre (Madame Lorenzi) , Gladys Blake (Jeanne) , Elvira Curci (Biancarolli’s Maid) , Hans Herbert (Marcel) , Kate Drain Lawson (Landlady) , Miles Mander (Pleyel) , Rosina Galli (Christine’s Maid) , Walter O. Stahl (Doctor (as Walter Stahl)) , Paul Marion (Desjardines) , Richard Bartell (Reporter (uncredited)) , Edward Biby (Operagoer (uncredited)) , Eumenio Blanco (Minor Role (uncredited))

Directors: Arthur Lubin

Writers: Hans Jacoby, Gaston Leroux, Samuel Hoffenstein, Eric Taylor, Joan Hathaway

Tags: opera, musical, remake, gothic horror, technicolor, literary adaptation, stage musical

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