The Best Comedies of the 1940s

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The Philadelphia Story

1940    George Cukor    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Romance

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His Girl Friday

1940    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Comedy    Media Satire    Romance

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The Great Dictator

1940    Charles Chaplin    Rated G

Anti-War Film    Comedy    Political Satire

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Sullivan's Travels

1941    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Road Movie    Romance

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Arsenic and Old Lace

1944    Frank Capra    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Crime

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To Be or Not to Be

1942    Ernst Lubitsch    Not Rated

Comedy    Farce    Satire

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The Lady Eve

1941    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Con Artist / Hustler    Romance

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The Shop Around the Corner

1940    Ernst Lubitsch    Not Rated

Comedy    Drama    Romance

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Adam's Rib

1949    George Cukor    Not Rated

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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Ball of Fire

1941    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy of Manners    Crime

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Miracle on 34th Street

1947    George Seaton    Rated G

Comedy    Family    Family-Oriented Comedy

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The Palm Beach Story

1942    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy of Manners    Romance

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

1948    Charles Barton    Not Rated

Comedy    Horror    Horror Comedy

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On the Town

1949    Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly    Not Rated

Based-on-Theatre    Comedy    Musical

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Unfaithfully Yours

1948    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Domestic Comedy    Screwball Comedy

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The Bishop's Wife

1947    Henry Koster    Not Rated

Comedy    Fantasy    Heavenly Comedy

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Easter Parade

1948    Charles Walters    Not Rated

Musical    Musical Comedy    Backstage Musical

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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

1944    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Romance

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Woman of the Year

1942    George Stevens    Not Rated

Comedy    Romance    Romantic Comedy

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The Bank Dick

1940    Edward F. Cline    Not Rated

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Crime

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