ⓘ 1942 in film

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book

Jungle Book is a 1942 independent Technicolor action-adventure film by the Hungarian Korda brothers, based on a screenplay adaptation by Laurence Stallings of Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book, about a wild boy who is kidnapped by villagers who are cruel to animals as they attempt to steal a dead kings cursed treasure. The film was directed by Zoltan Korda, produced by his brother Alexander and art directed by their younger brother Vincent. The cinematography was by Lee Garmes and W. Howard Greene and the music was by Miklos Rozsa. The film starred Sabu as Mowgli. Because of the war, the Br ...

Cat People (1942 film)

Cat People is a 1942 American horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, produced by Val Lewton, and starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph and Tom Conway. The plot focuses on a Serbian fashion illustrator in New York City who believes herself to be descended from a race of people who shape shift into panthers when sexually aroused or angered. DeWitt Bodeen wrote the original screenplay, which was based on Lewtons short story The Bagheeta, published in 1930. Shot in Los Angeles, Cat People premiered in New York City on December 5, 1942, and was given a wide theatrical release on C ...

The Glass Key (1942 film)

The Glass Key is a 1942 American crime drama film and film noir directed by Stuart Heisler and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. An earlier film version had been released in 1935.

Who Done It? (1942 film)

Who Done It? is a 1942 American comedy-mystery film directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. It is noteworthy as their first feature that contains no musical numbers.

Saboteur (film)

Saboteur is a 1942 American film noir spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock with a screenplay written by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison and Dorothy Parker. The film stars Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane and Norman Lloyd.

To Be or Not to Be (1942 film)

To Be or Not to Be is a 1942 American black comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges and Sig Ruman. The plot concerns a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops. It was adapted by Lubitsch and Edwin Justus Mayer from the story by Melchior Lengyel. The film was released one month after actress Carole Lombard was killed in an airplane crash. In 1996, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Re ...

                                     

ⓘ 1942 in film

The year 1942 in film involved some significant events, in particular the release of a film consistently rated as one of the greatest of all time, Casablanca.

                                     

1. Events

  • November 26 – The film Casablanca premieres at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City.
  • June 4 – Mrs. Miniver, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon, opens at Radio City Music Hall in New York, in what will become a record-breaking 10-week run.
  • August 8 – Walt Disneys animated film Bambi opens in United Kingdom.
  • November 11 – Road to Morocco, starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour, premieres.
  • January 16 – Actress Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash west of Las Vegas while returning home to Los Angeles from a War Bond tour.
                                     

2. Academy Awards

  • Best Actor: James Cagney – Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Best Director: William Wyler – Mrs. Miniver
  • Best Actress: Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
  • Best Picture: Mrs. Miniver – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Special Academy Award: In Which We Serve
  • Best Supporting Actor: Van Heflin – Johnny Eager
  • Best Supporting Actress: Teresa Wright – Mrs. Miniver
                                     

3.1. 1942 film releases January–March

  • 1 January
  • January 1942
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • 8 January
  • The Black Sheep of Whitehall GB
  • 10 January
  • All Through the Night
  • The Big Blockade
  • 19 January
  • 23 January
  • O Patio das Cantigas Portugal
  • 24 January
  • The Fleets In
  • 29 January
  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
  • Kings Row
  • February 1942
  • 2 February
  • 16 February
  • The Man Who Wanted to Kill Himself Spain
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Woman of the Year
  • 19 February
  • Ride Em Cowboy
  • 20 February
  • Roxie Hart
  • Captains of the Clouds
  • 21 February
  • 3 March
  • March 1942
  • The Great King Germany
  • Bullet Scars
  • 7 March
  • Un Garibaldino al Convento Italy
  • 10 March
  • 11 March
  • Rio Rita
  • 13 March
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein
  • Song of the Islands
  • 18 March
  • Reap the Wild Wind
  • Rings on Her Fingers
  • 20 March
  • This Was Paris GB
  • 21 March
  • The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
  • 27 March


                                     

3.2. 1942 film releases April–June

  • 1 April
  • April 1942
  • There Was a Father Japan
  • Alias Boston Blackie
  • My Favorite Blonde
  • 2 April
  • 3 April
  • Jungle Book
  • 4 April
  • The Male Animal
  • 19 April
  • Hatters Castle GB
  • 22 April
  • Saboteur
  • Larceny, Inc.
  • 24 April
  • The Great Mans Lady
  • 29 April
  • My Gal Sal
  • 30 April
  • May 1942
  • The Corpse Vanishes
  • 8 May
  • The Spoilers
  • In This Our Life
  • This Above All
  • 12 May
  • 13 May
  • This Gun for Hire
  • Tortilla Flat
  • 21 May
  • Pacific Rendezvous
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • 29 May
  • Miss Annie Rooney
  • 31 May
  • In Old California
  • 4 June
  • June 1942
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • Flying Fortress GB
  • 13 June
  • Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die
  • The Big Shot
  • 15 June
  • The Next of Kin GB
  • Eagle Squadron
  • 16 June
  • The Foreman Went to France GB
  • 22 June
  • Ten Gentlemen from West Point
  • 26 June
  • Theres One Born Every Minute
  • One of Our Aircraft is Missing
  • 27 June
                                     

3.3. 1942 film releases July–September

  • July 1942
  • 2 July
  • Sons of the Pioneers
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21 France
  • 8 July
  • 10 July
  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • 14 July
  • Pride of the Yankees
  • The Kids Grow Up Argentina
  • 29 July
  • 31 July
  • Invisible Agent
  • Holiday Inn
  • 4 August
  • August 1942
  • 5 August
  • Tales of Manhattan
  • A-Haunting We Will Go
  • Pardon My Sarong
  • 7 August
  • 10 August
  • Alibi GB
  • Wake Island
  • 11 August
  • 20 August
  • The Talk of the Town
  • 21 August
  • The Pied Piper
  • Bambi
  • 24 August
  • Uncensored GB
  • 25 August
  • Attack on Baku Germany
  • Somewhere Ill Find You
  • 27 August
  • 28 August
  • The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
  • 31 August
  • A Pistol Shot
  • Across the Pacific
  • 4 September
  • The Big Street
  • September 1942
  • The First of the Few GB
  • 14 September
  • 15 September
  • Ala-Arriba! Portugal
  • 16 September
  • The Major and the Minor
  • 17 September
  • In Which We Serve GB
  • Kokoda Front Line! Australia
  • 18 September
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
  • The Young Mr. Pitt GB
  • 21 September
  • 25 September
  • Desperate Journey
                                     

3.4. 1942 film releases October–December

  • October 1942
  • 8 October
  • Flying Tigers
  • 16 October
  • Eyes in the Night
  • 23 October
  • The Glass Key
  • The Mummys Tomb
  • 24 October
  • Northwest Rangers
  • I Married a Witch
  • 30 October
  • 31 October
  • Now, Voyager
  • 6 November
  • Who Done It?
  • Springtime in the Rockies
  • November 1942
  • The Great Mr. Handel GB
  • 9 November
  • Road to Morocco
  • 10 November
  • You Were Never Lovelier
  • 19 November
  • Neath Brooklyn Bridge
  • 20 November
  • The Gaucho War Argentina
  • 25 November
  • Gentleman Jim
  • For Me and My Gal
  • 26 November
  • 27 November
  • The Undying Monster
  • George Washington Slept Here
  • 28 November
  • The Black Swan
  • 4 December
  • December 1942
  • Thunder Rock GB
  • 5 December
  • Whom the Gods Love Germany-Austria
  • 6 December
  • Cat People
  • Went the Day Well? GB
  • 7 December
  • Johnny Eager
  • 9 December
  • American Empire
  • Pittsburgh
  • 11 December
  • 17 December
  • Random Harvest
  • 18 December
  • Aniki-Bobo Portugal
  • The Great Impersonation
  • 23 December
  • Four Steps in the Clouds Italy
  • Reunion in France
  • Arabian Nights
  • 25 December
  • Commandos Strike at Dawn
  • 30 December


                                     

4.1. Notable films released in 1942 A

  • A-Haunting We Will Go, starring Laurel and Hardy
  • Alias Boston Blackie, Starring Chester Morris, Adele Mara, and Richard Lane
  • Attack on Baku, starring Willy Fritsch, Rene Deltgen Germany
  • Arabian Nights, starring Sabu, Jon Hall, Maria Montez
  • Andy Hardys Double Life, starring Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden
  • Alibi, starring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason – GB
  • Aniki-Bobo – Portugal
  • Across the Pacific, starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor
  • American Empire, starring Richard Dix
  • All Through the Night, starring Humphrey Bogart
  • The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine, starring Dennis OKeefe and Ruth Terry
  • Ala-Arriba! – Portugal
                                     

4.2. Notable films released in 1942 B

  • The Big Shot, starring Humphrey Bogart
  • The Big Blockade, starring Leslie Banks, Michael Redgrave and Will Hay – UK
  • Bullet Scars, starring Regis Toomey
  • The Black Swan, starring Tyrone Power
  • The Battle of Midway, documentary directed by John Ford
  • The Big Street, starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball
  • Bambi, directed by David Hand, starring Bobby Stewart, Donnie Dunagan, Hardie Albright and John Sutherland
  • The Black Sheep of Whitehall, starring Will Hay and John Mills – GB
  • El Baisano Jalil – Mexico
                                     

4.3. Notable films released in 1942 C-D

  • Derailed Afsporet – Denmark
  • Captains of the Clouds, starring James Cagney
  • The Devils Envoys Les Visiteurs du Soir, directed by Marcel Carne, starring Arletty – France
  • The Courtship of Andy Hardy, starring Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden
  • Cat People, starring Simone Simon and Tom Conway
  • Commandos Strike at Dawn, starring Paul Muni
  • The Corpse Vanishes, starring Bela Lugosi
  • Desperate Journey, starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan
  • Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz Oscar winner, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains
                                     

4.4. Notable films released in 1942 E-F

  • The Fleets In, starring Dorothy Lamour and William Holden
  • Eagle Squadron, directed by Arthur Lubin
  • The Foreman Went to France, starring Clifford Evans and Tommy Trinder – GB
  • Flying Fortress, starring Richard Greene GB
  • Escape from Hong Kong, starring Marjorie Lord
  • Eyes in the Night, directed by Fred Zinneman, starring Edward Arnold, Ann Harding, Donna Reed
  • For Me and My Gal, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
  • The First of the Few, directed by Leslie Howard, starring Howard and David Niven – GB
  • Four Steps in the Clouds Quattro passi fra le nuvole – Italy
  • Flying Tigers, starring John Wayne
                                     

4.5. Notable films released in 1942 G-H

  • The Goose Steps Out, starring Will Hay – GB
  • The Gaucho War La guerra gaucha – Argentina
  • The Great Impersonation, directed by John Rawlins, starring Ralph Bellamy
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein starring Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Historia de un gran amor A Great Love Story – Mexico
  • The Great Mr. Handel, directed by Norman Walker, starring Wilfrid Lawson GB
  • Un Garibaldino al Convento, directed by Vittorio De Sica – Italy
  • Hatters Castle, starring Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, James Mason – GB
  • Gentleman Jim, a biopic of boxer James J. Corbett, starring Errol Flynn
  • The Great Mans Lady, directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Barbara Stanwyck
  • The Glass Key, starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake
  • The Great King Der groSe Konig – Germany
  • George Washington Slept Here, starring Jack Benny
  • Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire


                                     

4.6. Notable films released in 1942 I

  • In This Our Life, starring Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland
  • I Married a Witch, starring Veronica Lake and Fredric March
  • Invisible Agent, starring Jon Hall
  • In Old California, starring John Wayne
  • In Which We Serve, directed by David Lean and Noel Coward, starring Coward and John Mills – GB


                                     

4.7. Notable films released in 1942 J-K

  • Jackass Mail, starring Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main
  • Kokoda Front Line!, an Academy Award winning documentary film – Australia
  • Kings Row, starring Ann Sheridan, Ronald Reagan, Claude Rains
  • Johnny Eager, starring Robert Taylor and Lana Turner
  • The Kids Grow Up Los Chicos crecen – Argentina
  • Kid Glove Killer, the directorial debut of Fred Zinnemann
  • Jungle Book, directed by Zoltan Korda, starring Sabu
                                     

4.8. Notable films released in 1942 L-M

  • My Sister Eileen, starring Rosalind Russell
  • Moontide, starring Jean Gabin and Ida Lupino
  • Listen to Britain, propaganda film directed by Humphrey Jennings – GB
  • The Magnificent Ambersons, directed by Orson Welles, starring Joseph Cotten and Dolores Costello
  • The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe, starring Linda Darnell
  • My Gal Sal, starring Rita Hayworth
  • The Murderer Lives at Number 21 LAssassin habite au 21, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Pierre Fresnay – France
  • The Mummys Tomb, starring Lon Chaney Jr.
  • My Favorite Blonde, starring Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll
  • The Male Animal, starring Henry Fonda and Olivia De Havilland
  • Miss Annie Rooney, starring Shirley Temple
  • The Man Who Wanted to Kill Himself El hombre que se quiso matar – Spain
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, starring Bette Davis, Monty Woolley, Jimmy Durante
  • Mrs. Miniver, directed by William Wyler, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
  • The Major and the Minor, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland
  • Larceny, Inc., starring Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford


                                     

4.9. Notable films released in 1942 N-O

  • The Next of Kin, starring Mervyn Johns – GB
  • Neath Brooklyn Bridge, starring The East Side Kids
  • Overland Mail, starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Noah Beery, Jr., Noah Beery, Sr.
  • One of Our Aircraft is Missing, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger – GB
  • Now, Voyager, starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid
  • Northwest Rangers
                                     

4.10. Notable films released in 1942 P

  • The Pied Piper, starring Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall
  • Panama Hattie, starring Ann Sothern and Lena Horne
  • Pacific Rendezvous, starring Lee Bowman
  • Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth
  • A Pistol Shot, starring Assia Noris, Fosco Giachetti Italy
  • The Palm Beach Story, directed by Preston Sturges, starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Rudy Vallee
  • Pittsburgh, starring John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, Shemp Howard
  • Pardon My Sarong, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
  • People of the Mountains, directed by Istvan Szots – Hungary
  • O Patio das Cantigas The Courtyard of Songs – Portugal
                                     

4.11. Notable films released in 1942 Q-R

  • Road to Morocco, starring Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope
  • Rio Rita, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
  • Ride Em Cowboy, starring Abbott and Costello
  • Reap the Wild Wind, starring John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Ray Milland
  • Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers
  • The Rock of the Souls El Peñon de las Animas – Mexico
  • Random Harvest, starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson
  • Roti Bread – India
  • Rings on Her Fingers, starring Henry Fonda and Gene Tierney
  • Reunion in France, starring Joan Crawford
                                     

4.12. Notable films released in 1942 S

  • Saboteur, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings
  • Somewhere Ill Find You, starring Clark Gable and Lana Turner
  • Saludos Amigos, a Walt Disney animated film starring Donald Duck and Goofy released in South America in 1942 and in the U.S. in 1943
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce
  • Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney
  • Sweater Girl, starring Eddie Bracken, June Preisser, and Betty Jane Rhodes
  • Star Spangled Rhythm, featuring an all-star cast
  • Song of the Islands, a Darryl F. Zanuck production starring Betty Grable and Victor Mature
  • Sons of the Pioneers, starring Roy Rogers and George Gabby Hayes
  • The Spoilers, starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne
  • Springtime in the Rockies, starring Betty Grable, John Payne, Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero
                                     

4.13. Notable films released in 1942 T-V

  • Valentin the Good Valentin Dobrotivy, directed by Martin Fric – Czechoslovakia
  • This Above All, starring Tyrone Power
  • Tarzans New York Adventure, starring Johnny Weissmuller
  • This Gun for Hire, starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd
  • The Undying Monster, starring James Ellison
  • Tortilla Flat, starring Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, John Garfield
  • Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die, starring Richard Dix
  • Uncensored, directed by Anthony Asquith – GB
  • Thunder Rock, starring Michael Redgrave and James Mason – GB
  • Tennessee Johnson, starring Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey
  • This Was Paris, starring Ann Dvorak – GB
  • Tales of Manhattan, directed by Julien Duvivier with an all-star cast
  • Ten Gentlemen from West Point, starring George Montgomery and Maureen OHara
  • To Be or Not to Be, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Jack Benny and in her last film Carole Lombard
  • There Was a Father chichi ariki, directed by Yasujirō Ozu Japan
  • The Talk of the Town, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
  • Theres One Born Every Minute, starring Hugh Herbert and Peggy Moran
                                     

4.14. Notable films released in 1942 W-Z

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney
  • Who Done It?, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
  • Woman of the Year, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
  • Went the Day Well?, directed by Cavalcanti, starring Leslie Banks and Mervyn Johns – GB
  • You Were Never Lovelier, starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth
  • Wake Island, starring Brian Donlevy and Robert Preston
  • Whom the Gods Love, directed by Karl Hartl Germany-Austria
  • The Young Mr. Pitt, directed by Carol Reed, starring Robert Donat – biopic of William Pitt the Younger – GB
                                     

5. Serials

  • Perils of the Royal Mounted, directed by James W. Horne
  • Junior G-Men of the Air, starring the Dead End Kids
  • Perils of Nyoka, starring Kay Aldridge & Clayton Moore, directed by William Witney
  • Gang Busters
  • The Secret Code, directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
  • The Valley of Vanishing Men, directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet
  • Overland Mail
  • Captain Midnight, starring Dave OBrien, directed by James W. Horne
  • Don Winslow of the Navy
  • King of the Mounties, starring Allan Lane, directed by William Witney
  • Spy Smasher, starring Kane Richmond, directed by William Witney
                                     

6. Animated short film series

  • Mickey Mouse 1928–1953
  • Terrytoons 1930–1964
  • Pluto 1937–1951
  • Scrappy 1931–1941
  • Merrie Melodies 1931–1969
  • Popeye 1933–1957
  • Walter Lantz Cartune also known as New Universal Cartoons or Cartune Comedies 1938-1942
  • Donald Duck 1937–1956
  • Color Rhapsodies 1934–1949
  • Tom and Jerry 1940–1958
  • The Fox and the Crow 1941–1950
  • Goofy 1939–1955
  • Looney Tunes 1930–1969
  • Swing Symphonies 1941–1945
  • Andy Panda 1939–1949
  • Woody Woodpecker 1941–1949
                                     

7. Births

  • February 21 – Margarethe von Trotta, German director
  • April 3 – Marsha Mason, American actress
  • April 23 – Sandra Dee, American actress d. 2005
  • Roger Ebert, American film critic of the Chicago Sun Times d. 2013
  • January 10 – Walter Hill, American director, producer and screenwriter
  • March 25 – Richard OBrien, English actor and writer
  • January 8 – Yvette Mimieux, American actress
  • March 27 – Michael York, English actor
  • April 6 – Barry Levinson, American director, producer and screenwriter
  • Paul McCartney, English musician and composer The Beatles
  • February 9 – Ada Lundver, Estonian actress and singer d. 2011
  • January 3 – John Thaw, English actor d. 2002
  • February 1 – Terry Jones, Welsh comedic actor, director and screenwriter d. 2020
  • January 19 – Michael Crawford, English actor and singer
  • June 18
  • April 24 – Barbra Streisand, American actress, singer, director and producer
  • March 28 – Mike Newell, English director and producer
  • August 7 – Tobin Bell, actor
  • July 13 – Harrison Ford, American actor and producer
  • Madeline Kahn, American actress d. 1999
  • Ian McShane, English actor
  • September 29
  • July 1 – Genevieve Bujold, Canadian actress
  • July 24 – Chris Sarandon, American actor
  • July 9 – Richard Roundtree, American actor
  • Eili Sild, Estonian actress
  • October 6 – Britt Ekland, Swedish actress
  • October 13 – Suzzanna, Indonesian actress d. 2008
  • October 26
  • October 22 – Annette Funicello, American actress and singer d. 2013
  • Bob Hoskins, English actor and director d. 2014
  • October 4 – Christopher Stone, American actor d. 1995
  • October 11 – Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor
  • December 4 – Gemma Jones, English actress
  • November 24 – Billy Connolly, Scottish comedian and actor
  • October 31 – David Ogden Stiers, American actor d. 2018
  • November 17 – Martin Scorsese, American director, producer, screenwriter and actor
                                     

8. Deaths

  • December 12 – Helen Westley, 67, American stage & screen actress, Heidi, Roberta, All This, and Heaven Too, Alexanders Ragtime Band
  • October 22 – Olga Svendsen, 59, Danish actress, Kidnapped
  • November 5 – George M. Cohan, 64, American actor, songwriter, entertainer, The Phantom President, Broadway Jones, subject of Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • November 12 – Laura Hope Crews, 62, American stage & screen actress, Gone with the Wind, Camille, Angel, The Blue Bird
  • April 10 – Carl Schenstrom, 60, Danish actor, Cocktails, The Last Laugh
  • July 5 – Karin Swanstrom, 69, Swedish actress, director, His English Wife, Black Roses
  • May 29 – John Barrymore, 60, American actor, Grand Hotel, Twentieth Century, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dinner at Eight
  • November 9 – Edna May Oliver, 59, American stage & film actress, David Copperfield, Drums Along the Mohawk, Little Women, A Tale of Two Cities
  • October 20 – May Robson, 84, Australian-born American stage & film actress, Bringing Up Baby, A Star is Born, Lady for a Day, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • June 4 – Virginia Lee Corbin, 31, American actress, Hands Up!, X Marks the Spot
  • January 16 – Carole Lombard, 33, American actress, To Be or Not to Be, My Man Godfrey, Made for Each Other, Nothing Sacred
  • January 31 – Rolf Wenkhaus, 24, German actor, Emil and the Detectives, S.A Mann Brand
  • August 18 – Rafaela Ottiano, 54, Italian-born American actress, Grand Hotel, She Done Him Wrong, The Devil-Doll, Curly Top
  • November 15 – Sidney Fox, 30, American actress, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Bad Sister, Six Cylinder Love
                                     

9. Film Debuts

  • Simone Signoret – Bolero
  • Richard Attenborough – In Which We Serve
  • Gene Kelly – For Me and My Gal
  • Elizabeth Taylor – Theres One Born Every Minute
  • Esther Williams – Andy Hardys Double Life
  • Betty Hutton – The Fleets In
  • Harry Morgan – To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Eleanor Parker – The Big Shot
  • Anne Jeffreys – Billy the Kid Trapped
  • Tweety Bird – A Tale of Two Kitties
  • Peter Ustinov – One of Our Aircraft Is Missing