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1940 In Film

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The year 1940 in film involved some significant events, including the premieres of the Walt Disney classics Pinocchio and Fantasia.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Academy Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1940 4
  • Serials 5
  • Short film series 6
  • Animated short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Debuts 10
  • References 11


Top grossing films (U.S.)[1]

At the time, box office numbers were reported as a percentage of business for each theater in comparison to 'normal' business. For example, Boom Town performed at 232% and Pinocchio at 130%. This is why exact dollar grosses for films are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors Directors Gross
1. Boom Town MGM Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy Jack Conway
2. North West Mounted Police Paramount Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard Cecil B. DeMille
3. The Great Dictator United Artists Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard Charlie Chaplin
4. The Philadelphia Story MGM Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart George Cukor
5. The Grapes of Wrath 20th Century-Fox Henry Fonda John Ford
6. Rebecca United Artists Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine Alfred Hitchcock
7. Strike Up the Band MGM Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney Busby Berkeley
8. Northwest Passage MGM Spencer Tracy, Robert Young King Vidor
9. The Fighting 69th Warner Bros. George Brent William Keighley
10. The Sea Hawk Warner Bros. Errol Flynn Michael Curtiz
11. Tin Pan Alley 20th Century-Fox Alice Faye, Betty Grable Walter Lang
12. Santa Fe Trail Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ronald Reagan Michael Curtiz
13. Andy Hardy Meets Debutante MGM Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland George B. Seitz
14. Kitty Foyle RKO Dennis Morgan Sam Wood
15. My Favorite Wife RKO Irene Dunne, Cary Grant Garson Kanin
16. Virginia City Warner Bros. Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins Michael Curtiz
17. Road to Singapore Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour Victor Schertzinger
18. I Love You Again MGM William Powell, Myrna Loy W. S. Van Dyke
19. All This, and Heaven Too Warner Bros. Bette Davis, Charles Boyer Anatole Litvak
20. Comrade X MGM Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr King Vidor
28. Pinocchio* Disney Cliff Edwards $84,300,000*[2]

* After theatrical reissues

Academy Awards

Notable films released in 1940

U.S.A. unless stated










Short film series

Animated short film series





  1. ^ Box Office Digest, April 1941, p. 18
  2. ^ Pinocchio (1940 film)
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