Let’s Go to the Movies: June 1942-44

Here are a few movies that were in theaters during the month of June in 1942, 1943, and 1944. Most of them are easily found on your favorite streaming services so you can watch the same movies the home front housewife and her family would have seen those summers. There are lots of war movies here, but considering war was on everyone’s mind at the time, I am not surprised. Plus, seeing the good guys win in the movies must have been a needed morale booster for folks worried about current events of the time.

June 1942

My Favorite Blonde

Fan favorite Bob Hope stars with Madeleine Carroll in this romantic comedy. Check out Hope’s later My Favorite Brunette (1947) and My Favorite Spy (1951).

The Spoilers

This western stars Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, and John Wayne. This was the second movie released featuring the trio in 1942, the other being Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is currently unavailable in my location, but you might have better luck searching for it in yours.

June 1943

Next of Kin

This movie was made in England for the British War Office. It was intended to be shown to the armed forces, but it was expanded on and released to the public. It was a propaganda piece showing the dangers of careless talk about war activities. It’s hard to find, but there is a three-part option on YouTube you might check out if this kind of propaganda movie interests you.

Hangmen Also Die

Loosely based on the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, this noir war film has a score that was nominated for an Academy Award. I intentionally left out an image of the movie poster due to some sensitive imagery.

Edge of Darkness

This is another dark war movie starring Errol Flynn and Anne Sheridan.

June 1944

Gaslight

This is a thriller starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. It’s also Angela Lansbury’s movie debut.

Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds is a World War II fantasy film that was a remake of an earlier play, which was based on an even earlier book. This one deals with some difficult subject matter, so you might want to read about it a bit first.

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