Post-War Films in the 1940s
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Sergeant-York (1941)

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An overview of Sergeant York, including cast and credit details, a review summary, and more.
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Sergeant Alvin C. York was the most decorated American soldier in WWI. This heroic true story gave Americans a sense of patriotism and national unity, and gave the citizens a sense of purpose during WWII.

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Destination Tokyo (1944) - Overview - TCM.com

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Overview of Destination Tokyo, 1944, directed by Delmer Daves, with Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, at Turner Classic Movies
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This film was especially good about showing what being a naval officer in a submarine was really like. It was also another post-war movie that was more dark and violent. This was meant to show the anxiety felt by Americans in the 40's and onto the 50's. 

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American Film Noir in the 1940’s

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After WWII, there was a rising darkness in American films, called "film noir" by critic Nino Frank in 1946. This darkness was meant to represent the heavy sense of anxiety felt by Americans. A very good example of this is "Casablanca".  Even though it is full of national pride, it is a very dark and unsettling movie. 

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The Stranger (1946)

In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles). Kindler has e...
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"The Stranger" is an excellent example of the film noir in the American Films in the 1940s. This incredibly successful movie was especially unsettling because it had footage from a concentration camp, showing the violent and moral uncertainty during this time. This violent part of the movie also pushed audiences to hate the Nazis even more. 

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Across the Pacific (1942)

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Directed by John Huston, Vincent Sherman. With Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton.
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This film is different than those in this same time period because it does not have that patriotic feel that almost all of the other movies do. It is about Rick Leland, a man who is court-marshaled out of the Army for misappropriation of funds, making him lose his loyalty to his home country. Instead, we get a man who is loyal to whoever pays him. 

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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Directed by Frank Capra. With James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell. An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.
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This film is one of the most loved movies in American history, and is traditional to watch during the Christmas season. It is a touching story about a frustrated businessman, whose life he cannot handle anymore. He plans on committing suicide, until an angel shows him what it would be like if he were to have not been born, and shows him that he has made positive impacts on the lives of his loved ones. 

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Casablanca (1942)

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An undisputed masterpiece and perhaps Hollywood's quintessential statement on love and romance, Casablanca has only improved with age, boasting career-defining performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
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Casablanca is one of the most popular movies of all time. It is a love story that forces Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to choose between his love and doing the right thing. Even though this movie takes place in the Moroccan city Casablanca, it was still a movie that gives you a sense of national pride, and not surprisingly, gives you a hatred of the oppressive Nazi regime. 

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

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Directed by John Huston. With Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre. A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
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This is another good example of film noir in the United States. This film is about a private eye who is hunted by the police when his partner gets killed while working on a case requested by a Miss Wanderly. It turns out that this Miss Wanderly is not who she says she is, and is involved with the Maltese Falcon, a gold crusted statuette of a falcon that is reputed to contain priceless jewels. 

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