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1942 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

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.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Academy Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1942 4
  • Serials 5
  • Short film series 6
  • Animated short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Film Debuts 10
  • References 11


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

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, Mrs. Miniver performed at 244% while Billy Wilder's directorial debut The Major and the Minor did a solid 155%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.
Rank Title Studio Leading Star
1. Mrs. Miniver MGM Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
2. Yankee Doodle Dandy Warner Bros. James Cagney
3. Random Harvest MGM Ronald Colman and Greer Garson
4. Road to Morocco Paramount Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope
5. Reap the Wild Wind Paramount John Wayne and Paulette Goddard
6. The Black Swan 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara
7. Somewhere I'll Find You MGM Clark Gable and Lana Turner
8. Holiday Inn Paramount Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire
9. Eagle Squadron Universal Robert Stack and Diana Barrymore
10. The Pride of the Yankees RKO Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright
11. Wake Island Paramount Brian Donlevy and William Bendix
12. For Me and My Gal MGM Judy Garland and Gene Kelly
13. Pardon My Sarong Universal Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
14. My Sistern Eileen Columbia Rosalind Russell and Brian Aherne
15. Who Done It? Universal Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
16. The Major and the Minor Paramount Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland
17. This Above All 20th Century Fox Tyrone Power and Joan Fontaine
18. The Talk of the Town Columbia Cary Grant and Jean Arthur
19. My Favorite Blonde Paramount Bob Hope and Madeleine Carroll

Academy Awards

Notable films released in 1942

U.S.A unless stated












Short film series

Animated short film series



Film Debuts


  1. ^ Box Office Digest, June 1943, p.18
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