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Year by Year Polls: 1940 Results
Topic Started: Mar 15 2017, 11:26:58 PM (980 Views)
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These are the results for the 1940 poll.

Total number of voters: 66
Total number of films receiving votes: 161

The usual minimum needed to appear on the final list is 3 votes and 30 points. As there's a little less variety this year, I've lowered the minimum to 2 votes and 20 points.

The first number after the title and the director is the total number of points for each film. The second number is the number of ballots the film appeared on.

Titles in red are those with under 500 votes on IMDb.

* = short film

01. The Grapes of Wrath | John Ford | 561.5 | 47
02. The Shop Around the Corner | Ernst Lubitsch | 548 | 52
03. Rebecca | Alfred Hitchcock | 522 | 52
04. His Girl Friday | Howard Hawks | 510 | 52
05. The Great Dictator | Charles Chaplin | 480 | 45
06. The Philadelphia Story | George Cukor | 387 | 42
07. Fantasia | James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | 331 | 34
08. Pinocchio | Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen | 319 | 36
09. Foreign Correspondent | Alfred Hitchcock | 304.5 | 32
10. The Thief of Bagdad | Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan | 244.5 | 27

11. The Letter | William Wyler | 225.5 | 26
12. The Mortal Storm | Frank Borzage | 200 | 24
13. Remember the Night | Mitchell Leisen | 184 | 22
14. They Drive by Night | Raoul Walsh | 142.5 | 19
14. The Westerner | William Wyler | 142.5 | 18
16. The Mark of Zorro | Rouben Mamoulian | 140.5 | 14
17. Gaslight (The Murder in Thornton Square / Angel Street) | Thorold Dickinson | 122.5 | 14
18. Waterloo Bridge | Mervyn LeRoy | 108.5 | 12
19. Christmas in July | Preston Sturges | 106.5 | 17
20. My Favorite Wife | Garson Kanin | 100 | 14

21. The Great McGinty | Preston Sturges | 97.5 | 14
21. Dance, Girl, Dance | Dorothy Arzner | 97.5 | 9
23. Night Train to Munich | Carol Reed | 94 | 12
24. The Sea Hawk | Michael Curtiz | 88.5 | 13
25. The Bank Dick (The Bank Detective) | Edward F. Cline | 87.5 | 12
26. The Long Voyage Home | John Ford | 76.5 | 9
27. Pride and Prejudice | Robert Z. Leonard | 65 | 10
28. Northwest Passage: Book 1 - Rogers' Rangers | King Vidor | 63.5 | 8
28. Stranger on the Third Floor | Boris Ingster | 63.5 | 8
30. Broadway Melody of 1940 | Norman Taurog | 55 | 6

31. You Ought to Be in Pictures * | Friz Freleng | 52 | 8
31. Dots * | Norman McLaren | 52 | 5
33. Battement de coeur (Beating Heart) | Henri Decoin | 50 | 5
34. Kitty Foyle | Sam Wood | 49 | 7
35. Our Town | Sam Wood | 48.5 | 4
36. A Wild Hare * | Fred Avery (Tex Avery) | 48 | 11
37. Themis * | Dwinell Grant | 47 | 3
38. Tabi yakusha (Travelling Actors) | Mikio Naruse | 45.5 | 5
39. The Ghost Breakers | George Marshall | 45 | 5
40. Loops * | Norman McLaren | 44 | 5

41. Three Faces West | Bernard Vorhaus | 41.5 | 4
42. Dark Command | Raoul Walsh | 40.5 | 4
43. Operette (Operetta) | Willi Forst | 39.5 | 4
44. All This, and Heaven Too | Anatole Livtak | 39 | 8
45. Swinging the Lambeth Walk * | Len Lye | 37 | 5
45. Menaces... (Threats) | Edmond T. Greville | 37 | 3
47. A Chump at Oxford | Alfred J. Goulding | 36 | 5
47. La fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger's Daughter) | Marcel Pagnol | 36 | 3
49. Paradis perdu (Four Flights to Love) | Abel Gance | 35.5 | 4
50. London Can Take It! * | Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt | 34 | 5
50. Strange Cargo | Frank Borzage | 34 | 4

52. Nobuko | Hiroshi Shimizu | 33 | 4
52. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse * | 33 | 4
52. A Plumbing We Will Go * | Del Lord | 33 | 3
55. The Stars Look Down | Carol Reed | 32.5 | 3
56. De Mayerling a Sarajevo (From Mayerling to Sarajevo / Sarajevo) | Max Ophuls | 31.5 | 3
57. Puss Gets the Boot * | Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | 31 | 6
58. Der Postmeister (The Stationmaster) | Gustav Ucicky | 30 | 3
59. Contraband (Blackout) | Michael Powell | 29 | 3
59. Saps at Sea | Gordon Douglas | 29 | 2

61. Angels Over Broadway | Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | 27 | 2
62. Go West | Edward Buzzell | 24 | 6
62. Mr. Duck Steps Out * | Jack King | 24 | 2
64. New Dimensions * | Jack Norling | 23 | 2
65. Dr Ehrlich's Magic Bullet | William Dieterle | 22 | 2
66. Man och kvinna (A Handful of Rice) | Pal Fejos, Gunnar Skoglund | 21 | 2
66. Seven Sinners | Tay Garnett | 21 | 2
66. Tarantella * | Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth | 21 | 2


Films that received 1st place votes

(ranked in order of number of first place votes received, then by number of points)

11 - The Grapes of Wrath - bal3x, Ebbywebby, Gregmnewman, jvv, Melvelet, ororama, smoover, St. Gloede, tarr, the_beer_hunter, timshelboy
10 - Rebecca - AdamH, beavis, Gorro, joachimt, Lechuguilla, Nopros, Old Aussie, Rufus-T, sol, tobias
7 - The Shop Around the Corner - frbrown, Lilarcor, monclivie, MoTH, nimimerkillinen, sebby, tourdesb
7 - His Girl Friday - brokenface, glen_esq, Hunziker, jeff_v, PeacefulAnarchy, tommy_leazaq, VincentPrice
7 - The Great Dictator - Caracortada, Cynical Cinephile, flaiky, hurluberlu, jesusofjonesboro, klaus78, PUNQ
3 - The Philadelphia Story - mathiasa, Tarris1, toro913
3 - Pinocchio - connordenney, OldAle1, PoppyTransfusion
2 - Fantasia - Good_Will_Harding, MNA
2 - Foreign Correspondent - farne, zomgmouse
2 - The Thief of Bagdad - Eve-Lang-El-Coup, rudeboy_murray
1 - The Mortal Storm - RogerTheMovieManiac88
1 - The Mark of Zorro - paul281f
1 - Christmas in July - popups
1 - The Bank Dick - rcocean3
1 - The Long Voyage Home - morrison-dylan-fan
1 - Themis - insomnius
1 - London Can Take It! - gromit82
1 - Angels Over Broadway - Perception de Ambiguity

Unranked ballots: Angel Glez, cayado-coro, interior day, jdidaco


What did Oscar say?

There were ten nominees for best picture this year.

01. The Grapes of Wrath
03. Rebecca [Winner]
05. The Great Dictator
06. The Philadelphia Story
09. Foreign Correspondent
11. The Letter
26. The Long Voyage Home
34. Kitty Foyle
35. Our Town
43. All This, and Heaven Too


Venice Film Festival

And the modestly named Mussolini Cup went to:

Best Italian Film
L'assedio dell'Alcazar (The Siege of the Alcazar) [received one vote in the poll for 10.5 points]

Best Foreign Film
58. Der Postmeister

Unsurprisingly, the winner is from Nazi Germany. It's almost as if Mussolini and Hitler were best buddies or something.


"Nazis. I hate these guys."

While Hollywood's wartime flag wavers were still a couple of years away, the Nazis and the war were a feature of a number of films including The Mortal Storm, The Great Dictator and The Long Voyage Home. British directors saw the war as a vehicle for spy stories, like Foreign Correspondent (Hitchcock), Night Train to Munich (Carol Reed) and Contraband (Michael Powell).

WWII inevitably had a negative effect on several European film industries, leaving this a very American-dominated list. The only two non-American films in the top 20 came from Britain, but some foreign language films did make it on to the final list.


Top 10 non-English language films

33. Battement de coeur (France)
38. Tabi yakusha (Japan)
43. Operette (Austria / Germany)
46. Menaces... (France)
48. La fille du puisatier (France)
49. Paradis perdu (France)
52. Nobuko (Japan)
56. De Mayerling a Sarajevo (France)
58. Der Postmeister (Austria / Germany)
66. Man och kvinna (Sweden)


A classic comedy year

Maybe it was seen as a necessary antidote to all the grim news from Europe, but this was a strong year for comedy, with The Shop Around the Corner, His Girl Friday, The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story, Christmas in July and My Favorite Wife all finishing in the top 20. The Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy and the Three Stooges all appear further down the list as well. This was also the year of Road to Singapore, the first in the "Road" series, but it didn't find any votes in the poll.


Hitchcock vs Hitchcock

Some directors made it on to the final list more than once, with Hitchcock and William Wyler getting two films each into the top 20, and John Ford and Preston Sturges both appearing twice in the top 30. Raoul Walsh, Frank Borzage, Norman McLaren and Sam Wood all appeared twice in the top 50.

Star of the year must be either James Stewart or Cary Grant, each with 3 films in the top 20.


You can't beat the (studio) system

This is near the peak of the studio era and some studios fared a lot better in the poll than others. Disney did well, with two of its features placing in the top ten, but MGM had a strong year as well, with 7 films in the top 30.

Films in the top 30 by studio

7 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
3 Warner Brothers
3 Paramount Pictures
3 RKO
2 Walt Disney
2 Twentieth Century Fox
1 Selznick International *
1 Columbia Pictures
1 Charles Chaplin Corporation *
1 Walter Wanger Productions *
1 Argosy / Walter Wanger *
1 London Films *
1 Samuel Goldwyn *
1 British National
1 Twentieth Century Productions
1 Universal

* These films were released by United Artists and include independent productions and imports. If UA was included in the list it would come second, with 6 films.

The year's short films offer some interest, including two from Norman McLaren (Dots and Loops), Blitz documentary London Can Take It!, and Tex Avery's A Wild Hare, usually considered to be the first Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Top 10 short films

31. You Ought to Be in Pictures
31. Dots
36. A Wild Hare
37. Themis
40. Loops
45. Swinging the Lambeth Walk
50. London Can Take It!
53. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
54. A Plumbing We Will Go
57. Puss Gets the Boot


This was our first poll on icmforum and it was also my first time running the poll. The turnout was high and I think it went well. Thanks to everyone who voted, especially all those who registered here just to take part in the polls, and thanks to all the new voters as well.

The next poll is 1981, the year of U-boats, athletes and archaeologists. The 1981 poll will be run by Rufus-T and will start on 25th March. The next poll after that will be 2005, run by gromit82.


Edited by farne, Mar 17 2017, 01:31:11 PM.
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Hooray! I appreciate all the work that went into this, excellent summary!
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:cheers:

Beautifully done, thanks so much! I always hope to see Pinocchio rank higher on applicable lists, but I can't really argue with anything else in the top 10 except possibly The Philadelphia Story which I like, but don't totally love. This was a nice year to do for me as I had some very fruitful re-watches, most especially the winner. Very pleased to see Remember the Night score as highly as it did, that's a film that was pretty obscure just a few years ago (maybe still is?).

Weak year outside of Hollywood obviously; I wanted to get to more French films myself but just wasn't able to - looks like my votes wouldn't have helped that much anyway even if I had loved them all. 1939 might be a "better" year for American film but 1940 sure was a dominant one.

My to-see list for '81 is absolutely immense, and with a film festival coming up I doubt I'll see 1/3 of what I want to. :o
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Wonderfully presented results! Thanks for your efforts, farne. It was a fun poll to be part of and your observations round things out in fitting fashion. Glad to see so many personal favourites feature prominently.

I was kind of expecting 'Rebecca' or 'The Great Dictator' to come out on top. Ford's film is a worthy poll-topper though.

Looking forward to future polls here on iCM.

:cheers:
Edited by RogerTheMovieManiac88, Mar 16 2017, 01:32:39 AM.
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Wonderful presentation of results, farne. Thanks for all the efforts you've put into. And proof that even in a difficult year like this where English-speaking films are obviously the majority, we can still find outstanding titles in French, Japanese, German, Swedish & Thai!

Looking forward to 1981, and hopefully more participants (oldsters & newcomers alike!). I have to say though that 66 was an amazing number of voters for 1940.

:cheers:
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Thank you, farne, and thanks to everyone who voted in the poll.
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Interestingly close for the top spots. :cheers:
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I like how you've included alternative titles by which films are no longer known these days (The Murder in Thornton Square? The Bank Detective??). :unsure:

On a more serious note, thanks for all the hard work. A tighter race than expected to the top.

Too bad The Invisible Woman and Mexican Spitfire did not get more support this year (was I the only one to vote for them?). If you think His Girl Friday is a funny film from 1940, then you've seen nothing until you seem these two hilarious hidden gems.
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Mar 16 2017, 08:41:09 AM
I like how you've included alternative titles by which films are no longer known these days (The Murder in Thornton Square? The Bank Detective??). :unsure:

On a more serious note, thanks for all the hard work. A tighter race than expected to the top.

Too bad The Invisible Woman and Mexican Spitfire did not get more support this year (was I the only one to vote for them?). If you think His Girl Friday is a funny film from 1940, then you've seen nothing until you seem these two hilarious hidden gems.
Ah, but there's method in my madness. I didn't include long forgotten AKAs like "Night Train" or "Gestapo" for Night Train to Munich. But people did actually vote for The Bank Dick as "The Bank Detective" and Gaslight as "The Murder in Thornton Square".

Yes, I'm afraid you were the only voter for Mexican Spitfire and The Invisible Woman.


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sol
Mar 16 2017, 08:41:09 AM
I like how you've included alternative titles by which films are no longer known these days (The Murder in Thornton Square? The Bank Detective??). :unsure:

On a more serious note, thanks for all the hard work. A tighter race than expected to the top.

Too bad The Invisible Woman and Mexican Spitfire did not get more support this year (was I the only one to vote for them?). If you think His Girl Friday is a funny film from 1940, then you've seen nothing until you seem these two hilarious hidden gems.
Ah, but there's method in my madness. I didn't include long forgotten AKAs like "Night Train" or "Gestapo" for Night Train to Munich. But people did actually vote for The Bank Dick as "The Bank Detective" and Gaslight as "The Murder in Thornton Square".

Yes, I'm afraid you were the only voter for Mexican Spitfire and The Invisible Woman.


Really? Gee, that seems odd. I have some seen some well-known films under some strange titles myself in my time ('The Boys Next Door' was re-titled 'No Apparent Motive' for no apparent reason for the Australian VHS release, etc), however, in film discussions/lists, I almost always defer to the most commonly known name.

You do realise now that I am going to annoy the heck out of you next time you run one of these polls by using bizarre AKAs for every film in my list? :turned:
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Is the list on IMDb or iCM?
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Now that's a presentation! Excellent work.

Looking forward to 1981.

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Mar 15 2017, 11:26:58 PM
66. Man och kvinna (A Handful of Rice) | Pal Fejos, Gunnar Skoglund | 21 | 2
66. Seven Sinners | Tay Garnett | 21 | 2
I'm glad to team up with jd and save the day. Two wonderful films!
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thanks! + for imdb and icm list

if you think some movie might be overlooked (less or more)
recommend movies to be seen before 1981 polls here if you want
http://www.icmforum.com/topic/10152023/1/
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"I Love You Again" certainly needs more love, not even in the top 66 :blink:
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Is the list on IMDb or iCM?
Not yet. But it seems like a good idea if someone wants to do it.

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Great stuff in the OP. Thanks a lot farne for hosting this. It's been a great addition to the forum and I'm looking forward to the next poll.

I'm not sure about everyone else, but I hadn't seen a lot for 1940 and only English-language films. I've seen plenty of foreign films but not from that year.
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OldAle1 has given me the results for the last 1940 poll on the CFB, which was run in around 2010 by Lechuguilla. The methodology was different and the results split into "mainstream" and "obscure", but I include them here for those who are interested. "Obscure" meant featuring on under 15% of the ballots and with a low number of IMDb votes (under 1000?).

The mainstream list is almost exactly the same films as our top 30, but there's a lot of different stuff on the obscure one.

These were the top 30 mainstream:

01. Rebecca
02. The Grapes of Wrath
03. Pinocchio
04. The Shop Around The Corner
05. His Girl Friday
06. Foreign Correspondent
07. Fantasia
08. The Philadelphia Story
09. The Thief Of Bagdad
10. The Letter
11. The Great Dictator
12. Christmas In July
13. The Sea Hawk
14. The Bank Dick
15. The Mortal Storm
16. Waterloo Bridge
17. They Drive By Night
18. The Westerner
19. Remember The Night
20. Gaslight
21. Pride And Prejudice
22. My Favorite Wife
23. The Long Voyage Home
24. The Mark Of Zorro
25. The Great McGinty
26. All This, And Heaven Too
27. Broadway Melody of 1940
28. Stranger On The Third Floor
29. Kitty Foyle
30. Night Train To Munich

Hitchcock was a regular poll-topper on the CFB, coming first for 1935, 1938, 1940, 1946, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1959 and 1960.


Obscure:

01. Our Town
02. Dance, Girl, Dance
03. A Wild Hare
04. Strange Cargo
05. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
06. Dots
07. A Night In June
08. Abe Lincoln In Illinois
09. Swinging The Lambeth Walk
10. A Plumbing We Will Go
11. Beyond Tomorrow
12. Black Friday
13. From Mayerling To Sarajevo
14. The Stars Look Down
15. The Return Of Frank James
16. Contraband
17. Murder Over New York
18. Seven Sinners (tie)
18. Tin Pan Alley (tie)
20. Flowing Gold
21. City For Conquest (tie)
21. Torrid Zone (tie)
23. The Man With Nine Lives
24. Edison, The Man
25. Johnny Apollo


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I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.
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I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.
I might have watched it if I'd had easy access to it - I've only seen one Vavra film so far (Krakatit) but it was absolutely incredible so he's somebody I definitely want to see some more from.
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Mar 16 2017, 09:37:03 PM
I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.
I might have watched it if I'd had easy access to it - I've only seen one Vavra film so far (Krakatit) but it was absolutely incredible so he's somebody I definitely want to see some more from.

Hi Ale,from the 3 I've seen by him,Vavra has become my favourite Czech director,and you are in for a real treat with Romance for Bugle (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7PS5b-vylc and Witchhammer (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXTA1yAptuc joining Krakatit in being absolute classics.

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Mar 16 2017, 10:30:23 PM
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Mar 16 2017, 09:37:03 PM
I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.
I might have watched it if I'd had easy access to it - I've only seen one Vavra film so far (Krakatit) but it was absolutely incredible so he's somebody I definitely want to see some more from.

Hi Ale,from the 3 I've seen by him,Vavra has become my favourite Czech director,and you are in for a real treat with Romance for Bugle (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7PS5b-vylc and Witchhammer (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXTA1yAptuc joining Krakatit in being absolute classics.

Add Virginity, championed by guru Pierre Rissient. ;)
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Mar 16 2017, 10:30:23 PM
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Mar 16 2017, 09:37:03 PM
I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.
I might have watched it if I'd had easy access to it - I've only seen one Vavra film so far (Krakatit) but it was absolutely incredible so he's somebody I definitely want to see some more from.

Hi Ale,from the 3 I've seen by him,Vavra has become my favourite Czech director,and you are in for a real treat with Romance for Bugle (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7PS5b-vylc and Witchhammer (Eng Subs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXTA1yAptuc joining Krakatit in being absolute classics.

Add Virginity, championed by guru Pierre Rissient. ;)

Thanks for the rec Angel,I've not heard of Virginity before. By a weird coincidence,I was earlier reading up on a Vávra I've just found out about: The Silent Barricade (1949)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Barricade


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About when will the 1981 nominations start/close?
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My to-see list for '81 is absolutely immense, and with a film festival coming up I doubt I'll see 1/3 of what I want to.

I've managed to watch 2 1981's so far - Do You Remember Dolly Bell, and Possession.

Possession was quite a trip, whoa.
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Mar 16 2017, 12:39:23 AM
My to-see list for '81 is absolutely immense, and with a film festival coming up I doubt I'll see 1/3 of what I want to.

I've managed to watch 2 1981's so far - Do You Remember Dolly Bell, and Possession.

Possession was quite a trip, whoa.
Possession - that's the one where she...

Spoiler: click to toggle

...right? Hell crazy film for sure (unless I'm confusing it with something else).

Good to see you around these parts, glen!
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I'm a bit saddened nobody else voted for Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue. I guess Otakar Vavra is even more overlooked than I thought.

Hi Gloede,with your list,I sadly only read it on the final polling day,although thanks to you listing it,Girl in Blue is now waiting for me to view it. With Vavra,I was wondering what your top 5 films of his are?

Thanks.
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About when will the 1981 nominations start/close?
There's no nominations round, you just list your top films.

The 1981 poll will start on Saturday 25th March.

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Possession - that's the one where she...

Spoiler: click to toggle

...right? Hell crazy film for sure (unless I'm confusing it with something else).

Good to see you around these parts, glen!


Hi sol, good to see you here, too.

I think you've got the right movie. My interpretation of this really weird movie, from your spoiler no to pt 1, yes to pt 2.

Adjani has a scene alone in the subway in which she does everything but give birth. Craziest thing I've seen in a while.
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Possession - that's the one where she...

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...right? Hell crazy film for sure (unless I'm confusing it with something else).

Good to see you around these parts, glen!


Hi sol, good to see you here, too.

I think you've got the right movie. My interpretation of this really weird movie, from your spoiler no to pt 1, yes to pt 2.

Adjani has a scene alone in the subway in which she does everything but give birth. Craziest thing I've seen in a while.
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Mar 18 2017, 02:30:22 AM
Possession - that's the one where she...

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...right? Hell crazy film for sure (unless I'm confusing it with something else).

Good to see you around these parts, glen!


Hi sol, good to see you here, too.

I think you've got the right movie. My interpretation of this really weird movie, from your spoiler no to pt 1, yes to pt 2.

Adjani has a scene alone in the subway in which she does everything but give birth. Craziest thing I've seen in a while.
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Cheers for that. Certainly a film to rewatch one of these days...
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Mar 18 2017, 02:30:22 AM
Possession - that's the one where she...

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...right? Hell crazy film for sure (unless I'm confusing it with something else).

Good to see you around these parts, glen!


Hi sol, good to see you here, too.

I think you've got the right movie. My interpretation of this really weird movie, from your spoiler no to pt 1, yes to pt 2.

Adjani has a scene alone in the subway in which she does everything but give birth. Craziest thing I've seen in a while.
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That was my reading of Possession as well.
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Sol - good explanation of the movie. I was aware this was likely a depiction of the divorce from hell based on the director's divorce at the time. I was trying to follow the allegories for the first 40 minutes maybe, then I couldn't be bothered. I agree the ending = likely end of director's marriage, but oh man. What can I say, thanks Zulawski so much for sharing.

I'm not a fan of the film, but acknowledge many viewers have commented on imdb they think it's a masterpiece. I'm sure it will appear on some ballots in the upcoming poll.
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These are the results for the 1940 poll.

Total number of voters: 66
Total number of films receiving votes: 161

The usual minimum needed to appear on the final list is 3 votes and 30 points. As there's a little less variety this year, I've lowered the minimum to 2 votes and 20 points.

The first number after the title and the director is the total number of points for each film. The second number is the number of ballots the film appeared on.

Titles in red are those with under 500 votes on IMDb.

* = short film

01. The Grapes of Wrath | John Ford | 561.5 | 47
02. The Shop Around the Corner | Ernst Lubitsch | 548 | 52
03. Rebecca | Alfred Hitchcock | 522 | 52
04. His Girl Friday | Howard Hawks | 510 | 52
05. The Great Dictator | Charles Chaplin | 480 | 45
06. The Philadelphia Story | George Cukor | 387 | 42
07. Fantasia | James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield, Ben Sharpsteen | 331 | 34
08. Pinocchio | Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen | 319 | 36
09. Foreign Correspondent | Alfred Hitchcock | 304.5 | 32
10. The Thief of Bagdad | Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan | 244.5 | 27

11. The Letter | William Wyler | 225.5 | 26
12. The Mortal Storm | Frank Borzage | 200 | 24
13. Remember the Night | Mitchell Leisen | 184 | 22
14. They Drive by Night | Raoul Walsh | 142.5 | 19
14. The Westerner | William Wyler | 142.5 | 18
16. The Mark of Zorro | Rouben Mamoulian | 140.5 | 14
17. Gaslight (The Murder in Thornton Square / Angel Street) | Thorold Dickinson | 122.5 | 14
18. Waterloo Bridge | Mervyn LeRoy | 108.5 | 12
19. Christmas in July | Preston Sturges | 106.5 | 17
20. My Favorite Wife | Garson Kanin | 100 | 14

21. The Great McGinty | Preston Sturges | 97.5 | 14
21. Dance, Girl, Dance | Dorothy Arzner | 97.5 | 9
23. Night Train to Munich | Carol Reed | 94 | 12
24. The Sea Hawk | Michael Curtiz | 88.5 | 13
25. The Bank Dick (The Bank Detective) | Edward F. Cline | 87.5 | 12
26. The Long Voyage Home | John Ford | 76.5 | 9
27. Pride and Prejudice | Robert Z. Leonard | 65 | 10
28. Northwest Passage: Book 1 - Rogers' Rangers | King Vidor | 63.5 | 8
28. Stranger on the Third Floor | Boris Ingster | 63.5 | 8
30. Broadway Melody of 1940 | Norman Taurog | 55 | 6

31. You Ought to Be in Pictures * | Friz Freleng | 52 | 8
31. Dots * | Norman McLaren | 52 | 5
33. Battement de coeur (Beating Heart) | Henri Decoin | 50 | 5
34. Kitty Foyle | Sam Wood | 49 | 7
35. Our Town | Sam Wood | 48.5 | 4
36. A Wild Hare * | Fred Avery (Tex Avery) | 48 | 11
37. Themis * | Dwinell Grant | 47 | 3
38. Tabi yakusha (Travelling Actors) | Mikio Naruse | 45.5 | 5
39. The Ghost Breakers | George Marshall | 45 | 5
40. Loops * | Norman McLaren | 44 | 5

41. Three Faces West | Bernard Vorhaus | 41.5 | 4
42. Dark Command | Raoul Walsh | 40.5 | 4
43. Operette (Operetta) | Willi Forst | 39.5 | 4
44. All This, and Heaven Too | Anatole Livtak | 39 | 8
45. Swinging the Lambeth Walk * | Len Lye | 37 | 5
45. Menaces... (Threats) | Edmond T. Greville | 37 | 3
47. A Chump at Oxford | Alfred J. Goulding | 36 | 5
47. La fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger's Daughter) | Marcel Pagnol | 36 | 3
49. Paradis perdu (Four Flights to Love) | Abel Gance | 35.5 | 4
50. London Can Take It! * | Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt | 34 | 5
50. Strange Cargo | Frank Borzage | 34 | 4

52. Nobuko | Hiroshi Shimizu | 33 | 4
52. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse * | 33 | 4
52. A Plumbing We Will Go * | Del Lord | 33 | 3
55. The Stars Look Down | Carol Reed | 32.5 | 3
56. De Mayerling a Sarajevo (From Mayerling to Sarajevo / Sarajevo) | Max Ophuls | 31.5 | 3
57. Puss Gets the Boot * | Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Rudolf Ising | 31 | 6
58. Der Postmeister (The Stationmaster) | Gustav Ucicky | 30 | 3
59. Contraband (Blackout) | Michael Powell | 29 | 3
59. Saps at Sea | Gordon Douglas | 29 | 2

61. Angels Over Broadway | Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | 27 | 2
62. Go West | Edward Buzzell | 24 | 6
62. Mr. Duck Steps Out * | Jack King | 24 | 2
64. New Dimensions * | Jack Norling | 23 | 2
65. Dr Ehrlich's Magic Bullet | William Dieterle | 22 | 2
66. Man och kvinna (A Handful of Rice) | Pal Fejos, Gunnar Skoglund | 21 | 2
66. Seven Sinners | Tay Garnett | 21 | 2
66. Tarantella * | Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth | 21 | 2


Films that received 1st place votes

(ranked in order of number of first place votes received, then by number of points)

11 - The Grapes of Wrath - bal3x, Ebbywebby, Gregmnewman, jvv, Melvelet, ororama, smoover, St. Gloede, tarr, the_beer_hunter, timshelboy
10 - Rebecca - AdamH, beavis, Gorro, joachimt, Lechuguilla, Nopros, Old Aussie, Rufus-T, sol, tobias
7 - The Shop Around the Corner - frbrown, Lilarcor, monclivie, MoTH, nimimerkillinen, sebby, tourdesb
7 - His Girl Friday - brokenface, glen_esq, Hunziker, jeff_v, PeacefulAnarchy, tommy_leazaq, VincentPrice
7 - The Great Dictator - Caracortada, Cynical Cinephile, flaiky, hurluberlu, jesusofjonesboro, klaus78, PUNQ
3 - The Philadelphia Story - mathiasa, Tarris1, toro913
3 - Pinocchio - connordenney, OldAle1, PoppyTransfusion
2 - Fantasia - Good_Will_Harding, MNA
2 - Foreign Correspondent - farne, zomgmouse
2 - The Thief of Bagdad - Eve-Lang-El-Coup, rudeboy_murray
1 - The Mortal Storm - RogerTheMovieManiac88
1 - The Mark of Zorro - paul281f
1 - Christmas in July - popups
1 - The Bank Dick - rcocean3
1 - The Long Voyage Home - morrison-dylan-fan
1 - Themis - insomnius
1 - London Can Take It! - gromit82
1 - Angels Over Broadway - Perception de Ambiguity

Unranked ballots: Angel Glez, cayado-coro, interior day, jdidaco


What did Oscar say?

There were ten nominees for best picture this year.

01. The Grapes of Wrath
03. Rebecca [Winner]
05. The Great Dictator
06. The Philadelphia Story
09. Foreign Correspondent
11. The Letter
26. The Long Voyage Home
34. Kitty Foyle
35. Our Town
43. All This, and Heaven Too


Venice Film Festival

And the modestly named Mussolini Cup went to:

Best Italian Film
L'assedio dell'Alcazar (The Siege of the Alcazar) [received one vote in the poll for 10.5 points]

Best Foreign Film
58. Der Postmeister

Unsurprisingly, the winner is from Nazi Germany. It's almost as if Mussolini and Hitler were best buddies or something.


"Nazis. I hate these guys."

While Hollywood's wartime flag wavers were still a couple of years away, the Nazis and the war were a feature of a number of films including The Mortal Storm, The Great Dictator and The Long Voyage Home. British directors saw the war as a vehicle for spy stories, like Foreign Correspondent (Hitchcock), Night Train to Munich (Carol Reed) and Contraband (Michael Powell).

WWII inevitably had a negative effect on several European film industries, leaving this a very American-dominated list. The only two non-American films in the top 20 came from Britain, but some foreign language films did make it on to the final list.


Top 10 non-English language films

33. Battement de coeur (France)
38. Tabi yakusha (Japan)
43. Operette (Austria / Germany)
46. Menaces... (France)
48. La fille du puisatier (France)
49. Paradis perdu (France)
52. Nobuko (Japan)
56. De Mayerling a Sarajevo (France)
58. Der Postmeister (Austria / Germany)
66. Man och kvinna (Sweden)


A classic comedy year

Maybe it was seen as a necessary antidote to all the grim news from Europe, but this was a strong year for comedy, with The Shop Around the Corner, His Girl Friday, The Great Dictator, The Philadelphia Story, Christmas in July and My Favorite Wife all finishing in the top 20. The Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy and the Three Stooges all appear further down the list as well. This was also the year of Road to Singapore, the first in the "Road" series, but it didn't find any votes in the poll.


Hitchcock vs Hitchcock

Some directors made it on to the final list more than once, with Hitchcock and William Wyler getting two films each into the top 20, and John Ford and Preston Sturges both appearing twice in the top 30. Raoul Walsh, Frank Borzage, Norman McLaren and Sam Wood all appeared twice in the top 50.

Star of the year must be either James Stewart or Cary Grant, each with 3 films in the top 20.


You can't beat the (studio) system

This is near the peak of the studio era and some studios fared a lot better in the poll than others. Disney did well, with two of its features placing in the top ten, but MGM had a strong year as well, with 7 films in the top 30.

Films in the top 30 by studio

7 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
3 Warner Brothers
3 Paramount Pictures
3 RKO
2 Walt Disney
2 Twentieth Century Fox
1 Selznick International *
1 Columbia Pictures
1 Charles Chaplin Corporation *
1 Walter Wanger Productions *
1 Argosy / Walter Wanger *
1 London Films *
1 Samuel Goldwyn *
1 British National
1 Twentieth Century Productions
1 Universal

* These films were released by United Artists and include independent productions and imports. If UA was included in the list it would come second, with 6 films.

The year's short films offer some interest, including two from Norman McLaren (Dots and Loops), Blitz documentary London Can Take It!, and Tex Avery's A Wild Hare, usually considered to be the first Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Top 10 short films

31. You Ought to Be in Pictures
31. Dots
36. A Wild Hare
37. Themis
40. Loops
45. Swinging the Lambeth Walk
50. London Can Take It!
53. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
54. A Plumbing We Will Go
57. Puss Gets the Boot


This was our first poll on icmforum and it was also my first time running the poll. The turnout was high and I think it went well. Thanks to everyone who voted, especially all those who registered here just to take part in the polls, and thanks to all the new voters as well.

The next poll is 1981, the year of U-boats, athletes and archaeologists. The 1981 poll will be run by Rufus-T and will start on 25th March. The next poll after that will be 2005, run by gromit82.


Belated thank you for the poll and results.
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