The Films 1940s
These are some of the films made in the 1940s which were shown at the Royalty.
Do you have any memories of films you went to see?
Without Love (1945)
Made in1945 as a romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The film was directed by Harold S. Bucquet from a screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart based on the Barry play. Lucille Ball also stars in the film.
Lonely widow Jamie Rowan (Katharine Hepburn) helps the war effort by marrying a military research scientist, Patrick Jamieson (Spencer Tracy on film, Elliott Nugent on the stage), who has set up his lab in her house. Patrick has had all the worst of love and Jamie, all the best. They both believe that a marriage could be a success without love, as it reduces the chances of jealousy and bickering and all the other marital disadvantages. But as the film progresses, the inevitable happens as they begin to fall in love with each other.
Without Love was the third film to co-star Hepburn and Tracy, and it would be the last film directed by Bucquet. Lucille Ball would turn to this film's cinematographer, Karl Freund, six years later in her struggle to launch a filmed television show, unheard of at the time.
The Corsican Brothers (1941) (A)
19th March 1947
The Corsican Brothers
Douglas Fairbanks Jr plays two brothers (Siamese twins) separated almost at birth because of a vendetta. Meeting again aged 21 the brothers vow revenge, one is killed but the other succeeds in avenging both his brother and father.
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) (A)
19th March 1947
Getting Gertie's Garter
A young husband tries desperately to get back the jewelled garter he gave to another woman before his wife finds out.
Music for Millions (1944) (A)
Music for Millions
A musical about a little girl who wins the heart of the orchestra for which her sister sings. She gives her pregnant sister courage while her husband is missing during WWII.
Edge of Darkness (1943) (A)
Edge of Darkness
Resistance drama against German occupation in Norway starring Errol Flynn, Walter Huston and Ann Sheridan. musical about a little girl who wins the heart of the orchestra for which her sister sings.
The Birmingham Mail. Friday June 6th 1941
Gallant Sons (A), Street of Memories (A)
Gallant Sons (1940) (A)
Gallant Sons is a 1940 American mystery film directed by George B. Seitz and written by William R. Lipman and Marion Parsonnet. The film stars Jackie Cooper, Bonita Granville, Gail Patrick, Gene Reynolds, June Preisser, Ian Hunter, Leo Gorcey, William Tracy and El Brendel. The film was released on November 15, 1940, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Street of Memories (1940) (A)
Street of Memories
Street of Memories is a 1940 American drama film directed by Shepard Traube and written by Robert Lees and Frederic I. Rinaldo. The film stars Lynne Roberts, Guy Kibbee, John McGuire, Edward Gargan, Hobart Cavanaugh and Jerome Cowan. The film was released on November 15, 1940, by 20th Century Fox.