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The United Artists Story (1940-1949)

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1940

People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7
Released on January 19, 1940

British war propaganda film originally released in 1939 by London Films Productions and distributed by UA for U.S. release
People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Released on February 16, 1940

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Released on March 1, 1940
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.3
Released on March 22, 1940
People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.8
Over the Moon (1939)
Released on March 29, 1940

British comedy originally released in 1939 by London Films Productions and distributed by UA for U.S. release
People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Released on April 5, 1940

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 1219 Average listal rating (737 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rebecca (1940)
Released on April 12, 1940

Produced by Selznick International Pictures

Academy Award winner for Best Picture
People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Saps at Sea (1940)
Released on May 3, 1940

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Turnabout (1940)
Released on May 17, 1940

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.3
Released on May 20, 1940

British aviation documentary originally released in 1936 by London Films Productions and distributed by UA for U.S. release
People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Our Town (1940)
Released on May 24, 1940
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.1
Released on July 19, 1940
Released on August 9, 1940

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 272 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Released on August 16, 1940
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Kit Carson (1940)
Released on August 30, 1940
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 7.9
Pastor Hall (1940)
Released on September 13, 1940

Produced by Charter Film Productions and Grand National Pictures
People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Released on September 20, 1940

Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions

Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor (Walter Brennan)
People who added this item 51 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Released on November 11, 1940

Produced by Argosy Pictures
People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Contraband (1940)
Released on November 29, 1940

Produced by British National Films
People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Released on December 25, 1940

Produced by London Films Productions
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1941

Released on January 10, 1941
People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6
Road Show (1941)
Released on February 18, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
Released on February 21, 1941
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Released on February 27, 1941
People who added this item 1526 Average listal rating (989 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
Released on March 7, 1941
Released on March 21, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 0
Released on April 3, 1941
People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Released on April 20, 1941
People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (36 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Released on April 30, 1941

Produced by London Films Productions
People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
Major Barbara (1941)
Released on May 14, 1941

Distributed by General Film Distributors
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
Released on June 13, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
Released on June 23, 1941
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.9
Released on July 4, 1941

British war comedy originally released in 1940 by Ealing Studios and distributed (and retitled "Three Cockeyed Sailors") by UA for U.S. release
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 6.2
Released on September 10, 1941

Produced by Gloria Pictures
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Released on September 12, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.5
Lydia (1941)
Released on September 25, 1941

Produced by London Films Productions
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 10 IMDB Rating 6.9
Released on October 16, 1941
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 6.2
Niagara Falls (1941)
Released on October 17, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 5.2
Released on October 31, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Released on October 31, 1941
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 5.8
Miss Polly (1941)
Released on November 14, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
Released on November 28, 1941
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 4.7
Fiesta (1941)
Released on November 28, 1941

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
Released on December 25, 1941
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1942

People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.1
Hay Foot (1942)
Released on January 2, 1942

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 2 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.1
Released on January 31, 1942

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Released on February 12, 1942

British thriller originally released in 1941 by British National Films and distributed (and retitled "Mister V") by UA for U.S. release
People who added this item 398 Average listal rating (253 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
Released on March 6, 1942

Produced by Romaine Film Corporation
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 4.3
Released on March 13, 1942

Produced by Hal Roach Studios
People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
Jungle Book (1942)
Released on April 3, 1942

Produced by London Films Productions
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In the 62 years that it existed as its own independent company, the 1940's can easily be considered the weakest and least distinguished decade in UA's mostly prestigious history. Charlie Chaplin made one of his very best films ("The Great Dictator") and David O. Selznick, whose production output had become very few and far between at this point, was always able to turn out successful films but otherwise aside from a few more high profile exceptions, the company's annual release slates were mostly comprised of too many small, low budget pictures that were made only to fill the less attractive bottom half of a double feature and nothing more. Many of the high quality producers who had been with UA throughout the 30's (Samuel Goldwyn, Alexander Korda, Walter Wanger) left for other distributors early in the new decade, leaving UA without those profitable partnerships. Many of the new production companies that UA formed distribution partnerships with just didn't have that same level of quality...and potential profit in their pictures. The company's annual box office reports suffered as a result. Far too many UA pictures simply were not making money. Combine that with D.W. Griffith's death in 1948 and Mary Pickford's retirement from film producing and show business altogether and it seemed very much like UA's days were numbered. Hollywood was changing and UA was becoming very slow to get with the changing times. As the 40's drew to a close, surviving partners Pickford and Chaplin started looking for investors to sell UA to (though they still held on to some shares themselves for the next several years) in order to keep it afloat.

The complete 1940's filmography of UA is all chronologically listed here. This was the last decade that its founders would maintain full control of the company. Things might look grim here but as the next decade progressed, the formerly borderline extinct UA was set to make one of the biggest comeback stories in Hollywood history.

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