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Great Decades at the Movies

This edition of Beaches|life will be featuring some of the most critically acclaimed films of the 1940s. And it wouldn’t be right, if we didn’t include a couple holiday season gems.

Some events that occurred in this decade include the federal government introducing the Unemployment Insurance Commission (1940), Norman Breakey of Toronto invented the paint roller (1940), D-Day  (June 6, 1944), the first family allowance “Baby Bonus” cheques  (1945), Newfoundland became the 10th province (March 31, 1949), the construction of the Alaska Highway, completed within 8 months, running  2,450 km from Dawson Creek, British Columbia and Fairbanks, Alaska (1942).

The Great Dictator (1940) Dir. Charles Chaplin; Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

The Philadelphia Story (1940) Dir. George Cukor; Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

Citizen Kane (1941) Dir. Orson Welles; Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Bambi (1942) Dirs. J. Algar, S. Armstrong, D. Hand, G. Heid, B. Roberts, P. Satterfield, N. Wright, A. Davis, C. Geronimi; Hardie Albright, Stan Alexander, Bobette Audrey, Peter Behn

Casablanca (1942) Dir. Michael Curtiz; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Dir. Vincente Minnelli; Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Dir. Frank Capra; James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Great Expectations (1946) Dir. David Lean; John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager, Jean Simmons

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Dir. George Seaton; Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Dir. John Huston;Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett