Top Ten Films of 1944: World Premieres
 My 1944 Oscar Ballot

1. Laura Dir. Otto Preminger. With Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price A+
2. To Have and Have Not Dir. Howard Hawks. With Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall A
3. Double Indemnity Dir. Billy Wilder. With Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck A–
4. The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Dir. Preston Sturges. With Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken A–
5. At Land Dir. Maya Deren. With Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Parker Tyler, John Cage A–
6. Henry V Dir. Laurence Olivier. With Laurence Olivier, Harcourt Williams, Michael Warre B+
7. Meet Me in St. Louis Dir. Vincente Minnelli. With Judy Garland, Lucille Bremer B+
8. A Canterbury Tale Dirs. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. With John Sweet B+
9. Torment Dir. Alf Sjöberg. With Alf Kjellin, Stig Järrel, Mai Zetterling, Olof Winnerstrand B+
10. Wing and a Prayer Dir. Henry Hathaway. With Don Ameche, William Eythe, Dana Andrews B+

Reviews from 1944: World Premieres
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   At Land Dir. Maya Deren. With Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Parker Tyler, John Cage A–
   The Curse of the Cat People Dirs. Gunther von Fritsch & Robert Wise. With Ann Carter B
©   Experiment Perilous Dir. Jacques Tourneur. With George Brent, Hedy Lamarr, Paul Lukas B–
   The Hairy Ape Dir. Alfred Santell. With William Bendix, Susan Hayward, Dorothy Comingore C+
©   Jane Eyre Dir. Robert Stevenson. With Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles, Peggy Ann Garner B
   Mrs. Parkington Dir. Tay Garnett. With Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Agnes Moorehead C–
©   Wing and a Prayer Dir. Henry Hathaway. With Don Ameche, William Eythe, Dana Andrews B+

More Grades from 1944
Unreviewed titles I have seen recently enough to grade
 
      Arsenic and Old Lace Dir. Frank Capra. With Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair B–
      The Children Are Watching Us Dir. Vittorio De Sica. With Luciano De Ambrosis B
      Cobra Woman Dir. Robert Siodmak. With Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Lon Chaney Jr. D
      Dragon Seed Dirs. Harold S. Bucquet & Jack Conway. With Katharine Hepburn, Turhan Bey C–
      Gaslight Dir. George Cukor. With Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten B
      Going My Way Dir. Leo McCarey. With Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Risë Stevens C
      Hail the Conquering Hero Dir. Preston Sturges. With Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines B
      Ivan the Terrible, Part 1 Dir. Sergei Eisenstein. With Nikolai Cherkasov, Mikhail Nazvanov B
      The Keys of the Kingdom Dir. John M. Stahl. With Gregory Peck, Benson Fong B–
      Lifeboat Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Slezak, John Hodiak B
      The Mask of Dimitrios Dir. Jean Negulesco. With Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet C+
      Mr. Skeffington Dir. Vincent Sherman. With Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel D–
      National Velvet Dir. Clarence Brown. With Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere B
      The Seventh Cross Dir. Fred Zinnemann. With Spencer Tracy, Hume Cronyn, Signe Hasso B
      Since You Went Away Dir. John Cromwell. With Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones C+
      The Uninvited Dir. Lewis Allen. With Ray Milland, Gail Russell, Ruth Hussey C
      Wilson Dir. Henry King. With Alexander Knox, Ruth Nelson, Geraldine Fitzgerald C–
      The Woman in the Window Dir. Fritz Lang. With Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett B+



Still to Come from 1944
 
Ten Most Enticing Prospects:
      Bluebeard Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer. With John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther
      Cover Girl Dir. Charles Vidor. With Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly, Lee Bowman
      Days of Glory Dir. Jacques Tourneur. With Gregory Peck, Alan Reed, Maria Palmer
      The Lodger Dir. John Brahm. With Merle Oberon, George Sanders, Laird Cregar
      Ministry of Fear Dir. Fritz Lang. With Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond
      Murder, My Sweet Dir. Edward Dmytryk. With Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
      None But the Lonely Heart Dir. Clifford Odets. With Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore
      Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. With Van Johnson, Robert Walker
      This Happy Breed Dir. David Lean. With Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, John Mills
      The White Cliffs of Dover Dir. Clarence Brown. With Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal

Further Research:
      Between Two Worlds Dir. Edward A. Blatt. With John Garfield, Edmund Gwenn
      The Fighting Sullivans Dir. Lloyd Bacon. With Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle
      His Butler's Sister Dir. Frank Borzage. With Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Pat O'Brien
      Janie Dir. Michael Curtiz. With Joyce Reynolds, Robert Hutton, Edward Arnold
      Kismet Dir. William Dieterle. With Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig
      Lady in the Dark Dir. Mitchell Leisen. With Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter
      None Shall Escape Dir. André de Toth. With Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers
      Phantom Lady Dir. Robert Siodmak. With Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis
      Together Again Dir. Charles Vidor. With Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Charles Coburn
      Two Girls and a Sailor Dir. Richard Thorpe. With June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven

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