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THE OTHER FILMS VYING FOR THE OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE CROWN IN 1942
BLOSSOMS IN THE DUST
Fictionalised drama about Edna Gladney (Greer Garson) — an advocate for the rights of illegitimate children in Texas. CURIOUS FACT: This film marked the first of five consecutive Best Actress nominations for Garson. She’d win the next year for Mrs. Miniver.
HERE COMES MR. JORDAN
Romantic comedy in which a boxer (Robert Montgomery) dies, but is returned to Earth for a second chance at life. CURIOUS FACT: Heaven Can Wait, the 1978 Warren Beatty film, is adapted from the same play.
HOLD BACK THE DAWN
A Romanian gigolo (Charles Boyer) marries an American (Olivia de Havilland) for a US visa, but is soon investigated by immigration officials. CURIOUS FACT: Co-written by Billy Wilder, it was the final script he wrote but didn’t direct as he was incensed by director Mitchell Leisen deleting one of the scenes.
THE LITTLE FOXES
William Wyler adaptation of a 1939 play about a once-wealthy Southern woman (Bette Davis) battling with her family to secure her financial status. CURIOUS FACT: Re-released in 1942 in a double-bill with Citizen Kane as RKO attempted to recover its losses on Welles’ film.
THE MALTESE FALCON
Now-classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade, who’s hired to track down a missing statue. CURIOUS FACT: This version was the third adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel, all made within a decade of each other.
ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN
Biopic of preacher William Spence (Fredric March), who was posted to a run-down parsonage in rural Iowa. CURIOUS FACT: The writer of the original book, Hartzell Spence (son of William), is credited with coining the term “pin-up”.
Howard Hawks biopic of World War I hero Alvin York, played by Gary Cooper, who won his first Best Actor Oscar for the role. CURIOUS FACT: Thanks to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sergeant York was the highest-grossing film of 1941.
Alfred Hitchcock thriller in which Lina (Joan Fontaine) runs off with a playboy (Cary Grant), only to discover he’s a conman and, possibly, trying to kill her.
CURIOUS FACT: Joan Fontaine won Best Actress — it’s the only Oscar-winning performance in a Hitchcock film.