Fantasy 1930-1949 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 32

A Chronology of Fantasy Film Posters 1930-1949.

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King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1933)

King Kong (1933) Directed by Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B Schoedsack. 104mins.

Fay Wray - Ann Darrow
Robert Armstrong - Carl Denham
Bruce Cabot - John Driscoll
Frank Reicher - Captain Englehorn
Sam Hardy - Charles Weston
Noble Johnson - Native Chief

IMDB rating 8.0

Son of Kong (1933)
Son of Kong (1933)

Son of Kong (1933) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack. 70mins.

Robert Armstrong - Carl Denham
Helen Mack - Helene Peterson
Frank Reicher - Captain Englehorn
John Marston - Captain Nils Helstrom
Victor Wong - Charlie, the Chinese Cook
Ed Brady - Bo'sun Red

IMDB rating 5.7

Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Alice in Wonderland (1933)


Alice in Wonderland (1933) Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. 76mins.

Richard Arlen - Cheshire Cat
Gary Cooper - White Knight
W.C. Fields - Humpty-Dumpty
Richard Gallagher - Rabbit
Cary Grant - Mock Turtle
Charlotte Henry - Alice
Sterling Holloway - Frog
Edward Everett Horton - Mad Hatter
Edna May Oliver - Red Queen
May Robson - Queen of Hearts
Charles Ruggles - March Hare
Ned Sparks - Caterpillar

IMDB rating 6.5

Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)



Death Takes a Holiday (1934) Directed by Mitchell Leisen. 79mins.

Fredric March - Prince Sirki / Death
Evelyn Venable - Grazia
Guy Standing - Duke Lambert
Helen Westley - Stephanie
Kathleen Howard - Princess Maria
Kent Taylor - Corrado
Henry Travers - Baron Cesarea

IMDB rating 7.0

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)



A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) Directed by Max Reinhardt & William Dieterle. 133mins

Ian Hunter - Theseus, Duke of Athens
Dick Powell - Lysander, In love with Hermia
Ross Alexander - Demetrius, In love with Hermia
Olivia de Havilland - Hermia, In love with Lysander
Jean Muir - Helena, In love with Demetrius
Frank McHugh - Quince, the Carpenter
James Cagney - Bottom, the Weaver
Joe E. Brown - Flute, the Bellows-mender
Hugh Herbert - Snout, the Tinker
Victor Jory - Oberon, King of the Fairies
Anita Louise - Titania, Queen of the Fairies
Mickey Rooney - Puck aka Robin Goodfellow

IMDB rating 6.9

She (1935)
She (1935)


She (1935) Directed by Irving Pichel & Lansing C. Holden. 101mins.

Helen Gahagan - She
Randolph Scott - Leo Vincey
Helen Mack - Tanya Dugmore
Nigel Bruce - Horace Holly
Julius Adler - High Priest
Noble Johnson - Amahaggar Chief

IMDB rating 6.6

Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Lost Horizon (1937)


Lost Horizon (1937) Directed by Frank Capra. 132mins.

Ronald Colman - Robert Conway
Jane Wyatt - Sondra
Edward Everett Horton - Lovett
John Howard - George Conway
Thomas Mitchell - Barnard
Isabel Jewell - Gloria
H.B. Warner - Chang
Sam Jaffe - High Lama

IMDB rating 7.8

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)



The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) Directed by Lothar Mendes. 82mins.

Roland Young - George Fotheringay
Ralph Richardson - Colonel Winstanley
Edward Chapman - Major Grigsby
Ernest Thesiger - Rev. Silas Maydig
Joan Gardner - Ada Price
Sophie Stewart - Maggie Hooper
George Zucco - Moody
George Sanders - Indifference
Ivan Brandt - Player
Torin Thatcher - Observer

IMDB rating 7.2

Topper (1937)
Topper (1937)



Topper (1937) Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. 97mins.

Constance Bennett - Marion Kerby
Cary Grant - George Kerby
Roland Young - Cosmo Topper
Billie Burke - Mrs. Clara Topper
Alan Mowbray - Wilkins
Eugene Pallette - Casey
Hedda Hopper - Mrs. Grace Stuyvesant

IMDB rating 7.3

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)


The Wizard of Oz (1939) Directed by Victor Fleming. 101mins.

Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale
Frank Morgan - Professor Marvel / The Wizard of Oz
Ray Bolger - Hunk / The Scarecrow
Bert Lahr - Zeke / The Cowardly Lion
Jack Haley - Hickory / The Tin Man
Billie Burke - Glinda - The Good Witch of the North
Margaret Hamilton - Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West

IMDB rating 8.2

The Blue Bird (1940)
The Blue Bird (1940)


The Blue Bird (1940) Directed by Walter Lang. 88mins.

Shirley Temple - Mytyl
Spring Byington - Mummy Tyl
Nigel Bruce - Mr. Luxury
Gale Sondergaard - Tylette
Eddie Collins - Tylo
Sybil Jason - Angela Berlingot
Jessie Ralph - Fairy Berylune
Helen Ericson - Light
Johnny Russell - Tyltyl
Sterling Holloway - Wild Plum

IMDB rating 6.3

The Thief of Baghdad (1940) French poster
The Thief of Baghdad (1940) French poster
The Thief of Baghdad (1940)
The Thief of Baghdad (1940)


The Thief of Baghdad (1940) Directed by Ludwig Berger & Michael Powell. 106mins.

Conrad Veidt - Jaffar
Sabu - Abu
June Duprez - Princess
John Justin - Ahmad
Rex Ingram - Djinn
Miles Malleson - Sultan
Morton Selten - The Old King

IMDB rating 7.7

One Million B.C. (1940)
One Million B.C. (1940)
One Million B.C. (1940)
One Million B.C. (1940)


One Million B.C. (1940) Directed by Hal Roach & Hal Roach Jr. 80mins.

Victor Mature - Tumak
Carole Landis - Loana
Lon Chaney Jr. - Akhoba
John Hubbard - Ohtao
Nigel De Brulier - Peytow
Conrad Nagel - Narrating Archaeologist

IMDB rating 5.9

Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)


The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) aka All That Money Can Buy. Directed by William Dieterle. 107mins.

Edward Arnold - Daniel Webster
Walter Huston - Mr. Scratch
James Craig - Jabez Stone
Anne Shirley - Mary Stone
Jane Darwell - Ma Stone
Simone Simon - Belle
H.B. Warner - Justice John Hathorne

IMDB rating 7.8

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Directed by Alexander Hall. 94mins.

Robert Montgomery - Joe Pendleton
Evelyn Keyes - Bette Logan
Claude Rains - Mr.Jordan
Rita Johnson - Julia Farnsworth
Edward Everett Horton - Messenger 7013
James Gleason - Max Corkle

IMDB rating 7.7

Arabian Nights (1942)
Arabian Nights (1942)



Arabian Nights (1942) Directed by John Rawlins. 86mins.

Jon Hall - Haroun-Al-Baschid
Maria Montez - Scheherazade
Sabu - Ali Ben Ali
Leif Erickson - Kamar
Billy Gilbert - Ahmad
Turhan Bey - Captain of the Guard
John Qualen - Aladdin
Shemp Howard - Sinbad
Thomas Gomez - Hakim

IMDB rating 6.3

I Married a Witch (1941)
I Married a Witch (1941)



I Married a Witch (1942) Directed by Rene Clair. 77mins.

Fredric March - Wallace Wooley
Veronica Lake - Jennifer
Cecil Kellaway - Daniel
Robert Benchley - Dr. Dudley White
Susan Hayward - Estelle Masterson
Elizabeth Patterson - Margaret
Robert Warwick - J.B. Masterson

IMDB rating 7.1

The Jungle Book (1942)
The Jungle Book (1942)
The Jungle Book (1942) Belgian poster
The Jungle Book (1942) Belgian poster


The Jungle Book (1942) Directed by Zoltan Korda. 108mins.

Sabu - Mowgli
Joseph Calleia - Buldeo
John Qualen - The Barber
Frank Puglia - The Pundit
Rosemary DeCamp - Messua
Patricia O'Rourke - Mahala
Ralph Byrd - Durga

IMDB rating 6.7

A Guy Named Joe (1943)
A Guy Named Joe (1943)



A Guy Named Joe (1943) Directed by Victor Fleming. 120mins.

Spencer Tracy - Pete Sandidge
Irene Dunne - Dorinda Durston
Van Johnson - Ted Randall
Ward Bond - Al Yackey
James Gleason - 'Nails' Kilpatrick
Lionel Barrymore - The General
Barry Nelson - Dick Rumney
Esther Williams - Ellen Bright

IMDB rating 6.9

Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Heaven Can Wait (1943)



Heaven Can Wait (1943) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. 112mins.

Gene Tierney - Martha
Don Ameche - Henry Van Cleve
Charles Coburn - Hugo Van Cleve
Marjorie Main - Mrs. Strable
Laird Cregar - His Excellency
Eugene Pallette - E.F. Strable
Louis Calhern - Randolph Van Cleve

IMDB rating 7.5

Munchausen (1943) French poster
Munchausen (1943) French poster



Munchausen (1943) Directed by Josef von Baky. 119mins.

Hans Albers - Baron Münchhausen
Wilhelm Bendow - Der Mondmann
Brigitte Horney - Zarin Katharina II
Michael Bohnen - Herzog Karl von Braunschweig
Ferdinand Marian - Graf Cagliostro

IMDB rating 7.1

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1944) Spanish poster
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1944) Spanish poster
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1944)
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (1944)


Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) Directed by Arthur Lubin. 87mins.

Maria Montez - Amara
Jon Hall - Ali Baba
Turhan Bey - Jamiel
Andy Devine - Abdullah
Kurt Katch - Hulagu Khan
Frank Puglia - Prince Cassim

IMDB rating 6.4

Cobra Woman (1944)
Cobra Woman (1944)



Cobra Woman (1944) Directed by Robert Siodmak. 71mins.

Maria Montez - Tollea / Naja
Jon Hall - Ramu
Sabu - Kado
Lon Chaney Jr. - Hava
Edgar Barrier - Martok
Mary Nash - Queen

IMDB rating 5.8

Blithe Spirit (1946)
Blithe Spirit (1946)



Blithe Spirit (1945) Directed by David Lean. 96mins.

Rex Harrison - Charles Condomine
Constance Cummings - Ruth Condomine
Kay Hammond - Elvira Condomine
Margaret Rutherford - Madame Arcati
Hugh Wakefield - Dr. George Bradman
Joyce Carey - Violet Bradman
Noel Coward - Narrator

IMDB rating 7.1

A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

A Thousand and One Nights (1945) Directed by Alfred E. Green. 93mins.

Evelyn Keyes - Babs / The Genie
Phil Silvers - Abdullah
Adele Jergens - Princess Armina
Cornel Wilde - Aladdin
Dennis Hoey - Sultan Kamar Al-Kir / Prince Hadji
Philip Van Zandt - Grand Wazir AbuHassan
Gus Schilling - Jafar
Nestor Paiva - Kahim
Rex Ingram - Giant
John Abbott - Ali

IMDB rating

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Directed by Frank Capra. 130mins.

James Stewart - George Bailey
Donna Reed - Mary Hatch
Lionel Barrymore - Henry F. Potter
Thomas Mitchell - Uncle Billy Bailey
Henry Travers - Clarence
Beulah Bondi - Ma Bailey
Frank Faylen - Ernie Bishop
Ward Bond - Bert
Gloria Grahame - Violet Bick
H.B. Warner - Mr. Gower
Frank Albertson - Sam Wainwright

IMDB rating 8.7

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) US title Stairway to Heaven. Directed by Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger. 104mins.

David Niven - Peter Carter
Kim Hunter - June
Robert Coote - Bob
Kathleen Byron - An Angel
Richard Attenborough - An English Pilot
Marius Goring - Conductor 71
Roger Livesey - Doctor Reeves
Abraham Sofaer - The Judge
Raymond Massey - Abraham Farlan

IMDB rating 8.1

Song of the South (1946)
Song of the South (1946)



Song of the South (1946) Directed by Harve Foster & Wilfred Jackson. 94mins.

Ruth Warrick - Sally
Bobby Driscoll - Johnny
James Baskett - Uncle Remus
Luana Patten - Ginny
Lucile Watson - Grandmother
Hattie McDaniel - Aunt Tempy

IMDB rating 7.3

Beauty and the Beast (1946) French poster
Beauty and the Beast (1946) French poster



Beauty and the Beast (1946) French title La belle et la bête. Directed by Jean Cocteau. 96mins.

Jean Marais - The Beast / The Prince / Avenant
Josette Day - Belle
Mila Parély - Félicie
Nane Germon - Adélaïde
Michel Auclair - Ludovic
Raoul Marco - The Usurer
Marcel André - Belle's Father

IMDB rating 8.1

The Bishop's Wife (1947)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)



The Bishop's Wife (1947) Directed by Henry Koster. 109mins.

Cary Grant - Dudley
Loretta Young - Julia Brougham
David Niven - Henry Brougham
Monty Woolley - Professor Wutheridge
James Gleason - Sylvester
Gladys Cooper - Mrs. Hamilton
Elsa Lanchester - Matilda

IMDB rating 7.5

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Belgian poster
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Belgian poster



The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 104mins.

Gene Tierney - Lucy Muir
Rex Harrison - Capt. Daniel Gregg
George Sanders - Miles Fairley
Edna Best - Martha Huggins
Vanessa Brown - Anna Muir as an Adult
Robert Coote - Mr. Coombe
Natalie Wood - Anna Muir as a Child

IMDB rating 7.8

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)



Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Directed by George Seaton. 96mins.

Maureen O'Hara - Doris Walker
John Payne - Fred Gailey
Edmund Gwenn - Kris Kringle
Gene Lockhart - Judge Henry X. Harper
Natalie Wood - Susan Walker
Porter Hall - Granville Sawyer
William Frawley - Charlie Halloran

IMDB rating 7.9

Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Portrait of Jennie (1948)



Portrait of Jennie (1948) Directed by William Dieterle. 86mins.

Jennifer Jones - Jennie Appleton
Joseph Cotten - Eben Adams
Ethel Barrymore - Miss Spinney
Lillian Gish - Mother Mary of Mercy
Cecil Kellaway - Matthews
David Wayne - Gus O'Toole
Albert Sharpe - Moore
Henry Hull - Eke
Florence Bates - Mrs. Jekes

IMDB rating 7.7

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)





A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) Directed by Tay Garnett. 106mins.

Bing Crosby - Hank Martin
Rhonda Fleming - Alisande La Carteloise
Cedric Hardwicke - King Arthur
William Bendix - Sir Sagramore
Murvyn Vye - Merlin
Virginia Field - Morgan Le Fay
Joseph Vitale - Sir Logris
Henry Wilcoxon - Sir Lancelot
Richard Webb - Sir Galahad
Alan Napier - High Executioner

IMDB rating 6.6

Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Mighty Joe Young (1949) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack. 94mins.

Terry Moore - Jill Young
Ben Johnson - Gregg
Robert Armstrong - Max O'Hara
Frank McHugh - Windy
Douglas Fowley - Jones
Nestor Paiva - Brown
Regis Toomey - John Young
Lora Lee Michel - Jill Young, as a Girl

IMDB rating 6.9

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thanks for the memories.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for posting Mhatter99, appreciated as always. Movies really were magic for audiences back then, pure escapism.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent addition to your series. After bombing on the last hub...with only 2 movies watched....I did much better this time out....as I have seen 17 of the movies that you listed.

Awesome posters.....the older posters are pieces of art.... compared to the ones of today....makes the ones today seem like the have no personality.

I was amazed by how many of these movies have been remade over the years....either through other motion pictures or turned into tv series. Voted up and awesome.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, appreciate you commenting on my fantasy poster hub.

17 movies out of 35 is pretty good, the only film here I don't think I've seen is A Thousand and One Nights. Maybe when I was really young.

Is King Kong fantasy, sci-fi or horror? I always saw it as a fantasy adventure, ditto Mighty Joe Young.

My favourite tagline on here is the one for Death Takes a Holiday - "No one can die while he makes love!"


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Lightshare 4 years ago

Beautiful Steve! Man is always anxiuos about his next destiny. That's why fantasy movies get an attraction -)


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

A belated thanks Lightshare. If I don't reply to your comments within 24 hours, you know where they went. :)

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