The year 1941 in film involved some significant events.
Citizen Kane, consistently rated as one of the greatest films of all time, was released in 1941.
Dumbo was released, becoming Disney's only big hit in the 1940s and one of the most acclaimed animated films ever made.
Top-grossing films (U.S.)
Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, Sergeant York performed at 220% while Citizen Kane did 130% (coming in a surprisingly strong 30th for the year). This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.
Best Picture: How Green Was My Valley - 20th Century-Fox Best Actor: Gary Cooper - Sergeant York Best Actress: Joan Fontaine - Suspicion Best Supporting Actor: Donald Crisp - How Green Was My Valley Best Supporting Actress: Mary Astor - The Great Lie Best Director: John Ford - How Green Was My Valley
Notable films released in 1941
The Adventures of Captain Marvel, starring Tom Tyler, directed by William Witney and John English Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, starring Ralph Byrd, directed by William Witney and John English The Green Hornet, starring Gordon Jones Holt of the Secret Service, directed by James W. Horne The Iron Claw, directed by James W. Horne Jungle Girl, starring Frances Gifford, directed by William Witney and John English King of the Texas Rangers, directed by William Witney and John English Riders of Death Valley, directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Sea Raiders, directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe Sky Raiders, directed by Ray Taylor and Ford Beebe The Spider Returns, starring Warren Hull, directed by James W. Horne White Eagle, directed by James W. Horne
Comedy film series
Buster Keaton (1917–1944) Laurel and Hardy (1921-1945) Our Gang (1922–1944) The Marx Brothers (1929–1946) The Three Stooges (1933–1962)
Animated short film series
Mickey Mouse (1928–1942, 1947–1953) Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Bugs Bunny (1941-1964) Daffy Duck (1938–1968) Porky Pig (1936–1946, 1948–1951) Sniffles (1939–1946) Inki (1939–1950)
Terrytoons (1930–1964) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Scrappy (1931-1941) Popeye (1933–1957) Color Rhapsodies (1934–1949) Donald Duck (1937–1956) Walter Lantz Cartunes (also known as New Universal Cartoons or Cartune Comedies) (1938–1942) Goofy (1939–1955) Andy Panda (1939–1949) Tom and Jerry (1940–1958, 1961–1967) The Midnight Snack The Night Before Christmas
Woody Woodpecker (1941-1949,1951–1972) Swing Symphonies (1941-1945) The Fox and the Crow (1941-1950) Superman (1941-1943)
Cyd Charisse - The Gay Parisian Laird Cregar - Hudson's Bay Ava Gardner - Fancy Answers Charlton Heston - Peer Gynt Deborah Kerr - Major Barbara Bruce Lee - Golden Gate Girl Norman Lloyd - The Forgotten Man Frank Sinatra - Las Vegas Nights
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- Box Office Digest, March 1942