Top Ten 1942

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Nothing like stepping outside your comfort zone to get awards attention, but then again if you do it this well, why not reap the benefits? James Cagney got out of gangster films just in time to see them go out of style and, instead of becoming a trademark heavy in film noir as we would have expected, headlined a terrific musical biopic of songwriter George M. Cohan (notice how often he makes sure people know it’s not pronounced “Cohen”). Yankee Doodle Dandy is a great film and Cagney can barely be contained: he can pretty much power a steam engine across the country with his infectious energy. Well done, little thug.

Honour Roll: Joseph Cotten, The Magnificent…

  • Casablanca

    1

  • Kings Row

    2

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    3

  • To Be or Not to Be

    4

  • One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

    5

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    6

  • The Palm Beach Story

    7

  • Now, Voyager

    8

  • Reap the Wild Wind

    9

  • Woman of the Year

    10