1940 Hit Parade

Popular films included:
by Walt Disney
The Grapes of Wrath by John Ford
The Great Dictator by Charlie Chaplin
My Little Chickadee starring W.C. Fields and Mae West
The Philadelphia Story starring Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart
Rebecca starring Lawrence Olivier and directed by Alfred Hitchcock
The Thief of Baghdad starring Sabu and Conrad Veidt.

Fiction included:  Willa Cather’s Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Walter von Tilburg Clark’s The Ox-Bow Incident, William Faulkner’s the Hamlet, Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, William Carlos Williams’s In The Money, Thomas Wolfe’s You Can’t Go Home Again, and Richard Wright’s Native Son.

Popular songs included:  “Along the Santa Fe Trail” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra with Ray Eberly, “Boog-It” by Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, “Can’t Get Indiana Off My Mind” by Kate Smith, “Devil May Care” by Bing Crosby, “I Can’t Love You Any More” by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra, “Java Jive” by the Ink Spots, “Just to Ease My Worried Mind” by Roy Acuff, “Love Lies” by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra with Frank Sinatra, “San Antonio Rose” by Bing Crosby, “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, “We Three” by The Ink Spots, and “Well All Right!” by The Andrews Sisters.

Frank Lloyd Wright completed the People’s Church in Kansas City, which brought modernism to church architecture.

Colorfast textiles were improved in order to be more durable after many washings.

California opened Los Angeles's first highway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

April 9:  The governor of New York State signed a bill permitting children to be absent from school for religious observances.

May 14:  The Museum of Modern Art showed a Mexican art exhibit.

June 24:  The Republican political convention in Philadelphia was the first to be televised.

October 13:  Benny Goodman signed a contract to play with the New York Philharmonic.

November 13:  Fantasia opened in New York with Leopold Stokowski conducting the orchestra.