California Conquest (1952) Lew Landers, Cornel Wilde, Teresa Wright, Alfonso Bedoya, Adventure, Western, Romance

California Conquest (1952)
The period is the 1840’s and California is part of Mexico. Many of the citizens wish to become part of the United States. Other countries are also interested and the Russians have established bases in the northern part of the territory. To further their hold they have stolen guns and Don Arturo Bordega, a leader of those wanting statehood, is out to recover them.
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Father Takes a Wife (1941) Jack Hively, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Swanson, John Howard, Comedy, Romance

Father Takes a Wife (1941)
Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college student than the president of a huge merchantile fleet. Senior reveals that he is going to marry Leslie Collier, the famous stage star, and Junior and his wife Enid are horrified and expect the worse from the hot-tempered father and the volatile actress. They have been married only five minutes before they have a quarrel, and have to be carried out of the house to begin a sea-voyage honeymoon. Carlos, a penniless stowaway with a high opinion of his singing ability, is invited to stay with Senior and his bride when they return to New York, the idea that sponsoring Carlos’ career will give Leslie the limelight she promised to fore-go when she married Senior. The routine of arranging Carlos’ debut disrupts the Osborne home and Senior goes home to the children. To save Senior’s marriage, Junior and Enid invite Carlos to stay in their home. Junior too soon stalks out.
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Back Door to Hell (1964) Monte Hellman, Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, War, Drama

Back Door to Hell (Monte Hellman, 1964)
In December, 1944, three US soldiers sneak ashore on Luzon to gather intelligence about Japanese troops in advance of the American armada. The three are to reconnoiter and report via their shortwave radio. Lieutenant Craig may not have the stomach for killing; Jersey is a cynical sergeant; Bartlett is the radio man who also speaks Japanese. They’re soon in touch with guerrillas, led by Paco, a tough, skeptical school teacher. The Japanese learn the Americans are in the area and take school children hostage until the Filipinos find, arrest, and turn over the GIs. Can this tiny squad make allies, save the children, get and transmit the information, and live to tell the tale?
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Samâ sorujâ / Summer Soldiers (1972) Hiroshi Teshigahara, Keith Sykes, Reisen Ri, Kazuo Kitamura, Drama

Sama soruja (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1972)
This fascinating Japanese drama takes an objective look at the relationship between American GIs and deserters in Japan during the Vietnam war. Many of the men went on leave to Tokyo. Some did not want to return and ended up sheltered by Japanese “host families” who would conceal them for a night. The story centers on the different experiences of an exhausted deserter, and a gung-ho soldier. Meanwhile, the Japanese “Deserter’s Aid Committee” holds audiences with would-be dodgers.
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Un condé / The Cop (1970) Yves Boisset, Michel Bouquet, Françoise Fabian, Gianni Garko, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Un conde (1970)
Gang war rages between friends roger dassa and those of mandarin.Barnero, an idealistic young police officer is shot by friends dassa. Favenin his colleague, police disillusioned, disillusioned and tired of having seen too decides to punish the murderers. Acting alone regardless of the laws and its hierarchy, he does not hesitate to shoot those who oppose him …
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