The Brasher Doubloon (1947) John Brahm, George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The Brasher Doubloon (1947)
Philip Marlowe gets involved when limp-wristed and snidely Leslie Murdock steals a rare doubloon from his mother to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used for blackmail purposes. Marlowe’s involvement has him encounter a girl who goes into hysterics when touched by a man; a husband-killing woman; three corpses; a couple of scuffles in which he gets his clock cleaned; a secretary who thinks she has killed her boss, which is the reason Raymond Chandler called his story “The High Window”, and a son (who qualifies as a S.O.B. by two definitions) who blackmails his widowed mother. So, what’s not to like.

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You and Me (1938) Fritz Lang, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Robert Cummings, Crime, Romance

You and Me 1938
Mr. Morris, the owner of a large metropolitan department store, gives jobs to paroled ex-convicts in an effort to help them reform and go straight. Among his ’employed-prison-graduates’ are Helen Roberts and Joe Dennis, working as sales clerks. Joe is in love with Helen and asks her to marry him, but she is forbidden to marry as she is still on parole, but she says yes and they are married. In spite of their poverty-level life, their marriage is a happy one until Joe discovers she has lied about her past, in order to marry him. Disillusioned, he leaves, goes back to his old gang and plans to rob the department store.

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Gas-Oil / Hi-Jack Highway (1955) Gilles Grangier, Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, Gaby Basset, Crime, Drama

Gas-Oil (1955)
After a spending the night with his girlfriend Alice (Jeanne Moreau), trucker Jean (Jean Gabin) encounters a dead body on the road home. He reports the incident to the police who suspect that Jean was responsible for the death and his new truck is impounded. To make matters worse, the man’s widow accuses Jean of having robbed her husband of a large amount of money that he was carrying. And then there’s that gang of sinister crooks who also are harassing him. Jean is a victim of circumstance and forces beyond his control are closing in on him. But Alice gives him a measure of comfort and stability. With her as his emotional base, he manages to rouse his trucker friends to turn the tables against the gangsters who are pursuing him.

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Hvíti víkingurinn / The White Viking (1991) Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, Gotti Sigurdarson, Maria Bonnevie, Sveinn M. Eiðsson, Adventure, Drama

Hviti vikingurinn (1991)
Norway in the 10th century. Askur, son of the powerful Thorgeir marries Embla, daughter of one of the few remaining landowners in Norway, in a pagan ceremony. King Olav, a ruthless Christian, wants to remove all traces of non-Christian beliefs and captures the two of them during the ceremony. In order to free Embla, Askur must go to Iceland and convert the people there to Christianity.

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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953) Lew Landers, Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance, Alan Hale Jr., Drama, History, Romance

Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953)
Captain John Smith (Anthony Dexter), returned fom the Jamestown colony, is telling his story before the Court of King James I (Anthony Eustral.) He tells of the unrest in the colony and how he set out to make peace with the Indians. He is captured and sentenced to death, but Pocahontas (Jody Lawrence) makes her celebrated intervention and, instead of a slaying, there is a wedding. Back at Jamestown, Smith makes efforts to keep the colony united and the Indians from attacking, in spite of the efforts of some in the colony who stir up trouble for their own gain. He exposes them and returns to England to give his report. He stays because Pocahontas, thinking he is dead, has remarried.

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