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Sweepstakes (1931) Albert S. Rogell

Sweepstakes 1931
The exciting world of horse-racing provides the setting for this lively comedy that centers on luckless Bud Doyle, a jockey who was falsely accused of cheating and barred from the track. Desperate for work, the fellow becomes a singing waiter in Tijuana. Eventually he is allowed back and ends up winning the Big Race by encouraging his horse with a few rousing “Whoop-tee-dos” which inspire his charger to run a little faster.

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La cieca di Sorrento / The Blind Woman of Sorrento (1934) Nunzio Malasomma

La cieca di Sorrento (1934)
1834. After murdering a Marquesa, a robber fled with the loot, unaware that has been seen by the victim’s daughter. Because of the shock the child goes into shock and loss of sight. An innocent man is convicted and sentenced to death for the crime. After the execution, his son travels to London to finish his medical studies; when he returns ten years later, she is already a woman and he, madly in love, tries to regain his sight.

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The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) W.S. Van Dyke, Howard Hawks

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
Steve is just a heavy duty bartender when Edwin J. Bennett, known as the Professor, starts training him for the ring. While doing road work, he is almost killed by a speeding car which crashes into a ditch. In the car is Belle Mercer and her driver. Steve takes Belle to a farmhouse and is smitten by her, but she is Willie Ryan’s Girl. The fight is a breeze and later, Steve again meets Belle with Willie. That night, Steve and Belle disappear and return married, much to the disappointment of Ryan. Then Steve starts training in ernest and is 19 for 19 in the ring. However, he has an eye for the women and an expanding ego to match.

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Midnight Court (1937) Frank McDonald

Midnight Court 1937
Victor Shanley had once been New York City’s most-acclaimed crime-fighting, crusading District Attorney and the scourge of the underworld. But the workaholic demands of the job led him to drinking and alcoholism. Dismissed from office in disgrace and divorced by his wife, Carol, Shanley soon found himself a gutter-drunk. But when hired by gangster Al Kruger, racketeer in charge of a hot-car ring, Shanley is soon back on top and made rich in the process, and relishing the revenge he had taken on the law-and-order faction he bitterly thought had done him an injustice. Shanley befriends a young engineer, Bob Terrell, who had inadvertently gotten mixed up with Kruger’s mob, and gets Bob a job with an aircraft-factory in Tennessee. But Kruger, fearful that Bob might have knowledge that will incriminate him, has his henchman “Slim” Jacobs murder the young man. Shanley vows to get revenge on Kruger.

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Always Goodbye (1938) Sidney Lanfield

Always Goodbye (1938)
Following the death of her fiancé, Margot Weston is left pregnant and unmarried. Former doctor Jim Howard helps the desperate Margot. When her son is born, Jim helps her find a home for the baby with Phil Marshall and his wife. Margot insists that neither the Marshalls nor the child can ever know that she is his mother.

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Navy Blue and Gold (1937) Sam Wood

Navy Blue and Gold 1937
James Stewart plays “Truck” Cross an enlisted soldier who has been accepted into the Unites States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Truck meets Roger “Rog” Ash (Robert Young)and Richard “Dickie” Gates Junior (Tom Brown). Three very different young men become roommates. Truck Cross has a secret he doesn’t want let out. Ash is full of himself and needs to learn to be part of a team. Gates seems to just want to belong to something get away from his mother (played by Billie Burke, whom you will instantly remember as Glinda the Good Witch) The boys make it through their Plebe year (Freshman) year, and into the Sophomore year is when the plot really begins to thicken, Truck’s secret is found out, and the outcome could mean expulsion, Ash thinks he’s not Navy at all and it could lead to expulsion as well, Captain Dawes (played by the incomparable Lionel Barrymore) always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help make things happen for this threesome.

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The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) Irving Cummings

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell 1939
Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of marriage until his experiments are complete. He invents the telephone, marries and becomes rich and famous, though his happiness is threatened when a rival company sets out to ruin him.

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The Stranger’s Return (1933) King Vidor

The Strangers Return 1933
Miriam Hopkins plays Louise Starr, who gets divorced from her husband and returns to the home she left on a farm where she reunites with her grandfather. He introduces her to Guy Crane with whom she falls in love; however, he is married.

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Desire (1936) Frank Borzage

Desire (1936)
Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France, but getting the pearls, back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love.

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