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The Sphinx (1933) Phil Rosen, Wilfred Lucas

The Sphinx (1933)
A man known to be a mute is suspected of committing a murder, as he was noticed at the scene. However, witnesses saw and heard him talking as he was leaving the scene of the crime. The police must determine if he is the actual killer or if he is being framed.
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The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) Alan Crosland, Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Crime, Mystery, Drama

The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry’s office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary.
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The Cuban Love Song (1931) W.S. Van Dyke, Lawrence Tibbett, Lupe Velez, Ernest Torrence, Musical, Romance

The Cuban Love Song 1931
In 1917, an American ship is about to leave San Francisco for Cuba and marines Terry, Romance and O. O. Jones are up to their usual practice of carousing when off duty. Terry’s fiancée Crystal understands him and promises to wait, even though she knows he’ll rarely write. Once in Havana, Terry incurs the anger of a peanut vendor named Nenita Lopez when he accidentally crashes into her cart, but her antagonism soon turns to love. Although Nenita at first refuses to make love to Terry, she soon succumbs and the two begin a passionate affair.
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American Madness (1932) Frank Capra, Walter Huston, Pat O’Brien, Kay Johnson, Drama

American Madness (1932)
It’s the 1930s, the Depression era, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson’s bank want Dickson to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson’s bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown, an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, who’s very loyal to Dickson, refuses to say where he was that night. He actually has two witnesses for his alibi, Mrs. Dickson and fellow worker Cyril Cluett, but Brown is protecting Dickson from finding out that Mrs. Dickson was with Cluett having a romantic evening. Cluett, who has a $50,000 gambling debt, is actually responsible for the robbery, but lets Brown take the rap. Will Brown’s loyalty to Mr. Dickson pay off, or send him back to prison?
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Big Brown Eyes (1936) Raoul Walsh, Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Walter Pidgeon, Comedy, Mystery

Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Dan Barr is a flatfoot on the trail of jewel robbers. Eve Fallon is his girl of 5 years. We meet them spitting and sparring, but never doubting they’re in love. Eve is a manicurist, with an eye for news. Soon after we meet her, she’s out of the beauty salon and into the news-room as an ace reporter. With Eve’s help, Dan nabs one of the jewel gang members, Cortig, whose stray bullet killed a baby in the park. A spooked witness and a slick lawyer get Cortig off. Disgusted with the lack of justice, Dan quits the force to find his own justice. Eve, likewise, quits the paper and returns to her job as manicurist. While giving a manicure, Eve unwittingly discovers that a prominent local citizen is the jewel gang’s leader. All the while, Dan is hot on the trail. Their trails merge and the case is solved.
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The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) Leslie Goodwins, Joe Penner, Betty Grable, Richard Lane, Comedy

The Day the Bookies Wept 1939
The taxi drivers of the Colonel Cab Company are tired of losing money at the racetrack. When Ramsey Firpo sees the winnings taken home by one of the horse owners, he convinces the other drivers to chip in some money to buy a horse of their own. Firpo taps fellow driver Ernest Ambrose, his sister Ina’s goofy boyfriend, to go to Kentucky to buy the horse and, based on Ambrose’s success with pigeons, to become the horse’s trainer. Despite Ina’s warnings to stay away from horse racing, Ambrose goes to Kentucky and meets Colonel March (a con man) and Patsy (his accomplice, posing as his daughter “Gwendolyn”). Colonel March buys Hiccup, a broken-down nag with an alcohol problem, for twenty bucks and makes sure Ambrose pays five hundred dollars for him the next day at the auction. Firpo and the cab drivers are excited to see Hiccup in action (chasing a beer truck down the streets of New York), but Hiccup’s performance on the racetrack is disappointing.
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