Tag Archives: 1930s

The Devil’s Saddle Legion (1937) Bobby Connolly, Dick Foran, Anne Nagel, Smoke, History, Music, Romance, Western

The Devil's Saddle Legion (1937)
Tal is in a lot of trouble. Seems that his father has been murdered while he was in Montana and they put the blame on him. Also, he has been framed and sentenced to 10 years hard labor for another murder which he did not do. The crooks need convict labor to build the dam so they convict innocent people for a pool of cheap labor. But Karan believes that Tal, using the name Smith J. Brown, could not be a killer. Unknown to her, her step brother, Hub, is part of the gang.

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Empty Holsters (1937) B. Reeves Eason, Dick Foran, Patricia Walthall, Emmett Vogan, Romance, Western

Empty Holsters (1937)
Ace owns just about everything around except for the Bank, which is owned by John Ware. Ace also has his eye on Judy, but Judy only has eyes for Clay. Since Ace is a crook, he holds up the stage and has his cronies swear that Clay was the bandit which gets Clay 10 years in jail. After he gets out in 5 for good behavior, Clay sets out to find who framed him and stole the stage strongbox. Since the sheriff does not like Clay, he takes his guns away as part of his probation and it makes Clay a target for the Ace gang.

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Farewell Again / Troopship (1937) Tim Whelan, Leslie Banks, Flora Robson, Sebastian Shaw, Drama

Troopship (1937)
Farewell Again is a multiplotted British comedy/drama about soldiers on leave and the people they’ve left. Given a six-hour pass after a tour of duty in India, several British Tommies (among them Robert Newton, Sebastian Shaw and Anthony Bushell) try to unravel their domestic tribulations before having to ship out again. American expatriate Tim Whelan was the directorial hand who kept the various plot threads from entangling, while another Hollywood vet, James Wong Howe, manned the cameras. The film became instantly dated with the advent of World War II, but in its own time Farewell Again was a box-office smash. The film was issued in the US as Troopship.

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The Last Outpost (1935) Charles Barton, Louis J. Gasnier, Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Gertrude Michael, Action, Adventure, Romance

The Last Outpost (1935)
In World War I, British-officer Michael Andrews is captured by a band of Kurdish raiders on the Eastern Front, and is rescued by a man calling himself John Stevenson, although he refuses to tell his name to Andrews. The two men form a strange friendship, and help save an entire Kurdish village from a massacre and also avert a surprise attack on the British army-unit stationed there. Andrews suffers a wounded leg and is sent to the British military-hospital in Cairo. He falls in love with a nurse, Rosemary Haydon, and she with him, but she is married although she has not seen nor heard from her husband in over three years. It is at this point that the man who saved Andrews’ life turns up to claim his wife, who is Rosemary. The latter bids adieu to Andrews who does not know that the man he considers his best friend is also the husband of the woman he loves. But, by pure coincidence and chance, both Andrews and Rosemary’s husband come face-to-face again in a remote garrison that is under…

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Diplomaniacs (1933) William A. Seiter, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey, Marjorie White, Comedy

Diplomaniacs (1933)
Barbers Willy Nilly and Hercules Glub have opened a barbershop in an Indian reservation, where they have no customers. When suddenly a white man asks for a shave, several Indians of the Oopadoop nation also enter, hearing the usual barbershop banter about foreign debts, they force them to be ambassadors of their nation at the Peace conference in Geneva. Ammunition industry executive Winkelreid is scheming to prevent their mission becoming an success, but the vamp Dolores aboard the ship fails, falling in love with Nilly, and so does Fifi, the toughest person of the world in Paris, falling for Glub. Although Winkelreid is able to steal their secret papers, Nilly and Glub don’t give up after being reminded by constant observation of their Indians and enter the Peace conference, which turns out to be a battlefield…

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The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935) Stephen Roberts, Ronald Colman, Joan Bennett, Colin Clive, Comedy, Romance

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
The old British musical-hall ditty “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” provides the title for this lightweight Ronald Colman vehicle. Colman, playing a refugee Russian prince, is the “man” in question, and the owners of the “broken bank”–that is, the proprietors of the Monte Carlo casino where Colman scored the big win–are anxious to get their money back. They dispatch the beautiful Joan Bennett to lure Colman back into the casino. He falls for her and loses his winnings in the process, but she has pangs of remorse when she learns that Colman had been gambling on behalf of his impoverished countrymen. Bennett joins Colman as he merrily heads off to chase another rainbow.

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