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The Great Gildersleeve (1942) Gordon Douglas

The Great Gildersleeve 1942
Small-town eccentric Throckmorton Gildersleeve (of radio fame) has a few problems: Judge Hooker continually questions his guardianship of niece Margie and nephew Leroy; the judge’s predatory sister Amelia has matrimony in mind. When a misunderstanding gives Amelia the idea she’s all but engaged, the kids form a wild scheme to get Gildersleeve out of trouble; slapstick results.

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Forever and a Day (1943) Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke

Forever and a Day (1943)
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from its construction in 1804 until present day.

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Behind the Rising Sun (1943) Edward Dmytryk

Behind the Rising Sun (1943)
Cornell-educated Taro Seki returns to Japan just as the war party gains control. He hopes to work for American engineer O’Hara, and falls for his secretary Tama, but he is drafted. War service in China finally hardens Taro to atrocities, and he returns to Japan a changed man. His father, now a cabinet minister, feels remorse at what war has done to his son and country, but too late to save Taro’s foreign friends.

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Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) Willis Goldbeck

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy 1946
Poor Andy, all he wants to do is get to town and continue to woo his girl and ask her hand in marriage. Andrew “Andy” Hardy met his sweetheart Kay Wilson in college, but has since served in the military and is now being discharged. Getting back to Kay may be the hardest thing of them all to accomplish. He arrives in town alright, but things start to go awry from there. Question is, will he succeed?

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Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942) Harry Lachman

Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
A young man visits his fiancée in a remote French villa where her scientist father resides. There he meets Noel, Dr. Renault’s mysterious assistant, who has a strange attraction to Renault’s daughter. Soon he learns Noel’s true identity: he is an ape that was turned into a man by Renault’s bizarre experiments!

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Dopo divorzieremo (1940) Nunzio Malasomma

Dopo divorzieremo (1940)
Grace Peterson works in department stores “Tutto per Tutti”, along with many other young people. His employment contract entitling them to live in a boarding house built specifically for them by the company but on the other hand, forbid them not fall in love or marry under threat of dismissal. Still, Grace falls for Phil Golder, a violinist penniless. The director of the residence will notice and the best friend of the girl impersonate violinist girlfriend to try to save Grace dismissal.

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Ruthless (1948) Edgar G. Ulmer

Ruthless 1948
Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end.

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Captains of the Clouds (1942) Michael Curtiz

Captains of the Clouds (1942)
Brian McLean is a ruthless bush-pilot in Canada. He offers some other pilots an opportunity of earning a lot of money, but he marries the girl-friend of one of them. After listening to Churchill’s famous “Blood, Sweat and tears” radio address he and some other pilots decide to join the RCAF – and his superior is always the pilot who’s girlfriend he has married. Due to this and the fact, that McLean doesn’t like to obey he gets troubles.

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