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The Sullivans (1944) Lloyd Bacon

The Sullivans (1944)
The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are chronicled in this film based on a true story.
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Sergeant York (1941) Howard Hawks

Sergeant York (1941)
A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.
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A Stolen Life (1946) Curtis Bernhardt

A Stolen Life (1946)
Kate Bosworth and her twin sister Patricia fall in love with Nantucket lighthouse inspector Bill Emerson. Patricia and Bill are married. To forget, Kate returns to painting. Bill goes to Chile; Kate and Patricia go sailing; Patricia is washed overboard and drowned. Kate’s boat capsizes and, when she recovers consciousness ashore, she (believed to be Patricia) is told that Bill is returning from Chile.
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I Love You Again (1940) W.S. Van Dyke

I Love You Again (1940)
While alone on a cruise, the upstanding – and mean – teetotaler, Larry Wilson, receives a blow on the head, causing him to revert to his old, forgotten persona of man-about-town and swindler, George Carey. Deciding to get what he can out of his position as Wilson, he returns to Wilson’s hometown to continue the pretense. The only trouble is he takes a serious shine to his wife, Kay, and doesn’t at all agree that Larry should be letting her go.
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Nora Prentiss (1947) Vincent Sherman

Nora Prentiss (1947)
Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient expires in his office, a third option seems to present itself.
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None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Clifford Odets

None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities.
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A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) Henry King

A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
Tyrone Power is a pilots’ pilot, but he doesn’t believe in anything beyond his own abilities. He gets into trouble by flying a new fighter directly to Canada instead of to New York and letting it be towed across as the law demands, but is offered a new job ferrying bombers to war torn England. While on a layover he finds Betty Grable, an old flame, has joined the RAF as a WREN in her attempt to fight for democracy. Power joins up to impress her and in the course of his several missions begins to develope an understanding of what they are fighting for.
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La chartreuse de Parme / The Charterhouse of Parma (1948) Christian-Jaque

La chartreuse de Parme (1948)
Fabrice del Dongo, a young archbishop, gives his all to romance rather than to the Church, creating complications for everyone around. The Countess of San Severina, is but one of the women who love him a la folie, spurring jealous retribution in high places from those who in turn want her. From his prison window, Fabrice falls in love with the jailer’s daughter who takes a vow to the Virgin Mary to never see him again if his escape succeeds.
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Holy Matrimony (1943) John M. Stahl

Holy Matrimony (1943)
Famed English painter Priam Farll has spent the last 25 years living in various remote locations with only his trusted manservant, Henry Leek, for company. While Farll is summoned to London to receive a knighthood, Leek falls ill and dies. Wishing to avoid the ostentation knighthood ceremony, the reclusive painter assumes his valet’s identity. Farll, posing as Leek, soon receives a letter from Alice Chalice, a widow who has been corresponding with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to finally meet her beloved in person…
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Occupe-toi d’Amélie..! / Keep an Eye on Amelia (1949) Claude Autant-Lara

Occupe-toi d'Amelie..! (1949)
Young Amélie is currently enjoying life as the kept woman of her reasonably well off boyfriend Étienne. But when Étienne is called off for military duty, he enlists his playboy friend Marcel to keep an eye on her….something of a problem seeing that he is currently looking for a woman with which to create a sham marriage so he can quickly inherit a large sum of money from his father. Then suddenly the Prince of Palestra enters into the picture and boldly asks for Étienne’s romantic favors to assess whether or not he would consider taking her as his bride. What’s a free-spirited girl to do?
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