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Angels Over Broadway (1940) Ben Hecht, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell

Angels Over Broadway (1940)
Charles Engle has been caught embezzling. He writes a suicide note, and goes out wandering on the town. Small-time hustler Bill O’Brian sees him give a couple of big tips, figures he’s rich, and plans to take him over to a big-time card game and fleece him. He enlists Nina Barone to help get Engle to the game. She goes along, but is more interested in O’Brien than in his schemes. Meanwhile, a perpetually drunk and none too successful playwright, Gene Gibbons, finds the suicide note. He cooks up a scheme (with the reluctant aid of O’Brien) to get the money Engle needs to pay back his employer and save his life.
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Falbalas / Paris Frills (1945) Jacques Becker, Raymond Rouleau, Micheline Presle, Jean Chevrier

Falbalas (1945)
A philandering young dress designer plays fast and loose with the hearts of all the fair maidens he encounters, and leaves them in a Paris lurch. But when he meets the fiancée of his best friend, he falls deeply and truly in love with her. The girl is soon faced with two choices; marry the reliable fiancée whom she doesn’t love, or run off with the dress designer with whom she is infatuated. She sees that she also has a third option and makes the wise choice…she rejects both. The dress designer is not too well equipped for accepting rejection, and he makes a bad decision.
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Riders of the Northwest Mounted (1943) William Berke, Russell Hayden, Dub Taylor, Bob Wills

Riders of the Northwest Mounted (1943)
Fur thieves, who murder trappers when they refuse to give up their pelts at a low price, occupy the attention of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. The leader of the gang is Victor Renaud (Dick Curtis), also the mayor of the small Canadian town where the gang is headquartered. Lucky Kerrigan is broken from the mounted service for apparent disobedience to orders, which results in the death of a fellow Mountie. Lucky, working undercover, aids the Mounties in rounding up the gang and gains back his uniform, and also the love of Gabrielle Renaud (Adele Mara), Renaud’s sister who was unaware of his criminal activities.
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Cairo (1942) W.S. Van Dyke, Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Ethel Waters

Cairo (1942)
After the Cavity Rock, California Times Leader newspaper is chosen as America’s typical small town newspaper, reporter Homer Smith gets to abroad and report on the war in a series of articles to be shared with other small-town newspapers. He has a number of adventures including having his ship sink while en route to Cairo. He meets another survivor, Philo Cobson, who gives him a message to deliver to a woman in Cairo – should he survive. He delivers the message but convinces himself that an American singer-actress, Marcia Warren, is a spy. She in turn believes he’s the spy. Mistaken identities abound but it all works out in the end.
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A Dangerous Profession (1949) Ted Tetzlaff, George Raft, Ella Raines, Pat O’Brien

A Dangerous Profession (1949)
Ex-policeman Vince Kane is a partner with Joe Farley as bail bond brokers, but retains his ties and friendship with the police and Detective Nick Ferrone. Ferrone picks up Claude Brackette, a brokerage clerk, as a suspect in the securities robbery in which a policeman was killed, and Kane goes with him when the detective searches Brackett’s apartment, and Kane finds that Brackett’s wife, Lucy, is his former sweetheart. She insists her husband is innocent and pleads with Kane to get him out on bail but she has only $4,000 of the $25,000 needed. A mysterious emissary puts up $12,000 and Kanes, over Farley’s protest, makes up the rest from the company’s money. Brackett is murdered after his release. For Lucy, Kane investigates and finds that Brackett had dealings with night club owner Jerry McKay and a hoodlum named Roy Collins. Suspecting McKay was in back of the robbery, Kane begins a campaign in which he himself behaves like a crook, and demands a heavy bride from McKay for his …
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