During WWI Bill Pettigrew, a naive young Texan soldier is sent to New York for basic training. He meets worldly wise actress Daisy Heath when her car nearly runs him over. Daisy agrees to pretend to be Bill’s girl to impress his friends, but then a real romance begins.
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Glimpy’s surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a ‘bargain’ suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds…but mistakenly pick the ‘haunted’ house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good…
Luxury Liner (1948) Richard Whorf, George Brent, Jane Powell, Lauritz Melchior, Comedy, Musical, Romance
What do you do when you are an effervescent teen called Polly and you have a dad who is the skipper of a luxury liner? You ask him to take you on a cruise to Rio of course. What if Captain Bradford refuses and wants you to stay in your boring boarding-school? You stow away, it goes without saying. What if you want to become a singer? Well, you try to convince an operatic star on board of your singing skills. What if Daddy objects to realizing that her daughter’s new friend Laura has a crush on him? Just play Cupid for him.Don’t you worry, all will end well!
Dangerous Moonlight (1941) Brian Desmond Hurst, Anton Walbrook, Sally Gray, Derrick De Marney, Drama, Romance, War
Prologue: in 1940, a shellshocked man fights to recall his past. Flashback: During the Nazi invasion of Poland, American reporter Carole Peters meets Polish airman Stefan Radetzky, also a piano virtuoso. Stefan is among the last to escape Warsaw; months later, in New York, he and Carole meet again, and marry. But the thought of his going back to fight is not only personally terrifying to Carole, but seems a great waste of his musical talent…
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) Robert Z. Leonard, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Walburn, Comedy
Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don’t go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the deception and decides to show up at Margot’s family home posing as her husband!
Black Gold (1947) Phil Karlson, Anthony Quinn, Katherine DeMille, ‘Ducky’ Louie, Drama, History, Sport
In the early 1920s, in the desert near the Texas-Mexico border, Charley Eagle (Anthony Quinn), is Indian who owns a small, hardscrabble ranch and is training a horse, “Black Hope,”. He thinks that the horse is capable of running in, and winning, the Kentucky Derby. Charley runs into a young Chinese boy, David Chung (‘Ducky’ Louie), whose father has been killed by a smuggling gang, while pretending to help him enter the United States illegally. Charlie takes the young boy back to his small ranch, where Charley and his wife, Sarah (Katherine DeMille) adopt him. His plans for “Black Hope” go awry but oil is discovered on his land and this intensifies his dreams that “Black Gold” (Highland Dale,) the colt of “Black Hope” can do what his sire couldn’t do. The end frame of the film reads:”Suggested by the winning of the 1924 Kentucky Derby by the horse “Black Gold.”
Tarzan’s New York Adventure (1942) Richard Thorpe, Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O’Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, Action, Adventure
Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York. At a trial over custody of Boy, Tarzan becomes violent and is jailed. With the help of the pilot’s girlfriend Tarzan (who has since escaped, diving off the Brooklyn Bridge) finds the circus. He and the circus elephants complete the classic rescue.
Danville, Connecticut at the turn of the century. Young Richard Miller lives in a middle-class neighborhood with his family. He is in love with the girl next-door, Muriel, but her father isn’t too happy with their puppy-love, since Richard always share his revolutionary ideas with her.
Quartieri alti / In High Places (1945) Mario Soldati, Adriana Benetti, Massimo Serato, Nerio Bernardi, Comedy
The story involves Giorgio (Serato) who is maintained by a woman of high class and live a lifestyle far beyond their means. She meets and falls for the young and virtuous Isabel (Benetti), and in order to impress and keep secret their true circumstances, rent a villa and passed a couple of actors by their parents. However, things did not go quite right …
Frances and Richard Myles (Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray) are newlyweds honeymooning in Europe on the eve of World War II. Unexpectedly, they find themselves commissioned by the British secret service to secure the plans for a new secret weapon masterminded by the Nazis (involving magnetic mines). The trail leads them to Innsbruck where they arouse the suspicions of a Gestapo chief.