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Bad Man of Wyoming / Wyoming (1940) Richard Thorpe, Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford, Western

Bad Man of Wyoming 1940
With the army after him and his partner deserting, Reb decides that a change of scenery would be nice so he heads for Wyoming with Dave. To show his gratitude to Dave, he steals his horse and gun, which causes Dave to be killed by cattle rustlers. While Reb is an outlaw and a teller of tall tales, he still feels responsible for the Kincaid Ranch and helps all the Ranchers battle Buckley, who wants to drive them all out. Even General Custer, with his 2 man cavalry gets involved in chasing Reb.

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Eva (1948) Gustaf Molander, Birger Malmsten, Eva Stiberg, Eva Dahlbeck, Drama

Eva (1948)
During WW2 in neutral Sweden, young sailor Bo, son of a railway stationmaster, comes home from the Navy and reminisces a childhood accident. At age twelve, he ran away in a steam locomotive together with a blind 10-year-old girl. The engine derailed, and the little girl got killed. Feelings of guilt haunt Bo even in his courtship with Eva, a beautiful local girl. In Stockholm, Bo sees a nightmare about plotting to kill his roommate Göran together with Göran’s flirtatious girlfriend Susanne. In a third act, Eva and Bo are married and living on a remote island off Stockholm. When it’s time to give birth, Bo has to row the stormy seas and fears again that he will cause another death.

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Strangers in the Night (1944) Anthony Mann, William Terry, Virginia Grey, Helene Thimig, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Strangers in the Night (1944)
A lonely, mentally unbalanced woman invents a fictitious daughter and has the “daughter” write to a Marine stationed in the South Pacific. When the soldier returns back to the States, he goes to look up his pen pal, and is told by the “mother” that the daughter has moved away. An acquaintance of the women tells the soldier the truth, and in a rage the “mother” kills her. In order to cover up that crime, she realizes she must kill the soldier, too.

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The Man from Tumbleweeds (1940) Joseph H. Lewis, Bill Elliott, Iris Meredith, Dub Taylor, Western

The Man from Tumbleweeds (1940)
In the third of his four Wild Bill Saunders Westerns, Bill Elliott, “the Peaceable Man,” is assigned by Governor Dawson (Don Beddoe) to put a stop to the reign of terror, including cold-blooded murder, perpetrated by Powder Kilgore (Raphael Bennett). When the state legislature refuses to fund a legitimate rangers organization, Wild Bill instead enlists a group of tough convicts, whom he promises freedom if they help capture Kilgore and his chief lieutenant, Lightning Barlow (Francis Walker). Unfortunately, one of the convicts, Shifty (Ernie Adams), lives up to his name by betraying his comrades in arms to Kilgore but after a furious gun battle at the gang’s shootout, Wild Bill manages to bring peace to the area. Nevertheless, when asked to captain the newly founded rangers organization, the hero instead promotes his new friend, former convict Honest John (Al Hill), and heads off to new adventures.

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De røde enge / Red Meadows (1945) Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen, Poul Reichhardt, Lisbeth Movin, Per Buckhøj, War, Drama

De rode enge (1945)
Set during WW II, the film concerns the exploits of a group of Danish resistance fighters. Ipsen raised a few eyebrows back in 1950 for her comparatively sympathetic portrayal of a German occupation officer who befriends a member of the underground – though he was careful to show the bestiality of the Nazis during a grueling torture sequence. The story ends with a rousing gun battle and a desperate escape bid. Red Meadows is allegedly based on a true story.

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