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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) Tay Garnett, Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Cedric Hardwicke, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
A bump on the head sends Hank Martin, 1912 mechanic, to Arthurian Britain, 528 A.D., where he is befriended by Sir Sagramore le Desirous and gains power by judicious use of technology. He and Alisande, the King’s niece, fall in love at first sight, which draws unwelcome attention from her fiancée Sir Lancelot; but worse trouble befalls when Hank meddles in the kingdom’s politics.

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Black Magic (1949) Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Black Magic (1949)
Novelist Alexander Dumas tells his writer-son of Joseph Balsamo, a gypsy boy in southern France who was embittered because his parents were wrongfully hanged and he himself was tortured by the order of Viscount de Montagne. Years later, the man, a carnival charlatan, attracts the attention of Dr. Mesmer, a pioneer in the study of hypnotism. Balsamo rejects Mesmer’s plea that he use his power for healing and, instead, decides to use it to seek wealth and fame. He changes his name to Count Cagliostro, and achieves fame throughout Europe by mixing hypnotism with mysticism and showmanship. He is called to cure a girl, Lorenza, held by De Montagne, because she resembles Marie Antoinette, wife of the heir to the throne of France. Cagliostro decides to join De Montagne and Madame du Barry in a plot to seize the power by discrediting the future Queen. Cagliostro achieves his revenge on De Montagne by persuading him to hang himself. He make Lorenza marry him but can never make her love him.

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Suspense (1946) Frank Tuttle, Belita, Barry Sullivan, Bonita Granville, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

Suspense (1946)
The proprietor of an ice-skating revue promotes a peanut-vendor at the show to a management position based on suggestions he made to improve the act of the show’s star, who also happens to be the owner’s wife. However, he soon begins to notice that his new manager is paying more attention to his wife than he believes is appropriate, and begins to suspect that his new manager has designs not only on his wife but on his business. Meanwhile, someone from the new manager’s past shows up with information that could wreck his plans.

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A Man Betrayed (1941) John H. Auer, John Wayne, Frances Dee, Edward Ellis, Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Man Betrayed (1941)
Country lawyer Lynn Hollister comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend found shot after spending the evening in The Inferno, a night club that fronts for an illicit gambling operation. It is covertly run by an affable but corrupt politician, ‘Boss’ Tom Cameron, who uses voter fraud to maintain influence on city hall and the governor’s mansion. Hollister learns that his friend was a winner in a dice game on the night of the murder and threatened exposure of Cameron’s vice racket. Complications arise when other underworld forces vie to take over Cameron’s operation, and Holister falls in love with Cameron’s beautiful daughter.

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The Eve of St. Mark (1944) John M. Stahl, Anne Baxter, William Eythe, Michael O’Shea, War, Drama

The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
Hometown boy Quizz West (William Eythe) is one of fewer than 19,000 draftees in 1940. After being familiarized with his fiancée Janet and him, we find Quizz at a gun position fighting off the Japanese along the Philippine shoreline. The situation becomes hopeless for Quizz and his fellow gunners and it’s either flee or hold their positions and provide cover for escapees. To make his decision, Quizz communes with his mother and Janet through the medium of dreams.

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The Man with Nine Lives (1940) Nick Grinde, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
Dr. Leon Kravaal develops a potential cure for cancer, which involves freezing the patient. But an experiment goes awry when authorities believe Kravaal has killed a patient. Kravaal freezes the officials, along with himself. Years later, they are discovered and revived in hopes that Kravaal can indeed complete his cure. But human greed and weakness compound to disrupt the project.

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La cena delle beffe / The Jester’s Supper (1942) Alessandro Blasetti, Amedeo Nazzari, Osvaldo Valenti, Clara Calamai, Drama, Romance

La cena delle beffe (1942)
In times of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Neri and Giannetto, two young Florentine, maintain a bitter rivalry. In the center of contention are the favors of Ginevra, the beautiful courtesan who both contend with fierce knavery. After yet another mockery of Neri, cruel and humiliating Giannetto a trap and involved in a brawl, after which him arrested with the accusation of being clouded by dementia. With rival offstage, Giannetto addresses Ginevra’s house to celebrate it, confident that no one can stop him. Meanwhile, Neri, he chained in an underground dark, outraged by the guards and the crowd, it gnaws on hatred.

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