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The Long, Long Trailer (1953) Vincente Minnelli, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Marjorie Main, Comedy, Romance

The Long, Long Trailer (1953)
Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels–a trailer. After the two are hitched, they hitch up their trailer and begin their honeymoon. The humor comes from several disastrous adventures the couple has while traveling including Tacy’s awkward attempt to cook dinner in a moving trailer, and a cliffhanging ride through the mountains that nearly destroys their marriage.

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Fighting Trouble (1956) George Blair, Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Adele Jergens, Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fighting Trouble 1956
“Sach” has become a camera fiend so, in the pursuit of some ready cash, “Duke” takes him and his photographs to the editor of the New York Morning Blade, Mr. Ray Vance. He hires them to get some photos of gangland boss Frankie Arbo but Mr. Arbo does not care to have his picture in the papers and dislikes cameramen for the same reason. “Sach” and “Duke” pose as interior decorators in the penthouse of Mae Randall in order to get photos of Arbo. Later, at Arbo’s night club, the boys learn that the gangster is importing a tough hoodlum from Chicago. “Sach” and “Duke” lure the visiting gunman, Handsome Hal Lomax to Mrs. Kelly’s boardinghouse and trick him into staying there through false police calls. “Sach” masquerades as Handsome Hal and gets away with it, and he and “Duke” manage to get into Arbo’s inner office with the Boss and his henchmen, and the boys are cut into the gang’s racket, which is counterfeit money.

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Jail Busters (1955) William Beaudine, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Comedy

Jail Busters 1955
Chuck, a reporter for The Blade newspaper, gets beaten up while trying to get a story on prison corruption, and the rest of the Bowery Boys, Slip, Sach, and Butch, get themselves arrested so that they can complete the expose from inside the prison, while serving a short—they think—six month sentence. Inside the Big House, they learn that ex-gangsters Ed Lannigan, Tom Tomcyk, and “Big Greenie”, are living in the lap of luxury within the prison, by paying off Jenkins, the corrupt Captain of the Guards. And, on the side, the Boys, Sach in particular, slowly send Dr. Fordyce, the prison psychiatrist, off the deep end as they clumsily go about their investigation.

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Le notti di Cabiria / The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Drama

Le notti di Cabiria (1957)
Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna’s intercession, then she meets an accountant who’s seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart’s longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is?

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Tiger in the Smoke (1956) Roy Ward Baker, Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tiger in the Smoke (1956)
In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it.

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