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If there was one thing that Don Juan de Marana learned from his father Don Jose, it was that women gave you three things – life, disillusionment and death. In his father’s case it was his wife, Donna Isobel, and Donna Elvira who supplied the latter. Don Juan settled in Rome after attending the University of Pisa. Rome was run by the tyrannical Borgia family consisting of Caesar, Lucrezia and the Count Donati. Juan has his way with and was pursued by many women, but it is the one that he could not have that haunts him. It will be for her that he suffers the wrath of Borgia for ignoring Lucrezia and then killing Count Donati in a duel. For Adriana, they will both be condemned to death in the prison on the river Tigre.
Sue Tally waits for a brother she hasn’t seen in twenty years to meet her in a French hotel. By proving her identity, she’ll share in a $2,000,000 inheritance. But others are anxious to get a share of the money too, and won’t stop at committing a murder or two.
With unpaid actors and staff, the stage show Phantom Sweetheart seems doomed. To complicate matters, the box office takings have been robbed and the leading lady refuses to appear. Can the show be saved?
Captain Thunder (1930) Alan Crosland, Fay Wray, Victor Varconi, Charles Judels, Adventure, Drama, Music
El Capitán Tronido, a handsome and reliable Mexican bandit, flaunts his ventures until the people of El Paramo demand that their Comandante Ruiz bring about his capture. Ynez and Juan, a poor but handsome youth, are lovers; but Ynez’s father desires his daughter to marry Señor Morgan, a wealthy gringo rancher. Desperate at the thought of losing his Ynez, Juan goes to her hacienda by night and informs her that he plans to collect the reward for Captain Thunder so that they may be married. Meanwhile, Morgan, a rustler, meets up with the notorious bandit, who grants him a favor.
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934) Alan Crosland, Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Crime, Mystery, Drama
A very nervous man named Cartwright comes into Perry’s office to have the neighbor arrested for his howling dog. He states that the howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood. He also wants a will written giving his estate to the lady living at the neighbors house. It is all very mysterious and by the next day, his will is changed and Cartwright is missing, as is the lady of the house next door. Perry has a will and a retainer and must find out whether he has a client or a beneficiary.