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A Slight Case of Murder (1938) Lloyd Bacon, Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Allen Jenkins, Comedy, Crime

A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
Remy Marco, Prohibition beer baron, figures he’ll do even better after repeal. Only trouble is, his beer tastes terrible. (He drinks no beer himself and nobody dares tell him). Four years later, when he’s about bankrupt, he visits his summer home in Saratoga, complete with: 1) a dead-end-kid orphan; 2) his daughter’s fiance…a state trooper!, 3) the bodies of four gangsters who planned to ambush Remy but had a shootout; 4) half a million in loot they hid in the house…just the amount Remy needs to get out of hock. The comic confusion mounts…

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Go West (1940) Edward Buzzell, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Comedy, Musical, Western

Go West (1940)
Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They’re heading west, too, because they’ve heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man’s Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch.

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The Cheat (1931) George Abbott, Tallulah Bankhead, Harvey Stephens, Irving Pichel, Drama

The Cheat (1931)
Love, lust, possession, money, social standing, and addiction. Elsa Carlyle is impulsive and a gambler; though loved by her husband Jeff, she’s spoiled and selfish, concerned with social standing. Meanwhile, Jeff wants to keep a lid on spending while he completes business deals that could make them rich. One night, on a hunch, she bets and loses big at a casino, then she doubles her problems with more impulsive decisions. Hardy Livingston, a wealthy Casanova just back from the Orient, makes a play for her. Elsa dallies with Hardy, but soon, his insistence and her dire financial affairs seem destined to lead to adultery. Who’s the cheat?

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The Mysterious Miss X (1939) Gus Meins, Michael Whalen, Lynne Roberts, Chick Chandler, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

The Mysterious Miss X (1939)
Keith Neville and Dan Casey, two small-time stage actors, are traveling by bus back two New York City, and have an overnight stay in a small town. They take a room in a local hotel and a murder is committed in an adjoining room to Keith. The latter hears the gunfire, goes to investigate and is there when the local police arrive. He and Casey are both held on suspicion of murder and jailed.

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Boy of the Streets (1937) William Nigh, Jackie Cooper, Maureen O’Connor, Kathleen Burke, Drama

Boy of the Streets (1937)
New York City teen Chuck Brennan (Jackie Cooper) gets involved with a gang and tries to make his way on the streets, inspired by his shifty father, Foggy (Guy Usher). He meets orphan girl Nora (Maureen O’Connor) and tries to do a good deed by setting her up with a singing gig at a local club, only to have the plan backfire when underage Nora is taken in by social services. And as time passes, Chuck’s gang gets into murkier water with high-level crooks, putting him in a dangerous spot.

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A Map for Saturday (2007) Brook Silva-Braga, Scott Erikson, Rebecca Filmer, Sabrina Hezinger, Documentary

A Map for Saturday (2007)
On a trip around the world, every day feels like Saturday. A MAP FOR SATURDAY reveals a world of long-term, solo travel through the stories of trekkers on four continents. The documentary finds backpackers helping neglected Thai tsunami victims. It explains why Nepal’s guesthouses are empty and Brazil’s stoplights are ignored. But at its core, SATURDAY tracks the emotional arc of extreme long-term travelers; teenagers and senior citizens who wondered, “What would it be like to travel the world?” Then did it.

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