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I Found Stella Parish (1935) Mervyn LeRoy, Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas, Drama, Romance

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Stella Parish, star of the London stage, keeps her private life a secret. After an opening night triumph, her mysterious past catches up with her and she vanishes before the after-party. When Ms. Parish doesn’t show up, Keith Lockridge, an ace newspaper reporter, at first assumes it to be a publicity stunt. But producer Stephan Norman receives word that Stella is leaving the country. Lockridge is able to track Stella to a ship bound for America, where she is traveling under a false name and wearing a disguise. Aboard the ship Lockridge befriends Stella and her young daughter Gloria. In New York he becomes very close to Stella (now without the disguise) and Gloria, all the while digging up the details of Stella’s sordid past. Stella confesses her love for Lockridge after he’s already wired his story to his newspaper. With the truth out in the open, Stella sends Gloria to be raised abroad while she exploits her notorious reputation onstage. Sorry for the mess he’s made, Lockridge does …
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Confession (1937) Joe May, Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter, Crime, Drama, Romance

Confession (1937)
Lisa (Jane Bryan) finds herself being forcefully wooed by Michael Michailow (Basil Rathbone), a concert pianist many years her senior. In a nightclub, she finally succumbs to a kiss, and the sight causes the cabaret singer, Vera Kowalska (Kay Francis), to faint. As Michael attempts to beat a hasty retreat, Vera shoots him. When Vera has her day in court, she initially refuses to testify. But eventually her reason for pulling the trigger – and the mystery of Michael’s identity – is revealed.
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Full Contact (2015) David Verbeek, Grégoire Colin, Lizzie Brocheré, Slimane Dazi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Full Contact is a contemporary tale of a man trying to find new purpose in life after accidentally bombing a school through a remotely operated drone plane. Ivan, operating the plane from a far away air force base, has never been to the foreign countries of his attacks, nor has he ever touched the plane he uses to kill. Modern warfare keeps him safe and disconnected from his prey. However, after this incident Ivan’s disconnectedness starts to apply to everything in his life. He is overwhelmed by feelings of guilt that he is unable to process.
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You’re My Everything (1949) Walter Lang, Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Anne Revere, Comedy, Musical

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In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O’Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim’s show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O’Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O’Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation “silents” with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
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The White Angel (1936) William Dieterle, Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods, Biography, Drama

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Briefly breaking away from her high-gloss modern soap operas, Kay Francis stars as Florence Nightingale in this reverent Warner Bros. biopic. The screenplay concentrates on Nightingale’s humanitarian activities during the Crimean War of 1854-55. Defiant in the face of military bureaucracy and the male hierarchy, she organizes a volunteer group of nurses to tend to the military wounded, and also works tirelessly to update and improve the primitive, almost barbaric medical conditions of the Victorian Era.
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The Feminine Touch (1941) W.S. Van Dyke, Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis, Comedy

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John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy published. John and Julie go to Elliott Morgan Publishing to discuss his book. Being that it is highly technical and boring, Nellie wants to focus on the small part about couples that she thinks will sell. But it soon becomes apparent that everyone is more intrigued by Julie than the book. Elliott tries to make advances on Julie while Nellie is more interested in John than his book. Julie, however, is worried about John, while John, who wrote the book on jealousy, seems oblivious to it and thinks that he knows everything about jealousy.
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Swung (2015) Colin Kennedy, Elena Anaya, Owen McDonnell, Elaine M. Ellis, Drama, Romance

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David’s life is on the slide: he’s in the middle of a divorce, broke and ‘can’t get it up’. His girlfriend, Alice, is his rock, but the magazine she writes for is going down and the pressure is on to find a story. While job hunting online, David stumbles across the perfect antidote to his boredom: a ‘Swingers’ site. The resulting inbox of lewd invitations on the home-laptop justifiably upsets Alice, until she realises this could be just the ‘story’ she needs. The idea of uncovering the swinging scene causes quite a stir in Alice’s office and, much to David’s chagrin, she is urged to pursue the story.
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Lucky Night (1939) Norman Taurog, Myrna Loy, Robert Taylor, Joseph Allen, Drama, Comedy

Lucky Night (1939)
An heiress gets a crash course in the simple life when she marries a penniless man in this comedy. Calvin Jordan (Henry O’Neill) is the prosperous owner of a successful steel mill, and the apple of his eye is his daughter Cora (Myrna Loy). Cora stands to inherit Calvin’s firm, and he’s taken it upon himself to find a good husband for her. However, free-spirited Cora doesn’t think much of her father’s skills as a matchmaker, and makes it clear she’s going to marry whomever she pleases.
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Gentleman’s Fate (1931) Mervyn LeRoy, John Gilbert, Louis Wolheim, Leila Hyams, Drama

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Jack lives the high life and wants to make Marjorie his one and only. He then learns that his deceased father is alive but dying of lead poisoning. His father sent him away, twenty years before, to keep him out of the rackets. But now that he is dying, he wants to split the business between Giacomo (Jack) and Frank, his other son. The business includes running booze down from Canada.
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