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Shipmates Forever (1935) Frank Borzage, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Lewis Stone, Musical, Drama

Shipmates Forever (Frank Borzage, 1935)
Dick is watching the fleet come in when he sees June. Dick has no intention of joining the Navy, which is a family tradition, and June, having lost her father and brother in the Navy, does not want a Navy man. But Dick relents when his father says that he would not make it anyway and he enters the Naval Academy. The first year as a plebe is tough, but Dick is at the head of his class. He rooms alone, as he sees no need for friends as he plans to resign when he graduates. June has also changed her mind about Dick being at the Academy. The second year is the same, except for his old roommate Lawrence who washes out. Finally, the last year and he has a three month training cruise. This cruise will make or break Dick as a Navy man.
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Penthouse (1933) W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Crime, Mystery, Romance

Penthouse (W.S. Van Dyke, 1933)
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant’s defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddell, Sue’s new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant’s help. Durant uses Gazotti’s information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Grelliman is involved in the framing of Siddell. When Durant sends Gertie to Grelliman’s apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice.
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First a Girl (1935) Victor Saville, Jessie Matthews, Sonnie Hale, Anna Lee, Comedy, Musical

First a Girl (1935)
Elizabeth, a delivery girl, dreams of being a music-hall singer but she is refused at the first casting she takes part in. A bit depressed, she gets to know Victor, a would-be Shakespearean actor and another audition victim. When Victor quite unexpectedly gets a female part in a music-hall number he unfortunately finds himself voiceless. Why wouldn’t Elizabeth replace it? His new friend hesitates but finally makes her debut as … a man posing for a woman! She is noticed by McLintock, an influential talent agent who hires Mr. Victoria (Elizabeth’s stage name) and launches his/her brilliant international career. One day, Robert, a handsome young man engaged to Princess Mironoff, makes friends with this young man posing as a woman posing as a man …
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The Big Bounce (1969) Alex March, Ryan O’Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, Van Heflin, Drama

The Big Bounce (Alex March, 1969)
Jack Ryan is a young Vietnam veteran with a criminal record, who gets fired from his job as a migrant laborer on a California produce farm run by the mean-spirited camp manager Bob Rodgers. Ryan then meets and teams up with the seductive Nancy Barker the secretary and mistress to the unscrupulous owner Ray Ritchie. When Ryan takes another job as a cleaner at a local motel owned by Sam Mirakian a local justice-of-the-peace, Nancy again approaches Ryan to help her rob Ritchie’s safe in his house which allegedly has $50,000 of payroll money. Ryan reluctantly agrees to help with the heist, but becomes highly distrustful of Nancy, suspecting she may double-cross him to keep all the money for herself, and vice versa with her over him.
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I Dream Too Much (1935) John Cromwell, Lily Pons, Henry Fonda, Eric Blore, Comedy, Romance, Musical

I Dream Too Much (John Cromwell, 1935)
Jonathan Street is a struggling composer when he meets and marries Annette. The problem is that Jonathan was drunk and does not want to be married. Annette does go with him to Paris and does the cooking and cleaning. To get his music published, Annette takes it to Paul and he is won over – by her voice and not the music. So he manages her career and she becomes a star as an opera singer everywhere she goes. Since Jonathan cannot sell anything he writes, he leaves Annette and that makes Annette sad as she wants only to be his wife.
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De La Part Des Copains / Cold Sweat (1970) Terence Young, Charles Bronson, James Mason, Liv Ullmann, Action, Crime, Drama

De La Part Des Copains (Terence Young, 1970)
Joe Martin, a quiet American, lives a quiet life in the South of France renting boats to tourists. He is happily married to Fabienne and has a twelve-year-old daughter named Michèle. But the quiet man has a past: ten years before, Joe (then Moran) had escaped with four other convicts, among whom the sadistic ex-mercenary Katanga. Seeing the latter brutally kill an M. P., Joe had abandoned his accomplices and left with the car. One night, Captain Ross, Katanga, Whitey and Fausto re-appear..
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Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) Charles Guggenheim, John Stix, Steve McQueen, Crahan Denton, David Clarke, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (Charles Guggenheim & John Stix, 1959)
George Fowler is drawn into a gang planning to rob a bank in St. Louis that they expect will have a $100,000 on hand on an upcoming Friday. George is drawn into the plan as the gang’s driver by Gino, an old girlfriend’s older brother. As the gang goes about its planning, George and Gino have to find a way to live for the next two weeks and they turn to Gino’s sister, Ann, for help. George is hoping to go back to college and the money he would make would go a long way to helping him do that. Not trusting George to keep his nerve, the gang’s leader John Egan moves him to the inside, but the robbery doesn’t go off as planned.
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Black Caesar (1973) Larry Cohen, Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry, Art Lund, Action, Crime, Drama

Black Caesar (Larry Cohen, 1973)
Tommy Gibbs is a tough kid, raised in the ghetto, who aspires to be a kingpin criminal. As a young boy, his leg is broken by a bad cop on the take, during a payoff gone bad. Nursing his vengeance, he rises to power in New York City’s Harlem. Angry at the racist society around him, both criminal and straight, he sees the acquisition of power as the solution to his rage. He performs a free-lance hit on a Mob contract to attract the attention of the head of a Mafia family. Reluctantly accepted into ‘The Family,’ he grows increasingly autonomous and aggressive, eventually starting a gang war.
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At Gunpoint (1955) Alfred L. Werker, Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone, Walter Brennan, Western

At Gunpoint (Alfred L. Werker, 1955)
The Dennis gang wants to rob the bank of the sleepy peaceful town of Plainview, Texas. Small town banks like this one have less money than large city banks but they’re easy prey. Barlow, the gang’s contact in town, assures them that Plainview only has an old marshal, Pete MacKay, who shouldn’t pose any problem. The gang heads to Plainview. In town, storekeeper Jack Wright runs his store with wife Martha and brother-in-law Wally. Marshal MacKay and doctor Lacey are playing chess inside the store. Jack Wright makes his daily deposit at the bank and then returns to the store. The Dennis gang arrives and robs the bank, killing a teller and the alerted marshal. In the street, storekeeper Jack Wright picks the dead marshal’s gun up and shoots fleeing robber Alvin Dennis, from a great distance. Townsman George Henderson finishes Alvin off with a shotgun. The bandit drops the loot and the bank recovers it. The townsfolk proclaim Jack Wright and George Henderson to be heroes.
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Dream Wife (1953) Sidney Sheldon, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon, Comedy, Romance

Dream Wife (Sidney Sheldon, 1953)
Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji’s father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding.
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Smilin’ Through (1941) Frank Borzage, Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Musical, War, Fantasy

Smilin' Through (Frank Borzage, 1941)
John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of Moonyean, and she quickly grows up to look just like her aunt. Kathleen meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger from America, Kenneth Wayne. When John hears of this he is furious, and we learn that it was Kenneth’s father, Jeremy, who had killed Moonyean years before. John carries his grudge against Jeremy to the new generation, and threatens to ruin his niece’s happiness, but he softens in the end.
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The Velvet Touch (1948) Jack Gage, Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Drama, Thriller

The Velvet Touch (1948)
Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning’s machinations leading to the fatal argument. The next day, it appears that Valerie’s former rival Marian Webster is the prime suspect. Or is suave police Captain Danbury just playing cat and mouse with her? Nicely catty dialogue.
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