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A Touch of Larceny (1959) Guy Hamilton, James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles

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In this British comedy, a formerly rakish submarine captain is transferred to a desk job. His reputation as a hero and playboy precedes him. He meets an old comrade and his gorgeous fiancee, a Yankee widow. His buddy is quite wealthy and the retired captain realizes that he too must make plenty of dough to steal the woman away. He immediately engineers an elaborate quick money scheme. First he makes it seem as if he has become a traitor in order to get the newspapers to write bad things about him. He then plans to sue them all for libel. He leaves his phony trail and then maroons himself on a desert island. He is later rescued and interrogated by the Special Branch. Fortunately, he convinces them of his innocence and continues with his plan. He then goes to the woman’s home and is there discovered by his buddy. The friend sees that the two really are in love and gallantly bows out.
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Without Reservations (1946) Mervyn LeRoy, Claudette Colbert, John Wayne, Don DeFore, Comedy, Romance

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Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don’t know she is the author of the famous book, and who don’t think much of the ideas it proposes. She and Rusty are greatly attracted, but she doesn’t know how to deal with his disdain for the book’s author.
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Drake of England / Drake the Pirate (1935) Arthur B. Woods, Matheson Lang, Athene Seyler, Jane Baxter, Action, Biography, Drama

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Drake of England was released variously to the British Empire, its commonwealths and the United States as Drake the Pirate and Elizabeth of England. In an agreeably compact fashion, the film recounts the exploits of British privateer Sir Francis Drake (played by the slightly long-in-tooth Matheson Lang), culminating with his 1588 triumph over the Spanish Armada. Athene Seyler appears as Queen Elizabeth I, bad wig and all. A goodly portion of screen time is devoted to the secret marriage between Drake and one of Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting (Jane Baxter). Drake of England was based on a flagwaving stage play by Louis N. Parker.
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Wild 90 (1968) Norman Mailer, Buzz Farber, Mickey Knox, Crime, Drama

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This improvisational film is the first effort by author Norman Mailer. Wild 90 refers to the length of this talkative exposé wherein three mobsters are the only remnants of a once-powerful gang of crooks. The Prince (Mailer) and his two cohorts Cameo (Buzz Farber) and 20 Years (Mickey Knox) are holed up in a Brooklyn warehouse hiding out from the police. They are visited by Kid Cha Cha (ex-prize fighter Jose Torres) and a police Lieutenant (magazine publisher Dick Adler). Mailer does an excellent job of acting, adding non-acting friends from real life to give the film an art-house flavor. In between the inactivity are some genuinely comedic passages and dialogue. Mailer, as do many independent filmmakers, owes a debt of gratitude to John Cassavetes who pioneered this style of film. Mailer, Farber and Knox would often spend time in local New York coffee shops where they would pretend to be gangsters, hence the idea for the story and film.
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Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire / My Son the Vampire (1952) John Gilling, Arthur Lucan, Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan, Comedy, Horror

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The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped to him is delivered instead to Mother Riley, the Vampire, through radar control, has the Robot transport itself as well as Mother Riley to the proper destination…as the old lady goes into a whirl of side-splitting action in a determined effort to frustrate the plans of the sinister Vampire.
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Gothic (1986) Ken Russell, Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Horror

Gothic (Ken Russell, 1986)
Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic “Frankenstein.” Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron’s country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley and cousin Claire as Byron leads them all down the dark paths of their souls.
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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) Woody Allen, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Comedy, Drama, Romance

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (Woody Allen, 2010)
Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.
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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) Roy Del Ruth, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Du Barry Was a Lady (Roy Del Ruth, 1943)
Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn’t love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he’s King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry.
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The Brute Man (1946) Jean Yarbrough, Rondo Hatton, Tom Neal, Jan Wiley, Drama, Horror, Thriller

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Hal Moffat who is taking wholesale revenge by murdering those he holds responsible for his predicament, is befriended by Helen Paige, a blind piano teacher, and he develops a warmth for her that leads him to add thievery and robbery – no big deal, he is out there anyway – to his murders so that she can be provided with the money for an operation.
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O.S.S. (1946) Irving Pichel, Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Drama, War

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Set during WWII, this taut and suspenseful espionage outing chronicles the courage of a brand-new cadre of specially trained American O.S.S. agents who parachute into France to destroy the vital Corbett Mallon tunnel to stop the German invaders from shipping supplies to their troops. One of the spies is a woman, and this bothers the group leader, who doubts her abilities. She soon proves herself, and the two embark on several exciting adventures before and after the completion of their mission. Along the way, the two manage to fall in love. Unfortunately, their commitment to duty is necessarily greater than their love and one of them will make a great sacrifice.
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Les Félins / Joy House (1964) René Clément, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Lola Albright, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionaires with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts.
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