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The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) Alfred E. Green, Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Drama

The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)
When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. Their landlady, a one-time Floradora girl, offers to help Miriam become refined. Successful again, Geoffrey is approached (“if only we were free”) by Valentine. Miriam tells Valentine off in no uncertain terms. Geoffrey moves into his club where Valentine’s husband tells him he is a fool to leave Miriam.
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Ladies in Retirement (1941) Charles Vidor, Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes, Crime, Drama

Ladies in Retirement (1941)
In the late nineteenth century, Ellen Creed works as the live-in companion to Miss Leonora Fiske, a retired actress who lives in the English countryside and who still retains her theatrical mannerisms. Ellen receives notice that the landlady of her two sisters, Emily Creed and Louisa Creed, who currently live in London, is threatening to call the police to haul them away to an asylum because of their disruptive behavior due to their mentally deranged state. Ellen will not allow her sisters to be institutionalized, and convinces Miss Fiske to allow them to stay with them for a couple of days. Miss Fiske was unaware of their deranged mental state when she agreed and is also unaware that Ellen hopes to make their stay permanent. Both issues eventually become apparent to Miss Fiske, who cannot tolerate how Emily and Louisa disrupt her home life. However, Ellen “convinces” Miss Fiske to take an extended leave from the house, while Ellen tells her sisters that she bought the house from Miss…
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Montana Moon (1930) Malcolm St. Clair, Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian, Comedy, Drama, Musical

Montana Moon (1930)
While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On their wedding night she does a sultry dance with Jeff which ends with a prolonged kiss. Larry slugs Jeff. Angry Joan entrains for New York, but train robbers kidnap her. The leader of the pretend-bandits is Larry.
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The Glass Slipper (1955) Charles Walters, Leslie Caron, Michael Wilding, Keenan Wynn, Musical, Romance

The Glass Slipper (1955)
In a small pleasant European village, there is one unhappy person: Ella. She is despised by everyone, and mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. Out feeling miserable one day, Ella meets a handsome young man, who falls for her. He is really Prince Charles, the son of the Duke, but he tells her he is the son of the cook, and invites her to a great ball at the Duke’s castle. A strange woman who lives in the mountains by herself befriends Ella, and dresses her up so she can attend the ball. She goes, and is a great success, but must run out at midnight. In her haste, she drops a single glass slipper. The Prince uses the slipper to find her.
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Douce Violence / Sweet Ecstasy (1962) Max Pécas, Pierre Brice, Elke Sommer, Vittoria Prada, Drama

Douce Violence (1962)
Olivier, a handsome but callow and moody young student, picks up an enthusiastic actress during a theatre rehearsal, and is introduced to her acquaintances – a group of jaded rich kids who spend their time storming around the Riviera harassing passersby, throwing wild parties and following all the latest trends. When sexy Elke gives him the eye, he leaves the actress in the lurch and joins the gang for a decadent party aboard a yacht. However, Elke’s wanton ways and Olivier’s inexperience do not mesh, and in a snit, he accidentally sets the yacht afire. The gang wreaks its vengeance by luring him into a dangerous contest of bravura on a construction site.
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Gunman’s Walk (1958) Phil Karlson, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, Western

Gunman's Walk (1958)
Widower Lee Hackett (Van Heflin), a cattle rancher who is a product of the old west, tries to bring up his two sons, Ed (Tab Hunter)and Davy (James Darren), in his image, but Ed is wild and unruly. The two brothers are both attracted to Clee Chourard (‘Kathryn Grant(I)’) but she prefers Davy. Ed’s efforts to outshine his father and brother and everyone else leads him into a career of a gunfighter, and a confrontation with his father.
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The House on 92nd Street (1945) Henry Hathaway, William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Preface: a stentorian narrator tells us that the USA was flooded with Nazi spies in 1939-41. One such tries to recruit college grad Bill Dietrich, who becomes a double agent for the FBI. While Bill trains in Hamburg, a street-accident victim proves to have been spying on atom-bomb secrets; conveniently, Dietrich is assigned to the New York spy ring stealing these secrets. Can he track down the mysterious “Christopher” before his ruthless associates unmask and kill him?
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The Jade Mask (1945) Phil Rosen, Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The Jade Mask (1945)
Eccentric scientist Harper lives in a spooky mansion with all the trimmings: hidden lab, secret panels, inscrutable butler, and greedy relatives with unusual talents. When Harper seems to be murdered, Charlie Chan (with the uninvited help of No. 4 son) tries to answer such questions as Where’s the body? How can a dead man walk? And how can a secret murder be done in full view of detectives and witnesses?
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Love From a Stranger (1947) Richard Whorf, John Hodiak, Sylvia Sidney, Ann Richards, Drama, Mystery, Romance

Love From a Stranger (1947)
Cecily Harrington, struggling along on a small allowance, wins a fortune in a lottery. She decides to travel rather than marrying her fiancé Nigel Lawrence. A stranger, Manuel Cortez, comes to rent her flat and she falls in love with him, and they are married. For their honeymoon, they go to an isolated English college where she, unlike the audience, doesn’t realize she has married a fortune-hunting Bluebeard with a few murdered wives in his past. The question is will she be able to repent in leisure her decision to marry in haste.
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Another Part of the Forest (1948) Michael Gordon, Fredric March, Dan Duryea, Edmond O’Brien, Drama, Romance

Another Part of the Forest (1948)
Fifteen years after the Civil War the people of Bowden, Alabama still hate Marcus Hubbard for wartime profiteering. He’s also at odds with wife Lavinia and his sons, conniving Ben and weak Oscar; but beautiful daughter Regina gets all she wants from him. Conflicts intensify when Regina gets involved with John Bagtry, scion of the old gentry, and Oscar with the Ku Klux Klan; on a stormy night, family relationships unravel.
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We Come as Friends (2014) Hubert Sauper, Documentary

We Come as Friends (2014)
As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.
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