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Sylvia Scarlett (1935) George Cukor

Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Escaping to England from a French embezzlement charge, widower Henry Scarlett is accompanied by daughter Sylvia who, to avoid detection, “disguises” herself as a boy, “Sylvester.” They are joined by amiable con man Jimmy Monkley, then, after a brief career in crime, meet Maudie Tilt, a giddy, sexy Cockney housemaid who joins them in the new venture of entertaining at resort towns from a caravan. Through all this, amazingly no one recognizes that Sylvia is not a boy…until she meets handsome artist Michael Fane, and drama intrudes on the comedy.
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L’espion / The Defector (1966) Raoul Lévy

L'espion (1966)
Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who’s recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a Russian scientist. But an East German secret agent, named Peter Heinzeman, learns of Bower’s meeting with Adam and threatens Bower to mind his own business, while Bower learns of a back story to all this involving stolen microfilm that each side wants.
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The Young Stranger (1957) John Frankenheimer

The Young Stranger (1957)
Hal Ditmar is a clean-cut kid, the son of a wealthy movie producer. When an argument at a theatre turns into a fight between Hal and the theatre manager, Hal finds no one, not even his father, will believe his actions were justified as self-defense. The police are concerned that Hal is a juvenile delinquent in the making, but the real problem lies in Hal’s father’s inattention to his son. It’s up to Hal’s mother to try to bridge the gulf between father and son.
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I Love You Again (1940) W.S. Van Dyke

I Love You Again (1940)
While alone on a cruise, the upstanding – and mean – teetotaler, Larry Wilson, receives a blow on the head, causing him to revert to his old, forgotten persona of man-about-town and swindler, George Carey. Deciding to get what he can out of his position as Wilson, he returns to Wilson’s hometown to continue the pretense. The only trouble is he takes a serious shine to his wife, Kay, and doesn’t at all agree that Larry should be letting her go.
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Nora Prentiss (1947) Vincent Sherman

Nora Prentiss (1947)
Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient expires in his office, a third option seems to present itself.
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Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951) Michael Curtiz

Jim Thorpe – All-American (1951)
True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe’s life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn ‘Pop’ Warner, his coach at Carlisle College.
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Julie (1956) Andrew L. Stone

Julie (1956)
Her new husband’s behaviour convinces Julie Benton that his jealousy is dangerous, and when he admits he killed her first husband she realises she has to get away. A long-time friend helps all he can, but even in a town the size of San Francisco, Benton seems able to track them down. The police can do nothing despite a death threat, so the next move is up to Julie.
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None But the Lonely Heart (1944) Clifford Odets

None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
A sickly English woman runs a store by herself, while her irresponsible son travels aimlessly, refusing to contact her. When told that his mother has cancer, the young man comes home, reforms himself, and helps his mom run the shop. Soon however, each becomes involved in illegal activities.
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Smartest Girl in Town (1936) Joseph Santley

Smartest Girl in Town 1936
Modeling furs has given our heroine Cookie a taste for them, so she’s determined to marry a rich man. Scheduled to meet a male model aboard a yacht, she meets the yacht’s rich owner Dick Smith instead; he welcomes the confusion of identity and sets out to win her by force of personality alone. It’s an uphill battle. Lots of wry repartee.
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Key to the City (1950) George Sidney

Key to the City 1950
At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of “Puget City” and is proud of his rough and tumble background. Standish is mayor of “Winona, Maine”, and is equally proud of her education and dedication to the people who elected her. Thrown together, the two opposites attract and their escapades during the convention get each of them in hot water back home.
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Divorce American Style (1967) Bud Yorkin

Divorce American Style (1967)
After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they are re-united at a night club where they realize that their marriage was better than their divorce.
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Holy Matrimony (1943) John M. Stahl

Holy Matrimony (1943)
Famed English painter Priam Farll has spent the last 25 years living in various remote locations with only his trusted manservant, Henry Leek, for company. While Farll is summoned to London to receive a knighthood, Leek falls ill and dies. Wishing to avoid the ostentation knighthood ceremony, the reclusive painter assumes his valet’s identity. Farll, posing as Leek, soon receives a letter from Alice Chalice, a widow who has been corresponding with Leek through a marriage bureau and is expecting to finally meet her beloved in person…
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