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Death Takes a Holiday (1934) Mitchell Leisen, Fredric March, Evelyn Venable, Guy Standing, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki, he spends 3 days with Duke Lambert and his guests at his dukal estate. Several of the women are attracted to the mysterious prince, but shy away from him when they sense his true nature. But Grazia, the beautiful young woman whom the Duke thought was to marry his son, loves him even when she knows who he is.
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So Ends Our Night (1941) John Cromwell, Fredric March, Margaret Sullavan, Frances Dee, Drama, War

So Ends Our Night (1941)
The Nazis are clearly the villains in So Ends Our Night, but since the film was made before America’s entry into World War II, Adolph Hitler goes unmentioned (we wouldn’t want to lose those foreign markets, would we?) Based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel Flotsam, the film zeroes in on three German refugees. Frederic March despises the Nazis on ideological grounds; Margaret Sullavan, a Jew, is fleeing for her life; and Glenn Ford, born of a Jewish mother and Aryan father, is racked with confusion and torn loyalties. The three separate as they move from country to country in Europe, just a step or so ahead of the advancing Nazis. As Sullavan and Ford fall in love, March puts his life on the line by trying to arrange a reunion with his ailing wife Frances Dee, who has remained in Germany. Had So Ends Our Night been released a few months after the US entry into the war, it might have done better at the box office.
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I Married a Witch (1942) René Clair, Fredric March, Veronica Lake, Robert Benchley, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

I Married a Witch (1942)
Veronica Lake casts a seductive spell as a charmingly vengeful sorceress in this supernatural screwball classic. Many centuries after cursing the male descendants of the Salem puritan who sent her to the stake, this blonde bombshell with a broomstick finds herself drawn to one of them – a prospective governor (Fredric March) about to marry a spoiled socialite (Susan Hayward). The most delightful of the films the innovative French director René Clair made in Hollywood, I Married a Witch is a comic confection bursting with playful special effects and sparkling witticisms.
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The Dark Angel (1935) Sidney Franklin, Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall, Drama, Romance

The Dark Angel (1935)
Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever.
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Smilin’ Through (1932) Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard, Drama, Romance

Smilin' Through (1932)
John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were lost at sea. Kathleen is five, but the years pass and now she is a young woman who is the image of Moonyeen. Willy wants Kathleen for his wife, but Sparks fly when she meets Kenneth Wayne one dark and stormy night. John is horrified for it was Wayne’s father who shot Moonyeen dead on her wedding day and John has never found him or forgiven the family. When Ken goes off to war, John forbids any marriage and Ken agrees, while Kathleen does not. When Ken returns four years later when the war is over, he is crippled. He conceals his condition and makes plans to leave for America.
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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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Middle Of The Night (1959) Delbert Mann, Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Drama

Middle Of The Night (1959)
Betty Preisser, an attractive 24 year old divorcee, works as a secretary in the hard-boiled atmosphere of Manhattan’s garment district. Her workaholic boss Jerry (Frederick March) is feeling his own mortality. He’s overworked and lonely. He’s a 56 year old widower, but still enmeshed in his family obligations. His bossy older sister Evelyn has moved in with him and he has a married daughter Lillian and grandchild who live nearby.
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