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Black Eyes / False Rapture (1939) Herbert Brenon, Otto Kruger, Mary Maguire, Walter Rilla, Drama, Romance

Black Eyes - False Rapture (1939)
An embarrassed headwaiter provides the basis for this classical tale set in pre-war Russia. He conceals his lowly profession from his daughter who eventually discovers the truth. Soon after, the father discovers that his daughter has been having sex with a wealthy businessman in one of the restaurant’s private salons in exchange for the money she needs to buy the restaurant.
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Living Dangerously (1936) Herbert Brenon, Otto Kruger, Leonora Corbett, Francis Lister, Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Adapted from a long-running play by Reginald Simpson and Frank Gregory, Living Dangerously stars Otto Kruger as Dr. Norton. Though a pillar of virtue and a highly respected member of the community, Norton has a few unfortunate skeletons in his closet and these are exploited by his blackmailing ex-partner Dr. Pryor (Francis Lister). Unable to persuade Pryor to leave him alone, Norton is left with no alternative but to kill the man. Since audience sympathy is firmly in Norton’s corner, one half hopes that he’ll get away with his entirely justifiable crime –-and for a while, it looks like he will! Living Dangerously was one of the last directorial efforts by former spectacle specialist Herbert Brenon.
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