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Sweethearts of the U.S.A. (1944) Lewis D. Collins, Una Merkel, Harry Parke, Donald Novis, Musical, Comedy
While working in a defense plant, Patsy (Merkel) is rendered unconscious-or at least, more unconscious than usual. While knocked out, she dreams that she’s a fearless detective, teamed with tangle-tongued Parkyakarkus on the trail of bank robbers.
Marshovia, a small European kingdom, is on the brink of bankruptcy but the country may be saved if the wealthy American Crystal Radek, widow of a Marshovian, can be convinced to part with her money and marry the king’s nephew count Danilo.
Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, “Clip” McGurk, are being pursued by an Internal Revenue agent, Henry Potke, for their failure to file an income-tax on the advice of a shyster lawyer. They are hiding out at the Desert Springs Hotel-Resort, where Calvin is working a scam by posing as a stratosphere-flyer who is looking at making Desert Springs the base of his operations. A rich airplane manufacturer sees a chance to get rid of a stratosphere balloon that he built for an unsuccessful expedition at a great loss. Calvin intends to take the money and run but his estranged wife, Alice, now a tennis instructor at the resort promises to come back to him if he will reform. Alas, reformation does not come easy for Calvin, especially when “Clip” is around, and Henry is closing in.
Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his college career he learns about football, love, and class prejudice.
Whistling in the Dark (1933) Elliott Nugent, Charles Reisner, Ernest Truex, Una Merkel, Edward Arnold, Comedy, Crime, Drama
In this Crime-Comedy-Mystery-Drama, an aspiring Pulp Writer elopes with a young woman and ends up in a boot-legger’s lair. There he decides to impress his bride and the crooks with a story about the perfect murder. The Crime boss likes the idea and uses it to plot the demise of his arch rival. When the would-be author learns of the plot, he and his wife do all they can to protect the hapless victim.
Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm.
Abraham Lincoln (1930) D.W. Griffith, Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Biography, Drama, History
Brief vignettes about Lincoln’s early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination.