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Man in the Dark (1953) Lew Landers, Edmond O’Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Man in the Dark (1953)
A thug is convicted and undergoes experimental brain surgery to remove the criminal element in his brain. The operation wipes out all memories of his past life, including where he stashed the loot. He is abducted by his gang and they try to beat the truth out of him. His memories return in the form of weird dreams, and he and his old girlfriend track down the clues to find the money.

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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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Francis Goes to West Point (1952) Arthur Lubin, Donald O’Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley, Comedy, Fantasy

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Francis Goes to West Point is the third entry in Universal’s money-spinning series about a talking mule. Donald O’Connor once again stars as Peter Sterling, who with the garrulous Francis’ helps prevent the destruction of an atomic energy plant. As a reward, Peter is given a scholarship to West Point, where he quickly distinguishes himself as the military academy’s biggest foul-up. Peter’s future as an officer and a gentleman is saved by the timely arrival of Francis, who functions as the West Point football team’s mascot. This time around, O’Connor is allotted two lovely leading ladies, played by Lori Nelson and Alice Kelly. Two of the West Point cadets are played by future TV favorites David Janssen and James Best. And as always, Francis’ Southern-fried voice is supplied by Chill Wills.

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What Every Woman Knows (1934) Gregory La Cava, Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne, Madge Evans, Comedy

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The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie’s family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand’s studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five years. Recognizing his ambitions, Maggie helps to guide his career without his realizing it. He honors his commitment, even though he does not feel real love for her as she does for him. Will he succumb to the wiles of young aristocratic beauty Sybil, or learn to appreciate Maggie’s true worth?

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Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Robert Z. Leonard, Busby Berkeley, James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Drama, Musical, Romance

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl’s life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes.

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Please Believe Me (1950) Norman Taurog, Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens, Comedy, Romance

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Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and is sailing to the United Slates alone to claim her inheritance. Or so she thinks. Three men, Terence Keath, Jeremy Tayler, and Jeremy’s lawyer, Matthew Kinston take an interest in Alison, after reading about her in the papers. They all board the ship hoping to become involved with her, but, all for different reasons. Terence, is a gambler and wants to marry a rich women to pay his debts. Jeremy, a multi-millionaire wants a wife, and Matthew wants to protect Jeremy’s fortune, for he belives Alison is actually running a scam. All aboard!

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No More Orchids (1932) Walter Lang, Carole Lombard, Lyle Talbot, Walter Connolly, Drama, Romance

No More Orchids (1932)
At the urging of her curmudgeon old grandfather Jerome Cedric (C. Aubrey Smith), spoiled rich kid Annie Holt (Carole Lombard) is forced to marry into royalty in order to save her banker father, Bill Holt (Walter Connolly), from financial ruin. The man she really desires is Tony Gage (Lyle Talbot). It takes a well-written insurance policy and a sacrificial act on the part of a close relative to re-unite Annie and Tony.

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