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Doctor Bull (1933) John Ford, Will Rogers, Marian Nixon, Vera Allen, Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Dr. Bull is an old-fashioned country doctor whose affair with the widow Janet Cardmaker is creating waves in the small town where he practices. When there is a mysterious outbreak of typhoid which the doctor is slow in reacting to, it all comes to a head. The townspeople hold an emergency meeting and decide to give Dr. Bull the sack and bring in a new doctor. Dr. Bull must find a way to save his job, his reputation, and a young man’s life, whom all other practitioners have written off as a permanent invalid.
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A Connecticut Yankee (1931) David Butler, Will Rogers, William Farnum, Frank Albertson, Fantasy, Comedy

A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
This Mark Twain adaptation affords a rare opportunity to enjoy a “collaboration” between two of America’s greatest humorists. Will Rogers plays the operator of a tiny radio repair shop, who is called to an old mansion to replace a battery on a dark and stormy night. Here Will meets a scientist (William Farnum) who thinks he can contact King Arthur by radio, a sinister butler (Brandon Hurst), a pair of young lovers who’ve been forbidden to see one another, and a seductive femme fatale (Myrna Loy). Suffering a blow on the head, Rogers wakes up in 9th-century Camelot. “Could you please tell me where the helleth I am?” Rogers remarks when captured by Sir Sagramor (Brandon Hurst); condemned to burn at the stake as a “sorcerer,” Rogers saves himself by pretending to conjure up a solar eclipse. Dubbed Sir Boss, Rogers brings 20th-century mechanization to Camelot, taking time out for long, ad-libbed ramblings about the state of the world in 1931. Sir Boss’ new friend King Arthur (William Farnum) is being undermined by Morgan le Fey (Myrna Loy) and Merlin (Brandon Hurst). After finding out that Clarence is his own ancestor, Rogers races against time to keep Clarence alive and get him married to Melisande (Maureen O’Sullivan). The last-minute ride to the rescue finds King Arthur’s knights commandeering Model Ts, tanks and autogiros Connecticut Yankee predates Wizard of Oz by having the characters in Camelot and the residents of the modern-day mansion played by the same actors.
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