|Always Goodbye 1938 N/R, 75 min.|
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Herbert Marshall, Ian Hunter, Cesar Romero, Lynn Bari, Binnie Barnes, Mary Forbes, Albert Conti, Franklin Pangborn, Ben Welden, Marcelle Corday, Eddie Conrad, Johnny Russell, Rita Gould, Robert Lowery
In this remake of "Gallant Lady," Barbara Stanwyck plays the sacrificing mother Margot Weston who, with help from Dr. Jim Howard (Herbert Marshall), gives up her child for adoption. The baby is placed in Phil Marshall's (Ian Hunter) home, and promises are made that the child will never know who his real mother is. Years later, Margot is in Europe where Count Giovanni Corini (Cesar Romero) woos her, and she meets her young son Roddy (Johnny Russell). Corini, Margot, and Roddy travel on the same ship back to America. Roddy's adoptive mother has died, and Phil is now engaged to Jessica (Lynn Bari). Margot does not approve of Jessica, and problems ensue.
|As You Desire Me 1932 N/R, 70 min.|
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Cast: Greta Garbo, Melvyn Douglas, Erich von Stroheim, Owen Moore, Hedda Hopper, Rafaela Ottiano, Albert Conti, Roland Varno, Warburton Gamble, William Ricciardi, Edmund Breese, Reginald Barlow, Max Barwyn, Geroge Davis, Nella Walker
Amnesiac Zara (Greta Garbo) is reunited with her husband Count Bruno Varelli (Melvyn Douglas) after her 10-year disappearance caused by violence during the Australian invasion. Despite her amnesia and the fact that she is living with Carl Salter (Erich von Stroheim), she falls in love with Bruno again.
|The Black Cat 1934 N/R, 70 min.|
Genre: Horror / Drama / Thriller
aka: The House of Doom
The Vanishing Body
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Henry Armetta, Albert Conti, Harry Cording, Luis Alberni, Lucille Lund, Herman Bing, Andre Cheron, Egon Brecher, George Davis, Paul Weigel
This is the first film starring both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi and concerns a young couple–Joan and Peter Alison (Julie Bishop and David Manners)–who meet Dr. Vitus Werdegast (Lugosi) on a train while honeymooning in Budapest. Werdegast offers them a ride from the station, but after an accident the trio ends up at the home of Hjalmar Poetzig (Karloff). Poetzig is a satanic cult leader who has stolen Werdegast's wife and daughter. The wife has died and her corpse is hidden in the house. Meanwhile, Werdegast has married the daughter. Now the chess game begins as Poelzig and Werdegast engage in mind games, and the Alisons become the pawns in this deadly game.
|Hollywood Boulevard 1936 N/R, 75 min.|
Director: Robert Florey
Cast: John Halliday, Marsha Hunt, Robert Cummings, C. Henry Gordon, Frieda Inescort, Esther Ralston, Esther Dale, Betty Compson, Albert Conti, Gary Cooper
John Blakeford (John Halliday) is a former Hollywood star who tries to sell his memoirs to get out of debt. Problems ensue when the publisher (C. Henry Gordon) learns that his wife had an affair with Blakeford. Gary Cooper's appearance is brief.
|Lady of the Pavements 1929 N/R, 93 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: D.W. Griffith
Cast: Lupe Velez, William Boyd, Jetta Goudal, Albert Conti, George Fawcett, Henry Armetta, William Bakewell, Franklin Pangborn, Frank Yaconelli, Paul Weigel, Wilhelm von Brincken
In Paris during 1868, Count Karl von Arnem (William Boyd) Is enraged when he learns of his fiancee Countess Diane des Granges' (Jetta Goudal) love affair and vows to marry a "lady of the pavement." Now, Diane plots for him to meet cabaret singer/dancer Nanon del Rayon (Lupe Velez), and Diane disguises her so that Karl will believe that Nanon is a noblewoman. They marry, and Diane reveals Nanon's true identity at the wedding. Nanon leaves and returns to her singing job. But, Diane's scheme has failed because Karl is in love with Nanon and will not let her go. This is D.W. Griffith's last silent film.
|The Merry Widow 1925 N/R, 110 min.|
Director: Erich von Stroheim
Cast: John Gilbert, Mae Murray, Roy D'Arcy, Tully Marshall, Josephine Crowell, Clark Gable, George Fawcett, Edward Connelly, Gertrude Bennett, Albert Conti
This silent-screen version of Franz Lehar's operetta is about two Viennese princes (John Gilbert and Roy D'Arcy) who woo a wealthy American widow, Sally O'Hara (Mae Murray). Good movie, with Erich von Stroheim's flourishes. Look quickly for a young Clark Gable.
|Merry-Go-Round 1922 N/R, 110 min.|
Director: Rupert Julian, Erich von Stroheim
Cast: Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin, Albert Conti, Cesare Gravina, Edith Yorke, George Hackathorne, Dale Fuller, Lillian Sylvester, Maude George, Charles King
Director Erich von Stroheim was fired from Universal Studios before the conclusion of this film, but it still reflects his touches even though it was finished by Rupert Julian. Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg (Norman Kerry) is scheduled to be wed to a countess but falls in love with an organ grinder, Agnes (Mary Philbin). He goes through with the wedding anyway, heads off to war, is chastised by a dying Sylvester (Cesare Gravina)–Agnes' father–returns from the war a widower, and determines to make amends to Agnes.
|Monte Carlo 1930 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Jack Buchanan, Jeanette MacDonald, Zasu Pitts, Claud Allister, Lionel Belmore, Tyler Brooke, John Roche, Albert Conti, Helen Garden, Donald Novis, Billy Bevan, Sidney Bracey, Frances Dee, Rolfe Sedan
Countess Vera von Conti (Jeanette MacDonald) is engaged to Prince Otto von Seibenheim (Claud Allister), but she does not love him. So, just before the scheduled wedding, Vera heads for Monte Carlo where she loses, time after time, at the casinos. She meets a mysterious man (Jack Buchanan) who asks if he may touch her hair for luck. He strokes her hair, but it is Vera's luck that changes, and she asks him to stay by her side. What Vera does not know is that he is actually the very wealthy Count Rudolph Falliere who is posing as a commoner in order to be near Vera. The Count plays his game until he ends up winning her heart, and they live happily ever after. Among the songs MacDonald sings is, "Beyond the Blue Horizon."
|Morocco 1930 N/R, 97 min.|
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, Ullrich Haupt, Eve Southern, Francis McDonald, Paul Porcasi, Juliette Compton, Michael Visaroff, Albert Conti, Emile Chautard, Theresa Harris
French Foreign Legionnaire Tom Brown (Gary Cooper) falls in love with singer Amy Jolley (Marlene Dietrich) at Lo Tinto's cabaret in this top-notch love story. Four Academy Award nominations were received, including Best Actress (Dietrich) and Director.
|Our Blushing Brides 1930 N/R, 74 min.|
Director: Harry Beaumont
Cast: Joan Crawford, Anita Page, Dorothy Sebastian, Robert Montgomery, Raymond Hackett, John Miljan, Hedda Hopper, Albert Conti, Edward Brophy, Louise Beavers
Sales girls Jerry (Joan Crawford), Connie (Anita Page), and Franky (Dorothy Sebastian) seek rich husbands in this rather unconvincing–and dated–drama.
|Shopworn 1932 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Nick Grinde
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield, Clara Blandick, Hal Price, Oscar Apfel, Joe Sawyer, Albert Conti, Wallis Clark, Robert Alden, Maude Turner Gordon, Joseph North, Selmer Jackson, Charles A. Browne
The romance of waitress Kitty Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) and her rich boyfriend (Regis Toomey) is broken up when his mother frames her and she is sent to jail. Years later, Kitty becomes a stage star and is eventually reunited with her lover.
|Strangers May Kiss 1931 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: George Fitzmaurice
Cast: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau, Irene Rich, Jed Prouty, Henry Armetta, Ray Milland, Hale Hamilton, Conchita Montenegro, Albert Conti, George Davis, Bess Flowers, Kane Richmond, Jack Trent
Lisbeth (Norma Shearer) loves Alan (Neil Hamilton), but her love is not returned. Nevertheless, she follows him to the ends of the earth before she realizes what true love really is.
|Tempest 1928 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: Sam Taylor, Lewis Milestone, Viktor Tourjansky
Cast: John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Louis Wolheim, Boris de Fast, George Fawcett, Ullrich Haupt, Michael Visaroff, Wilhelm von Brincken, Michael Mark, Gregory Gaye, John Bleifer, Albert Conti
Set during the Russian Revolution, this is the story of a peasant, Ivan Markov (John Barrymore), who rises to the rank of Lieutenant in the final days of Czarist Russia. He is scorned by the "higher-class" officers and by Princess Tamara (Camilla Horn), a general's daughter. He is imprisoned and stripped of his rank after a trumped-up charge, and released during the Revolution. Ivan quickly rises in the ranks, and now the tables are turned as the Princess and her family's fate depends on Ivan's mercy.
|This Modern Age 1931 N/R, 76 min.|
Director: Nick Grinde
Cast: Joan Crawford, Pauline Frederick, Neil Hamilton, Monroe Owsley, Hobart Bosworth, Emma Dunn, Albert Conti, Marjorie Rambeau, Ann Dvorak, Adrienne D'Ambricourt, Marcelle Corday
Debutante Valentine (Joan Crawford) is reunited with her mother in Paris where she becomes the object of romantic attention from two men.
|Topaze 1933 N/R, 80 min.|
Director: Harry d'Abbadie D'Arrast
Cast: John Barrymore, Myrna Loy, Albert Conti, Luis Alberni, Reginald Mason, Jackie Searl, Frank Reicher, Jobyna Howland, Lowden Adams, Rolfe Sedan
Based on Marcel Pagnot's satire, this is the story of a timid French schoolteacher, Auguste Topaze (John Barrymore), who is duped into keeping silent about an unscrupulous scam being perpetrated by the Baron de Lateur (Reginald Mason). This film was later remade as "I Like Money" a.k.a. "I Like Money."
|Torch Singer 1933 N/R, 70 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Alexander Hall, George Somnes
Cast: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti, Baby LerRoy, Florence Roberts, Charley Grapewin, Sam Godfrey, Virginia Hammond, Mildred Washington, Ethel Griffies, Albert Conti, Cora Sue Collins, Helen Jerome Eddy, Albert Conti
Sally Trent (Claudette Colbert) works as a host on a children's radio show during the day and doubles as nightclub singer Mimi Benton at night. Sally has given up her daughter for adoption but wants to find her. Mike Gardner (David Manners) is the father of Sally's child, and, when he returns from China, he tries without success to reunite with Sally. Later, through her radio broadcast, Sally does find her daughter living with Michael, and they reconcile. Songs include "Don't Be a Cry Baby," "The Torch Singer," and "It's a Long Dark Night."
|1. Always Goodbye (1938)|
2. As You Desire Me (1932)
3. The Black Cat (1934)
aka: The House of Doom
aka: The Vanishing Body
4. The Eagle (1925)
5. Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
6. Lady of the Pavements (1929)
7. The Merry Widow (1925)
8. Merry-Go-Round (1922)
9. Monte Carlo (1930)
10. Morocco (1930)
11. Our Blushing Brides (1930)
12. Shopworn (1932)
13. Strangers May Kiss (1931)
14. Tempest (1928)
15. This Modern Age (1931)
16. Topaze (1933)
17. Torch Singer (1933)
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