|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.
|The Black Room 1935 N/R, 73 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Roy William Neill
Cast: Boris Karloff, Marian Marsh, Robert Allen, Thurston Hall, Katherine DeMille, Henry Kolker, Colin Tapley, Edward Van Sloan, John Buckler, John Bleifer, Torben Meyer, Marion Lessing, Helena Grant, Daniel Joseph Bleife, Egon Brecher
Condemned by his neighboring villagers, a baron–Gregor (Boris Karloff)–has murdered his twin brother for ill-begotten gains. He assumes power on his Tyrolean estate and is in pursuit of Thea who he wants to marry, but more murders take place as Gregor strives to get Thea for his wife.
|Charlie Chan's Secret 1936 N/R, 72 min.|
Director: Gordon Wiles
Cast: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Astrid Allwyn, Jonathan Hale, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman, Edward Trevor, Herbert Mundin, Egon Brecher, Gloria Roy
This is the 10th in the series of Charlie Chan adventures. In this entry, Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) goes to San Francisco to search for a missing heir and discovers that the heir has been murdered. As usual, Chan solves the crime. Number One Son (Keye Luke) missed this episode.
|Four Sons 1940 N/R, 89 min.|
Director: Archie Mayo
Cast: Don Ameche, Eugenie Leontovich, Mary Beth Hughes, Alan Curtis, George Ernest, Robert Lowery, Lionel Royce, Sig Ruman, Ludwig Stossel, Michael Visaroff, Greta Meyer, Christian Rub, Torben Meyer, Egon Brecher, Eleanor Wesselhoeft
The sons are on different sides as this Czech-German family is in the middle of the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia.
|Law of Vengeance 1933 N/R, 70 min.|
aka: To the Last Man
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Buster Crabbe, Jack La Rue, Barton MacLane, Noah Beery, Muriel Kirkland, Fuzzy Knight, Gail Patrick, Egon Brecher, John Carradine, Shirley Temple
The feuding Kentucky Hayden and Colby families suffered a casualty when a Hayden was murdered by Jed Colby (Noah Beery). The feuding resumes when Jed gets out of jail, this time in Nevada where the Haydens have relocated. But there is a complication: Lynn Hayden (Randolph Scott) plans to marry Ellen Colby (Esther Ralston). An early feature film appearance by Shirley Temple.
|O.S.S. 1946 N/R, 105 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama
Director: Irving Pichel
Cast: Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, Richard Benedict, Richard Webb, Don Beddoe, Bobby Driscoll, Onslow Stevens, John Hoyt, Harold Vermilyea, Gloria Saunders, Crane Whitley, Gavin Muir, Joseph Crehan, Egon Brecher
During World War II, Allies are aided by O.S.S. agents (Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald) who are sent to France to destroy the Corbett Mallon railroad tunnel that German invaders are using to ship supplies to the troops. They succeed in their mission and fall in love in the process. But, commitment to duty interferes with their love for each other.
|A Royal Scandal 1945 N/R, 94 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Otto Preminger, Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Tallulah Bankhead, Anne Baxter, Charles Coburn, William Eythe, Vincent Price, Mischa Auer, Sig Ruman, Vladimir Sokoloff, Mikhail Rasumny, Grady Sutton, Eva Gabor, Egon Brecher, Donald Douglas, Michael Visaroff, Wilton Graff
Russia's Czarina, Catherine the Great (Tallulah Bankhead), is threatened with an overthrow, but her sexual appetite pays off as her lover, Alexi (William Eythe), comes to her aid and outfoxes the rebels.
|Underground 1941 N/R, 95 min.|
Director: Vincent Sherman
Cast: Jeffrey Lynn, Philip Dorn, Kaaren Verne, Mona Maris, Peter Whitney, Martin Kosleck, Erwin Kalser, Ilka Gruning, Frank Reicher, Egon Brecher, Ludwig Stossel, Roland Varno
During World War II, German brothers Kurt (Jeffrey Lynn) and Eric (Philip Dorn) embrace opposing doctrines. Kurt is a Nazi while Eric is a Socialist in this propaganda film that was released shortly before America's entry into the war.
|White Pongo 1945 N/R, 73 min.|
Director: Sam Newfield
Cast: Richard Fraser, Maris Wrixon, Lionel Royce, Al Eben, Gordon Richards, Michael Dyne, George Lloyd, Larry Steers, Milton Kibbee, Egon Brecher, Joel Fluellen, Ray Corrigan, Jack Perrin
Scientists head to Africa to find a white gorilla thought to be the "missing link." Undercover policeman Geoffrey Bishop (Richard Fraser) tags along in the hopes of bagging the guide who is thought to be a killer. Sure enough, the guide soon shows his true self, and the trouble and adventure begin.
|1. The Black Cat (1934)|
aka: The House of Doom
aka: The Vanishing Body
2. The Black Room (1935)
3. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
4. Four Sons (1940)
5. Law of Vengeance (1933)
aka: To the Last Man
6. O.S.S. (1946)
7. A Royal Scandal (1945)
8. Underground (1941)
9. White Pongo (1945)
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