|Frankie and Johnnie 1936 N/R, 66 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: John H. Auer, Chester Erskine
Cast: Helen Morgan, Chester Morris, Lilyan Tashman, Florence Reed, Walter Kingsford, Cora Witherspoon, William Harrigan, John Larkin, Montagu Love, Jean Brooks
Based on the title song, this is the story of the romance and marriage of cat-house singer Frankie (Helen Morgan) and country boy Johnnie (Chester Morgan). Shortly after the marriage, Johnnie begins fooling around with Nellie Bly (Lilyan Tashman)–an affair that ends in Johnnie's murder.
|Great Expectations 1934 N/R, 100 min.|
Director: Stuart Walker
Cast: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed, Alan Hale, Rafaela Ottiano, Jackie Searl, Walter Brennan, Francis L. Sullivan, Harry Cording, George Barraud, Douglas Wood, Forrester Harvey, George P. Breakston, Eily Malyon
This is an early film of Charles Dickens' classic that follows the life of orphan Pip (George P. Breakston as young Pip and Phillips Holmes as older Pip) who is the foster child of blacksmith Joe Gargery (Alan Hale) and his not-so-nice wife, Mrs. Joe (Rafaela Ottiano) who befriends and comes to the aid of escaped convict Magwitch (Henry Hull). Pip falls in love with his childhood friend Estrella (Jane Wyatt) who is being raised by the bitter Mrs. Havisham (Florence Reed) to have higher expectations for her life than those of Pip. Later, Pip gains wealth through the help of a mysterious benefactor who, it turns out, is Magwitch repaying Pip for his friendship, and, by story's end, Pip is doing well in the Victorian world of the social elite.
|1. Frankie and Johnnie (1936)|
2. Great Expectations (1934)
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