|365 Nights in Hollywood 1934 N/R, 74 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: George Marshall
Cast: James Dunn, Alice Faye, Frank Mitchell, John Qualen, Jack Durant, John Bradford, Frank Melton, Grant Mitchell, Addison Richards, Ray Cooke, Lynn Bari, Tyler Brooke, Dorothy Bay, Jimmy Conlin, Jessie Pringle
Alice (Alice Faye) leaves Peoria, IL, and heads to Hollywood to make it big in the movies. She enrolls in a fraudulent acting school, but actually receives the lead in a movie when the school's owner gets money from a man looking for an investment. An alcoholic director, Jimmy (James Dunn), is hired to ensure the film will fail, and the fun begins.
|August Weekend 1936 N/R, 70 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
aka: Weekend Madness
Director: Charles Lamont
Cast: Valerie Hobson, G.P. Huntley, Paul Harvey, Betty Compson, Claire McDowell, Frank Melton, Dorothea Kent, Maynard Holmes, Gigi Parrish, Howard C. Hickman, Edgar Norton, Paul Irving
Despite his wealthy lifestyle, George Washburne (Paul Harvey) is restless and bored, so he leaves his family behind to go off on a weekend party with beautiful and sexy Claire (Valerie Hobson). But, it doesn't take long before George learns the value of his love for family–especially when he gets mixed up in a tax scandal and the IRS investigates his records. Director Charles Lamont made over 225 movies throughout his career and directed feature comedies such as Ma and Pa Kettle and Abbott & Costello.
|Black Dragons 1942 N/R, 61 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Thriller / Drama
Director: William Nigh
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, Clayton Moore, George Pembroke, Robert Frazer, Edward Peil Sr., Robert Fiske, Frank Melton, Irving Mitchell, Kenneth Harlan, Max Hoffman Jr., Joseph Eggenton, I. Stanford Jolley, Jack Cheatham, Jack Holmes
Doctor Melcher (Bela Lugosi) performs plastic surgery on the "Black Dragons," a group of Japanese who are potential saboteurs in the U.S. during World War II. Disguised as Caucasians, they hope to infiltrate American cities.
|Blondie Has Servant Trouble 1940 N/R, 70 min.|
Director: Frank R. Strayer
Cast: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Jonathan Hale, Esther Dale, Larry Simms, Irving Bacon, Fay Helm, Danny Mummert, Arthur Hohl, Ray Turner, Walter Soderling, Frank Melton, Arthur Ritchie, Tommy Dixon, Mary Jane Carey
Mr. Dithers has a house that he wants to unload. When Blondie, Dagwood, and Baby Dumpling Bumstead (Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, and Larry Simms) move into the haunted house, funny moments are inevitable as they encounter secret passages and sliding panels.
|The Cat and the Canary 1939 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Mystery / Horror / Thriller
Director: Elliott Nugent
Cast: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery, Gale Sondergaard, Elizabeth Patterson, Nydia Westman, George Zucco, John Wray, Milton Kibbee, George Regas, Nick Thompson, Chief Thundercloud, Charles Lane, Frank Melton
Millionaire Cyrus Norman died 10 years ago, and now his six remaining relatives gather at Cyrus' Bayou mansion in New Orleans for the reading of the will. Joyce Norman (Paulette Goddard) is named the sole heir, but she must remain alive and keep her sanity throughout the night in the mansion or another relative will be named heir. Wallie Campbell (Bob Hope) is determined to protect Joyce in a night that is filled with terror amidst murders, false panels, and secret doorways leading to hidden passageways.
|Judge Priest 1934 N/R, 79 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: John Ford
Cast: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, Stepin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel, Rochelle Hudson, David Landau, Berton Churchill, Charley Grapewin, Roger Imhof, Frank Melton, Brenda Fowler, Francis Ford, Grace Goodall
This film adaptation of Irvin S. Cobb's short stories features Will Rogers as the down-home Judge Priest who rules wisely over both his courtroom and his family affairs. Another good John Ford movie.
|The Man Who Walked Alone 1945 N/R, 70 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Christy Cabanne
Cast: Dave O'Brien, Kay Aldridge, Walter Catlett, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Isabel Randolph, Smith Ballew, Nancy June Robinson, Ruth Lee, Chester Clute, Vivien Oakland, Vicki Saunders, Charles Williams, Frank Melton, Donald Kerr
While thumbing a ride, decorated war veteran Cpl. Marion Scott (Dave O'Brien) is given a ride by wealthy heiress Wilhelmina "Willy" Hammond (Kay Aldridge). They are immediately attracted to each other, but there is a problem: the car she is driving was stolen from her fiance, Alvin Bailey (Smith Ballew). Unwittingly, Marion enters the web of Willy's lies that will send them to jail–more than once!
|Pot o' Gold 1941 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical / Romance
Director: George Marshall
Cast: James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt, Charles Winninger, Mary Gordon, Jed Prouty, Frank Melton, Charles Arnt, Dick Hogan, James Burke, Mary Ruth, Nestor Paiva, Art Carney, James Flavin, Edgar Dearing
Jimmy Haskell (James Stewart) rescues his uncle, C.J. Haskell (Charles Winninger), from more than one tight spot. First, he gets C.J. out of jail, and then he works to get popular bandleader Horace Heidt as a guest on C.J.'s radio show and, despite all the problems, wins Molly's (Paulette Goddard) heart.
|Second Chorus 1940 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: H.C. Potter
Cast: Fred Astaire, Paulette Goddard, Charles Butterworth, Burgess Meredith, Frank Melton, Jimmy Conlin, Artie Shaw, Don Brodie, Marjorie Kane, Joan Barclay, Willa Pearl Curtis, William "Billy" Benedict, Michael Visaroff, Adia Kuznetzoff, Charles R. Moore
Good music and dancing enhance this story about two musicians, Danny O'Neill and Hank Taylor (Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith), who find jobs with Artie Shaw's band and vie for the attentions of Ellen Miller (Paulette Goddard).
|State Fair 1933 N/R, 96 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Henry King
Cast: Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres, Sally Eilers, Norman Foster, Louise Dresser, Victor Jory, Frank Craven, Frank Melton, John Sheehan, Harry Holman, Hobart Cavanaugh, Ruth Warren, Doro Merande
The Frake family heads to the Iowa State Fair in this delightful story about life in mid-America. While their mother Melissa (Louise Dresser) competes in a mincemeat contest, their father Abel (Will Rogers) enters his favorite boar Blue Boy in a hog contest. Meanwhile, the young adult children, Margy (Janet Gaynor) and Wayne (Norman Foster) have their own adventures with trapeze artist Emily Joyce (Sally Eilers) and reporter Pat Gilbert (Lew Ayres) as they spend their week at the fair. Remade in 1945 and 1962. An Oscar nomination was received for Best Picture.
|They Meet Again 1941 N/R, 68 min.|
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Cast: Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Robert Baldwin, Maude Eburne, Neil Hamilton, Anne Bennett, Leon Tyler, Barton Yarborough, Arthur Hoyt, Milton Kibbee, John Dilson, Frank Melton
Dr. Christian (Jean Hersholt) tries to clear the name of bank teller Bob Webster (Barton Yarborough) who has been jailed for embezzling bank funds.
|The Traitor 1936 N/R, 60 min.|
Director: Sam Newfield
Cast: Tim McCoy, Frances Grant, Karl Hackett, Jack Rockwell, Pedro Regas, Frank Melton, Dick Curtis, J. Frank Glendon, Hal Taliaferro, Edmund Cobb, Dick Botiller, Soledad Jimenez
Texas Ranger Tim (Tim McCoy) goes undercover in order to catch the leader (J. Frank Glendon) of a gang of smugglers. Tim infiltrates the gang, but, after a battle between the gang and the good guys, Tim is arrested. All is sorted out when his true identity is revealed.
|The World Moves On 1934 N/R, 104 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: John Ford
Cast: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny, Raul Roulien, Stepin Fetchit, Sig Ruman, Lumsden Hare, Louise Dresser, Dudley Digges, Frank Melton, Brenda Fowler, Russell Simpson, Marcelle Corday
This is the saga of two wealthy Louisiana families enduring grim changes in Europe and America during a 100-year period. The Girards of French heritage and the Warburtons from England intermarry and form a successful business alliance. They corner the cotton business in the South, but, personally, they fight each other. Nevertheless, their fortunes grow–until the stock market plunge in the 1920s destroys the empire. Mrs. Warburton (Madeleine Carroll) and Richard Girard (Franchot Tone) survive and begin anew only to find World War II now closing in on them. A strong anti-war film.
|1. 365 Nights in Hollywood (1934)|
2. August Weekend (1936)
aka: Weekend Madness
3. Black Dragons (1942)
4. Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)
5. The Cat and the Canary (1939)
6. Judge Priest (1934)
7. The Man Who Walked Alone (1945)
8. Pot o' Gold (1941)
9. Second Chorus (1940)
10. State Fair (1933)
11. They Meet Again (1941)
12. The Traitor (1936)
13. The World Moves On (1934)
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