|Abraham Lincoln 1930 N/R, 97 min.|
aka: D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln"
Director: D.W. Griffith
Cast: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Kay Hammond, Jason Robards Sr., Henry B. Walthall, E. Alyn Warren, Hobart Bosworth, Oscar Apfel, Helen Freeman, Edgar Dearing, Gordon Thorpe, Ian Keith, Helen Ware, Charles Crockett, Russell Simpson
This film marks D.W. Griffith's first "talkie" and covers the life of Abraham Lincoln (Walter Huston) from childhood through his assassination while President of the United States. The story begins in 1834 when Abe is a rail splitter who is studying law and courting Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel). Ann dies, and Abe goes off to fight the Indians before opening up his law practice. Later, he meets and marries Mary Todd (Kay Hammond) and then is elected President of the United States. Following the Civil War, on 14 April 1865, Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth (Ian Keith) while he is visiting Ford's Theater.
|Bulldog Drummond Comes Back 1937 N/R, 64 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Adventure / Thriller
Director: Louis King
Cast: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell, Reginald Denny, E.E. Clive, J. Carrol Naish, John Sutton, Helen Freeman, Zeffie Tilbury, Rita Page, Phyllis Barry, Ivo Henderson, Colin Kenny, John Rogers, John Ward
Bulldog Drummond (John Howard) must rescue his fiancee Phyllis Claverling (Louise Campbell) from kidnappers Mikhail Valdin (J. Carroll Naish) and his sister, Erena Soldanis (Helen Freeman). The kidnappers have already murdered an American millionaire, and Bulldog might be their next victim. The trail leads to a haunted house in a remote fishing village where Bulldog is captured. Bulldog's life is definitely in danger–until Scotland Yard's Col. Nielson (John Barrymore) disguises himself as a fisherman and frees Bulldog and Phyllis.
|Nana 1934 N/R, 87 min.|
Director: Dorothy Arzner
Cast: Anna Sten, Phillips Holmes, Lionel Atwill, Richard Bennett, Mae Clark, Muriel Kirkland, Reginald Owen, Jessie Ralph, Lawrence Grant, Helen Freeman
This is the film adaptation of Zola's tragic story about an aristocratic Parisian, Nana (Anna Sten), and her decision to stop at nothing to reunite two brothers.
|Our Hearts Were Young and Gay 1944 N/R, 81 min.|
Director: Lewis Allen
Cast: Gail Russell, Diana Lynn, Charles Ruggles, Dorothy Gish, Beulah Bondi, James Brown, Bill Edwards, Jean Heather, Alma Kruger, Helen Freeman
Set in Europe during 1923 this is the story of Cornelia Otis Skinner (Gail Russell) and Emily Kimbrough (Diana Lynn) as they travel in Europe where romance and misadventures await. Sequel: "Our Hearts Were Growing Up."
|Song of Songs 1933 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, Lionel Atwill, Alison Skipworth, Hardie Albright, Helen Freeman, Morgan Wallace, Wilson Benge, Hans Schumm, Eric Wilton, James A. Marcus, Florence Roberts, Adrienne D'Ambricourt
Peasant girl Lily Czepanek (Marlene Dietrich) is orphaned but finds a short happiness with aspiring sculptor Richard Waldrow (Brian Aherne). Then, Baron von Merzbach (Lionel Atwill) enters the picture, talks Richard into leaving Lily, and marries her himself. Lily is soon disgusted with the hedonistic Baron, and when Richard visits the castle, she learns about the deal the two men made. Lily leaves the Baron and heads for Berlin where she becomes a cabaret singer. One night, Richard appears at the nightclub and tells Lily that he still loves her. But, will Lily allow Richard back into her life?
|Stamboul Quest 1934 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance / Thriller
Director: Sam Wood
Cast: Myrna Loy, George Brent, Lionel Atwill, C. Henry Gordon, Mischa Auer, William Stack, Rudolph Anders, Otto Fries, Joe Sawyer, Christian Rub, Leo G. Carroll, Ralph Fitzsimmons, Helen Freeman, Edward Keane, Henry Kolker
Based on true-life experiences of World War I German spy Anna Maria Lessler (Myrna Loy), this is a pretty good film with an anti-war theme. The story was filmed in Italy as "Fraulein Doktor" with Suzy Kendall in the title role in 1969.
|1. Abraham Lincoln (1930)|
aka: D.W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln"
2. Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
3. Nana (1934)
4. Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944)
5. Song of Songs (1933)
6. Stamboul Quest (1934)
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