|Animal Crackers 1930 N/R, 98 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Victor Heerman
Cast: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Lillian Roth, Robert Greig, Louis Sorin, Hal Thompson, Margaret Irving, Kathryn Reece, Edward Metcalf, Robert Allen, Ann Roth, Donald MacBride
Capt. Jeffrey Spaulding (Groucho Marx) is being honored upon his return from Africa. The party becomes the centerpiece for a scheme to substitute a forgery for a valuable painting. Uproariously funny film. Groucho Marx: "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."
|Charlie Chan at the Opera 1936 N/R, 68 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Cast: Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Charlotte Henry, Keye Luke, Thomas Beck, William Demarest, Gregory Gaye, Frank Conroy, Guy Usher, Selmer Jackson, Margaret Irving, Nedda Harrigan, Maurice Cass, Tom McGuire, William Bailey
This is one of the best in the long line of Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) films. Gravelle (Boris Karloff) was an opera star who, suffering from amnesia following a fire, has spent his last seven years in an asylum. When Gravelle sees a picture of his unfaithful, opera singer wife Lucretia (Nedda Harrigan) in a newspaper story, his memory returns, and he heads to the opera house to seek revenge. Murders ensue, and Chan investigates.
|In Society 1944 N/R, 73 min.|
Director: Jean Yarbrough, Erle C. Kenton
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marion Hutton, Kirby Grant, Ann Gillis, Arthur Treacher, George Dolenz, Thomas Gomez, Thurston Hall, Margaret Irving, Steven Geray, Murray Leonard, Nella Walker, William B. Davidson, Margie Fontane
Eddie (Bud Abbott) and Albert (Lou Costello) are inept plumbers hired to repair a faulty bathroom faucet in the Van Cleve's (Thurston Hall and Nella Walker) palatial home. Of course, they bumble the job and, in the process, the letter complaining about their work gets mixed up with an invitation to Peter Evans' (Kirby Grant) posh party. They appear at the party with their cab driver friend Elsie (Marion Hutton) and turn the catered affair into a disaster. But, they manage to save the day when they use a fire engine to track down thieves.
|Mr. Moto's Last Warning 1939 N/R, 71 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Romance / Thriller / Mystery
Director: Norman Foster
Cast: Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine, George Sanders, Robert Coote, John Davidson, E.E. Clive, Holmes Herbert, Leyland Hodgson, Joan Carroll, Margaret Irving, C. Montague Shaw, Teru Shimada, Victor Metzetti
In a plot to disrupt agreements between France and England over the Suez Canal, Fabian (Ricardo Cortez) and Norvel (George Sanders) are scheming to sabotage French ships passing through the canal and cause a war between England and France. In order to confuse the conspirators, Mr. Moto's (Peter Lorre) colleague (Teru Shimada) poses as Mr. Moto, but he is killed. Meanwhile, Mr. Moto poses as a shopkeeper and comes to the rescue by thwarting the plot.
|San Francisco 1936 N/R, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical / Romance
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Cast: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, Ted Healy, Jessie Ralph, Shirley Ross, Edgar Kennedy, Jason Robards Sr., Harold Huber, Margaret Irving, William Ricciardi, Kenneth Harlan, Roger Imhof, Frank Mayo
Blackie Norton (Clark Gable) owns the Paradise beer garden in San Francisco where he hires singer Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald) to sing. Romance between Blackie and Mary is in the air, but club patron Jack Burley (Jack Holt) vies for Mary's attentions and offers her a job with the San Francisco Opera. Blackie's friend, Father Mullin (Spencer Tracy), also believes that Mary should be singing somewhere other than at Blackie's bar. Mary is torn between working for Blackie and looking for a classier job. Then, fate steps in when San Francisco is hit by the great 1906 Earthquake, and the film's climax takes place amidst the backdrop of fires breaking out, buildings swaying and collapsing, and the rubble brought on by the disaster. This epic film earned a number of Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Spencer Tracy for Best Actor, and W.S. Van Dyke for Best Director) but ended up with only one Oscar–Best Sound Recording.
|Thanks a Million 1935 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Cast: Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Fred Allen, Patsy Kelly, Raymond Walburn, David Rubinoff, Benny Baker, Andrew Tombes, Alan Dinehart, Paul Harvey, Edwin Maxwell, Margaret Irving, Charles Richman, Lynn Bari, Harry Stubbs
Eric Land (Dick Powell) is the leading man in a traveling musical show whose manager Ned Lyman (Fred Allen) talks him into taking the place of an alcoholic candidate and running for the office of Governor of Pennsylvania. The campaigning proves disastrous for Eric's relationship with his girlfriend Sally (Ann Dvorak), and Eric wants out of politics. However, the people now love Eric, and he wins the election–and Sally as well.
|1. Animal Crackers (1930)|
2. Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
3. In Society (1944)
4. Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
5. San Francisco (1936)
6. Thanks a Million (1935)
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