|Beyond Tomorrow 1940 N/R, 84 min.|
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Cast: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger, Alex Melesh, Maria Ouspenskaya, Helen Vinson, Richard Carlson, Jean Parker, Rod La Rocque, J. Anthony Hughes, Robert Homans, William Bakewell, Virginia McMullen, James Bush, Gino Corrado
Three old, rich men (Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, and Charles Winninger), who have been wrapped up in themselves all their lives, are lonely on Christmas, so they look for dinner guests. James and Jean (Richard Carlson and Jean Parker) are selected, and the couple falls in love. Later, tough times cause a parting of the ways. The three elderly men die in a plane wreck and return as spirits to help get the couple back together.
|Dance, Girl, Dance 1940 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Musical
Director: Dorothy Arzner
Cast: Maureen O'Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Virginia Field, Ralph Bellamy, Maria Ouspenskaya, Mary Carlisle, Katharine Alexander, Edward Brophy, Walter Abel, Harold Huber, Ernest Truex, Chester Clute, Emma Dunn, Sidney Blackmer
Judy O'Brien (Maureen O'Hara) arrives in New York City planning to gain fame as a ballerina. As luck would have it, she gets a job working as a stooge for strip-tease dancer Bubbles (Lucille Ball) who dances a ballet as a lead-in to her strip show. The two women encounter problems when they both fall for playboy Jimmy Harris (Louis Hayward), and physical fighting is used to determine who should have Jimmy. But that issue is settled after Jimmy's ex-wife (Virginia Field) decides to take him back.
|Dodsworth 1936 N/R, 101 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton, Mary Astor, Paul Lukas, David Niven, Spring Byington, Maria Ouspenskaya, Kathryn Marlow, John Payne, Gregory Gaye, Horace B. Carpenter, Odette Myrtil, Harlan Briggs, Gino Corrado, Inez Palange
This film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel is well directed and acted. It is the story of the 20-year marriage of Sam (Walter Huston) and Fran Dodsworth (Ruth Chatterton) and their solution to a crisis point in their relationship. The film won an Oscar for Best Interior Decoration and was nominated for six others, including Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress (Maria Ouspenskaya), and Director.
|Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet 1940 N/R, 103 min.|
Director: William Dieterle
Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp, Maria Ouspenskaya, Montagu Love, Sig Ruman, Donald Meek, Henry O'Neill, Albert Bassermann
This is an excellent film biography of the German research scientist, Dr. Ehrlich (Edward G. Robinson), who discovered a cure for venereal disease.
|Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man 1943 N/R, 73 min.|
Genre: Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Roy William Neill
Cast: Lon Chaney Jr., Ilona Massey, Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Maria Ouspenskaya, Dennis Hoey, Don Barclay, Rex Evans, Dwight Frye, Harry Stubbs, Jeff Corey, Torben Meyer, Doris Lloyd, Martha Vickers
"The Wolf Man" Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) has been resurrected from the dead, and a gypsy lady, Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya), tells him that the only way to stay dead is to talk to Dr. Frankenstein. Maleva joins Lawrence in his search for Frankenstein, and when they find Frankenstein's daughter Elsa (Ilona Massey), they learn that Frankenstein has died. Elsa is engaged to scientist Dr. Manning (Patric Knowles) who tries to cure Larry. But, when Frankenstein's monster (Bela Lugosi) is discovered in a block of ice, Larry chips him out, and a battle ensues.
|Judge Hardy and Son 1939 N/R, 88 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: George B. Seitz
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker, Ann Rutherford, Fay Holden, Sara Haden, June Preisser, Maria Ouspenskaya, Martha O'Driscoll, Leona Maricle, Henry Hull, George P. Breakston
An elderly couple faces eviction from their home when Judge Hardy (Lewis Stone) steps in and attempts to find their missing daughter. Meanwhile, his teenage son Andy (Mickey Rooney) suffers romantic problems. But when wife/mother Emily Hardy (Fay Holden) becomes seriously ill, her problems take over and draw the family closer together.
|Love Affair 1939 N/R, 87 min.|
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman, Astrid Allwyn, Scotty Beckett, Maurice Moscovitch, Tom Dugan, Frank McGlynn Sr., Joan Leslie
This movie has been remade two times as "An Affair to Remember" in 1958 and again as "Love Affair" (1994). It is the three-hankie story about lovers on an ocean voyage who plan to reunite later, BUT fate intervenes. Six Academy Award nominations were received including Best Picture, Actress, and Supporting Actress (Maria Ouspenskaya).
|The Mortal Storm 1940 N/R, 100 min.|
Director: Frank Borzage
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Robert Stack, William T. Orr, Maria Ouspenskaya, Bonita Granville, Irene Rich, Esther Dale
In this propaganda film about the tragedies endured by the Roth family, the father, a German professor (Frank Morgan), speaks out against the Nazis and ends up in a concentration camp where he is killed. His two sons (Robert Stack and William Orr) become Nazis as does his daughter's fiance (Robert Young). His daughter (Margaret Sullavan) eventually tries to cross the border into Austria with the man she loves (James Stewart), but she is killed trying to escape.
|The Rains Came 1939 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Drama / Adventure / Romance
Director: Clarence Brown
Cast: Myrna Loy, Tyrone Power, George Brent, Brenda Joyce, Nigel Bruce, Joseph Schildkraut, Jane Darwell, Henry Travers, Laura Hope Crews, Maria Ouspenskaya, Mary Nash, Marjorie Rambeau, H.B. Warner, William Royle, C. Montague Shaw
Lady Edwina Esketh (Myrna Loy) falls in love with an Indian doctor, Major Rama Safti (Tyrone Power), while her husband Lord Albert Esketh (Nigel Bruce) serves his tour of duty in India for the British government. Edwina pursues Rama, and, when a violent earthquake breaks a dam that releases a wall of water into the city, Edwina helps Rama care for the survivors. Rama realizes that he loves Edwina, but their love is doomed because, soon after, Edwina succumbs to a deadly virus and dies. This film was remade in 1955 as "The Rains of Ranchipur."
|The Shanghai Gesture 1941 N/R, 99 min.|
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Phyllis Brooks, Albert Bassermann, Maria Ouspenskaya, Eric Blore, Ivan Lebedeff, Clyde Fillmore, Mike Mazurki, Grayce Hampton, Rex Evans, Mikhail Rasumny, Michael Dalmatoff
Gin Sling (Ona Munson) runs a casino in Shanghai but is about to be forced to vacate by the rich Sir Guy Charteris (Walter Huston). His daughter, Poppy (Gene Tierney), has become addicted to the gambling and drinking at the casino. We now find out that Gin Sling is the woman Charteris abandoned in the past–and who now plans revenge.
|Tarzan and the Amazons 1945 N/R, 76 min.|
Director: Kurt Neumann
Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Brenda Joyce, Johnny Sheffield, Henry Stephenson, Maria Ouspenskaya, Barton MacLane, Donald Douglas, J.M. Kerrigan, Steven Geray, Shirley(2) O'Hara
An Amazon queen (Maria Ouspenskaya) and her tribe are endangered by traders and an archaeologist, but Tarzan comes to her aid.
|Waterloo Bridge 1940 N/R, 103 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, C. Aubrey Smith, Janet Shaw, Leo G. Carroll, Maria Ouspenskaya, Leonard Mudie, Halliwell Hobbes, Janet Waldo, Steffi Duna, Virginia Carroll, Eleanor Stewart, Wyndham Standing
Set amidst the bombings of London during World War II, this is the love story of ballerina Myra (Vivien Leigh) and soldier Roy Cronin (Robert Taylor). They fall in love instantly and make plans to marry. When Roy leaves for the battlefront, Myra misses a dance recital in order to bid him farewell and loses her job. Soon, the newspaper reports that Roy has been killed, and Myra turns to prostitution to support herself. Roy wasn't killed, but when he returns to Myra a tragic end to their romance lies ahead.
|The Wolf Man 1941 N/R, 71 min.|
Genre: Fantasy / Drama / Horror
Director: George Waggner
Cast: Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Fay Helm, Maria Ouspenskaya, Leyland Hodgson, J.M. Kerrigan, Forrester Harvey, Harry Cording, Gibson Gowland, Olaf Hytten
Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.), while attempting to prevent a wolf from mauling Jenny Williams (Fay Helm), is bitten by the animal. When he revives, Larry finds that Jenny is dead and lying by her side is Bela (Bela Lugosi). Bela is a wolf man, and now that he has bitten Larry, Larry will be transformed into a werewolf every time that there is a full moon. Larry confesses his fate to his father Sir John (Claude Rains) and to his sweetheart Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), but they do not believe him–until they are forced to confront the curse one fateful night during a full moon.
|Wyoming 1947 N/R, 85 min.|
Director: Joseph Kane
Cast: Bill Elliott, John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Albert Dekker, Virginia Grey, George "Gabby" Hayes, Paul Harvey, Maria Ouspenskaya, Grant Withers, Harry Woods
"Wild Bill" Elliott comes to the rescue of settlers being harassed by a cattle baron who doesn't want his free range limited.
|1. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)|
2. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
3. Dodsworth (1936)
4. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
5. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
6. Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
7. Love Affair (1939)
8. The Mortal Storm (1940)
9. The Rains Came (1939)
10. The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
11. Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
12. Waterloo Bridge (1940)
13. The Wolf Man (1941)
14. Wyoming (1947)
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