|Duck Soup 1933 N/R, 70 min.|
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Edmund Breese, Louis Calhern, Margaret Dumont, Edgar Kennedy, Charles Middleton, Edwin Maxwell, Raquel Torres, Verna Hillie, Leonid Kinskey, William Worthington, Eric Mayne
Wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) donates $20 million to Freedonia with the provision that it will make Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) its dictator. The deal is made, and Firefly immediately frustrates his cabinet and offends the neighboring country of Sylvania. War is inevitable, and Sylvania sends Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) to spy on Firefly and become members of his cabinet. Firefly declares war on Sylvania, and after more than a few double-crosses, Freedonia wins. This movie is silly, zany, crafty, and VERY entertaining.
|House of Mystery 1934 N/R, 62 min.|
Director: William Nigh
Cast: Ed Lowry, Verna Hillie, John Sheehan, Brandon Hurst, Joyzelle Joyner, Fritzi Ridgeway, Clay Clement, George "Gabby" Hayes, Dale Fuller, Irving Bacon, George Cleveland, Dick Botiller
Based on the 1927 play "The Ape," this comedy/mystery is set in the mansion of an adventurer/archeologist who, 20 years previously, had taken priceless jewels from a Hindu temple and killed a sacred ape. Now, an assorted group of investors in that expedition have gathered at his mansion to claim their part of the loot. But the house is cursed by the ape, and, one by one, guests are murdered. Mindless fun and mayhem.
|Mystery Mountain 1934 N/R, 223 min.|
Director: Otto Brower, B. Reeves Eason
Cast: Ken Maynard, Verna Hillie, Edward Earle, Al Bridge, Tom London, Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Hooper Atchley, Edward Hearn, George Chesebro
This movie is part of a longer serial in which the hero, Ken (Ken Maynard), is searching for the identity of "The Rattler," a master of disguises and a wrecker of railroad and other transportation vehicles. Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette, in their second movie appearance, are stagecoach drivers.
|Search for Beauty 1934 N/R, 78 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Erle C. Kenton
Cast: Buster Crabbe, Ida Lupino, Toby Wing, James Gleason, Robert Armstrong, Gertrude Michael, Roscoe Karnes, Verna Hillie, James B. "Pop" Kenton, Frank McGlynn Sr., Ann Sheridan, Bradley Page, Nora Cecil, Virginia Hammond, Eddie Gribbon
Olympic swimming champions Don and Barbara (Buster Crabbe and Ida Lupino) have won a contest given by a "physical culture" magazine and find themselves in a power struggle with the magazine publishers. Don and Barbara have been hired as editors, but the publishers want them to pose in swim suits and show skin. But, Don and Barbara want the magazine to focus on health. They give up their positions in exchange for a health farm, which they refurbish and then invite beauty pageant workers to take jobs as health instructors for the guests. But more than a few problems lie ahead between Don and Barbara and the publishers before they find success.
|The Star Packer 1934 N/R, 53 min.|
Genre: Western / Action / Romance
Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Cast: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, George "Gabby" Hayes, Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire, George Cleveland, Glenn Strange, Billy Franey, Eddie Parker, Thomas G. Lingham, Tex Palmer, Arthur Millett, Frank Ball, Artie Ortego
"The Shadow" is a mysterious outlaw whose gang has been victimizing the local ranchers when U.S. Marshal John Travers (John Wayne) rides into town. After the sheriff (Thomas G. Lingham) is killed, Travers volunteers to take his job and, with help from his Indian pal Yak (Yakima Canutt), begins to investigate "The Shadow." He identifies "The Shadow" as Matt Matlock (George "Gabby" Hayes), a man who has assumed the identity of the real Matt Matlock after killing him. Matlock's niece, Anita (Verna Hillie), is visiting him and has no idea that the "uncle" she is visiting is really an imposter. Travers captures "The Shadow's" gang and rescues Anita. Now, Anita and Travis fall in love, marry, and live happily ever after on the Matlock ranch with Yak by their side.
|The Trail Beyond 1934 N/R, 55 min.|
Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Cast: John Wayne, Verna Hillie, Noah Beery, Noah Beery Jr., James A. Marcus, Robert Frazer, Earl Dwire, Reed Howes, Artie Ortego, Iris Lancaster, Eddie Parker, Tex Palmer
While traveling on a train, Rod Drew (John Wayne) meets his old friend, card shark Wabi (Noah Beery Jr.), who has been framed for murder. Rod helps Wabi escape, and they end up at Wabinosh General Store where Rod meets and falls in love with the owner's (Noah Beery) daughter Felice (Verna Hillie). Rod and Wabi hear about a map leading to a gold mine and track down the map but find the owner dead. In the dead man's cabin is a portrait of his daughter who they identify as Felice. After more than a few problems, Rod and Wabi capture the villains and deliver them to the police, and, by story's end, Rod rides off into the sunset with Felice.
|1. Duck Soup (1933)|
2. House of Mystery (1934)
3. Mystery Mountain (1934)
4. Search for Beauty (1934)
5. The Star Packer (1934)
6. The Trail Beyond (1934)
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