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A mad scientist named Arana is creating giant spiders and dwarves in his lab on Zarpa Mesa in Mexico. He wants to create a master race of superwomen by injecting his female subjects with spider venom.
The storytelling shoemaker falls for a married ballerina who stars in one of his stories.
Five stories reveal O. Henry''''s gift for the surprise ending.
A prison psychologist tries to rehabilitate six hardcore criminals.
A cowboy fights to save a wild horse from its exploitative owner.
The star of a Broadway show suspects her husband may be having an affair with the show''''s backer.
A veteran tries to clear an old friend of a murder charge.
Against her widowed father's wishes, a vaudeville star's daughter takes to the stage.
A hard-luck woman falls for a con man.
Mother-and-daughter singers compete for the same role and the same man.
Killers scare a murder witness into silence.
Musical biography of Marilyn Miller, who overcame heartache to become a Broadway star.
An outlaw just released from prison is sucked back into a life of crime in this remake of High Sierra.
An idealistic architect battles corrupt business interests and his love for a married woman.
Mob pressure sends a crusading reporter from the front page to the advice column.
A society woman gets involved with a gangster only to find he has hidden plans.
Gangsters frame a boxer for murder when he refuses to throw a fight.
Two vaudevillians on the run from crooks try to pass themselves off as cowboys.
Two nitwits working for a crooked bookie accidentally lose the boss''''s winnings.
A family vaudeville act is torn apart by the father's drinking problem.
An elderly millionaire makes a hobby of playing cupid.
A night-club singer gets involved with a mobster.
A veterinarian and a novelist compete for the heart of a lady rancher.
An ambitious singer ruins a doctor''''s life.
A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece.
A widow generates small-town gossip when she falls in love too soon after her husband's death.
A magician fakes his own death to catch a murderer.
A twin takes her deceased sister''''s place as wife of the man they both love.
A husband tries to win back his wife before she can divorce him.
In this true story, Texas Guinan rises from Wild West shows to become New York's "Queen of the Nightclubs" during Prohibition.
A girl pretends to be a war bride to get a hotel room in Washington.
A homemaking specialist who can't boil water is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero.
An angel is sent to destroy the earth with a trumpet blast.
A reformed rustler tracks down a band of cattle thieves and tries to reform a crooked dance-hall girl.
Helen Carter is wooed by two men and she is torn between the financial security offered Granville Breckinridge and happiness love she feels for serviceman Jimmy Jones.
Married detectives investigating a small-town murder uncover a spy ring.
Song-filled look behind the scenes of vaudeville, based on the lives of Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.
Honeymooners in Washington get caught up in wartime crowding, with disastrous results.
Copy boys Muggs and Glimpy investigate a murder. They locate the ex-wife of the murdered man and become convinced she is innocent. They hide her from the police while they investigate.
Detectives masquerade as butler and maid to get the goods on a crook.
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Complications arise when Henry, in love with the new music teacher, joins the band. He accidentally gets a Stradivarius that belongs to another man.
A writer for a radio program needs some fresh ideas to juice up his show. For inspiration, he rents a room with a typical American family and begins to secretly write about their true life antics. The show becomes a big hit, but he begins to feel guilty about his charade when he falls in love with the family's pretty older daughter.
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
Nazis and entertainers are involved in an inventor''''s murder.
A Mountie tracks a downed Nazi flyer through the Canadian wilderness.
An ambitious woman doesn't care who she hurts in her drive to make her sister a star.
Michael Lanyard, alias the Lone Wolf and his man Friday, Jamison (Eric Blore), pick up Eve Andrews (Marguerite Chapman), when her car is wrecked. At her place, they discover the body of wealthy playboy Harry Cooper (Gerald Mohr) and are arrested. Inspector Crane (Thurston Hall), who doesn't believe the Lone Wolf has reformed, discovers jewels are missing. Lanyard and Jamison escape. Lanyard learns Cooper was blackmailing Eve, Sonia Budenney (Tala Birell), wife of a famous physician, and Jane Merrick (Mona Barrie), famous actress. He is spotted by gossip columnist Sidney Shaw (Warren Ashe), who agrees not to turn him in if he can tag along. Lanyard learns that Cooper planned to meet a woman at the airport. Hurrying there, he spots the girl and has Jamison trail her. Later, as he is questioning the girl, Patricia (Margaret Hayes), she is shot and wounded. After being turned in twice by Shaw and escaping , despite his promise not to do so, Lanyard and Jamison return again to Patricia's apartment where he learns that she is Shaw's wife.
A wounded soldier discovers his hospital is secretly run by the Nazis.
A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
The FBI tracks Nazi agents to a luxury hotel.
A reformed criminal hunts Nazi spies in London during the Blitz.
A vaudevillian gets mixed up with a beautiful blonde spy.
An ex-con becomes a daredevil photojournalist.
Hoods kidnap an honest doctor to patch up one of their own.
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
A radio broadcaster tries to reform a gangster's moll who has been sent up the river.
A flirt tries to make her fiance jealous by hiring a gigolo.
A flighty society girl sells secrets to the enemy.
Although she's been demoted to writing the advice column, a newspaper woman still tries to expose a racketeer.
Romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer and his last stand.
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
Small town scandals inspire an idealistic young man to take up psychiatry.
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
An ex-convict and his gang try to use a luggage store to front a bank robbery, but business keeps getting in the way.
A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm workers'''' rights.
A neurotic southerner steals her sister's husband then vies with her for another man.
Two reporters take on a murder ring at the state pen.
A news man''''s political investigations land him in prison.
The members of a traveling jazz band try to keep their leader from drinking himself to death.
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the same reactions that served him well in Laurel and Hardy films would work well in action serials where he has all hands, heroes and villains alike, doing some kind of over-the top "take", no matter the situation. This loose adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story finds Michael Bellamy (Kenne Duncan in his Kenneth Duncan period) inheriting Garr Castle, but his brother, Abel Bellamy (James Craven, as usual making Oil-Can Harry look smooth), has him imprisoned unjustly and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine Bellamy (Dorothy Fay), fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister Valerie Howett (Iris Meredith), accompanied by their father, Parker Howett (Forrest Taylor) and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory, who even when playing the lead hero gets a villain's name), rent an adjoining estate, determined to investigate the case. Abel is afraid they will discover his association with a gang of jewel thieves and desperately - with Horne directing and Craven emoting, desperate is the only word - tries to have them all killed, and anybody else that might be standing around wondering how ten henchmen could fit in a six-passenger car. Each attempt is thwarted by the sudden appearance of the mysterious Green Archer, who is always there with his deadly bow and arrows whenever needed. It takes Abel most of the 15 chapters before he succeeds in capturing Spike, Valerie and Mr. Howett, but the shadow of the Green Archer's feathered Robin-Hood cap is on one of the walls of Garr Castle, and moving in.
A minister and his wife cope with the problems of church life in the 20th century.
A reformed jewel thief fights to clear his name when he's framed for murder.
To punish her inattentive husband, a Latin bombshell pretends to want a divorce.
A reformed jewel thief helps an heiress retrieve a stolen necklace.
A reformed thief tracks down a missing stamp collection and a kidnapped businessman.
A mild-mannered insurance salesman gets mixed up with gangsters.
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however.
A reformed jewel thief tries to clear a society beauty of murder charges.
Mary Whitman has gone to Reno to obtain a divorce. While there she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers). There are many others at the hotel who wanted the victim out of the way. Charlie comes from his home in Honolulu to solve the murder.
A suspended Texas ranger sets out to catch the outlaws who killed his partner.
When a waiter (Martin) makes a lucky hit and wins a benefit prizefight, gamblers rig some fights for him; but a reporter (Stuart) arranges for a real boxer (Richmond) to put him in his place.
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that''''s turned into murder.
An traveling merchant (Carrillo) takes his family to New York where he explores his weakness for poker as he looks for work aided by his daughter (Withers).
Promoters (Menjou and Oakie) set up a radio contest to find the average American (Haley) and use him to sell food, apparel and notions. All goes well until he falls in love with a girl (Whelan) who upsets things.
Card sharps Chipper Morgan (Preston Foster) and Darby Randall (Arthur Treacher) pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis (Alan Dinehart), on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson (Slim Summerville) is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant (Tony Martin) and his sweetheart, Helen (Phyllis Brooks), who were innocently caught up in a phoney pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell (Sidney Toler) and Ray Douglas (Robert Allen), and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more to serve, and put an end to their scheme. He plans his break for the night of the prison's "varsity show" and tells Chipper and Darby, who promise to help him. But the pair tie up Tommy and make the break themselves, dressed as women. They go to Springfield, save the victim's money, get a confession from Mitchell and Douglas clearing Tommy and Helen, turn them over to the sheriff...and race back to Rockwell to find their team behind 14-9 late in the game. Can they lead old Rockwell to a comeback victory?
The Bride's Fair in a small Norwegian village is interrupted by the forced landing of Jimmy Hall (Don Ameche) and Duke Sargent (Cesar Romero), two Americans lost - really, really lost - while flying from New York to Paris. Jimmy is the manager of Duke, a publicity-seeking band leader. An old superstition points to Duke as the appointed husband-to-be (not likely) of Trudy Ericksen (Sonja Henie), daughter of villager Herr Ericksen (Jean Hersholt). Duke, however, has an understanding with Flo Kelly (Ethel Merman) back in the states, and leaves for Paris. Trudy follows him to New York, only to find he has left for Florida with Flo. Jimmy takes Trudy skating in Central Park, falls in love with her and is so impressed that he gets her a contract to skate professionally. Duke hears of her success and flies back and begins a series of romantic entanglements.
Three loonies become professional wrestlers to help a young man get into horse racing.
Mr. Moto must discover who poisoned a fighter in the boxing ring. This movie began as "Charlie Chan at the Ringside," but Warner Oland died during the filming so it was switched to a Mr. Moto.
Two young men (Ameche and Young) try to wrest their father (Collier) from the clutches of a gold digger (Birell) but by mistake think the woman is a young nightclub singer (Simon) with whom they both fall in love.
The son (Romero) of a department store owner enrolls the store's sports clerk (Henie) at a university to use her as an advertisement for their fashion department. She falls for a teacher (Greene) and gets expelled.
An American dancer on vacation in England falls for a sheltered noblewoman.
A movie detective gets carried away with his role and starts trying to solve real-life crimes.
Captain Lovett ordered his first mate Thompson to get rid of his slave-trading crew and get a more respectable bunch for standard shipping, but when he brings his new bride Nancy aboard he finds the same old setup, including slave trade.
A couple who are always quarreling split up temporarily while she goes to France and teams up with a playboy who's being sued for breach of promise.
A woman lets her lover stand trial for the murder she committed.
Society sleuth Philo Vance suspects dirty doings behind a mysterious series of suicides.
Shirley Temple lives with the pick-pocket grandfather in 19th century New York City. She entertains the crowds while he works his racket. A rich lady makes it possible for the girl to go legit. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is performed.
When he''''s widowed, a puppeteer goes into hiding to maintain custody of his son.
An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, and his housekeeper. But complications and murder arise when two different women turn up, claiming to be the granddaughter.
Before he was murdered Grandpa Martin found a gold mine. He failed to record it and now everyone is looking for Martin's old horse that can lead them to it. When Autry arrives to investigate, he is accused of the murder and finds the Sheriff after him.
A cocky reporter's marriage to a manicurist jeopardizes his career.
An ace reporter tracks the man who killed the D.A. to an ocean liner.
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
Feeling unloved, a dowager runs away and gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
A jewel heist leads to murder.
Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands.
A new bride disappears from her honeymoon hotel the same night a dead body pops up.
A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.
A dying tycoon selects his heirs at random, and each reacts differently to the good fortune.
A carnival dancer fills in for the show''''s high diver.
A meek and clumsy employee of a large firm gets a chance to implement his useful ideas.
A delinquent girl helps a criminal gang rob her look-alike.
A female attorney makes a startling discovery about the woman she''''s defending from murder charges.
A ventriloquist, a strong man and a midget form a criminal alliance.
Returning from the war, Buck finds his younger brother in trouble. Trailing him he gets caught by Murdock who takes his letter of introduction to the Del Ray's. Posing as Buck, Murdock takes Del Ray's jewels and his daughter Jaunita. To effect Murdock's capture and to rescue Juanita, Buck now poses as Murdock.
A lovesick fool pretends to be an ace flyer.
A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance, by staging a production of the same play with the remaining members of the original cast.
In this silent film, a young woman turns Hollywood upside down in her search for stardom.
Society-girl thrillseeker Lydia causes the death of motorcylce policeman and is prosecuted by her fiance Daniel who describes in lurid detail the downfall of Rome. While she's in prison she reforms and Daniel becomes a wasted alocholic.
In this comedic short, a simple traffic violation turns into a 10-year jail sentence for Joe McDoakes. Vitaphone Release 1876A.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes goes apartment hunting. Vitaphone Release 1613A.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes is behind the eight ball once again when he is the winner on a radio show. Vitaphone Release 1737A.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes imagines himself as a private detective on a murder case.
An overview of America's favorite Western and Folk Songs.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes faces numerous anxieties in becoming a new father. Vitaphone Release 1552A.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes searches for any cure that will halt his disappearing hairline. Vitaphone Release 1484A.
In this short film, Joe McDoakes fights his phobias and fears...and his boss. Vitaphone Release 1513A.
In this comedic short, Joe McDoakes attempts to improve his odds at playing the horse races. Vitaphone Release 1497A.
In this short film, a sheriff and a U.S. marshal bring law and order to a frontier community terrorized by a gang and Native Americans. Vitaphone Release 1375A.
In this short film, farmers take up arms against miners whose operations are destroying their farms. Vitaphone Release 1183A.
A logger must save his stand of redwoods from being bought by an unscrupulous logging company owner in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1234A.
In this comedic short, a boy "trades in" his whining baby brother for another baby... who turns out to be a midget criminal.
In this comedic short, trouble ensues when Patsy Kelly is sent to pick up the niece of her boss who has just arrived in America.
In this comedic short, Charley Chase is told he has only six months to live, so he decides to make the most of it.
In this short comedy, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd come across some much needed money that just happens to be stolen.
In this short film, Patsy Kelly is coerced into faking a lost leg in order to win an insurance settlement after an automobile accident.
In this short film, a group of gypsies show up at a garden party and are accused of stealing the guests'''' possessions. Vitaphone Release 1708-1709.
In this comedic short, a fishing trip leads Laurel and Hardy to a mansion where a murder has been committed.
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