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|Also Known As:||Died:||August 10, 1977|
|Born:||July 4, 1902||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Cast (feature film)
Jonathan Demme directs this joyous unrelentlessly kitchy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, for a crime spree from California to the old family homestead in Arkansas.
Three young Midwestern women go to California to teach summer school classes at a high school. One of the girls, Conklin T., organizes and coaches an all-girl football team and gets romantically involved with one of the male student teachers. The religious and straight-laced Pat teaches chemistry an
A meek bank auditor stands in for a look-alike gangster to uncover a stolen treasure.
Secret agents fight to keep a criminal mastermind from altering the course of the Gulf Stream.
A young boy tries to liberate animals from the city zoo.
Dr. Goldfoot hopes to ensnare the fortunes of the world's wealthiest men with the aid of the beautiful bikini-clad robots he manufactures in his laboratory.
Real-life prizefighter Barney Ross fights drug addiction to get back into the ring.
Danforth (Gary Merrill) is assigned to take over the police department in a section of a large city saddled with juvenile delinquency, petty crimes, graft and also a recent unsolved murder of a strip-tease dancer. Recognizing the laxity of the department he implements many changes and soon finds himself under fire by the newspapers, the attorney of a racket leader and the denizens of this human jungle. He calls this a cop's war that is the same as a soldier's war with the difference being that people hate cops. His cause isn't helped when a rookie policeman accidently kills an innocent bystander. And he has to protect police informer Mary Abbott (Jan Sterling) from Swados (Chuck Connors), a killer in the hire of the man behind the petty mobsters.
A cantor's son goes against family tradition to become a popular singer.
Songwriter Gus Kahn fights to make his name, then has to fight again to survive the Depression.
A tough cop sent to help in a mountain manhunt falls for the quarry's blind sister.
When the local stagecoach is raided by bandits, a western banker sinks all of his capital into a railway line.
A Union officer goes undercover to root out Confederate raiders.
Radio broadcasts reveal Mars to be a source of religious inspiration.
Lawyer uncovers secrets behind a decade-old murder case.
Two cowboys fight to protect a jewel shipment slated to help Mexican earthquake victims.
A prospector discovers natural cement and suggests it should be used for a new dam. But this is the last thing the badmen of Trail End want, as they have a monopoly of the wagons needed to haul rocks to the site. A pretty sheriff notwithstanding, it's a job for a singing marshal.
A pair of thieves swindle their way through the gay ''''90s.
A crusading lawyer fights to save a juvenile delinquent charged with murder.
The only Gene Autry film where the leading lady, Barbara Britton, is equally billed above the title as the co-star, thereby knocking his horse Champion out of the honors, if one chooses to overlook the 1941 novelty from 20th Century-Fox that had Jane Withers and Gene Autry above the title in that order. This Autry entry has Larry Evans (Russell Arms), whose gun had been used to kill rancher Ed Norton (Stanley Blystone) in a poker game, escaping a lynching party headed by ranchers Dave Randall (Jack Holt) and Bill Otis (Fred Kohler, Jr.) Norton's friend Gene Autry (Gene Autry), investigating on his own, discovers that Larry's gun had been put in the poker pot with the chips, after Larry had lost all of his money, and anyone could have used it when the lights went out. He finds Larry and his sister Mary Evans (Barbara Britton) in a hideaway, and sends Mary back to town and hides Larry in the cabin of miner Jim Hedge (Clem Bevans). Finding out that Randall and Don Mason (Robert Shayne) have tried to buy the Evans ranch, Gene decides to take a look at it. Hedge shows up and says he can't figure out what could be on the ranch that would be worth committing murder for. The needle on Hedge's compass begins to spin madly but before Gene can question the miner, Sheriff Cramer (Chill Wills) arrives and arrests Larry. Gene persuades Cramer to gather all the players in the murder-game together to re-enact the crime, with Gene taking Norton's chair and with Larry's gun on the table. Gene tells the assembled players he knows who killed Norton and why, and the lights go out and a shot is fired at Gene. The latter, who didn't ride into town on a turnip truck, has filled Larry's gun with blanks and covered the handle with graphite.
A few minutes before he is killed by an unseen gunman using a split-butt rifle, in a saloon in Tumult, Wyoming, railway employee Harley Masters (Wheaton Chambers) gives a secret map to Deputy Marshal Ed Garry (Jon Hall.) Garry is questioned about the murder by Master's niece Janet (Frances Langford); her cousin Bill Masters (Russell Hayden); the town big-shot, Joel Benton (Dick Foran) and Doc Vinson (Clem Bevans). Garry meets Claire Benton (Julie Bishop) when her brother and his henchman Eli Cressett (Joe Sawyer) question Garry about the map. Garry accuses Cressett of being one of the two wanted men he is seeking. Cressett, aided by Benton, escapes from jail. Garry and Janet find a split-butt rifle near where one of her hands was killed in a rustling raid. They take it to town and Garry telegraphs the Winchester Arms Company and asks the name of the purchaser based on their serial number records. Cressett meets with Bill Masters, the real leader of the gang, and is offered more money if he will kill Benton. He agrees, but intends to double-cross Masters.
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife''s murder.
Steve Wilson (Philip Reed), crusading editor of the Big Town's Illustrated Press, with the aid of police-beat reporter Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) battles against the core of the city's vice - its young delinquents. He takes five of the worst young offenders and molds them into the town's best basketball team. The leader of the kid gang, Tommy Malone (Stanley "Stash" Clements), ties in with two hoodlums and agrees to throw the basketball game.
A punch-drunk prizefighter living on the Bowery takes in an orphaned boy.
Tough, disgruntled prisoners plan a daring, possibly bloody escape while on a drain pipe detail.
One of the four films in the Pine-Thomas series based on radio's long-running "Big Town." This time out, society editor Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) is assigned to the police beat. Her paper, "The Illustrated Press", following its usual policy of socially-correct muckraking by crusading editor Steve Wilson, is putting heat on the chief of police (Robert Shayne.) But Lorelei believes the chief is qualified to do the job. She and managing editor Steve Wilson (Philip Reed), who, in the film series, is wrong more often than right, discover a corpse and then proceed to help the police solve the crime. The police chief lends enough of a helping hand to be vindicated.
George McAllister (John Carroll), the black sheep of a wealthy family who has squandered his share of the family inheritance, and lives in constant jealousy, hatred and resentment of his half-brother Barry (Robert Paige), who has been supporting him. George gets his girl friend, Carlotta Duval (Vera Ralston), a job as Barry's nurse with the plan of eventually marrying him. She does, but instead of going ahead with the original plan or getting rid of Barry, inheriting his money and marrying George, she finds that she is really in love with Barry.
A small boy's secret gifts help him pick racetrack winners.
Gangster Dixie Logan is framed by crooked DA Lawrence Dale. His wife secures a job as Dale's assistant, the better to find the proof of the DA's dishonesty. She gets help from Reporter Mitchell, who falls in love with her.
When Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) leaves her job as the police reporter for the Illustrated Press, Managing Editor Steve Wilson (Philip Reed) employs the publisher's niece, Susan Peabody (Ann Gillis), to replace her. Susan becomes involved with gangsters in plotting a $50,000 swindle against her uncle, which Steve and the returned Lorelei uncover.
Judy Gibson (Jean Porter), upon leaving finishing school, goes to meet her relatives, whom she believes to be wealthy and socially prominent. Actually, ther are penniless Broadway characters and, in order to avoid Judy learning the truth, they take possession of a Long Island mansion owned by a thief presently doing time in Sing Sing. Judy arrives with her fiance Dick Nichols (John Shelton) and his father (Douglas Wood), an industrialist who tries to sell worthless stock to Judy's family in order to bolster his shaky fiancial status. They give him $200,000, part of the stashed loot they found belonging to the home-owner thief. The latter escapes from prison. Complications arise. Jerry Wald and his band provide music for Jean Porter's singing, and pert-'n-pretty Porter, as usual, carries the show.
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
The Bowery Boys tackle gangsters to clear one of their own from a bogus robbery charge.
Two girls with Broadway aspirations find work in a Bowery saloon.
An insurance investigator uncovers a string of crimes when he tries to find a murdered boxer's beneficiary.
A society sleuth sets out on the trail of a society matron''''s lost jewels.
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
A meek novelist investigates the mysterious death of a notorious scoundrel.
A private eye investigating one murder is framed for another.
When she's knocked out accidentally, a defense plant worker dreams she's a famous detective.
A boxer is kidnapped by gamblers to keep him out of a big fight.
A radio actress researches a role by mixing with gangsters.
A mad scientist transplants human glands into a gorilla, turning the ape into a beautiful young woman (Acquanetta). However, a severe emotional jolt soon reverts her back into her primitive self with disastrous consequences.
Bandleader Kay Kyser leaves his bride at the altar to help catch international spies.
A mad scientist kills brides and uses their glands to keep his wife alive.
A neurosurgeon is thrown out of the medical profession after he performs a daring but unsuccessful surgery. He flees to Alaska, where his plane crashes in the frozen wilderness.
A college professor hides a life of crime behind volunteer work.
A Hollywood technician fights off enemy agents after his new searchlight design.
First of all this film was produced and distributed in 1938, and is not a 1941 production. The exhibitors and various censor boards objected to the original title, "The Sunset Strip Case" (because of the double meaning that implied a strip on Sunset rather than the name of the street, which is exactly what the producer had in mind when he hired fan-dancer Sally Rand, the hit of the Chicago Exposition and the later Texas Centennial), and Boston promptly banned the film, as Boston was often subject to do with far less reason than they had with this film. The film was tied up in law suits across the country brought against the various blue-nose boards who also blocked its showing, and all this was going on during the collapse of Grand National with GN president E. W. Hammons being hauled to court by exhibitors and creditors, including the production unit headed by this film's producer George A. Hirliman. The latter produced it for Grand National distribution, but Grand National had no distribution left when Hirliman finally got it cleared for showing in New York in 1941 under the title of "The Sunset Murder Case"...and it was distribued through indie exchanges in 1941 as Grand National had long folded its tent. It still carried the Grand National logo, which evidently has fooled the source that keeps calling this a 1941 production, and showing it as being distributed by an entity that no longer existed. The cast order shown on the 1941 prints is no way reflective of the cast order shown on original release. Excuse the use of Plot Summary to explain why this is not a 1941 film, but that is beginning to appear to be the only way to get this film into its proper decade. The plot summary, albeit skimpy,already on site will suffice for the plot. Be advised that Sally Rand was slower with her fans and showed more flesh in a later-Soundies short film than she does here. This one ran into trouble in 1938 because of her name, and not what she actually showed, although she showed more than was custom in 1938...or 1948 or 1958 for that matter.
Afterseeking revenge for her boyfriend, Joan Woodbury finds herself in jail on a hit-and-run charge. Ladd plays an undercover reporter doubling for a notorious gangster.
A stuffy boss tries to steal his secretary from her sailor boyfriend.
Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.
Gene is a government inspector looking into what's killing cattle. The ranchers want to burn the area to clear of a poisonous weed, but Gene favors chemical spray from an airplane.
A South Seas temptress sets her sights on a U.S. Navy officer.
A street tough searches for evidence to get his brother out of prison.
Street kids sent to a better environment in the country get caught in a haunted house.
Montana Bill Bell (Kermit Maynard), a friend of the Three Mesquiteers, Stony Brooke (Robert Livingston), Rusty Joslin (Raymond Hatton) and Rico Renaldo (Duncan Renaldo), is killed in a rodeo accident and the trio reluctantly places his young daughter Peggy (Patsy Lee Parsons) in an orphanage while they earn enough money to qualify for her adoptation. Visiting the orphanage, they discover that Peggy's foot has been injured in an accident. The superintendent, Melloney (Byron Foulger), silences Peggy when she attempts to tell them about it. Despite their suspicions they agree to raise the $400 needed for special treatment required for Peggy's injury. To raise the money, Stony boxes four rounds in an exhibition with "Killer" McCully (Jack Roper) and succeeds in knocking him out. Taking the money to the orphanage, the Mesquiteers are impressed when they find that Melloney has stretched his budget and purchased the equipment already. They are unaware that Melloney and associate J. D. Crone (William Ruhl) did so to keep attention from being focused on the home, as they are exploiting the kids and taking funds alloted to running the orphanage. When Stony sees a small boy being bullied by an attendant, he hears enough to convince him that a child-labor sweatshop is being run in the basement. In the garb of a "Masked Rider", and with the aid of Rusty, Rico and nurse Ruth Miller (Loretta Weaver), the job of rescuing the children and convicting the crooks begins.
Sandy Doyle (Harrington Reynolds), gambler and political chief of a small border town, seeks to gain control of the Bar-X Ranch, owned by Rufe Rickson (Joseph Girard), to further some undercover activities of his own. He counts on Rickson's inability to stay away from gambling as the means to his ultimate success. Government investigator Oliver Shea (Milton Frome) and his assistant, Dan Haggerty (Vince Barnett), start a fight in Doyle's place when they see Rickson being cheated and are invited to the Bar-X where Oliver and Helen Rickson (Dorothy Page), Rufe's daughter, discover interest in each other and Dan finds himself pursued by Bell (Lynn Mayberry), the ranch cook. Sheriff Larson (Frank Ellis) brings the prize money for the $5,000 race of the Rodeo Association, and that night it is stolen from her safe. The next day, Doyle says it was paid to him by Rickson for a gambling debt. Realizing that she must be free in order to prove her father's innocence, and that now her horse, Snowy, must win the race, Helen confesses to the theft and makes good her escape. Her sleuthing establishes that Doyle has been engaged in ore-smuggling activities, and his intent to gain the Bar-X is because the ranch offers a perfect crossing place for his gang, who salt the smuggled silver into a non-productive mine and ship it to the Mint as domestic production.
Both Harmon and his men and a Mexican gang are after a treasure hidden on the Wilson ranch. Acey learns of their raid and goes to get Ken only to find him in jail for a murder he did not commit.
A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom.
An investigator tries to find a gang responsible for a rash of bank robberies. He doesn't know that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang's ringleader.
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora''''s cousin of a murder charge.
Young marrieds in the fishing business run afoul of the law.
In the South Seas, Bill Jones (George Houston), captain of the schooner "Marigold", is known as Captain Calamity as he is quick to fight or frolic. Stone broke on the island of Quica and with his ship in need or re-stocking, Bill accepts an ancient Spanish doubloon from a young Australian named Carr (Barry Norton)in exchange for taking him to Tapillo, where Carr can take a ship to Sidney. Bill gives the doubloon to trader Joblin (Louis Natheaux)for supplies, and does not bother to correct the trader's impression that he has found a fabulous horde of pirate gold. With Madame Gruen (Margaret Irving), a slatternly jade who runs a waterfront boarding house, and Samson (the ever-oily Roy D'Arcy), her paramour, Joblin schemes to seize Captain Bill's supposed treasure trove. Together, they gather a a crew of cutthroats, led by Black Pierre (George J. Lewis), leader of the scum of the waterfront dives, to seize the treasure. Bill also meets Dr. Kelkey (Crane Wilbur), loser in many bouts with a brandy bottle, and his ward, Madge Lewis (Marian Nixon), on a mission to find the man who murdered and robbed her father in Australia. Bill agrees to help her, but does not remember her as the young girl he had saved from a sinking ship a dozen years before.
A disparate group of people meet as passengers on a superspeed train crossing the U.S. Aboard are a seductive blackmailer and the stage director he intends to frame, a woman chasing her husband who is running away with the blackmail victim, and the stage director's feisty leading lady.
A flighty society girl tries to make a go of her marriage to an archaeologist.
An actress''''s manager tries to keep her from leaving the stage for marriage.
A coal worker gets mixed up in the mob''s efforts to infiltrate his union.
Eight strangers are invited by a mysterious unknown host to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. The eight (5 men, 3 women) are wined, dined, then greeted by their host's voice via a radio broadcast. The voice announces that before the night is over each one will be systematically murdered unless they manage to outwit their ninth guest Death. Based on the mystery novel The Invisible Host (1930) by Gwen Bristow & Bruce Manning.
Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade.
A pair of con women masquerade as girl scouts to escape to New York.
After her husband goes mad, a nurse fights off the advances of two amorous doctors.
After Fred von Bergen, a German immigrant in America, is forced from his job by anti-German hysteria before the first world war, he and his friend Bob Wilson leave America and join the German air force. There, both men fall in love with ambulance driver Alida Hoffman. When America enters the war, Bob is caught between loyalty to his home country and the threat of execution for desertion and treason to Germany. It remains for his friend Fred to extricate him from the dilemma - but at what cost?
Curly Flagg, Philadelphia nightclub dancer, witnesses a murder and runs away to avoid being held as material witness. Landing in Princeton, she hides out in a college dorm, decked out in men's clothes and haircut by students Paul and Buzz. Soon, converging on Princeton are: 1) publicity men for Buzz's dad's movie studio; 2) Paul's irate fiancée Frances; 3) killer Mugg, who wants to rub out Curly. By the time they arrive yet another girl is after Paul: Midge, the dean's daughter.
Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his wife's jewels and takes out an insurance policy on himself.
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
A public relations man tries to keep the mayor out of trouble.
Beasley, who is after Gayner's land, plans to kidnap his daughter. But Dale overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff arrest Dale for the murder.
A boxing champion falls for a gangster''''s moll.
Construction workers become romantic rivals.
A movie actor is killed while filming a scene.
A simple-minded wrestler falls for a woman with a dark secret.
Nabb controls the pass and lets all the ranchers through except Holderness and his stolen cattle. When Nabb refuses to sell, Holderness works an his son Snap who has run up gambling debts. There is more trouble when Snap becomes jealous of Judy's attraction to the surveyor Jack. When Holderness has Snap killed, everyone heads to town for the showdown.
In an effort to beef up his school's football team, a college president mistakenly recruits two loonies.
A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.
A tuna fisherman marries a woman in love with another man.
A flower seller goes into exile in place of a notorious opera singer.
A hot-shot dancer marries in haste and repents in waltz time.
A meek and clumsy employee of a large firm gets a chance to implement his useful ideas.
Young German soldiers try to adjust to the horrors of World War I.
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The second of two pilot films for "77 Sunset Strip" (see also "Anything for Money"). The exploits of Stuart Bailey, a veteran of the Office of Strategic Services, turned two-fisted private detective. In the pilot episode, Bailey attempts to find Kathy Allen, a cabaret singer who witnessed the murd
This short film focuses on how marriages can start to crumble.
A short film about the odd bequests that people have made in their final wills.
Winners of a dance contest spend a day at Palm Springs with famous movie stars in this short film.
This short film presents a musical and comedy revue staged as a pirate party on Catalina Island.
A new housekeeper, her son, and two not-too-bright burglars wreak havoc at a doctor''''s office in this comedic short.
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