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Eleven Gilbert & Sullivan numbers are melded within the murder-mystery plot of "Girl on the Spot", with a result that either G&S and/or the plot are always seemingly on stage-wait or in the wings awaiting a cue. Lois Collier is the girl-on-the-spot of the title because she was on the scene of a murder. The police conclude she didn't do it and they use her to set a trap for the real killer, a G&S addict, by financing a Broadway production starring Collier. The police department evidently found the money for financing a Broadway show under "Misc.Expenses" in the city budget.
Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
Carol Lawrence (Gale Storm), an aspiring singer, goes to a new night club owned by Danny Warren (Phil Regan), whose father Daniel Warren (Russell Hicks) doesn't approve of the club and wants Danny to join him in the family business. Carol is suspected of being a process server and is thrown out of the club. An extremely long arm of coincidence leads her to the elder Warren's office and he hires her as a process server. She returns but gets a singing job this time so foregoes serving the cease-and-desist notice. The Three Stooges are on hand as waiters and Connee Boswell, Louis Jordan, Will Osborne and Mary Treen provide the music and songs in addition to Gale Storn on "Oh, Buddy" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results.
A sheriff and a newspaperwoman take on a band of outlaws invading the Oklahoma panhandle.
A pair of dimwits get jobs as servants to a boy king whose life is in danger.
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
A Navy commander fights to prove the battle-worthiness of the PT boat at the start of World War II.
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942.
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
A wimp named playground commissioner takes on corrupt city officials.
Oil is discovered on the ranch lands causing the dormant Remington-Randall feud to break out again. Lew Remington (Rod Cameron) returns home to find himself embroiled in the struggle. The Randall faction is represented by Bob Randall (Eddie Dew), who is the unwitting tool of John Heydrick (Gene Roth) and his henchmen who have a vested interest in and gains to be made if the feud continues . Both Bob and Lew are in love with Ellen Tanner (Jennifer Holt) who tries to warn both men that they should work together to save the Pecos country from the crooks.
A G.I. en route to Europe falls in love during a whirlwind two-day leave in New York City.
A man thought dead returns as a ghost to scare off his wife''''s suitors.
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
Charlie Chan tracks down a spy ring that has stolen plans for a new radar system.
A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.
In hopes of becoming a movie star, a country girl follows two con men to Hollywood.
A grieving widower hires an assassin to kill him only to have his late wife turn up alive.
A USO girl poses as a Broadway star to snare a war hero.
A newspaper editor writes headlines that predict the future.
A senator''''s daughter follows her boyfriend in the days of the California gold rush.
Detectives masquerade as butler and maid to get the goods on a crook.
An actress''''s publicist starts a rumor that she''''s a war hero''''s secret bride.
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
This film follows the legendary story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, from buffalo hunter to wild west showman.
Four vaudevillians struggle to make it to the big time.
A feuding couple re-creates their courtship in hopes of falling back in love.
When a reporter exposes her past in burlesque, a musical theatre star sets out for revenge.
An aspiring actress pretends to be a beloved stage star''''s daughter.
Singer pretends to be younger so she can enter a music school.
A stage actor tries to solve a bizarre series of murders.
A reformed thief gets himself arrested fetching some jewels for a friend.
Episodes in the novelist's life: In 1890, young Jack London quits a cannery job to try oyster piracy. Later, he signs on for a sealing voyage, tries Yukon prospecting and a brief university career, loving and leaving women along the way. Instead of riches, he gets story ideas. Suddenly, he finds success and a delectable lady; but the urge to adventure won't let him go.
The title of Grand Caesar in the Ancient Order of Noblest Romans of Wakefield, Indiana keeps Jim "Pop" Helton (Cecil Kellaway) so involved and distracted that he forgets to pay the family's bills, nearly makes a shambles of a real estate deal his oldest daughter, Ethel (Helen Walker)is working on,almost wrecks her romance with Captain Tom Drayson (James Brown), and gets involved in a game with a pool shark in an effort to raise the remaining $75 of the $6,750 needed (that they didn't have) by the Wakefield Lodge to host the national convention of the Noblest Romans.
A sophisticated reporter hires the construction worker she accidentally got fired.
A Supreme Court justice on vacation takes on crooked small-town politicians.
Two sailors vie for the affections of a southern temptress while fighting off pirates.
An unscrupulous song-and-dance man uses his partner and his best friend to get ahead.
An Allied sympathizer discovers his twin brother is a Nazi spy.
A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician.
Boston pharmacist Tom Craig comes to Sacramento, where he runs afoul of local political boss Britt Dawson, who exacts protection payment from the citizenry. Dawson frames Craig with poisoned medicine, but Craig redeems himself during a Gold Rush epidemic.
Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, the butler, or Laurie, the sex crazed and sociopathic chauffeur, or Agor Singh, the Hindu Yogi with his strange ways? And of course, Lynne might be wrong, Margaret may be very insane, and she might be the culprit.
A U.S. marshal is murdered by a gang run by the town boss. The marshal's son poses as an outlaw to infiltrate the gang and bring them to justice.
A disgraced ball player turns a Brooklyn team into champions.
A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers.
Singing Johnny Norton (Allan Jones) is the star catcher of the Blue Sox baseball team but he is suspended because of insubordination. Producer Barney Crane (William Frawley) hears Johnny singing and signs him to appear with Gloria Jackson (Jane Frazee), with the promise their first engagement will be in Havana. Johnny, hoping to get his baseball job back, is anxious to get to Cuba where the Blue Sox are having spring training. Patsy Clark (Marjorie Lord), daughter of Blue Sox owner, Joe Clark (Wade Boteler), helps Johnny get another chance with the team. But Johnny has fallen in love with Gloria and hates to walk out on his singing contract. Johnny's troubles are solved when rain prevents the important All-Star exhibition game which was scheduled for the same evening.
When he loses in love, a song-and-dance man retires from show business to run a country inn.
Ranger Don Stuart fights a forest fire with timber boss friend Tana 'Butch' Mason, and finds evidence of arson. He suspects Twig Dawson but can't prove it. Butch loves Don but he, poor fool, won't notice her as a woman; instead he meets socialite Celia in town and elopes with her. The action plot (Don's pursuit of the fire starter) parallels Tana's comic efforts to scare tenderfoot Celia back to the city.
Nazi spies in search of government secrets kidnap a munitions worker.
An Alaskan prospector fights a crooked federal agent for a beautiful saloon singer.
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
Marathon Pictures is stuck with Billy Doran (Darryl Hickman), Whiz Quiz radio show star but a flop in Hollywood. Ex-child star Tiny Barlow (Jackie Cooper) suggests that the studio remake "Skippy", the film that made him famous, with himself as coach for little Billy. A. J. Colder (Walter Abel), Marathon's Mighty Mogul, agrees. Joan Winslow (Susanna Foster), a contract player who has never had a part, is picked to replace balky Brenda Lee (Ann Gillis) in Marathon's monster musical of the year. Tiny poses as a big shot and takes credit for getting Joan the role. They are soon seen everywhere together as Tiny is taking advantage of her publicity build-up for his own gain, until he suddenly finds out he is in love with her and confesses his duplicity. This occurs when Colder has forbid Joan to see Tiny anymore, directing her to only be seen with important people who can help her career, and Tiny thinks it is because she has dumped him. He enters into a conspiracy with Brenda's agent, Mickey Fadden (John Gallaudet), to make Brenda give up her strike and accept the role Colder gave Joan. She does and Tiny is given the role of her leading man. But he is unhappy about what he has done in costing Joan her big chance, plus his old friend, Georgie Clemons (Jackie Searle) who used to play the mean kid in Tiny's films is also replaced. Faced with the taunts of the production crew because of what he helped engineer and broken hearted about Joan, Tiny walks out on the picture, climbs into his automobile and heads for parts unknown. Little Billy, who adores him, stows away in the luggage compartment. Billy, the high IQ kid, has devised a scheme to set everything right.
A woman accepts life in the shadows as the price for her affair with a married man.
Rodeo rider Lank tries his hand at movie making. Spoiled established star Crystal throws tantrums, but after the rodeo she's easy for Lank to handle. It's the "Taming of the Shrew" Hollywood style.
A radio detective is kidnapped and forced to plan the perfect murder.
The members of a traveling jazz band try to keep their leader from drinking himself to death.
An elderly professor with six months to live plots a murder to reunite two young lovers.
A young girl falls for a western gambler.
A racketeer terrorizes a small fishing community until he falls in love with a fisherman's daughter.
Ranchers, with the help of Roy, raise money to build a reservoir but lose it to a gambler through a crooked stock deal. Songs include the title song, "Love Begins at Sunset on the Trail," "Lily of the Hillbilly Valley," "When Payday Rolls Around," and "Chant of the Wanderer."
Trucker friends try to survive a series of attacks by saboteurs.
A Broadway dancing team splits up when the male dancer is drafted.
A gangster helps pay a tabloid editor's debts to gain control of the paper.
An author writing a book on jealousy discovers his wife is an expert on the subject.
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.
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.
A jailed cop befriends a mob chieftain and stages a breakout with him.
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game.
Young man from Kansas (Edwards) goes to New York to work for his tycoon-hero (Barbier). His superiors won't listen to his ideas about business, but the boss and his daughter (Joyce) do.
An aspiring mystery writer stumbles on to a real murder.
A small-town boy tries life in the big city before going to college.
A bored retiree decides to play matchmaker.
To please his dying father, a man hires a hatcheck girl to pose as his fiancée.
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl.
Jack Benny (Himself) is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester (Eddie Anderson) to meet his girlfriend Josephine (Theresa) arriving on a steamer. Fred Allen (Himself) and his sister Barbara (Verree Teasdale) are also enroute to the dock to meet Barbara's daughter Mary (Mary Martin), returning from a personal appearance tour in South America. Josephine is her maid. Their cars get involved in an accident and, in a bumping contest, Fred reduces Jack's old Maxwell to junk, and is taken to jail. Mary loses her dress in an accident and Jack offers to get her another one, but winds up being arrested for stealing. Barbara tells Mary that Fred is a nervous wreck because of Jack's continual slander of him on Jack's radio program. Jack hires the Merry Macs (Joe McMichael, Judd McMichael, Ted McMichael, Helen Carroll) away from Fred and Fred decides to go to Miami for a rest. Jack decides to open his radio program from Miami. They meet, have another brawl, and end up in jail again. The two are in a motorboat accident where both are knocked unconscious and Mary, in an effort to end the feud, tells Fred that Jack saved his life. They have dinner together at Fred's apartment and Rochester, whom Fred has hired away from Jack, appears and the feud is on again.
A southern girl (Withers) goes to a National Youth Association camp after her father goes to jail for bootlegging. When a mean tycoon tries to buy the campground for himself she stages a show which endears her to him. Then her father escapes and catches the crooks who took the tycoon's money, all is saved.
An entrepreneur builds an international news agency.
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
The daughter of Irish immigrants patches up differences between her father and grandfather and rises to the top on Broadway.
A ghost tries to smooth the way for two young lovers he knew during his lifetime.
When a gold strike turns a ghost town into a boom town, Gorman arrives to open his crooked gambling hall and Judge Harkins arrives to bring law and order. Jim Bannister is aiding the Judge by bringing in Gorman's outlaws and to lure Jim into a trap, Gorman's men kidnap the Judge and his daughter for bait.
A young gangster and his honest brother fall for the same woman.
When a sea captain has to send his wife to a women''''s home, he dresses as a lady to be with her.
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by bandleader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.
A man will only allow his daughter to marry if her fiance can raise $1,000.
A Wall Street broker is jailed for embezzling. His college graduate son then turns to crime to raise money for his father's release.
A reporter gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster.
A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.
A fight manager decides his client needs a family for publicity purposes.
A novice lawyer must defend a killer.
A freethinker''''s liberal ways are tested when her daughter announces plans for a premarital fling.
A book salesman (Olin Howlin as Olin Howland) sells Blondie Bumstead (Penny Singleton) a set of books on child training because he has convinced her that Baby Dumplin (Larry Simms) is a child prodigy. Meanwhile, J.C. Dithers (Jonathan Hale), boss of Blondie's husband, Dagwood Bumstead (Arthur Lake), rips Dagwood for altering the plans on an apartment building the construction firm is building for Abner Cartwright (Robert Middlemass) and, to keep his job, Dagwood must get Cartwright to sign off on the changes - the latter refuses in order to escape from an unfavorable contract. Baby Dumpling, the genius, is registered at school and Daisy, accompanying him, is picked up by the dog-catcher on the way back home and taken to the pound. Daisy is adopted by Melinda Mason (Peggy Ann Garner), the crippled daughter of one of the town's wealthiest men. Baby Dumpling looks everywhere and can not find Daisy, and plays hooky from school the next day. Immediately, Blondie and Dagwood suspect kidnapping, and Dagwood learns that Melinda, also missing, was last seen playing with a little boy and a dog. Dagwood promptly heads for the Mason estate, where he is even more promptly arrested as a kidnap suspect.
A reporter poses as a jewel smuggler to unmask a criminal gang.
An ex-con tries to help a group of hardened juvenile delinquents.
A crusading reporter becomes a hardened convict when he's framed.
A young tough takes the rap for a hardened gangster.
Jimmy Hanley (Dennis O'Keefe) learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy (Sandra Lee Henville as Baby Sandy), so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko (Mischa Auer). Theatre manager Allen Rand (Donald Briggs) threatens to fire Jimmy for neglecting his work, but Jimmy's girlfriend Diana (Shirley Ross) squares things by going to dinner with Rand over Jimmy's objections. Sandy catches measles and the quarantine causes Jimmy and Boris to miss a big audition.
A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town.
The future president considers a political career while practicing law.
A young doctor treats a gangster and falls for the man's kid sister.
Two wrongly convicted men are sentenced to death.
A doctor plots crimes so he can study criminal psychology.
A Canadian Mounted Policeman searches for the outlaws who robbed a freighter.
A young boy''''s lookalike lands him in hot water.
A gold strike in California triggers a bitter feud between farmers and prospectors.
The son of a man sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit vows to become a criminal himself. He starts his own street gang, and their crime spree is financed by a mysterious young man--who turns out to be the son of the District Attorney who sent the boy's father to the electric chair.
Bill Sheldon (Larry J. Blake as Larry Blake) has a grudge against Midland City newspaper publisher Brandon Williams (Samuel S. Hinds) as Sheldon blames the city's recent flood against Williams for using his power and influence to hold up government flood control money. When Williams is found murdered, Sheldon is charged with the crime that was actually committed by Walter Russell (Kent Taylor), the paper's rebel editorial writer. Ney York reporter Linda Ware (Fay Wray) arrives to cover the story and finds that Russell, her old sweetheart, is on the jury hearing Sheldon's trial. She also discovers that he is the killer. Russell forces an acquittal and, before another trial can be held, realizes that his conscience will not permit him to let Sheldon be tried again.
A small-town boy wins a Hollywood talent contest.
Three western girls make unhappy marriages at the turn of the century.
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.
A prison chaplain tries to help a man framed for murder prove his innocence.
A ring veteran turns a Texas tenderfoot into a winning fighter.
An orphan searching for her father softens a gangster''''s heart.
True story of the Irish politician whose fight for freedom was compromised by his affair with a married woman.
A gullible "angel" sinks money into a doomed play.
A tough district attorney has been cleaning up the town, and has already imprisoned twelve dangerous criminals. As he is about to name the target for his next investigation, he is murdered in the midst of a crowd. The police have many suspects and hardly any clues, so two reporters decide to investigate for themselves.
A club for junior-league detectives gets caught up in a bank robbery.
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
A Broadway producer puts on a show at his alma mater.
Recruits on a new submarine fall for the same girl.
A shipwrecked socialite becomes a man when he''''s pulled out of San Francisco Bay by Italian-American fishermen.
An ambitious reporter forces her policeman boyfriend to let her help with a murder case.
A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners.
A ruthless cop gets mixed up with a man who''''s only turned to crime to help his crippled daughter.
After divorcing a society man, a small-town woman tries to build a better life for their daughter.
When a working girl tries to return a lost fur coat, she gets caught up in a wealthy family''''s battles.
A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom.
After being in jail for seventeen years a crook is met by the girl he kidnapped as a baby. She now thinks he's her father. When he returns her to her real father there's a job and a reward, but an old prisonmate gets in the way.
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
After setting the leg of John Wilkes Booth, Dr. Samuel Mudd is sent to prison as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Members of a wealthy family are murdered one-by-one.
A girl gets into trouble at her orphanage and is sent away to reform school. She escapes en route but is found and brought to trial. Her father is the prosecutor.
A cowboy falls for his boss, a beautiful lady ranch owner.
A law student poses as a fight promoter to catch a notorious gangster.
While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Leter he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track.
Texas rangers fight the U.S. Cavalry to save them from train robbers.
An assertiveness course gets a shy guy mixed up with racketeers at an amusement park.
A small-town news hen goes after a big-city job by investigating a vicious protection racket.
A department store owner''''s sons compete for his secretary''''s heart.
A gangster hides from the law by trading places with a mild-mannered double.
A secretary who handles the boss' business perfectly marries him and tackles his home life.
A professional horsewoman fights prejudice when she marries into society.
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man.
A street vendor tries to help a dancing teacher who''''s lost the use of her legs.
An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
A young failure tries to impress his girlfriend by entering a bicycle race.
A small-time gangster wants to go straight until he loses his girl to a rival hood.
A police lieutenant uses scientific methods to solve a decadent playboy's murder.
A saloon singer fights off smugglers, an escaped con and a Salvation Army officer out to reform her.
Williams goes to prison to become friends of the robbers that killed his father. Breaking out he learns that Lobo is the one he is after. With the help of Shamrock and Half Pint he goes after Lobo and his gang.
A dying tycoon selects his heirs at random, and each reacts differently to the good fortune.
A police captain leads the fight against a vicious gangland chief.
Already in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. The druggist's wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears them arguing over him, Arthur runs away. When he returns Mr. Doray is being held up by bandits at the drugstore.
An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.
Collins kills Neville and Warner and makes it look like they killed each other. Ranger Ken Neville suspects Collins and joins his outlaw gang in an attempt to trap him.
A racketeer must choose between his criminal life and love.
Kildare kills Curt Fremont's brother Jim. When Curt arrives he poses as a coward in public but sneaks out unseen to become the daring El Capitan as he looks for the killer.
Movie star Sheila Fayne is seeing wealthy Alan Jaynes while filming in Honolulu, Hawaii, but won't marry him without consulting famed psychic Tanaverro first. Tanaverro confronts her about the unsolved murder of fellow film star Denny Mayo three years earlier, and she decides to reject Jaynes' proposal. When Sheila is found shot to death in her beach-front pavilion, Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police investigates.
Two black taxi drivers keep landing in hot water in this adaptation of radio''''s popular Amos ''''n'''' Andy.
The Kid makes a bet he can marry the songstress Mary Lou who he has only heard over the radio. She soon arrives as part of Stile's troupe. Just as it looks like he will be successful, she learns of the bet and decides to leave.
Bob Merril, looking for the killer of Buddy's father, has found the secret entrance to Pecos' hideout. There he captures Indian Joe who confesses that Marsdan was the killer, But while Bob is off riding in the rodeo his witness escapes.
A young man questions his Chinese ancestry when he falls in love.
A cavalry officer is framed for a murder and seeks vengeance in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1327A.
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.
This short film focuses on America''''s changing mood to events leading up to WWII.
In this short film, a gang of children face several comedic problems on their fishing trip.
This short film takes a look at amateur radio operators.
In this short film, a protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken up.
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.
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