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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS
Cast (feature film)
A stage actor tries to solve a bizarre series of murders.
A young divorcee tries to convert a house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants.
Gloria Dobson (Jane Frazee) is finding it hard to become a night club singer in New York because she has "no name". She is given a chance to acquire one when her trunk is delivered by mistake to the home of socialite James Manning III (Robert Paige). The latter's wealthy Aunt Matilda (Elizabeth Patterson) has Jimmy tagged for marriage to Louella Marvin (Jan Wiley). Jimmy, not interested in marrying Louella, and his butler, Michael (Charles Coleman) persuade Gloria, who has come to claim her trunk, to be introduced to Aunt Mathilda as Jimmy's "secret bride". The news of his "secret marriage" makes the newspapers, and his lawyers advise him that the only way out is an actual marriage to Gloria, followed by a quick divorce. Gloria agrees and they are married, and she discovers she has fallen in love with Jimmy. But humiliated because Jimmy still wants a divorce, she defiantly obtains a night club singing engagement on the strength of her married name. Jimmy ruins her chances of gaining recognition by buying up all the club's reservations for three weeks. Gloria then heads for Reno to get a divorce. Jimmy, realizing that he does love Gloria, flies to catch her Reno-bound train...
When he's framed for robbery, a reformed thief takes off to find the real culprit.
The local gang is framing men for bank robbery, shooting them, and then collecting the reward money offered for a dead bank robber. When the Three Mesquiteers ride into town, Lullaby becomes their next victim. He aviods being shot but is assumed to be a bank robber and to keep him from talking, the gang organizes a lynch mob. Tucson and Stony save him from the rope but they are now wanted men and must find out who is behind this scheme.
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.
A brash young Marine has to redeem himself after trying to romance a female officer.
A handsome racketeer seduces the DA's daughter for revenge, then falls in love.
Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each other, the fact that her father heads the lottery means they end up on opposite sides. When her father is killed, Julie becomes more and more involved in the shady activities and in blocking Reynolds' attempts at prosecution.
In the 1890s lumberjack John leaves Seattle for Alaska to look for gold. After he marries dancehall girl Sally, he finds she used to be in love with his best friend Blackie.
A stage star''''s dreams of retirement conflict with her playwright husband''''s need for a hit -- with her starring.
Charming Andre Cassil woos physician Jane Alexander and the two impulsively get married. The honeymoon ends very quickly when Jane voices her progressive views on marriage which include the two having separate apartments. Andre then tries to make his wife jealous in order to lure her into his bedroom.
A filmmaker tries to sell a script about con artists taking on the Russian millionaires of Mexico.
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.
Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie?
A gangster's moll runs home to mother, with reporters and amateur detectives hot on her tail.
Story deals with slave-running between Hawaii and California in 1840, featuring a wild mutiny aboard a slave ship on the high seas, the bartering of natives for slavery in a tropical paradise, and battle scenes between enraged California settlers and the Mexican Army.
A tough street kid attempts to rob a post office and is caught. In order to avoid reform school, he takes a job as a messenger with the post office. He finds that he likes it, and when his brother is released from prison, attempts to help his brother go straight. However, the two of them get mixed up with a local gangster, who has plans to start robbing post office branches and using the messenger and his brother to do it.
A circus manager tries to break up his daughter''''s romance with a ventriloquist.
A glamorous ghost helps a henpecked husband save his wife from gold-digging friends.
In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that''''s turned into murder.
A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad.
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
Student nurses cope with life''s problems.
A magician turns detective to investigate murder and a phony seance.
Chaos erupts when a man tries to help an old war buddy.
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?
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.
A broken down veterinarian saves a stable boy's prize racehorse.
A Romeo and Juliet love story set amidst horseracing.
A forward thinking bandleader fights to make ragtime respectable.
When battered prize-fighter Lee Burke (Dick Foran) is taken to the West Side hospital, nurse Katherine MacDonald (Helen Mack) leaves her romantically-inclined patient, wealthy attorney John Dodge (Edmund Lowe) to take care of Burke. She discovers that Burke was doped by his handler, Churchill (George McKay), on instructions from gambler Joe Largo (Leon Ames) so the latter can win a $5000 bet from Burke's manager Slice Cavanaugh (Paul Hurst.) Largo orders henchman Larry Carson (Horace MacMahon) to bump off Churchill to keep him from talking. Katherine talks Burke into quitting the ring and Dodge belittles the ex-boxer by getting him a job as a bellhop. Cavanaugh, desperate for money, calls Burke yellow and when Burke happens upon the scene where another Largo henchman, Smiley (Paul Fix), has killed the manager, Burke is tried for the murder.
Shannon is running a modern rustling operation using an airplane to spot the cattle, short wave radio to alert the rustlers, and trucks to haul away the beef. When the aging Sheriff Doniphan is unable to bring them in, he is replaced by an eastern detective. But Doniphan's deputy Gene suspects Shannon and sets a trap to nab him and his gang.
Lawyer-superhero Lamont Cranston dodges the police while hunting down a killer and a gangster chief.
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.
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 pair of tenderfeet try to get the deed to a gold mine to its rightful owner.
A cowboy sets out to avenge the murder of his father years ago.
When Sue Bixby becomes his new boss, stagecoach robber Talbot reforms and goes after her rustled cattle. When he and his men are outnumbered fighting Lloyd's gang, Randall rides to get circus man Mahoney and his man shooting cannon.
Two sailors get caught in a mountain of mix-ups when they meet their long-lost twins.
A poor boy (Raft) rises to power in politics. When the banker (Dinehart) husband of his secret love (Russell) takes money and flees the country, he replaces the lost amount and becomes implicated in the crime.
When two halves of a thousand-dollar bill are discovered in the snow, the penniless pair that individually grabs each half must come to terms. Actress Julia Wayne needs the whole $1,000, and so does sportsman Larry Stevens. Since compromise will serve neither of their needs, they are stalemated - until complications arise.
An attorney is responsible for sending an innocent man to jail for a murder he did not commit. He soon gets a taste of his own medicine when his wife is murdered and no one will believe him when he claims he didn't do it.
Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be the candidate by backers he later exposes as crooks.
A shanghaied sailor turns himself into the king of San Francisco's rough-and-tumble Barbary Coast.
A circus performer searches for the son his wife stole from him.
A French princess in Colonial America gets involved with an Indian scout.
A laughingstock, small-town inventor befriends a foreign princess.
A rookie pitcher tries to stop someone from killing the St. Louis Cardinals.
An actress signs up to spy for the Union, then falls for a Confederate officer.
Two wannabe bandits are hired as servants by the real thing.
Producer (feature film)
Comedic duo Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti camp out in the woods for a publicity stunt in this short film.
In this comedic short, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd loose their jobs as dancers and end up as assistants for a magician.
In this comedic short, a man attempts to hypnotize his wife to escape to a poker game.
Comedic duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have a no fail plan to help a jealous wife woo her husband, but somehow things go wrong in this comedic short.
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.
Charley Chase discovers that he may have risen in his company quicker than he had fantasized in this short comedy.
In this comedic short, an ice-cream vendor gets mixed up with a girl and her snotty nephew.
A gang of children attend a radio station amateur show in this short film.
In this short film, Charley Chase is tricked by an escaped mental patient.
In this comedic short, a man attempts to set his is sister-in-law up on a date so that she will move out of the house.
Charley Chase is sent by his boss to purchase a railroad line and encounters numerous obstacles in this short film.
Like a true friend, Patsy Kelly helps Thelma Todd land a screen test but this time her help isn''''t needed in this comedic short.
In this comedic short film, a man invents a ray machine to fulfill all of his wishes and tries to use it to get rid of his daughter''''s boyfriend.
In this short film, Thelma Todd and Patsy Kelly buy a farm in Paradise Acres and get scammed.
Two taxi drivers run over a dummy, but mistake it for a real person in this comedic short film.
When the owner of a cleaning business doesn''t cough up protection money for mobsters, he looks for a partner to take the heat for him in this short comedy.
Two rookie police officers bungle their way through a series of mishaps in this comedic short.
In this short film, a taxi cab driver must prove he''''s married or he''''ll lose his job.
In this comedic short, an employee at an office takes his boss at his word and takes a literal "hike" to L.A.
After an illiterate man loses his taxi driving job, he applies for to the "help wanted" ad at a local taxidermist in this comedic short.
In this comedic short, The Schmaltz Brothers buy a beer garden that turns out to be a bad investment.
To avoid getting a speeding ticket, comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts pretend they are rushing to the hospital in this short film.
In an attempt to make money for college, comedic duo Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts, go door to door selling magazines but end up in a courtroom instead of a classroom in this short film.
A pair of taxi drivers create multiple accidents with their taxi in this comedic short.
A juror accidentally swallows a piece of evidence which just happens to be a time bomb in this comedic short.
In this comedic short film, two taxi drivers accidently get involved with a jealous husband and his wife.
WWI dough boy Charley Chase attempts to return home from France on a troop transport ship with his girlfriend and pet monkey in this comedic short.
In this short film, a reporter for a tabloid newspaper attempts to find out if a college football star is secretly married. Vitaphone Release 1290.
In this silent short film, a grocery clerk offers a miserable housewife a job...to kill off the husband.
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