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Cast (feature film)
A lawyer defends a migrant worker in a sensational murder trial.
Three young men train to become motorcycle cops.
A new radio-active element could destroy the world by absorbing the planet's energy.
In this remake of The Champ, a drunken clown tries to make a comeback so he can keep his son.
Produced by Ken Murray strictly as a vehicle for Laurie Anders, his curvy protege from his television show and billed above the title and first billed in the cast as Laurie ("I-like-the-wide-open-spaces") Anders, which was her catch-line phrase and how she was introduced and known. This is neither a comedy, satire or parody---missing badly on all attempts at such---and isn't much of a western either, even by bottom-of-the-barrel B-standards. The plot by veteran B-western villain player Bob Duncan, who did manage to write himself the best role in the movie, relative to there being no good roles in this movie, has town banker Anderson (Robert Bray as Bob Bray), the secret head of an outlaw gang, trying to organize a Cattleman's Association and not getting any takers. He sends for Trigger Gans (Bob Duncan) to act as a persuader. But a mysterious, masked rider known as El Coyote begins to resist. El Coyote is of course Laurie Dawson (Laurie Anders as Laurie "I-like-the-wide-open-spaces" Anders), daughter of retired Marshal and rancher Ben Dawson (Hoot Gibson), and her El Coyote role ensured that whoever stunt-doubled her would wear pads where no stunt man ever wore them, with the possible later exception of Dean Smith doubling Maureen O'Hara in "McLintock." The heroines that Dave Sharpe doubled in Republic serials weren't built like Laurie Anders. Producer Ken Murray, as a riverboat gambler named Sliding Bill Murray, rolls into town on the same stage as Trigger Gans, and then promptly engages Preston Foster, Johnny Mack Brown,Jimmy Wakely and Buddy Baer(in cameo roles) in a blackout-skit poker game written by himself, which had to have been even more painful for the participants than the viewers. Ralph Staub used to get better stuff than this in his "Screen Snapshots" just roaming around Columbia's backlot and interviewing Smiley Burnette and Ringeye.
Nuclear tests set a dormant prehistoric monster on a path of destruction.
Erie Canal, N.Y., 1850: Molly Larkins, cook on Jotham Klore's canal boat, has a love-hate relationship with her boss. She hires handsome new haul-horse driver Dan Harrow and the inevitable triangle develops (complicated by Dan's desire to farm and Molly's to boat) against a background of the canalmen's fight against the encroaching railroad.
To commit the perfect crime, a former detective keeps his colleagues' identities secret from each other.
True story of the convicted bootlegger who fought for his freedom by inventing a new rifle.
A Mexican-American laborer fights for his dignity.
Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense.
The citizens of Poker Flat attempt to rid their town of bad influences.
The 57th of Republic's 66 serials is filled with stock footage from some of that company's previous "Zorro" serials, primarily 1944's "Zorro's Black Whip", so a lot of the footage finds Ken Curtis wearing the same costume as Linda Stirling and (mostly) her double Babe DeFreest wore in that serial. Disney now owned the rights to the Zorro character, but Republic wasn't about to let all that footage go to waste when all they had to do was create a character called Don Daredevil. Those who express surprise at finding TV's "Festus" as the lead in a serial evidently are looking at the career of Ken Curtis from the back end rather than from the beginning aspect of his career. The serial has political boss Douglas Stratton (Roy Barcroft) finding that an old Spanish Land Grant made to Ricardo Moreno and later sold to Patrick Doyle to be a forgery, and he tries to cash in by having his men attempt to stake out mineral claims and homesteads on the ranches now part of the original grant. The plot is resisted by Patricia Doyle (Aline Towne), grand-daughter of Patrick Doyle, and her neighbor Gary Taylor (Robert Einer). Stratton backs up his demands with the help of the crooked sheriff (I. Stanford Jolley), and Gary and Patricia are facing with losing their property when her cousin, Lee Hadley (Ken Curtis), arrives from back East. Foreseeing Stratton's move, he already has homesteaded the Doyle Ranch, forcing Stratton to temporarily back down. The other ranchers follow suit, homesteading and mineral-claiming their own property, but Stratton organizes a gang of night riders to try and drive off the ranchers before they can prove their titles. Lee decides to take on the character of Don Daredevil, which has been used by his grandfather during earlier times of trouble. As the masked daredevil, Lee is successful in driving off Stratton's raiders. Stratton lures Don Daredevil into an ambush but he escapes to an old ore shack overhanging a cliff, and Chapter One, "Return of the Don", ends when the shack is dynamited. Eleven more chapters reel by before Lee/Don Daredevil acquires the original, unforged deed and puts an end to Stratton's scheme in the 12th episode, "Flames of Vengeance."
A Civil War veteran returns to his hometown to avenge his brother's death.
A shipping magnate uses murder to escape an old debt.
A real cowboy signs on to impersonate a faded western star for public appearances.
A bank teller reaps the rewards of saving a gangster's life, but can't reveal where he got the money.
Lawyer uncovers secrets behind a decade-old murder case.
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
A group of ranchers, led by Colonel Arnold (Cliff Clark) and Ward Gordon (Tom Keene as Richard Powers), are drilling an oil well but getting fierce opposition from an unknown gang of outlaws. Eastern promoter J.B."Dude" Dawson (I. Stanford Jolley), is behind the gang as he is out to prevent the co-op members from striking oil before their lease expires, so he can secure the property for his company. When Ward, with the help of Arnold and his daughter Sally (Judy Clark), arranges for a new driller to be brought in, the replacement man is killed and one of Dawson's men takes his place.
A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.
An inventor's unbreakable glass attracts the attention of businessmen and gangsters.
A killer holds the customers at a bar hostage.
A doting father faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter marries.
A woman seduces a District Attorney and pulls him into a web of theft and murder.
In this remake of Gene Autry's 1942 "Call of the Canyon", Rex Allen (Rex Allen), the newly-elected head of the cattleman's association, is driving the combined herds of the ranchers to the nearest railhead when he runs into trouble. The drive is stopped by Brock Stevens (Robert Karnes), whose father is a power in the meat-packing industry, and whose ownership of the railroad spur line enables him to deal ruthlessly with the local ranchers. Rex and the other ranchers are elated when Brock agrees to pay fair-market price for the cattle until they learn the exorbitant loading fees he charges will eat up their profits. The only alternative is to drive the herd to the main line railroad at Big Bow, but to do so means Brock will crack down on them for the $10,000 feed bill they owe his company. Rex starts to Tulsa to borrow the needed money, after ending a move by Hank (Trevore Bardette), the lone dissenter among the ranchers and actually in league with the Stevens crowd. Brock sends his foreman, Webb (Lane Bradford), to stop Rex and his sidekick Jigg (Fuzzy Knight) and when this fails, Brock contacts his father, Charles Stevens (Robert Emmett Keane) in Tulsa. Whens the elder Stevens learns that Rex is appealing to Kate Carney (Elizabeth Risdon), owner of a rival packing company, he sets a plan in action to undermine Rex's appeal for a loan.
A ruthless race-car driver falls for a crusading journalist out to clean up the sport.
Messing with a mobster's girlfriend gets a lawyer framed for murder.
A retired singer takes on a protegee only to be betrayed by her.
To win back her husband, a divorcee pretends to be married to a loser.
The Bowery Boys go undercover to expose a gang.
A crusading lawyer fights to save a juvenile delinquent charged with murder.
An actress''''s rising career is threatened when she finds a dead gangster in her apartment.
A government agent infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic.
A singing truck driver battles snobbery to become a star.
A reformed thief tracks a stolen jewel to clear his name.
U.S. Marshal Whip Wilson (Whip Wilson) decides to take a vacation and visit his old friend Winks Grayson (Andy Clyde), the ex-sheriff. Upon his arrival Whip learns of Winks' suspicions regarding newly-elected Sheriff Tanner (William Ruhl as William H. Ruhl), and the story of a frame-up of Paul Davis (Ted Adams) and his son Bud (Riley Hill), now being released from prison. Following a holdup and a killing, a band of outlaws hide at the Davis ranch, implicating them again. Paul is hot and Bud goes to jail. Whip and Winks work to clear Bud and expose the real leader of the outlaw gang.
A boy who always lies witnesses a murder but can't get anyone but the killer to believe him.
Jimmy Wakely (Jimmy Wakely) befriends Hank Carrdigan (Lee Phelps), a former outlaw who has served his sentence and wants to go straight. Jimmy, after clearing Hank of a wrongful shooting charge, helps him get a job as an express messenger. Hank drives off some bandits in an attempted hold-up, but recognizes his son Tom (John James) as one of the bandits. A later robbery is blamed on Hank but Jimmy and his sidekick Cannonball Taylor (Dub Taylor) bring in the real culprits and clear Hank's name.
Police track a mysterious killer nicknamed "The Judge."
A lawman tries to find the source of a juvenile delinquent's bad behavior.
An aging convict tries to keep his daughter from following in his footsteps.
A childlike oaf becomes the greatest star in baseball.
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife''''s murder.
A bumbling salesman gets mixed up in murder.
The life and campaigns of the Maid of Orleans.
A downed pilot looks back on his life as he awaits rescue in the South Pacific.
Dick Tracy tracks down a bank robber using nerve gas.
A salesman picks up a hitchhiker who turns out to be a killer on the run.
A small-town boy returns to college after the war only to find his sweetheart engaged to another.
A faithless husband is charged with a murder he didn't commit.
An English convict girl sent to the colonies gets mixed up in the war with the Indians.
In the 1920s, the four McDonald brothers leave the uncertain life of carnival stunt fliers for steady jobs with the U.S. Air Mail. They've agreed that "guys like us don't have a right to get married," but that's before Colin meets nurse Lucille Stewart and, in a whirlwind courtship, weds her. Can this marriage, or indeed any of the brothers, survive the dangers of their new profession?
True story of composer Jerome Kern's rise to the top on Broadway and in Hollywood.
A World War II veteran who thinks he''''s dying gets mixed up with gangsters.
An ambitious singer ruins a doctor''''s life.
When her best friend dies, a woman takes the orphaned children in search of their father.
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as a husband and wife on America's frontier; farmers in a "sea of grass." The wife has an affair which produces a child, and she is ostracized from the community. Meanwhile, the farmers watch helplesslly as the sea of grass is exploited until it becomes a dustbowl.
"Wicked" Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire.
Leopold Kroner, formerly of Colby Enterprises, is released after five years in prison for embezzlement. Andrew Colby, claiming that Kroner has threatened him, hires lawyer Bob Regan as a secret bodyguard. Sure enough, Kroner turns up in Colby's room with a gun, and Regan kills him. Then Regan, who sticks around to romance Colby's secretary Noel, begins to suspect he's been used.
A stranded showgirl joins the police force and risks her life to expose a phony psychic.
Set in an apartment building whose occupants include Arthur Earthleigh (George Brent), a meek and mild type married to the beautiful-but-domineering Mae (Carole Landis); a Bohemian artist, David Galleo (Turhan Bey) and his always-there model, Deborah Tyler (Virginia Mayo); and Olive Jensen (Ann Dvorak), a Greenwich Village type who is always slightly-but-continuously inebriated, and whose motto is "love and let love." She calls on George while his wife is out, and when she passes out during his attempts to get her out before his wife returns, he thinks she is dead and deposits her on Galleo's terrace. Galleo takes advantage of the situation by using it in a blackmail scheme against Arthur, which is shakey, at best, as Olive refuses to stay dead.
A punch-drunk prizefighter living on the Bowery takes in an orphaned boy.
A secretary helps her private eye boss when he''''s framed for murder.
Straitlaced waitresses battle saloon girls to win the West for domesticity.
A rough-living sailor has trouble adjusting to domestic life when he marries a librarian.
A showgirl working for an inventor battles crooks out to steal his ideas.
After finding religion, a cynical newspaperman tries to help young hoods.
A timid soldier sends his buddy's picture to a romantic pen pal.
A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece.
An orphan girl melts the hearts of three crusty old men.
Dolly Payne is adored by two leaders of the fledgling American government, James Madison and Aaron Burr. She plays each against the other, not only for romantic reasons, but also to influence the shaping of the young country. By manipulating Burr's affections, she helps Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, and eventually she becomes First Lady of the land herself.
Two arrangers try to help a jazz star who can't read music compose a film score.
An ex-con sets up a program to straighten out hard-core prisoners.
The Bowery Boys get wrapped up in a taxi war.
An aspiring actress risks her life to clear a sailor charged with murder.
A young lad has his fine new hatchet confiscated by a grumpy baker. The boy's hot-headed father tries to get it back, but this results in a fight in which onlookers seem to see the father use the disputed weapon to strike and kill the baker. At the resulting murder trial, their evidence on this point becomes a matter of life-and-death.
Joe Davis Sr., headliner at a big nightclub, is visited by medical student son Joe Jr., who to Dad's chagrin wants to be a crooner, and soon comes between Dad and his girlfriend Claire. So glamorous dancer Bonnie is enlisted to distract Junior. Which does Bonnie want more, the fur coat or true love? Plot is a framework for numerous Ziegfeld style stage productions.
A man's wild moneymaking schemes leave his wife to raise their family.
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
A pair of wacky lackeys try to take Tinseltown by storm.
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
A hard-boiled juvenile court judge orders that a popular road house be raided because she knows it is a popular hangout for young punks but then is appalled when the cops bring in her own daughter with the rest of the delinquents.
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
A pair of dimwits get jobs as servants to a boy king whose life is in danger.
A carnival showman tries to keep Japanese spies from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
A mild-mannered cowboy is mistaken for a notorious outlaw.
A middle aged wouldbe painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman.
Blind detective Duncan Maclaine uses his other senses to piece together confusing clues behind a murder.
A lady reporter travels West to dig up the truth about a long dead bandit.
An Irish housemaid''''s romance with the boss''''s son is complicated by labor disputes in the Pittsburgh mills.
During World War II, neglected teens on the home front turn to delinquency.
A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family.
A girl raised to be a genius gets lost and discovers the simple pleasure of life.
A fading stage star tries to revive her career by taking a job in a shipyard.
A green recruit has a series of madcap adventures in the Army.
Two vaudevillians try to round up some ready-made brides for gold prospectors.
A bandit from the gold fields moves to San Francisco and tries to go straight.
A frontierswoman turns her family into a band of bank robbers.
A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men.
A pair of bumblers stumble upon Nazi spies on the home front.
A brassy showgirl signs on to help the war effort as a factory worker.
A wheelchair-bound doctor tries to prove a convicted killer's innocence.
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
A radio sleuth infiltrates the Brooklyn Dodgers to solve a murder.
An independent driver organizes other truckers to fight a corrupt executive.
A small-town politician is the jury hold-out in a sensational murder case.
Escaped convicts land at a lighthouse being used by Nazi spies.
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero.
Nazi spies pursue a Spanish Civil War veteran in search of a priceless keepsake.
On a trip to New York, a small-town blowhard gets caught between a wealthy widow and a gold digger.
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II.
Biography of Andrew Johnson, who followed Abraham Lincoln into office and became the first U.S. president ever to be impeached.
An old-time cavalry sergeant's resistance to change could cost him his post.
An escaped political prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers.
A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring.
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
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 group of professors takes in a nightclub singer hiding from the law to protect her gangster boyfriend.
A pioneer couple struggle to build a city in the wild West.
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is hounded by the campus stud and Dagwood makes the rowing team. It is revealed that a new child is on the way.
A small-town blowhard runs for water commissioner while fighting to win custody of his niece and nephew.
Fledgling entertainers put on a show for Uncle Sam.
A detective investigates an actress's murder in a train car.
Kathy lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame from an early age and feeling trapped with her father in her small world, Kathy is delighted to meet fellow tenant Robert. When Madden is offered the lead in a new King Lear and Robert lands a composing job in Hollywood, better times seem for a while to beckon.
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.
A pilot and a temperamental heiress are stranded in the desert together.
A detective and his zany pals take over a failing department store.
A young girl falls for a western gambler.
Power linemen feud over the love of a sultry nightclub singer.
A gangster helps pay a tabloid editor's debts to gain control of the paper.
Rose Couglin (Lynn Bari) is a wise-cracking waitress at a coffe-pt diner with policemen Bob Brandon (Alan Curtis) and Herman Huff (Don DeFore billed as Don DeForest) vying for her attention. Their argument ends when the place is held up, but Brandon tricks the crook and captures him, but lets Herman take the credit. Herman now must sponsor Bob's application to the motrocycle force and is enev more dismayed when society deb Diana Hempstead (Sheila Ryan)takes a liking to Bob. Rose also finds herself involved with a swindle upon a refrigerator manufacturer by a bogus foreign potentate, Nabob (Gerald Mohr.)
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.
A businessman concocts a series of harebrained schemes to keep his wife from divorcing him.
An undercover cop finds himself on the wrong side of the law when the mob discovers his true identity.
A reporter and a police detective sort through the clues in a night-club owner''''s murder.
On the verge of graduation, a high-school boy decides he needs a social secretary.
A prizefighter's swelled head endangers his marriage.
Just as elderly Miss Nodbury is ready to leave on a treasure hunt for a family fortune she is scared to death by the ghost of a pirate ancestor. Charlie Chan investigates the rest of the clan.
Singer Lili Brown is attracted to dance hall manager Duke till she realizes he does that to all the girls. Nice guy Duke sets her up with composer Joe Brooks.
Steve (Charles Lang), Skat(Eddie Quillan) and other members of a high-ridin', rug-cuttin' musical combo from Oklahoma set off to conquer Broadway, only to find that rhumba-rhythm is all the rage. They decide to sail for Havana to learn the rhythm and pick up the accent, and, on board the ship, Steve meets Rosita Alvarez (Helen Parrish) who is Cuba-bound with her father, Pop Alvarez (Leon Errol), a merry confidence man. All have problems they expect to be solved by Madame La Zonda (Lupe Velez), but they arrive and find that the exotic queen of the rhumba's night club has gone broke. Another confidence man, Beheegan (William Frawley), who has sold a few city halls in his day, provides the answer to everything; using a satchel filled with ill-gotten gains and under the watchful eyes of Alvin (Big Boy Williams), Gabby (Shemp Howard) and Maxwell (Frank Mitchell), he purchases several mythical plantations in South America from Pop.
When a fire leaves him hideously scarred, an immigrant turns to crime.
The members of a traveling jazz band try to keep their leader from drinking himself to death.
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.
The daughter of Irish immigrants patches up differences between her father and grandfather and rises to the top on Broadway.
A scatterbrained beauty tries to help her fiance''''s career by throwing a big party.
Two sisters vie for the same dashing young man.
After a failed hit, a mob chief recuperates in a monastery.
Biography of the famed Notre Dame coach and his fight to "win one for the Gipper."
As a precocious child, Tom Edison defies authority to develop his first inventions.
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
A Brooklyn showgirl helps a poor family strike it rich.
Outlaw pals are tempted to go straight.
The dangers of his job threaten to break up a stuntman and his movie star wife.
Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader.
When Charlie attends a police convention in New York he learns of sabotage slowing down production in aircraft plants. He, of course, enters the case.
When a lawman is mistaken for a killer, he turns the mistake to his advantage.
Tabloid reporters crash a society marriage.
When a man is charged with murder, his son''''s schoolboy friends set out to solve the case.
A famous flyer turns to drink but tries to straighten out to help with the war effort.
A man will only allow his daughter to marry if her fiance can raise $1,000.
A small-town postal clerk tries to land a government inspector''''s job by hunting down counterfeiters.
Personal conflicts flare between competitors in a women's air race.
Two wrongly convicted men are sentenced to death.
Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War.
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
The Secret Service investigates a fleet of gambling ships.
A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad.
A daring lady reporter sets out to catch a blackmailer.
A famous detective investigates industrial espionage at a plane factory.
During a drunken night out, an heiress marries a broken-down gambler.
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
An orphan on the run tries to find a new home.
A crooked promoter lures a young violinist to give up music for boxing.
A bickering couple takes an amnesia potion so they can re-discover each other.
An ex-con tries to help a group of hardened juvenile delinquents.
A race car driver tries to solve a series of track-side murders before he''''s next.
A college girl fights to survive in academia and show business.
Mr. Moto is after a robber who takes the royal jewels from the Tower of London. He is aided by an archaeologist who is looking for Cleopatra's crown in Egypt.
True story of "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who set out to cross the U.S. and ended up in Ireland.
Pilot brothers vie for the same woman.
Student nurses cope with life''''s problems.
A circus manager tries to break up his daughter''''s romance with a ventriloquist.
A crusading reporter becomes a hardened convict when he's framed.
A Coast Guard lieutenant and a reckless flyer vie for the same woman.
A spy forces a reformed jewel thief to crack the safe where plans for an anti-aircraft gun are stored.
A hard-living dockworker finds religion until his brother is murdered.
A waiter becomes a singing prizefighter.
In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that''''s turned into murder.
Three showgirls travel to Paris in search of rich husbands.
Bickering husband-and-wife stage stars are manipulated into a break-up for publicity purposes.
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.
Three western girls make unhappy marriages at the turn of the century.
Rival newsreel photographers vie for scoops and a beautiful lady flyer.
A D.A.''''s personal life mirrors the love-triangle murder he''''s prosecuting.
A prison chaplain tries to help a man framed for murder prove his innocence.
A Harvard man romances a coed from a nearby college.
A private eye falls for the murderess he's pursuing.
Newlyweds refuse help from their families as they struggle to make it on their own.
A fighter''''s hard-drinking father gets his son mixed up with the underworld.
Frank Sandino (Noel Madison), a suave, smooth confidence man, and his henchies are about to be run out of town on a fake real estate scheme, but his oratory skills soon has the town rubes in a buying frenzy. Sandino and Roland Adams (Harry Holman), portly and trusty-looking front man for Sandino, form an Avenging Angels league to rid America of foreigners, and plan to make a fortune selling robes to the members. Sandino decides to adopt the name of Sands for this escapade. They return to a town in which Adams was once the mayor, and find that Adams' daughter, Wynne (Norma Trelvar), is busy entertaining a host of friends at a party she is giving for her fiancee District Attorney Bob Sherman (Arthur Singley.) Once installed in the town, with the aid of the trusted Adams, Sands soon has gathered a flock of potential members for the Avenging Angels. He initiates them by forcing them to kneel while he holds a revolver at their head and forces them to take the oath that carries death as the punishment for breaking it. He and Adams then sell them hoods, cloaks and revolvers at fabulously high prices. It is soon easy for Sands/Sandino to turn the hatred among the members against the city's foreign elements. The town citizens, foreign-born excepted, are easily swayed by Sands, with the exception of Sherman and newspaper editor Harry Warren (Allan Cavan.) With the money rolling in, Sands opens chapters in other parts of the state, and when Adams voices his resentment at Sands' courting of his daughter, who has split from Sherman, Sands caters to the old man's ambitions and has him elected governor of the state. Sherman, after the Avenging Angels strike at the aviation plant because of the many foreigners it employs, Sherman urges Warren to start a campaign to expose Sands. Sands sends some of his henchmen, led by Dave Burtis (Roger Williams), after the crusading newsman and he is whipped to death. Sherman redoubles his efforts and even Adams is offended by the flogging death of Warren, and other acts of bloodshed by the clansman. Sherman has Burtis arrested but Sands soon has him freed for lack of evidence. Burtis comes home and discovers his wife, Toots (Dorothy Kildare), has been accidently shot while resisting Sands' advances. Sands feels obligated by the threat that Burtis now holds over him, and determines to get rid of him. When Adams threatens to veto a relief bill, because the veto will add a half-million dollars to the coffers of the Sands' group, the citizens gather outside the governor's mansion and yell for him to explain the veto.
An abolitionist signs on with a slaving ship to sabotage their efforts.
An honest cab driver fights against corruption.
An employee of an express shipping service helps to provide people with the supplies they need.
G-Man Chick Gardner (Brian Donlevy), posing as a taxi driver, convinces the members of a counterfeiting gang that he is on their side and is taken into the organization by Philip Strickland (Alan Dinehart), the boss, over the objections of gang lieutenant Flash Dillon (Gilbert Roland.) Gardner meets Gilda Lee (Frances Drake), a member of the gang, and learns of the planned smuggling of a load of counterfeit money at a remote wharf. He arranges with the Federal officers to foil the landing but their presence is detected and the gang escapes, with Gardner being wounded in the melee by his own men. Dillon discovers Gardner's true identity and tells Gilda to take him for a ride. Instead, she helps Gardner kill Dillon, in return for which he promises her immunity. She goes with Strickland to the yacht of John Rudd (Sig Rumann), who is the secret leader of the counterfeiters. Gardner and the federal agents follow her.
When auto magnate Robert Bailey (Jack Holt) announces he is going to retire and turn his plant over to the employees he incurs the enmity of K.Y. Mitchell (Granville Bates), a large stockholder in the company; Carey MacGregor (Morgan Wallace), head of a parts manufacturing company that depends on Bailey Motors for most of its business; Logan Walters (Robert Emmett Keane), general manager of the business and his social-climbing wife Laura (Margaret Irving); and Mary Brookhart (Katherine DeMille), a predatory widow who is also a large stockholder and in love with Bailey. Bailey announces he is flying to his mountain retreat for a vacation and to complete the transfer of his interests to the employees. On the way to the airport, Bailey's car is side-swiped and his private plane cracks up before leaving the ground. Bailey is injured and his taken home, and narrowly escapes death when a bullet is fired through his bedroom window, He hires noted detective Frank Rogers (Purnell Pratt) to investigate. Mitchell, MacGregor, Walters, Mary and Bailey's ne'er-do-well nephew, Ralph (Maurice Murphy) are all suspected by the detective. In a scheme to make the guilty party show his hand, Bailey, his attorney Nelson Dudley (Craig Reynolds) and Rogers decide to invite the suspects to a week-end party at Bailey's lodge. The nephew brings an uninvited guest, Doris (Rosalind Keith). A dummy decoy is placed in Bailey's bed and another detective placed on watch. The next morning, the operative is found dead from a bullet fired through the window. On Dudley's advice, Bailey and Rogers agree to keep the killing secret. Another detective, accompanied by Dudley, takes the body to town, and later this detective is found dead. MacGregor returns from a hunting trip and tells Bailey and Rogers he knows the name of the guilty party but, just as he about to reveal the name, he is shot from outside. Though MacGregor is not killed, Rogers announces that he is dead. Rogers calls a midnight meeting of all the guests and Bailey, noting that Dudley is missing, starts a search of the house. He is attacked in the cellar, but subdues his assailant.
A wealthy woman tries to keep her grandson secluded only to have him stolen by an ambitious lady reporter.
Mr Moto encounters mysterious goings-on on a ship bound for Shanghai. He recognises his steward as the murderer of a man in San Francisco, and catches him trying to steal an important letter from the stateroom of another passenger, Robert Hitchings. Hitchings, son of the owner of the shipping line, falls in love with Gloria, who refuses to tell him anything about her life and disappears when they arrive in Shanghai. In Shanghai, Mr Moto uncovers the secret which links the murder in San Francisco, the mysterious letter, and Gloria.
In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who's been in prison and can't find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster's solution, not surprisingly, is violent.
When a small-town girl is diagnosed with a rare, deadly disease, an ambitious newspaper man turns her into a national heroine.
A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners.
When he''''s framed for murder, an escaped convict returns to crime to protect his wife and child.
Recruits on a new submarine fall for the same girl.
A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards.
A man convinces his brother to bust him out of prison.
An Italian immigrant studying the law gets mixed up with crooks.
A Polish countess sacrifices her virtue to Napoleon to save her homeland.
A lady lumberjack falls for one of her workers, not realizing it's a business rival in disguise.
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora''''s cousin of a murder charge.
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
A murderer strikes an opera company.
A notorious gambler who is short of money want his daughter to marry a British young man, who has plenty of money. At first she obies, but then she falls in love to a poor, young American.
Murder follows when a plane filled with shady characters is forced to land on a tycoon's ranch.
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.
A Mexican turns bandit when his wife is murdered.
A reporter exposes corruption on a southern chain gang.
An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving.
In London, August 1914, Austrian star Elsa Duranyi (Gertrude Michael) and English matinee idol Alan Barclay (Herbert Marshall) are in love and plan an immediate marriage. But the War comes and Elsa mysteriously disappears. Alan's ease in speaking German results in his appointment to the British Intelligence and, to aid his use as a spy, they announce he was killed in action. He takes the name and personality of "shell-shocked" Hans Teller, a German prisoner, and is sent into Germany on an exchange of prisoners. Elsa, now a spy in the service of the Fatherland, is in Monte Carlo, where Allied officers on leave can be tempted into revealing war secrets. In Germany, Alan, posing as Teller, is listed as unfit for service, contacts Carl Schrottle (Rod LaRocque), another British agent. They are to locate the German "Big Bertha," the long-range gun bombarding Paris. They are successful and the gun is destroyed. Elsa is recalled and given the assignment of locating the British spy organization and its members. Through her surveillance of Carl, she meets Hans Teller and recognizes him as Alan, but doesn't let on. Alone, she agrees to flee to Holland with him but her superior officer, Ludwig (Lionel Atwill), is not fooled and is in pursuit.
Members of a wealthy family are murdered one-by-one.
President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.
A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge.
A reporter and a detective team up to expose a ring of jewel thieves.
Riverboat entertainers find love, laughs and hardships as they sail along "Old Man River."
Young marrieds in the fishing business run afoul of the law.
The publicity romance between a prizefighter and a showgirl turns into the real thing.
Young Pepper Jolly enters the life of sour old millionaire John Wilkes. She convinces him to take her gang to Coney Island and prevents his daughter from marrying a phony aristocrat.
Two sailors get caught in a mountain of mix-ups when they meet their long-lost twins.
We follow the training and adventures of a team of young federal anti-gangster agents, Mal Stevens, Van Rensseler, and Tex Logan. After foiling a kidnap attempt on socialite Eleanor Spencer (an old flame of Van's), Mal falls for her; but they're at odds over her belief in the innocence of her chauffeur Joe Keefer (whom Mal knows was involved) and her young brother Buddy's desire to join the federal agents. This conflict climaxes with the pursuit of an Ohio bank-robbing gang.
Perry Mason tries to stay on the wagon while investigating the murder of a crooked beauty contest promoter.
A G-man woos the sole female member of a criminal gang.
A shanghaied sailor turns himself into the king of San Francisco's rough-and-tumble Barbary Coast.
A gambler''''s assistant helps the boss''''s daughter fight off a crooked lawyer.
When a small-town girl's boyfriend leaves in disgrace, gossips spread false reports of her pregnancy.
A barber tries to find the winning lottery ticket he hid from his moralistic wife.
A milquetoast has to fight off cops and gangsters when he''''s mistaken for a criminal.
A Broadway columnist tries to use an innocent dancer to frame a producer.
A department store owner''''s sons compete for his secretary''''s heart.
Opera prima donna leaves the Metropolitan to form her own company with Tibbett as leading man. She leaves this company too which means Tibbett and company must carry on without her.
A government agent poses as a newspaperman to get the goods on a mobster.
An insurance investigator tries to track down an arsonist.
An actress stops at nothing to protect her daughter from her shady past.
A scorned woman dreams of revenge on the man who betrayed her.
A brilliant but impoverished writer, who is a pacifist, goes to work for a publisher and writes anti-war editorials. When he discovers that the publisher has betrayed him and is in league with munitions manufacturers to make money off of war, he goes insane.
A speeding train becomes the setting for murder.
A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband.
A working girl suffers through three troubled relationships on her road to prosperity.
A rookie pitcher tries to stop someone from killing the St. Louis Cardinals.
An eccentric family tries to work together when the father is accused of embezzlement.
A laughingstock, small-town inventor befriends a foreign princess.
Boyhood friends grow up on opposite sides of the law.
A young doctor has to choose between his studies and his marriage to a society girl.
Success could spell divorce for an advertising writer.
John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his steel mill.
A man''''s loud-mouthed bumbling almost ruins his new wife''''s family.
The Whinneys share expenses for their trip to Hollywood with George and Gracie and thier great Dane. A clerk in Whinney's bank has put fifty thousand dollars in a suitcase, hoping to rob Whinney on the road, but instead Whinney takes another road and is himself arrested in Nevada.
A young woman is torn between a wealthy suitor who wants her body and the honest young man who wants what's best for her.
An elderly recluse shelters a gambler on the run from bogus murder charges.
A kept woman finds herself drawn to a charismatic South American rancher.
A film crew discovers the "eighth wonder of the world," a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.
A wrongly convicted woman tries to make amends after getting out of prison.
An ambitious secretary tries to sleep her way into high society.
A police commissioner investigates the murder of a nightclub owner who was under police protection.
A convict trying to reform is torn between conflicting loyalties when he witnesses a murder behind bars.
Eugene O'Neill's classic about a romantic prostitute trying to run away from her past.
Sally Carter Rand, married to an elderly senator, is accused of espionage, but she is able to clear herself by proving that her mysterious knitting is actually a baby sweater.
This short film details how the U.S. government created the R.I.D. to locate foreign enemy radio broadcasts.
A gang of children try to clean the mud from their clothes, but gain a pretty horrific stench in this comedic short.
This short film deals with shady companies selling fake merchandise.
This short film looks at the criminal lengths that loan sharks go to get individuals to pay back their loans.
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, a gang of children attempt to round up stray dogs... but are soon accused of dognapping.
In this short film, an up and coming businessman mixes drinking and driving with tragic consequences.
This short film takes a look at strange yet still existing laws in the U.S.A.
In this short film, mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.
This short film focuses on how Glenn Morris trained for and won the 1936 Olympic decathlon event.
This short film takes a humorous look at photography.
In this comedic short, Charley Chase finds himself having strange spells in which everything around him appears to stop.
This short film focuses on a police interrogation that cracks the false alibi of a criminal.
In this short comedy, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd come across some much needed money that just happens to be stolen.
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 comedic short, Charley Chase pretends to be a wealthy southern plantation owner in order to get a distant relative''''s lawyer husband to help with a lawsuit.
In this short film, a young girl, wanting a life of luxury, takes the "easy" way and winds up in jail.
A group of bumbling, incompetent Hollywood hopefuls try to sell a picture to a fictional film studio in this short film.
In this musical short film, the son of a department store owner replaces the regular sales girls with chorus girls.
A pompous American tries to get his Scottish nephew to give up his kilt in this silent short comedy.
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