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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 9, 1967|
|Born:||January 1, 1889||Cause of Death:||blood infection|
|Birth Place:||Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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A pioneer woman replaces her ailing husband in a poker game after he loses most of their money.
A husband and wife fight to conquer alcoholism.
Indians try to reclaim a rancher''''s adopted daughter.
Feuding families vie for water rights in the old West.
Cory, an ambitious Chicago slum kid with a knack for gambling, gets a busboy job at a posh Wisconsin resort...where his real purpose is to gamble with the staff and guests and romance rich young ladies. Setbacks follow, but Cory eventually rises to a high position in the world of professional gambling. But he just can't forget the glamorous Vollard sisters. And now he has even farther to fall...
A reporter stumbles on a runaway heiress whose story could salvage his career.
A medical student will stop at nothing to become a top surgeon.
An air-corps pioneer stands trial for criticizing his superiors.
Life and career of the great American stage actor Edwin Booth, including his troubled brother, John Wilkes, who gained lasting infamy by assassinating President Abraham Lincoln.
A falling star marries the newcomer he's helping reach the top.
Flashbacks reveal how a posse after stolen money returned empty handed.
A San Francisco hood is rubbed out by rival Bruno Felkin, who himself reports the crime to Homicide Lieut. Kelsey in an alibi scheme which fails. To escape, he stows away on a fishing boat. At sea, skipper Hamil Linder receives Bruno kindly, teaching him fishing; Bruno enlists Hamil's wayward son Carl to tend his slot machines. Then Carl takes an interest in Bruno's girl Connie. Climax in a storm at sea.
A gunman tries to pass himself off as a wealthy ranchers long lost son.
Industrial designer Howard Osborne (Clifton Webb) wants his daughter Jacqueline (Anne Francis), shortened to Jake by her efficient-minded father, to follow in his footsteps and study abroad. But, following her graduation dance, she finds herself in the arms of and in love with her psychology professor, Matt Reagan (William Lundigan), and they decide to elope, telling only her godfather. He, when the Osbornes discovering Jake missing, tells them of her plans. They descend furiously on the Reagans, only to find Matt's father, (Tom (Charles Bickford), equally upset at the news. The two families, with a great dislike for each other, start off for a marriage mill across the state line, and join forces when the Reagan car breaks down. Meanwhile, Jake and Matt quarrel and decide they have made a mistake and start for home.
The famous Native American athlete fights prejudice in his pursuit of sports stardom.
An heiress and her sister''''s fiancee defy her family to race horses.
A senior officer faces the horror of sending his men on suicide missions over Germany during the last days of World War II.
The wife of a psycho-analyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients now being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.
The Hatfield-McCoy feud heats up when one family''s daughter elopes with the other''s son.
A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate.
A childlike oaf becomes the greatest star in baseball.
Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands over the money in exchange for an I.O.U., signed "Jefferson Davis". McEwen rides out of town and catches a train, but not before being bitten by a rattler. On the train, a nurse, Miss Hollister, tends to his wound. A posse searches the train, but McEwen manages to escape notice. However a mysterious Mexican has taken note of the cowboy, and that loudmouthed brat is still nosing around. Who will be the first to claim the reward for the robber's capture?
A fiery half-breed comes between a rancher''''s good and evil sons.
When she goes to work for a congressman, a Minnesota farm girl takes Washington by storm.
A coast guardsman begins to think his mistress's blind husband can really see.
Tough, disgruntled prisoners plan a daring, possibly bloody escape while on a drain pipe detail.
A French peasant girl''''s visions of the Virgin Mary create controversy as pilgrims flock to her small town for healing.
A man is accused of killing a waitress he had tried to seduce with his wife''''s money.
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.
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight.
A gambling-ship owner is out to fleece a beautiful society woman, but falls in love.
Two sailors vie for the affections of a southern temptress while fighting off pirates.
When a circus kidnaps Boy, Tarzan and Jane follow him to New York City.
Film foreword: "Through the teeming heart of Asia, halfway between Rangood and Shanghai, twists the hand-hewn Burma Road, lifeline for the embattled Army of China, headquartered at Chungking. Over this dangerous seven hundred miles of highway roars a stream of truck---hell drivers at their wheels---trucks loaded with food, munitions, guns...blood and sinew of the defenders of the ancient soil of China. Fountain-head for these vital supplies, end of the rail line from the west is the sprawling Burmese BOOMTOWN OF LASHIO." Story mostly pertains to the trucking of munitions to the Chinese Army under British direction and with some Americans participating, but there is no dialogue references to Japan, and the parachute troops who attempt to sabotage the convoy are identified as Chinese insurrectionists. Two months after its October release, Universal could have called a spade a spade.Accuracy footnote:Despite revisionists sources that seem to think so,this was not distributed in 1941 by MCA/Universal, because MCA/Universal did not exist in 1941. Universal Pictures Company did, and they were the distributor.
Promoted and advertised as "The Million Dollar Serial", most of which appears to have been spent on advertising and the most elaborate pressbook ever put out by Universal on a serial (or 95% of their feature films for that matter), Universal's 51st sound-era serial (following "Sky Raiders" and before "Sea Raiders" and, to quote the late Oliver Drake who wrote the original story,..."we were lucky they didn't call it 'Land Raiders'), "Riders of Death Valley" remains a favorite for the 7-12 year-old kids who saw in on original release in 1941, and a major disappointment for those who came later and never saw it in the 35mm version shown on a screen in a 350-seat grind-house theatre, and now question what all the excitement was about. Hey, you had to have been there. Actually, it is just one long prolonged chase after another for the most part and, even worse, it is usually the 5-6 good guys running from 2-3 of the bad guys (which even had eight-year-old kids of 1941 wondering what's up with this?) and has lots of stock-footage cliffhangers from earlier Universal western serials and features. The plot has Jim Benton (Dick Foran) as the head of a vigilante group, known as the Riders of Death Valley, organized to protect the miners from the take-over plots hatched by Joseph Kirby (James Blaine) and Rance Davis (Monte Blue.) They hire Wolf Reade (Charles Bickford) and his motley crew to do their dirty work, and spend most of their time lamenting their choice of sub-contractee as Reade deals his employees as much misery as he does the "Riders" and miners. Benton's "Riders" are Tombstone (Buck Jones), Pancho (Leo Carrillo), Smokey (Noah Beery, Jr, who is a no-show in most episodes), Borax Bill (Big Boy Williams) and Tex (Glenn Strange.) Always worth watching just for Foran, Jones, Carillo, and Jeanne Kelly (Jean Brooks), and especially if one flash forwards the chase scenes, which will serve to basically make a seven chapter offering out of the original 15.
A drifter and his slow-witted pal try to make their way in the West.
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
A prison chaplain tries to help a young innocent and prevent a breakout.
A lumberman takes on pirates out to plunder the forest.
A young woman tracks down the smugglers who killed her father.
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly.
Calamity Jane gets mixed up in an Indian War and the friendly rivalry between Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill.
Dr. Ernest Tindal kills his wife and plants clues pointing to her lover, Frank Marsh. Vera, Frank's sister, enlists the aid or reporter Russell Kirk in proving the innocence of her brother. Detective McKinley thinks that gangster Jack Reed is involved and shoots Reed when he attempts to escape. Reed gets away but goes to Dr. Tindal for treatment of his wound and Tindal kills him on the operating table. Kirk has uncovered some new evidence and confronts Tindal with it.
An orphan tries to help his Marine guardian with a romance.
A farmer tries to convince the cook on a canal boat to leave her exciting life for him.
A woman kills her drunken husband to defend her children.
A big-time gambler picks up a young girl as security on an IOU.
A newly rich couple finds wealth drives them apart.
An engineer makes a thieving entertainer work off her debts as a housekeeper at his jungle mining camp.
After saving the life of a British aristocrat, an Indian maiden bears his child.
Mexican fishermen enter a deadly competition to kill a sting ray.
An accused killer takes over the life of the Canadian Mountie who died hunting him down.
A society woman courts heartache when she falls in love with her chauffeur.
Eugene O'Neill's classic about a romantic prostitute trying to run away from her past.
Three cowboys risk their lives to get an abandoned baby to civilization.
A socialite marries a condemned man for money, only to learn he''''s been reprieved.
Incidents in the lives of the people of Adamsburg, a small American town, as seen through the eyes of a kindly judge (Fairbrother), who attempts to prevent Big Jake Hollander from purchasing and closing down the factory that supports the town.
The story, set in Washington, D.C., follows events in the life of Katrin Holstrom, a Swedish farm girl who comes to work as a housekeeper for Congressman Glen Morley.
The story of a man and his attempts to clear the name of his father, who was executed for a murder he did not commit.
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