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With medical help, a white reporter passes as black to investigate racism.
A financial wizard is tempted to sacrifice his career for an affair.
Employees of the Sleeptite Pajama Factory are looking for a whopping seven-and-a-half cent an hour increase and they won't take no for an answer. Babe Williams is their feisty employee representative but she may have found her match in shop superintendent Sid Sorokin. When the two get together they wind up discussing a whole lot more than job actions!
Two bumbling private eyes turn a boxer invisible to save him from being framed for murder.
An ambitious young man wins an heiress' heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy.
A bookie has the Christmas holidays to raise the money he owes a gangster.
A crusading district attorney takes on the mob''''s murder machine.
A mysterious figure tries to stop a woman's marriage by driving her mad.
A gang of small time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist.
Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco.
Rhiannon, an outlaw who regularly robs gold from the stagecoach, shoots the new sheriff and then carries him to the doctor. The doctor cleans up Rhiannon and presents him to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon is deputized by the sheriff, and becomes torn between his new life and the prospect of robbing the next gold shipment...
A racist gangster forces a black doctor to tend to his injuries.
To appease his family, a retired baseball player signs up for umpire school.
A militiaman falls for a Frenchwoman and tries to protect her people from land grabbers.
After an unjust prison sentence, a young innocent gets mixed-up with hardened criminals and a violent escape.
Killers scare a murder witness into silence.
A dentist in turn-of-the-century New York thinks he may have married the wrong girl.
After being betrayed, a gangster hangs out in a settlement house while seeking revenge.
Jungle Jim fights to protect an African village targeted for exploitation.
A stockbroker is jumped one night and beaten up by gangsters; it turns out they mistook him for another gangsters, whom he closely resembles. Determined to find the intended victim and ensure that he doesn't get assaulted again, he finds himself involved with a beautiful blonde who gets him entangled in a plot involving hijacking and murder.
A crooked lawyer tries to protect his numbers running brother from a ruthless crime boss.
A group of treasure hunters search for a wagon load of gold, buried years before in Death Valley.
A family vaudeville act is torn apart by the father's drinking problem.
A dedicated priest tries to reform a group of homeless boys in turn-of-the-century St. Louis.
A childlike oaf becomes the greatest star in baseball.
A convict uses a fake gun to start a full-scale prison escape.
The Bowery Boys find a dead gangster''''s loot-and the mob out to get it back.
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
Dobbs and Curtin meet up in Mexico, and go to work for a contractor, MacClane, who takes them away to remote site and tells them they will be paid when the job is finished. When they are finished, they return to town to find MacClane to get their wages. MacClane gives them a few dollars, and says he'll just go to the bank and pick up the payroll for them. Dobbs and Curtin then meet up with an old prospector, who claims the hills are still full of gold, and if they can get the cash, he'll go with them. They eventually get the cash from MacClane after a little "persuasion", and all three set off for the hills as good friends, but will they return that way?
"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.
True story of composer Jerome Kern's rise to the top on Broadway and in Hollywood.
A stranded showgirl joins the police force and risks her life to expose a phony psychic.
True story of the Manhattan Project and the race to build the atomic bomb.
Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
A married woman''s passion for a former love drives her mad.
Monty Crandall (James Ellison) is a commercial artist who ridicules a dowager (Ruth Donnelly) with a caricature of her on a magazine cover and she sues him. His troubles are multiplied when a pretty wife (Stephanie Bachelor) forces her attentions on him, and her gun-toting husband (Grant Withers) is somewhat incensed about it, blaming Monty. He fakes his death and returns as a ghost to frighten off the trouble-makers, but it is only when he enlists the aid of a real ghost, Eric (Edward Everett Horton), that his problems are solved.
A farmer's daughter helps an escaped convict.
A dog helps a boy and his father sort out their differences.
A soldier takes the Army horse that saved his life back to the farm.
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective''''s viewpoint.
A private detective, who has been shot, stumbles into the office of Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and dies before Shayne can question him. Shayne finds a baggage ticket in his hand. He claims it and finds the checked-bag contains the loot from a robbery. Now, he has about fifty minutes left of the running time to find the crooks, bring them to justice and return the money to the rightful owners. And needs all of it.
When they get newspaper jobs, the Bowery Boys take on a sport-fixing mob.
When her best friend dies, a woman takes the orphaned children in search of their father.
A biopic of the career of Joe Howard (12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), famous songwriter of the early 20th Century. Howard wrote the title song, Goodbye, My Lady Love; and Hello, My Baby among many others. Mark Stevens was dubbed by Buddy Clark, well known singer of the 30's and 40's
Another in the excellent Hope and Crosby 'Road To' series. Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them over to the ship's captain. When they find out that she has been hypnotised, to go through a marriage of convenience, when the ship reaches Rio, the boys turn up at the ceremony, in order to stop the wedding, and to help catch the crooks.
A couple of Confederate soldiers, returning home from the Civil War, find Texas transformed into an armed camp with a quasi-dictator gathering up land and power as fast as he can. The two former Rebels take on this despot each in his own way.
A star-struck hick goes to Hollywood to become a star.
An ambitious singer ruins a doctor''''s life.
An accountant dreams of being a hero but finds it''s not so easy in real life.
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.
True story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods.
An aspiring actress risks her life to clear a sailor charged with murder.
In flashbacks, the 1938 courtship and marriage of young machinist Bill Cummings and bookstore clerk Susan are recalled: newlywed bliss, unemployment and other tribulations, opportunity with a hidden drawback, war and separation. Now out of the army, Bill job-hunts and worries about the future...
Dagwood takes over the office in Dithers's absence and hires former WAC Mary Jane. Dagwood and the WAC become unemployed, the Bumsteads start their own business, and Dagwood gets his old job back.
Lawyer-superhero Lamont Cranston searches for a stolen statue that could solve an art dealer''''s murder.
A reformed thief brings a magic show to a woman's prison and gets mixed up in an escape.
The FBI trails a young couple suspected of stealing government plans.
Robins Hood''''s son reunites the Merry Men to battle royal corruption.
A police detective uses his girlfriend to track down a homicidal maniac.
A prosecutor''''s girlfriend sets out to prove a murder suspect is innocent.
In the second of the PRC "Michael Shayne" series,civic crusader Burton Stallings (Gordon Richards) hires private detective Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont) to locate the former's missing step-daughter Helen (Marie Harmon.) Shayne discovers that Stallings himself has had Helen confined in an asylum in order to obtain her money.
A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece.
Fred J. Johnson (Lloyd Corrigan) scores a hole-in-one but his next drive, using the lucky, initialed golf ball, soars out of bounds and lands near a spot where some counterfeiters are burying a murder victim. Then begins a series of events in which he is hounded and threatened by the killers. The consequences of his not reporting what he saw to the police lead to a climax in which is daughter is held hostage by the crooks.
Two radio sleuths tackle a real murder case.
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 woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge.
A retired Army officer fights to save his hometown''''s Confederate monument.
A secretary helps her private eye boss when he''''s framed for murder.
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
A chronicle of the political career of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
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.
Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and Salty both fall in love with Barbara Brooks and, to get even, Johnny considers throwing the horserace.
A middle aged wouldbe painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman.
A man murders his wife so he can be free to marry her sister.
A mild-mannered cowboy is mistaken for a notorious outlaw.
Dick is faced with a series of murders in which the victims all come from different social and economic backgrounds.
A nurse recovering from a breakdown keeps dreaming about murder.
A society sleuth enlists a little girl's help in nabbing a mob of silk smugglers.
Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to WWII.
Ogden Spencer Trulow III (Eddie Bracken) is a wealthy kleptomaniac who turned to stealing when he was spurned by a girl. His psychoanalyst advises him to find another girl for a cure. He fastens his interest upon Sally Martin (Veronica Lake), who happens to be engaged upon helping some crooks steal a valuable necklace. Complications include two scantily attired individuals, one of them drunk, clinging to the cornice of a skyscraper and a large band of crooks in quest of the precious jewels.
A murdered nightclub star possesses a mild-mannered look-alike to bring his killers to justice.
After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to find backers to invest in Herbie and they sell 125 percent of him.
Musical comedy star Jimmy Leighter wants to get away from show biz and his leading lady Winnie Clark, so he joins the Army. There he gets the order to put on a show, Winnie Clark appears in a camp show, hears about his task and offers him his help. He thinks, she does it for her publicity only, so he doesn't want to know anything about this, till he finds out, that she has no such intentions.
The female mayor of a small-town ignites local gossip when she falls for a sculptor.
A ship's stoker becomes obsessed with a society beauty who finds him repulsive.
Detective Philip Marlowe's search for a two-timing woman leads him to blackmail and murder.
A mystery writer and his wife investigate a murder at a charity benefit.
Two bumbling plumbers are hired by a socialite to fix a leak. A case of mistaken identity gets the pair an invitation to a fancy party and an entree into high society. As expected, things don't go too smoothly.
A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.
A cowardly knight rescues a disguised princess from pirates.
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
Four vaudevillians struggle to make it to the big time.
An aviation engineer and a government secretary are thrown together by the war effort.
18-year-old Angela (Susanna Foster), reared in a New England town by her Aunt Betsy (Dorothy Peterson), receives an inheritance which she uses to go to New York, ostensibly for voice training, but she is pursuing Major Hilary Jarret (Patric Knowles), an Army surgeon with whom she has become infatuated. Her departure depresses her childhood friend Jimmy Plum (Donald O'Connor.) Dr. Plum (Jonathan Hale) devises an errand on which to send his love-sick son to New York, where Jimmy discovers Angela thinks she is Jarret's fiancee. Jimmy also renews acquaintances with a group of show people, including Sally McGuire (Peggy Ryan), who attempts to console him. Jimmy meets Jarret's divorced wife, Harriet (Louise Allbritton), famed photographer. Jimmy engineers a meeting of Jarret and Harriet with Angela present, which forms the beginning of an understanding that Jarret is not for her. Jimmy is inducted into the Army.
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
A wheelchair-bound doctor tries to prove a convicted killer's innocence.
A society sleuth is framed for murder by criminals running a war-bond racket.
Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get permission, she sends it off to a New York producer named Rupert Shannon and he wires her to come to New York immediately. Daisy and her two showgirl friends, Gloria and Maria, arrive in New York where the two girls assume accents and pretend to be the sisters of the playwright. Shannon agrees to star them in a production of the play. Two former friends, Lena and Louise, recognize the girls and threaten to blow the whistle unless they are also cast. Meanwhile, the two actual playwrights sell the story to producer Sam Grohman who hires Lena and Louise.
An English author must search for a new cook when he moves to rural Massachusetts.
Hubert Wilkins (Stuart Erwin), a bookkeeper for Mr. Bates (Thurston Hall) by day and an air raid warden by night, patrols the district where his boss' warehouse is located, and finds two employees removing raw silk stocks. They say they are working under Bates' orders and brush him off. Hubert wants to marry Emily Conway (Elelyn Venable), company secretary, but can't see how he can afford it since he has loaned a salesman, Fuller (Chick Chandler), $400 with deeds to four lots as security. Don Bates (William T. Orr), son of the boss, is engaged to Emily's sister Sally (Vivian Blaine) though his father disapproves. He and Emily encourage Sally and Don to elope. Hubert, a little tipsy, buys two more lots from Fuller and goes to Bates' home and asks for a raise. He is fired and, the next morning, Emily also for helping Don to elope. Hubert discovers that the lots he bought are worth $100,000 and, unknown to Bates, buys the company. While on warden duty that night, he discovers that the two employees he previously saw taking silk from the warehouse are actually stealing it.
Vermont farm girl Gwen Harding (Gloria Jean) enrolls in the Devereau School of Music in New York,and makes a singing hit at a school party. She wins the attention of student Richard "Slick" Ellis (Ray Malone)and also the jealousy of Slick's girlfriend Brenda Allenby (Vivian Austin). The school is in bad financial shape and its director, Lionel Devereau (George Dolenz),is in debt. Gwen's singing teacher from Vermont, Lucy Meadows (Fay Helm), arrives at the school and Devereau, thinking she is a job applicant, hires her as his secretary. Gwen has to leave school when her Uncle Rufus (Russell Simpson)is faced with ruin on the farm because of a shortage of help. Gwen returns and her school friends volunteer to go and help in bringing in the harvest. Gwen plans to enter her pet cow Myrtle in the stock show at the Farm Jubilee but Brenda steals and hides the cow.
While their buddy flies a suicide mission, World War II airmen recall the events that led him to this noble sacrifice.
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
A Merchant Marine crew fights off enemy attacks at the start of World War II.
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard (Janis Carter) for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear Lillian is killed by a knife hurled from inside the courtroom. Shyane hides the knife in the ensuing confusion. He slips out of the jury room that night and, with the aid of reporter Judy Taylor (Marjorie Weaver), traces the knife to a professional blade-slinger, Count Edmond Telmachio (Alexander Lockwood). Shayne finds the Count murdered in a warehouse and a brooch discovered on his body now points the finger of suspicion at nightclub singer Rita Darling (Joan Valerie) and the owner of the club where she works, George Dolphin (Don Costello). Rita was the fiancee of Forsythe and Dolphin is in love with her. The trial begins the next day, with Shayne back in the jury box, after giving the information he picked up to defense counsel John Logan (Richard Derr). The trial takes a surprise twist when Shayne is permitted to cross examine everyone, including the defense lawyer, who has been in love with Miss Hubbard for years.
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
Two sailors vie for the affections of a southern temptress while fighting off pirates.
A woman running a trucking company falls for the reporter out to expose her business practices.
A racketeer struggles to adjust to military life after he''''s drafted.
A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician.
A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers.
A mystery writer and his wife stumble on a murder in their new apartment.
An old freighter single-handedly takes on a Nazi war fleet.
Henry (James Lydon) gets into another jam when he becomes the editor of the Centerville Hish School newspaper. The Fire Chief suspects him when he covers fires.
An escaped political prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.
A detective investigates an actress's murder in a train car.
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.
Other than the title, this film has no connection at all to the 1934 W.C. Fields film of the same title even though some sources give the plot of the Fields' film as the plot of this film. Hubert Abercrombie Gumm (Hugh Herbert), a flighty, eccentric screwball (what else)acquires a job as an executive at a radio station at the insistence of his only-slightly less eccentric aunt Fannie Handley (Esther Dale), who is married to one of the company owners, Ernest Truex. After mixing up the script pages to the various radio programs, Hubert sets out to get the name of a returning explorer on a contract for the radio station.
A daffy songwriter inherits a fortune but has to fight off gangsters to get it.
A reformed thief cracks a ring of art thieves to clear himself of murder charges.
A dancer sailing to Puerto Rico hides government messages in her tap routines.
After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues lovely Anna from a watery suicide attempt and installs her on the barge. But Tiny, Bobo's longtime pal and parasite, hopes to drive Anna away before domestic bliss tears Bobo away from him; the still unsolved murder may be just the wedge Tiny needs. There's fog on the water and evil brewing...
When he's framed for robbery, a reformed thief takes off to find the real culprit.
A serviceman has one week to wed an heiress and inherit $100,000.
The boys are recruited by a gang of thugs to get a coffin containing one of their far from dead colleagues to Dayton to try and get at an inheritance. After the coffin gets switched with the one Dante the Magician uses in his act, his stage show gets more than usually popular.
A mob leader escapes prison and flees with his love to a mountain hideaway, where he tries to atone for his sins.
Two sisters - one smart, one pretty - move to New York to build careers.
A young trumpeter rises through the jazz world and finds love.
The Irish-American detective Shayne is hired by a racetrack bigwig (Kolb) to guard his compulsive gambler daughter (Weaver). When her boyfriend is murdered, Shayne gets blamed.
Detective Shayne is on a train headed for San Francisco with a surprise witness (Hughes) whom many on board would like to keep from testifying at a murder trial.
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.
A Norwegian war orphan adopted by a pianist as a publicity stunt turns out to be a beautiful young woman.
A softhearted gangster tries to go straight.
An outlaw goes straight to work for the telegraph company, which puts him in conflict with his lawless brother.
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 quarrelsome couple discovers their marriage isn''t legal.
Longshoreman Johnny Barnes is in love with Kitty Tracy, barmaid at her father's waterfront saloon. Johnny is arrested for murder. Kitty and Father Cameron locate Frances March, wife of the real murderer (Alcatraz escapee Monte March) which leads to a fight between the two women and then between the priest and the murderer.
A celebrity promoter is accused of murdering one of his clients.
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.)
Power linemen feud over the love of a sultry nightclub singer.
Fictionalized story of the 1869 adoption of women's suffrage in Wyoming Territory. In the new-founded railroad town of Laraville, Boss Jim Cork hopes to manipulate the sale of town lots to give him control, but Quaker schoolmarm Annie Morgan bags one of the key lots. Cork's lawyer Steve Lewis tries romancing Annie to get the lot back, finding her so overpoweringly liberated she leaves him dizzy. Still, Steve attains his nefarious object...almost...then has cause to deeply regret having aroused the sleeping giant of feminism!
A famous radio crooner secretly enlists in the Navy and tries to keep his identity a secret.
A pulp-fiction writer hires a curvaceous blonde to be his muse.
The Dead End Kids are out of the slums of New York's East Side and running around the sunny valleys of California looking for a way to make a quick buck. The idea of working never enters their minds until Halop is egged on by Grey to show his capabilities. Before long, he and Hall are working on the ranch of Galli, an elderly Italian woman who treats her workers like human beings instead of animals. Galli's son disappeared as an infant, and Halop tries to convince her that he is that long lost son, thus possibly sharing in her wealth. Galli is such a good person that Halop is soon motivated by respect instead of greed, so he devises a plan to help her when truckers and a labor organization band together to keep her crops from making it to market.
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 man is charged with murder, his son''''s schoolboy friends set out to solve the case.
A young doctor gives up big-city success to help his father set up a small-town clinic.
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
Detective Nick Carter tries to stop enemy agents from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
A man violates company policy by getting married.
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 revolutionary leader romances a French aristocrat in Louisiana.
A pair of slick Broadway producers con a wealthy cowboy into backing their show.
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however.
Sailor (Hall) is going to marry his girlfriend (Kelly) when he returns, but she becomes foster mother to baby whose parents are accidentally killed. The baby is accidentally left on board a visiting battleship.
When a waiter (Murphy) gives a society girl (Joyce) a public spanking for attending a Communist rally, her soup-tycoon uncle (Ruggles) makes the waiter a vice-president of his company.
Two young Mormons struggle to survive their people''''s journey to a new home in the West.
Detective Nick Carter tries to prove a beautiful immigrant innocent of murder.
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.
A lady doctor gets mixed up with a criminal gang.
When a waiter (Martin) makes a lucky hit and wins a benefit prizefight, gamblers rig some fights for him; but a reporter (Stuart) arranges for a real boxer (Richmond) to put him in his place.
Cisco is attracted to Ann Carver and is soon involved in her and her Grandfather's problems. Sheriff McNally has taken their money, their deed, and thrown them in jail. After breaking them out he makes a deal to buy back their land from McNally and to get the money he and his comrades rob the bank. When time for the payoff arrives, McNally has his men ready to nab him but Cisco has a surprise for McNally.
Joe E. Brown, Mary Carlisle, Clarence Kolb, Marc Lawrence, Don Beddoe. Inept bunglerJoe E. Brown saves the day when he traps some wanted criminals in the Coney Island funhouse.
Following 1939's "The Phantom Stage", the last of 12 series westerns made at Universal by Trem Carr and Paul Malvern starring Bob Baker, Universal kicked off a new series of six starring their new series-sign Johnny Mack Brown (who had already starred in three Universal serials with one more to go.) Baker was now odd-man-out at the studio as his contract had been with Trem Carr, and Carr and associate Malvern had moved over to Monogram to begin a series of four "Tailspin Tommy" features. Universal, usually late to the party anyway, added Baker and comedian Fuzzy Knight to the first-six Brown films to form a trio angle along the lines of Republic's highly successful "Three Mesquiteers" series, but there were no continuing roles in these films---they even killed Baker off in the 2nd film---and Baker's 2nd-lead soon went to 3rd-lead (behind Knight) and then to "gone" after the sixth film. When Bob Baker was next seen in a film at Universal, it was as the uncredited bus driver in Abbott and Costello's "Ride 'Em Cowboy" in 1942. From this point onward, Fuzzy Knight was the sidekick in every B-series western made by Universal until they closed shop on series westerns and serial production when they merged with International Pictures to become Universal-International:In this one, Steve Hayden (Johnny Mack Brown), working undercover, comes to Denton to help restore law and order. The men secretly responsible for the lawlessness are Big Bill Tanner (Russell Simpson) and Melenkthy Culp (Clarence Wilson), the town banker. (A pairing made in filmdom heaven since the meaner and more desperate the two become, the more enjoyable they are to watch.) Judith Lantry (Frances Robinson) arrives from back east to check on her ranch holdings ran by her cousin Bill "Cousin Willie" Strong (Fuzzy Knight), and Tanner and Culp, fearful she will discover the faked mortgages they put on her property, send henchman Ortega (Charles Stevens) to do away with her, but Steve saves her life. She and Cousin Willie put Steve in charge of the ranch, and he quickly fires her crooked foreman Lon (Ralph Dunn), and hires Clem Waters (Bob Baker) and a whole new group of cowhands. Steve captures Lon with 200 head of horses belong to Judith, and he confesses and implicates Tanner and Culp.
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.
On his release from prison, a crook tries to stop his brother from following in his footsteps.
Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.
A race-car driver tries to keep his kid brother from taking to the track.
The Secret Service investigates a fleet of gambling ships.
A hard-living dockworker finds religion until his brother is murdered.
A flyer enters a cross-country aerial derby and becomes rival to a wealthy society competitor.
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad.
A forward thinking bandleader fights to make ragtime respectable.
A gangster finds the straight life ain't so simple.
A bank runner (Kellard) is accused of killing a woman (Hussey) for whom he deposited a large amount. Reporter (Stuart) and bank official (Stuart) investigate.
Mr. Moto must discover who poisoned a fighter in the boxing ring. This movie began as "Charlie Chan at the Ringside," but Warner Oland died during the filming so it was switched to a Mr. Moto.
A hospitalized detective probes the murder of a fellow patient.
A nightclub owner and a bandleader compete for the lead singer''''s heart.
District Attorney's investigator (Whalen) starts his honeymoon and a man is indicated for murder. His bride (Stuart) doubts the man's guilt and enlists the help of a former racketeer (Kelly) to find the real killer.
An insurance man tangles with a fraud ring.
Irish immigrant (Whalen) meets returning war correspondent (Ameche) on a liner bound for New York. When she resists the amors of another passenger, charges result in her being detained at Ellis Island.
A ruthless cop gets mixed up with a man who''''s only turned to crime to help his crippled daughter.
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
A reporter risks lynching to prove that share croppers are being cheated.
A mob-connected trainer grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring.
A prison inmate is framed for killing a con who once tried to kidnap his daughter.
Recruits on a new submarine fall for the same girl.
A singing bandleader signs on with an all-girls band.
A disgraced jockey's son fights to clear the family name.
An escaped convict's bride joins forces with the FBI.
Frank Marshall and Slim Hewitt, postal inspectors, infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan-like vigilante group which has mailed a bomb to a senator. When the legion kills the brother of Nancy Foster, she helps Frank and Slim in their investigation.
The publicity romance between a prizefighter and a showgirl turns into the real thing.
A flight carrying government agents and gangsters must land in a dust storm.
Misc. Crew (feature film)
A shy milkman gets into boxing when he turns out to have a killer punch.
This short film focuses on fake "spiritualists" and psychics who con innocent people out of their money.
A logger must save his stand of redwoods from being bought by an unscrupulous logging company owner in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1234A.
In this short film, an FBI agent goes undercover to investigate the sabotage of American cargo ships.
This short film offers an account of the meeting of the Continental Congress in the summer of 1776. Vitaphone Release 8874-8875.
In this short film, mobsters convince a meat packing company employee to help them hijack a truckload of beef.
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