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|Also Known As:||Died:||August 2, 1985|
|Born:||December 8, 1905||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||St. Louis, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn't pretty.
A wealthy playboy gives up partying to help a Nevada farm girl make her ranch a success.
Midvale College is in fear of losing it's college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter Merlin Jones, a bright college student, and his nephew Stanley, an intelligent chimpanzee. The judge wants Merlin to create an "honest way to cheat". Merlin uses "sleep learning" to help the players pass their exams. This saves the college football program from being banished, but not for long...the college is tempted to receive a $1 million dollar check from a Mr. Astorbilt. The catch is though the college must get rid of football. Judge Holmesby finds Darius Green III, who will pay $10 million dollars to the college if they can get a man to fly under his own power. The task is in Merlin's hands again. Can Merlin win the day and save the football team?
A scientist proves that he can domesticate a lion, but nobody seems to believe him.
Two prospectors cope with woman problems and a con man.
A Navy Security employee gets discharged after being suspected of "Communist affiliations." With the help of a lawyer and the Secretary of the Navy, his life long commitment to the military is established and he is returned to service with back pay.
Dramatization of the legendary battle between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton Gang.
An alleged coward tries to redeem himself by reclaiming General Custer''''s body.
Willie Taylor, small-town 4th-grade schoolboy, takes to heart his admired teacher's words about truthfulness, and repeats in public his uncle's remark about paying a kickback to the mayor. Result: principal Miss Dabney (a political appointee) suspends Willie from school, and teacher Joan Madison, up against a political machine, enlists amorous columnist Ernie Miller to turn Willie's case into a cause celebre...
The story of USS 'Belinda', Attack Transport PA22, launched late 1943 with regular-navy captain Hawks and ex-merchant captain MacDougall as boat commander. Despite personal friction, the two have plenty to deal with as the only experienced officers on board during the "shakedown." Almost laughable incompetence gradually improves, but the crew remains far from perfect when the ship sees action, landing troops on enemy beachheads. And few anticipate the challenges in store at Okinawa...
A man's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War.
A cowboy shoots it out with outlaws to win a rancher''''s beautiful daughter.
A prisoner leads his counterparts in a protest for better living conditions which turns violent and ugly.
A musical about a man, Jason Carberry, who rides into a frontier town looking for his brother's killer, but is surprised to find everyone in the town is celebrating his kin's death and, for that matter, gunplay in general. He eventually discovers the murderer and each man swears to shoot down the other in a gunfight. However, their girlfriends team up to put an end to the bloodshed.
A taxi driver gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
An unhappy man goes on a killing spree.
A faded rodeo star mentors a younger rider but falls for his wife.
Rebel soldiers raid a Union gold shipment, then learn the Civil War has been over for a month.
A policeman tries to talk a desperate young man off the ledge of a New York skyscraper.
A rigid police detective accidentally uncovers his wife's illegal past.
A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm.
A talking mule helps a hapless soldier uncover an enemy agent.
A prison warden fights to prove one of his inmates was wrongly convicted.
A U.S. Marshall tries to recover stolen gold.
During post civil war, southern veterans move wet to find money to rebuild their homes and are continuosly harassed.
A railroad detective tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love.
A night-club owner takes on the crooks who killed his best friend.
A gunslinger hired to drive off a rancher falls in love with the man's daughter.
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.
A film that possibly held the record for the most Irish-descent players in an American-produced movie before "The Quiet Man" was shot on location in Ireland, and that includes "The Informer." Barry Fitzgerald is a rapid fan of following the ponies (but none too good at picking the winners)and owns a shabby boarding house east of NYC's Third Avenue. Mostly, he never works, follows his hunches, philosphizes through most of the 77 minutes and changes the life course for most of those around him. His dependence upon his daughter (Diana Lynn) keeps him interfering with her romance with a returning WW II sailor (Sonny Tufts, just before Paramount finally gave up on him.) And he will stretch the truth beyond accepted boundaries. Fitzgerald's real-life brother Arthur Sheilds plays his brother who he has built up to be a rich man, but who is really a diver working for the police department. Could have been a ten if there had been a leprechaun or two or Pat O'Brien in the cast.
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 WAC officer returns from the war to find her husband wants a divorce.
The world''''s worst actress rises to stardom as serial queen Pearl White.
A small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways.
"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.
Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.
A single mother gives up her son, then fights to remain a part of his life.
George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrficed his education for his brother's, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls is he had never lived.
Vaudeville partners spend years vying for the same beautiful woman.
Charles Stewart, the "Pilgrim" owner's playboy son, finds himself shanghaied on his father's ship commanded by cruel Captain Thompson. When scurvy breaks out he leads a mutiny and is slapped in irons. Floggings and torture abound.
A veteran fights to prove he didn''''t kill his cheating wife.
When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting
In this true story, Texas Guinan rises from Wild West shows to become New York's "Queen of the Nightclubs" during Prohibition.
A writer fights to overcome his addiction to liquor.
War hero flier Bob Collins goes on a war bond selling tour with two buddies, and substitute "chaperone" Ivy Hotchkiss. Bob's a cheerful Lothario with several girls in every town on the tour. After some amusing escapades, Bob and Ivy become romantically involved, agreeing it's "just fun up in the air." Then Ivy finds out the real reason why it shouldn't be anything more.
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive country girl who reluctantly becomes an actress, another paints a picture of a gay party girl and and the third describes a serious intellectual. Which one is the real Susan?
A green recruit has a series of madcap adventures in the Army.
A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family.
Made at the time when the National Barn Dance program, on radio station WLS (for World's Largest Store and owned by Sears & Roebuck) in Chicago, was as big on a national scale listening audience as "The Grand Ole Opry" out of Nashville. The film highlights the leading acts then performing on the program; comedian Pat Buttram, announcer Joe Kelly (before his Quiz Kids stint), Lulubelle & Scotty (Scott Wiseman and wife Myrtle), the Dinning Sisters trio, Arkie the Arkansas Wood Chooper (Luther W. Osenbrink) and the Hoosier Hot Shots quartet, whose musical abilities and creativity were vastly underrated. The piffle of a story begins in the early days of radio (Calvin Cooledge was President) but otherwise seems to take place in 1944, which made things easier on the Art and Set directors. Agent John Berke (Charles Quigley) thinks advertising executive Mitcham (Robert Benchley) wants to put together a program of hillbilly performers---a term used until later years when Nashville went uptown and changed it to Country & Western---and hies himself down to a country town where Lulubelle (Myrtle Wiseman) & Scotty (Scott Wiseman) hold a barn dance in their barn every Saturday night featuring themselves and their farm hands, although it is not quite clear just what chores the Dinning Sisters perform. He signs all hands to a contract, brings them to Chicago and learns that Mitcham has no intentions of putting together such a program to be sponsored by the Garvey Soup Company owned by the Garveys (Charles Dingle and Mabel Paige). A bit of plot contrivance---a small bit--- changes all of that, and the National Barn Dance is born.
During World War II, Lee Stevens travels to Washington D.C. with his secretary Jane Rogers in order to secure a government contract. Not thinking it through, Jane cancels their hotel reservations when she feels the accomodations are inadequate. With no rooms available in the entire city Lee and Jane pose as a married couple and take positions as maid and butler in the Cromwell's home until the contract can be secured.
A college boy has to cope with a pair of beautiful twins.
A ghost who died a coward tries to inspire U.S. GIs to become heroes.
A German-born art dealer finds himself falling for Nazi propaganda.
The singing/dancing Angel sisters, Nancy (Dorothy Lamour), Bobby (Betty Hutton), Josie (Diana Lynn) and Patti (Mimi Chandler), aren't interested in performing together, and this plays havoc with the plans of Pop Angel (Raymond Walburn) to buy a soy bean farm. They do accept an offer of ten dollars to sing at a dubious night club on the edge of town where a band led by Happy Marshall (Fred MacMurray) is playing. Bobby takes the ten dollars and runs it up to $190 at the dice table. Happy hits on Nancy but she rebuffs him. He doesn't have the money to pay his band and borrows the gambling winnings from Bobby on the pretext that he will give her a job with his band. Bobby discovers the next day that Happy has hastily departed for New York. The girls follow to a night club where he is working and, after an audition, the manager is willing to give Happy a contract if the girls will sing with his band.
A downed World War II pilot becomes the guardian angel for his successor in love and war.
True story of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies' attempts to forge a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union.
Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players.
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
An ambitious woman doesn't care who she hurts in her drive to make her sister a star.
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
Baseball legend Lou Gehrig faces a crippling disease at the height of his success.
The management of touring ice show faces mounting debts.
A cowboy is mistaken for the owner of a profitable ranch under attack by rustlers and ghosts.
An Army sergeant''''s photographic memory puts him in conflict with a Nazi spy.
A taxi driver's love for a gangster's moll could ruin the company he runs with a friend.
An heiress experiences a variety of strange goings on when she goes to collect her inheritance.
Feuding sergeants wreak havoc on the Navy.
The title of Grand Caesar in the Ancient Order of Noblest Romans of Wakefield, Indiana keeps Jim "Pop" Helton (Cecil Kellaway) so involved and distracted that he forgets to pay the family's bills, nearly makes a shambles of a real estate deal his oldest daughter, Ethel (Helen Walker)is working on,almost wrecks her romance with Captain Tom Drayson (James Brown), and gets involved in a game with a pool shark in an effort to raise the remaining $75 of the $6,750 needed (that they didn't have) by the Wakefield Lodge to host the national convention of the Noblest Romans.
Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Eadie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance.
A widow's grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor.
A society sleuth is framed for murder by criminals running a war-bond racket.
In 1943, 'Mac' MacClain, Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German torpedo. While waiting for a new ship, he befriends Joyce Cartwright, sister of one of his dead officers. We follow the building and launch of new Corvette K-255, the 'Donnacola'. And who should be Mac's new subaltern but Joyce's other brother Paul, fresh out of the academy. Mac will do his best to make a good officer of Paul...if they both survive their hazardous sea duty.
Press agent Jimmy Gates (Marty May) gets an idea while watching a New York parade, for a returned war hero Sergeant Buzz McAllister (Macdonald Carey), with his chief client, singer Judy Ames (Betty Rhodes); Dona Drake (Dona Drake), leader of an all-girl orchestra; his photographer Foggy (Cliff Edwards), and his secretary Myrt (Minna Gombell). Jimmy, thinking Judy needs publicity in order to get a singing job on a radio program, thinks that a romance between her and the war hero would be just the ticket. Judy isn't too warm on the idea but agrees to go ahead for Jimmy's sake, with whom she thinks she is in love. She agrees to work on Buzz that night at the Manhattan Canteen, a converted night club where show business people entertain and wait on service men. Foggy is assigned to get pictures of Judy and Buzz together but fails through ineptness. Buzz escorts Judy home in a rainstorm and, while helping her out of the taxi, slips and falls into a deep puddle. Judy asks him to come in so she can dry his soaking-wet uniform on the kitchen stove. Foggy gains entrance to the apartment via the dumbwaiter and snaps a picture of Buzz in his underwear. The next morning Buzz tells Jimmy that he intends to marry Judy, which is going further than he had intended. He also decides he can't use the compromising - but innocent - photo for publicity purposes but does announce their - he thinks - publicity-only engagement. That clinches the deal for Judy to get a radio program called "The Girl I Left Behind." Buzz proposes to Judy, who realizes she loves Buzz and not Jimmy, and they, not knowing that Jimmy has announced their "engagement", decide to keep it a secret.
Hitler summons the Axis leaders to a secret island meeting with disastrous results.
A newlywed tries to deal with her troubled stepchild.
An American agent tries to keep Axis spies from blowing up the Panama Canal.
A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
Marines stationed in the Pacific fight off the Japanese during World War II.
To finance her husband's career, a married woman courts an eccentric millionaire.
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
Brothers feud over a girl they both fall for while covering World War II.
Two army sergeants wreak havoc on leave.
When his wife threatens him with divorce, a reporter courts her again.
A young doctor with a broken heart succumbs to the lure of a socialite.
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.
Nazi spies in search of government secrets kidnap a munitions worker.
True-life story of Edna Gladney, who fought for orphans' rights in Texas.
A prizefighter's swelled head endangers his marriage.
A remake of Monogram's 1934 "City Limits" with practically all of the character role names the same as in the earlier film, and the primary difference here is that the author of the original story, Jack Woodford, receives no mention here. George Waggner (as Joseph West),who adapted the story for the first film, takes an "original screenplay" credit here with no nod in the direction of the man who wrote the story in the first place. A glance at a few Universal B-westerns Waggner "wrote" for Bob Baker will find that the majority of them had also been written before by other writers, mostly in the John Wayne Lone Star westerns. Edmond Kelso's additional dialogue credit must have been for the interplay between Frank Faylen's and Charlie Hall's hobo characters, especially when Faylen starts explaining why the sixty-cent dollar is still worth a dollar in a 40-year precursor to voo-doo economics. Story concerns railroad tycoon J.B. Matthews (Jed Prouty) taking over a rival line, being sent on an R&R vacation by his doctor, falling off his private train-car and landing in a hobo jungle occupied by Faylen and Hall, and being cured of all his ills, while reporter Jimmy Dugan (Frank Albertson) poses as a doctor in order to get an exclusive story about the railroad takeover.
To help their college win its first championship two rowers pass a truck driver off as a fellow student.
A Viennese refugee weds a struggling author platonically so she can stay in the U.S.
A foreign correspondent hurries home to stop his wife from getting a divorce.
Steel-worker brothers compete for the same woman.
A stuffy businessman livens things up by having a fling.
An aspiring mystery writer stumbles on to a real murder.
Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to pitch an idea for a cartoon.
A hotshot flyer endangers his colleagues in the Royal Air Force as they fly against the Nazis.
A young man tries to rescue his grandmother from kidnappers.
A military man promoted to sergeant because of his photographic memory fights to prove his worth.
A gangster helps pay a tabloid editor's debts to gain control of the paper.
True story of the farm boy who made the transition from religious pacifist to World War I hero.
A man will only allow his daughter to marry if her fiance can raise $1,000.
A young inventor''''s new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems.
A wealthy culture vulture tries to steal a playwright from his actress wife.
Thomas Edison fights to turn his dreams into reality.
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
Two producers get back at a temperamental star by putting her in a sure flop.
After a failed hit, a mob chief recuperates in a monastery.
Illicit lovers plot to desert their spouses and marry each other.
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
A hard-living dockworker finds religion until his brother is murdered.
A famous detective investigates industrial espionage at a plane factory.
A divorce lawyer prospers as a gambling tycoon.
On his release from prison, a crook tries to stop his brother from following in his footsteps.
Personal conflicts flare between competitors in a women's air race.
An old sailor is duped into joining the Navy, where he runs into a longtime rival.
An aging man clashes with his social-climbing daughter-in-law.
During a drunken night out, an heiress marries a broken-down gambler.
A young tough takes the rap for a hardened gangster.
A runaway poetess helps a fugitive prove himself innocent of murder charges.
A famous detective investigates industrial espionage at a plane factory.
An Army base murder investigation dredges up strange secrets.
Rival newsreel photographers vie for scoops and a beautiful lady flyer.
A Hollywood heartthrob helps a small-town girl achieve stardom.
A mob-connected trainer grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring.
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
A gullible "angel" sinks money into a doomed play.
An ambitious reporter forces her policeman boyfriend to let her help with a murder case.
Outlaws lame a cowboy''''s horse on the eve of the Oklahoma land rush.
Perry Mason tries to find out if a long-lost heiress is the real thing.
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
Bigotry flares when a teacher is accused of killing a small-town girl in the South.
A reporter tries to win her editor''''s heart by solving a murder case.
A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring.
A disgraced jockey's son fights to clear the family name.
A hockey star goes blind and has to fight for a new life.
A fake heiress marries a common reporter to thwart the advances of gold-digging playboys.
A group of insurance salesmen try to get into show business.
A country bumpkin who's a mathematical genius falls into the hands of gangsters.
The story, an update of the 1959-63 series "Dobie Gillis," reunites the original cast in an unsold pilot that continues to depict events in the life of Dobie Gillis, a once-indecisive teenager who is now married, the father of a teenage son, and partners with his father in an expanded Gillis Grocery
The dealings of Eddie Skinner, a private patrolman in a posh residential area who manipulates both men and machines for his own profit.
When a beauty queen tries to make it in Hollywood, she learns stardom comes at a price in this short film. Vitaphone Release 88-89A.
In this comedic short, a waiter accidentally knocks out a boxing champion leading to a humorous "rematch." Vitaphone Release 9384-9385.
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