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Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
A married man''''s passion for a young woman leads to tragedy.
A jazz drummer fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer.
A policeman''''s obsession with a married woman leads to murder.
True story of the lifelong love affair between Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes and his wife.
A small-town tomboy falls for the boy-next-door in the years before World War I.
A woman sells her successful business in New Orleans to find the men who killed her father.
A tycoon rises to the top in 19th-century San Francisco through greed and corruption.
In a racially mixed American town, a 5-year-old black girl falls unnoticed into a hidden, forgotten well on her way to school. Having nothing better to go on, the police follow up a report that the child was seen with a white stranger, and rumors run wild. Before hapless, innocent Claude Packard is even found, popular hysteria has him tried and convicted. But Packard's troubles pale by comparison as ever more inflated rumors uncap the well of racial tensions and mob violence. And young Carolyn Crawford, forgotten by most, is still missing...
A gambler faces deportation when he gets mixed up with murder.
Against the background of the Civil War, sixteen-year-old song-and-dance artiste Lotta Crabtree works her way across America, becoming ever more popular.
A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln during a train ride.
A lawyer and a widow encounter murder on a train ride.
Musical biography of songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, who surreptitiously helped each other out of jams.
Three men pursue a shipboard romance with a woman they think is an heiress.
A Broadway producer tries to put on a show at the legendary military academy.
Conceited film star Emery Slade was on top in 1932; in 1949, he's broke and still insufferable. Fox producer Crossman enlists Slade's aid to persuade broadway star Rosalie Brooks to star in the film "Bandwagon." But when Slade meets Julie Clarke, his assistant's onetime girlfriend, he decides she, not Rosalie, should get the part. No one can fathom his motives for this apparently selfless act, but there are a few tricks in the old fox yet...and he'll need them all.
The fastest gun in the West tries to escape his reputation.
A doting father faces mountains of bills and endless trials when his daughter marries.
A killer holds the customers at a bar hostage.
A married song and dance team tries to adopt a child.
A beloved old man is secretly Mister 880, an amateurish counterfeiter.
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim's bones to go on.
When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her.
A crooked lawyer tries to protect his numbers running brother from a ruthless crime boss.
A government agent infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic.
A married musical team splits up so the wife can become a serious actress.
Songwriters Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart search for love while rising to the top.
Three bachelors adopt an orphan, then fight over custody when each falls in love.
A singer''''s wife turns to the bottle when she fears she''''s lost her husband to success.
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective''''s viewpoint.
A body, believed to be that of a criminal lawyer, sends the police hunting for the killer. The lawyer's wife, his partner, and an ex-convict are, in turn, suspected of the crime. But the body was incorrectly identified, and the lawyer is still alive. He murders his partner and is planning on killing his wife.
A sensitive girl has trouble adjusting to her parents'''' divorce.
Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble.
Lawyer-superhero Lamont Cranston searches for precious jewels stolen from the grave.
Private detective Simon Lash (Richard Arlen) and his assistant Eddie Slocum (Tom Dugan) are hired by Joyce Bonniwell (Veda Ann Borg) to find her missing husband Jim Bonniwell (Edward Earle.) They learn from Mr. Springer (Herbert Rawlinson), president of the bank where Bonniwell worked, that a woman named Evelyn Price (Marjorie Manners) is mixed up in the case. Following up on a call from Sheriff Rucker (Archie Twitchell as Michael Branden), Joyce and Simon go to Palmdale and Joyce identifies the body of a murdered man as her husband. Simon, following up the lead of the mysterious woman, goes to Mesa, New Mexico and finds the mystery woman to be Joyce and her husband very much alive.
A respected businessman and his gambler best friend fall for the same woman in 1850s Oregon.
Three amateur detectives try to find a missing magician.
A carnival showman tries to keep Japanese spies from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
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.
A Navy commander fights to prove the battle-worthiness of the PT boat at the start of World War II.
A lady reporter travels West to dig up the truth about a long dead bandit.
An actor playing a notorious killer begins to live the part.
The inhabitants of a Balkans island under quarantine fear that one of their number is a vampire.
A middle aged wouldbe painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman.
A woman fights to save her husband from a sluttish waitress.
Fly-by-night producers dodge bill collectors while trying for one big hit.
When they''''re named Mr. and Mrs. Average Man, a small-town couple embarks on a whirlwind tour of Washington.
A small-town doctor tries to help a beautiful woman with a deranged husband.
An actress''''s publicist starts a rumor that she''''s a war hero''''s secret bride.
A society sleuth travels South of the border to investigate an art dealer''s murder.
Two vaudevillians try to round up some ready-made brides for gold prospectors.
A speakeasy owner steals a serious young composer''''s songs so he can produce a musical.
A lawyer tries to clear his wife''''s lover of murder charges.
Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge entertain the troops overseas.
The boys operate a ballet school (appearing in drag) and try to help a young inventor sell his idea, to get in the good graces of his girl's father. In their efforts, they get involved with a gang of insurance racketeers. All ends well.
When a reporter exposes her past in burlesque, a musical theatre star sets out for revenge.
A braggart masquerades as a primitive throwback.
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.
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.
A radio star creates a national panic when he announces a Martian invasion.
A man violates company policy by getting married.
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.
US-to-Central-America freight service pilot (Nolan) marries radio broadcaster (Bari) and promises to take a desk job but the urge for adventure is too strong.
A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad.
A lawyer plays with fire when he gets mixed up with underworld types.
Chan is on a gambling vacation in Monaco. He is called upon to solve two murders. One is a casino messenger on his way to Paris with a million dollars in bonds. The other is a two-bit Chicago gangster recently tending bar in a Monte Carlo hotel. Everyone is suspect and a third of the dialogue is in French.
A fighter''''s hard-drinking father gets his son mixed up with the underworld.
A Romeo and Juliet love story set amidst horseracing.
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 divorcee decides she wants her husband back after he''''s re-married.
A radio announcer tries to juggle musical acts and his ex-wives while broadcasting from an ocean liner.
Tony Martin goes to Kentucky to find talent to boost radio ratings. There it is learned that the Ritz brothers are really from New York and only pretending to be hillbillies to get on Martin's show.
Agadez is a lonely French outpost baking under the desert sun and commanded by the cruel and oppressive Captain Savatt (C. Henry Gordon.) To it comes, at his own request, Legionnaire Jim Wilson (Paul Kelly) soon followed by his fiancee, Carla Preston (Lorna Gray), who has been tracing him from post to post. Legionnaires seize the fort and turn Savitt loose in the Arab-haunted desert with only a fraction of the water and food needed to get back to civilization. But Savitt gets through and returns to the fort at the head of an avenging troop of men. But Arabs surround Savitt and his men, and the mutineers, knowing that to leave the fort and aid them means their own death...
A couple who are always quarreling split up temporarily while she goes to France and teams up with a playboy who's being sued for breach of promise.
Adapted by Isabel Dawn and Boyce de Gaw from a "Redbook Magazine" story by Mildred Cram with, apparently, none of the three understanding much about military trials or else the Ray Milland character would have ended up with a dishonorable discharge and twenty years in the slammer. Story begins at a birthday party given for Virginia deb Lauralee Curtis (Wendy Barrie) by her adoring aunts Nellie (Margaret McWade) and Evie Curtis (Clara Blandick.) Wealthy yankee Gregory Chandler (Kent Taylor) claims the first dance and spends the night unfolding dazzling vistas of yachts, wealth and far-off romantic places and asks Lauralee to marry him. She declines, as properly brought-up southern girls do not accept first-night proposals or, most of the time, propositions. But this changes when navy flyers Lieutenants Stony Gilchrist (Ray Milland) and Jack Furness (William Gargan) make a forced landing on the Curtis plantation, and it is a case of love at first sight when Lauralee meets Stony,evidently because Lauralee and Stony are the only two people at the party with British accents. She marries him and follows him to Honolulu.But the Navy bungalow is a bit drab---"pitifully drab" to be exact---for a good old girl from a southern plantation, and she isn't too keen about airplanes flying over the house all day even if they are on a Naval base and, for goodness gracious sakes, ol' Stony's duties force him to stay away from home at times. Meanwhile, Gregory sails his yacht into the harbor with the express purpose of winning Lauralee away from Stony, which is not surprising for a damn yankee. She assures the cad that she loves her husband more than ever but...she will attend a party on his yacht since Stony is tied up doing whatever it is he does and a girl just can't stay cooped up all the time and she reckons there is nothing wrong in that. But Stony comes home early, finds out where she is going and reckons otherwise. They quarrel and Lauralee hies herself on to the party, which ends up on a slumming excursion to a disreputable cafe where a drunk makes a pass at Lauralee, and Gregory, miffed that someone other than he is out to spoil Lauralee's honor, fights the drunk. All three are hauled to jail and the story is all over Honolulu's morning newspapers. Grief-stricken and not wishing to bring further shame on Stony, Lauralee sends word she is leaving him for Gregory Chandler. Stony isn't buying any of that and he steals a Navy plane and goes in search of Chandler's yacht. To compound his theft of United States government property, Stony also manages to crash said property. He offers no defense at his court martial, since doing so would involve his wife's good (albeit somewhat tarnished) name. But Lauralee shows up and tells the court martial board it was all her fault, and the board reckons that under these circumstances Stony should be restored to full duty and rank but transferred to another base. In real life, of course, his next base would have been the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas doing a hard-duty twenty years behind the bars.
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.
A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom.
A spoiled rich boy is lost at sea and rescued by a fishing boat, where hard work and responsibility help him become a man.
An Italian immigrant studying the law gets mixed up with crooks.
A dizzy society matron runs wild on the Riviera.
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.
A British butler goes to America duped by mobsters into believing he is the heir to a fortune.
A New York nightclub singer plans to reveal gangsters named in her private diary. The diary disappears and the singer is murdered. Charlie Chan is called into to investigate.
A Devil's Island escapee shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls.
A man helps his brother skip town, then steals his girlfriend.
Young marrieds in the fishing business run afoul of the law.
A department-store head tries to stop a gangland plot.
A playboy tries to redeem himself after his careless behavior causes a great man's death.
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora''''s cousin of a murder charge.
A girl (Jewell) accused of killing her father is defended unsuccessfully by a flashy lawyer (Whalen) and successfully by a new, straightforward one (Trevor).
When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life.
A sailor on leave helps a young dancer make it to the top on Broadway.
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
After marrying a drunken playboy, a young girl tries to capture his heart while he's sober.
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
To save his beloved dog, a boy runs away from home, only to get mixed up with gangsters.
A temperamental film star''''s vacation turns deadly when he uncovers a murder.
Three fugitives risk their lives to bring a newborn baby out of the desert to safety.
A gangster hides from the law by trading places with a mild-mannered double.
A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.
A songwriters takes on the corrupt publisher who stole his music.
A moralistic publisher discovers his wife is cheating on him.
A milquetoast has to fight off cops and gangsters when he''''s mistaken for a criminal.
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.
A nouveau riche couple try to break into high society.
A barber tries to find the winning lottery ticket he hid from his moralistic wife.
Murder charges threaten an actress's marriage plans.
A decoding expert tangles with enemy spies.
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
A husband-and-wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.
A scorned woman dreams of revenge on the man who betrayed her.
A small-time auctioneer tries to break into society.
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.
A philosophy professor gets stuck chaperoning a student tour of the world.
An actress signs up to spy for the Union, then falls for a Confederate officer.
Boyhood friends grow up on opposite sides of the law.
A rookie pitcher tries to stop someone from killing the St. Louis Cardinals.
Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is knocked out. He then promises never to be jealous again and marries Jo. When she realizes that they're broke she asks Lambert for a job (she had quit on marrying Larry.) One thing leads to another and Larry, enraged with jealousy, end up killing Lambert. He then wanders off in a daze, and Jo takes the rap for the murder. Larry descends from his amnesiac fog just in time to interrupt the announcement of the jury's verdict in Jo's trial. then it's off to the chair for Larry. Or is it?
A criminal lawyer's wife faces blackmail when she has an affair.
A man''''s loud-mouthed bumbling almost ruins his new wife''''s family.
A small-time gangster wants to go straight until he loses his girl to a rival hood.
This short film focuses on how marriages can start to crumble.
Racketeers move in on construction business and endanger public safety in this short film.
In this short comedy, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd come across some much needed money that just happens to be stolen.
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