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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.
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A conservative southern patriarch tries to cope with changing times.
When a circus kidnaps Boy, Tarzan and Jane follow him to New York City.
Fledgling entertainers put on a show for Uncle Sam.
A police scientist investigates the mayor's murder.
Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society. When her husband is killed in an attempt on her life, she is charged with his murder.
Three small-town spinsters adopt a baby.
A new college student lets romance get in the way of his studies.
A news man's political investigations land him in prison.
A college professor fights censorship and an amorous football player who's after his wife.
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A playboy marries a woman doctor then grows jealous of her male patients.
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A woman accepts life in the shadows as the price for her affair with a married man.
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A cowboy's battle with rustlers leads to romance.
A high-school band sets out to win a national radio contest.
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
A gangster hides out in a boardinghouse full of eccentrics.
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl.
A Yankee soldier becomes a spy with the help of a beautiful woman.
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
The governor's daughter tries to win fair treatment for female vagrants by joining them on the road.
A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.
An old man and his grandson trap Death in a tree.
A playboy turns cowboy and sets up a polo match with an Indian tribe.
Classic tale of Scarlett O'Hara's battle to save her beloved Tara and find love during the Civil War.
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An old sailor is duped into joining the Navy, where he runs into a longtime rival.
An English professor helps a waitress take a dream vacation in Paris.
Tim Kerry, a cop on the beat in Hell's Kitchen, welcomes his grown son Ritzy home after a two-year prison term. Ritzy's former friends and his ex-girl Julia join with Tim in hoping he'll go straight. But local gang leader Claire Morelli (the former boss's widow) knows of Ritzy's talents from other ex-cons, and makes him an offer hard to refuse. A chain of double-crosses seems to make tragedy inevitable...
A murderer returns from the grave with a thirst for blood.
American spies try to steal Nazi secrets from a moving train.
A man's friend searches for the real crooks when he's accused of robbery and murder.
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.
A lady reporter adopts the young delinquent her crime exposes helped send to jail.
A husband and wife train to be opera singers.
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Fed up with Hollywood, a movie star enrolls in a small-town college.
A freak accident gives a fading actress a huge publicity push.
A medical school graduate must choose between a small-town practice and a big-city internship.
A Romeo and Juliet love story set amidst horseracing.
An unhappy heiress falls in love with her stodgy sister's freethinking fiance.
Fred, a young lawyer fresh out of school, climbs quickly to success as the mouthpiece for a gangland mob. His friend Paul, however, reaches equally quick success - in the district attorney's office. Inevitably, they meet on opposite sides of the courtroom.
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A divorcee decides she wants her husband back after he's re-married.
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An ad man gets his model girlfriend to pose as a debutante for a new campaign.
A madcap inventor tries to market a razor-less shaving cream.
An unemployed musician's daughter fights to find him a new job.
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A San Quentin inmate's death row conviction is reversed.
A reporter tries to win her editor's heart by solving a murder case.
An opera star's manager tries to stop her romance with a penniless singer.
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An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
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Two pickpockets raise a stolen child, not realizing she's royalty.
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A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
A girl (Jewell) accused of killing her father is defended unsuccessfully by a flashy lawyer (Whalen) and successfully by a new, straightforward one (Trevor).
Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.
A race-car driver wrongly convicted of murder escapes prison to prove his innocence.
A decoding expert tangles with enemy spies.
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An innocent woman is chased by both gangsters and the police.
When he''s widowed, a puppeteer goes into hiding to maintain custody of his son.
Small-time hoods turn nursemaid when a gangster's daughter is orphaned.
A criminal lawyer's wife faces blackmail when she has an affair.
A rookie pitcher tries to stop someone from killing the St. Louis Cardinals.
A lady furrier marries a lovesick sailor then has to deal with his checkered past.
Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy Martin (Rudy Vallee) and Kitty Donnelly (Alice Faye)in and around a dozen or more sketches, revues, black-outs and singing and dancing turns. Made before the birth of the production code, reviewers of the day found much to object about in the implications of Alice Faye's "Nasty Man" song with the Meglin Kiddies, and the dog action in the "Your Dog Loves My Dog" number by Vallee, Faye, Jimmy Durante and Dixie Dunbar. The geometric dance arrangements used in the Vallee, Durante and Cliff Edwards "Every Day Is Father's Day" was not cause for Busby Berkeley to lose any sleep.
A wealthy man escapes his wife's social pretensions in the arms of a burlesque queen.
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
An Army major tries to catch enemy agents on an ocean liner.
A cocky naval cadet clashes with an old friend serving with him.
An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.
A bitter woman who thinks she'll never love again marries, only to fall for a brash young man.
A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband.
Recent college graduates face the realities of the Great Depression.
Success corrupts a young prizefighter and leads him to neglect his wife.
An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.
A sleazy lawyer's female assistant sets out to end his cheating ways.
A circus rider makes a hit in the automotive industry but can't find happiness.
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
A crusading newspaper editor keeps digging into corruption, even when he''s forced to write advice to the lovelorn.
A lady plastic surgeon jeopardizes her marriage when her ex-boyfriend is scarred.
Algy, a British youth of ideals, is sent to America for an arranged marriage with a wealthy heiress. He goes, but reluctantly, for he is actually in love with the daughter of his vicar. The heiress, however, has a surprise in store.
Allegorical film about peace. A king starts a war, many of the women are against it, people are pressed into service. A count has constructed a submarine and gets the order to sink an ocean liner, that is also carrying - supposedly - ammunition for the enemy. The count refuses to fire the torpedos, and sinks the submarine. He survives, but in a limbo between death and life where he meets Jesus, who takes him over to preach peace. Naturally the king arrests him and sentences him to death for treason, but then Jesus shows him the real face of war.
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