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A California lumber baron hires a one-handed young man to guard 2,000 acres against timber thieves. (imdb)
City Story (1954) - Short Film
In order to get an idea of how he and his church can better serve their community, a pastor visits a young girl who is incarcerated in the local jail. (imdb)
A racing horse gives birth to two colts, one of which has a split hoof and is about to be destroyed. A young stable boy saves the horse and raises it to be a champion racer. One day the boy enters his horse in a big race and finds out that the favored horse in the race is his colt's now-grown brother.
When a businessman who has had a double indemnity policy taken out on him dies mysteriously, his insurance company sends an undercover investigator to town to determine exactly what happened. (imdb)
The people around the town of Sloan Junction think that George Parradine is just a harmless book salesman, but he heads a gang of crooks planning to rob and pillage on a large scale.
Two con artists join forces and pose as brother and sister. He then meets rich widows through the "personals" sections of newspapers, marries them, and both kill the widows for their money. (imdb)
Two talent scouts for a New York-based country music TV show called "Square Dance Jubilee" are sent out West to get authentic western singing acts. They find what they're looking for, but also get mixed up in cattle rustling and murder.
In 1887 Arizona, in the context of the settler-vs-cattleman struggle, two rancher brothers fall in-love with the same settler girl while crooked businessmen try to swindle both sides.
California's Golden Beginning (1948) - Short Film
Historical reenactments, including discovery of gold at Sutter's Fort.
Shortly after WW2, a military transport plane carrying an assortment of passengers crashes into the South China Sea forcing the survivors to await their rescue into a life-raft.
Joan Summers (Louise Currie) enters the office of jewel merchant Montclaire (Francis Pierlot) closely followed by Kendal Wolf (Kent Taylor). Each recognizes the other to be a jewel thief, and wordlessly they team together to steal a $30,000 diamond. Searched and questioned when the gem is missed, they are released....with the gem. Detective Sharpe (Larry Blake) is still suspicious and so is the head of Jeweler's Indemnity, who puts two underworld men on to retrieve the diamond.
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. (imdb)
Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding a gold coin in its hand. Fletcher is told by a coin collector that the piece is an old and valuable Spanish coin, but Fletcher soon begins to suspect that the man is himself involved in the murder. Fletcher's investigation leads to he and Sam getting caught up in a murder and gold smuggling scheme. (imdb)
An advertising campaign accidentally unearths an unsolved crime from a decade ago, throwing the campaign manager and his girlfriend in the middle of a fight that may cost them their lives.
Sir Eric Hazarias is searching the mountains of Himalaya for Metorium 245, the only known antidote to the Bomb. Sir Eric is opposed by United Peace Foundation investigator Rod Stanton scientist daughter Marjorie Elmore; and a local guide, Tal Shen. (MSN.com)
Mary Jane Baxter (Fay Holden), a wealthy woman has named her cocker spaniel as her heir, in order to thwart scheming relatives. In learning of her action, her nephew, Eddie Martin (Frederick Brady as Fred Brady) institutes sanity hearings to have her committed to a hospital. She runs away and is befriended by a barber,Charlie Bryan (Frank McHugh) and his family.
Government agents battle a gang of Nazis who are trying to use the Orotron machine, which can turn seawater into gold. (imdb)
Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being called to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford ('Judy Clark' ) in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to get engagements for the group often lead to disaster. (imdb)
A war correspondent's new wife is suspected by his colleagues of being a Nazi spy. (imdb)
A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.
Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death. (imdb)
A secretary sends a coded plea for help in her monthly report; two detectives investigate and find out that men are jailed on phony charges, forced to work in oil fields and then murdered if they try to escape. (imdb)
Alice Bond is under a lot of pressure from her parents to marry Marshall Winkler, an arrogant blowhard whose only positive quality is his money. Alice really cares for Michael Stevens, an incredibly charming but utterly unambitious ne'er-do-well. Even Alice realizes that there's no future for a man who is content to sponge off his wealthy uncle instead of working. Michael convinces Alice's parents to let him marry her if he can get the job he intends to pursue. (imdb)
One of Thorndyke's men has murdered a man and Eris is the only witness. Jim Reardon breaks up Thorndyke's first attempt to kidnap Eris but the second attempt is successful, Jim now not only has to find Eris but has to get her back in time for the trial.
Marine lieutenants Dan and Jim fight bandits in the South American jungle, while competing for the attention of beautiful Joan Grant. (imdb)
A scientist invents a television device called the Iconoscope. Foreign agents hear about it and try to steal it. (imdb)
Niles and Carol Nelson are married doctors who save one of ganglord Gurney's men. Gurney exploits them, then kills Niles leaving Carol to take the fall. He next kidnaps writer Bill Forrest to write his biography. Knowing Bill will be killed when the biography is finished, Carol takes matters into her own hands. (imdb)
A typical Francis vehicle of the time was Women are Like That, in which the star is cast as businesswoman Claire King, the daughter of a powerful advertising executive. When Claire marries humble copywriter Bill Landin (Pat O'Brien), she wants to use her influence to help her husband get ahead, but he will have none of it. Claire's persistence and Bill's stubbornness almost leads to a parting of the ways.
They're Always Caught (1938) - Short Film
An honest mayor sets out to clean up graft and corruption in a big city, but when he sees through a headline-grabbing prosecutor who's only going after the small fry, he's in danger. Enter Dr. John Pritchard, who heads up the city's crime lab. He methodically sifts through evidence, uses a spectrograph, looks for fibers and grains of gunpowder, and finally cracks the case. But does his own ability put him in danger? (imdb)
Jane is the daughter of an officer in the Naval Air Service who, while putting on musical shows for the troops, uncovers a group of spies. (imdb)
A small town electrician becomes a hit singer in New York and gets involved with a gold digger, a thief, an opera singer and the woman he loves. (imdb)
Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named after the title sea creature. (imdb)
Bayard Thatcher is blackmailing the family into which he has married. He demands $25,000 by the next night or else he will tell about shady deals and family skeletons. That is the price the bully Bayard demands for leaving the family alone. At Midnight, he is shot and Dr. Carick is called. He has nurse Keating take care of Bayard's superficial wound and watch over him. Later that night, a mysterious person steals the gun under his pillow as he is out arguing with someone. (imdb)
An eccentric musical family is kept in order by a talented daughter with modest ambitions. (imdb)
Alan Tanner's new play opens in a week, but Tanner just can't finish the third act. He's retreated to a snowbound cottage to work, but blonde neighbor Pat Quinn wants to play. Producer Arthur Layton sends Alice, Alan's first wife, to help him stick to business. But then Daisy, his second wife, shows up wanting her alimony... (imdb)
Crotchety hospital administrator Peter Melady, self-proclaimed developer of a new wonder anaesthetic, is about to undergo a delicate operation to be performed by the glib Dr. Leo Harrigan, Melady's longtime mutual adversary. Police are called when the murdered body of Harrigan is found in an elevator, and Melady, last seen being wheeled on a gurney to surgery by Harrigan, has disappeared. (imdb)
Sue Tally waits for a brother she hasn't seen in twenty years to meet her in a French hotel. By proving her identity, she'll share in a $2,000,000 inheritance. But others are anxious to get a share of the money too, and won't stop at committing a murder or two. (imdb)
Though usually a supporting player in Warner Bros' A pictures, Barton MacLane was permitted an occasional leading role in the studio's B-picture product. Man of Iron casts MacLane as a blue-collar factory worker who, through hard work and initiative, is promoted to vice president. Unfortunately, the higher he climbs up the corporate ladder, the more capitalistic and autocratic he becomes. (allmovie.com)
An alcoholic actress considered a dangerous jinx is rehabilitated but shows she's as dangerous as ever (imdb)
An American, working for his oil company in China, disregards all but the company's interests. " The characters and the institution portrayed in the story are not actual but the product of fiction. The oil business was chosen because light has ever been symbolic of progress." (imdb)
In this bedroom farce, an ex-wife overhears her former hubby's new wife and her lover planning a tryst for the weekend while the husband is away on a business trip. Hoping that the husband will catch them in the act, the ex creates an elaborate scheme whereby the lovers' plans are foiled and they must spend the weekend at her house. She then arranges for her former husband to drop by so he can see for himself the kind of hussy he married. (allmovie.com)
Polo player Johnny Wyatt falls for Shelby Barrett, pro horse-show rider; Shelby's employer, rich widow 'Nicko' Nicholas (on whom both are financially dependent) is after Johnny. The triangle ends with elopement. Can they prosper despite sore losers, backbiting relatives, and a dangerous scandal that threatens their marriage? (imdb)
A small-town doctor gets mixed up with gangsters. (TCM.com)
When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. Their landlady, a one-time Floradora girl, offers to help Miriam become refined. Successful again, Geoffrey is approached ("if only we were free") by Valentine. Miriam tells Valentine off in no uncertain terms. Geoffrey moves into his club where Valentine's husband tells him he is a fool to leave Miriam. (imdb)