|3 Godfathers 1948 N/R, 106 min.|
aka: Three Godfathers
Director: John Ford
Cast: John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond, Mae Marsh, Jane Darwell, Ben Johnson, Mildred Natwick, Guy Kibbee, Dorothy Ford, Charles Halton, Hank Worden, Jack Pennick, Fred Libby, Michael Dugan
Three outlaws, Robert Marmaduke Hightower, Pedro "Pete" Roca Fuente, and William Kearney "the Abilene Kid" (John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, and Harry Carey Jr.), become godfathers to an orphaned baby. When two of them die, the remaining guardian, Hightower, undergoes a spiritual change and cares for the baby.
|Across the Pacific 1942 N/R, 97 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Adventure / Romance
Director: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Charles Halton, Victor Sen Yung, Frank Wilcox, Monte Blue, Philip Ahn, Frank Faylen, Keye Luke, Roland Got, Lee Tung Foo, Roland Drew, Paul Stanton, Lester Matthews
Set in the pre-World War II era, disgraced ex-Army man Rick Leland (Humphrey Bogart), sociologist Dr. Lorenz (Sydney Greenstreet), and fashion designer Alberta Marlo (Mary Astor) meet on a Japanese ship. Rick is attracted to Alberta, but none of them are who they pretend to be. Rick is an undercover agent for the United States, and when he learns more about Dr. Lorenz and Alberta and the roles they play for the Japanese war effort, he finds himself in a dire situation.
|Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953 N/R, 72 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Musical
Director: Don Weis
Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Hans Conried, Lurene Tuttle, Charles(2) Lane, Kathleen Freeman, Hanley Stafford, Archer MacDonald, Almira Sessions, John Smith, John McKee, Alan Harris, Charles Halton
This enjoyable comedy/musical is centered on the campus life of young college freshman Dobie Gillis (Bobby Van). Dobie and his roommate Charlie Trask (Bob Fosse) have one goal at Grainbelt University: to have fun. Dobie dates Pansy Hammer (Debbie Reynolds), and Charlie hooks up with Lorna Ellingboe (Barbara Ruick), and they have fun together. But, Pansy's father, George (Hanley Stafford) does not care for Dobie and wants Pansy to leave Dobie and change colleges. And, now the schemes to prevent this from happening lead to many predicaments before Pansy returns to Grainbelt and Dobie.
|Because of Him 1946 N/R, 90 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Richard Wallace
Cast: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Helen Broderick, Stanley Ridges, Donald Meek, Charles Halton, Regina Wallace, Douglas Wood, Lynn Whitney, Ethyl Ma Halls, Robert Homans, George Eldredge, Bess Flowers, George Chandler
Kim (Deanna Durbin), an aspiring actress, is trying to get a role in playwright Paul's (Franchot Tone) Broadway show opposite Broadway legend Sheridan (Charles Laughton). But Paul is not at all pleased to have an unknown star in his play. All ends well, with Deanna still in good voice with the songs and Laughton putting in another fine performance.
|Carrie 1952 N/R, 118 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert, Mary Murphy, Basil Ruysdael, Ray Teal, Barry Kelley, Don Beddoe, Royal Dano, Sara Berner, William Reynolds, Walter Baldwin, Harry Hayden, Charles Halton
Based on Theodore Dreiser's novel, "Sister Carrie," this is the story of Carrie Meeber's (Jennifer Jones) rise in social status with the help of cultured George Hurstwood (Laurence Olivier) who throws caution to the wind as he gives his money away to promote the welfare of Carrie.
|Charlie Chan at Treasure Island 1939 N/R, 75 min.|
Director: Norman Foster
Cast: Sidney Toler, Pauline Moore, Cesar Romero, Victor Sen Yung, Douglas Fowley, June Gale, Douglass Dumbrille, Donald MacBride, Sally Blane, Louis Jean Heydt, Wally Vernon, Charles Halton, Billie Seward, Trevor Bardette, Gerald Mohr
While traveling on the clipper from Honolulu to San Francisco, Paul Essex (Louis Jean Heydt) dies, and the police rule the death a suicide. Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) investigates his friend's death, and the clues lead to a San Francisco Fair at Treasure Island and a spiritualist, Dr. Zodiac (Gerald Mohr). Charlie and son Jimmy (Victor Sen Yung) get help on the case from an illusionist, Rhadini (Cesar Romero), who wants to expose Dr. Zodiac as a phony who threatens his clients with blackmail. The investigation reaches a high point when a mystic, Eve (Pauline Moore), plans to use her psychic powers to name the killer.
|The Doctor Takes a Wife 1940 N/R, 83 min.|
Director: Alexander Hall
Cast: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick, Edmund Gwenn, Frank Sully, Gordon Jones, Georges Metaxa, Charles Halton, Irving Bacon, Joseph Eggenton, Paul McAllister, Chester Clute, Hal K. Dawson, Edward Van Sloan
When chauvinistic Professor Timothy Sterling (Ray Milland) and independent-minded author June Cameron (Loretta Young) are mistaken for husband and wife, June's publisher boyfriend, John (Reginald Gardiner), believes that she can write a book about marriage and make money–if she pretends to be married to Timothy. Timothy and June rent an apartment, and, at first, they cannot stand each other. But, they go along with the ruse, which results in them falling in love for real.
|Foreign Correspondent 1940 N/R, 119 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Mystery / Thriller / Romance
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Albert Bassermann, Robert Benchley, Edmund Gwenn, Eduardo Ciannelli, Harry Davenport, Ian Wolfe, Martin Kosleck, Frances Carson, Charles Wagenheim, Charles Halton, Eddie Conrad
At the beginning of World War II, American reporter Johnny Jones (Joel McCrea) is sent to Europe where he witnesses the assassination of Dutch diplomat Van Meer (Albert Basserman). Looking into the matter, Johnny finds a huge conspiracy, and, with help from peace advocate Stephen Fisher's (Herbert Marshall) daughter Carol (Laraine Day), he uncovers Nazi plans to conquer Europe. But, discovering the plans will lead to a dangerous journey as Johnny puts together clues to discover who is the leader of the deadly plot. The film received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Supporting Actor (Basserman). This is one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films.
|Gold Diggers of 1937 1936 N/R, 101 min.|
Genre: Musical / Comedy / Romance
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Cast: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Victor Moore, Glenda Farrell, Lee Dixon, Osgood Perkins, Charles D. Brown, Joseph Crehan, William B. Davidson, Olin Howland, Rosalind Marquis, Irene Ware, Charles Halton, Paul Irving, Harry C. Bradley
This is the third–and final–"Gold Diggers" film, and Busby Berkeley, though not in the director's chair for this one, still handled the choreography. This time around, unemployed chorus girls Genevieve Larkin (Glenda Farrell) and Norma Perry (Joan Blondell) are in on a plot to buy insurance from Rosmer Peak (Dick Powell) to insure J.J. Horbart (Victor Moore) in order to make money when he dies. Meanwhile, Horbart's partners lost his money in the stock market, and he has no money to finance his next Broadway show. Now, Genevieve falls in love with Horbart who suffers a breakdown when he learns that he is broke. The only way to restore Horbart's health is to put on the show without financial backing. And the show goes on.
|Golden Boy 1939 N/R, 98 min.|
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Joseph Calleia, Lee J. Cobb, Sam Levene, Edward Brophy, Don Beddoe, Frank Jenks, Charles Halton
In William Holden's first starring role, he delivers a fine performance as Joe Napoleon, who dreams of being a violinist but turns to boxing as a more viable means of earning money.
|In Old California 1942 N/R, 88 min.|
Director: William C. McGann
Cast: John Wayne, Binnie Barnes, Albert Dekker, Helen Parrish, Patsy Kelly, Edgar Kennedy, Dick Purcell, Harry Shannon, Charles Halton, Emmett Lynn, Robert McKenzie, Milton Kibbee, Paul Sutton, Anne O'Neal, Art Dillard
Tom Craig (John Wayne) is a Boston pharmacist who comes to Sacramento to settle down during the California Gold Rush and is greeted with big problems from the Dawson brothers, Britt (Albert Dekker) and Joe (Dick Purcell), who run the town. After the Dawsons poison some of Tom's tonics, Whitey (Emmett Lynn) drinks it and dies. Tom is nearly lynched, but when word that Tom is helping gold miners stricken with typhoid fever reaches Britt, he rethinks his actions and confesses that he poisoned the drugs.
|Jitterbugs 1943 N/R, 74 min.|
Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Vivian Blaine, Bob Bailey, Douglas Fowley, Noel Madison, Lee Patrick, Robert Emmett Keane, Francis Ford, Charles Halton
When Susan Cowan (Vivian Blaine) is cheated out of her family estate, Laurel and Hardy pretend to be a socialite and a Southern Colonel to help retrieve Susan's inheritance.
|The Moonlighter 1953 N/R, 77 min.|
Director: Roy Rowland
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Ward Bond, William Ching, John Dierkes, Morris Ankrum, Jack Elam, Charles Halton, Norman Leavitt, Sam Flint
Fred MacMurray plays cattle rustler Wes Anderson, and Barbara Stanwyck is his love interest in this run-of-the-mill Western.
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1941 N/R, 95 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Carole Lombard, Robert Montgomery, Gene Raymond, Philip Merivale, Jack Carson, Lucile Watson, William Tracy, Charles Halton, Esther Dale, Emma Dunn, Betty Compson, Patricia Farr, William Edmunds, Pamela Blake, Francis Compton
Ann and David Smith (Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery) have a marriage rule in which they may ask one another one question a month. When Ann asks David whether he would marry her again, David answers, "No!" Later that day, David learns that, due to legal technicalities, their marriage will not stand up in court. This leads to a separation, a new romance for Ann with Jeff (Gene Raymond), and then the rekindling of Ann's and David's love.
|The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Romance
Director: John Cromwell
Cast: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, David Niven, Montagu Love, Byron Foulger, Spencer Charters, Wilhelm von Brincken, Philip Sleeman, Eleanor Wesselhoeft, Charles Halton, Torben Meyer
This is an excellent version of the classic story of Englishman Rudolph Rassendyll (Ronald Colman) who travels to a mythical European country where he is a distant cousin of Prince Rudolf V (also played by Colman). The cousins greatly resemble each other, and Captain Fritz von Tarlenheim (David Niven) and Colonel Zapt (C. Aubrey Smith) take Rudolph to the Prince's hunting lodge where they meet. The next day, it is discovered that the Prince has been kidnapped, and now Rudolph becomes involved in palace intrigue and romance–with the Prince's fiancee Princess Flavia (Madeleine Carroll)–when he is asked to impersonate the Prince.
|Room Service 1938 N/R, 78 min.|
Director: William A. Seiter
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball, Ann Miller, Frank Albertson, Cliff Dunstan, Donald MacBride, Philip Loeb, Charles Halton, Philip Wood, Alexander Asro, William Ruhl, Frank Otto, Donald Kerr
A destitute producer, Gordon Miller (Groucho Marx), has found rooms at the Great White Way hotel for the cast of the play he is preparing to stage. When they face eviction because hotel bills are not being paid, Miller, his director Harry Binelli (Chico Marx), and business manage Faker Englund (Harpo Marx) come up with a scheme. They convince the playwright, Leo Davis (Frank Albertson) that he has contracted a contagious disease and that he and the cast cannot be moved from the hotel. An amusing comedy.
|The Saint in New York 1938 N/R, 71 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama
Director: Ben Holmes
Cast: Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Ruman, Jonathan Hale, Jack Carson, Paul Guilfoyle, Frederick Burton, Ben Welden, Charles Halton, Paul Fix, Cliff Bragdon, Lester Dorr, George Irving, Rollo Lloyd, Lee Phelps
This is the first in a series of Saint films based on the novel by Leslie Charteris. Simon Templar, the Saint (Louis Hayward), is a cool, urbane detective who, in this entry is called in to deal with a major crime wave in New York. The entire series is generally well done. Hayward starred only in this and the final ("The Saint's Girl Friday") episodes.
|Shadows in the Night 1944 N/R, 67 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery
Director: Eugene Forde
Cast: Warner Baxter, Nina Foch, George Zucco, Minor Watson, Lester Matthews, Ben Welden, Edward Norris, Charles C. Wilson, Charles Halton, Jeanne Bates, Arthur Hohl
In this, one of the better Crime Doctor entries, Lois Garland (Nina Foch) asks for help from Crime Doctor Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter). Lois has been having strange dreams that are driving her into insanity and wants Doctor Ordway to investigate. Are there ghosts in Lois' spooky house, or is one of her greedy relatives trying to drive her insane? Doctor Ordway arrives at the home and becomes very suspicious of Frank Swift (George Zucco) and determines to get to the bottom of the ghostly mystery.
|The Shop Around the Corner 1940 N/R, 97 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama / Romance
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, William Tracy, Inez Courtney, Charles Halton, Charles Smith, Sarah Edwards, Edwin Maxwell, William Edmunds, Grace Hale, Mary Carr
Kiara (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred (James Stewart) are co-workers in a small, Budapest shop. Although they are antagonistic toward each other at work, they unwittingly become loving pen pals. Because they do not sign their real names, they do not realize that they are writing to each other. Will their antagonism stop when the truth comes out? The story was later remade as the musical film "In the Good Old Summertime" and as the Broadway play "She Loves Me."
|There's One Born Every Minute 1942 N/R, 59 min.|
Director: Harold Young
Cast: Hugh Herbert, Tom Brown, Peggy Moran, Guy Kibbee, Gus Schilling, Edgar Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, Catherine Doucet, Charles Halton
This movie contains the screen debut of 10-year-old Elizabeth Taylor who plays the young member of a very bizarre family.
|They Drive by Night 1940 N/R, 97 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: Raoul Walsh
Cast: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Hale, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan, Gale Page, Roscoe Karns, John Litel, Henry O'Neill, George Tobias, Eddie Acuff, William Bendix, Joyce Compton, Joe Devlin, Charles Halton
Paul (Humphrey Bogart) and his brother Joe (George Raft) own their own trucking company and drive all night to make ends meet. After Paul falls asleep at the wheel and loses his arm in a truck accident, Joe goes to work for their rival Ed's (Alan Hale) trucking firm and runs into trouble via Ed's bitchy wife, Lana (Ida Lupino) who has her eyes set on Joe. After murdering Ed, Lana tells the police that Joe forced her to kill Ed, and Joe is sent to trial. Brothers Paul and Joe make a good team in the early part of the film as they truck along the highways.
|Three Little Girls in Blue 1946 N/R, 90 min.|
Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Cast: June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm, Vera-Ellen, Frank Latimore, Charles Smith, Charles Halton, Ruby Dandridge, Thurston Hall
This lighthearted, musical remake of "Three Blind Mice" and "Moon Over Miami" is set at the turn of the 19th/20th century. Three sisters head for Atlantic City with husband-hunting on their minds.
|To Be or Not to Be 1942 N/R, 100 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Cast: Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges, Sig Ruman, Tom Dugan, Miles Mander, Tom Dugan, Charles Halton, George Lynn, Henry Victor, Maude Eburne, Halliwell Hobbes
In Poland, during 1939, Shakespearean actors Joseph and Maria (Jack Benny and Carole Lombard) help the Polish underground. Maria falls for Lt. Stanislav Sobinski (Robert Stack) who is called to duty when Germany invades Poland. Meanwhile, Nazi spy Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) has plans to destroy the Warsaw resistance movement, and Sobinski tries to interfere with plans for Siletsky to meet with Nazi Col. Ehrhardt (Sig Ruman). Now, the Shakespearian actors impersonate Nazi officers to outwit the Germans. This was Carole Lombard's last film.
|Tobacco Road 1941 N/R, 84 min.|
Director: John Ford
Cast: Charley Grapewin, Elizabeth Patterson, Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Ward Bond, Slim Summerville, Marjorie Rambeau, William Tracy, Grant Mitchell, Zeffie Tilbury, Russell Simpson, Spencer Charters, Irving Bacon, Harry Tyler, Charles Halton
Based on the Erskine Caldwell novel, this is a parody on the values of Depression Era Georgians–proud Jeeter Lester (Charley Grapewin), his long-suffering wife Ada (Elizabeth Patterson), and their family. Jeeter and Ada are hillbillies who find ways to hold their clan together in their Tobacco Road area home, despite suffering from a shortage of funds to pay bills and living under the threat of being thrown off their land for not paying the rent.
|The Town Went Wild 1944 N/R, 78 min.|
Director: Ralph Murphy
Cast: Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon, Edward Everett Horton, Tom Tully, Jill Browning, Minna Gombell, Ruth Lee, Roberta Smith, Maude Eburne, Charles Halton, Ferris Taylor, Jimmy Conlin
Neighbors Everett Conway (Edward Everett Horton) and Henry Harrison (Tom Tully) have been feuding for years, and now Everett's son, David (Freddie Bartholomew), and Henry's daughter, Marian (Minna Gombell), have fallen in love. New information indicates that Everett's and Henry's sons may have been switched at birth and that Marian is about to marry her blood brother. Comedy ensues, and then the truth about their identities is revealed.
|A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 N/R, 125 min.|
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason, Ruth Nelson, John Alexander, Ferike Boros, Ted Donaldson, B.S. Pully, Al Bridge, Virginia Brissac, Charles Halton, J. Farrell McDonald
Financial worries of her parents, Katie and Johnny Nolan (Dorothy McGuire and James Dunn), affect the happiness of teenager Francie (Peggy Ann Garner) at the end of the 19th century. Growing up in a tenement existence, Francie wants a better life but struggles just to survive. A tree that survives the seasons is visible from their tenement and is her family's symbol of survival. This film is the first directorial effort of Elia Kazan. Dunn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Garner was presented an Honorary Oscar as Outstanding Child Actress.
|The Westerner 1940 N/R, 100 min.|
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Dana Andrews, Chill Wills, Forrest Tucker, Tom Tyler, Charles Halton, Julian Rivero, Lilian Bond, Trevor Bardette, Lucien Littlefield, Hank Bell, Jack Pennick
Walter Brennan plays the "hanging lawman" Judge Roy Bean who conducts trials from his saloon in Vinegaroon, Texas, and often uses hanging as his sentence. Judge Roy Bean just might meet his match in Cole Hardin (Gary Cooper) who is charged with stealing a horse. Cole talks his way into a delay for his hanging by convincing Judge Bean that he is a friend of actress Lily Langtry (Lilian Bond) who the Judge adores. Cole says he can give the Judge a lock of her hair. When Cole says it will take two weeks to get the lock of hair, his hanging is delayed. Meanwhile, Cole becomes involved in a range war and even gets to see Lily Langtry when she arrives in Texas. Walter Brennan won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and two other nominations were received.
|Woman Chases Man 1937 N/R, 71 min.|
Director: John G. Blystone
Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Charles Winninger, Ella Logan, Erik Rhodes, Broderick Crawford, Leona Maricle, Charles Halton, Al Bridge, George Chandler
A woman (Miriam Hopkins) tries a scam to cheat a wealthy man (Joel McCrea) but falls in love with him instead.
|Young People 1940 N/R, 77 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama
Director: Allan Dwan
Cast: Shirley Temple, Jack Oakie, Charlotte Greenwood, Arleen Whelan, George Montgomery, Kathleen Howard, Darryl Hickman, Minor Watson, Frank Swann, Frank Sully, Mae Marsh, Irving Bacon, Charles Halton, Sarah Edwards, Arthur Aylesworth
Wendy (Shirley Temple) is adopted by Joe and Kit (Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood) who are members of a vaudeville team and are considering changing their profession. The family moves to a small town so that Wendy will receive a solid upbringing. But, the townsfolk do not like show business people and want Wendy and her family out of their lives–until a storm hits and Joe saves the lives of stranded children. The family is now welcome in the town and puts on a show that is loved by all.
|1. 3 Godfathers (1948)|
aka: Three Godfathers
2. Across the Pacific (1942)
3. Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
4. Because of Him (1946)
5. Carrie (1952)
6. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
7. The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
8. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
9. Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
10. Golden Boy (1939)
11. In Old California (1942)
12. Jitterbugs (1943)
13. The Moonlighter (1953)
14. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
15. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
16. Room Service (1938)
17. The Saint in New York (1938)
18. Shadows in the Night (1944)
19. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
20. There's One Born Every Minute (1942)
21. They Drive by Night (1940)
22. Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)
23. To Be or Not to Be (1942)
24. Tobacco Road (1941)
25. The Town Went Wild (1944)
26. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
27. Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940)
28. The Westerner (1940)
29. Woman Chases Man (1937)
30. Young People (1940)
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