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The Black Room (1935)

The Black Room, starring Boris Karloff
Synopsis of  The Black Room (1935) Boris Karloff is superb in a dual role as twin brothers (one evil, one good), born to the ruling family in the early 1800’s in Czechoslovakia. The bad twin inherits the castle and becomes infamous for his sadistic behavior and murders the...
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M – Peter Lorre, Fritz Lang

M - directed by Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre
M (1931) directed by Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre   I’ve known for a long time that Fritz Lang was a ground-breaking movie director (Metropolis for example)–but I’ve never truly appreciated that for myself, until I recently saw his black and white movie about a search for a child...
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Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), starring Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O'Brien
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), starring Edward G. Robinson, Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O’Brien Synopsis of Our Vines Have Tender Grapes  An endearing and quietly rhapsodic slice of Americana about a single year among the Norwegian immigrants in a Wisconsin farm town, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes enthralled 1945...
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A Hole in the Head

A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Hodges, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Keenan Wynn directed by Frank Capra
A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Hodges, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Keenan Wynn directed by Frank Capra Synopsis of A Hole in the Head  Frank Sinatra stars as Tony Manetta, a widower living well beyond his means, in Miami where he’s raising his young...
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The Stranger

The Stranger (1946) starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young
The Stranger (1946) starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young Synopsis of The Stranger  Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler’s former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is...
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Anastasia

Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brinner, Helen Hayes
Anastasia (1956) starring Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brinner, Helen Hayes Synopsis of Anastasia  Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to...
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The Hasty Heart

The Hasty Heart (1949) starring Richard Todd, Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal - Warner Brothers most raved-about hit since "Johnny Belinda"
The Hasty Heart (1949) starring Richard Todd, Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal Synopsis of The Hasty Heart  In The Hasty Heart, a group of Allied soldiers are recovering in a hospital of Burma, when a dour Scot is added to their ranks. The Scot is dying, unknown to himself.  Can...
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The Man Who Knew Too Much 1934

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) starring Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre, by Alfred Hitchcock
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) starring Leslie Banks, Edna Best,  Peter Lorre, by Alfred Hitchcock Editorial review of The Man Who Knew Too Much courtesy of Amazon.com  Alfred Hitchcock himself called this 1934 British edition of his famous kidnapping story the work of a talented amateur, while his 1956...
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Black Magic

Black Magic, starring Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff
Black Magic (1949), starring Orson Welles, Nancy Guild, Akim Tamiroff Review of Black Magic Orson Welles‘ performance in Black Magic is absolutely riveting – a must-see performance.  He plays the role of the charlatan Cagliostro with gusto, and style.  Welles moves the audience from sympathy for the character to disgust...
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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise (1932), starring Joel McCrea, Dolores del Río
Bird of Paradise (1932), starring Joel McCrea, Dolores del Río Bird of Paradise – Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea. A wealthy playboy falls for a stunning Polynesian princess when his yacht crashes into a coral reef. But each must overcome the prejudices and traditions of their own kind that threaten...
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