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Grand Hotel (1932) starring Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery

Grand Hotel

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Grand Hotel – the classic story of a single day in the famous Berlin hotel, where people’s lives interact to tell a great story …

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Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk

Robin And The 7 Hoods

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Robin And The 7 Hoods (1964) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Peter Falk

Synopsis of Robin And The 7 Hoods

It’s The Rat Pack meets Robin Hood in this sly Runyonesque musical revision of the Robin Hood legend, done up Chicago gangland style. Frank Sinatra stars as Robbo, caught up in a gang war with rival mobster Guy Gisborne (Peter Falk) after mob chieftain Big Jim (Edward G. Robinson, in an uncredited cameo) get the big rub-out. With allies Will (Sammy Davis, Jr,) and John (Dean Martin) at his side, Robbo gets suborned by Big Jim’s daughter Marian (Barbara Rush) to ice the man that iced her dad to the tune of 50 Gs.

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A Slight Case of Murder (1938) starring Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Edward Brophy, Ruth Donnelly, Bobby Jordan, Allen Jenkins

A Slight Case of Murder [Edward G. Robinson]

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A Slight Case of Murder (1938) starring Edward G. Robinson, Jane Bryan, Edward Brophy, Ruth Donnelly, Bobby Jordan, Allen Jenkins

Synopsis of A Slight Case of Murder

A Slight Case of Murder is a spoof about gangsters who decide to go straight. With the end of Prohibition, bootlegger Remy Marco becomes a legitimate brewer. But he’s slowly going broke because the beer he makes tastes terrible, and everyone is afraid to tell him. After four years, with bank officers preparing to foreclose on the brewery, he retreats to his Saratoga summer home. There, he finds four dead mobsters who meant to ambush him, but were killed by their confederate whom they meant to betray. More and more problems begin to pop up in the life of the former bootlegger, as he has taken in a bratty orphan, and his daughter comes home with a fiancé that turns out to be a state cop.

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The Case of the lucky Legs (1935) starring Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot, Allen Jenkins

The Case of the Lucky Legs

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The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935) starring Warren William, Genevieve Tobin, Patricia Ellis, Lyle Talbot, Allen Jenkins

The Case of the Lucky Legs is a 1935 mystery film, the third in a series of Perry Mason films starring Warren William as the famed lawyer.

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Five Came Back (1939) starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, C. Aubrey Smith

Five Came Back

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Five Came Back (1939) starring Lucille Ball, Chester Morris, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, C. Aubrey Smith

Chester Morris, John Carradine, Lucille Ball and Joseph Calleia in Five Came Back
Chester Morris, John Carradine, Lucille Ball and Joseph Calleia in Five Came Back

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line’s flagship the Silver Queen.  They’re en route to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. The plane crashes into headhunter-inhabited jungles.  Pilots Bill Brooks (Chester Morris) and Joe (Kent Taylor) race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take-off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But due to damage to the plane and low fuel reserves, only 5 people can be carried to safety.

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Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) starring Ann Sothern, Red Skelton

Maisie Gets Her Man

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Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) starring Ann Sothern, Red Skelton

Buy from Amazon In Maisie Gets Her Man, Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Ravier in this seventh entry in the “Maisie” series — here, vaudeville performer Maisie has to leave the knife-throwing act when her partner, “Professor Orco” is jilted by his girlfriend, and decides to take his revenge out on all women … starting with Maisie, the target of his knives! Orco throwing knives at her is a very funny scene, that ends Maisie running away from the mad Orco, only end up to knocking him silly … and leaving herself unemployed once again.

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

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The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), starring Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Allen Jenkins

Editorial review of  The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse from Amazon.com  The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse is a  stylish, often amusing crime drama, this 1938 feature revolves around a central, improbable plot twist that consciously serves its casting against type: as the eponymous doctor, Edward G. Robinson, who had helped define the Warner Bros. style for gritty gangster sagas, jettisons his signature snarl in favor of a plummy, vaguely English accent that underlines his urbane sophistication. Dr. Clitterhouse is a creature of privilege who embarks on a criminal life not out of desperation, but rather through intellectual curiosity; instead of slouch hats and suits, he has marcelled hair and first appears in white tie and tails. He begins pulling off “perfect” jewel thefts as research into the criminal mind, but his gradual immersion in New York’s shadowy demimonde of thieves and fences eventually finds the good doctor between those two worlds.

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