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*LILLIAN RUSSELL* (1940)..20th Century Fox..Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda

 

From lugonian at the IMDB:

 

Directed by Irving Cummings, this is a nostalgic film tribute to Helen Louise Leonard, better known as Broadway legend Lillian Russell (1861-1922), as portrayed by Hollywood legend Alice Faye in one of the more challenging roles of her career. Faye doesn't attempt to act nor sing like Lillian Russell, although it's hard to determine the actual personality of this legend, yet makes her characterization simple, sweet and sentimental in the usual Faye manner without making it look too much like a typical Alice Faye musical.

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*DAWN AT SOCORRO* (1954)..Universal..Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, David Brian

 

From bkoganbing at the IMDB:

 

Rory Calhoun is a world weary and consumptive gunfighter who just would like to hang up his six shooter, but a whole passel of enemies he's made over the years just won't let him quit.

 

It's a good B western, directed by a veteran of that genre, George Sherman. Sherman keeps the action going at a good clip and the cast knows their way around a western set.

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*MY DEAR SECRETARY* (1948)...United Artists..Laraine Day, Kirk Douglas, Keenan Wynn

 

From christopher_underwood at the IMDB:

 

This is a screwball comedy that is really funny, not just because of the situations but with jokes too. I sat wide eyed through much of this barely able to believe what was being said, was indeed being said. Kirk Douglas is great and Laraine Day is fine but Keenan Wynn, perhaps a little influenced by Grouch Marx, is fantastic. Some really great lines and gags and only a little slapstick, mainly surrounding his attempts at domesticity. No boring passages, this is a solid romp from start to finish.

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*RUMBA* (1935)..Paramount..George Raft, Carole Lombard, Lynne Overman

 

From bkoganbing at the IMDB:

 

Raft's a half Cuban, half American living down there because he fled the U.S. to avoid some gangsters he'd run afoul of. He's dancing first with Iris Adrian and then with Margo, but rich heiress Carole Lombard sweeps him off his nimble feet. Carole and George do a mean Rumba in the film.

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*ONCE UPON A TIME* (1944)..Columbia..Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason

 

From cruzer-2 at the IMDB:

 

This movie is a perfect example of the innocence of children and the rude awakening to reality we all experience. Rather fanciful plot is a wonderful metaphor for life and love. Very heartwarming with a brilliant ending.

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*THE OREGON TRAIL* (1959)..20th Century Fox..Fred MacMurray, William Bishop, Nina Shipman

 

From girvsjoint at the IMDB:

 

Can't help but think this version of THE OREGON TRAIL was put together hurriedly to cash in on the enormous popularity of the TV series 'Wagon Train' with Ward Bond. Having said that, it's always a pleasure to watch Fred MacMurray, one of the movie's most versatile stars. His stock in trade was comedy, but he was equally effective in drama, or rugged outdoor films, like this was supposed to be, and at 6'3" with that great physique, I think he fits the bill!

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*THE LIFE OF THE PARTY* (1937)..RKO..Joe Penner, Gene Raymond, Parkyakarkus

 

From jay-kay10 at the IMDB:

 

This curiosity from RKO manages to build a decent musical comedy out of a featherweight plot and an assortment of performers typically found in supporting roles or doing specialty turns in higher-budgeted films. With no "stars," only one singer and just one dancer, the picture understandably emphasizes comedy. Whether or not the intended comedy is funny depends, as always, on one's personal taste. But here you at least get choices from among players who built careers out of doing one thing well - i.e., well enough to create a following: Joe Penner, Parkyakarkas, Billy Gilbert, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Franklin Pangborn, Margaret Dumont. Yes, they're all here. And Ann Miller, in two sizzling tap routines.

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*UNMASKED* (1950)..Republic..Robert Rockwell, Barbra Fuller, Raymond Burr

 

From django-1 at the IMDB:

 

This Republic crime programmer is an above average b-crime film with an interesting blackmail/murder plot, but what makes it a classic is the stunning performance by Raymond Burr as the blackmailing, murdering, malicious, sleazy scandal-sheet publisher/editor.

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*WOMEN WITHOUT NAMES* (1940)..Paramount..Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Judith Barrett

 

From buckcody at the IMDB:

 

This is an early Paramount that we all enjoy watching. Paige is great as the young man sent to prison waiting to die. Joe Sawyer (in an early uncredited role) as the corrupt prison guard is in great form. You really don't like this guy by what he does! John Miljan as the very sly assistant DA. He is there to believe no one but himself and strong hard facts! You'll love him in this role! Of course the lovely Ellen Drew as the young newlywed who will do anything to clear her husband, including jailbreaking and to die for him if she has to! She steals the show in this role! I recommend this to all B-movie lovers and film buffs of the golden era. Paige and Drew in top form in an exciting picture from beginnig to end!

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*OKLAHOMA RAIDERS* (1944)..Universal..Tex Ritter, Fuzzy Knight, Dennis Moore

 

From revdrcac at the IMDB:

 

Tex Ritter investigates and tries to stop the wrangling of horses meant for the US Army . Fuzzy Knight is along for the ride. This film is a standard entry from Tex, who is a pleasant singing cowboy. Fans of this type of film will find it a good diversion and any film with the lovely Jennifer Holt is a must see!

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*THE ADMIRAL WAS A LADY* (1950)..United Artists..Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix, Rudy Vallee

 

From dm032 at the IMDB:

 

Found this gem on a free streaming video site - not likely to see it anywhere else. Really enjoyable movie set just after WWII about a woman ensign (nicknamed the admiral) who falls in with a gang of lovable losers - four ex-GIs who work diligently from dusk to dawn at finding ways to avoid work. There's a silly subplot about them trying to get her back together with her long lost fiancee, and an even sillier sub-sub plot about a rich millionaire and meddling detectives. The main point of interest is the repartee between the "admiral" and the men. Sometimes she's tough as nails, but at other points it's like Dorothy's relationship with the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow.

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*THEY DARE NOT LOVE* (1941)..Columbia..George Brent, Martha Scott, Paul Lukas

 

From dcole-2 at the IMDB:

 

This is a first-rate effort from director James Whale about an Austrian Prince exiled from his homeland during World War II who then finally decides to take a stand against the Nazis. Brent is solid in the lead; Paul Lukas is a great villain. Good to see Peter Cushing in a tiny but commanding role and Lloyd Bridges playing a German thug (which he'd done before). Lots of fun.

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*UNDER FIRE* (1957)..20th Century Fox..Rex Reason, Henry Morgan, Steve Brodie

 

From jr-565-26366 at the IMDB:

 

This movie is classic film noir. But instead of the story taking place in some back alley of New York or on a street in Hollywood, the plot plays out on the battlefields of 1945 Europe. Because this underrated movie has never appeared in video, it has been largely forgotten.

 

The story begins soon after VE Day 1945. Four American soldiers, decorated veterans of the campaign to liberate Europe, are called together at the Division JAG Office to be informed that they are being investigated for the of murder of a young soldier, Private Steiner (George Chikiris) who went missing during a patrol they were part of in Germany's Black Forest in early 1945. One of the soldiers, Sergeant Joseph Dusak (Harry Morgan) was the patrol leader. The other soldiers, Corporal John Crocker (Jon Locke), Corporal Quinn (Gregory LaFayette) and Private Pope (Robert Levin), are the only members of the patrol to survive the war.

 

The soldiers are informed that the remains of the missing private were recently found and evidence pointed to the cause of death as murder, the bullet being fired from a U.S. made .45 caliber pistol.

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*ATLANTIC CITY* (1944)..Republic..Constance Moore, Stanley Brown, Charley Grapewin

 

From boblipton at the IMDB:

 

Ray McCarey directs this Betty Grable-style musical (think CONEY ISLAND) for a surprisingly good Republic flick. The leads are competent, although relatively unknown, but there is an excellent supporting cast, including Charley Grapewin, and the film is eked out with some marvelous vaudeville and performing talent, including Joe Frisco, Al Shean, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman and Buck and Bubbles, a great dancing act.

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1st..THE DEVIL'S HAIRPIN (1957)..Paramount..Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz

 

2nd..GHOST CATCHERS (1944)..Universal..Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Gloria Jean

 

3rd..FIGHT FOR YOUR LADY (1937)..RKO..John Boles, Jack Oakie, Ida Lupino

 

.4th..THE RED STALLION (1947)..Eagle-Lion..Robert Paige, Noreen Nash, Ted Donaldson

 

5th..RED STALLION IN THE ROCKIES (1949)..Eagle-Lion..Arthur Franz, Wallace Ford, Ray Collins

 

6th..CROSSWINDS (1951)..Paramount..John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker

 

7th..OH MEN! OH WOMEN! (1957)..20th Century Fox..Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Dan Dailey

 

8th..OUR TOWN (1940)..United Artists..Frank Craven, Martha Scott, William Holden

 

9th..THE LAST BLITZKRIEG (1959)..Columbia..Van Johnson, Kerwin Mathews, Dick York

 

10th..CAN'T HELP SINGING (1944)..Universal..Deanna Durbin, Robert Paige, Akim Tamiroff

 

11th..ENTER MADAME! (1934)..Paramount..Elissa Landi, Cary Grant, Lynne Overman

 

12th..HONEYMOON (1947)..RKO..Shirley Temple, Franchot Tone, Guy Madison

 

13th..THE NOTORIOUS MR. MONKS (1958)..Republic..Vera Ralston, Don Kelly, Paul Fix

 

14th..DANGEROUS YEARS (1948)..20th Century Fox..William Halop, Scotty Beckett, Richard Gaines

 

15th..THE HOUSE ACROSS THE BAY (1940)..United Artists..George Raft, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Nolan

 

16th..TAZA, SON OF COCHISE (1954)..Universal..Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer

 

17th..THE UNTAMED BREED (1948)..Columbia..Sonny Tufts, Barbara Britton, George Gabby Hayes

 

18th..HONG KONG (1952)..Paramount..Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Nigel Bruce

 

19th..THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941)..20th Century Fox..Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda

 

20th..HELL SHIP MUTINY (1957)..Republic..Jon Hall, John Carradine, Peter Lorre

 

21st..A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (1940)..RKO..Maureen O'Hara, Adolphe Menjou, Fay Bainter

 

22nd..COWBOY CANTEEN (1944)..Columbia..Charles Starrett, Jane Frazee, Vera Vague

 

23rd..ST. BENNY THE DIP (1951)..United Artists..Dick Haymes, Nina Foch, Roland Young

 

24th..SANGAREE (1953)..Paramount..Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl, Patricia Medina

 

25th..SINNERS IN PARADISE (1938)..Universal..Madge Evans, John Boles, Bruce Cabot

 

26th..BULLFIGHTER AND THE LADY (1951)..Republic..Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland

 

27th..A NIGHT OF ADVENTURE (1944)..RKO..Tom Conway, Audrey Long, Edward Brophy

 

28th..VIRGINIA (1941)..Paramount..Madeleine Carroll, Fred MacMurray, Sterling Hayden

 

29th..SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS (1955)..Universal..Tony Curtis, George Nader, Julie Adams

 

30th..THE MAN IN THE NET (1959)..United Artists..Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster

 

31st..THE OCTOBER MAN (1947)..Eagle-Lion..John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman

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*THE DEVIL'S HAIRPIN* (1957)..Paramount..Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Arthur Franz

 

From Bob-724 at the IMDB:

 

One of the more exciting racing movies from the 50's. It is also a compelling story of the conflict within the main character, played by Cornel Wilde.

 

Wilde (who also directed) plays retired race car champion Nick Jargin. Jargin owns a nightclub and lives on past glory, never missing an opportunity to boast that he could still beat anyone on the track. What his legion of fans doesn't know is that he is, in fact, afraid to race again.

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*GHOST CATCHERS* (1944)..Universal..Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Gloria Jean

 

From elegant_affairs at the IMDB:

 

I saw this movie at about age eleven in 1949. I attended the movie because of the title and was not old enough then to appreciate the music. Ghost Catchers is by far the best work that Olson and Johnson did, and it contains some great music of that time. It was very entertaining throughout. Morton Downey and Ella Mae Morse were great, Kirby Grant and his orchestra were impressive, and Gloria Jean was charming.

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