I’ll Name The Murderer (1936)

Directed by: Bernard B. Ray
When a nightclub singer is murdered, a local gossip columnist begins his own investigation.
Runtime: 69 min

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Hoosier Schoolmaster (1935)

Directed by: Lewis D. Collins
Right after the Civil War, an ex-Union soldier sets out to become a schoolmaster in his small town, even though many locals still harbor a resentment against “Yankees”. He goes up against the town bully, who both want the same girl, and his troubles multiply when a vicious band of nightriders set out to drive him out of town.
Runtime: 75 min

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Hoosier Schoolboy (1937)

Directed by: William Nigh
A new schoolteacher arrives in the town of Ainsley, which is in the middle of a milk strike that has caused heated feelings among the local dairy farmers. One of the teacher’s new students is a cynical boy who is prone to fighting. When she takes an interest in him, she learns that he lives with his father, a shell-shocked war veteran. Meanwhile, the son of the hard-line dairy owner is pursuing her, despite her resistance to his attentions.
Runtime: 62 min

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Heroes in Blue (1939)

Directed by: William Watson
Gangster Moran (Edward Keane) gives Joe Murphy (Charles Quigley) several thousand dollars to bet on a horse race, the horse wins and Joe takes off with the money. Moran informs Mike Murphy (Frank Sherida), Joe’s father, that no harm will come to Joe if Mike doesn’t interfere with the robbing of stores on his beat. Joe’s policeman brother, Terry Murphy (Dick Purcell), learns of the plot and sets out to free his father and brother of Moran’s threats.
Runtime: 61 min

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Here’s Flash Casey (1938)

Directed by: Lynn Shores
Flash Casey (Eric Linden), after working his way through college by taking pictures, finds the newspaper world harder to break into than he had expected. Free-lancing, he snaps a picture of Rodney Addison (Matty Kemp), son of the Globe-Press owner Major Addison (Holmes Herbert), kissing French dancer Mitzi LaRue (Suzanne Kaaren) and submits it to Globe-Press city editor Blaine (Joseph Crehan). He gets a job on the paper because Blaine wants to suppress the picture. He is confined to assisting regular staff photographer Wade (Cully Richards) who gets all the credit for the pictures Flash takes. His only bright spot is a romance with Kay Lanning (Boots Mallory), the paper’s society editor and sob-sister columnist. Through her he meets Lawrence (Howard Lang), editor of the weekly pictorial magazine called Snap News that the Globe-Press publishes. Gus Payton (Harry Harvey), the photographer assigned to Lawrence but who has been bribed by Bliane to turn over his best pictures to the city desk, quits when Lawrence accuses him of double-dealing. Payton opens a camera shop that is secretly financed by gangland chief Ricka (Victor Adams.) Flash goes to work for Lawrence and, as a favor to Kay, attends the Globe-Press annual charity garden-bazaar and takes random candid shots for her society page. Among them is a picture of Major Addison with his arms thrown casually around a young girl’s shoulders. Flash takes the film to Payton’s shop for development and Payton alters the shot to make Major Addison and the girl to appear, respectively, to be in pajamas and a negligee, and gives the picture to Ricka. Ricka attempts to blackmail Addison with a copy of the picture but Addison throws him out, and then shows Flash and Kay a copy of the picture and fires Flash. Followed by the protesting couple, Addison leaves the building and is shot down by Ricka, Payton and their henchman, waiting in a parked car.
Runtime: 58 min

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Hell’s House (1932)

Directed by: Howard Higgin
Jimmy Mason idolizes bootlegger Matt Kelly who is interested in Jimmy’s girlfriend Peggy. Unwilling to squeal on his idol, Jimmy winds up in a cruel reformatory where a new- found friend dies from abuse. Jimmy’s aunt tells him Peggy is seeing a lot of Matt, so Jimmy escapes.
Runtime: 72 min

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Held for Ransom (1938)

Directed by: Clarence Bricker
Runtime: 57 min

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Hearts In Bondage (1936)

Directed by: Lew Ayres
Lieutenant Kenneth Reynolds, a Naval officer, falls in love with Constance Jordan. Ken’s friends with Raymond Jordan, also in the Navy; he’s in love with Julie Buchanan. Captain Buchanan, however, sides with the Confederacy when his home state Virginia secedes, while Constance and Ken stay loyal to the U.S.
Runtime: 72 min

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Hawaii Calls (1938)

Directed by: Edward F. Cline
After being nabbed while trying to stow away on board an ocean liner en route to Hawaii, young Bobby Breen sings for his travel fare and, along with sidekick Pua, turns detective to recover stolen naval documents from crooks.
Runtime: 91 min

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Great Commandment, The (1939)

Directed by: Irving Pichel
Israel is in uproar over the additional taxes that the Roman Emperor is afflicting the Jews with – none more so that the Zealots, expounders of the Holy Torah. They long for a king to rescue the nation from oppression, and at first the headstrong Joel is convinced that he has found him in Jesus, who is being proclaimed Messiah (Savior). At the cost of his own happiness with beautiful Tamar, he ventures forth to meet this holy man – but he encounters a Messiah of peace instead of war.
Runtime: 80 min

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Gangster Story (1960)

Directed by: Walter Matthau
Gangster and cop killer Jack Martin is on the run from the law, and hides out in a small town. Low on funds, he engineers a clever bank robbery that yields him a big bundle. Now he has not only the cops and the FBI after him, but also the local crime boss, who’s outraged that an outsider can pull off a heist like that in his territory and not cut him in on it.
Runtime: 65 min

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Gang Bullets (1938)

Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
A ruthless but clever gangster who knows every loophole in the law has the tables turned by a dedicated District Attorney and his assistant.
Runtime: 63 min

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Fighting Men, The (1953)

Directed by: Camillo Mastrocinque & Roberto Savarese
Saverio Luparello is the manager of Sicilian baron Occipinti’s estate. The cunning greedy man intentionally lets the land turn into a wasteland, hoping that his employer, discouraged by its low returns, will sell his earth to him for next to nothing. His plans are thwarted by a share cropper, Diego Costa, who farms his lot zealously and to good results. Luparello’s three sons try to scare the Costas out of their farm but they are defended by Don Salvatore, the innkeeper and leader of the local Mafia. The next day, Andrea, the oldest son, indirectly causes the death of Diego and Wanda Costa. Don Salvatore has him eliminated and has Saro Costa, the honest share-farmers’ ten-year-old son,sent to America. Fifteen years later, Saro, now a handsome well-built young man, is back.
Runtime: 63 min

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Fighter, The (1952)

Directed by: Hervert Kline
In Mexico, a young boxer uses his winnings to buy guns to avenge his family’s murder.
Runtime: 78 min

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Dressed To Kill (1946)

Directed by: Roy William Neill
A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.
Runtime: 72 min

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Dr. Christian Meets The Women (1940)

Directed by: William C. McGann
A “professor” hits Dr. Christian’s town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr. Christian tries to warn them that the man is a dangerous charlatan but, mesmerized by the prospect of almost instantaneous weight loss, the women ignore his warnings.
Runtime: 66 min

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Desirable Lady (1944)

Directed by: Don Brodie
An “exotic dancer” is thrown in jail for “lewd activity.” She later discovers the raid was set up by her boss to get publicity.
Runtime: 68 min

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Dangerous Passage (1944)

Directed by: William A. Berke
While living in Central America, Joe Beck receives word that his grandfather has passed away and left him $200,000. Beck prepares to travel to Galveston, Texas to claim his inheritance, with the important papers that he will need. When he is assaulted soon afterward, he changes plans and takes a ship leaving that night. Also on board is Nita, who herself seems to be in a hurry to leave port. Beck receives a number of veiled threats and warnings, and then is almost killed by an accident on deck. Beck soon realizes that he is facing two serious problems: an attempt to defraud him of his inheritance, and another plan to stop him from finding out what the ship’s crew is up to.
Runtime: 56 min

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D.O.A. (1950)

Directed by: Rupolph Mate
Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week’s fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he’s been given a “luminous toxin” with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.
Runtime: 83 min

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Crime Patrol (1936)

Directed by: Eugene Cummings
Prizefighter Bob Neal (Ray Walker) is in debt to gangster Vic Santell (Hooper Atchley) for training expenses. Santell orders Bob to take a dive in the fourth round so Santell can recoup prior gambling losses. Taunted by his ring opponent, Bob wins the fight. Realizing that his profession and underworld characters connected to it are causing him problems, Bob decides to join the police force. After taking nurse Mary Prentiss (Geneva Mitchell) to a drive-in restaurant where the total bill is a depression-era cheap eighty-two cents, Bob and his fellow officers round-up a gang of fur thieves in a warehouse shoot-out.
Runtime: 59 min

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Courageous Dr. Christian, The (1940)

Directed by: Bernard Vorhaus
A doctor fights an epidemic that breaks out in the poor section of town and tries to get the rest of the town to help out.
Runtime: 67 min

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Corruption (1933)

Directed by: Charles E. Roberts
Runtime: 67 min

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Convict’s Code (1939)

Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
An ex-con is employed by the man who framed him for bank robbery.
Runtime: 63 min

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Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

Directed by: Tay Garnett
Dedicated Midwestern teacher Ella Bishop is distressed when her fiancée runs off with her vixenish cousin Amy. After Amy dies in childbirth, Ella is left to care for Amy’s daughter Hope.
Runtime: 94 min

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Chasing Trouble (1940)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Jimmy O’Brien (Frankie Darro) and Thomas Jefferson (Mantan Moreland) are flower deliverers for Rose Florists, and Jimmy, also an amateur handwriting analyst, has a problem. A certain John Henderson is sending flowers to the gorgeous Susie Kerry (Marjorie Reynolds) on a regular basis, and Susie, and Jimmy do not approve. He has analyzed Henderson’s handwriting and written him off as being womanish and unfit to marry a girl like Susie. He loses no time in telling her so. In the process, he discovers that Susie has been sending flowers to herself because she is lonely – and also that she is now jobless. Upon arrival, Jimmy discovers from a handwriting sample that ‘Bill Jones’ and Fred Morgan are one and the same persons. Next, it turns out that Phyllis Benton has been brutally murdered. From here on, mystery is rife. Morgan claims to be a G-Man working undercover to trace international spies, of which the murdered woman is supposed to be one. He ‘deputizes’ the highly enthusiastic Jimmy to be his assistant. Meanwhile, Callahan (Milburn Stone), a reporter for the Star Dispatch, is tracing down a network of foreign saboteurs and has begun making some connections of his own.
Runtime: 64 min

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Cause For Alarm! (1951)

Directed by: Tay Garnett
Invalid George Jones is both physically and mentally ill. He mistakenly believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also planning to kill him. He writes a letter to his lawyer detailing their alleged murder plot. After he has Ellen give the letter to their postman, he reveals its contents to her and then threatens her with a gun. The excitement proves to much and George suffers a fatal collapse. Now Ellen must find a way to retrieve the incriminating letter.
Runtime: 74 min

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Bride for Henry (1937)

Directed by: William Nigh
On the day of her wedding a young woman’s fiancé doesn’t show up, sleeping off the results of the previous night’s wild bachelor party. Miffed, the woman decides to go ahead with the wedding anyway to teach her fiancé a lesson, so she calls her lawyer, Henry, and has him stand in for her missing groom. She intends to divorce her new “husband” at the first opportunity, but Henry–who has been in love with her for a long time–is determined to win his “wife’s” hand.
Runtime: 58 min

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Big Bluff, The (1955)

Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
When scheming fortune hunter and erstwhile Latin lover Ricardo De Villa learns that a wealthy but sickly widow has terminal heart disease, he seduces and marries the vulnerable millionairess. Playing the part of a faithful and doting husband, he carries on a torrid affair with sexy exotic dancer Fritzi Darvel while avoiding the suspicious eyes of her jealous bongo-playing husband. When his wife’s condition seems to go into remission, the impatient De Villa decides on action that will hasten her seemingly inevitable death.
Runtime: 70 min

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Below the Deadline (1936)

Directed by: Charles Lamont
Molly Fitzgerald (Cecilia Parker), who works for Abrams and Co. Jewelers (although the company safe reads “Adams & Co. Jewelers”), is accosted on the street by a stranger who asks her for a date, but her fiance, police officer Terry Mulvaney (Russell Hopton)chases him away. Spike (Jack Gardner), the stranger, is interested in Molly other than for her pretty face; he is a member of a gang of jewel thieves who are planning to rob Abrams (John St. Polis)and want to use her to obtain information regarding the merchant’s shipments of jewels. Through another ruse, gang member Flash Ackroyd (Theodor Von Eltz)gets the information and, through careful planning, frames Terry for the robbery. One of Abrams’ assistants is killed and Terry is charged with robbery and murder. Terry escapes but Molly is fired as Abrams thinks she was in on the robbery. Molly gets a job in a nightclub ran by the gangsters. The train on which Terry is escaping is wrecked and he is transported to a hospital more dead than alive.
Runtime: 69 min

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Behind Green Lights (1946)

Directed by: Otto Brower
Police lieutenant Sam Carson investigates a political murder after the victim is dumped at the door of police headquarters.
Runtime: 64 min

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Beggars in Ermine (1934)

Directed by: Phil Rosen
John Dawson loses control of his factory when he is crippled in an accident caused by a rival. Destitute, he travels the country organizing the homeless to help him regain control of his steel mill.
Runtime: 72 min

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Bank Alarm (1937)

Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
An investigator tries to find a gang responsible for a rash of bank robberies. What he doesn’t know is that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang’s ringleader.
Runtime: 61 min

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Bad Boy (1939)

Directed by: Herbert Meyer
Johnny Fraser leaves his mother in their small home town and sets out for the big city. He obtains a job with a large firm of architects. Steve Carson, a fellow employee, is constantly flaunting the money he has won at the race track. Johnny also bets the races, but loses heavily and takes some of the firm’s money to cover his losses. Steve also introduces Johnny to Madelon Kirby, a gold-digging night club singer. When the firm’s boss, McNeil, learns that Johnny has embezzled some money, he fires him and has him jailed. Johnny’s mother comes to the aid of her son, but he can not find work when he is released. Through Steve Carson, Johnny becomes the head of a shady firm, Business Engineers, and is making a lot of money. Madelon enters the scene again and she and Johnny are married, and he is unaware that Steve is not only doublecrossing him in the business but with Madelon also.
Runtime: 70 min

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Affairs of Cappy Ricks (1937)

Directed by: Ralph Staub
When Cappy Ricks (Walter Brennan), a seasoned sea captain returns home unexpectedly, he finds that his house has been taken over by the bossy Mrs. Peasely (Georgia Caine). He also learns that she has joined hands with his rival, Waldo Bottomley Sr. (William B. Davidson). As if that isn’t enough, Cappy’s daughters, Frankie (Mary Brian) and Ellen (Phyllis Barry), wish to marry against his wish. This is all Cappy can take. He sets off on a cruise in his trusted sailboat “Gloria Ricks” with his daughters Frankie and Ellen, Bill Peck, Mrs. Peasley and her son Matt . Nobody suspects that the wily Cappy has a very different plan in mind!
Runtime: 56 min

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Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Brief vignettes about Lincoln’s early life include his birth, early jobs, (unsubstantiated) affair with Ann Rutledge, courtship of Mary Todd, and the Lincoln-Douglas debates; his presidency and the Civil War are followed in somewhat more detail, though without actual battle scenes; film concludes with the assassination.
Runtime: 85 min

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