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Waterfront (1944)

Directed by: Steve Sekely
A Nazi spy operating as an optometrist on the San Francisco waterfront discovers that his code book, which also has the names of his fellow Nazi agents and saboteurs, has been stolen. His attempts to track it down before it falls into the hands of the authorities result in a trail of murder and blackmail.
Runtime: 64 min

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War Comes to America (1945)

Directed by: Frank Capra & Anatole Litvak
In this final installment of the “Why We Fight” propaganda series, the subject focuses on the United States of America. We learn of its good qualities and the things worth fighting for. With that established, we learn of the history of the United States’ population shifting opinion towards siding with the Allies against the Axis until the attack on Pearl Harbour which brought America into full scale involvement in the war.
Runtime: 62 min

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They Raid By Night (1942)

Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
The British Commandos send Bob Owen (Lyle Talbot) to Norway to prepare for a raid. His mission also includes freeing General Heden (Paul Baratoff) who is being held by the Nazis. His aides include Eric Falken (George Nesie) and Harry (Charles Rogers). Inga (June Duprez), a Norwegian girl to whom Falken was once engaged but who has become the sweetheart of Oberst Von Ritter (Victor Varconi), betrays their hiding place. The three overpower the Gestapo men sent after them, take their uniforms and enter the prison camp and free Heden. The four men then start for the coast to meet the Commando expedition. Inga, who the men still trust, again informs von Ritter and Falken is captured but Bob and Harry escape with the aid of Dalberg, who they thought was a Quisling stooge.
Runtime: 73 min

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Texas to Bataan (1942)

Directed by: Robert Emmett Tansey
n the 17th of the 24 films in Monogram’s “Range Buster” series, Texas ranch owner Conroy (Steve Clark) returns from Washington with an order for horses to be shipped to the Philippines. The Range Busters, Dusty (John King), Davy (David Sharpe) and Alibi (Max Terhune), are selected to take the horses there but, before leaving, they capture three spies who are trying to steal the horses and also learn that the ranch cook, Cookie (Escolastico Baucin), is a Japanese spy, but he manages to escape. In the Philippines, they go to a cafe for dinner and see Cookie and Miller, a German spy. Eavesdropping, they learn that Ken Richards (Frank Ellis), a neighboring Texas rancher, is the Axis contact back in the states. They capture Cookie and break up the spy ring in the Phillipines, and then return to Texas intent on settling matters with Richards. They do so and are honored by the U.S. Government just as the radio blares forth the December 7, 1941 announcement of the Pearl Harbor bombing. They head for the nearest enlistment station.
Runtime: 56 min

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Private Buckaroo (1942)

Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Runtime: 67 min

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Navy Way, The (1944)

Directed by: William A. Berke
The experiences of a disparate group of young men as they make their way through Navy boot camp.
Runtime: 74 min

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Harmony Lane (1935)

Directed by: Joseph Santley
The life and loves of composer Stephen Foster, from his early success through his decline, degradation, and death from alcoholism.
Runtime: 83 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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