Windjammer (1937)

Directed by: Ewing Scott
The fourth and last of the George A. Hirliman-produced films starring George O’Brien (preceded by “Daniel Boone”, “Park Avenue Logger” and “Hollywood Cowboy”) that were distributed by RKO Radio. Hirliman sold O’Brien’s contract to RKO, which then produced 18 series westerns starring O’Brien that ended when O’Brien went into the Navy at the outbreak of WW II. Long-time (past and future) O’Brien director David Howard served as Hirliman’s Associate Producer on this film. “Windjammer” finds O’Brien as a subpoena server ordered to serve a subpoena on Brandon Evans (The Commondore) for a senate inquiry or lose his job. Posing as a playboy, he boards the Commodore’s yacht during a yacht race, and the yacht is wrecked by a gun-running windjammer commanded by Captain Morgan (William Hall.) All hands are picked up by the windjammer, including the Commodore’s daughter (played by Constance Worth, at her blonde, plumpish best) and put to work as galley slaves and such, but it isn’t long before O’Brien starts knocking heads, and making the gun-runners wish they had left him swimming.
Runtime: 57 min

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Water Rustlers (1938)

Directed by: Samuel Diege
Shirley Martin finds that Weylan has diverted the water from the valley and her cattle are dying. First she and her foreman Bob Lawson go to court. This fails when Weylan’s men keep the ranchers from testifying. But Shirley has a second plan to return water to the valley.
Runtime: 55 min

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Tarzan’s Revenge (1938)

Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Eleanor and her parents are hunting big game, acompanied by her wimpish fiance. Ben lleu Bey wants to add her to his 100-woman harem. Tarzan wants her too.
Runtime: 70 min

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Tarzan and the Green Goddess (1938)

Directed by: Edward A. Kull
Tarzan goes to Guatemala to find his lost friend, D’Arnot. On the way he helps Major Matling search Mayan ruins for hidden jewels and an idol containing the formula for a powerful explosive. D’Arnot and the idol are rescued, but the latter falls into the clutches of the explorer Raglan.
Runtime: 72 min

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Sky Patrol (1939)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Runtime: 59 min

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Six Gun Trail (1938)

Directed by: Sam Newfield
Chasing jewel thieves, Captain Carson and Magpie head for the border where Carson, posing as a Chinaman, opens a store that buys jewelry. To flush the thieves into the open, Carson wins all their money at poker. They agree to sell him the jewels but plan to kill him and keep both the jewels and the money.
Runtime: 57 min

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Singing Cowgirl (1939)

Directed by: Samuel Diege
Tolen is after the Harkins ranch where his men have found gold. After they kill Harkins, Dorothy and Dick step in and discover that the gold actually washes down from Tolen’s own ranch. When Harkins’ brother arrives to take over they test Tolen by having the brother offer to swap ranches.
Runtime: 57 min

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Rip Roarin’ Buckaroo (1936)

Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Tyler, a boxer whose career ends after he loses a fixed fight, winds up with a job as a ranch hand. When his new boss gets involved with a crooked fight promoter, Tyler winds up back in the ring with a chance to vindicate himself.
Runtime: 54 min

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Phantom Patrol (1936)

Directed by: Charles Hutchinson
Noticing the resemblance between himself and noted author Steven Norris, wanted gangster Dan Geary kidnaps Norris and assumes his identity. His charade is successful for a while but when his new stenographer reads some of his latest writing to Mountie McGregor, McGregor become suspicious.
Runtime: 54 min

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Paradise Express (1937)

Directed by: Joseph Kane
A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.
Runtime: 53 min

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Oath of Vengeance (1944)

Directed by: Sam Newfield
Fuzzy opens a store only to find that everyone buys on credit. The absence of cash is due to the range war between the cattlemen and the farmers started by Kinney. The Sheriff being worthless, Billy is quickly drawn into the conflict.
Runtime: 55 min

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New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)

Directed by: Edward A. Kull
The Green Goddess is a totem worshiped by the primitive natives of a lost city deep in the jungles of Guatemala, which contains both a fortune in jewels and an ancient formula for a super-explosive which could threaten the world in the wrong hands. From Africa, Major Martling launches an expedition to find the Goddess and place its secret in safe hands. So does Ula Vale, whose fiance died attempting a similar expe- dition, despite the warnings of her lawyer Hiram Powers, who secretly wants the Goddess’ contents for himself and has dispatched Raglan, a mercenary, to get it for him. Aboard ship to Guatemala, they meet Lord Greystoke – aka Tarzan – on his way to the same locale to find his old friend d’Arnot, whose plane reportedly crashed near the lost city. On reaching Guatemala, Tarzan, the Martling party and Ula learn of Raglan’s devilish mission and that he has a good head start on them.
Runtime: 70 min

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Nabonga (1944)

Directed by: Sam Newfield
In an effort to clear the name of his deceased father, young Ray Gorman travels to darkest Africa to try to track down the money embezzled from his father’s bank years earlier. After a long trek through the jungle Gorman finds the money in the care of beautiful ‘white witch’ Doreen, daughter of the now long-dead embezzler. Gorman finds his goal difficult to accomplish as not only does Doreen, guarded by a huge, ferocious gorilla, not want to give up the money, but greedy guide Carl Hurst has followed Gorman’s trail, intent on getting the money himself by any means necessary.
Runtime: 75 min

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Mr. Reckless (1948)

Directed by: Frank McDonald
Returning to his hometown after a long absence, oil-well digger William Eythe discovers that his sweetheart has gotten engaged to an older suitor. In an attempt to win back his lost love, Eythe decides to impress her with a series of daredevil oil-field stunts.
Runtime: 65 min

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Machine Gun Mama (1944)

Directed by: Harold Young
Ollie and John are a long way from their home in Brooklyn when their truck breaks down. When they run into a fair, they decide to sell their only valuable possession. It’s an elephant with the name Bunny, and Ollie has grown really attached to him. At the fair the ‘ferocious’ Nita Cordoba works and John falls in love with her, the feeling is mutual. Most employees of the fair are willing to buy Bunny, as the fair is in great commercial trouble and an elephant might just be the injection so barely needed. Owner Jose, however, has different ideas. He’d rather see the fair go down as that will be more benificial to him.
Runtime: 60 min

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Laughing At Life (1933)

Directed by: Ford Beebe
Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South America, where he is hired to organize a band of revolutionaries, unaware that they plan to eliminate him when his job is done. Here, also, he encounters his own son, on track to waste his own life in pursuits similar to Easter’s.
Runtime: 60 min

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International Crime (1938)

Directed by: Charles Lamont
Lamont Cranston, amatuer criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes passes the friendly stage with Police Commissioner Weston (Thomas Jackson.)
Runtime: 62 min

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High Gear (1933)

Directed by: Leigh Jason
When Mark ‘High Gear’ Sherrod (Murray) looses his nerve, the race car driver takes a job driving a taxi, but when he befriends a cute reporter and the young handicapped son of a deceased driver, he attempts to return to the track.
Runtime: 62 min

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Hell Fire Austin (1932)

Directed by: Forrest Sheldon
Heading west, Ken and Bouncer end up at the Brooks ranch where Ken is to ride Tarzan in the big race. But both the Sheriff and Edmonds are after him and he must hide both himself and the horse until race time.
Runtime: 70 min

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Held for Ransom (1938)

Directed by: Clarence Bricker
Runtime: 57 min

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Go Get’em Haines (1936)

Directed by: Sam Newfield
Reporter Steve Haines (Boyd), on the trail of a business tycoon, follows his subject onto an ocean liner and gets wound up in a cruise full of intrigue, romance and murder.
Runtime: 56 min

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Dude Bandit (1933)

Directed by: George Melford
After Burton kills Dad Mason and makes it look like a suicide, Ace Cooper arrives to investigate. He poses as a coward during the day but at night he becomes the daring Dude Bandit.
Runtime: 54 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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Danger Flight (1939)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Our hero tries to straighten out some juvenile delinquents in this adventure based on the comic strip “Tailspin Tommy.”
Runtime: 60 min

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Clipped Wings (1937)

Directed by: Stuart Paton
Mickey Lofton (William Janney), young half-brother of famed war-aviator Jerry (Lloyd Hughes), fails in his attempt to enter the Canadian Air Corps, because of his fear of thunderstorms developed by an incident in his boyhood days. Jerry, now a Captain in the U. S. Department of Justice, is given an assignment to capture some border oil smugglers. Through his friendship with Raoul McGuire (Jason Robards), one of the suspects, Jerry is accepted as a member of the gang. Mickey is in love with Raoul’s sister, Molly (Rosalind Keith.) Gang leader Moran (Richard Cramer) shoots and wounds Raoul, and is himself shot down by Jerry. Mickey flies Molly and her wounded brother to a hospital. Jerry takes off in another plane to guard Mickey’s craft from a pursuing airplane, and crashes his plane into the gangster’s plane but parachutes to safety.
Runtime: 61 min

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Captain Calamity (1936)

Directed by: John Reinhardt
n the South Seas, Bill Jones (George Houston), captain of the schooner “Marigold”, is known as Captain Calamity as he is quick to fight or frolic. Stone broke on the island of Quica and with his ship in need or re-stocking, Bill accepts an ancient Spanish doubloon from a young Australian named Carr (Barry Norton)in exchange for taking him to Tapillo, where Carr can take a ship to Sidney. Bill gives the doubloon to trader Joblin (Louis Natheaux)for supplies, and does not bother to correct the trader’s impression that he has found a fabulous horde of pirate gold. With Madame Gruen (Margaret Irving), a slatternly jade who runs a waterfront boarding house, and Samson (the ever-oily Roy D’Arcy), her paramour, Joblin schemes to seize Captain Bill’s supposed treasure trove. Together, they gather a a crew of cutthroats, led by Black Pierre (George J. Lewis), leader of the scum of the waterfront dives, to seize the treasure. Bill also meets Dr. Kelkey (Crane Wilbur), loser in many bouts with a brandy bottle, and his ward, Madge Lewis (Marian Nixon), on a mission to find the man who murdered and robbed her father in Australia. Bill agrees to help her, but does not remember her as the young girl he had saved from a sinking ship a dozen years before.
Runtime: 60 min

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Call of the Yukon (1938)

Directed by: B. Reeves Eason & John T. Coyle
A fur trader guides a writer and her animals to safety in the Yukon territory when wolves are about to attack.
Runtime: 66 min

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Call of the Wilderness (1932)

Directed by: Herman C. Raymaker
While the original title, “Trailing the Killer” isn’t a misnomer, it was a bit misleading since the “trailer” is a dog named Caesar and the killer is a mountain lion, aka as a cougar or puma the narrator was quick to point out. But the makers also pointed out that Caesar “is the most intelligent dog actor since Rin-Tin-Tin” which probably lured a few Rin-Tin-Tin fans with a show-me attitude. Caesar prowls around the woods of the Northwest, dispatches a rattlesnake, visits his she-wolf mate and their pups, pauses to watch the dainty habits of a raccoon personally washing every morsel of food before eating it—and that raccoon had enough food to use up several minutes of running time—and then saves sheepherder Pierre (Francis McDonald) from getting et up by one mean mountain lion. Rin-Tin-Tin he ain’t, but then who was? Commonwealth changed the title to “Call of the Wilderness” when they acquired it for 16mm rental to the school market.
Runtime: 65 min

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Born to the Saddle (1953)

Directed by: William Beaudine
Bent on revenge for the death of his father and the theft of their ranch, young Bill Walton (Chuck Courtney) rides into town seeking the aid of his uncle.
Runtime: 75 min

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Border Patrol (1943)

Directed by: Lesley Selander
Hoppy, California and Johnny are Texas Rangers trying to end a scheme which smuggles Mexicans into the United States to become essentially slaves in a silver mine owned by Orestes Krebs. The three are captured, sentenced to hang, and then escape. They free the slaves and capture the bad guys.
Runtime: 65 min

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Africa Speaks (1930)

Directed by: Walter Futter
Explorer Paul Hoefler leads a safari into central Africa and what was then called the Belgian Congo, in the regions inhabited by the Wassara and the famous Ubangi tribes.
Runtime: 75 min

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