Youth On Parole (1937)

Directed by: Phil Rosen
Two strangers, a man and a woman, are framed for a jewel robbery and thrown in jail. After they get out, they join forces to track down the real thieves.
Runtime: 53 min

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Woman In Brown (1948)

Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
In Hungary, a rich baron discovers that there are extensive oil deposits underneath nearby properties owned by villagers. He manages to convince all the property owners to sell to him, except for a few properties owned by Jewish families. Infuriated at their refusal to sell to him, he attempts, with the help of some corrupt local police, to have the men charged with the murder of a local woman, who in reality actually committed suicide.
Runtime: 77 min

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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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What Becomes Of The Children? (1939)

Directed by: Walter Shumway
Runtime: 57 min

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Waterfront Lady (1935)

Directed by: Joseph Santley
When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new partner.
Runtime: 68 min

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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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Undercover Agent (1939)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Runtime: 50 min

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Under The Big Top (1938)

Directed by: Karl Brown
The Post Combined Circus draws the biggest crowd ever when pretty Penelope (Anne Nagel) does her heart-stopping blindfolded trapeze act In the course of events she falls in love with Pablo (Grant Richards) , her co-artist. Pablo and his brother Ricardo (Jack La Rue) are shown the door when Sara Post (Marjorie Main) , the tough talking owner of the show and Penny’s aunt, finds out. The show goes on, but it is never the same without the daredevilry of the famous aerial trio.
Runtime: 64 min

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Tomorrow’s Youth (1935)

Directed by: Charles Lamont
Runtime: 60 min

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Timber Queen (1944)

Directed by: Frank McDonald
Runtime: 66 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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They Never Come Back (1932)

Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer
Runtime: 62 min

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That Brennan Girl (1946)

Directed by: Alfred Santell
Runtime: 94 min

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Telephone Operator (1937)

Directed by: Scott Pembroke
Suddenly…disaster struck at the happiness of these two lovers…as raging flood waters swept them into the dark terror of the night!
Runtime: 53 min

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Symphony of Living (1935)

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
An aging concert violinist ignored by his grown children who becomes a music teacher. His most promising student, with whom he intends to make a comeback, turns out to be his own grandson!
Runtime: 73 min

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Stoker, The (1932)

Directed by: Chester M. Franklin
When Dick (Monte Blue), the owner of a large corporation, finds out that the board of directors is about to vote him out of the company he fires back that he’s already got the money from his wife’s estate to buy them out first. While his faithless wife Vera (Natalie Moorehead) is considering how to tell her husband that she is having an affair with their family lawyer. On his arrival at home he finds that his wife has divorce papers in hand and is ready to leave for Paris. From here Dick renounces capitalism and women and takes off for South America as a workman (coal stoker). But a sudden turn of events, in which he gets jailed and he ends up on a below-the-border plantation, where he rescues the pretty owner Margarita (Dorothy Burgess) from the skullduggery of bandit leader Santino (Noah Beery Sr.). In the mean while Margarita has fallen for Dick and tries changing his views on woman. It takes the corrupt Nicaraguan police, a plantation in need of rescue, and a quick rebirth in his value system to finally convince him.
Runtime: 70 min

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Star Reporter (1939)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
John Randolph (Warren Hull), an idealistic young newspaper owner who uses his paper as an instrument for the public good, uses a campaign against crime to successfully run grafting politicians out of town. District Attorney William Burnette (Wallis Clark), father of Barbara Burnette (Marsha Hunt) who John loves, learns that John’s father (unknown to John) is a criminal they are seeking. He refuses to prosecute him and John, not knowing the real reason, turns against Burnette and tries to run him out of office.
Runtime: 60 min

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Spoilers of the North (1947)

Directed by: Richard Sale
An evil fisherman cons his former girlfriend to finance a cannery that will be illegally stocked by Native American friends of his current girlfriend. But has he gone too far?
Runtime: 66 min

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Son of the Navy (1940)

Directed by: William Nigh
A sailor hitchhiking to his base at San Pedro and an orphan boy who has taken along his dog in a search for a mother and father meet up on the road. The sailor decides it would be easier to get a ride if they pretended to be father and son; the boy has other ideas.
Runtime: 72 min

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Smart Alecks (1942)

Directed by: Wallace Fox
Danny helps to capture a wanted criminal and receives a $200 reward. However, he has a falling out with the gang when they believe he should share the money with them. Complications ensue when the crook that Danny helped capture escapes from jail and comes looking for him.
Runtime: 65 min

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Slander House (1938)

Directed by: Charles Lamont
Madame Helene Smith (Adrianne Ames) operates a swanky salon for renovations of women’s faces and bodies, with her partner Mazie Mason (Pert Kelton) who grew up with Helene on New York’s not-so-swank Tenth Avenue. Mazie is in love with newspaper columnist Terry Kent (William Newell), who frequents the place for juicy items as the salon is a gathering place for the town’s rich and near-rich ladies. Terry calls it a “scandal house” and, if he had known the title would be changed to “Slander House” before release, would have deemed it as such.
Runtime: 65 min

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Sky Patrol (1939)

Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Runtime: 59 min

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Shadows of the Orient (1935)

Directed by: Burt Lynwood
“Shadows of the Orient” was originally (and still is) a Larry Darmour production made under the Empire Films banner in 1935 and released in August of 1935, although Motion Picture Herald did not review it until February of 1936. Following the reorganization of Monogram, after W. Ray Johnston, Scott R. Dunlap, Trem Carr and Paul Malvern broke away from their short stay at Republic Pictures, Monogram was in need of product to fill their exhibitor committments and picked up the film from whatever state-rights limbo it was in, and sent it back out on August 13, 1937 under a Monogram Pictures logo with nothing to indicate it was a re-issue of a two year-old film. Its first New York showing was at the Central Theatre on October 11, 1937, 27 months after initial release through the Empire exchanges, and it had lost three minutes from its original 68 minutes. The Foreword tells it all: “Since the passing of the Oriental Exclusion Act the smuggling of aliens has been constant. Although the smuggling is less than a few years ago, when Chinese were brought into the United States from Mexico in carlots, the traffic has by no means ceased, according to immigration officials. The length of the frontier and sparsely settled regions makes patrolling impossible. These smugglers have no regard for human life and resort to any means to accomplish their selfish ends. The boss of the ring, at this time, is receiving fifteen hundred dollars per head on safe delivery.” This film’s late 1937 “re-issue” release by Monogram may well be the reason that Esther Ralston used the name of Jane Carleton when she appeared in Universal’s “Spy Ring” which was filmed in late 1937. The foreword is quite possibly the only time that the border connecting Mexico with Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona was referred to as a frontier in the 20th century.
Runtime: 69 min

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Sex Madness (1938)

Directed by: William Curran
This sex exploitation film includes wild parties, sex out of wedlock, lesbianism, etc. After going to a “casting couch”, a chorus girl contracts syphilis. The film then focuses on the effects this lifestyle and disease have on her marriage.
Runtime: 57 min

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Sensation Hunters (1933)

Directed by: Charles Vidor
Dale Jordan (Marion Burns) is first accepted by the aristocratic first-cabin passengers on a south-bound Panama-Pacific liner until they discover she is a member of a troupe of cabaret girls led by Trixie Snell (Juanita Hansen) enroute for the Bull Ring Cabaret in Panama City. This makes no difference to Tom Baylor (Preston Foster), San Blas mining engineer, who presents her with a bracelet upon their arrival in Panama. Tom departs for his mining location in the jungle and Dale is taken in tow by hard-boiled but good-hearted Jerry Royal (Arline Judge), an old timer with Trixie’s crew. Dale takes up with millionaire Jimmy Crosby (Kenneth McKenna) who promises to get a divorce from his wife in the states, but is unable to and commits suicide by crashing his plane. Jerry and Dale go from one dive to the other in an effort to get enough money to go home. They land in The Cobra, one of the lowest dives in Panama, and Jerry is knifed in a saloon brawl.
Runtime: 73 min

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Rolling Home (1946)

Directed by: William A. Berke
Old time rodeo performer Raymond Hatton and his grandson, (Buzz Henry as Robert Dee ‘Buzzy” Henry) arrive in a small town with an injured horse, and local minister Russell Hayden tends the horse’s injured leg. Jean Parker, a wealthy but selfish young widow, lives in the town. The church is in debt but the minister’s financial problems are eventually solved by the horse winning a surrey race, and the widow whose attitude has been softned by Hatton, Henry and Hayden. This was the first film Harry Carey Jr appeared in as an adult, and was brought about when the just-discharged-from-the-Navy Carey ran into producer William Berke on an Hollywood street corner. Berke, who had produced six sound westerns in the mid-30’s starring the elder Carey, offered Carey Jr. a bit in this film. The first film Harry Carey Jr appeared in was in 1921, as an infant in one of his father’s silent westerns. Even with a 25-year-gap between his “first” and second film, Carey’s 80 years of work in films may be the longevity record.
Runtime: 59 min

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Roar of the Press (1941)

Directed by: Phil Rosen
Runtime: 71 min

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Reefer Madness (1938)

Directed by: Louis J. Gasnier
Propaganda film that relates the story, as told by high school principal Dr. Carroll to parents at a PTA meeting, of the scourge of marijuana. The tale revolves around Mae and Jack, accomplices in the distribution of marijuana, who manage to entice the local high school kids to stop by Mae’s apartment to smoke reefer. The lives of all who are involved with this menace are inevitably shattered. One youngster becomes so addicted to the killer weed that a judge orders him to be committed for life to a mental hospital! Dr. Carroll advises us to not incur the same tragedy.
Runtime: 68 min

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Quiet One, The (1948)

Directed by: Sidney Meyers
A documentary account of the rehabilitation at the Wiltwyck School of an emotionally disturbed Black boy who is unwanted, misunderstood, and inwardly tortured.
Runtime: 65 min

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Prison Shadows (1936)

Directed by: Robert F. Hill
A boxer is framed for murder after an opponent dies in the ring.
Runtime: 65 min

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Prison Mutiny (1943)

Directed by: Phil Rosen
Playboy Johnny Gray (Edward Norris) is framed and sent to prison after his stolen car is found at a holdup committed by Rico (William Castello as Willy Castello), and while the latter is not suspected, his henchman Harry (Mauritz Hugo), Creeper (Charles Jordan) and Red (Sam Bernard) are convicted with Johnny. Stung by the injustice, when even his fiancee (Inna Gest) believes him guilty, Johnny becomes an unruly prisoner and is put in a cell with Cain (Jack La Rue), head of the prison gang planning a break. The new warden, Frank Sanders (Milburn Stone), wins Johnny over by changing his cellmate and giving him a chance to work in the prison gardens. Here, he meets Amy Duncan (Joan Woodbury), daughter of prison guard Duncan (Robert Homans). In an failed escaped, engineered from the outside by Rico, who is killed, one of Rico’s men confesses that Johnny is innocent.
Runtime: 63 min

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Power Dive (1941)

Directed by: James P. Hogan
Runtime: 68 min

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Paradise Isle (1937)

Directed by: Arthur Greville Collins
Love is different on Paradise Isle…where a woman pledges her life for the man she loves! Come to the South Seas for a thrilling lesson in love!
Runtime: 73 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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Parachute Battalion (1941)

Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
In this pre-Pearl Harbor recruiting poster, colonel’s estranged son Bill Burke, football hero Donald Morse, and hillbilly Jeff Hollis enlist in the paratroopers. Their training at Fort Benning, Georgia is followed in semi-documentary style, with time out for personal dramas and the romantic rivalry of Bill and Don over the sergeant’s daughter.
Runtime: 75 min

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Outer Gate (1937)

Directed by: Raymond Cannon
Bob Terry (Ben Alexander) is in love with Lois Borden (Kay Linaker) the daughter of his employer, John Borden (Ralph Morgan.) When some bonds are missing from the office, Bob is accused and because of Borden’s strong sense of obligation to his stockholders, Bob is railroaded to prison. A few years later, the real thief is apprehended and Bob is released. He now begins his plan for revenge against Borden with the aid of his prison cellmate Todd (Eddie Acuff) and a gangster, John Carmody (Charles Brokaw.) Soon, some bonds are missing again and Borden knows Bob is involved but because Bob has suffered at his hands before, Borden assumes the responsibility and is about to be sentenced to prison. Todd is shot while trying to steal the bonds back from Carmody, but gets the bonds back to Bob and, before he dies, begs Bob to return them to the owner.
Runtime: 63 min

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Old Swimmin’ Hole, The (1940)

Directed by: Robert F. McGowan
Teen-ager Betty Elliott (Marcia Mae Jones) has decided to take over the business and social affairs of her father Doc Elliott (Charles D. Brown). She thinks her father should marry the widowed mother, Julie Harper (Leatrice Joy), of her boyfriend Chris Harper (Jackie Moran). Doc has been a real friend and father to Chris, who, under his guidance, has learned to take care of all the sick animals in town, but lack of money keeps the widow from sending Chris on to finish high school and medical training is out of the question. Wealthy Grandpa Harper (George Cleveland) sends his attorney Baker (Theodore von Eltz) to tell Mrs. Harper that all of Jimmy’s dreams could be realized if the widow, whom the grandfather dislikes, would give up custody of her son. The lawyer also begins to court Julie and this throws a kink in Betty’s plans to see her father and the widow get married.
Runtime: 81 min

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Night Life In Reno (1931)

Directed by: Raymond Cannon
A wife catches her husband messing around with another woman. Outraged, she proceeds to Reno, Nevada, for a quickie divorce. Since Reno requires a six-week wait for a divorce to become final, the wife must find something to do during that time, so she decides to take advantage of the night life of the city, which she finds out to be a lot wilder than she thought it was.
Runtime: 58 min

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Night Alarm (1934)

Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Runtime: 64 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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Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941)

Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Dramatic events in a Harlem apartment house center around Pa Wilkins, chosen by the Better Business League to replace their ousted, crooked leader Marshall…who wants revenge; and Pa’s ward Jim Bracton, a two-timing Romeo whose affairs are coming to a crisis. And hanging around is Marshall’s murderous junkie henchman, Lomax. Will it all end in someone’s being killed?
Runtime: 65 min

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Lying Lips (1939)

Directed by: Oscar Micheaux
Runtime: 68 min

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Long Shot, The (1939)

Directed by: Charles Lamont
Runtime: 69 min

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Little Men (1940)

Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod
Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer operate the Plumfield School for poor boys. When Dan, a tough street kid, comes to the school, he wins Jo’s heart despite his hard edge, and she defends him when he is falsely accused. Dan’s foster father, Major Burdle, is a swindler in cahoots with another crook called Willie the Fox. When the Plumfield School becomes in danger of foreclosure, the two con men cook up a scheme to save the home.
Runtime: 83 min

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Life at Stake (1954)

Directed by: Paul Guilfoyle
After a married woman has had an illicit affair, mysterious accidents began happening to her husband.
Runtime: 76 min

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Law of the Timber (1941)

Directed by: Bernard B. Ray
The H&L Lumber Company headed by Henry Lorimer (Jack M. Holmes) and his daughter “Perry” (Marjorie Reynolds), receives a hugh national defense order, and prepares to cut the dangerous Antler Valley tract. Eastern dude John Gordon (Hal Brazeal) applies for a lumberjack’s job and Lorimer hires him. Soon, a series of accidents occur, topped by a forest fire of unknown origin, in which Lorimer is killed. Perry decides to carry on in her father’s place, despite the objections of camp manager Barnes (Earle Eby), who covets the company. The storehouse, where the dynamite needed to clear an avalanche is stored, explodes and Barnes blames Gordon. The latter has some cartridge cases used by the rifleman to explode the storehouse, and Barnes instructs his henchman Hodge Mason (Monte Blue) to get the evidence and kill Gordon. Perry overhears and attempts to stop them, but Barnes knocks her unconscious and puts her in the cab of a runaway train. Unable to keep Mason from reaching the plunger to set off an explosion to wreck the train, Gordon boards the speeding engine and races it over the danger spot ahead of the explosion. The engine and a few cars of lumber get through, and Perry is able to deliver the lumber order on schedule. Mason and Barnes are apprehended and Perry learns that Gordon is really John Gordon Hamilton, son of her late father’s partner.
Runtime: 64 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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Last Alarm (1940)

Directed by: William West
Captain Hadley (J. Farrell MacDonald, who also appeared as the City Editor in “Danger Ahead”) reaches the age limit for firefighter and is retired. While he is bored out of his mind at home, an arsonist (George Pembroke), who evidently is called Wendell, despite the fact that noone ever calls him by name, starts to burn the city down, building by building.
Runtime: 53 min

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Lady in the Death House (1944)

Directed by: Steve Sekely
A young woman is on death row for the murder of a man who was blackmailing her family, although she claims she was framed. Her fiance, a doctor who is conducting experiments on reviving the dead, also happens to be the state’s executioner, and is assigned to pull the switch when she is strapped into the electric chair. A famous criminologist, believing her to be innocent, rushes to investigate the case and clear her before her execution date.
Runtime: 55 min

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In Love With Life (1934)

Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Professor John Sylvestus Applegate (Onslow Stevens) has been dismissed from his college teaching position for objecting too loudly to the predominant part that football and other sports play in the curriculum, and soon finds himself dead broke when publishers show no interest in the dry material he brings to them. He meets a young boy, Laury (Dickie Moore) and his mother, Sharon (Lila Lee) in the park and is quite taken with them. He gets a job-prospect letter, as a private tutor, and applies at once. His employer is Mr. Morley (Claude Gillingwater), a surly, sour, mean-tempered old man who informs John he is to act as a tutor for his grandson, who turns out to be Laury. Sharon, Morleys daughter had eloped against her father’s wishes and was abandoned by her husband after Laury’s birth.
Runtime: 51 min

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