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1. A Night at the Opera (1935)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

8.1
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A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

Writers: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, James Kevin McGuinness | Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle

Votes: 22,214

2. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror

7.7
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Writer: Gaston Leroux | Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 10,729

3. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.9
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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Writers: Tod Browning, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham | Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 4,717

4. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)

Passed | 150 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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An extended family split up in France and Germany find themselves on opposing sides of the battlefield during World War I.

Writers: Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, June Mathis | Director: Rex Ingram | Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Alice Terry, Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard

Votes: 2,382

5. Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative ... See full summary »

Writers: Alan Le May, Thelma Strabel, Charles Bennett, Jesse Lasky Jr. | Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,878

6. Coquette (1929)

Unrated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A flirtatious southern belle is compromised with one of her beaus.

Writers: George Abbott, Ann Preston Bridgers, John Grey, Allen McNeil, Sam Taylor | Director: Sam Taylor | Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore, John St. Polis

Votes: 1,568

7. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Writers: Robert E. Sherwood, Grover Jones | Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,138

9. Crossroads (1942)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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Diplomat is blackmailed for crimes he committed before he had amnesia.

Writers: John H. Kafka, Howard Emmett Rogers, Guy Trosper | Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Powell, Hedy Lamarr, Claire Trevor, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 639

10. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.1
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When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Writers: Houston Branch, Hugh Wiley | Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 569

11. The Criminal Code (1931)

Passed | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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After a failed attempt at running for governor, D.A. Mark Brady is appointed warden of the state prison where many of the criminals he prosecuted are incarcerated.

Writers: Martin Flavin, Fred Niblo Jr., Seton I. Miller | Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff

Votes: 555

12. Magnificent Obsession (1935)

112 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Writers: Sarah Y. Mason, Victor Heerman, George O'Neil, Lloyd C. Douglas | Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Charles Butterworth, Betty Furness

Votes: 506

13. Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Writer: Rupert Hughes | Director: Rupert Hughes | Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix, Mae Busch

Votes: 488

14. Call Her Savage (1932)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

7.1
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Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Writers: Edwin J. Burke, Tiffany Thayer | Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Monroe Owsley

Votes: 482

15. The World Gone Mad (1933)

Unrated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.7
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A district attorney and a reporter try to find the killer of a D.A. who uncovered a massive stock fraud.

Writer: Edward T. Lowe Jr. | Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, Mary Brian

Votes: 312

16. They Shall Have Music (1939)

Passed | 102 min | Music, Drama, Family

7.1
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A boy runs away from home and ends up at a music school for poor children. When the school suffers hard times, he enlists the aid of violinist Heifetz to save the day.

Writers: Irma von Cube, John Howard Lawson | Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Jascha Heifetz, Joel McCrea, Andrea Leeds, Gene Reynolds

Votes: 286

17. The Match King (1932)

Approved | 79 min | Drama

7.1
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Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation ... See full summary »

Writers: Einar Thorvaldson, Houston Branch, Sidney Sutherland | Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley | Stars: Warren William, Lili Damita, Glenda Farrell, Juliette Compton

Votes: 268

18. Shadows (1922)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

6.4
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A dying Chinese man converts to Christianity in order to stop a friend from being blackmailed.

Writers: Wilbur Daniel Steele, Eve Unsell, Hope Loring | Director: Tom Forman | Stars: Lon Chaney, Marguerite De La Motte, Harrison Ford, John St. Polis

Votes: 266

19. Symphony of Six Million (1932)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

6.3
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A brilliant young doctor grows away from his family and his community when his older brother convinces him to make his fortune as a Park Avenue doctor. He spends his time prescribing ... See full summary »

Writers: Fannie Hurst, J. Walter Ruben, Bernard Schubert, James Seymour | Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Irene Dunne, Anna Appel, Gregory Ratoff

Votes: 236

20. International Crime (1938)

Passed | 62 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

5.5
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Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

Writers: Theodore S. Tinsley, Jack Natteford, John W. Krafft | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Astrid Allwyn, Thomas E. Jackson, Oscar O'Shea

Votes: 207

21. The Shadow Strikes (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Mystery

4.9
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Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »

Writers: Walter B. Gibson, Al Martin, Rex Taylor | Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley, Walter McGrail

Votes: 201

22. Transgression (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama

6.9
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When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes ... See full summary »

Writers: Kate Jordan, Elizabeth Meehan, Benn W. Levy | Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Ricardo Cortez, Nance O'Neil

Votes: 184

23. Alias the Doctor (1932)

61 min | Drama

6.1
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Karl is the workaholic adopted son while Stephan is the lazy one. They both go to Munich to study medicine and Karl is at the top of the class while Stephan is barely passing. When ... See full summary »

Writers: Imre Földes, Houston Branch, Charles Kenyon | Directors: Michael Curtiz, Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Marian Marsh, Norman Foster, Adrienne Dore

Votes: 137

24. The Dark Hour (1936)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.2
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A pair of detectives investigates the murder of an elderly millionaire who was the target of blackmail and death threats and find that there is no shortage of suspects, many of them in the victim's own family.

Writers: Ewart Adamson, Sinclair Gluck | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Ray Walker, Berton Churchill, Irene Ware, Hobart Bosworth

Votes: 114

25. Party Girl (1930)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.1
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Jay Rountree, son of a wealthy manufacturer and young, rising businessman, gets caught up in a web involving an escort service or 'party girls.' While eluding the wily Diana Holster, the ... See full summary »

Writers: Edwin Balmer, George Draney, Victor Halperin, Monte M. Katterjohn | Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jeanette Loff, Judith Barrie, Marie Prevost

Votes: 113

26. Death from a Distance (1935)

68 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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While a distinguished astronomer is giving a lecture in a planetarium, a shot rings out and one of the audience members is found dead. A tough detective and a brassy female reporter lock horns as they both try to break the case.

Writer: John W. Krafft | Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Russell Hopton, Lola Lane, George F. Marion, Lee Kohlmar

Votes: 100

27. Beau Ideal (1931)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Romance, War

5.3
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An American joins the French Foreign Legion in order to rescue a boyhood friend.

Writers: Percival Christopher Wren, Elizabeth Meehan, Paul Schofield | Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Frank McCormick, Ralph Forbes, Lester Vail, Otto Matieson

Votes: 91

28. Assignment in Brittany (1943)

96 min | Drama, War

6.5
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Writers: Anthony Veiller, William H. Wright, Howard Emmett Rogers, Helen MacInnes | Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Susan Peters, Margaret Wycherly, Signe Hasso

Votes: 88

29. The Yellow Ticket (1931)

88 min | Drama

6.5
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A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the ... See full summary »

Writers: Guy Bolton, Jules Furthman, Michael Morton | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Walter Byron

Votes: 83

30. Borderland (1937)

Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Mystery, Western

7.2
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Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, ... See full summary »

Writers: Clarence E. Mulford, Harrison Jacobs | Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 80

31. Captain Thunder (1930)

Passed | 65 min | Adventure, Drama, Music

4.5
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Writers: Pierre Couderc, Hal Davitt, Gordon Rigby, William K. Wells | Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Fay Wray, Victor Varconi, Charles Judels, Robert Elliott

Votes: 70

32. Three on the Trail (1936)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Drama, Western

7.2
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An evil gang is involved in both cattle rustling and the robbing of stagecoaches. Hoppy must stop them without help from the sheriff who turns out be a major outlaw himself.

Writers: Doris Schroeder, Vernon Smith, Clarence E. Mulford | Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Onslow Stevens, Muriel Evans

Votes: 68

33. Rustlers' Valley (1937)

61 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.0
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Hoppy clears Lucky on a charge of bank robbery and foils the plot of a crooked lawyer to rustle a herd of pedigree cattle and take over the valley.

Writers: Clarence E. Mulford, Harry O. Hoyt | Director: Nate Watt | Stars: William Boyd, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 68

34. Call of the Prairie (1936)

Approved | 63 min | Western

6.8
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Hoppy has to bust up a gang of outlaws with the help of his sidekicks Shanghai and Johnny. As usual, he walks through the fusillade unscathed.

Writers: Clarence E. Mulford, Doris Schroeder, Vernon Smith | Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: William Boyd, James Ellison, Muriel Evans, George 'Gabby' Hayes

Votes: 66

35. The Lady in Scarlet (1935)

Approved | 65 min | Mystery, Romance

6.1
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When a wealthy art dealer is murdered, the private investigator hired for the case discovers a web of blackmail, corruption and stolen bonds.

Writers: Arthur Hoerl, Robert Ellis, Helen Logan | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Reginald Denny, Patricia Farr, Jameson Thomas, Dorothy Revier

Votes: 65

36. The Gay Diplomat (1931)

Passed | 67 min | Drama

4.7
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Captain Orloff is sent to Bucharest to capture a Mata Hari type of spy, but many different women fit the bill and are attractive enough to make one question one's allegiance.

Writers: Doris Anderson, Alfred Jackson | Director: Richard Boleslawski | Stars: Genevieve Tobin, Betty Compson, Ivan Lebedeff, Ilka Chase

Votes: 60

37. Rocky Mountain Rangers (1940)

Passed | 58 min | Western

6.9
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This entry in Republic's "Three Mesquiteers" series has a misnomer for a title since the action takes place in Texas and pre-statehood Oklahoma, and the Rocky Mountains are in neither state... See full summary »

Writers: William Colt MacDonald, J. Benton Cheney, Barry Shipman, Earle Snell | Director: George Sherman | Stars: Robert Livingston, Raymond Hatton, Duncan Renaldo, Rosella Towne

Votes: 49

38. Below the Deadline (1936)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.7
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After a good-natured Irish cop is framed for a diamond robbery and murder and presumed dead in a train wreck, he gets plastic surgery and returns to expose the real killers.

Writer: Ewart Adamson | Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Cecilia Parker, Russell Hopton, Theodore von Eltz, Thomas E. Jackson

Votes: 46

39. Why Be Good? (1929)

84 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

Writers: Paul Perez, Carey Wilson | Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John St. Polis

Votes: 42

40. A Devil with Women (1930)

64 min | Adventure

6.9
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Soldier of fortune Maxton is stranded in a Central American country. He and Tom, the nephew of the country's richest man, try to end Morloff's banditry but just barely escape a firing squad. They become rivals for Rosita.

Writers: Henry Johnson, Dudley Nichols, Clements Ripley | Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Mona Maris, Humphrey Bogart, Luana Alcañiz

Votes: 40

41. The President Vanishes (1934)

80 min | Drama

6.5
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Writers: Lynn Starling, Rex Stout, Carey Wilson, Cedric Worth | Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Edward Arnold, Arthur Byron, Paul Kelly, Peggy Conklin

Votes: 37

42. Cocktail Hour (1933)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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Cynthia Warren, independently wealthy through her ability as an illustrator and poster artist, rebels against the premise that every woman is destined for matrimony and motherhood, and ... See full summary »

Writers: James Kevin McGuinness, Gertrude Purcell, Richard Schayer | Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Randolph Scott, Sidney Blackmer, Muriel Kirkland

Votes: 36

43. The Crusader (1932)

65 min | Drama

6.8
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Gangsters scheme to get rid of a crusading District Attorney by blackmailing him through his daughter.

Writers: Edward T. Lowe Jr., Wilson Collison | Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Evelyn Brent, H.B. Warner, Lew Cody, Ned Sparks

Votes: 34

44. The Border Patrolman (1936)

Passed | 60 min | Western

6.5
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When a border patrolman catches their spoiled daughter smoking in a no-smoking area, parents hire him to watch over her. She then runs over to Mexico and gets involved with jewel thieves ... See full summary »

Writers: Daniel Jarrett, Bennett Cohen | Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Polly Ann Young, Smiley Burnette, LeRoy Mason

Votes: 34

45. Haunted House (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

5.2
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Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.

Writers: Jack Leonard, Monte Collins, Dorothy Davenport | Director: Robert F. McGowan | Stars: Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones, George Cleveland, Christian Rub

Votes: 33

46. Federal Fugitives (1941)

Passed | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.7
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Spotting a man in Washington D.C. that he thinks looks like Otto Lieberman, a fugitive that caused a plane crash that killed eight people, government-agent James Madison manages to identify... See full summary »

Writer: Martin Mooney | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Doris Day, Victor Varconi, Charles C. Wilson

Votes: 31

47. Boys' Reformatory (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama

5.3
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A tough street kid takes the rap for a burglary committed by the son of his foster family and is sent to a boys reformatory, where the inmates are under the thumb of corrupt guards and a brutal prison doctor.

Writers: Ray Trampe, Norman S. Hall, Wellyn Totman | Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Frankie Darro, Grant Withers, Lillian Elliott, Frank Coghlan Jr.

Votes: 31

48. The Mysterious Rider (1938)

Approved | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Ben Wade and his partner Frosty return to Bellounds' ranch where twenty years earlier Wade was wanted for murder. Unrecognized, he gets a job on the ranch and soon becomes involved in ... See full summary »

Writers: Maurice Geraghty, Zane Grey | Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Douglass Dumbrille, Sidney Toler, Russell Hayden, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 30

49. Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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A singer on a gambling ship is married to a wealthy playboy. When he is found murdered, all evidence points to her as the culprit, and she is put on trial for the crime.

Writers: Wilson Collison, Edward T. Lowe Jr. | Director: Howard Christie | Stars: Paul Lukas, Leila Hyams, Don Dillaway, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 30

50. Doctors' Wives (1931)

80 min | Drama

5.9
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Writers: Henry Lieferant, Sylvia Lieferant, Maurine Dallas Watkins | Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Warner Baxter, Joan Bennett, Victor Varconi, Cecilia Loftus

Votes: 25