Films of the 1940's

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1.
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
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When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin... (141 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
2.
Arise, My Love (1940)
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A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter have romantic and dramatic adventures in Europe as World War II begins. (110 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
3.
Arizona (1940)
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During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians. (125 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
4.
Behind the News (1940)
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It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer... (75 mins.)
Director: Joseph Santley
 
5.
Mr. Dynamite (1941)
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A ball player takes his girlfriend to a carnival, only to discover a ring of saboteurs. (63 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
6.
Dressed to Kill (1941)
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Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne are on their way to be married when a scream from a nearby hotel room draws his attention to a pair of theatrical murders. (74 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
 
7.
Bataan (1943)
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are... (114 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
8.
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
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The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
 
9.
Two Smart People (1946)
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Director Jules Dassin (Night and the City) combines the best of film noir, crime caper and romance in this little gem starring Lucille Ball, John Hodiak and Lloyd Nolan. (93 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
10.
Bad Boy (1949)
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THIS SUMMARY CONTAINS SPOILERS! Danny is a juvenile delinquent sentenced to Variety Club Ranch in lieu of jail... (86 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
11.
Easy Living (1949)
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Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go... (77 mins.)
 
12.
Sitting Pretty (1948)
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Tacey and Harry King are a suburban couple with three sons and a serious need of a babysitter. Tacey puts an ad in the paper for a live-in babysitter... (83 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
13.
The Razor's Edge (1946)
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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married. (145 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
14.
Dear Wife (1949)
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Thanks to political activist teen Miriam, her brother-in-law and father find themselves rival candidates for state senator. (88 mins.)
Director: Richard Haydn
 
15.
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
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A ruthless, domineering woman is married to an alcoholic D.A., her childhood companion and the only living witness to her murder of her rich aunt seventeen years earlier. (116 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
16.
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
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A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
17.
Lady of Burlesque (1943)
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After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again. (91 mins.)
 
18.
The Scarlet Clue (1945)
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Charlie discovers a scheme for the theft of government radar plans while investigating several murders. (65 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
19.
Black Magic (1944)
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Charlie searches for a murderer amidst numerous ghosts conjured up by a strange variety of spiritualists and occultists. (67 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
20.
City for Conquest (1940)
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Danny is a content truck driver, but his girl Peggy shows potential as a dancer and hopes he too can show ambition. Danny acquiesces and pursues boxing to please her, but the two begin to spend more time working than time together. (104 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
21.
The Winslow Boy (1948)
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In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial. (117 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
22.
Brighton Rock (1947)
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Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course... (92 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
23.
Gentleman Jim (1942)
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world. (104 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
24.
The Big Sleep (1946)
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Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
25.
Detour (1945)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. (67 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
26.
Crossfire (1947)
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A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why? (86 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
27.
Impact (1949)
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A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
28.
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
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Commercial artist Daisy Kenyon is involved with married lawyer Dan O'Mara, and hopes someday to marry him... (99 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
29.
Laura (1944)
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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating. (88 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
30.
A Foreign Affair (1948)
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In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi café singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
31.
The More the Merrier (1943)
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During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
32.
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
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An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld. (112 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
33.
Our Town (1940)
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Change comes slowly to a small New Hampshire town in the early 20th century. People grow up, get married... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
34.
Across the Pacific (1942)
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Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
35.
The Big Street (1942)
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Little Pinks is in love with a nightclub singer named Gloria. But it is a unrequited love as she does not know that he exists... (88 mins.)
Director: Irving Reis
 
36.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home. (101 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
37.
The Sullivans (1944)
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The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression... (112 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
38.
Boomerang! (1947)
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The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder. (88 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
39.
Dark Passage (1947)
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A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
40.
White Pongo (1945)
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Hunters and scientists venture into the jungle to track down a savage albino gorilla, which they believe could be the missing link between man and ape. (71 mins.)
Director: Sam Newfield
 
41.
The Lost Moment (1947)
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An publisher insinuates himself into the mouldering mansion of the centenarian lover of a renowned but long-dead poet in order to find his lost love letters. (89 mins.)
Director: Martin Gabel
 
42.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
43.
Stormy Weather (1943)
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The relationship between an aspiring dancer and a popular songstress provides a retrospective of the great African American entertainers of the early 1900s. (78 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stone
 
44.
State Fair (1945)
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The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so. (100 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
45.
Samson and Delilah (1949)
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When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. (131 mins.)
 
46.
Night Train to Munich (1940)
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When Germany invades Czechoslovakia, the German and the British intelligence services try to capture Czech scientist Axel Bomasch, inventor of a new type of armor-plating. (95 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
47.
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
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A nineteenth-century New Hampshire farmer who makes a compact with Satan for economic success enlists Daniel Webster to extract him from his contract. (107 mins.)
 
48.
Brief Encounter (1945)
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Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (86 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
49.
'I Know Where I'm Going!' (1945)
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Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood... (91 mins.)
 
50.
Children of Paradise (1945)
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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (189 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
51.
Blithe Spirit (1945)
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Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
52.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
53.
Green for Danger (1947)
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After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate. (91 mins.)
Director: Sidney Gilliat
 
54.
The Red Shoes (1948)
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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina. (134 mins.)
 
55.
The Southerner (1945)
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The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them. (92 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
56.
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
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A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling... (95 mins.)
 
57.
He Walked by Night (1948)
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This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop. (79 mins.)
Director: Alfred Werker
 
58.
Champion (1949)
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Boxer Midge Kelly rises to fame...mainly by stepping on other people. (99 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
59.
Dressed to Kill (1946)
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Sherlock Holmes sets out to discover why a trio of murderous villains, including a dangerously attractive female, are desperate to obtain three unassuming and inexpensive little music boxes. (76 mins.)
 
60.
In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
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It's turn of the century America when Andrew and Veronica first meet - by crashing into each other.... (102 mins.)
 
61.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
62.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
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While on the telephone, an invalid woman overhears what she thinks is a murder plot and attempts to prevent it. (89 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
63.
The Hidden Room (1949)
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Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover. (96 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
64.
Notorious (1946)
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A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them? (101 mins.)
 
65.
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
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Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge, and predictable complications result. (146 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
66.
The Passionate Friends (1949)
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The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary... (95 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
67.
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... (156 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
68.
Humoresque (1946)
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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite. (125 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
69.
Quartet (1948)
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Four of Somerset Maugham's short stories are brought to the screen with each introduced by the author himself... (120 mins.)
 
70.
The Body Snatcher (1945)
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A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
71.
It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
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An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house, but she has since married and is reluctant to help him. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
72.
The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
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A young boy receives a rocking horse for Christmas and soon learns that he is able to pick the winning horse at the races. (91 mins.)
 
73.
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
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Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her. (99 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
74.
Moonrise (1948)
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Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty. (90 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
75.
Louisiana Story (1948)
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The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Flaherty
 
76.
The Stars Look Down (1940)
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Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners... (110 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
77.
Reign of Terror (1949)
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Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine. (89 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
78.
Dead Reckoning (1947)
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A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow. (100 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
79.
I Walk Alone (1947)
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Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (97 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
80.
Holiday Affair (1949)
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A young widow is romanced by a sales clerk whom she inadvertently got fired. (87 mins.)
Director: Don Hartman
 
81.
Conflict (1945)
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An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister. (86 mins.)
 
82.
And Then There Were None (1945)
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Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (97 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
 
83.
Johnny Belinda (1948)
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
84.
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
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After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity. (98 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
85.
The Strange Woman (1946)
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In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman. (100 mins.)
Director: Edgar Ulmer
 
86.
Railroaded! (1947)
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A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man. (72 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
87.
Sleep, My Love (1948)
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Alison Courtland wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she cannot remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue. (97 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
88.
The Blue Gardenia (1953)
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A telephone operator ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. The next morning she wakes up with a hangover and the terrible fear she may be a murderess. (85 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
89.
The Turning Point (1952)
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Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect. (85 mins.)
 
90.
Copacabana (1947)
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An agent has his only client pose as both a French chanteuse and Brazilian bombshell to fool a nightclub owner. (92 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green