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1. Spellbound (1945)

Unrated | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 34,799

2. Hallam Foe (2007)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.0
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62 Metascore

Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love.

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Jamie Bell, Ruth Milne, John Paul Lawler, Claire Forlani

Votes: 11,260 | Gross: $0.06M

3. Libeled Lady (1936)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee a down on his luck reporter hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, to stop a high-society woman from suing for libel.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy

Votes: 5,664

4. Footlight Parade (1933)

G | 104 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.8
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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Votes: 3,591

5. Fast and Furious (1939)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.2
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Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Franchot Tone, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Lee Bowman

Votes: 506

6. The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

6.8
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Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 959

7. The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

6.8
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A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen.

Director: George S. Kaufman | Stars: William Powell, Ella Raines, Peter Lind Hayes, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 335

8. Big City Blues (1932)

Unrated | 63 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Young man from small town moves to New York City looking for better life.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joan Blondell, Eric Linden, Jobyna Howland, Ned Sparks

Votes: 379

9. Lucky Partners (1940)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Ronald Colman shares a sweepstakes ticket with Ginger Rogers and they then embark on an "imaginary" honeymoon with their "winnings."

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Ronald Colman, Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington

Votes: 561

10. The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Tom Lawrence, who has inherited his brother's sobriquet of "The Falcon," is framed for the theft of war bonds and murder.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Tom Conway, Harriet Nelson, Jane Randolph, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 403

11. The Saint in Palm Springs (1941)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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Inspector Fernack asks Simon to watch over an old friend who's carrying $200,000 worth of priceless stamps, but the friend is killed and the stamps stolen.

Director: Jack Hively | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Paul Guilfoyle, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 458

12. Sky Murder (1940)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.0
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A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Kaaren Verne, Edward Ashley

Votes: 235

13. Riding on Air (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.5
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Smugglers are using a device for controlling airplanes in flight, and newspaper reporters from Chicago are vying for the story. Reporter Elmer Lane is out to scoop rival reporter Betty Harrison, and capture her heart in the process.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Guy Kibbee, Florence Rice, Vinton Hayworth

Votes: 71

14. Love in High Gear (1932)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Romance

6.0
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A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Alberta Vaughn, Harrison Ford, Tyrell Davis, Arthur Hoyt

Votes: 36

15. Fuddy Duddy Buddy (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

7.1
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Looking for a tennis opponent at the swanky Outstretched Palms Hotel, Mr. Magoo mistakes a walrus for a fellow guest and takes him onto the court.

Director: John Hubley | Star: Jim Backus

Votes: 41

16. The Inch Man (1951–1952)

30 min | Drama

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Adventures of a house detective in a London hotel.

Stars: Robert Ayres, Hamlyn Benson, Joan Harben, Faith Bailey

17. Detectives (1928)

70 min | Comedy, Mystery

8.1
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Lois, a stenographer at a luxury hotel, is being pursued by the hotel's house detective and a bellhop. When some valuable jewels are stolen, the bellhop--who has always dreamed of being a ... See full summary »

Director: Chester M. Franklin | Stars: Karl Dane, George K. Arthur, Marceline Day, Tenen Holtz

Votes: 20

18. All Business (1936)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy

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Another hotel-room mix-up with the suspicious wife, Grace King (Josephine Whittell), checking up on her husband, Ford King (Ford Sterling),who is trying to sell his jewelry line to a lady ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Ford Sterling, Josephine Whittell, Kitty McHugh, Edgar Dearing

19. Bigger and Better (1930)

TV-G | 19 min | Comedy, Short

5.9
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The boys get jobs in a department during summer vacation so they'll be near the girls.

Director: Edgar Kennedy | Stars: Mickey Daniels, Grady Sutton, David Sharpe, Mary Kornman

Votes: 18

20. Wine, Women and Sauerkraut (1927)

20 min | Comedy, Short

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Unable to pay their hotel bill, a group of chorus girls devise a plan to slip by the hotel's house detective. Complications ensue.

Director: Jess Robbins | Stars: Nick Stuart, Claire Cannon, George Gray, Fred Walton

21. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 20 March 1955 (1955)

Family, Game-Show

7.8
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The regular panel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf, appear this evening. The first contestant is a New York City woman named Virginia Hall. Miss Hall is the ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf

Votes: 9

22. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
Episode: Never Bathe on Saturday (1965)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.9
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While on their second honeymoon, Laura gets her toe stuck in a hotel bathtub faucet and Rob can't get through the locked bathroom door to free her.

Director: Jerry Paris | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews

Votes: 88

23. Big Shamus, Little Shamus (1979– )
Episode: Pilot (1979)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Morgan Fairchild, Bill Macy, Doug McKeon