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1. The Phantom Light (1935)

76 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death.

Writers: Evadne Price, Joan Roy Byford, Ralph Smart, Joseph Jefferson Farjeon, Austin Melford | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Binnie Hale, Gordon Harker, Donald Calthrop, Milton Rosmer

2. Strike! (1934)

69 min | Drama

6.0
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David Barr is the manager and chief designer of a British shipyard (when we still built ships). The shipyard is in financial trouble but Barr has a design for a new ship that will save them... See full summary »

Writers: Jerome Jackson, Michael Powell, L. du Garde Peach | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Banks, Carol Goodner, Frank Vosper, Alfred Drayton

3. The Man Behind the Mask (1936)

79 min | Drama

6.3
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A young couple attend a masked ball before their planned (but secret) elopement. Suddenly everything goes wrong when the young woman is attacked and held hostage by a crazed attacker.

Writers: Jack Byrd, Syd Courtenay, Jacques Futrelle, Ian Hay, Stanley Haynes | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Hugh Williams, Jane Baxter, Ronald Ward, Maurice Schwartz

4. The Fire Raisers (1934)

77 min | Crime, Thriller

6.0
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Jim Bronton is an insurance investigator, but he's unhappy with his work and gets involved with a gang of arsonists. His conscience is troubling him ...

Writers: Jerome Jackson, Michael Powell | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Banks, Anne Grey, Carol Goodner, Frank Cellier

5. The Murder Party (1935)

61 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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A major newspaper publisher dies in suspicious circumstances during a parlour game at a dinner party. The publishers secretary is the obvious suspect, but the Inspector isn't so sure ...

Writers: Roland Pertwee, Ralph Smart, John Hastings Turner | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Leslie Banks, Malcolm Keen, Jane Baxter, Ian Hunter

6. Lazybones (1935)

65 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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Lazybones is an idle baronet. He hasn't a care in the world until his father cuts him off without a penny. He then meets an American heiress & marries her but finds she has been ... See full summary »

Writers: Ernest Denny, Gerard Fairlie | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Ian Hunter, Claire Luce, Bernard Nedell, Denys Blakelock

7. The Love Test (1935)

63 min | Biography, Romance

6.9
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Mary Lee is the new head of a Chemistry Laboratory. Thompson and his work-mates are resentful of her appointment and try to make her fall in love with John in the hope that this will make ... See full summary »

Writers: Jack Celestin, Selwyn Jepson | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Judy Gunn, Louis Hayward, David Hutcheson, Googie Withers

8. Something Always Happens (1934)

TV-G | 69 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Unemployed car salesman Peter is encouraged by his girlfriend Cynthia to approach the head of a petrol company with his plan for making petrol stations more attractive to customers. When ... See full summary »

Writer: Brock Williams | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Ian Hunter, Nancy O'Neil, Peter Gawthorne, John Singer

9. Convicted (1938)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Police Detective Burns (Charles Quigley) is helping Jerry Wheeler (Rita Hayworth), a night-club singer, track down the killer of a gold-digger, for which crime her brother, "Chick," (Edgar ... See full summary »

Writers: Cornell Woolrich, Edgar Edwards | Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay

10. Shot in the Dark (1933)

53 min | Mystery

5.8
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The relatives of a millionaire--the victim of a mysterious murder--get together at his house to search for his will, which he recorded on a record. However, one of them is actually the ... See full summary »

Writers: Gerard Fairlie, George Pearson, Terence Egan | Director: George Pearson | Stars: O.B. Clarence, Jack Hawkins, Michael Shepley, Davy Burnaby

11. The Girl in the Crowd (1935)

52 min | Comedy

7.6
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Bookseller David Gordon's new wife Marian has never met David's friend Bob but by telephone advises him on how to meet women by following the first attractive girl he sees. Unfortunately, ... See full summary »

Writer: Brock Williams | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Barry Clifton, Patricia Hilliard, Googie Withers, Harold French

12. Someday (1935)

68 min | Drama

7.1
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Curley Blake is a lift operator in a block of flats. He is in love with Emily, the cleaning girl. When Emily returns from a stay in hospital, Curley arranges to treat her to dinner in one ... See full summary »

Writers: Brock Williams, I.A.R. Wylie | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Esmond Knight, Margaret Lockwood, Henry Mollison, Sunday Wilshin

13. Special Inspector (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

5.5
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Filmed in Canada as part of the UK-Quota System: U. S. Customs Agent Tom Evans is given the assignment of running down a smuggling ring which hijacks Canadian fur-shipper's trucks and sells... See full summary »

Writer: Edgar Edwards | Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, George McKay, Edgar Edwards

14. Caste (1930)

70 min | Drama

6.6
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The daughter of a Cockney drunkard marries a young aristocrat who is presumed killed in action (in WWI). When she gets the news she goes to stay with her aristocratic in-laws.

Writers: Michael Powell, T.W. Robertson | Directors: Campbell Gullan, Michael Powell | Stars: Hermione Baddeley, Nora Swinburne, Alan Napier, Sebastian Shaw

15. Her Last Affaire (1936)

78 min | Drama

6.4
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The wife of a politician is found dead at a country inn, where she had been seen with the politicians secretary, Alan. He is the immediate suspect but has a valid alibi.

Writers: Walter Ellis, Ian Dalrymple | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Hugh Williams, Viola Keats, Francis L. Sullivan, Sophie Stewart

16. Crown v. Stevens (1936)

TV-G | 66 min | Crime, Thriller

6.7
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When an ex-dancer marries a man for his money she is suprised find he is a real skinflint. She owes a lot of money to a loan-shark who is after her. However, her husband does carry a lot of... See full summary »

Writers: Laurence Meynell, Brock Williams | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Beatrix Thomson, Patric Knowles, Glennis Lorimer, Reginald Purdell

17. My Friend the King (1932)

47 min | Comedy

7.2
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A taxi driver becomes involved in a plot to kidnap Ruritanian child king Ludwig and, disguised as a countess, rescues the young king from the revolutionaries.

Writer: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Jerry Verno, Robert Holmes, Tracy Holmes, Eric Pavitt

18. C.O.D. (1932)

64 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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When Frances discovers her stepfather dead in the library, she pays Peter Craven to help her hide the body. When the body is discovered, Frances is suspected of murder but Craven decides to... See full summary »

Writers: Philip MacDonald, Ralph Smart | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Garry Marsh, Hope Davey, Arthur Stratton, Sybil Grove

19. Secrets of Chinatown (1935)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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Private detective Donegal Dawn, is summoned by the police commissioner to solve the reasons for a crime wave in Chinatown, and scoffs at the official ruling on tong-killings. His friend, ... See full summary »

Writer: Guy Morton | Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Nick Stuart, Lucile Browne, Raymond Lawrence, James Flavin

20. The Price of a Song (1935)

67 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A bookmakers clerk, Grierson, finds himself in financial difficulties and forces his step-daughter to marry Nevern, a caddish song-writer, for his money. When she finds life unbearable with... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Barringer, Anthony Gittes | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Campbell Gullan, Marjorie Corbett, Gerald Fielding, Dora Barton

21. His Lordship (1932)

79 min | Comedy, Musical

6.4
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Bert Gibbs becomes a Lord but agrees to pose as the fiance of a movie star to please his mother.

Writers: Oliver Madox Hueffer, Ralph Smart | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Jerry Verno, Janet McGrew, Ben Welden, Polly Ward

22. Rynox (1932)

48 min | Drama

6.0
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Business tycoon F.X. Benedik claims he has been threatened by a mysterious stranger Boswell Marsh. When F.X. Benedik is found murdered. Tony takes over the business and tries to track down ... See full summary »

Writer: Philip MacDonald | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Stewart Rome, John Longden, Dorothy Boyd, Charles Paton

23. Hotel Splendide (1932)

53 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Jerry Mason inherits a seaside hotel but discovers that a gang of robbers have buried their loot on the site where the hotel now stands.

Writers: Philip MacDonald, Ralph Smart | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Jerry Verno, Anthony Holles, Edgar Norfolk, Philip Morant

24. Born Lucky (1933)

78 min | Musical

6.3
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Mops is a waitress. This is the (musical) story of a humble girl's rise to fame.

Writers: Oliver Sandys, Ralph Smart | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Talbot O'Farrell, René Ray, John Longden, Ben Welden

25. The Brown Wallet (1936)

68 min | Crime, Thriller

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A bankrupt publisher thinks all his troubles are over when he stumbles across a Brown Wallet containing 200 pounds. But he is implicated in the murder of his wealthy aunt ...

Writers: Stacy Aumonier, Ian Dalrymple | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Patric Knowles, Nancy O'Neil, Henry Caine, Henrietta Watson

26. Illegal (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama

5.8
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This is the story of a woman who kicks out her no-good second husband after he wastes all her money. Since gambling and drink had taken all her money, she decides to use the money from a ... See full summary »

Writers: Irving Asher, Roland Pertwee | Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Isobel Elsom, Ivor Barnard, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Margot Grahame

27. Self Made Lady (1932)

68 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Writers: Billie Bristow, Douglas Newton, Brock Williams | Director: George King | Stars: Heather Angel, Henry Wilcoxon, Amy Veness, A. Bromley Davenport

28. Manhattan Shakedown (1937)

56 min | Drama

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Writers: Edgar Edwards, Theodore S. Tinsley | Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: John Gallaudet, Rosalind Keith, George McKay, Reginald Hincks

29. The Star Reporter (1932)

44 min | Crime, Short, Drama

6.4
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The story of a smash and grab robbery is followed up by a reporter who tracks down the villains and helps to bring them to justice.

Writers: Philip MacDonald, Ralph Smart | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Harold French, Isla Bevan, Garry Marsh, Spencer Trevor

30. Death Goes North (1939)

Approved | 56 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.2
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Sergeant Ken Strange, of the Canadian Mounted Police, and his dog King, are on the trial of the murderer. Herbert Barlow's male secretary is the victim. Elsie Barlow, his niece, has ... See full summary »

Writer: Edward R. Austin | Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Edgar Edwards, Sheila Bromley, James McGrath, Jameson Thomas

31. Tugboat Princess (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Drama

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Another of the "run-away" productions made by Columbia in Canada in the mid-30's designed to either comply with or to circumvent the British Quota Law of the period, with Walter C. Kelly ... See full summary »

Writers: Isadore Bernstein, Dalton Trumbo, Robert Watson | Director: David Selman | Stars: Walter C. Kelly, Valerie Hobson, Edith Fellows, Clyde Cook

32. Two Crowded Hours (1931)

43 min | Short, Drama

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A murderer is out for revenge on those who gave evidence against him.

Writer: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: John Longden, Jane Welsh, Jerry Verno, Michael Hogan

33. The Rasp (1932)

44 min | Drama, Short

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When cabinet minister John Hoode is murdered at his country house, his secretary, Alan Deacon, is the prime suspect and is arrested. Reporter Anthony Gethryn determines to unmask the real ... See full summary »

Writers: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon, Philip MacDonald, Michael Powell | Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Claude Horton, Phyllis Loring, C.M. Hallard, James Raglan

34. 77 Park Lane (1931)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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When a 'man about town' takes a young lady back to his house they are both surprised to find that it has been turned into an illegal casino in his absence.

Writers: Walter C. Hackett, Michael Powell, Reginald Berkeley | Director: Albert de Courville | Stars: Dennis Neilson-Terry, Betty Stockfeld, Malcolm Keen, Ben Welden