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Scoutmaster Oswald (the Rabbit) takes his troop of Duck Scouts on a
camping trip. The youngest member, a black duckling, gets into trouble
with a mischievous beaver, who keeps putting out the camp fire the
little black duckling is trying to light. The little black duckling
chases the beaver into the water and encounters an alligator, who is
pleased to see that his dinner has arrived.
The little black ducking finally gets safely to shore as Oswald comes to his rescue by feeding the alligator a mechanical duck---standard issue in all scout packs back-packs---that ruins the alligators digestion as it starts to unwind inside him.
Singer Josephine Huston is featured as a member of a Candid Camera
Club. The club stages a contest, in which each member is assigned to go
out and get some difficult and unusual picture.
Josephine's assignment is to get a picture of herself singing in a gondola. and this isn't easy as NYC has very few gondolas on the streets. The story allows for the introduction of several specialty acts---the Gae Foster Girls, the Anthony Morelli Sextette --- as the contestants visit several night clubs.
Josephine gets her picture and wins first prize when a friend breaks a department store window, that has a gondola on display, and she goes through the window to sit in the gondola. Sings while there. also.
The Lajos Zilahy story tells of an impoverished Hungarian noble family
that lost its money during the war and has come upon hard times in the
post-war World War I days.
Eva Szorenvi, the oldest daughter, is involved in an automobile accident near the estate of the non-impoverished family of Antal Pager, and is taken to the home to recover.
While recovering she manages to get all of her family jobs as domestics on the Pager estate, and is headed for the altar with Pager as the film ends.
"Heart for Heart" was only a reviewers translation (written below the actual title) and was not an alternate title, as the film had no subtitles for English translation purposes and, consequently, no alternate title. Those who understood the language needed no English-translated title (which didn't exist), which most couldn't have read in English anyway.
A couple of lonesome and 1937-horny wives (Diana Churchill and June
Clyde) fall for a philanderer (Rex Harrison), and arrange to get their
husbands (Henry Kendall and Romney Brent) off to Paris so they can be
free for one night of philandering phun and phrolic. The husbands are
all for this as they think it will cure their wives of being infatuated
with this man-about-town...and there is always the chance they may run
into a couple of philandering phillies in ol' Paree.
Actually, the philanderer is the one who put the idea in their heads to go away so the coast will be clear for his marauding raid party, with no intentions of curing anybody of anything.
The Film Daily reviewer allowed that this film would shock the little old ladies of Dubuque (as in Iowa), but the chances were it would never show in Dubuque when the censors got through with it, for there would be little left to make much sense, for the risqué stuff comes not only in dialogue but in business.
(He didn't bother to explain just what he considered constituted "business" but he evidently thought that despite the rising population numbers in Dubuque at the time, the mothers and grandmothers of Dubuque didn't indulge in any business while raising those numbers.) And, then, he got real snitty tacky and wrote...this will probably go big in the arty houses, but it is not suitable for juvenile minds. That means it is out for most of our theaters which have a large percentage of juvenile minds. You have to be grown up mentally to ride with this one." (Note that he wrote "juvenile minds" and not juvenile attendance...and, possibly was rebuked in the Dubuque bus station at some point in his life while growing up mentally strong enough to be able to ride with "School For Husbands." ) Those Dubuque censors must have been really tough, because stiff-necked Joe Breen gave this his PCA approval. He might have looked away and missed the scenes when they were doing business, though.
They ate it up in Peoria, Paducah and Philly.
The main story, from a screen play by George Oppenheimer based on a
Treatment by Geza Herczeg, combines bits of Giovanni Boccaccio's own
life (maybe and maybe not)with three of his most fabulous stories of
love. It has Boccaccio (Louis Jourdan) following Fiametta (Joan
Fontaine) to a country villa where she and five other women---The
Contessa (Binnie Barnes), Pampinea (Joan Collins) and three villa girls
(Mara Lane, Stella Riley, and Melissa Stribling) are hiding following
the rape of their home city, Florance, Italy, by the Duke of Lorenzo.
The recently-widowed Fiametta spurns overtures of love offered by the
philandering Boccaccio who, in an effort to win her, spins two of his
The first is "Paganino the Pirate", a spicy tale of a young wife, Bartolomea (Joan Fontaine)who, married to an elderly gent, Ricciardo (Godfrey Tearle), who prefers astrology to martial bliss, permits herself to be captured by a young pirate, Paganino (Louis Jourdan), to teach her husband a lesson. Binnie Barnes is the Countess of Florence and Elliott Makeham the Governor of Majorca in this segment.
The second tale is "Wager on Virtue", concerning an elderly merchant, Bernado (Godfrey Tearle),who loses faith in his beautiful young wife, Ginevera (Joan Fontaine), on the strength of circumstantial evidence present him by a daring young rogue, Guilio (Louis Jourdan), who has previously goaded him into a bet on his wife's virtue, or lack thereof. The characters in this segment include Nerina (Binnie Barnes), The Sultan (Meinhart Maur), the Merchant Captain (Van Boolen), a Merchant in French Inn (Gordon Bell) and George and Bert Bernard as messengers.
The third story, told by Fiametta, is "The Doctor's Daughter," concerning a delicate matter of matrimony when a wife, Isabella (Joan Fontaine), finds herself spurned by the man, Bertrando (Louis Jourdan), who has wed her at the command of his King (Hugh Morton.) Characters include Maria (Joan Collins), The Old Witch (Binnie Barnes), Father Francaisco (Noel Purcell) and Signora Bucca (Marjorie Rhodes.)
The three stories bring the main story back to a happy and logical conclusion.
A lot of the motivational issues with the two lead characters in this
one revolves around two characters who are no-shows.
An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, George Wilson (Alex Nicol)arrives in Vulcan City, a small mid-western town over-run by racketeers, to fight a heavily-favored Frankie Sebastian (Johnny Polan). George arrives but his manager Dolan is nowhere to be found. But Ma (Hope Emerson) and Pa Karlsen (Charles Winninger), owners of Karlsen's Kozy Kottages motel and restaurant take him under their wing. He meets Miss Gormley (Audrey Totter) who is also there to meet the no-show manager who is blackmailing her no-show brother. Another resident of the Kozy Kottages is Calhoun (Richard Wessel), a beefy, officious motorcycle Kop whose contributions aren't enough to justify his upgraded Richard-instead-of-Dick billing name.
Dolan still hasn't arrived by the date of the fight but, to the surprise of sports-promoters Tom Healy (Barry Kelley) and Dominic Guido (Joseph Wiseman), George shows up and knocks Frankie flatter than a fritter. This wins him the friendship of trainer Al Muntz (Harry Morgan, as Henry Morgan)and the enmity of Willie Foltis (Jesse White), a punchy ex-fighter and a Healy henchman.
This leads George to a fight with "Soldier" Freeman (Hal Baylor), whose manager Scotty Cameron (Grant Withers) has made arrangements for the favored-Freeman to take a dive, so he and Healy and Guido can clean up betting on the underdog.
But Honest George has other plans.
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Johnny Broderick (Steve Brodie), arson squad investigator, and his
assistant, Ben Howard (Tom Hubbard), investigate a warehouse fire and
find evidence of arson. Lawyer William Yarbo (Jason Johnson) is behind
the series of incendiary fires that have been plaguing the city.
Keely Haris (Lyn Thomas), an actress, inherited the warehouse from her father. Yabro calls on her and says that he and her father had heavily insured the building and planned to burn it and collect, and also tells her she must accept half of the insurance money or he will see that she is blamed for the arson.
"Pop" Bergen (Frank Scannell), the father of Marily Bergen (Wendy Wilde), is the torch man hired by Yarbo, and he perishes in one of the conflagrations. Yarbo learns that Keely is cooperating with Broderick and he enters the movie studio where she is working, determined to kill her. But he runs into Broderick and is critically wounded in a gun battle and is hospitalized. The half-dead Yarbo is visited in the hospital by Howard, and is soon all-dead as Howard is Yarbo's partner in the Arson Racket, and Howard does not wish to have Yarbo tell the ARson Sqaud Investigator that his assistant has a moonlighting job.
Hoawrd hustles over to the movie studio and Keely, knowing him only as Broederick's assistant, agrees to accompany him to her apartment to get a briefcase formerly owned by the late Yarbo. Once there, it does not take her long to find out Howard's true purpose for wanting the briefcase.
Meanwhile, through papers found by Marily in her father's effect, Broderick learns that Howard, his trusted assistant, and Yarbo were heads of the arson ring. But can he get to Keely's apartment before Howard torches it and all its contents, including Keely?
Released and Presented by Richard Gordon (who had absolutely nothing to
do with the production of this film) in the U.S. as "Cave of the Living
Dead". The police cannot solve the mystery of the seven murders which
have alarmed the local villagers. They call in Inspector Doren (Adrian
Hoven) of Interpol,and the only clue the Chief Constable can give his
young and famous (it says here) is the fact that, each time a murder
was committed, the electric lights in the whole neighborhood went out.
The locals believe that the killings of the young girls are linked to the vague shadows in the caves under the local castle and to the mysterious Curse of the Green Eyes. They distrust the young-and-famous inspector and offer no assistance when still another murder takes place in the village inn---in the room next to that occupied by the young-and-famous inspector---and the body disappears.
There are may suspects: the chattering innkeeper; the servant John (John Kitzmiller); the deaf-and-dumb Tom (Emmerich Schrenk); and the inscrutable doctor, Profesor Adelsberg (Wolfgang Preiss) who has been issuing strange death certificates.
Doren moves to the castle where Professor Adelsberg is carrying out some scientific studies. There, he meets the Professor's pretty assistant, Karin (Karin Field.) She is marked as the next victim, and would have been if the young-and-famous Interpol Inspector hadn't managed to discover the secret of the caves of the living dead and unmask the culprit.
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Compared to what wins awards at made-up film festivals, attended by
only five people not related to the film-makers, in tank towns around
the world, this is a jewel.
At least, William Beaudine's ghost isn't hanging around here asking..." wha-happen-to-MY FILM dude?"
What happens in this film is millionaire Walter Craig (Gus Glassmire) disappears from his home, and special investigator Nick Trayne (James Dunn)is called upon to solve the mystery. This takes no time at all as Nick and his secretary Betty Hilton (Joan Woodbury) discover Craig in the library of his home a couple of nights later...minus his mental faculties. (Glassmire got to play a zombie again in 1943 in Columbia's "The Batman" serial.) Dr. Taggart (Forrest Taylor)and Dr. Bruhning (Lawrence Grant) opine that while half of Craig's brain is missing, he will definitely live on indefinitely. Tony Weldon (George Eldridge), friend of the family (and more friend to one member than others, as it turns out)lives on Craig's estate in a small cottage away from the big house, and assists in caring for Craig. George Phillips (J. Arthur Young), another friend of the family, is killed and Nick discovers the body with Craig standing over it.
Nick and Betty do some fast Monogram sleuthing and find that a man named Carson has purchased the chemicals and rented a house in which Craig was subjected to the treatment that destroyed part of his brain. The real estate agent, however, knows the man to whom he rented the house only by his voice---don't ask---so Nick summons all the relatives and freeloaders and household help in order that he can make recordings of their voices. That night Tony Weldon attempts to kill Nick, but Nick overpowers him and it is revealed that Weldon is the man who masqueraded as Carson and, good friend that he was, performed the operation on Craig. Turns out that he and Helen Craig (Edna Johnson), Craig's second wife and second wives are always tramps in Monogram films, especially if the husband has a kid by the first wife, are really real-good-friends and much smitten with each other...and weren't too pleased when they learned that Craig's will leaves his entire fortune to his daughter Tina (Jan Wiley), and have kept him alive in the hope they might induce the half-wit to change the will in favor of Helen.
Poor old William Beaudine. HIS FILM only played in about one-third of the 18,744 movie theaters operating in 1942 in the 48 states, plus Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, and 1271 in Canada, with total seating capacity far in excess of nine million paying patrons times five shows a day times three days bookings.Based on today's ticket prices, Beaudine's films grossed about half a billion. No telling what he could have done if he had won an award at the Cackalacky Film Festival.
A press-release bio item, from Howco-International's release of this
Bon Aire Production called "Louisiana Hussy", on Robert Richards
informs the reader that Richards Has "......recently taken up cooking
and is attempting Alice B. Toklas' complicated recipes."
Well, her recipes, combined with crawdads, okra and hush puppies, possibly goes a long way in explaining this bayou hash-bash.
Brothers Pierre (Robert Richards) and Jacques Guillot (Peter Coe) are partners in trading furs and Spanish Moss---"give ya'll a couple of bushels of moss for a bucket of that stuff Alice B. cooks with"---and Jacques is hacked off at his brother because Pierre is about to marry Lily (Betty Lynn)and Jacques thought he had the inside track on her...and he did, until Pierre gilded Lily with some Alice B. brownies. So, bad-loser Jacques refuses to attend the wedding, and is out gathering moss with his assistant Cob (Howard Wright) when Callie (Helen Forest), an old Gris-Gris woman, who can mix up a mean mess of grits, leads them to where she has found a badly beaten and unconscious young woman (Nan Peterson.) They get her to Doc Opie (Tyler McVey)just as Pierre and Lily are being escorted to their new home by friends following their wedding. Ol' Opie asks Jacques to carry the beautiful stranger into the newlywed's house where he has her put to bed. Pierre, wishing to prime his new bride with some Alice B. goodies, naturally resents this intrusion and takes an instant dislike to this girl who calls herself Minette. He steps into the bedroom and tells her she has to hit the road but she throws her arms around him and kisses him...just as brother Jacques passes the bedroom window. Jacques is irked by this turn of events.
He gets more irked later when wily Minette tells him that Pierre had forced his attention on her while she was ill. Jacques moves her into his shack to protect her from Pierre who is, of course, innocent but glad to get her out of his house. Meanwhile Doc Opie brings Pierre and Lily a New Orleans newspaper showing a very beautiful woman identified as Mrs. Minette Lanier (Rosalee Calvert)who had recently committed suicide in the neighboring exclusive community of Grange Hill, a Louisiana landmark because it was three feet above sea level. Pierre and Lily hustle down to "Nawlenes" and look up Clay Lanier (Harry Lauter)who has been on a prolonged binge ever since his wife's suicide. But his talky servant, Burt (Smoki Whitfield) tells them that the real Minette had been crippled after falling off a horse, and Clay had brought Nina Duprez to his home as a companion for Minette. Nina is more interested at being Clay's companion and pulls a few tricks and incidents that convinces Minette that Clay is carryin' on with Nina, and she ups and shoots herself. Clay knows her suicide was engineered by Nina, almost kills her and tries to kill himself, but Burt interferes and, during the scuffin' scuffle, Nina manages to escape and collapses from the beating and exhaustion at the spot where Callie found her.
Clay sobers up and decides he will go after Nina and finish the job. But the film wimps out after that and nobody else dies and, when last seen, Nina is boarding a Toonerville Trolley heading west.
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