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The Vow (1937)
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Will the vow be kept., 27 December 2006

In this Graphic Pictures Corporation film, shown in the U.S. with Yiddish dialogue and English titles, fathers-to-be Mendl Feld (Kurt Hatch) and Chaim Kornblit (Moyshe Lipman)make a pledge to each other that the unborn children will wed each other when they come of age.

Rachel Kornblit (Dina Halpern), the pledged girl, and Jacob Feld (Iskhok Grudberg), the pledged boy grow up...and Rachel has plans to marry a wealthy man, many years her senior.

There are some comedy sequences but most of the film unfolds against a background of legendary and religious significance, and a reviewer wrote that the film would only appeal to people who understand the religion and legends of the race.

Topa Topa (1938)
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Already an antiquity even when it was 1938., 27 December 2006

"Topa Topa" (which was only trade-shown under that title) fell into the cracks when the intended distributor, Grand National, fell into bankruptcy, and had two name changes and different distributors in the space of two years. Filled with archive footage (the reason for two directors, Charles Hutchinson and Vin Moore, being credited and William Steiner credited as a Supervisor.) Tom Turner (James Bush), a naturalist, come to the "Topa Topa" district (named for the mountain the eagle swoops the little girl to in archive footage from a silent film), and falls in love with widow Margaret Weston (Joan Valerie as Helen Hughes). This irks fur-trapper Pete Taylor (LeRoy Mason) no little as he had designs on widder-Margaret himself.

Pete's partner, Joe Morton (Trevor Bardette), accuses him of stealing some pelts and this irks the already-irked Pete to the point where he kills Morton. (The squeamish types may want to skip to the next paragraph). Pete then uses the head of a dead wolf to bite Morton and make it appear that the top-billed Silver Wolf (played by a dog named Silver Wolf) killed Morton.

Silver Wolf is immediately placed on trial and a judge rules him guilty, based on the fact that Silver Wolf didn't say anything in his own defense, and orders him killed. But Goldie the Eagle (played by an eagle named Goldie) swoops down, snatches little Laura Morton and deposits her on top of Topa Topa. Silver Wolf goes in pursuit, rescues the girl and then, completely justifiable self-defense, kills blackguard Pete.

Tom then uses his naturalist skills to vindicate Silver Wolf of the Morton murder, and wins the hand of Margaret in the process.

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No, thanks, I'll stay here., 27 December 2006

The theme of the story depicts the havoc and destruction wrought by the war (WW I) in prison camps and in the homes of the combatants.

Paul Javor, husband of Gizi Bajor, is imprisoned in a Russian camp in Siberia. Bajor, a wife of short duration before Javor goes to war, extremely beautiful and gay (the original definition)turns to other men for diversion. The war ends and Javor discovers he has fallen in love with a Russian girl, the 4th-billed and credited Iren Agai.

He learns what has happened at home with his diversion-prone wife, and gets himself officially listed as dead in order to stay in Russian with Agai.

Mámi (1937)
The peasant relatives from Texas show up., 27 December 2006

Based on a play by Reszo Torok, this film played in the U.S. in February, 1939 at NYC's Modern Playhouse Theater with Hugarian dialogue and no English titles.

Jeno Torzs is a wealthy invalid on his deathbed but, when relatives start gathering like vultures, he decides to spite them and get well. In the midst of the celebration Sari Fedak and her son, played by Jeno Pataky, arrive from Texas, and upset the goings-on with their strange manner...including, one presumes, speaking Hungarian with a Texas accent.

Since Pataky is his nephew, Torzs welcomes them as additions to the family and has a marriage arranged for Pataky. But the real romance starts when Lia Szepes is hired to instruct Pataky in the manners---we don't say "howdy, y'all"---and customs of the country.

Crisis (1939)
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Appeasement Marches On..., 27 December 2006

...or I Remember Munich...and Paris...and Oslo...and Dunkirk...and June 6, 1944.

A documentary filmed during the crisis in the Sudetenland up to the time when the Nazi army moved in and occupied the Czech territory. Produced and directed by Herbert Kline, with the full cooperation of the Czechoslovakian government, and covering all phases of the life of the people, their hopes and fears, and the final overturn as the Munich Treaty left the Czechs without the support of their "peace-in-our-time" allies, and hopeless to stop the takeover of the Sudeten territory by the "Tomorrow the World" Nazis.

The Commentary was written by Vincent Sheehan and the narration spoken by Leif Erickson. Cameraman Alexander Hackenschmidt also served (and was credited) as a (2nd-unit) co-director, as was also Hans Burger. Arthur Mayer did not produce the film but was the "presenter" on the 95-minute film distributed in the U.S. by Mayer-Burstyn Inc.

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Banned in Boston and other outposts., 26 December 2006

This French production from the story by Irish playwright, Liam O'Flaherty, is the story of a religious fanatic (played by Jean Louis Barrault)who finds his entire life and philosophy turned topsy-turvy as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to justify the murder of the girl to himself. His mind becomes distraught as he gropes trying to rationalize his deed and his world falls apart around him.

Pierre Frenay is the police inspector who patiently and tirelessly stays on Barrault's trail, without putting him under arrest, though convinced he is the murderer, and waiting for the moment when he feels Barrault will break under the strain of his own religious fanaticism.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Will his trapeze partner drop him?, 26 December 2006

Two brothers (Albert Matterstock and Attila Hoerbiger), who are trapeze artists, are getting along just fine until Hoerbiger runs off with his brother's wife. Matterstock isn't very pleased when his wife is killed. But, the show must go on, and they resume their trapeze act as partners.

Anneliese Uhlig joins the circus and a stunt artist and Matterstock falls in love with her. Otto Wernicke, Miss Uhlig's father,(who has forced her to do her dangerous act) is killed, and Herbiger confesses, in an act of atonement, as he thinks his brother or Miss Uhlig did it.

First shown in the U.S in January, 1938 at the Casino Theater, in NYC, with German dialogue and COMPLETE English TITLES.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Vot kind of katzenjammer- hamburger hasten-braten is dot?, 26 December 2006

This Forum Film Company comedy from Germany, directed by comedian Joe Stoeckle, focuses on a group of German soldiers billeted behind the lines in a captured French town during WW I, and was made only a couple of years before there would be a slew of German troops once again billeted in French towns.

The best parts come when the attractive Leny Marenbach and Charlotte Daubert are serving as screen decorations. The comedy derives from such incidents as...when a soldier (the top-billed Guenther Lueders) goes rabbit hunting. But the Major shoots at the rabbit the same time as he does, and claims it. Adding insult to injury, the officer orders Lueders to cook it. Lueders finds a cat the same size as the rabbit and the Major and his staff get hasten-braten a la cat. The Major orders Lueders to sample the stew also.

First shown in the U.S in January, 1938 at NYC's Casino Theater with all German dialogue and no English titles.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
My Man Godfey or The Hired Hand it isn't., 26 December 2006

Ingrid Eriksson (Britta Brunious), a social worker, decides to find out something about the problems of "hired Help/servant girls", and gets herself a job as a servant at the home of John Willman (Hugo Bjorne.) Willman's son, Ake (Karl-Arne Holmsten), falls in love with her and numerous complications arise before the course of true love runs smoothly.

First shown in the U. S., in January of 1940, at NYC's 48th Street Theater, with Swedish dialogue and English titles. One of the trade reviewers allowed it served to present a good picture of modern Swedish life.

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The Tisza Flower, 26 December 2006

This 1938 Hunnia Film Production, distributed in the U.S. by Danubia Pictures, was first shown in the United States in January of 1940, at NYC's Modern Playhouse, with Hungarian dialogue and no English titles. This version ran only 77 minutes.

The story concerns the faithlessness of Sandor Aracsine (Juhasz Joseph) for his wife Julis (Klari Tolnay.) Into this story, which takes place in a little fishing village on the bank of a river, comes Peter Rostas (Arpad Lehotay.) He falls in love with the wife and this leads to a tangled chain of events...across the rolling Hungaria countryside. The tangled chain is unscrambled for the best at the end.

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