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W. Franke Harling

W. Franke Harling (January 18, 1887 – November 22, 1958) was a composer of film scores, operas, and popular music.

Life and career

Born William Franke Harling in London, he was educated at the Grace Choir Church School in New York City. After working as an organist and choir director at the Church of the Resurrection in Brussels, he spent two years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and composed both its hymn, called "The Corps," and its official march, "West Point Forever." [1]

In 1918, Harling contributed incidental music to the Broadway production of the 1898 play Pan and the Young Shepherd by Maurice Hewlett.[2] In 1926, he collaborated with Laurence Stallings on Deep River, a voodoo-themed opera set in New Orleans in 1835. It opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on October 4 and ran for 32 performances.[3]

Harling began his Hollywood career in 1928. His film credits include The Vagabond King, This Is the Night, So Big!, A Bill of Divorcement, Blonde Venus, A Farewell to Arms, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Monte Carlo, Souls at Sea, and Penny Serenade.

Harling won the Academy Award for Best Music Scoring for Stagecoach (1939) and was nominated for Souls at Sea (1937) and Three Russian Girls (1944).[4]

Harling's popular songs include "Beyond the Blue Horizon" (with Richard A. Whiting) popularized by Jeanette MacDonald in 1930 and Lou Christie thirty years later, and "Sing, You Sinners", originally performed by Lillian Roth in 1930 and a hit for Tony Bennett in 1950.

Harling won the Bispham Memorial Medal Award for his jazz-oriented opera A Light from St. Agnes.[5]

Harling died in Sierra Madre, California and is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.[6]

Selected filmography Selected songs
  • "Where was I", song by W. Franke Harling and Al Dubin performed by Ruby Newman and His Orchestra with vocal chorus by Larry Taylor and Peggy McCall 1939
References
  1. Nolan, Frederick, Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway. Oxford University Press 1995. ISBN 0-19-510289-4, pp. 46–47
  2. League, The Broadway. "Pan and the Young Shepherd – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. League, The Broadway. "Deep River – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. "Loading..." Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  5. Howard, John Tasker, Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1936)
  6. "W. Franke Harling (1887–1958) – Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 6 July 2016.
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Destination Unknown (film)

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Destination Unknown (film)

Destination Unknown is a 1933 American pre-Code drama film directed by Tay Garnett and written by Tom Buckingham. The film stars Pat O'Brien, Ralph Bellamy, Alan Hale, Sr., Russell Hopton, Tom Brown and Betty Compson. The film was released on April 1, 1933, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3] Plot Cast Pat O'Brien as Matt Brennan Ralph Bellamy as Stowaway Alan Hale, Sr. as Lundstrom Russell Hopton as Georgie Tom Brown as Johnny Betty Compson as Ruby Smith Noel Madison as Maxie Stanley Fields as Gattallo Rollo Lloyd as Dr. Fram Willard Robertson as Joe Shano Charles Middleton as Turk Richard Alexander as Alex Forrester Harvey as Ring George Regas as Tauru References "Destination Unknown (1933) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2016-01-05. Hall, Mordaunt (1933-04-08). "Movie Review - Destination Unknown - A Melodrama Largely Concerned With the Thirst for Water of Those on a Becalmed Rum-Runner". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-01-05. "Destination Unknown". Afi.com. Retrieved 2016-0 ...more...



Interference (film)

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Interference (film)

Interference is an early sound film drama released in 1928 and starring William Powell and Evelyn Brent. This was Paramount Pictures' first ever full talking movie. It was also simultaneously filmed as a silent. The film was based on the play Interference, a Play in Three Acts by Roland Pertwee and Harold Dearden. When a first husband turns out not to be dead, blackmail leads to murder. Cast William Powell as Philip Voaze Evelyn Brent as Deborah Kane Clive Brook as Sir John Marlay Doris Kenyon as Faith Marlay Tom Ricketts as Charles Smith Brandon Hurst as Inspector Haynes Louis Payne as Childers Wilfred Noy as Dr. Gray Donald Stuart as Freddie Clyde Cook as Hearse Driver References Interference at silentera.com database (released in silent and sound versions) ""INTERFERENCE"". Table Talk (3168). Victoria, Australia. 24 January 1929. p. 27. Retrieved 29 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. External links Interference on IMDb Interference at the TCM Movie Databa ...more...



Charming Sinners

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Charming Sinners

Charming Sinners is a 1929 American pre-Code drama film directed by Robert Milton and written by W. Somerset Maugham and Doris Anderson. The film stars Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Mary Nolan, William Powell, Laura Hope Crews and Florence Eldridge. The film was released on August 17, 1929, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] Plot Cast Ruth Chatterton as Kathryn Miles Clive Brook as Robert Miles Mary Nolan as Anne-Marie Whitley William Powell as Karl Kraley Laura Hope Crews as Mrs. Carr Florence Eldridge as Helen Carr Montagu Love as George Whitley Juliette Crosby as Margaret Lorraine MacLean as Alice Claud Allister as Gregson References "Charming-Sinners - Trailer - Cast". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 14, 2015. "Charming Sinners". afi.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017. External links Charming Sinners on IMDb ...more...



The Kiss Before the Mirror

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The Kiss Before the Mirror

The Kiss Before the Mirror is a 1933 American pre-Code mystery film directed by James Whale, starring Nancy Carroll, Frank Morgan, Paul Lukas and Gloria Stuart. Plot A lawyer (Morgan) fears his own wife (Carroll) might be having an affair while he defends a cuckolded wife-killer. Cast Nancy Carroll as Maria Held Frank Morgan as Dr. Paul Held Paul Lukas as Dr. Walter Bernsdorf Gloria Stuart as Lucy Bernsdorf Jean Dixon as Hilda Donald Cook as Maria's lover Charley Grapewin as Schultz (as Charles Grapewin) Walter Pidgeon as Lucy's lover Wallis Clark as Public Prosecutor May Boley as Busybody in Courtroom Christian Rub as Man on the Wrong Floor Reginald Mason as Judge Remake The film was remade by Whale five years later as Wives Under Suspicion. External links The Kiss Before the Mirror on IMDb ...more...



Two Seconds

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Two Seconds

Two Seconds is a 1932 American pre-Code crime drama film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Edward G. Robinson, Vivienne Osborne and Preston Foster. It was based on a successful Broadway play of the same name by Elliott Lester. The title refers to the two seconds it takes the condemned person to die in the electric chair after the executioner throws the switch. Preston Foster reprises the role he played on the Broadway stage. Plot Tony (J. Carrol Naish) and John (Edward G. Robinson) in Two Seconds As John Allen (Edward G. Robinson), a condemned murderer, is led to the electric chair, a witness asks the prison warden how long it takes for the condemned person to die. "A strongly built man like John Allen?" he is told, "It'll take two seconds". The witness remarks, "That'll be the longest two seconds of his life." As the executioner throws the switch, the events that led up to the execution appear in flashback. Allen works with his friend and flatmate Bud Clark (Preston Foster), as a riveter, high u ...more...



Beauty and the Boss

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Beauty and the Boss

Beauty and the Boss is a 1932 American romantic comedy film directed by Roy Del Ruth and starring Marian Marsh, David Manners and Warren William.[1] It was based on a Hungarian play by Ladislas Fodor about a secretary who eventually marries her boss. An English language adaptation of the play by Benn Levy, entitled A Church Mouse, opened in London in early May, 1931. Another English language adaptation by Frederic and Fanny Hatton, also called A Church Mouse, opened in New York on 12 October 1931.[2] In 1934 Warner Brothers' British subsidiary remade the story at Teddington Studios as The Church Mouse. The film's sets were designed by Anton Grot. Plot summary Cast Marian Marsh as Susie Sachs David Manners as Baron Paul von Ullrich Warren William as Baron Josef von Ullrich Charles Butterworth as Ludwig Pfeffer Jr. Frederick Kerr as Count Von Tolheim Mary Doran as Olive 'Ollie' Frey Robert Greig as Chappel Lilian Bond as Girl at Bar Yola d'Avril as Girl in Bath Tub Harry Holman as Hotel M ...more...



The Essential Johnny Mathis

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The Essential Johnny Mathis

Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] The Essential Johnny Mathis is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 2004 by Columbia Records and includes several of his early hits such as "Chances Are" and "Misty" as well as a wide assortment of selections spanning more than four decades of his recording career. An eight-song CD was added to the original two-disc set to create The Essential Johnny Mathis: Limited Edition 3.0, which was released on June 15, 2010.[2] Track listing Disc 1 "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" (Bart Howard) – 3:51 "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:41 "It's Not for Me to Say" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:05 "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Ben Raleigh) – 2:50 "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:03 "No Love (But Your Love)" (Billy Myles) – 2:18 "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:28 "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washi ...more...



The Right to Love (1930 film)

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The Right to Love (1930 film)

The Right to Love is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film which was nominated at the 4th Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (for Charles Lang).[1][2] It was based on Glaspell's 1928 novel Brook Evans.[3] Premise A woman's daughter learns she is illegitimate. Cast Ruth Chatterton as Brooks Evans/Naomi Kellogg Paul Lukas as Eric David Manners as Joe Copeland Irving Pichel as Caleb Evans Louise Mackintosh as Mrs. Copeland Oscar Apfel as William Kellogg Veda Buckland as Mrs. Kellogg Robert Parrish as Willie Lillian West as Martha George C. Pearce as Dr. Scudder (credited as George Pearce) References The Right to Love details, imdb.com; accessed September 1, 2015. The Right to Love details, nytimes.com; accessed September 1, 2015. Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature - Page 230 1438109105 Mary Ellen Snodgrass - 2014 ... settling in Delphi, Greece, Glaspell married the poet Norman Häghem Matson. She produced Brooke Evans (1928), the basis for the film The Right to Love (1930), an ...more...



Sing You Sinners (film)

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Sing You Sinners (film)

Sing You Sinners is a 1938 American musical comedy film directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray, Ellen Drew, and Donald O'Connor.[1] Written by Claude Binyon, the film is about three singing brothers who go to California to find their fortune. Initially the film was to be titled "The Unholy Beebes" and then "Harmony for Three" before finishing with "Sing You Sinners".[2] Filming took place in April/May 1938 in Hollywood. Race track scenes were filmed at the Pomona Fairgrounds and at Santa Anita using two dozen of Crosby's horses.[3] Sing You Sinners was premiered on August 5, 1938 at the Del Mar racetrack with the New York premiere taking place on August 16. The film introduced the two Crosby hit songs "Small Fry" and "I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams". Crosby recorded the former title as a duet with Johnny Mercer for Decca Records. Plot The three Beebe brothers are talented singers looking to make their way in the world. Joe Beebe (Bing Crosby) is a chronic gambler and a source of ...more...



Men Are Such Fools (1932 film)

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Men Are Such Fools (1932 film)

Men Are Such Fools is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film directed by William Nigh and written by Viola Brothers Shore and Ethel Doherty. The film stars Leo Carrillo, Vivienne Osborne, Una Merkel, Joseph Cawthorn and Tom Moore. The film was released on November 11, 1932, by RKO Pictures.[1][2] Plot Cast Leo Carrillo as Tony Mello Vivienne Osborne as Lilli Arno Una Merkel as Molly Joseph Cawthorn as Werner Tom Moore as Tom Hyland Earle Foxe as Joe Darrow J. Farrell MacDonald as Prison Warden Randolph Paul Hurst as Stiles Albert Conti as Spinelli Paul Porcasi as Klepak Edward Nugent as Eddie Martin Lester Lee as Giuseppe References "Men Are Such Fools (1932) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 9 September 2014. "Men Are Such Fools Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Men Are Such Fools - TVGuide.com". TV Guide. Retrieved 9 September 2014. External links Men Are Such Fools on IMDb ...more...



This Is the Night (film)

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This Is the Night (film)

This Is the Night is a 1932 American Pre-Code comedy film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Frank Tuttle, and starring Lili Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young, Thelma Todd and Cary Grant in his film debut. The fil, is based on the 1923 play Pouche by Henri Falk and René Peter, and the 1925 English-language adaptation Naughty Cinderella written by Avery Hopwood. The plays had already been adapted for film once before as Good and Naughty (1926) with Pola Negri. Night scenes in this film were intended to be seen in blue tint. Tinting is used on the restored 2011 single DVD version released by Turner Classic Movies. However, tinting was absent from recent prints prior to restoration. The version shown on the TCM cable channel in the 1990s was not tinted, nor is the version in the 2016 DVD set "Cary Grant - The Vault Collection". Plot Thelma Todd, Roland Young and Lili Damita in This Is the Night When Claire Mathewson's husband Stephen comes back unexpectedly from the 1932 Summer Olympics, where ...more...



So Red the Rose (film)

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So Red the Rose (film)

So Red the Rose is a 1935 drama film directed by King Vidor and starring Margaret Sullavan. The Civil War-era romance is based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Stark Young. The film did not enjoy great popularity at the box office. Afterward Civil War films were considered box office poison in Hollywood until Bette Davis and Henry Fonda's performance in 1938's Jezebel, which was a success. This was followed by the overwhelming popularity of Gone with the Wind in 1939, an adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's bestseller of the same name. Primary cast Margaret Sullavan - Valette Bedford, a plantation mistress Walter Connolly - Malcolm Bedford, a planter and Valette's father Randolph Scott - Duncan Bedford, a planter, Valette's distant cousin who lives with her family Janet Beecher - Sally Bedford Harry Ellerbe - Edward Bedford, Valette's brother Robert Cummings - Archie Pendleton, Edward's friend from Texas Clarence Muse - Cato, a slave field hand Daniel L. Haynes - William Veal, a slave hous ...more...



Swing (The Manhattan Transfer album)

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Swing (The Manhattan Transfer album)

Swing is a studio album released by The Manhattan Transfer in 1997 on the Atlantic Records label. This album is a collection of 1930's and 1940s swing music with The Manhattan Transfer's jazz twist. The album also features a guest appearance by Stéphane Grappelli, one of his last recordings before his death. Track listing # Title Writers Length 1 Stomp of King Porter Jelly Roll Morton, Jon Hendricks 3:12 2 Sing a Study in Brown Count Basie, Larry Clinton, Jon Hendricks 2:51 3 Sing Moten's Swing Jon Hendricks, Buster Moten, Bennie Moten 3:36 4 A-Tisket, A-Tasket Al Feldman, Ella Fitzgerald. 2:57 5 I Know Why (And So Do You) Harry Warren, Mack Gordon 3:34 6 Sing You Sinners Sam Coslow, W. Franke Harling 2:45 7 Java Jive Ben Oakland, Milton Drake 2:51 8 Down South Camp Meetin' Fletcher Henderson, Jon Hendricks, Irving Mills 3:15 9 Topsy Edgar Battle, Eddie Durham 3:14 10 Clouds (Nuages) Django Reinhardt, Jon Hendricks 7:12 11 Skyliner Charlie Barnet 3:11 12 It's Good Eno ...more...



Back to Balboa

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Back to Balboa

Back to Balboa is an album by bandleader and pianist Stan Kenton featuring performances recorded at the Rendezvous Ballroom in 1958 and released on the Capitol label. The liner notes for the original LP release stated: "It was late in 1957 that the Rendezvous became home base for the Kenton orchestra. Balboa offered the stimulating surroundings; the Rendezvous offered a location spot between tours and incomparable acoustical properties." "The body of sound, and the crystal clear overtones achieved in this album, is attributed to the orchestra's blowing over a block-long polished dance floor and reverberating from the great arched wooden ceiling. The effect, without the use of echo chambers or electronic magic, is one which seemingly places the listener within the walls of the pastel hall." Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Down Beat Allmusic Down Beat critic Don Gold wrote in his July 10, 1958 review that "Kenton, in describing Holman's "Royal Blue" in the notes, ...more...



Every Woman Has Something

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Every Woman Has Something

Every Woman Has Something (German:Jede Frau hat etwas) is a 1931 American comedy film directed by Leo Mittler and starring Trude Berliner, Willy Clever and Kurt Vespermann.[1] It is the German-language version of the 1930 film Honey. Several other language versions were made, as was common in the early years of sound when multi-language versions were made to release in different countries. Cast Trude Berliner as Olivia Dangerfield Willy Clever as Burton Kurt Vespermann as Charles Dangerfield, Bruder Annie Ann as Cora Falkner, Tochter Ida Perry as Frau Falkner Karl Harbacher as Weeks Kurt Lilien as Williams, Privatdetektiv Zacharova as Mayme, Stubenmädchen Alexandra Nalder as Doris, ihre Tochter References Stach & Morsbach p.54 Bibliography Babett Stach & Helmut Morsbach. German film posters: 1895 - 1945. Walter de Gruyter, 1992. External links Every Woman Has Something on IMDb ...more...



The Vagabond King (1930 film)

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The Vagabond King (1930 film)

The Vagabond King is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical operetta film photographed entirely in two-color Technicolor. The plot of the film was based on the 1925 operetta of the same name, which was based on the 1901 play If I Were King by Justin Huntly McCarthy. The play told the story of a renegade French poet named François Villon. The music of the film was based on a 1925 operetta, also based on the play If I Were King by McCarthy. The operetta is also titled The Vagabond King with music by Rudolph Friml and lyrics by Brian Hooker and W.H. Post. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.[1] Plot The story takes place in medieval France. King Louis XI (O. P. Heggie), hoping to enlist the French peasants in his upcoming battle against the Burgundians, appoints François Villon (Dennis King) king of France for one day. Despite being successful against the Burgundians, François Villon is sentenced to hang by King Louis XI for writing derogatory verses about him... Jeanette MacDonald is ...more...



The Marriage Playground

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The Marriage Playground

The Marriage Playground is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Lothar Mendes and written by Doris Anderson, J. Walter Ruben, and Edith Wharton. The film stars Mary Brian, Fredric March, Lilyan Tashman, Huntley Gordon, Kay Francis, William Austin, and Seena Owen. The film was released on December 21, 1929, by Paramount Pictures. Plot Cast Mary Brian as Judith Wheater Fredric March as Martin Boyne Lilyan Tashman as Joyce Wheater Huntley Gordon as Cliff Wheater Kay Francis as Lady Wrench William Austin as Lord Wrench Seena Owen as Rose Sellers Philippe De Lacy as Terry Wheater Anita Louise as Blanca Wheater Mitzi Green as Zinnie Wheater Billy Seay as Bun Wheater Ruby Parsley as Beatrice Wheater Donald Smith as Chip Wheater Jocelyn Lee as Sybil Maude Turner Gordon as Aunt Julia Langley Armand Kaliz as Prince Matriano Joan Standing as Miss Scopey Gordon De Main as Mr. Delafield References "Movie Review - Lucky in Love - THE SCREEN; Fun and Romance". nytimes.com. Retrieved Fe ...more...



Winner Take All (1932 film)

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Winner Take All (1932 film)

Winner Take All is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film, starring James Cagney as a boxer. The movie also featured a single scene of George Raft conducting a band that had been lifted from Queen of the Nightclubs, an earlier film[1] and lost film.[2] Cagney and Raft would not make a full-fledged film together until Each Dawn I Die seven years later. Winner Take All was directed by Roy Del Ruth. Footage from Cagney's fight scenes would be used 52 years later in Cagney's final performance, the 1984 TV-movie Terrible Joe Moran, which also told the story of a former boxer. Plot Rising boxer Jimmy Kane is sent from New York City to the Rosario Ranch and Hot Springs in New Mexico to regain his health after spending too much time with women and drink. There he meets young widow Peggy Harmon and her son Dickie. She eventually falls in love with him, and he likes her too. When Jimmy finds out that she will have to cut short her son's treatment because she will not receive an insurance payout, Jimmy takes on a tough f ...more...



One More River

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One More River

One More River is a 1934 American drama film mystery directed by James Whale.[1] It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures and starred Colin Clive, Diana Wynyard and stage actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell in one of her very few films. The film marked Jane Wyatt's screen debut.[2] It is based on a 1933 novel by John Galsworthy.[3][4] The novel was the conclusion of a trilogy the Nobel Prize-winner conceived as a supplement to his popular "Forsyte Saga," which told of generations of an upper middle class English family through the period when the stability of the Victorian era gave way to the uncertainties and tensions of modernity. Universal snapped up the film rights to this best seller and gave the prestigious project to its star director, James Whale.[5] Filming from May to July 1934, One More River was one of the first films to be subjected to the exacting censorship of the Production Code Administration under Joseph I. Breen, which took effect in mid-1934.[5] A trailer to the film is preserved ...more...



The Kibitzer

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The Kibitzer

The Kibitzer is a 1930 American comedy film directed by Edward Sloman and written by Marion Dix, Sam Mintz, Edward G. Robinson, Viola Brothers Shore and Jo Swerling. The film stars Harry Green, Mary Brian, Neil Hamilton, Albert Gran, David Newell, Guy Oliver and Tenen Holtz. The film was released on January 11, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] Plot Cast Harry Green as Ike Lazarus Mary Brian as Josie Lazarus Neil Hamilton as Eddie Brown Albert Gran as James Livingston David Newell as Bert Livingston Guy Oliver as McGinty Tenen Holtz as Meyer Henry Fink as Kikapoupolos Lee Kohlmar as Yankel E. H. Calvert as Westcott Thomas A. Curran as Briggs Eddie Kane as Phillips Henry A. Barrows as Hanson Paddy O'Flynn as Reporter Dick Rush as Mullins Eugene Pallette as Klaus References "The Kibitzer". afi.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015. "The Kibitzer (1930) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 15 February 2015. External links The Kibitzer on IMDb ...more...



Only the Brave (1930 film)

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Only the Brave (1930 film)

Only the Brave is a 1930 American Pre-Code Civil War drama film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Gary Cooper, Mary Brian, and Phillips Holmes. Written by Agnes Brand Leahy, Edward E. Paramore Jr., Keene Thompson, and Richard H. Digges Jr., the film is about a Union Army captain who travels into Confederate territory as a spy with false dispatches hoping to mislead the Confederate forces. His mission is complicated when he falls in love with a southern woman who comes to his aid. Produced by Hector Turnbull for Paramount Pictures, Only the Brave was released on March 8, 1930 in the United States. Plot During the American Civil War, Capt. James Braydon (Gary Cooper) visits his sweetheart and finds her with another man. Angered by the betrayal, he volunteers to become a spy for the Union. His first assignment involves carrying false military dispatches behind enemy lines and allow them to be discovered by Confederate Army officers in order to mislead them. Braydon sets off on his dangerous mission. Prete ...more...



You're Telling Me!

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You're Telling Me!

You're Telling Me! is a 1934 American Pre-Code comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, and starring W. C. Fields; this film is a remake of his earlier silent film So's Your Old Man (1926), and both films are adapted from the story Mr. Bisbee’s Princess by Julian Leonard Street. Synopsis Sam Bisbee (W. C. Fields) is an optometrist and an amateur inventor. His daughter Pauline (Joan Marsh) is in love with Bob Murchison (Buster Crabbe), but Bob's upper-class mother (Kathleen Howard) wants nothing to do with anyone related to uncouth Sam Bisbee. Even Sam's wife Bessie (Louise Carter) is ashamed of him, because he prefers to be himself rather than put on airs. Pauline is the one woman who truly loves Sam, accepting her father as he is. Sam receives a letter from the National Tire Company expressing interest in one of his inventions, puncture-proof tires that can resist bullets. He goes in his car, which is fitted with four of his tires, and offers to give a demonstration by shooting at the tires; while he wa ...more...



Men Are Like That

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Men Are Like That

Men Are Like That is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film directed by Frank Tuttle and written by George Kelly, Herman J. Mankiewicz and Marion Dix. The film stars Hal Skelly, Doris Hill, Clara Blandick, Charles Sellon, Helene Chadwick, Morgan Farley and George Fawcett. The film was released on March 22, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] The film is a remake of the 1926 Paramount silent film The Show Off based on the 1924 stage play. The play would be filmed again twice by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as The Show-Off in 1934 and 1946. Plot Cast Hal Skelly as J. Aubrey Piper Doris Hill as Amy Fisher Clara Blandick as Ma Fisher Charles Sellon as Pa Fisher Helene Chadwick as Clara Hyland Morgan Farley as Joe Fisher George Fawcett as The Judge William B. Davidson as Frank Hyland Eugene Pallette as Traffic Cop Preservation status It is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.[3] References "Men-Are-Like-That - Trailer". nytimes.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015. "Men Are Like That (1 ...more...



Scandal Sheet (1931 film)

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Scandal Sheet (1931 film)

Scandal Sheet is a 1931 American crime film directed by John Cromwell and written by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Vincent Lawrence and Max Marcin. The film stars George Bancroft, Kay Francis, Clive Brook, Regis Toomey, Lucien Littlefield, Gilbert Emery and Harry Beresford. The film was released on January 31, 1931, by Paramount Pictures. Plot Newspaper editor Mark Flint cares about only two things, reporting a big story, no matter whose life it adversely affects, and Edith, his wife. He is unaware that Edith, bored by him, has been having a romantic affair with Noel Adams, a banker. Adams gives a 24-hour deadline to Edith to leave her husband or end the affair. He books passage on a steamship and packs his bags. But after a crisis develops that could ruin his bank, Flint finds out, confronts Adams and, seeing his luggage, mistakenly believes Adams is fleeing the country. He prints the story without giving Adams a chance to manage the crisis at the bank. Although his journalistic coups please Franklin, the newspa ...more...



Malibu Beach Party

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Malibu Beach Party

Malibu Beach Party is an American one-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Merrie Melodies series, produced in Technicolor and released to theaters on September 14, 1940[1] by Warner Bros. and Vitaphone. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger and directed by I. Freleng, with musical supervision by Carl W. Stalling.[2] It is a parody of the very popular radio comedy series, The Jack Benny Show. Malibu Beach Party marks the first use of the yellow concentric circles in the opening Merrie Melodies logo as well as the last use of the opening theme's early orchestration.[3] Synopsis Jack Bunny invites Hollywood compatriots to his home As "Avalon" is heard in the background, the on-screen invitation states, below the initials "JB", "You are cordially invited to attend a Beach Party at the Malibu Beach Home of JACK BUNNY". A coupon attached to the bottom of the invitation announces that, "THIS COUPON and 50¢ entitles the bearer to a free 25¢ blue plate lunch. DANCING • SWIMMING • DINING". A wide view is present ...more...



A Study in Frustration

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A Study in Frustration

Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story is a box set compilation surveying studio recordings of the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra from 1923 to 1938, released in 1961 on Columbia Records, CXK 85470. It initially appeared as a four-album set produced by Frank Driggs and assembled by John Hammond, both of whom also wrote the liner notes. The set was part of a Thesaurus of Classic Jazz series on Columbia which included King of the Delta Blues Singers also worked on by Hammond and Driggs and released in 1961, the first album reissue of songs by blues legend Robert Johnson. Background After an absence of more than a decade, John Hammond returned to work for Columbia Records in the late 1950s. He envisioned a reissue project of musicians from the 1920s and 1930s who had been mostly forgotten by the record-buying public. Working with producer and record archivist Frank Driggs, the project entitled Thesaurus of Classic Jazz included a ...more...



The Keyhole

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The Keyhole

The Keyhole is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy-drama film directed by Michael Curtiz. Plot Anne Brooks (Kay Francis), wife of wealthy businessman Schuyler Brooks, is being blackmailed by her former husband Maurice Le Brun who never finalized their divorce and lied to her about it. Acting on advice from Brooks' sister, Anne books a cruise ship passage to Havana, Cuba, to lure Le Brun out of the United States so that he can be blocked from re-entering. Suspicious of her behavior, Brooks hires private detective Neil Davis (George Brent) to follow her and report on whether she is having an affair, but tells him that she is merely a young woman that he's interested in. Anne leaks to Le Brun the details of her trip and he also boards the ship. Davis makes contact with her and sends reports to Brooks that she is not having an affair, but begins to develop a romance with her himself. Back in New York, Brooks learns about the blackmailing from his sister and leaves on a plane to Cuba to apologize to Anne for being ...more...



Favorites in Stereo

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Favorites in Stereo

Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic Favorites in Stereo is a studio album by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The album was recorded in stereo and released by RCA Records in 1959. For its monaural release the title was changed to Favorites in Hi-Fi. The album peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 27, 1966. Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald were a popular romantic screen team in a series of eight motion pictures produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1935 and 1941. The two reunited on a 1957 broadcast of the CBS Television series The Big Record starring Patti Page. Their performance of the "Italian Street Song" from their first film together, Naughty Marietta (1935) created a renewed interest for the team. As a result, RCA brought them together to record Favorites in Stereo. In his review of the album music critic Bruce Eder noted: The results are impressive, even though both sin ...more...



The False Madonna

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The False Madonna

The False Madonna is a 1931 American drama film directed by Stuart Walker and written by May Edginton, Ray Harris and Arthur Kober. The film stars Kay Francis, William "Stage" Boyd, Conway Tearle, John Breeden, Marjorie Gateson and Charles D. Brown. The film was released on December 5, 1931, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] Plot In a heavy rainy night 2 couples -Dr. Ed Marcy, Tina, Rose and Peter Angel - are brought to the station by a hotel bus. Alone in the cabin, they argue with the one of them, who cheated at cards and who to blame, that they were thrown out of the hotel. Sometime later the train conductor calls on Dr. Ed Marcy because a woman is seriously ill. Marcy refuses first, saying he didn't practice since long, but as the train conductor insists he goes to the cabin of the lady. He finds out, that she was going to see her son Philipp Bellows in New York, whom she hadn't seen for fourteen years and who inherited $10,000,000 from her estranged ex-husband. The woman dies in the train and Marcy takes her ...more...



List of science-fiction authors

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List of science-fiction authors

Note that this partial list contains some authors whose works of fantastic fiction would today be called science fiction, even if they predate or did not work in that genre. There is also a considerable overlap with the List of fantasy authors, since many authors are equally comfortable with both genres, and since some works deliberately combine the two or blur the distinction. Most science-fiction authors write as novelists or short-story writers, and in the 21st century, often as playwrights or screen writers. Some notable science-fiction authors are (in alphabetical order): A Catherine Asaro Robert A. Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944. Margaret Atwood, 2015 Dafydd ab Hugh (born 1960) Alexander Abasheli (1884–1954) Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838–1926) Kōbō Abe (1924–1993) Robert Abernathy (1924–1990) Dan Abnett (born 1965) Daniel Abraham (born 1969) Forrest J Ackerman (1916–2008) Douglas Adams (1952–2001) Robert Adams (1932–1990) Ann Agu ...more...



Eminem

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Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With 47.4 million albums sold in the U.S. and 220 million records globally, he is among the world's best-selling artists of all time and is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists in any genre. He is the only artist to have eight albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200.[1] Rolling Stone ranked him 83rd on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the "King of Hip Hop". After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Sli ...more...



John Ford filmography

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John Ford filmography

John Ford with portrait and Academy Award, circa 1946 John Ford (1894–1973) was an American film director whose career spanned from 1913 to 1971. During this time he directed more than 140 films. Born in Maine, Ford entered the filmmaking industry shortly after graduating from high school with the help of his older brother, Francis Ford, who had established himself as a leading man and director for Universal Studios. After working as an actor, assistant director, stuntman, and prop man – often for his brother – Universal gave Ford the opportunity to direct in 1917. Initially working in short films, he quickly moved into features, largely with Harry Carey as his star. In 1920 Ford left Universal and began working for the Fox Film Corporation. During the next ten years he directed more than 30 films, including the westerns The Iron Horse (1924) and 3 Bad Men (1926), both starring George O'Brien, the war drama Four Sons and the Irish romantic drama Hangman's House (both 1928 and both starring Victor McLaglen). ...more...



Al Dubin

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Al Dubin

Alexander Dubin (June 10, 1891 – February 11, 1945) was an American lyricist. He is best known for his collaborations with the composer Harry Warren. Life Al Dubin came from a Russian Jewish family that immigrated to the United States from Switzerland when he was two years old. He grew up in Philadelphia. Between ages 13 and 16, Dubin played hookey from school in order to travel into New York City to see Broadway musical shows. At age 14 he began writing special material for a vaudeville entertainer on 28th Street between 5th and Broadway in New York City, otherwise known as Tin Pan Alley. Dubin was accepted and enrolled at Perkiomen Seminary in September 1909, but was expelled in 1911, after writing their Alma Mater (song). After leaving Perkiomen, Dubin got himself a job as a singing waiter at a Philadelphia restaurant. He continued to write lyrics and tried selling them to area publishing firms. During this time, Dubin met composer Joe Burke. Together they wrote the song "Oh, You, Mister Moon" (1911), wh ...more...





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