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CRIME AND MYSTERY
BOSTON BLACKIE MOVIE COLLECTION--
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1--BOSTON BLACKIE AND THE LAW **-- Blackie performs in a magic show at a women's prison, which gives an inmate an opportunity to escape
2--BOSTON BLACKIES RENDZVOUS (1945) **-- Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.
3--BOSTON BLACKIE BOOKED ON SUSPICION (1945) **-- Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction
4--BOSTON BLACKIE'S CHINESE VENTURE (1949) **-- Blackie is seen leaving a Chinese laundry where the proprietor has been murdered, and must track down the real killer in Chinatown.
5--PHANTOM THIEF (1949) **-- Blackie tricks a blackmailer-murderer into a confession. Story involves sinister seances and ghostly apparitions.
6--AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH BOSTON BLACKIE (1943) **-- Blackie is arrested when retrieving stolen gems from a safety deposit box for a friend.
7--BOSTON BLACKIE GOES HOLLYWOOD (1942) **-- Boston Blackie and his pal, The Runt, are ready to board a train for Florida when Blackie gets a telegram from his friend Arthur Manleder asking Blackie to go to Manleder's New York apartment, get $60,000 from a wall safe and fly to Hollywood. Blackie has just removed the money when Police Inspector Farraday and his assistant, Sergeant Matthews arrive and accuse him of robbery. They let him escape so they can follow as they think he knows something about the stolen Monterey Diamond. Blackie arrives in Hollywood and learns that Manleder has fallen for Gloria Lane, in cahoots with a gang of crooks, and had been holding the missing diamond in trust for the owner. Gloria had asked Arthur to let her wear the diamond and it was stolen. Two gangsters had appeared at the apartment and offered to recover the diamond for $60,000, which had prompted the telegram to Blackie. The two crooks also steal the money from The Runt. Blackie's plan to catch the crooks and recover the money and the diamond
8--CONFESSIONS OF BOSTON BLACKIE (1941) **--Blackie is accused of murdering a man at an art auction, which leads to the uncovering of an art racket.
9--MEET BOSTON BLACKIE (1941) **--When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.
10--TRAPPED BY BOSTON BLACKIE (1948) **--Blackie is the natural suspect when an expensive pearl necklace is stolen while he is supposed to be guarding it.
11--CHANCE OF A LIFETIME (1943) **--Twelve prison inmates are paroled under Blackie's care so they they can join the war effort working at his friend, Arthur Manleder's, tool factory. Blackie allows one of them, Dooley Watson, to visit his wife, Mary, and son, Johnny. He doesn't return the next day. Inspector Farraday comes to inspect the convicts and finds Dooley missing. Dooley has retrieved the $60,000 he stole before going to jail. He went to Mary's apartment to give her the money and tell her to leave town before his partners in the crime, Red Taggart and Nails Blanton, can track him down. Mary convinces Dooley to return the money. At that moment Nails and Red knock at the door and demand their share from the robbery. Nails pulls out a gun, Red threatens little Johnny, so Dooley moves to protect his son. In the ensuing struggle, the gun fires and kills Red. Nails flees when Blackie arrives and takes the money and tells Dooley to return to the factory. He and the Runt will get rid of the body. But, Farraday catches them and charges Blackie with murder. Now Blackie has to escape, catch Nails, return the money, save Dooley and prove he is not a murderer.
12--ONE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT (1844) **--Blackie is enlisted by the police to help recover the Blue Star of the Nile diamond, stolen from a war relief exhibit.
13--ALAIS BOSTON BLACKIE (1942) **--Blackie tracks down a wrongly convicted prisoner who escapes during a Christmas magic show.
14--CLOSE CALL FOR BOSTON BLACKIE (1946) **--Blackie and the Runt rescue a woman (Lynn Merrick) who's been attacked in the street right in front of their building. They carry in the unconscious woman, who is quickly identified as Gerry Peyton, one of Blackie's old flames. Nothing much new so far, but when they open the bedroom door we see the main twist that this series entry has to offer: a baby! This film may contain variations in audio and video quality due to limitations of the original source material
15--RETURN OF BOSTON BLACKIE (1927) **--The Return of Boston Blackie is a 1927 low-budget, silent, drama genre film.
SHERLOCK HOLMES (1932) **--Moriarty is sentenced to death, and Sherlock Holmes prepares to retire to the country and marry his girl (sic). But Moriarty has sworn that Holmes, Lt-Col Gore-King of Scotland Yard, and his trial judge shall all be hanged too. When Moriarty escapes and proceeds to put his threat into operation, Holmes has to postpone his retirement.
BULLDOG DRUMMOND MOVIECOLLECTION
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1--BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1929) **-- Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond is a British WWI veteran who longs for some excitement after he returns to the humdrum existence of civilian life. He gets what he's looking for when a girl requests his help in freeing her uncle from a nursing home. She believes the home is just a front and that her uncle is really being held captive while the culprits try to extort his fortune from him.
2--RETURN OF BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1934) **-- Return of Bulldog Drummond was a British production starring Ralph Richardson in the title role. The film is closer to the jingoistic, near-fascist spirit of the original stories than were the Hollywood "Drummond" B-pictures of the mid-1930s. In fact, Richardson's Drummond organizes the "Black Clan," then goes on a crusade to rid England of all foreigners, on the theory that every "outsider" is a criminal or at the very least an undesirable. And according to the script, he's right: The villains are European armament merchants hoping to increase profits by sparking a new world war.
3--BULLDOG JACK (1934) **-- British musical comedy star Jack Hulbert plays an amateur sleuth who takes over for the "real" Bulldog Drummond (Atholl Fleming), who is sidelined by an injury. Hulbert's quarry is master criminal Ralph Richardson. To expedite his scheme to rob the British museum, Richardson kidnaps Hulbert's girl friend Fay Wray The film's thrilling conclusion finds Hulbert duking it out with Richardson near the electrified Third Rail of the London Subway.
4--BULLDOG DRUMMOND ESCAPES (1937) **-- Captain Drummond becomes a prisoner when he intents to protect a beautiful heiress of an espionage organization.
5--BULLDOG DRUMMOND AT BAY (1937))--** Bulldog Drummond goes up against foreign agents trying to steal plans for a top-secret aircraft.
6--BULLDOG DRUMMOND COMES BACK (1937) **-- The girlfriend of Captain Drummond has been kidnapped by an enemy of Drummond who seeks revenge. But Drummond and his friend Colonel Nielsen at once follow his trail
7--BULLDOG DRUMMONDS REVENGE (1937) **-- Captain Drummond travels to Switzerland in order to marry his girlfriend but the disappearance of a dangerous cargo of explosives makes him delay his plans.
8--BULLDOG DRUMMONDS PERIL (1938) **-- In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.
9--BULLDOG DRUMMOND IN AFRICA (1938) **-- Drummond, his girlfriend and his butler try to free an high post of Scotland Yard who has been kidnapped.
10--BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S SECRET POLICE (1938) **Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation.
11--BULLDOG DRUMMOND'S BRIDE (1939) **--A bank-robbery in London prevents - again - the marriage of Bulldog Drummond with his girlfriend. But this time when the delinquents are caught it will be celebrated at last.
12--ARREST BULLDOG GRUMMOND (1939) **--The invention of a war machine, that brings to explosion everything one wants to, puts Scotland Yard and Captain Drummond into alarm.
13--BULLDOG DRUMMOND STRIKES BACK (1934) **--Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, isgetting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone. He finds none, but he does find a body - which disappears when he summons a bobby. Bodies keep disappearing as Drummond keeps summoning the authorities, particularly his long-suffering upstairs neighbor, Captain Nielsen; the ever faithful Algy also finds his wedding night disrupted by, among other things, some emergency code-breaking. And of course, there's a beautiful woman there's always a beautiful woman in this case, Gwen, who turns out to be the daughter of the dead man who started all this.
14--THE CHALLANGE (1938) **--Tired of his sedentary postwar existence, Col. Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Ronald Colman) offers his services as adventurer for hire. This gets him mixed up with lovely Joan Bennett, whose wealthy father is being held against his will in a gloomy sanitarium. Armed with little more than bravado, Drummond, his pal Algy (Claud Allister) and faithful butler Danny (Wilson Benge) walk right into the villain's lair--said villain being the evil Dr. Lakington. Drummond is overpowered by Lakington's henchpersons, played by Lilyan Tashman and Montague Love. Our Hero is willing to accept the inevitability of his own death,
15--13 LEAD SOLDIERS (1948) **--Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond is called in to solve the murder of a man from whom two lead soldiers were stolen. Drummond learns that the two soldiers were part of a set of thirteen which formed the key to a hidden vault of treasure. Following some clever sleuthing and set-up on Drummond's part, the guilty man is trapped in the vault,which is hidden behind the fireplace.
16--CALLING BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1951) **--With a ruthless gang terrorizing London, Scotland Yard calls Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond out of retirement. With the help of detective Helen Smith, Drummond infiltrates the gang under an assumed name. He and Smith become trusted gang-members until the gang's overlord discovers their true identities, and they are taken as prisoners.
17--DEADLIER THAN THE MALE (1967) **--British agent Bulldog Drummond is assigned to stop a master criminal who uses beautiful women to do his killings.
18--SOME GIRLS DO (1969) **--A series of unexplainable accidents befall the people and companies responsible for developing the world's first supersonic airliner (SST1). A British agent is sent to investigate and with the help of another agent uncovers a plot masterminded by Carl Petersen who stands to gain eight million pounds if the aircraft is not ready by a certain date. The evil Petersen has developed a number of "robots" (actually rather beautiful girls with "electronic brains") to help him sabotage the SST1 project by means of "infrasound" (extreme low frequency sound waves) which can be directed at people or objects with devastating results.
CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION, THE (SIDNEY TOLER)
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1--CHARLIE CHAN IN RENO
3--CHARLIE CHAN IN THE SECRET SERVICE
4--THE SHANGHAI COBRA
5--THE SCARLET CLUE
6--CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO
7--SHADOWS OVER CHINA TOWN
8--THE JADE MASK
9--MURDER OVER NEW YORK
10--CHARLIE CHAN IN PANAMA
11--CHARLIE CHAN AT THE WAX MUSEUM
12--CHARLIE CHAN'S MURDER CRUISE
13--THE CHINESE CAT
14--CASTLE IN THE DESERT
15--DEAD MEN TELL
18--CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU
19--CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND
20--CITY OF DARKNESS **--Chan investigates a murder in Paris connected to the growing signs of impending war.
21--IN THE TRAP
CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION, THE ( WARNER OLAND)
1--BEHIND THAT CURTIN
2--CHARLIE CHAT AT MONTE CARLO
3--CHARLIE CHAN ON BROADWAY
4--THE BLACK CAMEL
5--CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT
6--CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON
7--CHARLIE CHAN IN PARIS
8--CHARLIE CHAN IN SHANGHAI
9--CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OLYMPICS
10--CHARLIE CHAN AT THE RACE TRACT
11--CHARLIE CHAN AT THE CIRCUS
12--CHARKIE CHAN AT THE OPERA
13--CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON (1931) **--Charlie steps in to solve the murder of a wealthy American found dead in a London hotel. Settings include London, Nice, San Remo, Honolulu and Hong Kong. Fast-paced with lots of wisecracking
CHARLIE CHAN--ROLAND WINTERS--
1--CHINESE RING, THE **
2--DOCKS OF NEW ORLEANS (1948)
3--FEATHERED SERPENT, THE (1948) **
4--GOLDEN EYE, THE **
5--SHANGHAI CHEST (1948) *
6--SKY DRAGON, THE
CRIME DOCTOR COLLECTION, THE
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1---THE CRIME DOCTOR **
2---THE CRIME DOCTOR'S WARNING **
3--THE CRIME DOCTOR'S DIARY **
4--THE CRIME DOCTOR'S COURAGE **
5--THE CRIME DOCTOR'S GAMBLE **
6--CRIME DOCTOR'S MANHUNT (1946) **
7--THE CRIME DOCTOR'S STRANGEST CASE **
DAME MAE WHITTEY
13TH CHAIR, THE--(1937) **--Inspector Marney of Scotland Yard travels to Calcutta to investigate the murder of Leonard Lee, a generally despised man in these parts. John Wales, who did consider Lee a friend - his best friend - is a suspect, but he proposes to the Inspector a ploy to discover the identity of the murderer: hold a séance conducted by a medium, Madame Rosalie La Grange. Wales doesn't believe Mme. La Grange will discover the murderer's identity through such hocus pocus, but does believe the process might draw out the murderer in revealing him or herself. Wales invites who he considers suspects - generally those in the upper crust of British society in Calcutta - plus a few red herring attendees so as not to tip the murderer as to the séance's purpose. Upon Mme. La Grange's arrival, she does admit that most of her work is conducted as parlor tricks solely for sheer entertainment, but that when required, she truly does have the ability. As the course of the evening progresses, Mme. La Grange turns from...
ELLIOT, BILL-DETECTIVE MOVIE SERIES---
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1--DIAL RED "O" **--The first of the five films where Bill Elliott played a detective lieutenant in the L.A Sheriff's department, Dial Red "O" (the correct title with the number 0 (zero), as on a telephone dial, shown in ") opens with war-torn veteran Ralph Wyatt getting word that his wife is divorcing him, and he flees the psychiatric ward of the veteran's hospital, wanting to talk to her. His escape touches off an all-out manhunt, led by Lieutenant Andy Flynn of the sheriff's department. Wyatt's wife, Connie is having an affair with Norman Roper, a judo expert in Wyatt's old Marine unit. When Roper refuses to divorce his own wife (Regina Gibson) to marry Connie, they have a violent quarrel in Connie's apartment. Roper kills Connie and incriminates Wyatt, who is arrested and held on suspicion of homicide. Convinced that Roper is the real murderer, Wyatt escapes from his cell in the Hollywood Sheriff's office, and goes to Roper's home. Lt. Flynn has discovered evidence pointing to Roper as the killer,
2--SUDDEN DANGER **--A woman who heads a sportswear manufacturing company is found dead. Although i is ruled a suicide, the police detective in charge believes she was murdered, and his subsequent investigation begins to focus on the woman's son, who was blinded by her in an accident several years before.
3--CALLING HOMICIDE (1956) **--Two homicide detectives search for a connection between the car-bombing murder of a fellow investigator and the mutilation murder of a much-hated owner of a modeling school.
4--FOOTSTEPS IN THE NIGHT **--A gambling addict is the logical suspect in the death of a card-playing neighbor who caused his relapse - too logical, think the two detectives on the case.
5--CHAIN OF EVIDENCE (1956) **--The fourth of five Ben Schwab productions that starred Bill Ellott as a detective lieutenant in the L.A. Sheriff's department has Steve Nordstrom being released from prison after serving a sentence for a dance-hall assault on Carl Fowler for insulting Steve's girlfriend Harriet Owens. Steve is given time off for good behavior and is out on probation thanks to the efforts on his behalf by Lieutenant Andy Doyle. One night, after taking a truck-driving job, Steve is waylaid by the revengeful Fowler and is savagely beaten, causing him to lose his memory. Wandering aimlessly around, he meets genial businessman Morton Ramsey who hires him to work around his house as a handyman. Ramsey's wife Claire is having an affair and is planning to have her husband murdered, and sees an opportunity to frame Steve for the murder. He plan works, and all the evidence is against the memory-clouded Steve when Ramsey is found dead.
THE FALCON, MOVIE\ COLLECTION
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1--A DATE WITH THE FALCON-- Inthe second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks for his aid in disposing of a secret formula for making synthetic diamonds. He deliberately allows himself to be kidnapped by the gang for which Rita works. His aide, "Goldy" Locke, trails the kidnappers and brings the police. But the head of the gang escapes, and the Falcon continues the pursuit.
2--APPOINTMENT WITH MURDER (1940) **--Appointment with Murder is the second of three "Falcon" mysteries produced by bargain-basement Film Classics Productions in the late 1940s. Professional magician John Calvert assumes the leading role of private eye Michael Lanyard, aka The Falcon. Working for an insurance company, Lanyard travels from Hollywood to Italy in search of a pair of stolen paintings. This brings him in close contact with pretty art curator Lorraine (Catherine Craig), who may be involved in the thefts, and erudite international criminal Norton (Jack Reitzen). The only complaint one can level against Appointment with Murder is that it's a bit too ambitious for its tiny budget.
3--FALCON'S ADVENTURE, THE (1946) **--The Falcon rescues Louisa Braganza from kidnappers who want her father's secret formula for making diamonds. Her father's murder is pinned on the Falcon and, when he and she flee to Florida, another murder seems to confirm his guilt.
4--DEVIL'S CARGO (1944) **--Conroy, A playboy, is found shot to death in his penthouse and a ne'er-do-well named Ramon Delgado (Paul Marion)tells the Falcon, Michale Watling (, John Calvert), that he committed the murder and asks the Falcon to keep a key for him until after his has been acquitted. He says he feels certain of an acquittal when the police learn that the motive for the killing was Conroy's attention to Delgado's wife, Margot (Rochelle Hudson). Tom Mallon (Theodore von Eltz)enters the case as Delgado's attorney, and after Delgado is found poisoned in his jail cell, the Falsob suspects Fallon of killing his own client.
5--FALCON'S ALIBI, THE (1946) **--A wealthy woman's secretary, fearing that she will be blamed if her employer's jewelry is stolen, hires the Falcon as guardian. The Falcon is blamed when the jewels are stolen and murders ensue.
6--FALCON'S BROTHER, THE (1942) **--Gay Lawrence, amateur detective known as The Falcon, learns that his brother Tom has been reported murdered on a ship arriving from South America. Gay pursues the murderers, despite the fact that he knows his brother is still alive. When he is disabled, his brother Tom takes over the case, investigating a fashion magazine involved in secret activities with German infiltrators.
7--FALCON AND THE CO-EDS, THE (1943) **--Tom Lawrence, the Falcon, is called to the Bluecliff School for young ladies to look into the murder of one of its professors (and hopefully cover up the scandal such a murder will entail). After his arrival murder strikes again
8--FALCON IN DANGER, THE (1943) **--Two industrialists disappear from an airplane while the plane is in the air. Also missing is $100,000. The Falcon investigates and discovers a plot against the government.
9--FALCON IN HOLLYWOOD, THE (1944) **--Vacationing in Hollywood doesn't free the Falcon from investigating murder. The victim is an actor whose fashion designer wife has been having an affair with a director.
10--FALCON IN MEXICO, THE (1944) **--An artist's daughter becomes suspicious when new paintings by her supposedly dead father begin turning up in New York. When a gallery owner is murdered, the Falcon and Miss Wade head for Mexico City to investigate.
11--FALCON IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE (1945) **--On vacation, Tom Lawrence--The Falcon--and his Brooklyn-born sidekick 'Goldie' Locke meet cute with a little girl named Annie whose nurse has just been murdered. Accompanying Annie home, The Falcon is arrested for kidnapping, but bailed out of jail by a mysterious woman (Helm). A labyrinthine plot then unfurls involving silk smuggling, a steamship called the S.S. Citadel and an ex-bootlegger named Duke Monette.
12--FALCON OUT WEST, THE (1944) **--When a Texas playboy is murdered in a New York City nightclub the Falcon investigates. When he learns that the victim was slipped rattlesnake venom, the trail leads to Texas, his own kidnapping and near death.
13--FALCON STRIKES BACK, THE (1943) **--The Falcon is framed for the murder of a banker and the theft of war bonds. He makes his escape into the mountains where he hides out in a rustic lodge. From here he uncovers a phony war bond operation.
14--FALCON TAKES OVER, THE **-- The Falcon and reporter Ann Riordan try to solve a string of murders after an ex-wrestler, released from jail, goes looking for his girl friend.
15--GAY FALCON, THE (1934) **--The Falcon investigates jewel thieves who are working with hard up socialites to defraud insurance companies. First of the Falcon series.
MR. MOTO MOVIE COLLECTION
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1--THINK FAST MR. MOTO **
2--THANK YOU MR. MOTO **
3--MR. MOTO'S GAMBLE **
4--MR MOTO TAKES A CHANCE **
5--MYSTERIOUS MR. MOTO **
6--MR. MOTO'S LAST WARNING **
7--DANGER ISLAND **
8--MR MOTO TAKES A VACATION **
9--RETURN OF MR. MOTO **
MR. WONG MOVIE COLLECTION
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1--MR WONG DETECTIVE **
2--MYSTERY OF MR. WONG **
3--MR. WONG IN CHINATOWN **
4--DOOMED TO DIE (1940) **--Shipping magnate Cyrus Wentworth, downcast over a disaster to his ocean liner 'Wentworth Castle' (carrying, oddly enough, an illicit shipment of Chinese bonds) is shot in his office...at the very moment of kicking out his daughter's fiance Dick Fleming. Of course, Captain Street arrests Dick, but reporter Bobbie Logan, the attractive thorn in Street's side, is so convinced he's wrong that she enlists the help of detective James Lee Wong to find the real killer.
5--PHANTOM OF CHINATOWN **
6--MR.MOTO'S FINAL HOUR **
7--MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG **
NANCY DREW MOVIES--
1--NANCY DREW DETECTIVE (1938) **--Nancy Drew and Ted Nickerson solve a kidnapping case of a wealthy elderly lady. Ted has to disguise himself as a nurse while Nancy beomse a "widow" in order to locate the lady they are rescuing.
2--NANCY DREW REPORTER (1938) **--While participating in a contest at a local newspaper in which school children are asked to submit a news story, local attorney Carson Drew's daughter Nancy intercepts a real story assignment. She "covers" the inquest of the death of a woman who was poisoned. Nancy doesn't think the young woman accused of the crime is guilty and corrals her neighbor Ted into searching for a vital piece of evidence, and they stumble onto the identity of the real killer.
3--NANCY DREW TROUBLE SHOOTER (1939) **--When a close friend of the Drew family is accused of murder in a rural community, Nancy, aided by boyfriend Ted, helps her lawyer father expose the real killers.
4--NANCY DREW AND THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE (1939) **--Bonita Granville returns as the ebullient titular teenaged sleuth, while Frankie Thomas portrays Nancy's best friend and fellow "gumshoe" Ted Nickerson. The plot concerns a bizarre codicil in a will, requiring two elderly sisters to spend every night in their family mansion over a period of 20 years in order to lay claim to the crumbling old house. The ladies plan to contribute their legacy to a local children's hospital, but certain sinister forces in town hope to erect a racetrack where the mansion presently stands. When the sisters' chauffeur is murdered, Nancy and Ted investigate, even though Nancy's attorney father, Carson Drew (John Litel), has expressly forbidden them to do so. Their tremulous journey through the cellar of the mansion leads to a surprising revelation -- and, very nearly, to a watery grave. Arguably the best of the series, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase moves along at so fast a clip that the audience is left nearly as breathless as the heroine.
PHILO VANCE MOVIE COLLECTION
1--BENSON MURDER CASE, THE (1930) **--A ruthless, crooked stockbroker is murdered at his luxurious country estate, and detective Philo Vance just happens to be there; he decides to find out who killed him.
2--BISHOP MURDER CASE, THE **--The murders start with the body of Robin. He is found with a arrow through the heart, but Vance deduces that the body was placed and not found where he was killed. The note found dealing with the murder was part of a nursery rhyme and signed by 'Bishop'. The only witness may have been Mrs. Drukker and Adolph, but they are not talking. As the murders progress, each one is accompanied by a nursery rhyme. It is up to Philo Vance to unravel the clues and unmask the identity of the murderer 'Bishop'
3--CALLING PHILO VANCE (1940) **--Philo is in Vienna working for the US Government to see if Archer Coe is selling aircraft designs to foreign powers. He grabs the plans with Archer's signature, but is captured by police before he can escape. Deported he comes back to America and plans to confront Archer, but Archer is found dead in his locked bedroom with a gun in his hand. While it looks like a suicide, Vance knows better and the coroner finds that Archer has been shot, hit with a blunt instrument and stabbed - making suicide unlikely. But Vance is on the case and is looking to see if government secrets have been sold and who has murdered Coe.
4--CANARY MURDER CASE, THE (1929) **A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were used by her and everyone had a motive to see her dead. The only witness to the crime has also been 'rubbed out'. Only one man, the keen, fascinating, debonair detective Philo Vance, would be able to figure out who is the killer.
5--CASINO MURDER CASE, THE (1935) **--When Philo Vance receives a note that harm will befall Lynn at the casino that night, he takes the threat seriously while the DA dismisses it. At the casino owned by Uncle Kinkaid, Lynn is indeed poisoned under the watchful eye of Philo. However, he recovers, but the same cannot be said for Lynn's wife Virginia, who is at the family home. Only a family member could have poisoned Lynn and Virginia and everyone has their dark motives. Philo will follow the clues and find the perpetrator.
6--DRAGON MURDER CASE, THE (1934) **- Wonderful idea to give a party with people who dislike each other. Late at night, everyone decides to go into the pool, except Stamm, who is drunk. Montague dives in as does Greeff and Leland, but only Greeff and Leland come out. Montague is no where to be found so Leland suspects foul play and calls the cops. Luckily, Philo is with the D.A. and comes along, but they do not find Montague. When they drain the pool the next day, they find nothing except what looks like dragon prints. Philo has his suspicions and tries to piece the clues together to find out what has happened.
7--GARDEN MURDER CASE (1936) **--Someone has shot and killed Lowe Hammle and everyone at his 22 room apartment is a suspect. The reasons are as varied as the number of people there. There is Dr. Garden, whose son Floyd was killed at the track in a mysterious way which is thought to be a suicide. There is Mrs. Fenwicke-Ralston who was supposed to complete a deal on a horse. There is the blackmailing Nurse Beeton and the niece Zalia, who knows that Uncle is trying to break up her relationship with Woode. Since there is no powder marks on the body, Vance knows that it is murder and believes that a woman did the job. But he has to find the killer and the motive.
8--GREENE MURDER CASE, THE **--In this early "talkie," William Powell stars as sophisticated detective Philo Vance, who is brought in to investigate the killing of multi-millionaire Tobias Greene. Vance brings together a handful of likely suspects, but it soon becomes apparent he hasn't found the guilty party when all nine of the possible candidates also wind up dead. Vance starts taking a closer look at Greene's mourning family -- as well as the circumstances under which he earned his fortune. Based on the novel by S.S. Van Dine's novel, The Greene Murder Case also stars Jean Arthur, Florence Eldridge, and Ullrich Haupt
9--GRACIE ALLEN MURDER CASE, THE **--Philo VanThe zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer. ce, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
10--KENNELL MURDER CASE, THE (1933) **--Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.
11--PHILO VANCE'S GAMBLE (1947) **--Private Detective Philo Vance (Alan Curtis) gets involved with a
succession of murders and a mystery concerning the disappearance of an emerald that has been smuggled into the United States. The first victim is the smuggler, Jeffrey Connon, who intended to double-cross his partners, one of which didn't appreciate Connor's intentions.
12--PHILO VANCE RETURNS (1947) **--Playboy Larry Blendon introduces his grandmother Stella Blendon to his fiancée, radio singer Virginia BerneauxDespite Larry's record of broken romances and divorces, Virginia decides she will marry him. Virginia is slain that night and Blandon telephones his friend Philo Vance to help find the killer. Even as they talk, the killer strikes again and Philo hears Larry fall dead. Philo begins his investigation with Alexis Karnoff Virginia's manager, and the two go to Larry's home, where Stella tells them that the motive for the killing might be Larry's will that names the six women in his life as heirs and if any die before the will is probated, the others will divide the shares. They also learn that Katherine Corbettthe first of Larry's wives, has been murdered. Suspicion now falls on Lorena Sims, a former wife who has been a patient at a sanitarium.
13--PHILO VANCE'S SECRET MISSION (1947) **--Publisher Martin Jamison sends for Philo Vance as he wants to hire him as a technical advisor on the crime stories he publishes. Paul Morgan, Morgan's partner, regards the plan as foolish. Jamison tells his secretary Mona Bannister to bring Vance to his home that night and he will reveal the solution to the seven-year mystery of the killing of Sam Philips, former partner in the firm. Philips ex-wife, now a receptionist for the company, is alarmed when she overhears. As Vance and Mona drive up, two shots are heard and Jamison's body is later found in the trunk of Vance's car.
MICHEAL SHAYNE DETECTIVE MOVIE COLLECTION
1--BLONDE FOR A DAY (1946) **-- A newspaper reporter, "Dilly" Smith (Richard Fraser) keeps writing articles attacking the police department for its failure to solve a chain of murders, and this nearly leads to the reporter's death. He calls in private-detective Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and Shayne turns up a blonde and a blackmailer.
2--BLUE, WHITE AND PERFECT (1941) **--Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.
3--DRESSED TO KILL (1941) **--Detective Michael Shayne and his girlfriend Joanne leave a marriage bureau when shots fired in a nearby theatre draw his attention to a string of theatrical murders.
4--JUST OFF BROADWAY (1942) **--Private detective Michael Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) is serving on the jury trying Lillian Hubbard for the murder of Harley Forsythe. A witness with information that could clear Lillian is killed by a knife hurled from inside the courtroom. Shyane hides the knife in the ensuing confusion. He slips out of the jury room that night and, with the aid of reporter Judy Taylortraces the knife to a professional blade-slinger, Count Edmond Telmachio Shayne finds the Count murdered in a warehouse and a brooch discovered on his body now points the finger of suspicion at nightclub singer Rita Darling and the owner of the club where she works, George Dolphin Rita was the fiancée of Forsythe and Dolphin is in love with her. The trial begins the next day, with Shayne back in the jury box, after giving the information he picked up to defense counsel John Logan
5--LARCENY IN HER HEART (1946) **--In the second of the PRC "Michael Shayne" series,civic crusader Burton Stallings hires private detective Michael Shayne to locate the former's missing step-daughter Helen. Shayne discovers that Stallings himself has had Helen confined in an asylum in order to obtain her money.
6--MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE, THE (1941) **--In the shadows of the night Dudley Wolff, his secretary Alfred Dunning, and his doctor, Haggard, bury a body in the estate cemetery. At the house, Wolff's daughter Catherine arrives unexpectedly and tells her step-mother Anne Wolff that she has just been married to Roger Blakewho will be along in a few days. Cathy retires and is awakened by a mysterious assailant who fires a shot at her, but her parents tell her she was just dreaming. Wolff goes to the cemetery and finds the body missing. The scared Cathy calls in fast-talking private detective Mike Shayne (Lloyd Nolan) and, since her father doesn't like detectives, she introduces him as her husband. That evening Shayne hears a shot and finds that Haggard has been killed. While the police are questioning the family, the lights go out and a shot is fired from outside.
7--MICHEAL SHAYNE PRIVATE DETECTIVE (1940) **--After gumshoe Mike Shayne is hired by a millionaire to keep his daughter away from gambling and gamblers, he becomes involved in the murder of a racetrack tout.
8--MURDER IS MY BUSINESS (1946) **--Michael Shayne is a private detective who is disliked greatly by Pete Rafferty local chief of police detectives. Rafferty notifies the newspaper press that he is going to close Shayne's agency, just as Michael is about to be hired by the wealthy Eleanor Ramsey, who is being blackmailed. She is the stepmother of what she considers to be two grown-up brats, Dorothy and Ernst, and she considers their father to be of little value to the world himself. They all conspire to get their hands on her money, even to the extent of attempting to hire Shayne to frame an insurance robbery. Mrs. Ramsey is murdered, and Rafferty is trying to pin the killing on Shayne, despite the fact that suspicion points to Buell Renslow, brother of the slain woman. Shayne's secretary, the fetching Phyllis Hamilton, decides to do a little detective work to help her boss.
9--SLEEPERS WEST **--Mike Shayne tries to distinguish criminals from red herrings as he escorts a surprise witness via rail to a high profile trial in San Francisco.
10--THREE ON A TICKET (1947) **--A private detective, who has been shot, stumbles into the office of Michael Shayne (Hugh Beaumont), and dies before Shayne can question him. Shayne finds a baggage ticket in his hand. He claims it and finds the checked-bag contains the loot from a robbery. Now, he has about fifty minutes left of the running time to find the crooks, bring them to justice and return the money to the rightful owners. And needs all of it.
11--TIME TO KILL (1942) **--Like most of 20th Century-Fox's "Michael Shayne"detective series, Time to Kill was based on a source other than Brett Halliday's Shayne stories. In this case, the inspiration was The High Window, a "Philip Marlowe" mystery novel by Raymond Chandler. Substituting for Marlowe, of course, is flippant private eye Mike Shayne, again played by Lloyd Nolan. Hired by wealthy Mrs. Murdock (Ethel Gryffies) to retrieve a stolen rare coin, Shayne runs up against a clever gang of counterfeiters. The film's highlight (and ultimate plot resolution) is a murder in a high-rise building, covertly captured on movie film with a telephoto lens. The final entry in Fox's "Shayne" series, Time to Kill was remade in 1947 as The Brasher Doubloon, with George Montgomery as Philip Marlowe
12--TOO MANY WINNERS (1946) **--Michael Shayne accepts an assignment to investigate a gang of pari-mutual race tickets counterfeiters over the protests of his secretary, Phyllis Hamilton, who wants him to join her on a vacation. Shayne contacts Mayme Martin who offers him information, and sends his friend Tim Rourke to get it. Tim arrives to find Inspector Rafferty there as Mayme has been murdered. Shayne has gone to the race track to see Jim Payson and Al Hardeman, the operators. Two thugs, Joe and Punk, take shots at Shayne and he is wounded. He later learns that a printer, Madden and his engraving foreman Edwards served time for counterfeiting Irish sweepstake tickets and Shayne thinks he has the case solved... until Madden and Edwards turn up murdered.
THIN MAN, THE MOVIES--
1--THE THIN MAN
2--AFTER THE THIN MAN
3--ANOTHER THIN MAN
4--SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN
5--THIN MAN GOES HOME
6--SONG OF THE THIN MAN
FARRELL, GLENDA--- (TORCHY BLANE )
1--ADVENTUROUS BLOND, THE (1937) **--After rival reporters, jealous of Torchy's success, conspire to fake the murder of an actor in order to embarrass her, he ends up being strangled,
2--BLONDES AT WORK **
3--FLY AWAY BABY **--
4--GIRL MISSING (1933) **--Steve promises his captain not to favor Torchy with stories over other papers but becomes frustrated as to how she continues to scoop her rivals.
5--HAVANA WIDOWS **
6--NIGHT FOR CRIME **--Glenda Farrell reprises her fast-talking girl reporter persona in PRC's Night for Crime. Ms. Farrell une Dale (Mary cast as Susan, a big-city sob sister who investigates the murder of movie extra Ellen Smith (Marjorie Manners). Adding to the confusion, movie star Mona (Lina Basquette) disappears in the middle of an important production. As clues and suspects pile up, Susan and detective Joe (Lyle Talbot) try to solve the mystery without ending up as murder victims themselves. A Night for Crime was based on a story by Hollywood columnist Jimmy Starr, who appears on-screen with his journalistic colleagues Erskine Johnson, Edwin Schallert (father of actor William Schallert) and Harry Crocker
7--PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE (1939) **--While in traffic court, Torchy bumps into Jackie Maguire, girlfriend of the notorious hoodlum Denver Eddie, who is sentenced to jail for shoplifting. Torchy gets herself thrown into jail by turning in false alarms and ultimately befriends Maguire. With police collusion, she escapes to San Francisco taking Maguire with in in hopes of capturing Denver Eddie. Steve and Gahagan follow undercover in hopes of collecting the $5000 reward as a down payment for house for him and Torchy, but not before Steve is spotted and Gahagan ends up in the wrestling ring and gets a chance to settle a score with an old opponent.
8--SMART BLOND **--Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.
9--TORCHY BLANE IN CHINATOWN **--Newspaper reporter "Torchy" Blaine and police detective SteveMcBride are on the trail of an Oriental gang that has committed three murders. Also on hand is a fabricated Scotland Yard operative who is a phony, and has two others assisting him in an effort to throw the police department off the trail; they are trying to exhort $250,000 from a young rich man who is trying to marry a senator's daughter. A submarine gets involved.
10--TORCHY BLANE IN PANAMA (1938) **--Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan are on the trail of a bank robber aboard an ocean liner traveling from New York to L.A. via the Panama Canal.
11--TORCHY BLANE RUNS FOR MAYOR (1939) **--Torchy Blane is investigating the political career of mayor Dr. Dolan, who has installed a corrupt leadership. She demands a new election, and after the opposition's candidate is murdered, she decides to run for mayor.
12--TORCHY GET'S HER MAN (1938) **--A notorious counterfeiter passes himself off as a Secret Service agent to Steve and gets him to unwittingly help him bilk the racetrack out of tens of thousands.
FLATT AND SCRUGGS
THE FLATT AND SCRUGGS SHOW **
REVOLT OF THE SLAVES **
LEGION OF MISSING MEN **
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970) **
CAGE OF EVIL **
LADY IN THE DEATH HOUSE (1944) **
WHISTLER MOVIE COLLECTION RICHARD DIX
1--13th HOUR, THE (1946) **--In the 7th of Columbia's "Whistler" series, truck-firm owner Steve Reynolds gets involved in a feud with a rival firm, and shortly thereafter is slugged by a masked assailant who steals the truck he is driving. The assailant runs down a policeman in the truck and leaves other clues pointing to Reynolds as the cop killer. With only a glove, with diamonds stuck in the thumb, as a clue, and while evading the police and other characters after him and the diamonds, Reynolds finally runs down the guilty party and clears himself
2--MARK OF THE WHISTLER (1944) **-A drifter claims the money in an old bank account. Soon he finds himself the target of two men who turn out to be the sons of the man's old partner, who is now in prison because of a conflict with him over the money in that account.
3--MYSTERIOUS INTRUDER (1945) **--The sixth entry in the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", opens with kindly old music store owner Edward Stillwell hiring private detective Don Gale (Richard Dix) to find a girl Stillwell hasn't seen in seven years. Gale sends Freida Hanson (Helen Mowery' ) to pose as the missing Elora Lund, and she learns that some items left by Elora's mother are now extremely valuable before Harry Pontos comes into the room and kills Stillwell. He also kidnaps Freida but releases her when Don announces she is an impostor. With Freida's help, Gale locates Pontos' apartment, who is shot down in a gun battle with the arriving police. Gale returns to his place but is arrested by detectives Taggart and Burns and jailed. The detectives later find the real Elora, who has been in a sanitarium recovering from an accident. Gale is released and Elora is sent by the detectives to see if he will disclose why Stillwell was looking for her
4--POWER OF THE WHISTLER (1945) **--A woman uses a deck of cards to predict death within 24 hours for a stranger sitting at a bar, then tries to help him remember who he is based on items in his pockets.
5--RETURN OF THE WHISTLER MOVIE PLOT (1948) **--On the eve of his marriage, a young man's fiance disappears. He hires a private detective to help him track her down, but soon finds himself entangled in a web of lies, intrigue and murder revolving around his fiance's dead ex-husband and his wealthy, corrupt family.
6--SECRET OF THE WHISTLER (1946) **--An artist married to a wealthy but ill woman begins an affair with one of his models, who is after him solely for his money. His wife discovers the affair and threatens to cut him out of her will. In order to be able to keep both the wife's money and his girlfriend, he begins to secretly poison his wife - but events take a surprising turn after she eventually dies.
7--VOICE OF THE WHISTLER (1945) **--The 4th film of the Columbia series based on the CBS radio program, "The Whistler", finds wealthy John Sinclair, with no health or friends, being advised by his doctor to take a long vacation. Heading for the Great Lakes, he becomes ill in the cab operated by Ernie Sparrow an is taken to a clinic where he meets nurse Joan Martin, who is engaged to intern Fred Graham. Doctors now tell him he has only a few months to live and advise him to go to Maine (where, evidently, it will seem longer.) He asks Joan to marry him, promising to leave her his fortune. She, no dummy, accepts but hard-loser Fred doesn't like it even though she says she is doing it for him. After six months of living in a lighthouse with only Joan and Sparrow, whom he has hired as his aide, Sinclaie seemingly regains his health and has really fallen in love with Joan. She tells him she can no longer tolerate the loneliness just as Fred arrives for a visit, and John invites him to stay.
8--WHISTLER (1944) **-- The Whistler was the first of eight Columbia "B" thrillers based on the popular radio series of the same name. The Whistler, a shadowy (and unbilled) figure, introduced each film as he'd done on radio: "I am the Whistler...and I know many things, for I walk by night." This time the Whistler tells the strange story of despondent Richard Dix, who, believing his wife dead, hires professional killer J. Carroll Naish to put him out of his misery. Then the wife suddenly shows up...and Dix can't locate his would-be assassin. An old story with plenty of fresh new twists (for example, Naish talks of his profession as though it were a fine art like painting .------------------------------------------------------
THE LITTLE RASCALS COLLECTION--72 EPISODES--$30.00==In 1938, Roach sold the series (lock, stock and barrel) to MGM, which had been distributing the series since 1927. MGM ended up with the cast and crew, the rights to the name Our Gang, and all of the films they had distributed previously. This last item was eventually bought back by Roach, but he had to redo the titles to remove the Our Gang name and any reference to MGM. A new series name was selected for this batch of films: Hal Roach's Little Rascals. The home movie and video prints of these films carried this name. The TV prints, which debuted in 1955 (after having run in theaters starting in 1950), were known simply as The Little Rascals. For the earliest films in the series, distributed by Pathé from 1922 to 1927, the Our Gang name was variously replaced by the Mischief Makers and Those Lovable Scallawags With Their Gangs. Other silent kid comedies also contributed to these two series.