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Esther Dale

  • Nov 10, 1885 - Jul 23, 1961 (age 75)
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1961
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1960
Checkmate
TV ShowSep 17, 1960

Checkmate

Checkmate is an American detective television series …
Checkmate is an American detective television series created by Eric Ambler, starring Anthony George, Sebastian Cabot, and Doug McClure. The show aired on CBS Television from 1960 to 1962 for a total of 70 episodes. It was produced by Jack Benny's production company, "JaMco Productions" in co-operation with Revue Studios. Guest stars included Charles Laughton, Peter Lorre, Lee Marvin, Mickey Rooney and many other prominent performers.
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Thriller
TV ShowSep 13, 1960

Thriller

Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's Thriller and Boris …
Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's Thriller and Boris Karloff Presents) is an American anthology television series that aired during the 1960–61 and 1961–62 seasons on NBC. The show featured host Boris Karloff introducing a mix of macabre horror tales and suspense thrillers.
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1959
The Alaskans
TV ShowOct 4, 1959

The Alaskans

The Alaskans is a 1959–1960 ABC/Warner Bros. western …
The Alaskans is a 1959–1960 ABC/Warner Bros. western television series set during the late 1890s in the port of Skagway, Alaska. The show features Roger Moore as "Silky Harris" and Jeff York as "Reno McKee", a pair of adventurers intent on swindling travelers bound for the Yukon Territories during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Their plans are inevitably complicated by the presence of singer "Rocky Shaw" (Dorothy Provine), "an entertainer with a taste for the finer things in life".
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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
TV ShowSep 29, 1959

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

The Many Loves of Dobie …
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (also known as simply Dobie Gillis or Max Shulman's Dobie Gillis in later seasons and in syndication) is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1959, to June 5, 1963. The series and several episode scripts were adapted from the "Dobie Gillis" short stories written by Max Shulman since 1945, and first collected in 1951 under the same title as the subsequent TV series. Shulman also wrote a feature film adaptation of his "Dobie Gillis" stories for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1953, entitled The Affairs of Dobie Gillis which featured Bobby Van in the title role.
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1958
The Donna Reed Show
TV ShowSep 24, 1958

The Donna Reed Show

The Donna Reed Show is an American sitcom starring …
The Donna Reed Show is an American sitcom starring Donna Reed as the middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen as their teenage children, Mary and Jeff. The show originally aired on ABC from September 24, 1958 to March 19, 1966. When Fabares left the show in 1963, Petersen's younger sister, Patty Petersen, joined the cast as adopted daughter Trisha. Patty Petersen had first appeared in the episode "A Way of Her Own", on January 31, 1963. Janet Landgard was a series regular from 1963-1965 as Karen Holmby.
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1957
Maverick
TV ShowSep 22, 1957

Maverick

Maverick is an American Western dramatic television series …
Maverick is an American Western dramatic television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins and originally starring James Garner. The show ran for five seasons from September 22, 1957, to July 8, 1962, on ABC.
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M Squad
TV ShowSep 20, 1957

M Squad

M Squad is an American crime drama television series that …
M Squad is an American crime drama television series that ran from 1957 to 1960 on NBC. It was produced by Lee Marvin's Latimer Productions and Revue Studios. Its main sponsor was the Pall Mall cigarette brand; Lee Marvin, the program's star, appeared in its commercials during many episodes. Alternate sponsors were General Electric (GE), Hazel Bishop and Bulova watches.
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Wagon Train
TV ShowSep 18, 1957

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on …
Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on the NBC television network (National Broadcasting Company), 1957–1962 and then on the lower rated newer American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 1962–1965. Wagon Train first aired on September 18, 1957 and would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings. The series format attracted big name guest stars who would appear in major roles as travelers in the large wagon train or in the settlements they passed by or visited. It initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death in 1960 by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by Scott Miller and Robert Fuller.'
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The Oklahoman
MovieMay 19, 1957

The Oklahoman

In 1870, Dr. John Brighton and his wife Louise are on a wagon …
In 1870, Dr. John Brighton and his wife Louise are on a wagon train heading for California.When they reach Oklahoma Territory, Louise dies during childbirth but her baby girl survives. Louise is buried in the nearby town of Cherokee Wells where her distraught husband decides to remain and practice medicine. He receives room and board from elderly widow Mrs. Fitzgerald, who also offers to help rear Dr.Brighton's child. Despite the town being a peaceful one, wealthy rancher Cass Dobie and his brother Mel stir up trouble.When the two brothers don't like a rival cattleman they undercut his price to try to force him out of business. Cass has secretly discovered oil on the land of his native neighbor, Charlie Smith. Oil is a relatively new commodity and few people know what it looks like or what it's worth. Cass Dobie offers to buy Charlie's land but when Charlie refuses to sell, Dobie threatens him. Dr. John Brighton finds himself involved in this feud and the town's racial divide because of his friendship with the Smiths with possible tragic consequences for all involved in it.
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1955
Betrayed Women
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MovieJul 17, 1955

Betrayed Women

The governor appoints lawyer Jeff Darrow to open an …
The governor appoints lawyer Jeff Darrow to open an investigation on the reported cruelties inflicted on the inmates of the Bayou Reformatory For Women. The investigation is opposed by Mrs. Ballard, head of the prison, whose moronic brother, Cletus, is keeper of the prison bloodhounds. Nora Collins, once engaged to Jeff, but now an inmate because she had stolen to protect her brother, is resentful of prison methods and particularly bitter against the sadistic methods of a brutal prison guard named Darcy. Honey Blake and Kate unsuccessfully try to use Cletus in an escape attempt. But they try a second escape using Jeff, Nora and Mrs. Ballard as hostages. Mabry, Kate's gangland lover, hears of the escape and knowing she will go where she had hidden $50,000 gets there ahead of her.
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1954
Public Defender
TV ShowMar 11, 1954

Public Defender

The Public Defender is a half-hour 69-episode television …
The Public Defender is a half-hour 69-episode television dramatic series starring Reed Hadley as Bart Matthews, an attorney for the indigent. The series aired on CBS from March 11, 1954 to June 23, 1955, a season and a half.
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1952
Four Star Playhouse
TV ShowSep 25, 1952

Four Star Playhouse

Four Star Playhouse is an American television …
Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956. Four Star Playhouse was owned by Four Star International. Its episodes ranged anywhere from surreal mysteries, such as "The Man on the Train", to light comedies, such as "The Lost Silk Hat". The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman and Joan Fontaine.
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Monkey Business
MovieSep 2, 1952

Monkey Business

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned …
A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.
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1951
Too Young to Kiss
MovieNov 22, 1951

Too Young to Kiss

Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged …
Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist... but she can't get in to see him. When she learns that Wainwright is auditioning young musicians for a children's concert tour, Cynthia dons braces and bobby sox and passes herself off as a child prodigy.
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1950
Walk Softly, Stranger
MovieOct 14, 1950

Walk Softly, Stranger

An ex-hood hopes to start a …
An ex-hood hopes to start a new life under an assumed name in a small town but his past catches up with him when an old crime-buddy asks him to help with a casino heist.
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Big Town
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TV ShowOct 5, 1950

Big Town

"Big Town" was a long running and highly successful network …
"Big Town" was a long running and highly successful network radio series (1937- 1952) and film series ("I Cover the Underworld," "Underworld After Dark," and "Underworld Scandal") before ...
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The Colgate Comedy Hour
TV ShowSep 10, 1950

The Colgate Comedy Hour

The Colgate Comedy Hour …
The Colgate Comedy Hour was an American comedy-musical variety series that aired live on the NBC network from 1950 to 1955. The show featured many notable comedians and entertainers of the era as guest stars.
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No Man of Her Own
MovieFeb 21, 1950

No Man of Her Own

A pregnant woman adopts the identity of a railroad crash …
A pregnant woman adopts the identity of a railroad crash victim and starts a new life with the woman's wealthy in-laws, but is soon blackmailed by her devious ex.
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1949
Holiday Affair
MovieNov 23, 1949

Holiday Affair

Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason …
Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad. Standard (if sweet) romantic complications follow.
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Ma and Pa Kettle
MovieApr 1, 1949

Ma and Pa Kettle

On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, …
On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.
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1948
A Song Is Born
MovieOct 19, 1948

A Song Is Born

Gangster's moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her …
Gangster's moll Honey Swanson goes into hiding when her boyfriend is under investigation by the police. Where better to hide than a musical research institute staffed entirely by lonely bachelors? She gets more than she bargained for when the head of the institute Professor Hobart Frisbee starts to fall for her.
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1947
The Egg and I
MovieMar 21, 1947

The Egg and I

On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he …
On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. An abandoned chicken farm, to be exact, which is obvious when the two move in. Betty endures Bob's enthusiasm for the rural life, rustic inconveniences, and battling nature, but her patience is severely tested when glamorous neighbor Harriet Putnam seems to set her sights on Bob.
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1946
Margie
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MovieOct 16, 1946

Margie

A woman reminisces about her teenage years in the 1920s, …
A woman reminisces about her teenage years in the 1920s, when she fell in love with her teacher.
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Smoky
MovieJun 18, 1946

Smoky

Clint Barkley (MacMurray) first sees Smoky as a runaway, and …
Clint Barkley (MacMurray) first sees Smoky as a runaway, and drives him back to the ranch where he meets the owner, Julie Richards (Anne Baxter). He is given a job on her ranch, but the head cowhand is doubtful about Clint and fears that since he refuses to talk about himself, he must have some dreadful secret in his past. Clint and Smoky become close to each other, weathering the hardships of Western life and the suspicions of others together, until one day, Smoky tragically vanishes. Will Clint ever see him again?
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A Stolen Life
MovieMay 1, 1946

A Stolen Life

Kate Bosworth and her twin sister Patricia fall in love with …
Kate Bosworth and her twin sister Patricia fall in love with Nantucket lighthouse inspector Bill Emerson. Patricia and Bill are married. To forget, Kate returns to painting. Bill goes to Chile; Kate and Patricia go sailing; Patricia is washed overboard and drowned. Kate's boat capsizes and, when she recovers consciousness ashore, she (believed to be Patricia) is told that Bill is returning from Chile.
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My Reputation
MovieJan 25, 1946

My Reputation

Tongues begin to wag when a lonely widow becomes …
Tongues begin to wag when a lonely widow becomes romantically involved with a military man. Problems arise when the gossip is filtered down to her own children.
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1945
Bedside Manner
MovieJun 14, 1945

Bedside Manner

A beautiful female doctor visits her small hometown on her way …
A beautiful female doctor visits her small hometown on her way back to Chicago. Her overworked uncle, who is the town's doctor, wants her to stay and help him, and he and a macho test pilot who's fallen for her come up with a plan that involves the pilot faking an illness and being treated by her, with her uncle's "help".
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1943
Old Acquaintance
MovieNov 27, 1943

Old Acquaintance

Jealous of best friend Kit, a critically acclaimed but …
Jealous of best friend Kit, a critically acclaimed but financially unsuccessful author and playwright, Millie writes a novel, the first in a string of bestselling trashy novels. After eight years of neglect and taking a backseat to Millie's fame, her husband Preston leaves her. Another decade passes and Kit announces her intention of marrying the decade-younger Rudd. Millie thinks Preston wishes to reconcile, only to discover he is engaged. He also admits that he was in love with Kit, who had turned down his many advances. Feeling Kit to blame for the failure of her marriage, Millie flies into a rage and confronts Kit. Later, learning of Rudd's affection for Millie's daughter Diedre, Kit graciously steps aside to bless their union. In the end, Millie and Kit make up, sharing a champagne toast for each one's old acquaintance.
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The North Star
MovieNov 4, 1943

The North Star

A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi …
A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941.
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1942
Wrecking Crew
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MovieNov 7, 1942

Wrecking Crew

Follows a crew as they work under a deadline set by their boss …
Follows a crew as they work under a deadline set by their boss to complete the demolition of a building. Touches on the lives of several of the crew in their lives away from the job and ...
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1941
All-American Co-Ed
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MovieOct 31, 1941

All-American Co-Ed

All-girl school Mar Brynn tries to get more pupils and publicity by …
All-girl school Mar Brynn tries to get more pupils and publicity by making fun of the Quincton college. For revenge, the boys there sent Bob Sheppard to Mar Brynn, dressed as a girl, to ...
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Aloma of the South Seas
MovieAug 27, 1941

Aloma of the South Seas

A young South Seas native …
A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, but he returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.
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Back Street
MovieFeb 4, 1941

Back Street

Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in …
Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately, their marriage plans get sabotaged when a jealous beau makes Rae miss the ceremony. The two meet many years later in New York, only now Walter is married. Refusing to be shut out of his life, Rae agrees to be Walter's mistress.
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith
MovieJan 31, 1941

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

New York sophisticates David Smith and Ann Smith née …
New York sophisticates David Smith and Ann Smith née Krausheimer have been lovingly and passionately married for three years, or so they believed. They are told individually that due to a technicality - an unresolved municipal and state jurisdictional issue at the time of their supposed marriage - their wedding was not legal, and as such they are not really married. Despite David saying earlier in the day that if he had to do his life all over again that he would not have married her (even though he loves her), it is Ann that decides not to marry David this second time around due to an action, or in reality inaction, by David in reaction to the news of their marriage being invalid. While Ann goes about her life as a supposedly single woman (which includes calling herself Ann Krausheimer), David does whatever he can to win Ann back. But winning Ann's hand may be difficult as part of Ann's new life is dating other men. One of those other men and the most serious is David's best friend and business partner, Jefferson Custer. Ann and Jeff's relationship quickly gets to the point where Jeff introduces her to his visiting parents, with whom Ann and Jeff are going on a skiing vacation to Lake Placid. David hopes to exploit that vacation in order to win Ann back.
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1940
Blondie Has Servant Trouble
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MovieJul 25, 1940

Blondie Has Servant Trouble

Mr. Dithers has a house he …
Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the work of the butler and his wife who figure the house rightfully belongs to them.
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Untamed
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MovieJul 2, 1940

Untamed

Dr. Bill Crawford, on a hunting trip to Canada, is attacked by a …
Dr. Bill Crawford, on a hunting trip to Canada, is attacked by a bear and his guide, Joe Easter, saves his life and takes the badly-mauled Crawford to his cabin home, where he lives with his beautiful young wife, Alverna. Leaning Bill there to recover, Joe goes on a prolonged hunting trip and Bill and Alverna fall in love. The local doctor, Billar, dies during an operation which Bill completes and then decides to remain in Lost Lake and continue his practice there...close to Alverna. The lovers decide that, in fairness to Joe, Bill must return to his former city. But an epidemic of streptococcus breaks out in the Lost Lake village. Bill, untrained in the ways of the primeval woods, sets out in a raging blizzard, in search of the messenger who had been sent to the nearest town for a special serum needed to break the epidemic. Fearing for his life, Alverna follows him and they find the messenger dead in his automobile, with the serum by his side. Exhausted they stagger into a deserted cabin and drowse into unconsciousness. Meanwhile, Joe, back from his hunting trip, is persuaded by the village gossips that his wife has run off with Bill. He starts after them, in his dog-sled, with murder in his heart.
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The Mortal Storm
MovieJun 14, 1940

The Mortal Storm

The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German …
The Roth family leads a quiet life in a small village in the German Alps during the early 1930s. When the Nazis come to power, the family is divided and Martin Brietner, a family friend is caught up in the turmoil.
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And One Was Beautiful
MovieMar 28, 1940

And One Was Beautiful

A woman lets a family friend …
A woman lets a family friend take the blame after she accidentally runs over a man with a car.
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Women Without Names
MovieMar 15, 1940

Women Without Names

Construction engineer Fred MacNeil meets waitress …
Construction engineer Fred MacNeil meets waitress Joyce King at a hamburger stand and she accepts his invitation to see her home. Joyce is unaware she is being trailed by two detectives on the trail of her former husband, Walter Ferris. Joyce tells Fred that her ex-husband is a wanted criminal, but Fred waves aside her objections and they make plans to marry and honeymoon in Tennessee. Following the wedding, they return to the house after Ferris, accompanied by Peggy Athens, has broken in. Caught by Detective Reardon, Ferris kills the officer and escapes. McNeil and Joyce arrive immediately afterward and are accused of the killing by the neighbors. John Marlin, assistant District Attorney, railroads the lovers because he wants to use their prosecution to boost his drive for the District Attorney post. Fred is sentenced to hang and Joyce is given life in prison.
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1939
Blackmail
MovieSep 8, 1939

Blackmail

Blackmail released.
Tell No Tales
MovieMay 12, 1939

Tell No Tales

Michael Cassidy is the managing-editor of a small newspaper …
Michael Cassidy is the managing-editor of a small newspaper which is about to be closed down by its new owner, Matthew Cooper, who owns another newspaper in the city and only bought the second one to get rid of the competition. There has been a kidnapping in the city and Cassidy gets one of the hundred-dollar-bills, paid in ransom, at a saloon and begins to trace the bill backwards step-by-step to get to the kidnappers. He is aided by Ellen Frazier, a schoolteacher, who is the only eye-witness. Each step leads to a miniature drama of it own to...to the widow, Ruby Alley, at the wake of her dead prizefighter-husband...to the owner of a gambling house, Arno, who discovers that his brother, the cashier of the casino, is involved in the kidnapping...to a husband who is not thrilled to learn his wife ahas been cheating on him...before he finds the kidnappers.
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Broadway Serenade
MovieApr 7, 1939

Broadway Serenade

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), …
Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ...
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1937
The Awful Truth
MovieOct 20, 1937

The Awful Truth

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin …
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.
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Dead End
MovieAug 24, 1937

Dead End

The Dead End Kids are introduced in their intricate East Side …
The Dead End Kids are introduced in their intricate East Side slum, overlooked by the apartments of the rich. Their antics, some funny, some vicious, alternate with subplots: unemployed architect Dave is torn between Drina, sweet but equally poor, and Kay, a rich man's mistress; gangster Baby Face Martin returns to his old neighborhood and finds that nobody is glad to see him. Then violent crime, both juvenile and adult, impacts the neighborhood and its people.
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Easy Living
MovieJul 7, 1937

Easy Living

J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending …
J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it off the roof, it lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith. But it isn't so easy to just give away something so valuable, as he soon learns.
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1936
Fury
MovieJun 5, 1936

Fury

When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob …
When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.
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1935
The Great Impersonation
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MovieDec 9, 1935

The Great Impersonation

Baron Leopold von …
Baron Leopold von Ragastein impersonates his noble lookalike Sir Everard Dominey at the vast Dominey Hall, where strange things are afoot in pre-WW1 England.
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Mary Burns, Fugitive
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MovieNov 9, 1935

Mary Burns, Fugitive

A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome …
A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster. The association results in her being tried and sentenced to a long prison term. However, the authorities permit her to escape, hoping that she will lead them to her boyfriend.
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Curly Top
MovieJul 26, 1935

Curly Top

Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired …
Wealthy Edward Morgan becomes charmed with a curly-haired orphan and her pretty older sister Mary and arranges to adopt both under the alias of "Mr. Jones." As he spends more time with them, he soon finds himself falling in love with Mary.
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1885
Esther Dale
BirthNovember 1885

Esther Dale

Esther Dale was born.
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