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Frances Rafferty

  • Jun 16, 1922 - Apr 18, 2004 (age 81)
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2004
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Frances Rafferty

Frances Rafferty passed away.
1972
The Streets of San Francisco
TV ShowSep 16, 1972

The Streets of San Francisco

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The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television crime drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in association with Warner Bros. Television (QM produced the show on its own for the remainder of its run).
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1961
Alcoa Premiere
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TV ShowOct 10, 1961

Alcoa Premiere

Alcoa Premiere (also known as Premiere, Presented by Fred …
Alcoa Premiere (also known as Premiere, Presented by Fred Astaire) is an American anthology drama series that aired from October 1961 to July 1963 on ABC. The series was hosted by Fred Astaire, who also starred in several of the episodes.
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Wings of Chance
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MovieMar 1, 1961

Wings of Chance

Wings of Chance is a 1961 American/Canadian action / …
Wings of Chance is a 1961 American/Canadian action / drama film directed by Eddie Dew based on a story by John Patrick Gillese. The film stars James Brown, Frances Rafferty, Richard Tretter and Patrick Whyte. Wings of Chance is one of the first full-length feature films shot in Canada for a Hollywood production and was an effort to stimulate Canada's film industry.
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1960
My Three Sons
TV ShowSep 29, 1960

My Three Sons

My Three Sons is an American sitcom. The series ran from …
My Three Sons is an American sitcom. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until the end of its run on April 13, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and aeronautical engineer Steven Douglas (Fred MacMurray) as he raises his three sons.
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Pete and Gladys
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TV ShowSep 18, 1960

Pete and Gladys

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Pete and Gladys is an American sitcom television series starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams that aired on CBS on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time for two seasons, beginning on September 19, 1960. The last episode was broadcast on September 10, 1962.
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1957
Alcoa Theatre
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TV ShowSep 30, 1957

Alcoa Theatre

Alcoa Theatre is a half-hour American anthology series …
Alcoa Theatre is a half-hour American anthology series telecast on NBC at 9:30 pm on Monday nights from September 30, 1957–May 23, 1960. The program also aired under the title Turn of Fate. Alcoa Theatre was syndicated together with Goodyear Theatre as Award Theatre.
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Perry Mason
TV ShowSep 21, 1957

Perry Mason

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally …
Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles criminal-defense lawyer who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner.
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1955
NBC Matinee Theater
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TV ShowOct 31, 1955

NBC Matinee Theater

Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired …
Matinee Theater is an American anthology series that aired on NBC during the Golden Age of Television, from October 31, 1955, to June 27, 1958. Its name is often seen as Matinee Theatre. The series, which ran daily from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, was usually broadcast live and most of the time in color. Its live dramas were presented with minimal sets and costumes.
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Stage 7
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TV ShowJan 30, 1955

Stage 7

Stage 7 is the title of a United States TV drama anthology …
Stage 7 is the title of a United States TV drama anthology series that aired in 1955. This program premiered in December 1954 with the title Your Favorite Playhouse with all episodes being repeats from other series, but later featured original episodes. The program's 25 episodes showcased the talents of actors and actresses such as Dennis Morgan, Charles Bronson, Edmond O'Brien, Gene Barry, Phyllis Coates, Frances Rafferty, Macdonald Carey, and Phyllis Thaxter. Some directing was done by Quinn Martin. It appears at least some of the series has entered the public domain, with several episodes appeared on the Internet Archive.
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The Millionaire
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TV ShowJan 19, 1955

The Millionaire

The Millionaire is an American anthology series that aired …
The Millionaire is an American anthology series that aired on CBS from 1955 to 1960. It was originally sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. The series, produced by Don Fedderson and Fred Henry, explored the ways that sudden and unexpected wealth changed life, for better or for worse, and became a five-season hit during the Golden Age of Television, finishing in the Nielsen ratings at #9 for the 1955–1956 season, #13 in 1956–1957, #17 in 1957–1958 and #30 in 1958–1959. It told the stories of people who were given one million dollars ($9.35 million in 2018 dollars) from a benefactor who insisted they never knew him, with one exception.
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1954
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
TV ShowOct 27, 1954

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color

Walt Disney Productions …
Walt Disney Productions (later The Walt Disney Company) has produced an anthology television series under several different titles since 1954. The original version of the series premiered on ABC on Wednesday, October 27, 1954. The show was broadcast weekly on one of the Big Three television networks until 1990, a 36-year span with only a two-year hiatus in 1984-85. The series was broadcast on Sunday for 25 of those years. From 1991 until 1997, the series aired infrequently.
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December Bride
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TV ShowOct 4, 1954

December Bride

December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS …
December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series of the same name that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.
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Lassie
TV ShowSep 12, 1954

Lassie

Lassie is an American television series that follows the …
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The fifth longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the show ran for 17 seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965.
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The Shanghai Story
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MovieJun 22, 1954

The Shanghai Story

In post-WW2 Shanghai, expatriate Westerners are detained in …
In post-WW2 Shanghai, expatriate Westerners are detained in the Waldorf Hotel until the Communists can identify a suspected spy among them but some prisoners try to outwit the interrogators and the armed guards and flee.
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Public Defender
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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 (1911–1974) 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. The series was sponsored by Philip Morris cigarettes; by the middle of its second season, Revlon cosmetics became an alternate sponsor.
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1953
Topper
TV ShowOct 9, 1953

Topper

Topper is an American fantasy sitcom based on the 1937 …
Topper is an American fantasy sitcom based on the 1937 film Topper, which was based on two novels Topper and Topper Takes a Trip by Thorne Smith. The series was broadcast on CBS from October 9, 1953 to July 15, 1955, and stars Leo G. Carroll in the title role. It finished at #24 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1954-1955 season. Topper also earned an Emmy nomination for Best Situation Comedy in 1954.
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The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse
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TV ShowOct 2, 1953

The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse

The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse is …
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse is an American dramatic anthology series that aired on ABC from 1953 to 1955, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola. The show was hosted by Arlene Dahl (1953), Anita Colby (1954), and, finally, Polly Bergen (1955). Initially the series was done live, but switched to film during the first season.
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General Electric Theater
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TV ShowFeb 1, 1953

General Electric Theater

General Electric Theater was …
General Electric Theater was an American anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television. The series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
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Your Favorite Story
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TV ShowJan 11, 1953

Your Favorite Story

Your Favorite Story is a TV anthology series that was …
Your Favorite Story is a TV anthology series that was broadcast in the United States from 1953 to 1955. It was premiered in December 1954 with the title Your Favorite Playhouse. This program was adapted from the radio show Favorite Story which ran from 1946 to 1949. The program's 25 episodes were hosted and narrated by Adolphe Menjou, who also acted in several episodes. It featured episodes originally written by Leonard St. Clair, William Makepeace Thackeray, Mary Roberts Rinehart and Frank R. Stockton.
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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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The Campbell Playhouse
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TV ShowJun 6, 1952

The Campbell Playhouse

The Campbell Playhouse …
The Campbell Playhouse (also known as Campbell Soundstage, TV Soundstage, and Campbell Summer Soundstage, (summer hiatus only, see below)) was an American anthology series and television drama that aired on NBC June 6, 1952 – May 28, 1954.
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Rodeo
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MovieMar 9, 1952

Rodeo

Nancy Cartwright is determined to collect an $1,800 feed bill …
Nancy Cartwright is determined to collect an $1,800 feed bill owed to her father Harry Cartwright by a rodeo association. Instead, she is talked into assuming management of the rodeo by Slim Martin and the other performers when they learn the promoter has run off with the cash receipts. Slim and Nancy fall in love and the rodeo is beginning to prosper under her guidance. A thoughtless remark by her to Barbecue Jones, a one-time champion, now an old man, forces him to prove his fitness as a rider, with the result of being badly injured. All of the performers, including Slim, refuse to be associated with Nancy and the rodeo breaks up. Barbecue recovers and tells the hands that Nancy paid for his hospital bills with monies accumulated for her father's feed bill. The crew is rounded up and Nancy is once again prevailed upon to return as manager. She succeeds in placing the rodeo into the big time circuit, proving mostly that the writers of this had not an inkling of how rodeos actually work... then or now.
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1951
Dragnet
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TV ShowDec 16, 1951

Dragnet

Dragnet is an American radio, television, and motion-picture …
Dragnet is an American radio, television, and motion-picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show took its name from the police term "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects.
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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
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TV ShowOct 5, 1951

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is …
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars is an anthology series that was telecast from 1951 until 1959 on CBS. Offering both comedies and drama, the series was sponsored by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The title was shortened to Schlitz Playhouse, beginning with the fall 1957 season.
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Racket Squad
TV ShowJun 7, 1951

Racket Squad

Racket Squad is an American TV crime drama series that aired …
Racket Squad is an American TV crime drama series that aired from 1951 to 1953. The format was a narrated anthology drama, as each individual episode featured various ordinary citizens getting ensnared in a different confidence scheme. Episodes were introduced and narrated by Reed Hadley as "Captain John Braddock", a fictional detective working for a police department in a large, unnamed American city. Braddock served as the series' host and narrator.
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1950
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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Treasury Men in Action
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TV ShowSep 11, 1950

Treasury Men in Action

Treasury Men in Action (also …
Treasury Men in Action (also known as Federal Men) is an American crime drama series broadcast live and which aired from 1950 through April 1951 on ABC and then on NBC through 1955. The series stars Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, and Tom McKee. It was directed by, among others, William Beaudine, Leigh Jason, and Will Jason among others.
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Stars Over Hollywood
TV ShowSep 6, 1950

Stars Over Hollywood

Stars Over Hollywood was an anthology series of "original …
Stars Over Hollywood was an anthology series of "original comedies and light dramas" produced by Revue Productions. Revue's first television series, it was a filmed in Hollywood and aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) from September 6, 1950 to August 29, 1951. There were a total of 50 episodes.
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1949
Fireside Theatre
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TV ShowApr 5, 1949

Fireside Theatre

Fireside Theatre, a.k.a. Jane Wyman Presents, is an …
Fireside Theatre, a.k.a. Jane Wyman Presents, is an American anthology drama series that ran on NBC from 1949 to 1958, and was the first successful filmed series on American television. Productions were low budget and often based on public domain stories or written by freelance writers such as Rod Serling. While it was panned by critics, it remained in the top ten most popular shows for most of its run. It predated the other major pioneer of filmed TV in America, I Love Lucy, by two years. Jacques Tourneur has directed in 1956 three episodes, A Hero Return, Kirsti, and The Mirror.
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An Old-Fashioned Girl
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MovieJan 19, 1949

An Old-Fashioned Girl

A young woman leaves …
A young woman leaves home to earn money for the family, which is not the norm for her sex and social standing.
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1948
Thomas R. Baker
MarriageOctober 1948

Thomas R. Baker

Married Thomas R. Baker.
Lady at Midnight
MovieAug 15, 1948

Lady at Midnight

A young couple struggles to raise their adopted daughter, but a …
A young couple struggles to raise their adopted daughter, but a mysterious murder reveals the child's unknown fortune and a greedy lawyer who is out to steal it.
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Money Madness
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MovieApr 15, 1948

Money Madness

A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in …
A murderous bank robber on the run from the law hides out in a small town, where he gets a job as a cab driver. He meets a young girl who is caring for her ill but wealthy aunt. He courts her and they eventually marry. She soon discovers exactly who he is, and finds herself enmeshed in a scheme involving murder and loot from a bank robbery.
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1947
Curley
MovieAug 23, 1947

Curley

A mischievous kid and his friends torment their school teachers.
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The Adventures of Don Coyote
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MovieMay 9, 1947

The Adventures of Don Coyote

Near Border Flats, Don …
Near Border Flats, Don Cyote, and his friend Sancho, are interrupted on their way to the fiesta by a fight. A quick intervention on their part prompts ranch owner Maggie Riley to hire them. Coyote and Sancho meet her surly, younger brother Ted who is wanting Maggie to sell their cattle herd to pay off a bank loan before they lose the ranch. But when they try to drive a herd to market, a gang led by Big Foot Ferguson drives off their cowhands. Ted finds a surveying plumb marked "United Pacific R.R." in a canyon by their ranch. He shows Sheriff Dave Sherman and they learn that the railroad intends to buy a section of Maggie's land, thereby increasing its value. The next day, Coyote, Ted, the sheriff and three deputies drive Maggie's cattle toward Border Flats, and are waylaid by the Fenton gang. But where is Sancho who has disappeared on a mysterious mission?
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Lost Honeymoon
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MovieMar 29, 1947

Lost Honeymoon

When an Englishwoman dies, leaving behind two children, …
When an Englishwoman dies, leaving behind two children, her devoted friend decides to take the children to find the woman's husband, an American serviceman who had returned to the USA. But ...
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1946
Bad Bascomb
MovieMay 22, 1946

Bad Bascomb

An outlaw, Bascomb, and his sidekick Yancey join a …
An outlaw, Bascomb, and his sidekick Yancey join a Mormon wagon train to hide out after a failed bank robbery. Bascomb undergoes a reformation as a result of his interactions with a young girl who becomes attached to him.
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1945
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
MovieOct 4, 1945

Abbott and Costello in Hollywood

Buzz and Abercrombie are …
Buzz and Abercrombie are agents trying to get Jeff Parker the lead in a movie musical. Routines include Lou's insomnia and his being unable to hear Bud due to his wearing an earplug. Lots of movie studio stuff.
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The Hidden Eye
MovieAug 31, 1945

The Hidden Eye

Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses …
Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses to piece together an assortment of clues to solve a case of murder.
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1944
Mrs. Parkington
MovieOct 12, 1944

Mrs. Parkington

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, …
In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, and establishes their home among the wealthiest of New York's high society. Family and social life is not always peaceful, however, and she guides us, in flashbacks, through the rises and falls of the Parkington family fortunes.
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Barbary Coast Gent
MovieSep 1, 1944

Barbary Coast Gent

Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the …
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.
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John Harlan
MarriageAugust 1944

John Harlan

John Henry Harlan (December 21, 1925 – February 27, 2017) …
John Henry Harlan (December 21, 1925 – February 27, 2017) was an American television announcer who worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows. He was from Sonoma County, California.
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Dragon Seed
MovieJul 20, 1944

Dragon Seed

Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural …
Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy.
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1943
Girl Crazy
MovieNov 26, 1943

Girl Crazy

Girl Crazy is a 1943 American musical film produced by the …
Girl Crazy is a 1943 American musical film produced by the Freed Unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Based on the stage musical Girl Crazy – which was written by Guy Bolton and Jack McGowan, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin – it stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in the last of their nine co-starring movies. Production began with Busby Berkeley as director, but he was soon replaced by Norman Taurog.
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Thousands Cheer
MovieSep 13, 1943

Thousands Cheer

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to …
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family's trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars.
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Young Ideas
MovieAug 2, 1943

Young Ideas

Academy Award-winner* Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) …
Academy Award-winner* Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) stars as a widow whose grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor in this charming, offbeat comedy directed by the legendary Jules Dassin (Never on Sunday, Naked City, Rififi). When Susan (Susan Peters) and Jeff Evans (Elliot Reid), the adult children of widowed author and lecturer Jo Evans (Astor), discover that their mother has fallen in love with staid professor Michael Kingsley (Herbert Marshall), they intervene to try to end what they believe is an inappropriate relationship.
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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
MovieMay 8, 1943

Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case

Marcia Bradburn seeks Dr. …
Marcia Bradburn seeks Dr. Leonard Gillespie's advice after her boyfriend proposes. She was once engaged to Roy Todwell who was sentenced to the penitentiary for the murder of two men. After their chat, Marcia decides it's okay for her to move on. Dr. Gillespie had actually recommended that Todwell be sent to a mental institution for treatment but the courts decided otherwise. He and his assistant, Dr. Red Adams visit Todwell in the penitentiary in the hopes they could get him transferred to a medical facility. Meanwhile, Dr. Gillespie gives encouragement to an injured soldier who has lost both of his legs in combat. Dr. Adams thinks he's hit the jackpot when a rich and beautiful hospital volunteer takes an interest in him. The entire medical team faces a hospital crisis when a serious infection breaks out in the children's ward.
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1942
Seven Sweethearts
MovieNov 13, 1942

Seven Sweethearts

Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter …
Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, Regina, is spoiled and stage-struck while Billie, Victor, Albert, Cornelius, Peter and George work there as boys. Henry, momentarily attracted to Regina, realizes he is in love with Billie when he hears her sing. Billie, resists his attentions, believing him the property of Regina since it is a Van Maaster family tradition that no girls in the family can marry until the eldest has. Billie admits her love for Henry but Regina will not relent. The old man trails Regine to New York where she says she has eloped, and asks that Billie marry Henry. Six couples in wedding clothes stand at the altar in the Little Delft church; Billie and Henry and the five other sisters with their intended.
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The War Against Mrs. Hadley
MovieAug 7, 1942

The War Against Mrs. Hadley

A Washington official courts …
A Washington official courts a society matron who is trying to ignore the effects of World War II.
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1922
BirthJune 1922

Frances Rafferty

Frances Rafferty was born.
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