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Frank M. Thomas

  • Jul 13, 1889 - Nov 25, 1989 (age 100)
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1989
Frank M. Thomas
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Frank M. Thomas

Frank M. Thomas passed away.
1955
The Phil Silvers Show
TV ShowSep 20, 1955

The Phil Silvers Show

The Phil Silvers Show, …
The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You'll Never Get Rich, is a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959. A pilot called "Audition Show" was made in 1955, but never broadcast. 143 other episodes were broadcast – all half-an-hour long except for a 1959 one-hour live special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.
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1953
You Are There
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TV ShowFeb 1, 1953

You Are There

Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical …
Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".
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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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Armstrong Circle Theatre
TV ShowJun 6, 1950

Armstrong Circle Theatre

Armstrong Circle Theatre is …
Armstrong Circle Theatre is an American anthology drama television series which ran from 1950 to 1957 on NBC, and then until 1963 on CBS. It alternated weekly with The U.S. Steel Hour. It finished in the Nielsen ratings at #19 for the 1950-1951 season and #24 for 1951-1952. The principal sponsor was Armstrong World Industries.
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Robert Montgomery Presents
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TV ShowJan 30, 1950

Robert Montgomery Presents

Robert Montgomery …
Robert Montgomery Presents is an American dramatic television series which was produced by NBC from January 30, 1950, until June 24, 1957. The live show had several sponsors during its seven-year run, and the title was altered to feature the sponsor, usually Lucky Strike cigarettes, for example, Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theater, ....The Johnson's Wax Program, and so on.
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1948
The Philco Television Playhouse
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TV ShowOct 3, 1948

The Philco Television Playhouse

The Philco Television …
The Philco Television Playhouse is an American television anthology series that was broadcast live on NBC from 1948 to 1955. Produced by Fred Coe, the series was sponsored by Philco. It was one of the most respected dramatic shows of the Golden Age of Television, winning a 1954 Peabody Award and receiving eight Emmy nominations between 1951 and 1956.
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1947
Kraft Television Theatre
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TV ShowMay 7, 1947

Kraft Television Theatre

Kraft Television Theatre is an …
Kraft Television Theatre is an American drama/anthology television series that began May 7, 1947, on NBC, airing at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings until December of that year. It first promoted MacLaren's Imperial Cheese, which was advertised nowhere else. In January 1948, it moved to 9pm on Wednesdays, continuing in that timeslot until 1958. Initially produced by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, the live hour-long series offered television plays with new stories and new characters each week, in addition to adaptations of such classics as A Christmas Carol and Alice in Wonderland. The program was broadcast live from Studio 8-H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, currently the home of Saturday Night Live.
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1943
Hello, Frisco, Hello
MovieMar 11, 1943

Hello, Frisco, Hello

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious …
In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.
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1942
Sunset Serenade
MovieSep 14, 1942

Sunset Serenade

Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a …
Bad guys plot to trick a newly arrived Eastern girl out of a ranch which belongs to her infant ward. Roy, of course, saves the ranch for the girl.
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Henry Aldrich, Editor
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MovieSep 1, 1942

Henry Aldrich, Editor

Henry (James Lydon) gets …
Henry (James Lydon) gets into another jam when he becomes the editor of the Centerville Hish School newspaper. The Fire Chief suspects him when he covers fires.
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Apache Trail
MovieJun 24, 1942

Apache Trail

The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a …
The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory. A stagecoach arrives at the station with a valuable box of cargo, and the outlaw brother soon shows up, though denying that he's planning to take the cargo box. Soon, however, rampaging Apaches attack the station, and the station manager, his brother and a disparate group of passengers and employees must fight them off.
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A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen
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MovieMay 7, 1942

A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen

Detective Ellery Queen tries …
Detective Ellery Queen tries to find a missing man, and gets embroiled in a case of murder and embezzlement.
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The Great Man's Lady
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MovieApr 29, 1942

The Great Man's Lady

A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks.
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Sunset on the Desert
MovieApr 1, 1942

Sunset on the Desert

Judge Kirby is being blackmailed and forced to let outlaws go …
Judge Kirby is being blackmailed and forced to let outlaws go free. He was once the partner of Roy's father and when Roy reads in the paper that he is in trouble he heads out to help him. Arriving, Roy quickly realizes he has been mistaken for one of the outlaws and is not wanted in town. However he stays, and now posing as that outlaw, hopes to learn who is causing all the problems.
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Reap the Wild Wind
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MovieMar 18, 1942

Reap the Wild Wind

Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship …
Florida ship salvager, Loxi, falls for Jack, captain of a ship wrecked on the Key West shore. However, their romance is complicated by the arrival of another suitor, and eventually leads to tragedy.
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1941
Dangerously They Live
MovieDec 24, 1941

Dangerously They Live

Dr. Michael Lewis treats …
Dr. Michael Lewis treats Jane, a mysterious woman claiming to be a British secret agent on the run from German spies. Ultimately convinced, Michael helps Jane escape and with her attempts to convince the authorities of a secret German U-boat fleet waiting off the American coast.
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Among the Living
MovieDec 12, 1941

Among the Living

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for …
A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.
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1940
Chad Hanna
MovieDec 25, 1940

Chad Hanna

Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with …
Country boy joins a circus in the 1840s and falls in love with Albany the star equestrian rider. Later he falls in love with Caroline another runaway who becomes the Circus' new bareback rider.
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Brigham Young
MovieAug 23, 1940

Brigham Young

The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham …
The true story of the famous Mormon leader, Brigham Young and his battle to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two of his people, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way.
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Lillian Russell
MovieMay 15, 1940

Lillian Russell

Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by …
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.
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Shooting High
MovieApr 12, 1940

Shooting High

Jane Pritchard sides with the Carsons in a generations-old …
Jane Pritchard sides with the Carsons in a generations-old feud which her family wages with the descendants of Wild Bill Carson, first United States Marshal of Carson Corners. Will Carson insists that a Pritchard killed his grandfather when the Marshal came into town on a marauding expedition led by The Hawk. Will maintains his grandfather had joined the gang to trap the leaders and a trigger-happy Pritchard had kept him from doing so. A crew from Signet Pictures comes to town to film the story of Wild Bill's life. Will is in love with Jane's sister, Marjorie but her banker-father opposes the match. Will and Marjorie argue, and she becomes infatuated with Bob Merritt, who is to co-star in the film with Evelyn Trent. Jane and Sheriff Clem Perkle get rid of Merritt by telling him the townspeople are going to ride him out of town on a rail. Movie director J. Wallace Rutledge agrees to let Will play the role of his grandfather. On the day a bank robbery scene is to be filmed at Pritchard's bank, four supposed actors who have joined the troupe turn out to be bank robbers for real. The townspeople, seeing Will chasing after the robbers, assume he was part of the gang and has reverted to what they consider the character trait of the Carson family.
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1939
Saga of Death Valley
MovieNov 17, 1939

Saga of Death Valley

When Tasker kills Roy Rogers he takes one of his young sons. …
When Tasker kills Roy Rogers he takes one of his young sons. Fifteen years later the other son Roy arrives buying a ranch in the valley where Tasker now controls the water supply. Roy organizes the ranchers for a showdown with Tasker not knowing that his brother is Tasker's chief henchman.
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Death of a Champion
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MovieAug 24, 1939

Death of a Champion

Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature …
Oliver Quade is a pitchman who follows state fairs that feature dog shows---which limits his territory more than a little---at which he sells encyclopedias...and does it well as he possesses a photographic memory that amazes the rubes. The Champion, in the title, is a Great Dane who has won the title at the Rubeville State Fair, and it isn't long before the Champion turns up dead, which is because somebody---motive unknown at the moment---has killed the Champion. This is repeated at other shows along the way and Quade's bright young assistant, "Small Fry", fancies himself as an amateur detective, and starts nosing around into the mystery and drags Quade along with him.
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Bachelor Mother
MovieJun 30, 1939

Bachelor Mother

Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is …
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together.
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They Made Her a Spy
MovieMar 29, 1939

They Made Her a Spy

When her brother is killed in the mysterious explosion of a …
When her brother is killed in the mysterious explosion of a new field-gun for the U. S. Army, Irene Eaton goes to Washington D. C. to call upon Colonel Shaw, head of the Army Military Intellegence. The gun explosion was just one of many acts of sabotage recently pulled off by a foreign sabotage gang. Shw and his aides are the subject of increasing criticism from Congressmen and politicians such as Everett Brock because they haven't captured the gang members and leaders. Shaw appoints Irene to root them out and sends her off to the Dome Cafe which is the headquarters of the gang.
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Secret Service of the Air
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MovieMar 4, 1939

Secret Service of the Air

Illegal aliens are being flown …
Illegal aliens are being flown in from Mexico by small plane. When a Secret Service agent finds out, he is killed and the smuggling is shut down for awhile. Brass, an ex-Navy flyer who is now flying the Pacific Clipper route, is chosen by the Service to find out who is behind this smuggling ring. Since they know that an ex-smuggler named Ace was part of the gang, Brass is put into the general prison population to try to get information from him. It is from Ace that he learns where the smugglers are located, but it is up to Brass to infiltrate the ring and bring the head man across the border to be arrested.
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The Mysterious Miss X
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MovieJan 10, 1939

The Mysterious Miss X

Keith Neville and Dan Casey, …
Keith Neville and Dan Casey, two small-time stage actors, are traveling by bus back two New York City, and have an overnight stay in a small town. They take a room in a local hotel and a murder is committed in an adjoining room to Keith. The latter hears the gunfire, goes to investigate and is there when the local police arrive. He and Casey are both held on suspicion of murder and jailed. While a local policeman is going through their luggage at the hotel, he discovers a letter of introduction, in Keith's suitcase, that reads: "It is requested that all official courtesy be extended to Mr. Geoffrey Desmond, Chief Inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department of the London Matropolitan Police, during his journey on a dangerous secret mission." The letter is a stage-prop from the play the two actors had just performed in, but the Police Chief thinks it is real, releases them from jail and Keith decides to stay on and help the local boobies solve the murder. He has a vested-interest in doing so as a girl he had met on the bus-trip, Julie Graham, is the daughter of the man the District Attorney has now charged with the crime, and Keith stays to help Julie clear her father of the charges.
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1938
A Man to Remember
MovieOct 14, 1938

A Man to Remember

Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the …
Doctor John Abbott is a single parent who settles in the town of Westport, with his son Dick, trying to eke out a living for them. He also inherits, by way of his doorstep, an unwanted baby girl, Jean Johnson, whom he adopts into his family, rears and loves as his own. Practicing his profession for pigs, I.O.U.s and a lot of empty promises as payment, he is barely able to provide for his family, yet is successful ultimately. Dr. Abbott is dedicated to the welfare of his community and well-being of his patients (mostly lower class working folks of the rural town), but must battle a group of miserly businessmen at every twist and turn. He encounters resistance by the local bureaucracy for every progressive idea or beneficial proposal, made for the betterment of the community, yet his altruistic optimism is not hampered by the penny-pinching bureaucrats interested more in lining their own pockets, rather than helping the town and its struggling population.
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Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
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MovieSep 27, 1938

Mr. Doodle Kicks Off

Ellory Bugs has offered a huge donation to his old alma …
Ellory Bugs has offered a huge donation to his old alma mater, Taylor Tech, which is to be paid only if his son, Jimmie "Doodle" Bugs, becomes a football hero. But "Doodle" tips the scales at 143 pounds and is more interested in the band than the football team. Janice Martin, daughter of the college president, is the great thing in "Doodle's" life, but she despises him and has eyes only for Mickey Wells, the school football star. "Doodle" is consoled by Professor Minorous, of the Greek Mythology department who tells him that the gods will solve all of his problems, and starts right in to make communications with these worthies by means of countless and meaningless blackboard equations.
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Law of the Underworld
MovieApr 27, 1938

Law of the Underworld

A respected citizen with …
A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution.
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Go Chase Yourself
MovieApr 22, 1938

Go Chase Yourself

When the First Union National Bank of Williamstown is …
When the First Union National Bank of Williamstown is robbed, the three bank robbers get away by hitching their car to Wilbur's trailer. When the police find part of Wilbur's coat in front of the open safe, they suspect bank teller Wilbur of being in on the robbery. But according to Carol, Wilbur is not smart enough to rob a bank and it shows. While on the run, they come into contact with Julie, the copper heiress, and make plans to have Wilbur help kidnap her. Of course, Wilbur has no clue as to their true intentions.
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Maid's Night Out
MovieMar 4, 1938

Maid's Night Out

A millionaire's son works as a milkman for a month to win a …
A millionaire's son works as a milkman for a month to win a bet with his father. While delivering milk he falls in love with a young debutante whom he mistakes for a maid.
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Crashing Hollywood
MovieJan 7, 1938

Crashing Hollywood

An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer …
An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer on the train and decide that, since he's writing about crime without knowing much about it, collaborating with him would be ...
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1937
Breakfast for Two
MovieOct 22, 1937

Breakfast for Two

Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a …
Texan debutante Valentine Ransome tries to reform a bankrupt playboy.
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Forty Naughty Girls
MovieJul 27, 1937

Forty Naughty Girls

While Oscar and Hildegarde are attending a Broadway show, …
While Oscar and Hildegarde are attending a Broadway show, a press agent is shot in an actress' dressing room and an actor is murdered onstage in full view of the audience. Oscar and Hildegarde are on the case.
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Meet the Missus
MovieJun 4, 1937

Meet the Missus

Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - …
Mrs. Emma Foster of Fosterboro, Ohio loves to enter contests - which she never wins - the time she spends on which is much to the chagrin of her exasperated husband, barber Otis Foster. It is ironic then that the one contest for which she becomes a finalist is the Happy Noodle company's Mrs. America contest to determine the nation's best homemaker as she never has time or the want to do any housework, that burden left to Otis. The two are required to attend the contest's national finals in Atlantic City with all the other finalists and their husbands. There, Emma has to find ways of getting Otis to do the homemaker type tasks required of the finalists, those tasks which she has no aptitude to complete on her own. Otis also finds that he is in a legion of other exasperated husbands who would rather be anywhere else than at the contest finals supporting their respective wives. And Emma finds that she is not alone in doing whatever it takes to win the contest. Thrown into the mix is Steve Walton, Happy Noodle's regional representative for Emma's area, he who has fallen in love with the Foster's pretty daughter, Louise.
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The Outcasts of Poker Flat
MovieApr 16, 1937

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

A California mining camp is …
A California mining camp is plagued by a series of murders. Four people come under suspicion for the killings and are run out of the camp. During a blizzard they take refuge in an isolated cabin, and conflicts begin to break out among them.
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The Man Who Found Himself
MovieApr 2, 1937

The Man Who Found Himself

Young Jim Stanton is a …
Young Jim Stanton is a conscientious surgeon, but spends too many off-duty hours pursuing his passion for aviation to suit his stuffy father. When it is discovered that a passenger killed in a plane that Jim crashes was a married woman, the resulting scandal prompts the hospital to put Jim on probation. His pride wounded, Jim takes to the open road and enjoys the simpler life of a vagabond. In Los Angeles--where he is arrested for vagrancy and put to work on a road crew--Jim runs into old pal Dick Miller, who gets him a job as a mechanic for Roberts Aviation. But maintaining his anonymity becomes more difficult, particularly when a pretty nurse, Doris King, decides to make Jim's redemption her personal crusade.
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Don't Tell the Wife
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MovieFeb 18, 1937

Don't Tell the Wife

Arch schemer Major Manning is fresh from prison but eager …
Arch schemer Major Manning is fresh from prison but eager to hatch another "deal". He concocts a plan with his associates to sell stock in a worthless gold mine and skip with the profits. But first they need to establish the proper front. With money they borrow from Steve's wife--who thinks the money is being used to start a legitimate business--they rent a posh office, hire seasoned telemarketers to make the pitch and convince a dim newspaper columnist to lend the organization his prestigious-sounding name. The stocks sell like hotcakes and things look rosey for the boys. But when the little woman starts asking Steve too many questions; and when the rube fronting the company decides to take his job seriously; and when a customer complains to the authorities, prompting a detective to start nosing around the office--things begins to unravel for the Major.
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1936
Wanted! Jane Turner
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MovieNov 27, 1936

Wanted! Jane Turner

Postal Investigators Tom and Doris follow a trail from a mail …
Postal Investigators Tom and Doris follow a trail from a mail robbery on the East Coast to Los Angeles using a letter sent by General Delivery to "Jane Turner". When the letter (with loads of cash in it) is picked up by a woman whose name is also Jane Turner both the cops and the robbers are on her trail.
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Mummy's Boys
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MovieOct 2, 1936

Mummy's Boys

Two ditch diggers from New York join an archeological …
Two ditch diggers from New York join an archeological expedition to Egypt in hopes of striking it rich, unaware of the supposed curse.
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Don't Turn 'em Loose
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MovieSep 18, 1936

Don't Turn 'em Loose

A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole …
A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote. This turns out to cause many problems for the family while on vacation, and the father has to make another hard decision.
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M'Liss
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MovieJul 27, 1936

M'Liss

M'liss Smith, the wildcat daughter of Washoe Smith, lives a …
M'liss Smith, the wildcat daughter of Washoe Smith, lives a lively life in the small town founded by her father, a broken miner. However she is tamed under the influence of a handsome schoolteacher, Stephen Thorne.
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The Last Outlaw
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MovieJun 12, 1936

The Last Outlaw

After serving 25 years in prison for robbery, Dean Payton …
After serving 25 years in prison for robbery, Dean Payton returns to his home town to see his daughter, Sally, who is unaware he is her father. He befriends Cal Yates, the now semi-retired assistant sheriff who originally caught him, and Chuck Wilson, a young rancher who has eyes for Sally. Wanted criminal Al Goss holds up the local bank and makes his getaway, taking Sally hostage. Showing he still has what it takes, Payton, along with Yates and Wilson, take off into the hills on horseback to try to track Goss down.
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1934
Wednesday's Child
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MovieOct 26, 1934

Wednesday's Child

A boy is miserable when his parents get divorced and …
A boy is miserable when his parents get divorced and can't seem to fit him into their new lives.
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1921
Frankie Thomas
ChildApril 1921

Frankie Thomas

Frank Marion Thomas Jr. (April 9, 1921 – May 11, 2006), …
Frank Marion Thomas Jr. (April 9, 1921 – May 11, 2006), credited as Frankie Thomas, was an American actor, author and bridge-strategy expert who played both lead and supporting roles on Broadway, in films, in post-World War II radio, and in early television. He was best known for his starring role in Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.
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1917
Nearly Married
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MovieNov 18, 1917

Nearly Married

Nearly Married is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed …
Nearly Married is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed by Chester Withey and starring Madge Kennedy. It is based on a 1913 stage play of the same name by Edgar Selwyn. It also featured an early film appearance by future gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
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1889
Frank M. Thomas
BirthJuly 1889

Frank M. Thomas

Frank M. Thomas was born.
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