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Frank Shannon

  • Jul 27, 1874 - Feb 01, 1959 (age 84)
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1959
Frank Shannon
PersonalFebruary 1959

Frank Shannon

Frank Shannon passed away.
1942
The Secret Code
MovieSep 4, 1942

The Secret Code

Another film made during WW II in which all the German-born …
Another film made during WW II in which all the German-born actors, or actors with German-sounding names, changed their names for, to use a WW II expression, "the duration." Here Rudolph Anders chose to be billed as Robert O. Davis and Ludwig Donath opted for Louis Donath, even though they, and most of the other name-change actors of the day, always ended up playing Nazis anyway. This Columbia serial, made after Columbia serial producer Larry Darmour had died, thus making Ralph Cohn the credited producer, finds Police Lieutenant Dan Barton, ordered to contact and smash a mysterious Axis sabotage ring, arranging to have himself thrown off the police force in disgrace. He calls attention to himself by assaulting a high government official, the custodian of a newly-devised formula for the manufacture of synthetic rubber, in a faked "effort" to steal the formula. While under the "protection" of the saboteurs who are still suspicious of him, Dan learns that they have been ordered to capture the secret formula by a secret code, whose method of operation is in itself of vital military value. Escaping and disguising himself in a specially-made "Black Commando" suit of fire-proof material (with no Super-Hero powers beyond those possessed by his stunt double), he foils the first Nazi attempt. From that moment on, Barton plays a risky game of life and death; as a disgraced policeman, he becomes an accepted member of the gang and as the Black Commando, he fights them at every turn. And, in either role, he is a hunted fugitive, sought by both the Police and the Federal Government. With the aid and assistance of reporter Jean Ashley and his police partner, Pat Flannagan, Barton manages to round up the ring, locate its secret code and destroy the most serious sabotage effort ever planned by Hitler agents in America. Plus, at the end of every chapter, a series of lessons on code, written and directed by code expert Henry Lysing, was given, and a book called "The Secret C O D E Digest" (by Mr. Lysing) was on sale in the lobby for ten cents.
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1941
Rawhide Rangers
MovieJul 18, 1941

Rawhide Rangers

One of the most recycled plots of the B-western genre in which …
One of the most recycled plots of the B-western genre in which a friend/brother of a lawman/Ranger/Mountie is killed by a gang of outlaws, and the lawman/Ranger/Mountie quits his job (as a ruse), turns outlaw (in a fashion) and joins the gang to bring them to justice. Columbia alone made two versions with Buck Jones and also used it for Charles Starrett and Russell Hayden later on. This Universal version (of at least three they did) has Brand Calhoun quitting the Rangers in disgust when his brother, Steve, is killed in a gunfight with the outlaw gang led by Blackie. He stages a few hold-ups and his exploits capture the attention of Blackie and his gang and they, since he is doing better than they are, force him to join them. By doing so, he is able to expose the real leader of the gang as the townsman who is giving the Rangers the most grief over their inability to put an end to the lawlessness.
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Federal Fugitives
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MovieMar 29, 1941

Federal Fugitives

Spotting a man in Washington D.C. that he thinks looks like Otto …
Spotting a man in Washington D.C. that he thinks looks like Otto Lieberman, a fugitive that caused a plane crash that killed eight people, government-agent James Madison manages to identify him by his fingerprints on a water-glass without Lieberman's knowledge, and learns his address after having his regular cab-driver, Chuck, follow him. Lieberman is now calling himself Dr. Frederic Haskell and working with Bruce Lane on a scheme to gain control of Henry Gregory's aircraft plant. Gregory has invented a casting-process that uses plastic for some of the parts in an airplane. Gregory was not building "all-plastic" airplanes. Learning the Lieberman and Lane have met with Gregory, Madison also meets him and asks that he be introduced to them as Robert Edmunds, Gregory's partner in Los Angeles. Lane is a shady-lobbyist who employs Rita Bennett, who is not an operative for a spy ring, on a part-time basis to flatter and distract politicians and businessmen. Rita is a good girl at heart moonlighting between singing gigs. Madison has digestion problems and pops sodium-meth pills like they were candy and Lieberman, once he learns that Madison is a government agent, slips a poison one in his pill bottle that will cure his digestive-problems forever. Rita is on her way to warn him when she jaywalks across the street and gets hit by a car, and is taken to a hospital, while Madison is wandering around Baltimore, playing Russian-roulette with his pills, while looking for the German-agent and his Russian and Portugese pals.
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1940
Wildcat Bus
MovieAug 23, 1940

Wildcat Bus

A small bus company run by a father/daughter team comes …
A small bus company run by a father/daughter team comes under attack by a group of "wildcatters" who want to put the company out of business so they can take over the profitable Los Angeles-to-San Francisco route.
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The Return of Frank James
MovieAug 10, 1940

The Return of Frank James

Frank James, the brother of …
Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, has been laying low, living as a farmer and taking care of Clem, the son of one of the members of the James gang. He gets word that Jesse was killed by Bob and Charlie Ford, he hoped that the law would deal with them but when he learns that the railroad man whom he and Jesse terrorized contracted them to kill Jesse and helped them get off, he goes after them. Clem whom he told to remain on the farm goes with him and when it's impossible for him to do so, Frank has no choice to let him tag along. Now in order to cover their tracks they start telling people that Frank James is dead and that they saw it. Eleanor Stone, a female reporter, who wants to write about it interviews them and they are both taken with each other. But eventually she learns who Frank is from the Pinkerton detective who is tracking them but doesn't turn them in. But eventually Frank learns that his farm hand, Pinky has been arrested as his accomplice and is about to be hung. Now short of knowing who Frank is, he has not done anything to help Frank, so Frank has to decide what is more important getting the Fords or helping Pinky.
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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
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MovieMar 3, 1940

Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden …
Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.
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1939
Torchy Blane... Playing with Dynamite
MovieAug 12, 1939

Torchy Blane... Playing with Dynamite

While in traffic court, Torchy …
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.
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Torchy Runs for Mayor
MovieMay 13, 1939

Torchy Runs for Mayor

Torchy conducts a one …
Torchy conducts a one woman campaign against a corrupt mayor and crime boss, and when the reform candidate is murdered, she takes up the banner.
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Torchy Blane in Chinatown
MovieFeb 2, 1939

Torchy Blane in Chinatown

Newspaper reporter "Torchy" …
Newspaper reporter "Torchy" Blaine and police detective Steve McBride 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.
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1938
Holiday
MovieMay 24, 1938

Holiday

A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his …
A young man in love with a girl from a rich family finds his unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
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Torchy Blane in Panama
MovieApr 17, 1938

Torchy Blane in Panama

Torchy, Steve, and Gahagan …
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.
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Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
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MovieMar 21, 1938

Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars

When a deadly Nitron ray …
When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.
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Blondes at Work
MovieFeb 5, 1938

Blondes at Work

Marvin Spencer, of the Bon Ton Department Stores, is …
Marvin Spencer, of the Bon Ton Department Stores, is missing, and Torchy knows how to find him. When she does, he is dead and she is the first paper to headline the death. Then she finds his girlfriend and the Star once again scoops everyone, including the police. This upsets McBride, but she hits headline after headline, until the trial is to begin. Then torchy is a follower, but she does not believe that the accused is even guilty.
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1937
The Adventurous Blonde
MovieNov 13, 1937

The Adventurous Blonde

After rival reporters, jealous …
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.
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Sophie Lang Goes West
MovieSep 10, 1937

Sophie Lang Goes West

Reformed jewel-thief Sophie …
Reformed jewel-thief Sophie Lang, tired of being questioned by the New York City police every time a jewel disappears, decides to head for California, and is hiding in the train-compartment of film-writer Eddie Rollyn. Rollyn is working on a story for film-star Helga Roma, who is also aboard the train with her manager, Steve Clayson. Thinking there is a story in Sophie's flight, Rollyn agrees to help her out and hide her from the police if she will help him with his film story. NYC Detective Archie Banks is aboard the train guarding the Sultan of Padaya, owner of a precious gem called "Star of the World." Archie gets the Sultan's consent to allow Miss Roma to wear the gem in a film, feeling that the publicity will entice Sophie out of retirement to steal the stone, and he can get some publicity himself by capturing her in the attempt. But Crayson steals the jewel and tries to escape with it, but is captured by Rollyn. Clayson escapes and finds Sophie. He tells her that Rollyn is an ex-thief, and she must help him steal the diamond again, or he will expose Rollyn and ruin his career.
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Affairs of Cappy Ricks
MovieMay 24, 1937

Affairs of Cappy Ricks

Cappy Ricks, a crusty old …
Cappy Ricks, a crusty old sea captain, returns home from a long voyage to discover that his family and his business are in chaos--his daughter is set to marry a nitwit that he can't stand, and his future mother-in-law has taken over everything and is set to merge his business with that of a rival company. Worst of all, though, is that she--in the interests of "progress"--has completely automated his beloved ship, "Electra"!. He sets out to put an end to all this foolishness and comes up with what he thinks is a foolproof plan.
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1936
End of the Trail
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MovieOct 11, 1936

End of the Trail

In the battle of San Juan Hill, Rough Rider Dale …
In the battle of San Juan Hill, Rough Rider Dale Brittenham saves the life, at the expense of losing the sight of one eye, of Bob Hildreth. Invalided to a hospital they meet nurse Belle Pearson and a love-feud begins between Dale and Bob over Belle. At the end of the war Dale and Bob return to Halsey, a small mid-western cattle town,where Belle comes as a school teacher, bringing her brother Larry. Cattle thieves have run ranchers out of business and Bill Mason seems to be the only prosperous citizen. Bob gets his pre-war job back and is made Chief Deputy for Sheriff Anderson. Dale can't get work and leaves town. Broke and hungry he shows up at the Square Deal Saloon in Fremont Pass,where Mason offers him a job herding wild horses out of the territory. Dale soon learns that Mason is the head of the rustlers and starts re-stealing the cattle from Mason's rustlers. Mason can't report them to the sheriff since they weren't his to begin with. Dale's recycling program makes him enough money to open a club called "Little Cuba." Larry is working as an undercover deputy, and Dale warns him that Mason and his men are on to him,and he needs to stay out of the South Valley. Mason's men kidnap Larry and Dale rescues him but kills one of Mason's men. Bob sees the killing, but rather than arrest his old friend Dale, decides to resign. Dale arranges to send Larry to California, decides to go straight and Belle accepts his marriage proposal.While they are preparing to close "Little Cuba", a truck rolls by and dumps Larry's dead body. Dales knows Mason did it and, despite Bob's efforts to persuade him to let the law take care of it,kills Mason. This time, Bob cannot forsake his sworn duty and arrests Dale, who is convicted and sentenced to death. As he is led away, he waves proudly to the weeping Belle and Bob.
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The Texas Rangers
MovieAug 21, 1936

The Texas Rangers

Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be …
Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.
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Flash Gordon
MovieApr 6, 1936

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon is a 1936 science-fiction film superhero serial. …
Flash Gordon is a 1936 science-fiction film superhero serial. Presented in 13 chapters, it is the first screen adventure for Flash Gordon, the comic-strip character created by Alex Raymond in 1934. It presents the story of Gordon's visit to the planet Mongo and his encounters with the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson and Frank Shannon portray the film's central characters. In 1996, Flash Gordon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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Black Gold
MovieJan 20, 1936

Black Gold

An oil-field action thriller directed by 'B' movie bad guy Russell …
An oil-field action thriller directed by 'B' movie bad guy Russell Hopton.
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1935
The Pace That Kills
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MovieDec 1, 1935

The Pace That Kills

Drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl …
Drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends."
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The Eagle's Brood
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MovieOct 25, 1935

The Eagle's Brood

The grandson of the notorious bandit El Toro witnesses the …
The grandson of the notorious bandit El Toro witnesses the murder of his parents by men trying to hijack the gold they were carrying. After El Toro saves the life of Hop-a-long Cassidy, Cassidy agrees to find and protect the boy, who is in hiding from the killers, whom he can identify. Cassidy and his partner Johnny Nelson, with the help of friendly bartender Spike, try to save the boy and bring down the man behind the gold robbery.
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Men Without Names
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MovieJun 29, 1935

Men Without Names

A story about the U. S. Department of Justice and its agents that …
A story about the U. S. Department of Justice and its agents that begins with a daring mail-truck robbery by a ruthless gang that flees to the western United States after the robbery. When money from the robbery shows up in a small Kansas town, the department sends agent Dick Grant to investigate, posing as a businessman. He is hindered in his assignment by a local newspaper reporter, Helen Sherwood, and when he falls in love with her, he is unable to reveal to her who he really is and why he is there.
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1934
Woman in the Dark
MovieNov 9, 1934

Woman in the Dark

A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs …
A paroled prisoner hits a man attacking a woman. He runs away scared that he may have killed him - he did not. From a book "Woman in the Dark" by Dashiell Hammett.
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1931
A Burglar to the Rescue
MovieSep 7, 1931

A Burglar to the Rescue

The story is about a bank …
The story is about a bank president who has been stealing from the bank. One night, as he is working on the books to cover his crimes,a visitor arrives with a gun. In the conversation that ensues it is revealed the visitor is an escaped convict that was a formed employee of the bank who was railroaded to prison to cover the crooked banker's crime. As with other entries in this series,there is a shadow projected every so often with a voice forecasting what is to come.
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1924
Monsieur Beaucaire
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MovieAug 11, 1924

Monsieur Beaucaire

When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of …
When M. Beaucaire, a handsome barber, catches the Duke of Winterset cheating at gambling, Beaucaire exacts Winterset's cooperation in sneaking Beaucaire into a great ball, disguised as the Duke de Chartres, and to introduce him to the beautiful Lady Mary. The disguised barber successfully pulls off the masquerade and is soon the toast of society. But Winterset is embittered at having been blackmailed so, and he sets out to destroy Beaucaire if he can do so without revealing his own duplicity.
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Icebound
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MovieMar 2, 1924

Icebound

Icebound (1924) is a silent film drama produced and …
Icebound (1924) is a silent film drama produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by William C. deMille, and based on a 1923 Pulitzer Prize Broadway produced play of the same name by Owen Davis. This film production was made at Paramount's Astoria Studios. Actress Edna May Oliver returns to her role that she played in the Broadway version.
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1922
The Bride's Play
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MovieJan 22, 1922

The Bride's Play

An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and …
An Irish lass is torn between the poet who seduced her and noble man who truly loves.
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Boomerang Bill
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MovieJan 15, 1922

Boomerang Bill

When New York City police officer O'Malley learns of a young …
When New York City police officer O'Malley learns of a young man who is about to embark on a life of crime by taking part in a robbery, he takes the boy aside and tells him the story of Boomerang Bill, another wanna-be gangster who wanted to be a big shot in the New York crime scene. It seems that Bill fell for a pretty young dance-hall girl, and went up against local gang boss Tony the Wop when he insulted her. Tony, who never forgot a slight, found a way to make things very, very tough for Boomerang Bill, in a way that he never saw coming.
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1921
Perjury
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MovieAug 14, 1921

Perjury

Robert Moore is general manager of the firm run by John …
Robert Moore is general manager of the firm run by John Gibson. After Gibson makes several visits to Moore's home, unfounded rumors begin of a relationship between Gibson and Moore's wife. Moore is discovered with a revolver in his hand, standing over Gibson's dead body. In fact, the murder was committed by Moore's best friend. But Moore is convicted of murder in the second degree and sentenced to twenty years in prison. His wife remarries, and her second husband proves to be a brute. The real murderer eventually confesses and Moore is set free. He visits his former wife and arrives just as her husband attacks her. In a struggle, Moore shoots him in self-defense, and is then reunited with his family.
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1913
The Prisoner of Zenda
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MovieFeb 18, 1913

The Prisoner of Zenda

King Rudolf of Ruritania is …
King Rudolf of Ruritania is saved from a coup attempt by the help of his lookalike cousin, who falls in love with the king's fiancee.
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1912
The Artist's Joke
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MovieJul 10, 1912

The Artist's Joke

A wealthy artist lives in retirement in his country mansion with …
A wealthy artist lives in retirement in his country mansion with his only son, Charles, who is averse to country life and anxious to make his abode in the city where they raise brides instead of crops. One day a sketch club, consisting of a bevy of beauties, arrive by motor from the city to sketch the ruins of an old castle which they are at first unable to locate. Nell Travers, the leading spirit of the party, inquires at the mansion for direction and thus forms the acquaintance of Charles, who begs to be permitted to act as guide. She gladly accepts the proposition and introduces him to the other members of the Sketch Club, and together they proceed to the old ruins and after considerable discussion as to the best point of view, the tripods and canvases are finally placed and each girl's name written in bold type across the top of her canvas. It is noon and they decide to return to their motor car for luncheon, but Charles, having become enamored of Nell's charms, persuades her to meander in an opposite direction. The canvases being left alone, Charles' father, when he happens upon the scene, is unable to resist the temptation of carrying out a practical joke. He draws a caricature upon each canvas and in fiendish glee departs for home. When the girls return and discover their canvases unfit to work upon, they conclude that Nell, the missing one, must be the culprit and immediately depart for home in their motor, leaving Nell to get home as best she can. When Nell learns of the girls' sudden departure, the gallant Charles offers to drive her home in his trap. At the mansion she meets his jovial father and, seeing the various drawings about the house, she immediately suspects him of being the one who disfigured the girls' canvases. She makes the accusation and the old gentleman admits that he is the real culprit and humbly apologizes for his joke. Nell now starts for home escorted by Charles, and we can plainly see that he is no longer anxious for city life.
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1874
Frank Shannon
BirthJuly 1874

Frank Shannon

Frank Shannon was born.
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