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J. Farrell MacDonald

  • Jun 06, 1875 - Aug 02, 1952 (age 77)
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1952
J. Farrell MacDonald
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J. Farrell MacDonald

J. Farrell MacDonald passed away.
1950
Woman on the Run
MovieOct 12, 1950

Woman on the Run

In San Francisco, Frank Johnson witnesses a murder while …
In San Francisco, Frank Johnson witnesses a murder while walking with his dog. Inspector Ferris is in charge of the investigation and offers protection to Johnson to identify the killer and testify in court. Johnson flees from the police and Ferris brings his wife Eleanor Johnson to help him to find Johnson and convince him to testify in court. However, he finds that they have an unhappy marriage and Eleanor does not want to help him. Meanwhile the journalist Dan "Danny Boy" Legget offers a large amount for an exclusive interview with Johnson for his tabloid. While seeking Johnson out with Legget, Eleanor rekindles her love for her husband. What she does not know is that Danny Boy is the killer Johnson is trying to escape.
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1949
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
MovieMay 27, 1949

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

Temperamental saloon …
Temperamental saloon singer Freddie Jones, jealously shoots at her cheating boyfriend Blackie but mistakenly hits Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole's honorable behind, forcing her to skip town under the guise of a schoolteacher.
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1948
Whispering Smith
MovieDec 9, 1948

Whispering Smith

Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes …
Legendary railroad detective Whispering Smith becomes convinced that old friend and colleague Murray Sinclair has joined a criminal band to loot the railroad.
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1946
My Darling Clementine
MovieOct 16, 1946

My Darling Clementine

In 1882, Wyatt Earp and his …
In 1882, Wyatt Earp and his brothers decide to settle in Tombstone after their cattle are rustled out from under them and their baby brother James is killed. Wyatt is a former town marshal and he gladly accepts that position in Tombstone along with his brothers as deputies. He soon becomes friends with the local saloon keeper Doc Holliday and he dispenses justice calmly and coolly. The Marshal has several run-ins with Ike Clanton and his four sons. When he is forced to kill Billy Clanton, it leads to the famous shoot-out at the OK Corral.
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1945
Johnny Angel
MovieOct 25, 1945

Johnny Angel

Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment …
Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been killed by the hijackers.
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1944
The Great Moment
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MovieJul 18, 1944

The Great Moment

The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston …
The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.
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1942
The Living Ghost
MovieNov 27, 1942

The Living Ghost

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to …
Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ...
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Phantom Killer
MovieOct 2, 1942

Phantom Killer

Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison …
Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several murders but evades successful prosecution as there are hundreds of witnesses who have ...
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One Thrilling Night
MovieJun 5, 1942

One Thrilling Night

Horace Jackson (John Beal) and his bride, Millie ('Wanda …
Horace Jackson (John Beal) and his bride, Millie ('Wanda McKay' qv)),check into a New York City hotel room for their one-night honeymoon before he reports for induction into the arm the next day. But intruders, led by gangster Frankie Saxton (Tom Neal) and his henchmen constantly invade their privacy searching for the hidden loot stashed by fellow mobster Joe Richmond (Lynton Brent). It does not help that Horace keeps placing the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the inside of the room door.
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1941
Riders of the Timberline
MovieSep 17, 1941

Riders of the Timberline

Yates has hired Petrie and …
Yates has hired Petrie and his men to stop logger Kerrigan from fulfilling his contract. When Petrie's man Slade gets the loggers to quit, Kerrigan's daughter arrives with a new crew. When they destroy the flume, Hoppy builds an overhead line to transport the logs. Now desperate, Petrie sets out to blow up the dam and Hoppy takes to the overhead line in an attempt to get there in time to stop him.
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The Great Lie
MovieApr 5, 1941

The Great Lie

Sandra and Pete elope but their marriage is invalid since …
Sandra and Pete elope but their marriage is invalid since she's not yet divorced. Sandra is, however, pregnant by Pete. Pete marries his former fiancée Maggie, then flies to South America where his plane crashes. Maggie pays Sandra to let her adopt Pete's baby. Pete returns "from the dead". Sandra and Maggie contend for Pete and the baby.
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Meet John Doe
MovieMar 12, 1941

Meet John Doe

Mad with anger for having to compose one last article …
Mad with anger for having to compose one last article after being fired, the calculating columnist, Anne Mitchell, pens a flaming but utterly fictitious letter by the fictional author, "John Doe", who protests against the world's perpetual injustices. Threatening to commit suicide on Christmas Eve, John's desperate manifesto strikes a chord with an army of captivated readers all over America, and as a result, the newspaper decides to embody the ultimatum's spirit in the person of the down-at-the-heels vagabond and former pitcher, Long John Willoughby--the nation's next-door hero. Now, as Ann's creation and the unstoppable "John Doe Movement" take the country by surprise, artful manipulation, rampant corruption, and above all, corporate greed, threaten to put a premature end to the noble idea. Will the world ever find out the truth?
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1940
Stagecoach War
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MovieJul 12, 1940

Stagecoach War

After a gang of outlaws holds up Chapman's stage, Speedy …
After a gang of outlaws holds up Chapman's stage, Speedy finds a horseshoe nearby belonging to one of Holt's horses. Chapman and Holt are enemies vying for the mail contract. But when Holt admits he won the stagecoach race unfairly, Hoppy figures Holt's stable man Twister is the informant and sets a trap for the outlaws.
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Dark Command
MovieApr 4, 1940

Dark Command

Dark Command is a 1940 Western film starring Claire Trevor, …
Dark Command is a 1940 Western film starring Claire Trevor, John Wayne and Walter Pidgeon loosely based on Quantrill's Raiders during the American Civil War. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the novel by W. R. Burnett, Dark Command is the only film in which western icons John Wayne and Roy Rogers appear together, and was the only film Wayne and Raoul Walsh made together since Walsh discovered Wayne working as a prop mover, renamed him, and gave him his first leading role in the epic widescreen western The Big Trail a decade before.
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1939
Susannah of the Mounties
MovieJun 23, 1939

Susannah of the Mounties

Shirley is the orphaned …
Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from the stake only by Shirley's intervention with the Indian chief.
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Zenobia
MovieApr 21, 1939

Zenobia

A southern country doctor is called on by a visiting circus man to …
A southern country doctor is called on by a visiting circus man to cure his sick elephant. After the doctor heals the grateful beast, the elephant becomes so attached to him that it starts to follow him everywhere.
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1938
Submarine Patrol
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MovieNov 9, 1938

Submarine Patrol

Submarine Patrol is a 1938 film directed by John Ford and …
Submarine Patrol is a 1938 film directed by John Ford and starring Richard Greene and Nancy Kelly. The supporting cast includes Preston Foster, George Bancroft, Elisha Cook, Jr. and John Carradine. The movie was partly written by William Faulkner.
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There Goes My Heart
MovieOct 13, 1938

There Goes My Heart

A young heiress runs away from her overprotective …
A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.
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The Crowd Roars
MovieAug 5, 1938

The Crowd Roars

A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father …
A young boxer gets caught between a no-good father and a crime boss when he starts dating the boss's daughter, although she doesn't know what daddy does for a living.
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1937
Topper
MovieJul 16, 1937

Topper

Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an …
Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an automobile accident. They return as ghosts to try and liven up the regimented lifestyle of their friend, bank president Cosmo Topper. When Topper starts to live it up, it strains relations with his stuffy wife.
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1936
Show Boat
MovieMay 14, 1936

Show Boat

Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is …
Adaptation of the Broadway musical. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely but protected, and thus very naive, daughter of Cap'n Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of a show boat that cruises the Missisippi, and his nagging wife, Parthy. She is best friends with the show boat's star, Julie LaVerne, but Julie and her husband Steve are forced to leave when it is revealed that Julie has "Negro" blood in her, thereby breaking the state law by being married to the white Steve. Magnolia replaces Julie as the show boat's female star, and the show's new male star is the suave gambler Gaylord Ravenal. "Nola" and Gaylord fall in love and marry against Parthy's wishes. They and their young daughter lead the high life when Gaylord is lucky in gambling, but live like dirt when he's unlucky. During one such unlucky streak, a broken Gaylord leaves Nola, and she is forced to start over by returning to the stage. Like Old Man River, as the famous song from this show goes, she just keeps rollin' along.
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Riffraff
MovieJan 3, 1936

Riffraff

Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his …
Fisherman Dutch marries cannery worker Hattie. He quits his poorly paid job to concentrate on getting better working conditions as union leader. Unfortunately, the union members disagree ...
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1935
The Irish in Us
MovieJul 31, 1935

The Irish in Us

The family consists of Pat, the cop, Mike the fireman, Danny the …
The family consists of Pat, the cop, Mike the fireman, Danny the boxing promoter and Ma. Pat wants Danny to get a real job, because most of his fighters end up in Polookaville and Pat wants to marry Lucille. This means that he will leave the family and Danny needs a income to help support Ma. But Danny believes he has the fighter named Carbarn who will bring him fortune and is going with that. But Lucille meets Danny on the road one day and it means trouble for the family as she does not love Pat, but loves Danny.
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Our Little Girl
MovieMay 17, 1935

Our Little Girl

Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife …
Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa ...
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1934
The Cat's-Paw
MovieJul 30, 1934

The Cat's-Paw

A naive missionary brought up in China returns to America to …
A naive missionary brought up in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning.
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1933
The Power and the Glory
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MovieAug 16, 1933

The Power and the Glory

A man's life is retold just after …
A man's life is retold just after his funeral. Beginning as a track walker, Tom Garner rose through all sorts of railroad jobs to head the company. In the meantime he lost touch with his ...
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Peg o' My Heart
MovieMay 19, 1933

Peg o' My Heart

A young woman living in an Irish fishing village inherits her …
A young woman living in an Irish fishing village inherits her late grandfather's estate, but is forced to spend three years in England training to be a proper lady to collect the fortune.
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1932
The Thirteenth Guest
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MovieAug 9, 1932

The Thirteenth Guest

13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at …
13 years before the movie opens, there was a dinner party, at which the 13th guest failed to show up. The master of the manner has died, and left the bulk of his estate to this 13th guest, but nobody knows who that is. Now someone is murdering the remaining guests, and placing their dead bodies at the table, in the same seat they had occupied 13 years before.
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1931
The Squaw Man
MovieSep 5, 1931

The Squaw Man

Jim Wyngate, an English aristocrat, comes to the American West …
Jim Wyngate, an English aristocrat, comes to the American West under a cloud of suspicion for embezzlement actually committed by his cousin Lord Henry. In Wyoming, Wyngate runs afoul of cattle rustler Cash Hawkins by rescuing the Indian girl Naturich from Hawkins. Wyngate marries Naturich, but then learns that his cousin Lord Henry has been killed and has cleared his name before dying. As Wyngate has long loved Lady Diana, Lord Henry's wife, he is perplexed at his situation. But fate takes a hand and resolves matters as Wyngate could not have predicted.
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The Brat
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MovieAug 23, 1931

The Brat

A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in …
A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their snobbish ways.
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The Maltese Falcon
MovieMay 28, 1931

The Maltese Falcon

Sam Spade is quite the womanizer. When his secretary tells him …
Sam Spade is quite the womanizer. When his secretary tells him the new customer waiting outside his office is a knockout, he wastes no time before seeing her. It turns out she's a knockout with money. And she wants to spend it on his services as a private detective. She has some story about wanting to protect her sister. Neither he nor his partner, Miles Archer, believes it. But with the money she's paying, who cares? The job proves to be more dangerous than either of them expected. It involves not just the lovely dame with the dangerous lies, but also the sweaty Casper Gutman, the fey Joel Cairo, and the thuggish young Wilmer Cook. Three crooks, and all of them are looking for the statuette of a black bird they call the Maltese Falcon.
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The Painted Desert
MovieJan 18, 1931

The Painted Desert

Western pardners Jeff and Cash find a baby boy in an …
Western pardners Jeff and Cash find a baby boy in an otherwise deserted emigrants' camp, and clash over which is to be "father." They are still bitterly feuding years later when they own adjacent ranches. Bill, the foundling whom Cash has raised to young manhood, wants to end the feud and extends an olive branch toward Jeff, who now has a lovely daughter. But during a mining venture, the bitterness escalates. Is Bill to be set against his own adoptive father?
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Other Men's Women
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MovieJan 17, 1931

Other Men's Women

Railroad fireman Bill White is a carefree ladies' man with an …
Railroad fireman Bill White is a carefree ladies' man with an irresponsible streak. His buddy Jack Kulper, an engineer, is more solid and reliable. Bill comes to stay a while with Jack and his wife Lily. Bill and Lily fall in love, but not wishing to hurt Jack, Bill leaves without explanation. When Jack confronts Bill about his suspicions, the two fight and Jack is seriously injured. Bill is consumed with guilt and tries to make good, but Jack has his own ideas about that.
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1930
Men Without Women
MovieJan 31, 1930

Men Without Women

Men Without Women is an American 1930 pre-Code …
Men Without Women is an American 1930 pre-Code drama film directed and written by John Ford, from the script by James Kevin McGuinness. The film also starred Kenneth MacKenna, Frank Albertson, and J. Farrell MacDonald. The sound version is now lost. Only a print of the "International Sound Version", held by the Museum of Modern Art, survives.
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1929
Strong Boy
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MovieMar 3, 1929

Strong Boy

"Strong Boy" is offered a promotion for saving a child from being …
"Strong Boy" is offered a promotion for saving a child from being crushed by a trunk, but to the frustration of his girlfriend Mary, he is not ambitious enough to take a white-collar position.
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1928
Riley the Cop
MovieNov 25, 1928

Riley the Cop

Joe Smith, a young bakery worker, gets engaged to Mary …
Joe Smith, a young bakery worker, gets engaged to Mary Coronelli, who comes from a wealthy family. Her snooty aunt takes Mary to Europe, hoping to break up the couple, but Joe uses his savings to follow her there. Unfortunately, he is falsely accused of embezzling money for the trip from the bakery, and Officer Riley, a well-liked local cop, pursues Joe to Europe. While in Germany Riley falls for a young flapper in a beer garden, but he's in for a surprise when he finds out who she really is.
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Bringing Up Father
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MovieMar 17, 1928

Bringing Up Father

The wealthy Jiggs is tired of being left out of the swanky parties …
The wealthy Jiggs is tired of being left out of the swanky parties thrown by his social-climbing wife Maggie and their daughter. He decides to teach them a "lesson" by faking his own suicide, but things don't quite turn out the way he planned.
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1927
Sunrise
MovieSep 23, 1927

Sunrise

In this fable-morality subtitled "A Song of Two Humans", the …
In this fable-morality subtitled "A Song of Two Humans", the "evil" temptress is a city woman who bewitches farmer Anses and tries to convince him to murder his neglected wife, Indre.
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1926
3 Bad Men
MovieAug 28, 1926

3 Bad Men

In 1876, an old man finds gold in the Sioux lands, provoking a …
In 1876, an old man finds gold in the Sioux lands, provoking a gold and land rush from immigrants to Dakota. On the way to Custer, the lonely cowboy Dan O'Malley helps to fix the wheel of Mr. Carlton's wagon and flirts with his daughter Lee Carlton. Later, Lee and her father are attacked by horse thieves and Mr. Carlton is murdered; however, the outlaws "Bull" Stanley, Mike Costigan and "Spade" Allen save her from the criminals and head with her to the camp where the pioneers are waiting for President Grant proclamation to explore the lands. In the site, the corrupt Sheriff Layne Hunter rules with his henchmen with horror and injustice. The trio of outlaws decides that Lee needs to get married and select Dan to be her husband. When Bull's sister Millie Stanley is murdered by Hunter's right arm Nat Lucas, "Bull" organizes the men to chase Hunter. But it is 1877 and the gold and land race of wagons is ready to start.
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1925
Thank You
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MovieOct 5, 1925

Thank You

Young Kenneth Jamieson's millionaire father, fed up with …
Young Kenneth Jamieson's millionaire father, fed up with his son's wild escapades, sends him to stay on a chicken farm in the small village of Dedham. On the day he arrives there pretty Diane Lee, the niece of local Rev. David Lee, arrives from Paris. A few days later Kenneth, reverting back to his wild ways, gets drunk and makes a spectacle of himself, but rather than reproving him, Rev. Lee gives him a heart-to-heart talk and gets Kenneth to turn his life around. Meanwhile, the reverend--barely able to get by on the pittance the local vestrymen pay him--asks for a raise but is denied it, being told that he must send Diane away before they'll even consider giving him any extra money. Soon afterward Kenneth falls gravely ill. His father, hearing of Kenneth's condition and of his infatuation with Diane, arrives at the village to see his son and isn't ready for what he finds.
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Kentucky Pride
MovieSep 6, 1925

Kentucky Pride

Kentucky Pride is a 1925 American silent drama film from Fox …
Kentucky Pride is a 1925 American silent drama film from Fox Film about the life of a horse breeder and racer, directed by the famed film director John Ford and starring Henry B. Walthall (who had previously played the Little Colonel in D. W. Griffith's controversial 1915 film The Birth of a Nation). It is among Ford's lesser-known works, but has been praised for sweetness and charm and its beautiful depiction of the life of horses and the relationship between the protagonist and his daughter. Several well-known thoroughbred racehorses appear in the film, including the legendary Man o' War. A print of Kentucky Pride is in the Museum of Modern Art film archive.
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Lightnin'
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MovieAug 23, 1925

Lightnin'

Lightnin' Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and …
Lightnin' Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and odd jobs around the Calivada Hotel, which is run by his wife and their adopted daughter, Millie. Real estate hucksters, ...
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1924
The Iron Horse
MovieAug 28, 1924

The Iron Horse

After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a …
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.
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1922
Sky High
MovieJan 15, 1922

Sky High

A government agent investigates a ring that is smuggling …
A government agent investigates a ring that is smuggling Chinese aliens across the border from Mexico. His investigation takes him to the Grand Canyon. He finds a dazed girl wandering ...
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1921
Action
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MovieSep 12, 1921

Action

Three Outlaws came across a stranded baby and must …
Three Outlaws came across a stranded baby and must decided to save the child or escape from the law.
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1914
The Last Egyptian
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MovieDec 7, 1914

The Last Egyptian

Kara, the last member of a long list of Egyptian rulers, learns …
Kara, the last member of a long list of Egyptian rulers, learns from his grandmother upon her deathbed that an Englishman, Lord Roane, had dishonored the daughter of the imperial house, and...
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His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz
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MovieOct 14, 1914

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

A wicked king has taken over …
A wicked king has taken over the Emerald City, and wants his daughter, Princess Gloria, to marry the horrid courtier Googly-Goo, though she loves Pon, the Gardener's Boy. The camera now ...
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The Magic Cloak of Oz
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MovieSep 28, 1914

The Magic Cloak of Oz

The fairies of Oz gather in …
The fairies of Oz gather in the forest of Burzee one evening and weave a magic cloak that gives the wearer one wish, so long as it has not been stolen. The man in the moon tells them that ...
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The Patchwork Girl of Oz
MovieAug 6, 1914

The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out …
Ojo and Unc Nunkie are out of food, so they decide to journey to the Emerald City where they will never starve. Along the way, they meet Mewel, a waif and stray (mule) who leads them to Dr....
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1911
The Scarlet Letter
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MovieApr 27, 1911

The Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne has left Holland in advance of her husband, …
Hester Prynne has left Holland in advance of her husband, Roger, to join the colonists in Salem, Maxx. Roger follows her to the new world but upon landing in New England is captured by ...
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1875
J. Farrell MacDonald
BirthJune 1875

J. Farrell MacDonald

J. Farrell MacDonald was born.
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