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Lew Kelly

  • Aug 24, 1879 - Jun 10, 1944 (age 64)
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1944
Lew Kelly
PersonalJune 1944

Lew Kelly

Lew Kelly passed away.
To Heir Is Human
MovieJan 14, 1944

To Heir Is Human

This Columbia short has Una Merkel and Harry Langdon …
This Columbia short has Una Merkel and Harry Langdon billed above the title, in that order, with Harold Godsoe(who was an assistant director at Columbia and has no other director's credit on an American-made film) as the ONLY credited director on the film credits. Harry Edwards appears nowhere on this film's credits as the director. The first-billed Una Merkel has a job delivering telephone books, and is booted into, by Dr. I. M. Calm, the empty office across the hall of a Missing Persons Bureau. One A. Raven Sparrow (Lew Kelly, in his usual what-if-Boris Karloff went-really-looney tunes act) enters and offers her a thousand dollars to find a missing heir to a fortune, Harry Fenner (Harry Langdon.) Since this short runs less than twenty minutes, she is fortunate to find him washing the office windows. They make their way to the estate and find that "Uncle" Sparrow, his niece Velma (Christine McIntyre) and handyman-goon Bobo (Eddie Gribbon), who may or may not be related to anybody, are plotting to kill Harry in order to acquire his fortune. The whole thing perks up more than somewhat when Christine McIntyre shows up.
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1943
Lady of Burlesque
MovieMay 1, 1943

Lady of Burlesque

After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at …
After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.
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Taxi, Mister
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MovieApr 14, 1943

Taxi, Mister

Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and …
Its is NYC in 1928 and taxi-cab owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett are making a hard-scrabble living with the one tumbledown cab they have between them, and take shifts driving. They ...
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Spook Louder
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MovieApr 2, 1943

Spook Louder

The stooges are salesman selling a weight reducing machine. …
The stooges are salesman selling a weight reducing machine. They have no luck until they show up at the house of an eccentric inventor where they are hired as caretakers. When the scientist...
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1942
Bowery at Midnight
MovieOct 30, 1942

Bowery at Midnight

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl …
Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ...
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1941
Road Agent
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MovieDec 19, 1941

Road Agent

Reissued by Realart Pictures in 1953 as "Texas Road …
Reissued by Realart Pictures in 1953 as "Texas Road Agent", with a title change because RKO had just made a 1952 film using this title, and this was the first year that Universal's "Road ...
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Cyclone on Horseback
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MovieJun 13, 1941

Cyclone on Horseback

Delivering horses, Stan Bradford gets caught up in Cobb …
Delivering horses, Stan Bradford gets caught up in Cobb Wayne's attempt to stop Jeff Corbin from completing the telephone line. If Corbin fails to meet the deadline, Wayne can take over. ...
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The Great Train Robbery
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MovieFeb 28, 1941

The Great Train Robbery

Tom Logan is a railroad …
Tom Logan is a railroad detective. Tom takes it upon himself to halt the activities of his crooked brother Duke. Duke and his henchman have stolen an entire gold train, including the ...
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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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Three Texas Steers
MovieMay 12, 1939

Three Texas Steers

Nancy Evans, lovely circus owner, has a ranch that she's never …
Nancy Evans, lovely circus owner, has a ranch that she's never visited, but for sentimental reasons won't sell to Mike Abbott. Her partners, secretly in league with Abbott, sabotage the ...
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1938
Tough Kid
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MovieDec 28, 1938

Tough Kid

Skipper Murphy is serving as trainer and inspiration for his …
Skipper Murphy is serving as trainer and inspiration for his brother Red Murphy training for a world championship title bout. Trouble comes for the Murphys when Red runs up against a gambling syndicate and is put on the spot to throw the fight.
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Flirting with Fate
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MovieDec 2, 1938

Flirting with Fate

A show troupe, led by Dan Dixon and traveling in a trailer, is …
A show troupe, led by Dan Dixon and traveling in a trailer, is stranded in Paraguay. Dan is all set to be booked in the theatres controlled by Don Luis Garcia until the latter discovers Dan...
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Lawless Valley
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MovieNov 4, 1938

Lawless Valley

Larry Rhodes, whose opposition to powerful rancher Tom Marsh …
Larry Rhodes, whose opposition to powerful rancher Tom Marsh got him framed and jailed for stage robbery, is paroled and returns to Valley Junction, Arizona. His welcome is not exactly warm, except from old pal Tim Wade. Moreover, Marsh is about to force his ward (and Larry's sweetheart) Norma to marry his son, thus keeping control of her property. Not allowed to pack a gun, Larry must use his wits to defeat his powerful enemy.
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Man from Music Mountain
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MovieAug 15, 1938

Man from Music Mountain

"Man From Music Mountain" …
"Man From Music Mountain" is an American Western with Gene Autry, one of the singing cowboys. In it Autry is pitted against crooked land developers who are trying to cheat naive ranchers out of their land. The developers want the land because, unbeknownst to the ranchers, there's a gold mine underneath it.
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The Overland Express
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MovieApr 11, 1938

The Overland Express

It's 1861 and Buck gets the business men of Sacramento …
It's 1861 and Buck gets the business men of Sacramento to establish the Pony express. Hawley runs the stage line over the same route and has the U. S. mail contract. When it looks like the Pony Express will be awarded the mail contract, he gives guns to the Indians and has them attack both the riders and the stations.
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Born to Be Wild
MovieFeb 16, 1938

Born to Be Wild

Truck drivers Steve Hackett and Bill Purvis are fired from their …
Truck drivers Steve Hackett and Bill Purvis are fired from their jobs with the West Coast Trucking company for not using second-gear going down steep grades. Davis, the company vice-president, surprisingly asks them to carry a load of merchandise to Arrowhead and offers a $1000 bonus. He tells them it is a load of lettuce. Several miles out of Los Angelese, they are stopped by a mob of lettuce-farm workers on strike. When the first crate is tossed off the truck, it explodes and the two pals learn their merchandise is a cargo of dynamite. The workers let them proceed and they crash into a car driven by Mary Stevens, whom they had met at a restaurant. She and her dog, "Butch" (played by a Credited dog named Stooge), join them and they deliver their cargo, and learn unscrupulous real-estate operators have jammed the locks on the dam in order to ruin the ranchers and farmers and take over their property.
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1937
Some Blondes Are Dangerous
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MovieNov 1, 1937

Some Blondes Are Dangerous

Some Blondes Are …
Some Blondes Are Dangerous is a 1937 American drama film directed by Milton Carruth and written by Lester Cole. It is based on the 1930 novel Iron Man by W. R. Burnett. The film stars Noah Beery Jr., William Gargan, Nan Grey, Dorothea Kent, Roland Drew, Lew Kelly, Polly Rowles and John Butler. The film was released on November 1, 1937, by Universal Pictures.
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Small Town Boy
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MovieSep 24, 1937

Small Town Boy

Henry Armstrong was past being a spring chicken, still believes …
Henry Armstrong was past being a spring chicken, still believes in Santa Claus and the maxim that "honesty is the best policy", but lack of money keeps him from marrying Molly and buying a ...
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All Over Town
MovieSep 8, 1937

All Over Town

"All Over Town" is an American comedy about two nutty guys …
"All Over Town" is an American comedy about two nutty guys who want to put on a show in a theater that is supposed to be haunted. The movie features the comedy team of Olsen and Johnson, who would one day make the Boradway show "Hellzapoppin'." The film involves such gags as the guys keeping a trained seal in their apartment -- and trying to hide it from their landlady. They also somehow get embroiled in a murder mystery.
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Western Gold
MovieAug 27, 1937

Western Gold

President Lincoln personally sends Bill Gibson west to see if he …
President Lincoln personally sends Bill Gibson west to see if he can stop the holdups of the needed shipments of gold. There he meets his boyhood friend Foster. When all others refuse to take out the next gold shipment due to the killings, Bill volunteers. Jeannie, afraid for his safety, tells Foster of Bill's secret route not knowing Foster is the leader of the outlaw gang.
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Make a Wish
MovieAug 27, 1937

Make a Wish

While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby …
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his ...
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Forlorn River
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MovieJul 2, 1937

Forlorn River

"Nevada" (Buster Crabbe) and "Weary" Pierce (Syd …
"Nevada" (Buster Crabbe) and "Weary" Pierce (Syd Saylor)hijack the loot taken in a bank hold-up by Les Setter (Harvey Stephens), and his gang. They escape from Sheriff Jim Henry Warner (Lew...
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Paradise Express
MovieFeb 22, 1937

Paradise Express

Paradise Express released.
1936
Wild Brian Kent
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MovieNov 6, 1936

Wild Brian Kent

Polo player Brian stops in a Kansas town and find a girl and her …
Polo player Brian stops in a Kansas town and find a girl and her aunt needing money to keep their ranch. He also finds his new real estate partner is the crook trying to do the women out of their ranch.
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Ellis Island
MovieNov 5, 1936

Ellis Island

It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, …
It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon apprehended and sent to prison for ten years but the money is not recovered. Flash forward to 1936 when all three men have been released from prison and are about to be deported back to where they came from via the Deportation department at Ellis Island. They arrive by the ferry boat and already on hand to bid them adieu, and possibly learn where they stashed the missing money, is gang leader Dude and his three henchmen, Nails, Moxie and Bugs, and also Kendrich's niece Betty Parker there to bid old Uncle Ted a fond goodbye. Also on Ellis Island is a crook called Solo, who has an upper hand as he has stolen the credentials of a Treasury Agent named Peter James and has access to the prisoners, and has cut a deal with Kendrichs to get him off of Ellis Island.
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Lady Luck
MovieSep 14, 1936

Lady Luck

(1936, Chesterfield) - William Bakewell, Patricia Farr, Lulu …
(1936, Chesterfield) - William Bakewell, Patricia Farr, Lulu McConnell, Duncan Renaldo, Iris Adrian. A female movie-star wannabe holds a winning ticket for a race won by champion racehorse,...
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Missing Girls
MovieSep 10, 1936

Missing Girls

A group of gangsters shoot Senator Benson (Wallis Clark) and …
A group of gangsters shoot Senator Benson (Wallis Clark) and take his daughter, Dorothy Benton (Muriel Evans) and her friend Ann Jason (Ann Doran) as hostages at Ma Barton's hideout. ...
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Winds of the Wasteland
MovieJun 15, 1936

Winds of the Wasteland

Winds of the Wasteland is a …
Winds of the Wasteland is a 1936 Western film directed by Mack V. Wright and starring John Wayne and Phyllis Fraser. The film was released by Republic Pictures.
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Three of a Kind
MovieMay 20, 1936

Three of a Kind

Barbara "Babs" Penfield is trying to convince her father, laundry …
Barbara "Babs" Penfield is trying to convince her father, laundry-magnate F. Thorndyke Penfield, to invest money in a proposition from her sweetheart Rodney Randall. Her father refuses as ...
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Murder at Glen Athol
MovieFeb 28, 1936

Murder at Glen Athol

A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant …
A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant mansion, but before the night is over he finds himself involved with gangsters, blackmail and murder.
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1935
The Lady in Scarlet
MovieOct 20, 1935

The Lady in Scarlet

The Lady in Scarlet released.
Wanderer of the Wasteland
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MovieSep 9, 1935

Wanderer of the Wasteland

Adam Larey becomes a …
Adam Larey becomes a fugitive from justice when he escapes after being blamed for a crime he did not commit. He wanders into the desert wastelands and joins an outlaw gang who prey on gold prospectors. Years later, he meets his wife and her gold-prospecting father as they have come there seeking their fortune, and not knowing the danger of the treacherous desert wastes, the poisoned-water holes and the outlaw bands of marauders who roam the desert in search of the gold found by others. He comes to their aid and, eventually, manges to clear his name of the false charge against him.
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Man on the Flying Trapeze
MovieAug 3, 1935

Man on the Flying Trapeze

Ambrose Wolfinger wants …
Ambrose Wolfinger wants the afternoon off (his first in twenty-five years) to go to a wrestling match. He tells his boss that he must attend his mother-in-law's funeral. The afternoon is no joy. He tries to please a policeman, assist a chauffeur, chase a tire, and ends up getting hit by the body of a wrestler thrown from the ring. A series of mishaps leads his boss to send floral tributes to the house and notify the papers of the death (due to poisoned liquor). His shrewish wife, judgmental mother-in-law, and good-for-nothing brother-in-law add to his burdens. In the end he enjoys their fawning loyalty, a raise in pay, and his first vacation.
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Death from a Distance
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MovieJul 3, 1935

Death from a Distance

While a distinguished …
While a distinguished astronomer is giving a lecture in a planetarium, a shot rings out and one of the audience members is found dead. A tough detective and a brassy female reporter lock horns as they both try to break the case.
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Society Fever
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MovieJun 23, 1935

Society Fever

Society Fever released.
The Nitwits
MovieJun 7, 1935

The Nitwits

Johnnie is a would-be songwriter; Newton is a would-be …
Johnnie is a would-be songwriter; Newton is a would-be inventor. Both work at a cigar stand in the lobby of an office building. Johnnie wants to sell a song to Winfield Lake, a song publisher and the owner of the building. Lake's secretary, Mary, is Johnnie's sweetheart. When Lake turns up dead, circumstances conspire to make Mary and Newton think that Johnnie is the killer. They conspire again to implicate Mary, who goes to jail. But who really shot Lake? Who is the Black Widow, the blackmailer who had threatened him? The other characters in this wacky murder mystery are: Lake's suspicious wife, a self-satisfied private detective, a seemingly slow-witted janitor, Lake's auditor, a songwriter who thinks Lake is stealing from him and another who thinks everyone is stealing from him. It's up to Newton and his truth machine to reveal the real killer.
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Circumstantial Evidence
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MovieMar 30, 1935

Circumstantial Evidence

A reporter sets out to provide …
A reporter sets out to provide how unreliable circumstantial evidence is by faking a murder and then taking the rap for it. However, the "fake" murder victim turns out to be really dead.
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1934
Tailspin Tommy
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MovieOct 29, 1934

Tailspin Tommy

A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps …
A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.
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Port of Lost Dreams
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MovieOct 15, 1934

Port of Lost Dreams

A gangster's girlfriend on the run from the police, who suspect …
A gangster's girlfriend on the run from the police, who suspect her of helping her boyfriend commit a robbery, holes up in a waterfront bar. She stows away on a fishing boat headed out to sea, and winds up falling in love with and marrying one of the fishermen, but doesn't tell him about her past. However, a year after they're married and have a child, her ex-boyfriend gets out of jail and comes looking for her.
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Fifteen Wives
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MovieJul 15, 1934

Fifteen Wives

Shortly after his arrival from South America to New York, …
Shortly after his arrival from South America to New York, Steven Humbolt is found dead in his apartment at the Savoia Hotel. Inspector Decker Dawes investigates the case and although the ...
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1933
Strange People
MovieJun 17, 1933

Strange People

All 12 jury members who sent an innocent man to the gallows …
All 12 jury members who sent an innocent man to the gallows are gathered together for a demonstration of how convictions can be made on circumstantial evidence. During the proceedings, a phony murder is quickly revealed as the real thing.
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State Trooper
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MovieFeb 10, 1933

State Trooper

Mike Rolph quits his job, seemingly, as a highway …
Mike Rolph quits his job, seemingly, as a highway patrolman and takes the position of the Police Chief of W. J. Brady's oil refinery. He is also romantically involved with Brady's daughter,...
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Laughter in Hell
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MovieJan 12, 1933

Laughter in Hell

In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard …
In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.
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1932
The Devil Horse
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MovieNov 1, 1932

The Devil Horse

Canfield, respected rancher, is involved in crooked horse …
Canfield, respected rancher, is involved in crooked horse racing, and also leads an outlaw gang! Some 10 years before our story, the gang raided an isolated cabin, leaving 5-year-old Frankie an orphan. The boy grows up wild, his only friends the wild horses...now joined by El Diablo, a savage but very fast race horse that Canfield steals and loses, in the process killing ranger Elliott Norton. Norton's ranger brother Bob now appears in the region to find his brother's killer; menaced by the outlaws, the vigilantes, and the Devil Horse, his only chance may be to enlist the aid of the now-speechless Wild Boy.
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Virtue
MovieOct 24, 1932

Virtue

Taxicab driver Jimmy Doyle (Pat O'Brien) marries a girl of the …
Taxicab driver Jimmy Doyle (Pat O'Brien) marries a girl of the streets, Mae (Carole Lombard and, overlooking her past, sets out to make a honest woman of her. But, during the reformation period, Mae returns to a hotel of ill repute to collect the $200 she once loaned to a street-walking girlfriend. Jimmy mistakenly thinks she has turned pro again and her situation worsens when she is implicated in a murder and jailed awaiting a court trial.
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Lady and Gent
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MovieJul 11, 1932

Lady and Gent

Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able …
Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear.
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1931
The Devil Plays
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MovieDec 15, 1931

The Devil Plays

The Devil Plays is a 1931 American mystery film directed by …
The Devil Plays is a 1931 American mystery film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Jameson Thomas, Florence Britton and Thomas E. Jackson. It was given a British release under the alternative title of The Murdock Affair.
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1930
A Hollywood Theme Song
MovieDec 7, 1930

A Hollywood Theme Song

A Hollywood Theme Song released.
The Woman Racket
MovieJan 24, 1930

The Woman Racket

During a raid on a speakeasy, a cop finds himself attracted to …
During a raid on a speakeasy, a cop finds himself attracted to a pretty female employee. Instead of arresting her and taking her to jail, he not only helps her escape but takes her out to dinner. Eventually they marry, but it's not long before the new bride starts to yearn for the excitement of her life back at the speakeasy. Against her husband's wishes, she goes back there and is noticed by the joint's owner, who offers her a job. She decides to take the job, leave her husband and go back to her old life, but things don't turn out quite the way she expected.
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1879
Lew Kelly
BirthAugust 1879

Lew Kelly

Lew Kelly was born.
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