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Ricardo Cortez

  • Sep 19, 1900 - Apr 28, 1977 (age 76)
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1977
Ricardo Cortez
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Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez passed away.
1958
The Last Hurrah
MovieOct 22, 1958

The Last Hurrah

An aging politician tries to get re-elected one last time in the …
An aging politician tries to get re-elected one last time in the changing world of the 1950s when TV started to play a bigger part in politics. Based loosely on the career of multi-term Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, this film examines the good and evil inherent in politics and all the things that go into an election. Tracy's uphill battle to stay in office is set against the political machinery that preyed on ethnic hatred and old-time money.
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1950
Bunco Squad
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MovieSep 1, 1950

Bunco Squad

Told in semi-documentary style, this film deals with a little …
Told in semi-documentary style, this film deals with a little-known section of the Los Angeles Police Department which is assigned solely to checking on the activities of fortune tellers, swamis, palmists, and other occult societies, missing only Sciencetology. The primary story has L.A. police detectives Steve Johnson and 'Mack' McManus tracking down a wave of suicides they think have been influenced by a swindler-murderer Anthony Wells. The latter runs a pretentious house staffed with occultists across the board, and is trying to embezzle from Jessica Royle, a wealthy widow whose son was killed in action in World War II. Johnson uses his fiancée/actress, Grace Bradshaw, as an undercover operative to get inside information.
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1947
Blackmail
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MovieJul 24, 1947

Blackmail

A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment …
A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he ...
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1946
The Locket
MovieDec 20, 1946

The Locket

Lovely Nancy seems like the ideal bride to fiancée John Willis...
Lovely Nancy seems like the ideal bride to fiancée John Willis... until, just before the ceremony, Willis is approached by Harry Blair, claiming to be Nancy's former husband. The tale Blair unfolds (in a flashback within a flashback within a flashback!) paints Nancy as a kleptomaniac, habitual liar, and perhaps worse. But is Blair telling the truth? And does fate have another surprise in store?
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The Inner Circle
MovieAug 7, 1946

The Inner Circle

A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. …
A private detective finds himself with a perfect new secretary. But after a notorious gossip columnist turns up murdered, she may prove too good to be true.
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1942
Tomorrow We Live
MovieSep 23, 1942

Tomorrow We Live

Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson …
Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo Cortez) who runs a desert night club several miles away. The Ghost knows that "Pop" Bronson is an escaped convict and blackmails him into using his desert shack as a warehouse for "hot" stolen rubber tires to be sold on the Black Market. In an effort to save her father, Julie sends her sweetheart, Bob Lord (William Marshall) an army lieutenant stationed at a nearby desert camp, away. A rival gang, led by Kohler (Frank Hagney), wrecks the crime czar's "pleasure of palace" and gives him a beating. The Ghost, believing Pop Bronson responsible, goes to his desert café and brutally shoots him before the horrified eyes of Julie.
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Rubber Racketeers
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MovieJun 26, 1942

Rubber Racketeers

Gilin, is just released from prison and now that the government …
Gilin, is just released from prison and now that the government has clamped down on the sale of tires, decides to enter the tire-stealing-for-resell racket. Driving home, he has a car wreck...
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1941
World Premiere
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MovieAug 20, 1941

World Premiere

World Premiere is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Ted …
World Premiere is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Ted Tetzlaff and written by Earl Felton. The film stars John Barrymore, Frances Farmer, Eugene Pallette, Virginia Dale, Ricardo Cortez, Sig Ruman and Don Castle. The film was released on August 21, 1941, by Paramount Pictures.
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1940
Murder Over New York
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MovieDec 13, 1940

Murder Over New York

Murder Over New York is a 1940 mystery film starring Sidney …
Murder Over New York is a 1940 mystery film starring Sidney Toler as Charlie Chan. Chan must solve a murder mystery while attending a police convention. Shemp Howard plays "Shorty McCoy" in an uncredited appearance.
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1939
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
MovieNov 3, 1939

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence

During the Depression, New …
During the Depression, New York City store clerk Joe Riley saves money and buys a piece of land in Arizona. He is determined to become a farmer. Not having enough money for a bus ticket to Arizona, Joe decides to hitchhike there. On the way he befriends illegal immigrant Anita Santos who came to America to escape the civil war in Spain. Joe also meets hobo Tony Casselli who agrees to help Joe start his new farming business. Tony, Joe and Anita travel by freight train and run into trouble with the train conductors and railway police agents. At a hobo camp, Tony bumps into his old friend, Professor Townsend Thayer who joins them and contributes his life experience and wisdom to the group. But their fellowship runs into trouble with a group of hobos led by a ruffian named Hunk. To make matters worse, the police is looking for Anita on an immigration charge. Into a small town, they run into law-and-order Sheriff Clem Diggers who becomes suspicious of them and especially of Anita. Low on money and food, the group of unlikely friends must resort to stealing food and clothing. Arizona seems as far as ever.
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Charlie Chan in Reno
MovieMay 31, 1939

Charlie Chan in Reno

Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a …
Mary Whitman, an old friend of Charlie's in Reno for a divorce, finds herself accused of murdering the woman her husband planned to marry after the decree became final.
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Mr. Moto's Last Warning
MovieJan 20, 1939

Mr. Moto's Last Warning

A Japanese man claiming to …
A Japanese man claiming to be Mr Moto, of the International Police, is abducted and murdered soon after disembarking from a ship at Port Said in Egypt. The real Mr Moto is already in Port Said, investigating a conspiracy against the British and French governments. The dead man was his colleague, impersonating him to throw the conspirators off his scent. Mr Moto recognises one of the conspirators as a British Secret Service agent, and together they discover that the gang have mined the harbour in preparation for the arrival of the French fleet. Their aim is to throw the blame onto the British, which may start a second World War.
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1936
Talk of the Devil
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MovieDec 9, 1936

Talk of the Devil

A ruthless businessman tries to steal his brother's successful …
A ruthless businessman tries to steal his brother's successful shipping company. He hires a gifted mimic to date one of his brother's daughters to get some inside information about the business. The mimic succeeds only too well, with tragic results.
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The Case of the Black Cat
MovieOct 31, 1936

The Case of the Black Cat

Lawyer Perry Mason is …
Lawyer Perry Mason is summoned to the Laxter mansion in the dead of night to write granddaughter Wilma out of invalid Peter Laxter's will, to keep her from marrying suspected fortune hunter Doug. Peter dies in a mysterious fire and Laxter's two grandsons, Sam Laxter and Frank Oafley, inherit his estate on the condition old caretaker Ashton and his cat Clinker are kept on. When cat-hating Sam threatens Clinker, Perry steps in and learns Laxter's death was suspicious and the family fortune and diamonds are missing.
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Postal Inspector
MovieAug 16, 1936

Postal Inspector

Postal inspectors track down money stolen from a railroad …
Postal inspectors track down money stolen from a railroad car.
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The Walking Dead
MovieFeb 29, 1936

The Walking Dead

A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for …
A gang of racketeers frames down-on-his-luck John Ellman for murder. After a trial finds him guilty, evidence is brought forth proving his innocence, but it is too late and he is executed anyway. A doctor sees an opportunity to use an experimental procedure to restore him to life but is that entirely possible? Desirable?
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The Murder of Dr. Harrigan
MovieJan 11, 1936

The Murder of Dr. Harrigan

Crotchety hospital …
Crotchety hospital administrator Peter Melady, self-proclaimed developer of a new wonder anaesthetic, is about to undergo a delicate operation to be performed by the glib Dr. Leo Harrigan, ...
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1935
Frisco Kid
MovieNov 30, 1935

Frisco Kid

Bat Morgan is nearly shanghaied on his way to the gold fields …
Bat Morgan is nearly shanghaied on his way to the gold fields of California. Instead he kills Shanghai Duck and becomes a hero in San Francisco's Barbary Coast. He winds up the rich owner of a saloon and gambling hall and is nearly lynched for a murder he didn't commit.
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Special Agent
MovieSep 14, 1935

Special Agent

Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for …
Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Alexander Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters ...
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Shadow of Doubt
MovieFeb 15, 1935

Shadow of Doubt

Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex …
Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight ...
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1934
I Am a Thief
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MovieNov 24, 1934

I Am a Thief

An insurance company hurt by a string of jewel thefts decides …
An insurance company hurt by a string of jewel thefts decides to smoke out the international community of thieves by putting the priceless Karenina diamond necklace up for auction. There are many interested parties, but jewel dealer Pierre Londais ultimately wins the bidding. Among the suspicious characters interested in the diamonds are a young woman named Odette Mauclair, a wealthy American named Colonel Jackson, and the mysterious Baron Von Kampf. There are robbery attempts at Londais's Paris hotel and later aboard the train to Istanbul. When the diamonds go missing, everyone aboard the train is a suspect.
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The Firebird
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MovieNov 3, 1934

The Firebird

Herman Brandt, a handsome but overly conceited actor, lives …
Herman Brandt, a handsome but overly conceited actor, lives in the same apartment building in Vienna as Carola and John Pointer and their 18-year-old daughter Mariette. One day, as Carola leaves to walk her dog, Brandt sides up to her and proposes she "visit" him at his apartment after everyone has gone to bed. Shocked and offended at his brazenness, she complains about him to the building manager, who orders Brandt to leave. He refuses, so the Pointers decide that they will move out instead. While they're packing, the police show up at their apartment with some bad news--Brandt has been found murdered, shot in the head, and since they were known to have quarreled with him, they are suspects. However, Inspector Muller, the detective investigating the murder, discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye.
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The Man with Two Faces
MovieAug 4, 1934

The Man with Two Faces

Actress Jessica Wells, sister …
Actress Jessica Wells, sister of actor Damon Wells, is on top of her form except when her husband Vance is around. When Vance takes her to the apartment of a theatrical producer she comes home incoherent and Vance is found dead in the vanished producer's hotel suite.
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Hat, Coat, and Glove
MovieJun 26, 1934

Hat, Coat, and Glove

Hat, Coat and Glove is a 1934 American pre-Code crime …
Hat, Coat and Glove is a 1934 American pre-Code crime drama film directed by Worthington Miner from a screenplay by Francis Faragoh. It starred Ricardo Cortez, Barbara Robbins, and John Beal.
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Wonder Bar
MovieFeb 28, 1934

Wonder Bar

Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves …
Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love ...
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Mandalay
MovieFeb 10, 1934

Mandalay

Mandalay is a 1934 American pre Code drama film directed by …
Mandalay is a 1934 American pre Code drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Austin Parker and Charles Kenyon based on a story by Paul Hervey Fox. The film stars Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland and Lyle Talbot, and features Ruth Donnelly and Reginald Owen.
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Christine Coniff Lee
Marriage1934

Christine Coniff Lee

Married Christine Coniff Lee.
The Big Shakedown
MovieJan 6, 1934

The Big Shakedown

Former bootlegger Nick Barnes pressures neighborhood …
Former bootlegger Nick Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate drugs. The money makes it possible for Jimmy to marry Norma Frank, a pharmacy clerk. Expecting a baby, she wants Jimmy to quit the racket. Beaten by the mob, Jimmy works on, diluting the medications still further. Norma is rushed to the hospital for a premature delivery and given bogus medication.
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1933
The House on 56th Street
MovieDec 2, 1933

The House on 56th Street

This movie opens in 1905, …
This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and...
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Torch Singer
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MovieSep 8, 1933

Torch Singer

Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and …
Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael.
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Midnight Mary
MovieJun 30, 1933

Midnight Mary

A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we …
A young woman is on trial for murder. In flashback, we learn of her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager -- a mistaken arrest and prison term for shoplifting and lack of employment lead to involvement with gangsters. In a brothel, she meets a young lawyer, scion of a wealthy and prestigious family, who falls for her and helps her turn around her life. But her past catches up with her, and she must face the music rather than cause him scandal.
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1932
The Phantom of Crestwood
MovieOct 14, 1932

The Phantom of Crestwood

Jenny Wren coerces banker …
Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men, each of whom she plans to extort money from. ...
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Thirteen Women
MovieSep 16, 1932

Thirteen Women

Shortly before shedding her snakeskin vamp persona for …
Shortly before shedding her snakeskin vamp persona for good by wrapping herself in the ermine confines of Nora Charles, Myrna Loy terrified and terrorized as the murderous mesmerist Ursula Georgi in the pre-Code horror show Thirteen Women. Following a racist sorority's cruel rebuff, half-caste Ursula embarks on a blood- thirsty trail of deceit and murder until only one woman is left to face her.
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Symphony of Six Million
MovieApr 14, 1932

Symphony of Six Million

A brilliant young doctor …
A brilliant young doctor grows away from his family and his community when his older brother convinces him to make his fortune as a Park Avenue doctor. He spends his time prescribing placebos to people who are not sick leaving no time for his clinic and his passion of genuine healing. When tragedy strikes, he sees where his obligations lie, but will it be too late?
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No One Man
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MovieJan 22, 1932

No One Man

When the boyfriend of a rich, bored socialite dies from a weak …
When the boyfriend of a rich, bored socialite dies from a weak heart, she finds herself attracted to the doctor who treated him, a hard-working idealist decidedly different from the usual spoiled society rich kids she is used to.
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1931
Men of Chance
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MovieDec 26, 1931

Men of Chance

Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, …
Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk...
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Bad Company
MovieOct 2, 1931

Bad Company

Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who …
Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who withal follows his own code of honor. Helen Twelvetrees co-stars as a trusting young woman who marries mob lawyer John Garrick, ...
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Transgression
MovieJun 12, 1931

Transgression

When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long …
When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes quite the courtesan, and meets a Spanish Don who falls in love with her. When her husband returns to meet her in Paris, she finds that the year has changed them both. She is charmed by the Spaniard and duped by him and his conniving valet to come to Spain, just to see him for a few days. While there, she falls in "love" with him, and writes a letter to her husband stating that she is going to leave him for the Spanish gentleman. A few minutes after the letter leaves, an old man comes to the estate, mad with anger and loss, shoots the charmer because he had fathered a child by his 16-year-old daughter and both died in childbirth. With this new-found knowledge, our lady frantically returns to her husband who truly loved her all along, hoping to stop the letter and save her marriage. Will she be able to intercept the dreaded letter before it gets to him?
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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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White Shoulders
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MovieMay 17, 1931

White Shoulders

White Shoulders is a lost 1931 American pre-Code comedy …
White Shoulders is a lost 1931 American pre-Code comedy-drama film directed by Melville W. Brown and starring Mary Astor and Jack Holt, with major supporting roles by Ricardo Cortez and Sidney Toler. The film was produced and distributed by RKO Pictures. The screenplay by Jane Murfin and J. Walter Ruben was adapted from Rex Beach's short story, The Recoil.
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Behind Office Doors
MovieMar 15, 1931

Behind Office Doors

Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind …
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.
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Ten Cents a Dance
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MovieFeb 20, 1931

Ten Cents a Dance

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi …
Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and quits dancing, but before that, she meets with the handsome and very rich Bradley. Barbara eventually starts dancing again, since her marriage is plagued by financial tension, and Bradley begins visiting her again. Eddie becomes jealous, accusing his wife of infidelity. He sees that alleged infidelity as an excuse to steal money from Bradley.
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Illicit
MovieFeb 14, 1931

Illicit

Ann, a young lady of scandalously "advanced" ideas, has been …
Ann, a young lady of scandalously "advanced" ideas, has been living in near-sin with blueblood lover Dick, due to her conviction that marriage will destroy their love. Finally, social pressure forces them to marry; in due course, it looks as if Ann was right. Her solution: to separate and return to dating. Can this marriage be saved?
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1930
Her Man
MovieSep 21, 1930

Her Man

Her Man is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film produced …
Her Man is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film produced and distributed by Pathé Exchange and directed by Tay Garnett. It starred Phillips Holmes, Helen Twelvetrees and Marjorie Rambeau. The film is a slightly disguised version of the stage play Frankie and Johnny.
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Montana Moon
MovieMar 20, 1930

Montana Moon

While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy …
While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On ...
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1929
The Lost Zeppelin
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MovieDec 20, 1929

The Lost Zeppelin

The Lost Zeppelin is a 1929 talking adventure film directed by …
The Lost Zeppelin is a 1929 talking adventure film directed by Edward Sloman and produced and distributed by Tiffany-Stahl. It stars Conway Tearle, Virginia Valli and Ricardo Cortez. Tearle plays a navy officer modeled on U. S. Navy Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd who was then a national aviation hero. Byrd made his own genuine Antarctic adventure With Byrd at the South Pole during his South Pole Expedition 1928-29.
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The Younger Generation
MovieMar 4, 1929

The Younger Generation

Young Morris Goldfish …
Young Morris Goldfish follows his immigrant father into business. His ruthless business practices cause him to become a big success, and he moves the family to Park Avenue. They go, but were happier back on the East Side. Morris is ashamed of this parents and his humble origins, but learns in the end that there is more to life than money.
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1927
The Private Life of Helen of Troy
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MovieDec 9, 1927

The Private Life of Helen of Troy

Queen Helen of Troy, in …
Queen Helen of Troy, in response to her husband Menelaus' lack of interest in her, elopes with Paris to Sparta. Menelaus, egged on by his henchman, starts a war with Paris, finally effecting the return of Helen. The time-honored custom demands that he have the pleasure of killing her, but her seductive loveliness restrains him.
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1926
Torrent
MovieFeb 8, 1926

Torrent

A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a …
A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After becoming an opera star in Paris, the girl returns to her homeland and finds her romance with the nobleman rekindled.
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Alma Rubens
MarriageFebruary 1926

Alma Rubens

Alma Rubens (February 19, 1897 – January 21, 1931) was an …
Alma Rubens (February 19, 1897 – January 21, 1931) was an American film actress and stage performer.
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1925
The Pony Express
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MovieSep 4, 1925

The Pony Express

The Pony Express is a 1925 American silent Western film …
The Pony Express is a 1925 American silent Western film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film was directed by James Cruze and starred his wife Betty Compson along with Ricardo Cortez, Wallace Beery, and George Bancroft. Prints of this film survive and has been released on DVD.
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The Swan
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MovieFeb 16, 1925

The Swan

The Swan (1925) is a silent film produced by Famous Players …
The Swan (1925) is a silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
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1900
Ricardo Cortez
BirthSeptember 1900

Ricardo Cortez

Ricardo Cortez was born.
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