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Churchill, Berton 1876-1940

Works: 47 works in 71 publications in 1 language and 3,164 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Western films  Musical films  Film adaptations  Film noir  Action and adventure films  Juvenile works  Motion pictures  Children's films  Comedy films 
Roles: Actor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Berton Churchill
Stagecoach by John Ford( Visual )

12 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and held by 2,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the all-time classic westerns, "Stagecoach" is set against the impressive backdrop of Monument Valley in Utah and tells the story of a mixed group of travellers who are making their way across the country to Arizona. They are endangered by an Indian war party and this, along with their personal histories, results in difficulties. The film pays particular attention to the character studies of the group and is a taut psychological piece
Dames by Busby Berkeley( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A musical comedy film about an eccentric multimillionaire who hates musicals, his granddaughter who stars in them, and their friends and family members caught in the middle
Steamboat 'round the bend by John Ford( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When riverboat captain Doctor John Pearly learns that his nephew Duke has killed a man in self-defense, he urges Duke to turn himself in. But Dukeś only chance for freedom is the testimony of a half-crazed witness, New Moses, who has disappeared upriver
The big stampede Ride him, cowboy and Haunted gold( Visual )

3 editions published between 1932 and 2007 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Mexico Territory Governor Lew Wallace sends Deputy Sherif John Steele into the New Mexico Territory to end the cattle rustling. Undercover, John hangs around the area's biggest town as a drifter and a drunk. His investigation centers around two factions doing the rustling - Sonora Joe and Sam Crew. Crew, who poses as a respectable citizen, employs men like Arizona Frank Bailey to do his dirty work. John joins a wagon train of settlers and 5000 head of cattle and becomes friends with the leader, Cal Brett and his niece Ginger Malloy. Arizona and his men raid the camp and Brett is killed by Arizona in the ensuing gun battle. Sonora Joe and his rustlers watch the battle and decide the herd is ripe for their picking. The resourceful John and his marvel horse Duke save the herd
La chevauchée fantastique by John Ford( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nine travelers in a stagecoach are hunted by Indians. A classic western film which raised John Wayne to stardom
The rainmakers( Visual )

3 editions published between 1935 and 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professional rainmakers BIlly and Roscoe are summoned to the drought-stricken farming community of Lima. Everyone in town hopes that Roscoe's magnetic rain-making contraption will bring about a cloudburst, everyone, that is, except town banker, who wants the drought to continue so he can buy up all the land at dirt-cheap prices
Kentucky moonshine( Visual )

3 editions published between 1938 and 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Down on their luck, The Ritz Brothers pass themselves off as hillbillies in order to land a radio booking
I am a fugitive from a chain gang by Mervyn LeRoy( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the cruelty and misery suffered by an ex-soldier wrongly condemned to hard labor on a Georgia chain gang
The dark horse( Visual )

2 editions published between 1932 and 2005 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To break a deadlock at the Progressive party convention, dark horse candidate Zachary Hicks is nominated. Hicks is 'so dumb that every time he opens his mouth he subtracts from the sum total of human knowledge, ' and the party leaders despair of getting him elected governor. Kay Russell, the secretary, suggests that they hire her boyfriend, Hal S. Blake, as campaign manager. They agree, only to find that he is in jail for non-payment of alimony. After they bail him out, Hal sets to work coaching Hicks, advising him to answer all questions, 'well, yes, and again, no.' When the conservative candidate, Underwood, gives the same Abraham Lincoln speech that Hal has planned for Hicks, Hal jumps up on stage and accuses him of plagiarism. Hicks continues to make public appearances all over the state without ever stating his position on the issues. Hal's ex-wife Maybelle visits campaign headquarters to demand her late alimony payment. Although Joe, Hal's assistant, tells her that Hal is not in the office, Hicks, who finds her attractive, tries to impress her by leading her directly to Hal. Hal somehow manages to come up with her weekly payment, but she is angry about its lateness, so when the opposition campaign manager approaches her with a plan to compromise Hicks, she agrees. On election eve, just after Kay finally agrees to marry him, Hal finds out that Maybelle has taken Hicks across the state line to the country, where they are to be found together playing strip poker. He manages to get Hicks away in time, but when members of the opposition discover Hal and Maybelle together, they threaten to arrest Hal under the Mann Act, and he is forced to remarry Maybelle. Kay is furious until Hal explains that he has accepted a job in Nevada and will get a Reno divorce with no alimony"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Angels wash their faces( Visual )

1 edition published in 1939 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Billy, Huntz, Leo and other scrappy kids of slum-ridden Beale Street have gone and done it. They've won the Boys Week competition and the right to hold honorary offices as mayor, police chief, and the like ... With the help of an earnest deputy D.A., the gang aims to use their symbolic powers to free a wrongly jailed pal and bring down an arson racket that's blighting the neighborhood"- Container
Black gold( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wildcat riggers risk their lives in the pursuit of oil. Their jobs get even more dangerous when ruthless oil baron, J.G. Anderson sets his sights on thier territory. When longtime driller Dan O'Reilly falls to his death from a well tower sabotaged by Anderson's strong-arm thugs, his teenage son "Fishtail" inherits the property and the troubles that come with it. With the help of his geologist pal Hank Langford, the boy fights to bring in a gusher before the deed to the well-site expires
Madame Butterfly( Visual )

1 edition published in 1932 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Married 'till death do them part, ' but her family feels she has dishonored them and disowns her. In the meantime, Pinkerton has wed Adelaide and returns to Cho-cho San only long enough to tell her of his marriage. Steadfast, Cho-cho San does not reveal they have a son, although she is devastated by Pinkerton's betrayal and her own sense of shame. After sending her son to her family accompanied by her servant, Suzuki, Cho-cho San commits hara-kiri"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The way of all flesh( Visual )

2 editions published in 1940 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The classic tragedy of the downfall of a good man in his folly. Paul Kriza, a respectable bank cashier, leaves his wife Anna and their children to seek greater fortunes in the big city. But instead of making his mark, he makes a mess of his prospects, and he ends up destitute. Ashamed to face his family, he remains in the city, and is presumed to be dead until, one day, he decides to revisit his former happy home."--Container
Peter B. Kyne's Black gold( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dimples by William A Seiter( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Onstage in blackface. The professor is arrested upon exiting the stage, but the police, Mrs. Drew and Colonel Loring agree to remain until the end of the play rather than disrupt it. Moved to tears by Eva's deathbed scene, as played by Dimples, Mrs. Drew calls the play beautiful and tells the police to let the professor go. A year later, after a performance, Allen, now with Betty, announces to an audience which includes the professor, who kisses Mrs. Drew's shoulder, the first presentation in New York of a minstrel show, in which Dimples is starred"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Family collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flying wild: The East Side Kids tackle airborne spies and the gang gets right in the thick of the mystery
Quick money( Visual )

1 edition published in 1938 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"When Blueford H. Smythe, a seemingly prosperous tycoon, returns to his home town of Glenwood, Kansas, he is treated like a dignitary by everyone except the mayor, Jonas Tompkins. Instinctively suspicious of his former classmate, Jonas balks when he hears that Smythe and his secretary, Ambrose Ames, have been discussing with members of the city council a plan to turn Glenwood into a resort. Unknown to the town, Smythe and Ambrose are a seasoned confidence team, who have no trouble convincing the council members to buy stock in their phony company. Determined to protect the school fund from Smythe's scheming, Jonas refuses to cooperate with the council, and consequently he and his family are ostracized by the town. At Ambrose's urging, Smythe calls on Jonas' wife Lyda and, using his status as a former sweetheart, suggests that she pressure Jonas into changing his attitude. To placate the town, Lyda invites Smythe and the resort committee to dinner, but her efforts are sabotaged by her son Freddie, a science whiz, who plants explosives and other gags in the food. After Jonas announces that, as mayor, he is prohibiting the sale of stocks, the town rallies to have him impeached. Just before the special election, however, Bill, a young reporter who is engaged to Jonas' daughter Alice, undertakes an investigation into Smythe's past. On the eve of the election, Bill receives a wire from the F.B.I. suggesting that he photograph Smythe for positive identification. Bill tricks Smythe into posing for him, then leaves with the photograph for the regional F.B.I. office. To prevent the town from impeaching him before Bill returns, Jonas and Freddie engineer a series of election stalls. With only seconds to spare, Jonas is saved by the arrival of an F.B.I. agent, who announces to the stunned town that Smythe and Ambrose are notorious confidence men. At last vindicated, Jonas is re-elected by a landslide"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Husband's holiday( Visual )

1 edition published in 1931 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"George Boyd has been having an affair with Christine Kennedy, and finally confesses to his wife Mary, who as it turns out, has known for some time. Although George moves in with Christine, Mary refuses to grant him a divorce, believing his love affair is trivial in comparison to their marriage, for which she has worked so hard, and their children, Anne and Philip. Mary's mother is against her decision, after having divorced Mary's father because of his one-night affair. Mary refuses to divorce even after Christine lies that she is pregnant, and tells Christine she should not use sex as a weapon to destroy her home. Mary finally gives in, however, when her sister, Cecily Reid, admits that she is in love with a married man, and that when the love is true, it is a miserable existence. George is saddened by Mary's change of heart, and is even less sure of himself when the family lawyer, Andrew Trask, informs him of his intention to marry Mary. Christine throws a dinner party to introduce George to her friends, but he arrives late in a foul mood. After the guests depart, Christine realizes that George is still in love with his wife and attempts suicide. Christine survives, and George renews his promise to marry her. During Christmas, Christine gives a note to George to give to Mary, telling him it is a thank-you note for a plant that Mary had given her. When Mary opens the note, however, she learns that Christine has left town, admitting that George has always been in love with her. Mary informs George she has no intention of marrying Trask, and after he reads the letter, he reaffims his love for Mary and reunites with her"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Week ends only( Visual )

1 edition published in 1932 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"After her wealthy father goes broke and dies following the stock market crash, former debutante Venetia Carr cannot find a job. Her friend and former butler, Martin, who did not have his money in stocks, then hires her as a hostess at his speakeasy, the most exclusive in New York. When Arthur Ladden, a rich older patron, invites Venetia to his chateau in the mountains for his weekend houseparty, she accepts under her terms: that she is obliged only to act as a hostess. As she returns in the morning to her modest room, she spies a neighbor stealing a bottle of milk outside her door. The man, Jack Williams, a struggling artist, appeals to Venetia's sense of humor, and she invites him to breakfast. Although Venetia evades Ladden's attempted intimacies at the chateau, he hires her for the rest of the summer weekends. With her newly earned money, Venetia decides to buy secretly some of Jack's artwork, and she sends Martin to purchase a picture for $150. Happy that he now does not have to look for work, Jack begins a portrait of Venetia to enter in a competition from which he could win a trip to Europe to study and $2,000. During their sessions together, Jack and Venetia fall in love. After Jack runs out of money again, Martin sends his bartender and later his washroom attendant to purchase drawings. When Ladden sees Jack's work hanging in Martin's office and learns that Venetia has been helping the artist, he suspects a rival and arranges for Jack to come to his chateau on a Sunday, ostensibly to paint murals for his aquarium. When Jack arrives, he sees Venetia with Ladden and hears a drunk call her Ladden's mistress. Believing the drunk, Jack leaves and changes the portrait so that Venetia appears half-naked with a devil over her shoulder offering her jewelry. When he tells her he will enter the new picture in the competition, Venetia says she never wants to see him again. Jack wins the competition and plans to sail for Europe, while Venetia accepts Ladden's offer to accompany him to Europe. On the evening they are to leave, Jack goes to Martin's club, where he recognizes the washroom attendant, bartender and then Martin himself as the men who bought his work. When Martin tells Jack that Venetia put up the money to buy his work and that she is only going with Ladden to forget him, Martin rushes to the boat, where he embraces Venetia. Seeing this, Ladden, graciously leaves them alone"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
False faces( Visual )

1 edition published in 1932 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Berton Churchill Canadian actor

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Churchill, Bert, 1876-1940

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