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AFI : Columbia

Works: 3,058 works in 3,163 publications in 2 languages and 70 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  History  Romantic comedy films  Filmed operettas  Musical films 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by AFI : Columbia
Jolson sings again [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1949 and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the request of his wife, Julie Benson, entertainer Al Jolson had retired from show business, but when she hears him sing at a nightclub, she realizes that he loves singing and can never give it up and leaves him. Al does not understand why she would leave and flies to New York to bring her home, but by the time he arrives, Julie has disappeared. When Al's friend and former manager, Steve Martin, joins him, Al asks Steve to find him a job. Al starts performing again, but when he learns that Julie has gotten a divorce, he leaves the show. Even though the country is at war, Al tries to forget his troubles by traveling, buying racehorses and prizefighters, and dating many different women. When Mrs. Yoelson, Al's mother, becomes ill with pneumonia, it takes so long to find Al that she dies before he can return home. After Al finally comes home, his father gently makes it clear that he disapproves of the way Al is spending his time now that the country is at war. Later, Steve reveals that he has taken a job booking talent to entertain the troops, and Al signs up, although he is afraid that the young soldiers will not remember him. In Alaska, he meets Col. Ralph Bryant, a movie producer in civilian life, who remembers him from his childhood in Duluth, Minnesota. His warm regard gives Al the boost he needs, and his tour is very successful. Eventually, Al collapses with a fever and wakes up in a hospital, attended by attractive nurse Ellen Clark, who comes from Arkansas. Ellen's down-to-earth, Southern manner charms both Al and his father, who is visiting the hospital. On her last night before transferring to an Arkansas hospital, Ellen has dinner with Cantor Yoelson, who tells her how much he appreciates her advice to Al to relax and enjoy life. Although he is not well enough to entertain the troops, Al now performs at hospitals, traveling around the world until he arrives at the Arkansas hospital where Ellen is working. Al and Ellen start to fall in love, even though Ellen is much younger than Al. She encourages him to go back on stage, but urges him to get more out of life than just singing. In California, Al collapses again and undergoes an operation on his lungs. Ellen hurries to his side, and they are married. Because Ellen wants Al to face his past, the couple moves into the Encino house that he shared with Julie. They are happy together, but Ellen realizes that Al wants to go back to work. When she asks Steve to find him some work, however, Steve confesses that no one on Broadway wants to hire Al. After Cantor Yoelson arrives for a long visit, Ellen talks a reluctant Al into singing at a Community Chest benefit. The organizers of the benefit reluctantly include him, but put him last on the program. Although many people have already left by the time Al sings, he is a hit with those who remain. In the audience is Bryant, who is again working as a producer, and he decides to approach Al with an idea for a movie based on his life. The following day, Bryant proposes that Al sing new versions of his famous songs, which would then be dubbed over the actor who would play him in the film. The new recordings are well-received, and young actor Larry Parks is chosen to play Al in the film. At the preview, Al is so nervous that he almost passes out from an overdose of tranquilizers, but the film is a great success. Al's records are again popular, and he is given a radio program. When the next benefit is held, Al is one of the featured performers, and is watched by his proud father and a radiant Ellen"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
The king steps out( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Set in 19th century Vienna, the plot concerns a sprightly young lady (opera star Grace Moore) who wishes to rescue her sister from marrying their cousin, the "wicked" Emperor Franz Josef (Franchot Tone). Disguised as a dressmaker, the girl instantly falls in love with the young monarch herself, and sings her way into his heart."--New York Times Review website
Blackmailer( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

They all kissed the bride. [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1942 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The More the merrier [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1943 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

George Stevens' The talk of the town by George Stevens( Visual )

1 edition published in 1942 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"When a charming fugitive, a beautiful teacher, and a stuffy lawyer are forced to become roommates, their unconventional relationship is suddenly the talk of the town in this madcap romantic comedy. When accused arsonist Leopold Dilg escapes jail, he hides out in the home of friend Nora. Posing as a gardener, Dilg teams up with Nora to convince her summer tenant, Supreme Court candidate Michael Lightcap that Dilg was framed"--Videodisc sleeve
A Thousand and one nights [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1945 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Flying targets( Visual )

1 edition published in 1940 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Summary: Hunters fire at game birds in flight
The Miracle Rider, Ch 2: The Firebird Strikes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1935 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Green archer, Ch01: Prison bars beckon( Visual )

1 edition published in 1940 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mister Antonio( Visual )

1 edition published in 1929 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Antonio Camaradino, florist and street musician, befriends a man robbed of his overcoat and money in a disreputable bar. Tony recognizes the man as Jorny, mayor of Avalonia, a straitlaced town where Tony was once arrested for playing his hurdy-gurdy. After this meeting, Tony's travels take him again to Avalonia. Camped on the outskirts of town, he meets June Ramsey, a cousin of the mayor's wife, ejected from town by the mayor because his reelection campaign is jeopardized by her having been seen in a roadhouse. Under considerable pressure because he wishes to conceal his previous encounter with Tony from the opposition, Jorny returns Tony's favor by asking June's forgiveness and inviting her to return to Avalonia. June accepts his apologies; she then follows Tony, with whom she has fallen in love"--AFI catalog, 1921-1930
Lady luck( Visual )

1 edition published in 1936 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Summary: Manicurist is mistaken for sweepstakes winner
Oily to bed, oily to rise( Visual )

1 edition published in 1939 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Air hawks( Visual )

1 edition published in 1935 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Millionaire Martin Drewen, owner of Consolidated Airlines, thinks rival owner Barry Eldon's air mail scheme is too risky to invest in and urges him to sell his Independent Transcontinental Lines to him. However, at a meeting, Barry's pilots urge him not to sell out but to try to expand his own company. As Barry leaves the airport, he encounters the ravishing Renee Dupont in a taxi. That evening, Barry and Renee meet again at Victor Arnold's casino, where she works as a dancer. Meanwhile, Arnold shows Consolidated's representative his hideout. There, in a secret laboratory, the Russo-German scientist, Shutter, has developed a destructive ray gun. Consolidated's chief accepts Arnold's plan to build a full-scale ray gun, which will then be used to destroy their competitors' airplanes. With Shutter at the controls, the ray gun destroys one of Barry's airplanes. Meanwhile, two government men suspect what is happening and order Barry to ground his airplanes, but not before another airplane is destroyed. Barry decides to bet the airline's survival on a new speed plane with which he will try to beat the transcontinental record. Meanwhile, Tiny Davis, a reporter friend of Barry's, discovers Arnold's hideout and investigates, then tells Barry. A phone number Tiny noticed on the wall leads them to Arnold's casino, where Barry finds a map of his airline's routes and the bills for the devices required to build Shutter's ray gun. Renee discovers Arnold's and Drewen's collaboration and warns Barry of their plot to kill him. Renee pretends to flee with Arnold on an airplane, which unknown to him, is piloted by Barry. Barry forces Arnold to point out Shutter's truck on the road below. He then dives at the truck, bombing and destroying it. Meanwhile, Lewis has convinced the famous aviator, Wiley Post, to join him in flying the speed plane in Barry's place. After Drewen is captured, Renee accompanies Barry to Washington to sign a new contract"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Kiss and tell. [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1945 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hollywood cowboy( Visual )

and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"After shooting a western in the wilds of Wyoming, screen cowboy Jeff Carson decides to stick around for a while to help his pal, Shakespeare Holmes, get over a messy divorce by roughing it for a while. Traveling incognito, the two get jobs as real cowhands and no sooner do they get their gear to the bunkhouse than they're caught up in a range war. A crooked Cattleman's Protection Bureau is extorting money from local ranchers and those who refuse to cooperate are harassed or killed. The outlaws even come up with the novel idea of using a low-flying plane to stampede their victims' herds. Jeff calls on a pilot friend of his to fly to Wyoming and join in a search for the mystery aircraft. After a deadly aerial duel brings the outlaw flier down, Jeff decides to take his air war to the gang's hideout"--Container
Sign of the ram [Trailer]( Visual )

1 edition published in 1948 and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Menace( Visual )

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

"Using the alias Robert Crockett, Ronald Quayle returns home to England, to seek revenge for being wrongfully accused of his father's murder. Ronald suspects that the murder was committed by his beautiful, young stepmother Caroline and her lover, Jack Utterson, who is posing as her brother. Their testimony sent Ronald to prison, from which he escaped with his cellmate Anderson. Once out of prison, Ronald and Anderson fled to America and worked in an oil field. An explosion scarred Ronald's face, but plastic surgeon Dr. H. Jorgensen performed an operation which gave him a completely different appearance. During the time that Ronald was in America, Caroline spent all of Ronald's father's fortune and was forced to put the Quayle home up for sale. Upon his arival in England, Ronald goes to his former home and pretends to be a potential buyer. Thanks to his new face and assumed identity, Ronald is not recognized by Caroline, who flirts with him and initiates a romance. Meanwhile, Ronald's former sweetheart, Peggy Lowell, is assigned by Scotland Yard Inspector Tracy to assist a bailiff in inventorying the house in hopes that she will find evidence to clear Ronald's name. Ronald then informs Sam Louis, one of Caroline's cohorts, and Jack that he intends to elope to New York with Caroline, which raises their suspicions that she may double-cross them. Further igniting the men's fears is a magnificent necklace that Ronald presents to her. At a Halloween party soon after, Ronald plants the necklace on Sam, who is then killed by Jack, who believes that Sam stole the jewels. Ronald goes to Tracy and shows him Sam's corpse, which has been hidden in a sarcopohagus. A fight in the vicinity of a feathered serpent statue ensues between Ronald and Jack. The statue falls on Jack and, as he lies dying, he confesses to the murder of Ronald's father and implicates Caroline also. After Ronald is cleared of the charges against him, he and Peggy are left in possession of Quayle Manor"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Tokyo Joe( Visual )

2 editions published in 1949 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Joe Barrett arrives in Tokyo after the war, intending to re-open his club, Tokyo Joe's. Although it is illegal to operate a gambling club in American-occupied Japan, Joe makes a trip to the off-limits club, which is currently managed by his Japanese partner, Ito. After Ito tells Joe that Trina, his Russian wife, did not die during the war, Joe rushes to her house, where he learns that she divorced him during the war and is now married to American lawyer Mark Landis. Joe, who is still in love with Trina, vows to get her back, and to this end, applies for an airline franchise, which would allow him to stay in Japan after his visitor's visa expires. Learning that Joe's application will take a long time to process, Ito introduces him to Baron Kimura, a gangster, who agrees to pressure Landis in exchange for a partnership in the airline. Later, in response to Joe's questions, Trina reveals that unknown to Landis, she worked for the Japanese during the war in order to protect her baby. Thus, Joe learns that he has a daughter, Anya. Not wishing to hurt his child or ruin her stepfather's career by revealing Trina's past, Joe speaks directly to Landis, who willingly agrees to help Joe obtain the necessary permits. Although Joe and Ito believe Kimura is shipping something illegal on their planes, they have no proof. One day, Kimura orders Joe to fly to Seoul, Korea, to pick up a load of antique pottery, and along with the pottery, the pilots transport a Japanese stranger. Later, Landis learns about Trina's past and turns her in to the authorities, planning to clear her name. The American authorities then tell Joe that 'Kamikazi,' his Japanese pilot, is an American agent who has learned that Kimura plans to smuggle Japanese war criminals back into the country to organize an anti-American Communist movement. The authorities ask Joe to deliver the criminals to them. Suspecting that Joe may not be trustworthy, Kimura kidnaps Anya with the help of her nanny, who works for him. Meanwhile, the Japanese take over the controls of the plane and land at a small airport. After they disable Joe's plane and set it on fire, the Japanese are surrounded and captured by waiting American soldiers, who have been dispersed to every airfield in the vicinity. Anya is still missing, however, and the Japanese refuse to reveal her whereabouts. Joe then discovers Ito, who has begun to commit sepuku, a traditional Japanese form of suicide. Before Ito dies, he tells Joe that Anya is in the neighboring cellar. While soldiers surround the area, Joe goes into the cellar alone and overcomes Kimura and his men. He is able to rescue Anya, but is fatally wounded in the struggle"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
El mago = The magician( Visual )

in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Follows the amorous adventures of a magician
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