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AFI : Columbia

Works: 3,008 works in 3,163 publications in 3 languages and 69 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Musical films  History 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Jolson sings again ( visu )
1 edition published in 1949 in No Linguistic Content and held by 2 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
Hollywood cowboy ( visu )
in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 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
Blackmailer ( visu )
1 edition published in 1936 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
The Menace ( visu )
1 edition published in 1932 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 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
This thing called love [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1941 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Lady luck ( visu )
1 edition published in 1936 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Summary: Manicurist is mistaken for sweepstakes winner
The Green archer, Ch01: Prison bars beckon ( visu )
1 edition published in 1940 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Seven eleven Ocean Drive [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1950 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
Commandos strike at dawn ( visu )
1 edition published in 1942 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
"In 1939, the residents of a peaceful Norwegian fishing village gather to celebrate the wedding of Anna and Gunner Korstad. That evening, as widower Eric Toresen dances with Judith Bowen, the daughter of a British admiral, Bergesen, the town pessimist, worries about the encroaching German forces. After they finish their dance, Eric introduces Judith, who is scheduled to sail for England the next day with her father and brother Robert, to his young daughter Solveig. Soon after Eric bids a melancholy farewell to Judith, Hitler begins his march across Europe and into Norway. After seizing power from the Norwegian government, the Germans proclaim that resistance will be met with death and impose rigid curfews and restrictions on the residents of the fishing village. When Bergesen questions their actions, the Germans arrest him and take him away for questioning. After hoisting the Nazi flag over the village, the Germans proceed to burn objectionable books, confiscate the villagers' supplies and indoctrinate their children. When Solveig returns home from school one day and recites the lesson of German superiority taught her by a Nazi officer, Eric protests to her teacher. In reply, the teacher wistfully speaks of joining the Norwegian resistance movement in England. Soon after, Bergesen, now a broken old man after his experience with the Nazis, returns home. Outraged by the Nazis' barbarism, Eric admonishes the villagers to unite and form an underground resistance movement. Anna, fearing for her life and that of her husband Gunner, pleads to let others fight their battles for them. Gunner joins the resistance, however, and one day is arrested and executed for his activities. In retaliation, Eric stabs the German officer who ordered his execution, then seeks safety for his daughter and takes her to Mrs. Olav's cabin in the hills above the village. Exhausted, Eric falls asleep there and is awakened the next morning by the sound of German trucks. Eric and Solveig hide in a well, and after searching the house, the Germans inform Mrs. Olav that they have taken five villagers hostage, her grandson among them, and will execute them unless Eric surrenders within two days. Entrusting Solveig to Mrs. Olav's care, Eric takes cover in the woods, where he overhears some German soldiers discussing the construction of a secret German airstrip there. Realizing that he must notify the British about the airstrip, Eric asks Johan Garmo to transport him to England in his fishing boat. When Garmo tells Eric about the killing of the hostages, Eric decides to surrender, but Garmo convinces him that he must remain free because his mission is crucial. Agreeing to convey Eric and several others to England, Garmo asks innkeeper Karl Arnesen to join them. After accepting Garmo's offer, Karl informs the Germans of their plans and is given a silent dog whistle with which to summon the German troops once he boards the boat. As the men gather in the woods to meet Garmo that night, Karl's wife Hilma warns Eric of her husband's treachery. Upon casting off from shore, Eric seizes Karl's whistle and pushes him overboard to certain death. Days later, the little boat lands in England and Eric travels to London to tell Admiral Bowen about the airstrip. After agreeing to lead a troop of British commandos to the strip, Eric meets Judith again. When Eric is ordered to immediately fly with Robert, now a soldier, to Scotland, Judith follows him there. On the eve of his mission, Eric proposes to Judith, and after she accepts, he ships out with the commandos. Under Eric's navigation, the British ship sails across the North Sea, up the fjords and to a river leading to the airstrip. As the commandos disembark, Robert dispatches two men to find Solveig. After a prolonged battle with the Germans, the commandos destroy the airstrip and return victoriously to their ship. When the men sent to find Solveig report that she and Mrs. Olav are being held prisoner at the inn, Robert and Eric lead the troops to free her. In the ensuing combat, Eric and Robert are both killed by German bullets, but the commandos overpower the Germans and free their prisoners. As Solveig and the other villagers sail to safety in England, they vow to return home to Norway one day. ... Featured actual commando trainees from the Canadian Scottish, Sault Ste. Marie, Rocky Mountain Rangers and Royal Rifles divisions of the Canadian Army. A quartet of underground warfare experts from Canada's Norwegian Flying School served as technical directors on the film, according to another unidentified contemporary source. Director John Farrow had been a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy until a war injury forced his retirement early in the war. A news item in PM adds that the Canadian government loaned planes, pilots and warships to the production"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
Son of the guardsman gallant fighter of the greenwood ( visu )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Sign of the ram [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1948 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Kiss and tell. [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1945 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
The Miracle Rider, Ch 2: The Firebird Strikes ( visu )
1 edition published in 1935 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Music in my heart ( visu )
1 edition published in 1940 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Summary: "It's a Blue World",title song,3 more by "Tune Up Time" radio singer
Air hawks ( visu )
1 edition published in 1935 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 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
Flying targets ( visu )
1 edition published in 1940 in Spanish and held by 1 library worldwide
Summary: Hunters fire at game birds in flight
They all kissed the bride. [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1942 in German and held by 1 library worldwide
Oily to bed, oily to rise ( visu )
1 edition published in 1939 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
Doolins of Oklahoma. [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1949 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
My name is Julia Ross [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1945 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
"Out of work following an appendectomy, Julia Ross desparately scans the classified ads in search of a job. Attracted by a notice from the Allison Employment Agency, Julia proceeds to their office, where she is interviewed by Mrs. Sparkes, who is looking for a private secretary for Mrs. Williamson Hughes. Upon ascertaining that Julia has no family, Mrs. Sparkes hires her and instructs her to move into the Hughes home that evening. After Julia leaves the office to pack her bags, Mrs. Sparkes informs Mrs. Hughes that now that they have found a candidate, they can close the agency. As Julia gathers her belongings at Mrs. Mackie's rooming house, she runs into her former beau, Dennis Bruce, and they make a date for the following evening. Before leaving, Julia hands Bertha, Mrs. Mackie's maid, her back rent and a forwarding address. Bertha, who thinks that Julia is condescending toward her, pockets the money, however, and tears up the address. That night, while Julia slumbers at her new residence, her purse and clothing are removed from her room and destroyed. After Julia fails to keep her date with Dennis, he goes to the Hughes's house and is informed by a police officer that Mrs. Hughes and her son Ralph have moved. When Dennis questions Mrs. Mackie about Julia's forwarding address, Bertha admits to tearing up the paper that Julia entrusted to her. Bertha mentions that Julia got her job through the Allison Employment Agency, so Dennis visits the agency and discovers that it has closed. The next day, Julia awakens in a strange room and discovers that she is dressed in a nightgown monogrammed with the initials 'M.H.' Soon after, a nurse named Alice enters her room and addresses her as Mrs. Hughes. When Julia becomes agitated, the nurse summons Julia's 'husband,' and Ralph and his mother appear at the doorway and call her Marion. After Julia demands an explanation, Mrs. Hughes states that Julia is mentally deranged and believes that she is someone else. When Mrs. Sparkes enters the room and identifies herself as the Hughes's housekeeper, Julia realizes that she is being held prisoner in a sinister seaside mansion. That night, Julia is awakened by a shadowy hand, and when she sees a man's reflection in her bedstand mirror, she screams. Drawn by Julia's shrieks, Mrs. Hughes appears at the door and insists that Julia was simply startled by a prowling cat. After leaving Julia's room, Mrs. Hughes warns Ralph to be more prudent and confiscates a pocket knife that he has been nervously fingering. The next morning, Julia bolts out the front door and runs toward the gate, where she is stopped by the gatekeeper. When the man leaves his post to report to the house, Julia pencils a plea for help on a scrap of newspaper, wraps it around a rock and tosses it onto the road. Later, a car pulls into the Hughes's driveway, and Julia, thinking that it is the police answering her summons, eagerly greets them. Her hopes are dashed when the occupants of the car introduce themselves as Reverend Jonathan Lewis, his sister, Mrs. Susan Robinson, and his sister's husband. When Julia blurts out that she is being held prisoner, Mrs. Hughes declares that she is hysterical and suffering from a nervous breakdown. On the drive back to town, the reverend realizes that Julia is hiding in his backseat, turns the vehicle around and delivers her to Ralph. Back at the house, Mrs. Hughes and Ralph are plotting how to make Julia's murder appear as suicide when Mrs. Hughes discovers a plea for help that Julia has addressed to Dennis. After Mrs. Hughes removes the letter from its envelope and replaces it with a blank piece of paper, Ralph decides to mollify Julia by agreeing to drive her into town so that she can post the letter. Julia outsmarts them however, and discards the blank sheet, replacing it with another entreaty for help. Upon returning home that night, Julia hears the cat crying and finds him trapped behind a panel in the wall leading to a secret passageway. After taking a few steps into the passageway, Julia overhears Mrs. Hughes planning to murder her that evening. Ralph, who married his wife Marion for her money and then slashed her to death with his knife, is reassured by his mother that Julia's murder will be made to look like Marion's suicide. Desperate, Julia staggers back to her room and finds a bottle of poison. Upon discovering Julia's unconscious body, Mrs. Hughes calls a doctor to treat her, and when Julia regains consciousness, she tells the doctor that she did not ingest the poison. After informing the physician that Ralph killed the real Marion, she recounts sending the letter and asks him to hide her until Dennis arrives. The doctor is an impostor, however, and is really a man named Peters in the employ of Mrs. Hughes. After Mrs. Hughes sends Peters to London to intercept the letter, the real doctor arrives and Mrs. Hughes explains that Julia is insane. When the physician advises institutionalizing her, Mrs. Hughes asks him to return the next day. Meanwhile, Peters arrives in London and gains entry into Mrs. Mackie's boardinghouse by feigning interest in renting a room. After pocketing Julia's letter, he leaves, but as soon as Mrs. Mackie realizes that a letter is missing, she calls the police. That night, as Julia awaits her demise, she blockades the door to her room and then pries the bars from her window. When she screams, Mrs. Hughes and Ralph break down the door and see her figure splayed on the rocks below. At the break of dawn, the doctor arrives with his nurse and Mrs. Hughes informs him that Marion has committed suicide. To make sure that Julia is dead, Ralph runs to her body and is about to bludgeon her with a rock when a police officer, accompanied by Dennis, appears and announces that he is under arrest. After Julia climbs to her feet and explains that the figure he saw was only her robe and that she hid in the secret passageway until Dennis and the police appeared, Ralph knocks over the police officer and flees. Taking aim, the officer fells Ralph with a bullet. Dennis then drives Julia back to the sanity and security of London, and when he proposes that she become his wife, she accepts"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
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