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AFI : Columbia

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Works: 3,058 works in 3,163 publications in 3 languages and 70 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Film noir  History  Romantic comedy films  Filmed operettas  Musical films  Comedy films 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Publications about AFI : Columbia
Publications by AFI : Columbia
Most widely held works by AFI : Columbia
Jolson sings again [Trailer] ( 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
The More the merrier [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1943 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
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
The Green archer, Ch01: Prison bars beckon ( visu )
1 edition published in 1940 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
Oily to bed, oily to rise ( visu )
1 edition published in 1939 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
The phantom rider ( visu )
2 editions published in 1936 in No Linguistic Content and English and held by 1 library worldwide
A 15-episode serial in which Buck Grant, the Phantom Rider, helps rancher, Mary Grayson, fight off a band of outlaws out to seize her property. -- Internet Movie Database
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
Tokyo Joe ( visu )
2 editions published in 1949 in No Linguistic Content and Undetermined and held by 1 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
Flying targets ( visu )
1 edition published in 1940 in Spanish and held by 1 library worldwide
Summary: Hunters fire at game birds in flight
Blackmailer ( visu )
1 edition published in 1936 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
The king steps out ( visu )
1 edition published in 1936 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 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
A Thousand and one nights [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1945 in No Linguistic Content 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
The Whistle at Eaton falls [motion picture] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1951 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 library worldwide
When the president of a New England plastics plant is killed in a plane crash, his widow appoints the head of the plant's union to fill the job. Organized labor and management join in averting a layoff threatened with rising production costs. Suggested by and developed from the research of J. Sterling Livingston
They all kissed the bride. [Trailer] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1942 in German 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
Mister Antonio ( visu )
1 edition published in 1929 in No Linguistic Content and held by 1 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
My name is Julia Ross ( 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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