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Good Early Movies 1934
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Movie: Blue Steel ( 1934 )
U.S. marshal John Carruthers observes a robbery and Sheriff Jake thinks he may be the culprit. Meanwhile the town's leading citizen is planning to rob everybody blind.
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Movie: Maniac ( 1934 )
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.
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Movie: Black Moon ( 1934 )
A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past. Her husband, her daughter and her nanny go with her, but once back on the island, the woman finds herself elevated by the locals to the stature of a voodoo goddess, and she begins her inevitable descent into madness, with disastrous results for her family.
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Movie: The Story of Temple Drake ( 1934 )
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.
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Movie: Tarzan and His Mate ( 1934 )
The idyllic life of Tarzan and Jane is challenged by men on safari who come seeking ivory, and come seeking Jane as well.
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Movie: Change of Heart ( 1934 )
After graduating from a West Coast college, four friends fly to New York City to seek employment.
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Movie: Of Human Bondage ( 1934 )
A young man finds himself attracted to a cold and unfeeling waitress who may ultimately destroy them both.
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Movie: The Thin Man ( 1934 )
Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.
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Movie: Imitation of Life ( 1934 )
A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter; the two women start a successful business, but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.
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Movie: Public Stenographer ( 1934 )
The wisecracking and attractive public stenographer Ann McNair spends much of her time fending off the touchy hands of her employers, but the handsome James "Jimmy" Martin Jr. learns to play it cool if he's going to play for keeps. But is he playing for keeps? As Ann at long last drops her hard-boiled veneer she gets more involved with Jimmy and with a scam that could lead to ruin.
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Movie: The Gay Divorcee ( 1934 )
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.
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Movie: Music in the Air ( 1934 )
Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.
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Movie: The Cat and the Fiddle ( 1934 )
A romance between a struggling composer and an American singer.
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Movie: It Happened One Night ( 1934 )
A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
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Movie: The Richest Girl in the World ( 1934 )
An heiress switches places with her secretary in order to find a man who will love her for who she is and not for her money.
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Movie: Little Miss Marker ( 1934 )
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies take to her, reluctantly at first, but their cynical ways start to rub off on her. Will a party set at Camelot bring back her faith in humanity?
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Movie: Now and Forever ( 1934 )
A swindler and his girlfriend take in his young daughter, who has been living with the family of his deceased wife.
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Movie: Baby, Take a Bow ( 1934 )
Eddie Ellison is an ex-con who spent time in Sing-Sing prison. Kay marries him as soon as he serves his time. Five years later, Eddie and his ex-convict buddy Larry, have both gone straight, and Eddie and Kay have a beautiful little girl named Shirley. However, Welch has kept a close eye on them for years. He believes in "once a criminal, always a criminal." Then, when Eddie's employer's wife's pearls go missing, it comes out that Eddie and Larry both spent time in prison, and they're fired. Welch suspects that Eddie and Larry have something to do with the theft of the pearls. Will Welch prove that Eddie and Larry had something to do with the theft, or will the truth prevail?
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Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo ( 1934 )
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.
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Movie: Cleopatra ( 1934 )
The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.
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Movie: Queen Christina ( 1934 )
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.
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Movie: The Scarlet Empress ( 1934 )
A German noblewoman enters into a loveless marriage with the dim-witted, unstable heir to the Russian throne, then plots to oust him from power.
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Movie: Midnight ( 1934 )
The foreman of a jury asks questions that send a woman to the electric chair for a murder committed in the heat of passion. On the night of the execution, his actions come back to haunt him.
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Movie: She Wronged Him Right ( 1934 )
Betty Boop appears on stage with Freddie in an old-fashioned mortgage melodrama.
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Movie: Hi, Nellie! ( 1934 )
The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the "Nellie Nelson" heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story.
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Movie: Four Frightened People ( 1934 )
Four passengers escape their bubonic plague-infested ship and land on the coast of a wild jungle. In order to reach safety they have to trek through the jungle, facing wild animals and attacks by primitive tribesmen.
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Movie: Pardon My Pups ( 1934 )
Sonny wants a motorcycle for his birthday, and is disappointed when he learns that he is getting a dog instead.
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Movie: Palooka ( 1934 )
Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.
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Movie: The 9th Guest ( 1934 )
Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.
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Movie: Red Hot Mamma ( 1934 )
Betty Boop, sleepless on a freezing night, builds a nice hot fire which proves too much of a good thing; in a dream she visits Hell, sings "Hell's Bells," and makes Hell freeze over!
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Movie: Hips, Hips, Hooray! ( 1934 )
Two salesmen try to market a flavored lipstick.
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Movie: Search for Beauty ( 1934 )
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new health and beauty magazine which is only a front for salacious stories and pictures.
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Movie: Dark Hazard ( 1934 )
Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie, Marge leaves him. After a few years he returns, but she is now in love with old flame Pres. Jim buys racing dog Dark Hazard and makes a fortune which he loses on roulette.
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Movie: The Lost Patrol ( 1934 )
A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during World War I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies.
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Movie: Bolero ( 1934 )
An egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, has the determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him is a dancing partner named Helen.
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Movie: I've Got Your Number ( 1934 )
Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.
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Movie: Ha! Ha! Ha! ( 1934 )
Betty Boop and Koko dabble in dentistry, complete with laughing gas.
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Movie: The Fortunate Fool ( 1934 )
A wealthy author, looking for material, 'adopts' an incorrigible thief he finds in the streets, together with an attractive typist who is down on her luck.
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Movie: Jimmy the Gent ( 1934 )
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.
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Movie: Come On, Marines! ( 1934 )
"Lucky" Davis, a ladies-man and a devil-may-care U. S. Marine Sergeant, is leading a Marine-squadron on an expedition through a Phillipine jungle where an outlaw bandit is leading a guerilla-war rebellion. Their assignment is to rescue a group of children from an island mission that has been cut off from all communication. It comes as a bit of a surprise when Davis discovers that the "children" are a group of 18-25 year-old girls blissfully bathing in a pool while awaiting rescue.
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Movie: No Greater Glory ( 1934 )
Adapted from The Paul Street Boys, an autobiographical novel by Ferenc Molnar, GLORY is an unusually sensitive evocation of the pain of youth and the senselessness of war. Frail Nemecsek, a lonely boy who yearns to belong, worships Boka, the self-sufficent, charismatic leader of a well-organized gang, decked out in uniforms and sporting their own flag. The perennial outsider sees his chance to win a respected place in Butler's army when their flag is stolen and war breaks out with another gang.
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Movie: Death Takes a Holiday ( 1934 )
The Grim Reaper (Frederic March) takes the form of a Prince in an attempt to relate to humans and, along the way, also learns what it is to love.
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Movie: Spitfire ( 1934 )
Mountain girl Trigger Hicks, a fierce loner equally handy with a rock or a prayer, is in danger of having her faith-healing mistaken for witchcraft by the neighbors. She shows a vulnerable side when John Stafford, a philandering engineer working on a new dam, is attracted to her. Matters come to a head when Trigger "rescues" an abused baby from its parents, and seeks help from the engineers.
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Movie: Riptide ( 1934 )
Park Avenue party-girl Mary (Norma Shearer) and staid English nobleman, Lord Phillip Rexford (Herbert Marshall) are married on a lark, they live happily in London. He must travel to America on business leaving her home alone. Lord Rexford's aunt invites Mary on a trip to the Riviera where she runs into an old flame, Tommie Treal (Robert Montgomery). Under the spell of the sea breezes and the Mediterranean moon (a semi-excuse for adultery to keep Queen Norma's image clean, as this was a post-Production Code film), Mary is the "innocent" victim of a romantic escapade that makes headlines as well as the scandal sheets. None of Mary's explanations can soothe Lord Phillip, his cold indifference drives Mary, who fights against it (a minor and feeble struggle at best), closer to Tommie. As the two lovers surrender to their ardor, Lord R. learns from his lawyer that Mary had been telling the truth, and he calls for her to join him in Cannes with a clean slate. O.K, but as Chief White Eagle told John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), "too late, Nathan, toooooo late."
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Movie: Wonder Bar ( 1934 )
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 with Inez. When Inez finds out, that Harry wants to leave Paris and is going to the USA with Liane she kills him.
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Movie: Guilty Parents ( 1934 )
A young girl is being tried for murder. Her defense attorney attempts to show how her descent into a life of crime, prostitution and degradation was caused by her puritanical, religious fanatic mother.
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Movie: Betty in Blunderland ( 1934 )
The White Rabbit materializes from a jigsaw puzzle and leads Betty Boop through the looking glass into Wonderland.
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Movie: The House of Rothschild ( 1934 )
The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.
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Movie: Bottoms Up ( 1934 )
Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.
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Movie: A Modern Hero ( 1934 )
Pierre is a young and handsome circus rider whose mother has long tolerated his amorous adventures but becomes genuinely concerned when he actually falls in love. She reveals to him that he's the son of a wealthy man, whom she could not marry because of the circus life. But Pierre uses this knowledge as a springboard to wealth and fame himself, as an automobile maker in the early days of the industry, and as a munitions dealer when war breaks out. But his ambition seems to take its toll on all his relationships, and he seems unaware that he is over-reaching himself...
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Movie: Upperworld ( 1934 )
A rich railroad tycoon, bored with his marriage (his wife has no time for him -- she's too busy giving parties and sailing on yachts) starts seeing a showgirl. This are going OK until the girl's manager/boyfriend, seeing his chance to make some big money, decides to blackmail him.
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Movie: Manhattan Melodrama ( 1934 )
The friendship between two orphans endures even though they grow up on opposite sides of the law and fall in love with the same woman.
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Movie: Finishing School ( 1934 )
The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school.
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Movie: Stand Up and Cheer! ( 1934 )
A little girl's (Shirley Temple) toe-tapping musical numbers uplift the nation during the Depression in this charming classic that includes Temple's rendition of "Baby Take a Bow.
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Movie: The First Round-Up ( 1934 )
The gang packs up for a camping trip to Cherry Creek two miles from their home, but to them it is the wilderness. After night falls, the hooting owls and croaking frogs conjure up visions of spooks. When a thunderstorm hits, they all scurry for home.
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Movie: The Black Cat ( 1934 )
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
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Movie: Sadie McKee ( 1934 )
A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won.
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Movie: Twentieth Century ( 1934 )
A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.
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Movie: Smarty ( 1934 )
Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and clips her on the chin. Vicki's friend and attorney, Vernon Thorpe (Edward Everett Horton), secures a divorce for her, and Vicki and Vernon are soon married. Vicki's yen for wearing revealing clothes and a penchant for inviting ex-husband Tony to dinner soon provokes the easily-provoked Vernon into belting one on her himself. She goes to Tony's apartment, where Tony is entertaining Bonnie (Joan Wheeler), who is not all that entertained by the presence of Vicki, especially after Vicki shows every intent of moving in and staying. Vernon shows up with George (Frank McHugh) and Anita (Claire Dood), evidently along so F. Hugh Herbert's lines can be spread among five players instead of three, and Vicki more or less tells Vernon that as long as she is going to be slugged by a husband, she will just go back to Tony because he is a better slugger...or something. A pre-production code film and one of the reasons for the creation of same.
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Movie: Fog Over Frisco ( 1934 )
The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.
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Movie: Most Precious Thing in Life ( 1934 )
The Most Precious Thing in Life is a 1934 American film directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Richard Cromwell, Jean Arthur, Donald Cook, Anita Louise, and Mary Forbes. The film tells a story about secret and selfless maternal devotion with elements of Madame X (1929) and Stella Dallas (1937). It is the third film of Jean Arthur with Columbia.
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Movie: Operator 13 ( 1934 )
Union spy Gail Loveless impersonates a black maid in the early days of the Civil War, but complications arise when she falls in love with a Confederate officer.
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Movie: Murder on the Blackboard ( 1934 )
A pretty young music teacher is bludgeoned to death in Hildegarde's school, where she's reunited with Oscar, but the autopsy report says she was dying from poison too.
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Movie: Randy Rides Alone ( 1934 )
Jailed for murders he didn't commit, Randy escapes only to stumble into the den of the real murderers.
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Movie: The Ghost Camera ( 1934 )
When a photograph is taken at the scene of a murder, the camera is tossed out of a castle window to destroy the evidence and lands in the back of a passing car belonging to chemist John Gray who becomes an amateur sleuth after developing the film, and goes in search of the woman captured by the photograph. When the camera is stolen from his laboratory, Gray's suspicions are further aroused.
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Movie: Charlie Chan's Courage ( 1934 )
Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.
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Movie: The Old Fashioned Way ( 1934 )
The Great McGonigle and his troupe of third-rate vaudevillians manage to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors and the sheriff.
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Movie: Kiss and Make-Up ( 1934 )
A handsome plastic surgeon has a beauty clinic, where many a beautiful client falls in love with him. His unnoticed secretary is in love with him, too.
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Movie: The Defense Rests ( 1934 )
The assistant (Arthur) of a sleazy lawyer (Holt) is determined to end his cheating ways.
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Movie: Here Comes the Navy ( 1934 )
A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.
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Movie: Poor Cinderella ( 1934 )
In her only color cartoon, Betty Boop goes to the ball thanks to the good fairy; later, only her foot fits the glass slipper.
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Movie: Ladies Should Listen ( 1934 )
The switchboard operator in an apartment building falls in love with a businessman who lives in the building, whom she has gotten to know only over the phone. When she discovers that the man's current girlfriend is actually part of a scheme to swindle him out of some mineral rights he owns, she devises a plot to save him and expose the con artists.
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Movie: Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back ( 1934 )
Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone. He finds none, but he does find a body - which disappears when he summons a bobby. Bodies keep disappearing as Drummond keeps summoning the authorities, particularly his long-suffering upstairs neighbor, Captain Nielsen; the ever faithful Algy also finds his wedding night disrupted by, among other things, some emergency code-breaking. And of course, there's a beautiful woman (there's always a beautiful woman in the case), Lola, who turns out to be the daughter of the dead man who started all this.
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Movie: There's Something About a Soldier ( 1934 )
Betty Boop recruits for the Army by offering inductees a kiss. The recruits march off to war with a force of giant mosquitoes!
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Movie: Treasure Island ( 1934 )
Young Jim Hawkins is torn between his loyalty to his benefactors and his affection for lovable rogue Long John Silver in their struggle to recover a buried pirate treasure.
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Movie: The Affairs of Cellini ( 1934 )
The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.
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Movie: Charlie Chan in London ( 1934 )
Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.
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Movie: British Agent ( 1934 )
It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph Stalin, to sign in Petrograd a separate treaty with the Germans. Germany had been at war with its neighbors. Steve has to deal with Elena Moura, the attractive secretary of Lenin and spy too. Steve falls in love with Elena.
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Movie: Belle of the Nineties ( 1934 )
Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans (which kind of belies the Western genre designation), mostly to get away from prizefighter Tiger Kid. Installed as the prize attraction of "The Sensation Club", ran by Ace Lamont, she quickly becomes the toast of the town...
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Movie: The Case of the Howling Dog ( 1934 )
An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.
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Movie: Judge Priest ( 1934 )
Judge Priest, a proud Confederate veteran, uses common sense and considerable humanity to dispense justice in a small town in the Post-Bellum Kentucky.
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Movie: I Lived with You ( 1934 )
In London a young lady meets a homeless and apparently penniless Russian prince. She introduces him to her middle-class Fulham family and he moves in. It turns out he still has a number of diamonds given him by the last czar, and he is persuaded to start selling them. The resulting money, and his princely notoriety, soon cause changes in everyone's lives.
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Movie: The Return of Chandu ( 1934 )
The cult of Ubasti, headquartered on the isle of Lemuria, believes that Princess Nadji of Egypt is a reincarnation of their long-dead goddess, Ossana, and intend to sacrifice her so that Ossana may be resurrected.
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Movie: Our Daily Bread ( 1934 )
A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!
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Movie: The Return of Bulldog Drummond ( 1934 )
Drummond leads a black-shirted platoon of men from his former unit against foreign interlopers trying to pull England into dangerous overseas entanglements.
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Movie: A Successful Failure ( 1934 )
Ellery Cushing is full of catchy sayings and old-fashioned wisdom. But all that his family cares about is how much money he makes, and all that his boss at the newspaper sees is that Cushing is getting too old to keep up with his work. So his loyal co-worker Phil decides to see what he can do to help everyone see what his friend has to offer.
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Movie: The Private Life of Don Juan ( 1934 )
What do women want? Don Juan (Douglas Fairbanks) is aging. He's arrived secretly in Seville after a twenty-year absence. His wife Dolores (Benita Hume), with whom he hasn't lived in five years, still loves him. He refuses to see her; he fears the life of a husband. She has bought his debts and will remand him to jail for two years if he won't come to her. Meanwhile, an impostor is climbing the balconies of Seville claiming to be Don Juan. When a jealous husband kills him, the real Don Juan sees a way to avoid jail and get some peace. He hides as Captain Mariano in a small town. After six months, he's ready to return to society. Can he measure up to the legend, will women find him attractive, and what about Dona Dolores?
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Movie: Happiness Ahead ( 1934 )
Society heiress Joan Bradford rebels against her mother's choice of a future husband by masquerading as a working class girl and dating a window washer.
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Movie: Sing As We Go! ( 1934 )
When the textile mill closes, putting her out of work, Gracie finds herself experiencing all of the amusements of Blackpool.
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Movie: Kentucky Kernels ( 1934 )
The Great Elmer and Company, two out-of-work magicians, help lovelorn Jerry Bronson adopt Spanky Milford, to distract him. When Bronson makes up and elopes, the pair are stuck with the little boy. But Spanky inherits a Kentucky fortune, so they head south to Banesville, where the Milfords and Wakefields are conducting a bitter feud.
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Movie: The Merry Widow ( 1934 )
When a small kingdom's main tax payer leaves for Paris, its king dispatches a dashing count to win back her allegiance.
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Movie: Flirtation ( 1934 )
A precode romantic melodrama about a burlesque dancer and a country boy who must pretend to be married.
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Movie: Kid Millions ( 1934 )
A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.
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Movie: The St. Louis Kid ( 1934 )
Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an act of solidarism with the farmers. The farmers start an boycott action against this dairy, so the owner has to bring milk from elsewhere to his dairy, but the farmers closed the road, and Kennedy is arrested once more. He leaves jail at night to meet Ann, but meanwhile the owner has asked some mobsters to deliver the milk. One of the farmers is murdered, Ann Reid is missing and Eddie Kennedy is accused of murder.
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Movie: The World Accuses ( 1934 )
Aggravated by the meddling of Lucille Weymouth, her disapproving Park Avenue mother-in-law, Broadway actress Lola Allen quarrels with her weakling husband John. After reconciling with each other, the couple visits a nightclub, where a brawl breaks out and John is...
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Movie: Lost in the Stratosphere ( 1934 )
Two military pilots are close friends, and share in a lot of hazardous missions while engaging in a series of good-natured romantic rivalries.
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Movie: The Lawless Frontier ( 1934 )
Mexican outlaw Zanti killed John Tobin's parents. John teams up with Dusty, also hurt by Zanti, to get the bad guy.
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Movie: The Painted Veil ( 1934 )
A wife neglected by her husband, a medical researcher in China, falls in love with a dashing diplomatic attaché.
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Movie: Anne of Green Gables ( 1934 )
A romantic teenage girl is adopted by a pair of elderly siblings in turn-of-the-century Canada.
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Movie: Flirtation Walk ( 1934 )
A Musical-romance with Dick Powell as a private stationed in Hawaii who gets involved with Ruby Keeler, the general's engaged daughter. In order to avoid a scandal, the pair break up, but meet again years later when Powell's at West Point producing the annual play that turns out to star Keeler.
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