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Good Early Movies 1947
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Movie: Till the Clouds Roll By ( 1947 )
Biography of songwriter and Broadway pioneer, Jerome Kern (Robert Walker). Unable to find immediate success in the U.S., Kern sought recognition abroad. He journeyed to England where his dreams of success became real and where he met his future wife Eva Leale (Dorothy Patrick).
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Movie: Gallant Bess ( 1947 )
An orphaned young man, Tex, has loved and trained his loyal horse, keeping alive his father's dream of starting a ranch. He decides to put his life on hold to serve the United States during World War 2. Tragedy strikes, but Tex comes back to life with the help of his horse, Bess, whose amazing tricks and service become an inspiration to the brave men risking their lives in Japan. The MGM film is loosely based on a true story, and the mare in the film is played by the real-life Gallant Bess.
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Movie: It's a Wonderful Life ( 1947 )
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
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Movie: The Dark Mirror ( 1947 )
A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.
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Movie: Detour ( 1947 )
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.
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Movie: The Bride Wore Boots ( 1947 )
A bookish historian is married to a steely Southern belle who raises horses, an animal that he doesn't care for. However, the cute young neighbor girl doesn't feel that way about him and makes no bones about letting him know it.
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Movie: Queen of the Amazons ( 1947 )
A woman's husband has disappeared on an expedition into the jungle. She hires a guide to take her into the jungle to find him. However, they discover that he has been captured by a savage female tribe.
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Movie: Love Laughs at Andy Hardy ( 1947 )
Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.
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Movie: The Laughing Lady ( 1947 )
A nobleman is sent to England by Robespierre to steal Marie Antoinette's former pearls from the Prince of Wales in order to save his mother from the guillotine.
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Movie: Lady in the Lake ( 1947 )
The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.
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Movie: Humoresque ( 1947 )
A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.
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Movie: Calendar Girl ( 1947 )
A songwriter finds out that his beautiful girlfriend is going to be an artist's model.
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Movie: Scared to Death ( 1947 )
From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a green mask.
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Movie: My Darling Clementine ( 1947 )
The Earps battle the Clantons at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
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Movie: The Brasher Doubloon ( 1947 )
Detective Philip Marlowe encounters a variety of characters while checking on why Leslie Murdock stole a rare doubloon from his mother.
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Movie: The Thirteenth Hour ( 1947 )
In the 7th of Columbia's "Whistler" series, truck-firm owner Steve Reynolds gets involved in a feud with a rival firm, and shortly thereafter is slugged by a masked assailant who steals the truck he is driving. The assailant runs down a policeman in the truck and leaves other clues pointing to Reynolds as the cop killer. With only a glove, with diamonds stuck in the thumb, as a clue, and while evading the police and other characters after him and the diamonds, Reynolds finally runs down the guilty party and clears himself.
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Movie: Ladies' Man ( 1947 )
A boy from the country inherits $10 million, and decides to go to New York City to live it up.
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Movie: Angel and the Badman ( 1947 )
Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.
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Movie: California ( 1947 )
Epic account of how California became a state, featuring a wagon train, the Gold Rush, a wicked saloon queen, and an evil profiteer.
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Movie: The Fabulous Dorseys ( 1947 )
The rise and rise of the Fabulous Dorsey brothers is charted in this whimsical step down memory lane, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey play themselves in this vehicle for their excellent music. From being raised by their father who insists on them learning music, to the split that just saw their careers rise even further.
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Movie: Undercover Maisie ( 1947 )
Streetwise but kind-hearted Maisie Ravier has put her vaudeville life behind her, but not its associated outward good looks, flash and glamor. Trying to get to New York for a job, she instead gets stranded in Los Angeles literally with only the clothes on her back. Lt. Paul Scott of the LAPD bunco squad sees in Maisie what he believes would be assets to his team. Paul is eventually able to convince his boss, Captain Mead, that he is not interested in her on a romantic basis, and as such, Maisie is placed on the fast track program through the necessary training. During the training, Maisie learns that Paul is a hard-nosed, straight laced and outwardly unfeeling man, where she finds Officer Chip Dolan, who was formerly in bunco and is trying to get back into the squad, is more a kindred soul. If Maisie is able to make it through the training, she may get to work on the case of fortune teller who is swindling people out of vast sums of money, but not through the fortune readings in and of themselves. But working in bunco, Maisie will have to ensure that in addition to her training, that she uses her street smarts more than she exhibits her kind heart. The latter asset may however uncover the true nature of one of her colleagues.
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Movie: 13 Rue Madeleine ( 1947 )
When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.
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Movie: The Chase ( 1947 )
Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.
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Movie: Shoot to Kill ( 1947 )
A woman apparently marries a corrupt deputy D.A. to get evidence that a certain criminal was framed for murder.
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Movie: Dead Reckoning ( 1947 )
A soldier runs away rather than receive the Medal of Honor, so his buddy gets permission to investigate, and love and death soon follow.
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Movie: Johnny O'Clock ( 1947 )
A high-class crook gets in trouble with the law.
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Movie: Buck Privates Come Home ( 1947 )
Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
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Movie: The Sin of Harold Diddlebock ( 1947 )
Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job destroys that dream, and when he finds a particularly potent drink at his local bar, he goes on a very strange and funny rampage (with a lion in tow).
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Movie: My Favorite Brunette ( 1947 )
Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.
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Movie: It Happened in Brooklyn ( 1947 )
Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get a job as a singer in a music store. He also meets Leo, a talented pianist and his teacher Anne, whose dream is to singing Opera. When Jamie arrives from England, Danny tries to show him the Brooklyn experience and help him compose modern swing music. Together, these four also try to help Leo get the Brooklyn Music scholarship.
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Movie: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby ( 1947 )
A young, compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his cold-hearted, grasping uncle.
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Movie: Fear in the Night ( 1947 )
A man dreams he committed murder, then begins to suspect it was real.
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Movie: Stallion Road ( 1947 )
A veterinarian and rancher (Ronald Reagan) and a novelist (Zachery Scott) compete for the affections of a horse breeder (Alexis Smith) during an outbreak of anthrax.
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Movie: New Orleans ( 1947 )
A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, and others.
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Movie: It Happened on Fifth Avenue ( 1947 )
A homeless New Yorker moves into a mansion and along the way he gathers friends to live in the house with him. Before he knows it, he is living with the actual home owners.
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Movie: Out of the Blue ( 1947 )
Set in an apartment building whose occupants include Arthur Earthleigh, a meek and mild type married to the beautiful-but-domineering Mae; a Bohemian artist, David Galleo and his always-there model, Deborah Tyler; and Olive Jensen, a Greenwich Village type who is always slightly-but-continuously inebriated, and whose motto is "love and let love." She calls on George while his wife is out, and when she passes out during his attempts to get her out before his wife returns, he thinks she is dead and deposits her on Galleo's terrace. Galleo takes advantage of the situation by using it in a blackmail scheme against Arthur, which is shaky, at best, as Olive refuses to stay dead.
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Movie: Odd Man Out ( 1947 )
A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.
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Movie: The Private Affairs of Bel Ami ( 1947 )
Writer Georges Duroy (George Sanders) is one social-climbing S.O.B. who does most of his climbing over the warm (and cold) bodies of women. He begins with Rachel (Marie Wilson), a hanger-on in the cafes and Folies Bergere crowd, and then moves on to dally with Clotilde de Morelle (Angela Lansbury). Always striving to move upward on the social scale, he ditches her to marry Madeleine Forestier (Ann Dvorak). Now he gets on the fast track. He persuades Madame Walter (Katherine Emery), the wife of his publisher, to fall in love with him, and then compromises Madeleine to frame a divorce, so he can pursue Madame Walter's daughter, Suzanne (Susan Douglas, before somebody decided her later-married name was her most-often used screen name). He moves along so well that ere long he is in legal position to usurp the title of one of France's most noble houses. The moral, at the end, is it is okay to mess with French women, but triffling with French titles is going too far.
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Movie: Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman ( 1947 )
A successful nightclub singer weds a struggling songwriter, but when his fame eclipses hers, she delves into alcoholism.
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Movie: Boomerang! ( 1947 )
The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.
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Movie: Ramrod ( 1947 )
Violent feud between Connie Dickason, the owner of the Circle 66 ranch and rancher Frank Ivey, the self-proclaimed boss of an otherwise public grazing land.
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Movie: Great Expectations ( 1947 )
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.
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Movie: Hi De Ho ( 1947 )
Cab Calloway plays himself in a plot about jealousy, night clubs, and gangsters. Ends with a series of musical numbers.
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Movie: The Other Love ( 1947 )
Seriously ill, concert pianist Karen Duncan is admitted to a Swiss sanitorium. Despite being attracted to Dr Tony Stanton she ignores his warnings of possibly fatal consequences unless she rests completely. Rather, she opts for a livelier time in Monte Carlo with dashing Paul Clermont.
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Movie: Dishonored Lady ( 1947 )
Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown. She seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and under his orders, quits her job and moves into a smaller flat under a new identity. She becomes interested in painting and a handsome neighbor. He soon finds out about her past when an ex-suitor implicates her in a murder.
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Movie: Dick Tracy's Dilemma ( 1947 )
Dick Tracy investigates the theft of a fortune of fur coats, a possible insurance swindle and several murders, all linked to a huge thug who wears a hook in place of his right hand.
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Movie: Repeat Performance ( 1947 )
On New Year's Eve 1946, Sheila Page kills her husband Barney. She wishes that she could relive 1946 and avoid the mistakes that she made throughout the year. Her wish comes true but cheating fate proves more difficult than she anticipated.
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Movie: Framed ( 1947 )
Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.
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Movie: Black Narcissus ( 1947 )
After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.
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Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives ( 1947 )
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
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Movie: Copacabana ( 1947 )
An agent has his only client pose as both a French chanteuse and Brazilian bombshell to fool a nightclub owner.
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Movie: Moss Rose ( 1947 )
Set in turn-of-the-century London, a woman trying to solve the mystery of a friend's murder finds that she may be the next victim.
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Movie: The Hat Box Mystery ( 1947 )
Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the woman is killed. Susan is charged with murder, but Russ and his less-than-useful associate, Harvard, get on the case and prove that the fatal shot was fired by the killer from across the street.
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Movie: Dear Murderer ( 1947 )
When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out she has another lover as well, so Lee has to change his plans.
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Movie: Dual Alibi ( 1947 )
Twin trapezists fall out over a lottery ticket and a worthless woman, but later extract a unique revenge.
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Movie: The Perils of Pauline ( 1947 )
The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.
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Movie: The Red House ( 1947 )
An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandoned farmhouse, located deep in the woods.
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Movie: Gunfighters ( 1947 )
Gunfighter Brazos Kane takes a job on a ranch but he is unjustly accused of killing fellow cowhand Bob Tyrell and must clear himself by finding the real killer.
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Movie: They Won't Believe Me ( 1947 )
On trial for murdering his girlfriend, philandering stockbroker Larry Ballentine takes the stand to claim his innocence and describe the actual, but improbable sounding, sequence of events that led to her death.
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Movie: Two Guys from Milwaukee ( 1947 )
In the midst of a political vote, a Balkan prince comes to New York City to observe "ordinary" life, where he befriends a cabby and falls for his girlfriend.
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Movie: Kilroy Was Here ( 1947 )
"Kilroy Was Here" was a popular expression during World War II, but it's not much fun to John J. Kilroy, who has to try to live with all the jokes and wisecracks regarding his name.
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Movie: Blackmail ( 1947 )
A private detective is approached by a wealthy entertainment executive to stop a blackmail scheme against him. Although he hasn't decided to take the job, the blackmailers believe that he already has, and he is marked for murder.
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Movie: Sepia Cinderella ( 1947 )
A struggling songwriter (Billy Daniels) abandons his girlfriend (Sheila Guyse) for a flashy woman (Tondeleyo) after landing a hit.
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Movie: Possessed ( 1947 )
After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.
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Movie: Frieda ( 1947 )
A Royal Air Force pilot who was shot down during World War II returns home to his English village with his new bride. The trouble is that she is the German lady who helped him escape. Then her brother arrives.
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Movie: The Upturned Glass ( 1947 )
A British brain surgeon punishes the murderess of his lover.
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Movie: Killer Dill ( 1947 )
Door-to-door salesman Johnny Dill, the exact double of a notorious gangster, finds himself struck between the forces of good and evil.
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Movie: The Hucksters ( 1947 )
A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.
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Movie: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir ( 1947 )
In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.
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Movie: Calcutta ( 1947 )
Neale and Pedro fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their buddy Bill is murdered they investigate. Neale meets Bill's fiancée Virginia and becomes suspicious of a deeper plot while also falling for her charms.
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Movie: Adventure Island ( 1947 )
Travelers find themselves marooned on an island with a maniacal self-made ruler.
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Movie: Desert Fury ( 1947 )
The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.
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Movie: Crossfire ( 1947 )
A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of demobilized soldiers he met in a bar. But which one? And why?
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Movie: Down to Earth ( 1947 )
Upset about a new Broadway musical's mockery of Greek mythology, the goddess Terpsichore comes down to earth and lands a part in the show. She works her charms on the show's producer and he incorporates her changes into the show. Unfortunately, her changes also produce a major flop.
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Movie: Golden Earrings ( 1947 )
On the eve of WW2, a British spy goes to Germany to obtain a secret poison-gas formula from a scientist but things go awry and he is saved by a beautiful nomadic gypsy woman.
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Movie: The Yearling ( 1947 )
A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?
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Movie: Cynthia ( 1947 )
Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.
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Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( 1947 )
A clumsy daydreamer gets caught up in a sinister conspiracy.
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Movie: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer ( 1947 )
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.
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Movie: Ivy ( 1947 )
An Edwardian belle meets a rich bachelor, but what to do about her husband and her lover?
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Movie: Lured ( 1947 )
A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After a dancer disappears, the police enlist an American friend of hers, Sandra Carpenter, to answer advertisements in the personal columns, and lure the killer.
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Movie: Exposed ( 1947 )
A beautiful female private detective is hired by a wealthy businessman to check up on his stepson--the heir to the family fortune--who has been withdrawing large amounts of money from his bank account.
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Movie: Jassy ( 1947 )
In 17th. century England, Jassy is believed a witch because she has sometimes visions of approaching disasters. When Barney Hatton, an impoverished gentry whose gambling father has lost the family home, helps her anyway she will not forget and will try to help him have his property back - at any price?
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Movie: Brute Force ( 1947 )
At a tough penitentiary, prisoner Joe Collins plans to rebel against Captain Munsey, the power-mad chief guard.
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Movie: Duel in the Sun ( 1947 )
Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.
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Movie: Heaven Only Knows ( 1947 )
An angel is sent to earth to help a saloon owner and gambler save his soul.
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Movie: Life with Father ( 1947 )
A financier from New York City rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousness of a bookkeeper.
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Movie: Riffraff ( 1947 )
A plane takes off from Peru (in a long no-dialogue scene) in a storm with two passengers; it lands in Panama with one. The missing man had valuable oil-location maps; everyone who is after them must deal with Dan Hammer, combination private eye, agent, and con man, who can "fix" anything for a fee. Nightclub singer Maxine is on Dan's side... or is she? The rest is lighthearted, white-suited tropical intrigue.
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Movie: Driftwood ( 1947 )
Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for spotted fever vaccine. Dr. Steven Webster meets both Jenny and the dog and "adopts" them both. His fiancée Susan isn't too fond of either the girl or the dog. Webster wants to get a hospital for the town but he is suppressed by the town mayor. In the arguments that follow, Webster's lab is wrecked and ticks infected with spotted fever escape. The town is in a panic and all want to be vaccinated. Jenny is infected and is about to die.
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Movie: Black Gold ( 1947 )
In the 1920s Texas, Indian farmer Charley Eagle is dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby with his Black Hope horse but things change when oil is found on his land and the Black Gold colt is born.
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Movie: The Unfinished Dance ( 1947 )
Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play the lead in the school's production of "Swan Lake." So on opening night, Meg arranges an accident which nearly kills Darina and ends her dancing career. As a result, Bouchet becomes a star, while Meg is torn with guilt.
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Movie: The Foxes of Harrow ( 1947 )
In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Louisiana, roguish Irish gambler Stephen Fox (Sir Rex Harrison) buys his way into society, something he couldn't do in his homeland because he is illegitimate.
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Movie: Railroaded! ( 1947 )
A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man.
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Movie: Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome ( 1947 )
Dick Tracy goes up against a villain who robs banks using a nerve gas.
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Movie: Fun & Fancy Free ( 1947 )
Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.
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Movie: Dark Passage ( 1947 )
A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.
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Movie: Miracle on 34th Street ( 1947 )
When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
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Movie: A Man About the House ( 1947 )
Agnes and Ellen Isit, two poor English sisters, unexpectedly inherit from their uncle a rich estate near Naples, complete with big villa and manly Italian majordomo. The latter, Salvatore, makes use of his Latin charm to seduce Agnes, who soon turns from prim spinster to passionate lover. Ellen observes the romance with amusement first before realizing how little considerate Salvatore becomes after marrying Agnes. Worse, Agnes's health starts deteriorating. Worried about her sister, she contacts Dr. Ben Dench, a family friend...
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Movie: Magic Town ( 1947 )
An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.
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Movie: The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap ( 1947 )
Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by hanging. The head of the local citizen's committee, Jim Simpson (William Ching), recalls a law whereby the survivor of a gun duel must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law spares the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to her farm, where Chester is worked by Mrs. Hawkins from dawn to dusk. To make matters worse, Chester must work at the saloon at night to repay Hawkin's debt to its owner, Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). Her plan is to wear Chester down until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will harm him, for fear that they will have to support Mrs. Hawkins and her family. Simpson makes Chester the sheriff in hopes that the fear of him will help clean up the lawless town. For protection, Chester carries around a photograph of Mrs. Hawkins and her kids. The approach works for a while, and Chester is heralded as a hero. Meanwhile, Duke still plans to go to California and tries to get Judge Benbow (George Cleveland) to marry Mrs. Hawkins, in order to free him and Chester from their obligations. He starts a rumor that Mrs. Hawkins is about to become rich once the railroad buys her land to lay tracks. The rumor takes on a life of its own, with everyone trying to kill Chester in hopes of marrying Mrs. Hawkins (and becoming wealthy in the process). Frame eventually confesses to Hawkins' murder; Duke and Chester are cleared and allowed to leave town, but not before they admit that the railroad rumor was fabricated by them. Benbow still wants to marry Mrs. Hawkins, and she agrees. She then announces that the railroad actually did offer her substantial money, and she is now wealthy.
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