sidney-toler-charlie-chan

     The Chinese Cat (1944) is one of the eleven Charlie Chan films produced by Monogram Pictures with Sidney Toler in the lead role.  The film begins with Leah Manning, played by Joan Woodbury, seeking Inspector Chan’s assistance in clearing her mother of her stepfather’s murder a year before.      Mrs. Manning was acquitted of the […]

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william-muldoon

     On June 4, 1883, the Greco-Roman World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion William Muldoon faced skilled French wrestler Jules Rigal in San Francisco, California.  When the wrestlers stripped to their trunks for the match, it was obvious Muldoon’s power would prove a formidable challenge to Rigal.      Muldoon stood around 6 feet tall and weighed between […]

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the-shadow-1933

     During the Golden Age of Radio, the Shadow was a crusading crime fighter named Lamont Cranston.  In this 1933 English film produced by Real Arts Productions, the Shadow is a villainous murderer and blackmailer.  The film opens up with the Shadow demanding payment from a famous lawyer.      The Shadow promises to expose the […]

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jem-mace

      On November 30, 1910, reports came from England that former World Heavyweight Prizefighting Champion Jem Mace had died at 79 years of age.  Mace was world champion from 1860 to 1862 and again from 1866 to 1876.  After reportedly earning a million dollars in a career that spanned 1857 to 1909, Jem Mace died […]

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hooded-fantomas

Juve vs. Fantomas (1913) is Louis Feuillade’s second film adaptation of the popular crime series by Marcell Allain and Pierre Souvestre. Rene Navarre plays the role of Fantomas and his many aliases. Edmund Breon portrays Inspector Juve. George Melchior plays the role of Jerome Fandor, a young journalist, who assists Juve in his investigations of […]

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