Two Weeks To Live (1943)

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     On February 26, 1943, RKO Pictures released the third film based on the popular Lum and Abner radio show.  Two Weeks To Live (1943) stars Chester Lauck as Lum Edwards and Norris Goff as Abner Peabody.  Lauck and Goff, who also wrote the show, played the characters on radio beginning in 1931.      The show began as

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The Ape (1940)

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     On September 30, 1940, Monogram Pictures released The Ape (1940) starring Boris Karloff as Dr. Bernard Adrian.  Dr. Adrian is trying to cure a young woman’s paralysis brought on by polio.  Dr. Adrian’s methods are considered unorthodox and spurs distrust among the towns people.      The Ape is an actual gorilla, which escaped the local circus.  The

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Sergeant York (1941)

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     On September 27, 1941, Warner Brothers Film Corporation released Sergeant York (1941).  The film tells the story of Sergeant Alvin C. York, a reluctant World War I hero from the small town of Pall Mall, Tennessee.  Western film veteran Gary Cooper stars as Sergeant York.      The film begins with the contrast of a Sunday church service

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The Ape Man (1943)

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     On March 5, 1943, Monogram Pictures released The Ape Man (1943), a horror film starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. James Brewster.  Dr. Brewster’s experiments have left him half-man, half-ape.  Fearing the change may become permanent, Dr. Brewster is desperate to find a cure.      Dr. Brewster needs human materials to attempt to change himself back but his

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The Green Archer (1940)

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     On October 25, 1940, Columbia Pictures released the first chapter of The Green Archer (1940) serial.  Columbia created the film series around a 1923 novel by Edgar Wallace.  During his prime, Edgar Wallace wrote one of every four books sold in England.      As the serial opens, Abel Bellamy has framed his brother Michael for a crime,

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Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)

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     On August 1, 1941, Monogram Pictures released Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941), the latest in the East Side Kids film franchise.  The film finds Danny Breslin, played as usual by Bobby Jordan, falling in with bad company.  Monk Martin, played by Bobby Stone, turns Danny’s head with his flashy car.  How can such a young man afford it though?  

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The Black Castle (1952)

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     On December 25, 1952, Universal Pictures released The Black Castle (1952), a mystery-thriller set in an Austrian castle.  Oddly, the film was released in Sweden ten days earlier.  Universal must have wanted a Christmas release for its U.S. debut.  Richard Green plays Sir Richard Burton, an English nobleman travels to the castle of Count von Bruno to investigate the

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Bulldog Drummond’s Bride (1939)

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     On July 12, 1939, Paramount Pictures released the final film in their “B’ series adaptation of the Bulldog Drummond story.  Bulldog Drummond’s Bride (1939) starred John Howard for the seventh final and time as Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond.  Heather Angel returns as Phyllis Clavering, Drummond’s long time fiance.  Phyllis has given Bulldog Drummond one last chance to marry

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Double Cross (1941)

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     On June 27, 1941, Producer’s Releasing Corporation (PRC) released Double Cross (1941).  The film is a starring vehicle for Kane Richmond, who displays his usual rugged toughness backed up by intelligence.  In this film, Richmond plays Police Officer Jim Murray, the son of a Police Captain.      At the beginning of the film, Jim Murray’s friend Steve

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