Lum and Abner Come to Film

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From 1931 to 1954, Lum and Abner occupied a spot among the most popular shows during the Old Time Radio era.  Chester Lauck and Norris Goff attended the University of Arkansas together.  Lauck and Goff later developed their show Lum and Abner based on life in Arkansas.  The show struck a cord with many listeners. My wife’s grandmother once told

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What Are “B” Films?

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“B” films resulted from Hollywood distribution companies implementing a double bill or two movies screening strategy at theaters they owned.  When the Great Depression led movie goers to start forgoing films between 1930 and 1932, Hollywood studios, which still controlled production and distribution, came up with the idea of showing two films back-to-back to give customers more bang for their buck.

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Island of Doomed Men (1940)

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I recently stumbled across Island of Doomed Men (1940), a rare Peter Lorre film that I had not seen.  While I’ve written about Lorre in the Mr. Moto series over the last year, Lorre was more well-known for playing criminals and killers in thrillers such as M (1931) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). In Island of Doomed Men,

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Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

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On July 7, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox Films released the final Mr. Moto “B” film starring Peter Lorre as Inspector Kentaro Moto.  Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) finds Mr. Moto accompanying the Queen of Sheba’s Crown from its discovery in an Egyptian archaeological site to a San Francisco museum.  Mr. Moto suspects the arch criminal Metaxess, who authorities believed was

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Passport to Suez (1943)

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On August 19, 1943, Columbia Pictures released Passport to Suez (1943).  Warren William plays Michael Lanyard, the Lone Wolf, for the final time in this film.  The film opens in Alexandria, Egypt, where Lanyard has just arrived.  Lanyard meets up with his old friend Johnny Booth, a successful cafe’ owner.  However, Lanayard’s real purpose is a mission for British Intelligence.

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The Speckled Band (1931)

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     One of the earliest talkie films based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Speckled Band (1931) is a public domain film heavily edited from its original form.  British and Dominion Films Corporation produced the film, which they released on March 5, 1931.  Raymond Massey has his first starring role as Sherlock Holmes.      The film is set

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Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

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Republic Pictures produced many quality movie serials in the 1930s and 1940s.  One of their finer offerings was Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), a twelve chapter serial based on the popular comic book super hero.  Captain Marvel is known as Shazam today.  Billy Batson, played by Frank Coghlan, Jr., accompanies the Malcolm Expedition to Siam.  While searching an ancient temple,

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