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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The Phantom (1931)

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     On November 1, 1931, Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures released The Phantom (1931), a low-budget thriller.  The film opens with a death row inmates escape from the prison on the day of his execution.  After he jumps from the prison wall to the top of the train, a plane with a rope ladder picks up the prisoner.  While the

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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

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     The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) is an adaption of one of the Ellery Queen novels.  Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, who wrote a number of detective novels under the pseudonym of the title character.  In this film, Ellery Queen is taking a vacation to California with his friend Judge Macklin.      Of course, they are

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