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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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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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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Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941)

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     On December 27, 1941, Republic Pictures released the first chapter of the fourth Dick Tracy serial, Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941).  Once again, Ralph Byrd played Detective Dick Tracy.  In this series, Dick Tracy works with “The Commission” to attack crime but suspects one of the members of the commission is the mysterious Ghost.      The

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Danger on the Air (1938)

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      On July 1, 1938, Crime Club Productions, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, released the last of the Crime Club films, Danger on the Air (1938).  The film tells the story of an unscrupulous radio sponsor, Caesar Kluck, who is murdered under mysterious circumstances at the radio station during a broadcast of one of his shows.    

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Wayne Murder Case (1932)

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     On November 20, 1932, Monogram Pictures released A Strange Adventure (1932), better known today as the Wayne Murder Case.  Wayne Murder Case is a much better name for the film.  A wealthy businessman Silas Wayne has gathered his family for a preliminary reading of his will.  Before the night is over, someone in the house kills Silas Wayne

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