British Intelligence (1940)

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     On January 29, 1940, First National Pictures, the Warner Brothers “B” film company, released the spy thriller British Intelligence (1940).  The film is set in Britain during World War I.  Released almost two years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the film showed that Hollywood and probably most of the countries sympathies were with Britain and the Allies.

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The Benson Murder Case (1930)

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     On April 13, 1930, Paramount Pictures released the third Philo Vance film, The Benson Murder Case (1930), starring William Powell as Vance.  Paramount Pictures focused the story on a real tragedy for many American at the time, the Stock Market Crash of 1929.      Prior to the crash, many Americans were purchasing stocks for one-fourth of their

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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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