Pride of the Bowery (1940)

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     On December 15, 1940, Monogram Pictures released Pride of the Bowery (1940), one of  the films in the popular East Side Kids series.  East Side Kids leader Muggs Malloy, played by Leo Gorcey needs a new training camp for his upcoming boxing bouts.    Manager Danny, played by long time series regular Bobby Jordan, decides the best place

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Crime Doctor (1943)

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     On June 22, 1943, Columbia Pictures released the first of the Crime Doctor films, Crime Doctor (1934).  Aging former leading man Warner Baxter plays Dr. Robert Ordway, a renowned criminal psychologist.      The film begins with several men dumping Ordway from a vehicle.  A blow to his head causes an extreme case of amnesia.  As he regains his strength,

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Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939)

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     On September 2, 1939, Republic Pictures released the first chapter of their third Dick Tracy serial, Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939).  Ralph Byrd returns as Dick Tracy, who is working with the federal authorities.  Tracy and his men captured Nicolas Zarnhoff, who has been sentenced to death for his crimes.      On the day of his execution, Zarnhoff

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Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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    On October 24, 1941, Monogram Pictures released Spooks Run Wild starring the East Side Kids and Bela Lugosi.  At this point in his career, Bela Lugosi was relegated to “B” movies.  He played in several films with the East Side Kids, which were all enjoyable if not exactly classic cinema.      Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and Bobby

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The Good Humor Man (1950)

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     I recently watched The Good Humor Man (1950) starring character actor Jack Carson on getTV.  I originally saw the film on VHS about fifteen years ago.  It is a surprisingly entertaining film, which gets no love from critics today or in the past.      Studios primarily employed Carson to play simple or gullible characters like the young

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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

     On March 1, 1941, First National Pictures, the “B” movie division of Warner Brothers Film Company, released a mystery-thriller starring many “B” film actors and actresses.  Shadows on the Stairs (1941) starred “B” film regulars Paul Cavanagh, Miles Mander and Turhan Bey.      The film is set in a London boarding house, where several mysterious residents seem

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House of Frankenstein (1944)

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     On December 1, 1944, Universal Pictures released the latest horror film in the Frankenstein series, House of Frankenstein, with an all-star cast.  Boris Karloff, who originally played Frankenstein’s monster, returns to the series as the mad scientist Dr. Niemann.  An earthquake releases him and his hunchbacked assistant Daniel from prison.      Dr. Niemann intends to exact revenge

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Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)

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     On August 5, 1938, Paramount Pictures released another film in the Bulldog Drummond series starring John Howard as Drummond.  Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938) is one of the best films in the series primarily due to a strong cast.      Besides John Howard, Heather Angel returns as Drummond’s fiance Phyllis Clavering.  She is joined by series regular

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Invisible Ghost (1941)

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     On April 25, 1941, Monogram Pictures released Invisible Ghost starring Bela Lugosi.  Lugosi plays Mr. Kessler, a prominent citizen, whose wife is presumed dead.  Mr. Kessler will not sell the house because he believes Mrs. Kessler will return to their home.      Mr. Kessler and his daughter are taken care of by his butler Evans, played by

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