The Black Castle (1952)

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     On December 25, 1952, Universal Pictures released The Black Castle (1952), a mystery-thriller set in an Austrian castle.  Oddly, the film was released in Sweden ten days earlier.  Universal must have wanted a Christmas release for its U.S. debut.  Richard Green plays Sir Richard Burton, an English nobleman travels to the castle of Count von Bruno to investigate the

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Metropolis (1927)

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     On January 10, 1927, Universum Film (UFA) released Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927).  The German film company produced a science fiction class, which still holds up today.  On the Internet Movie Database website (IMDB), users rate it 8.3 out of 10 stars.  It is #104 on the Top 250.      In a theme society has wrestled with since

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The Son of Monte Cristo (1940)

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      On January 10, 1940, Rowland V. Lee released his low-budget feature film The Son of Monte Cristo (1940) through United Artists.  Rowland V. Lee started directing films in 1920 and would make 59 films before retiring in 1945.  In this film, Louis Hayward plays The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund Dantes, Jr.  The Count inherits his father’s money

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Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937)

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     On July 5, 1937, Associated British Picture Corporation released Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937), one of the last Bulldog Drummond feature films.  In this film, John Davis Lodge plays Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond.  Drummond is vacationing, when a Scottish scientist escapes from a couple secret agents..      The scientist throws a rock through the window of Drummond’s

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The 39 Steps (1935)

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     On August 1, 1935, Gaumont British Picture Corporation released The 39 Steps (1935).  Alfred Hitchcock directed the spy thriller starring Robert Donat as Hannay.  Hannay, a Canadian visitor to London, is pulled into a deadly game with spies after a mysterious lady seeks refuge in his apartment.  When she is killed the next day, Hannay must discover the

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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

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     On August 16, 1940, Universal Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s political thriller Foreign Correspondent (1940).  A New York newspaper manager Mr. Powers, played by Harry Davenport, suspects a plot or intrigue around an European peace organization.  Powers sends his young crime reporter John Jones, played by Joel McCrea, to uncover the story behind the peace organization and its members.

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The Spy in Black (1939)

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     On October 7, 1939, London Film Productions released The Spy in Black.  The film tells the story of a German submarine commander, who lands off the coast of Scotland during World War I.  Conrad Veidt plays the submarine commander Captain Hardt, who intends to sink several English ships in the harbor.     The local school mistress played

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