The Squeaker (1937)

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     London Film Productions released The Squeaker (1937) or Murder on Diamond Row on November 11, 1937.  The film adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story stars Edmund Lowe as former Scotland Yard investigator Barrabal.  Barrabal lost his position with Scotland Yard due to his struggle with alcoholism.      Barrabal is given an opportunity to get his job back

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A Christmas Carol (1938)

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     On December 16, 1938, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer released A Christmas Carol, the retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, starring Reginald Owen as Scrooge.  Reginald Owen contributed a seminal portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve night.      Scrooge owns Scrooge and Marley, a business concern in London.  Marley died seven years before

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Palooka (1934)

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     On January 26, 1934, United Artists released Palooka (1934), a feature film based on the popular comic strip.  Stuart Erwin plays Joe Palooka but Jimmy Durante steals the show as his manager Knobby Walsh.  Joe Palooka is the son of former world boxing champion Pete Palooka.      When Joe was a baby, his mother Mayme, played by

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The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934)

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     British International Pictures (BIP) released The Return of Bulldog Drummond (1934) on April 19, 1934.  Ralph Richardson takes his only turn as the English hero Captain Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond.  Drummond recently married long-time love interest Phyllis Clavering.       Politics and the presence of old foe Carl Peterson intrude on Drummond’s wedded bliss.  When Peterson kidnaps Phyllis,

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Half Shot at Sunrise (1930)

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     Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were a Broadway comedy team before transitioning to films in 1929.  Before Robert Woolsey’s untimely death in 1938, Wheeler and Woolsey made 24 films in 8 years.  Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) was the fourth film starring Wheeler and Woolsey.      Set in Paris during World War I, Half Shot at Sunrise

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The Man Who Laughs (1928)

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     Paul Leni directed his third film The Man Who Laughs (1928) as a costume drama set during the reign of King James II.  When the noble Lord Clancharlie refuses to swear allegiance, he is executed and his son Gwynplaine disfigured by a gypsy doctor.      The Man Who Laughs was unique among Leni’s films as it contained

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