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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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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