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Batman Begins

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Congo Maisie

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Unable to pay her bill at a West African hotel, Maisie slips out of town by stowing away on a steamer.and sailing upriver into unexpected adventure. Ann Sothern plays Maisie the second of 10 times the actress would bring the resourceful, free-spirited showgirl (a role originally intended for Jean Harlow) to movie screens. Red Dust playwright and Maisie books author Wilson Collison provides the novelistic source for this jungle tale that underscores the heroine's heart and courage as she assists in an emergency appendectomy, keeps the lonely wife (Rita Johnson) of a remote-outpost doctor from straying and relies on show-biz razzmatazz and her knack for performing magic tricks to quell a tribal uprising. There's romance for Maisie too, in the person of a disillusioned doctor (John Carroll) whose dedication to healing is restored by a good - no, great - woman.

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David Copperfield

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Dickens' classic story about an orphaned boy who, with the help of a kindly aunt, escapes his stepfather's cruelty and grows up to become a successful author...

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Going Hollywood

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Legendary movie stars Marion Davies and Bing Crosby create true movie magic in this magnificent musical treat. Bored schoolteacher Sylvia Bruce (Davies) is disenchanted with life until she hears the incredible crooning of egomaniacal radio personality Bill Williams (Crosby). Hopelessly lovestruck, Sylvia has no choice but to follow Bill to Hollywood, where he is to make his next film, and hilariously work her way on to the set - and into his life. Some pretty fancy footwork, both on stage and off, eventually lands Sylvia the lead role in the film and the man of her dreams. But being as much a realist as she is a romantic, Sylvia does not start tapping down Love Street until she is sure that Bill truly understands the love about which he is so used to singing. With lavish production numbers, excellent comic support by Patsy Kelly and Ned Sparks and a hilarious spoof of then-current radio programs, Going Hollywood, is one charming musical that will get you going.

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Gold Rush Maisie

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In the third movie of the series, Maisie is a gold digger - the kind who swings a pickaxe and has only blisters to show for it. When folks strike gold in the great expanses beyond Phoenix, Brooklyn-born Maisie figures she can use her showbiz talents to find work in the boomtown settlement sure to spring up near the claims. Her plans take a turn after she befriends a migrant Arkansas family even more desperate for a lucky break than she is. Ann Sothern - snapping off one-liners, putting the kibosh on brash flirts, getting slightly loopy on spiked hot lemonade - is again a delight as Maisie Ravier in a film that, via its depictions of uprooted sharecroppers, has overtones of the cinema landmark released just months earlier: The Grapes of Wrath. Former Our Gang regular Scotty Beckett and Virginia Weidler of The Philadelphia Story portray two children in the Dust Bowl family Maisie helps.

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Hallelujah

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Hallelujah is a cinematic milestone: the first all-black feature from a major studio and famed director King Vidor's (The Champ, The Big Parade) first talkie. But the film surpasses its historical significance, telling a story of profound dignity and understanding that it as fresh and moving as the day it premiered.Featuring a largely unknown cast and infused with spirituals, folk songs, blues and jazz (Irving Berlin provided two songs for the production), Hallelujah follows the fortunes of Zeke (Daniel L. Haynes), a poor cotton farmer. He succumbs to the temptations with Chick (Nina Mae McKinney), a mercenary honky-tonk girl, finds salvation in religion, and falls again when his obsession for Chick overpowers his better self. Love, loss, passion, redemption and brilliant moviemaking: Hallelujah has it all.

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His Majesty, O'keefe

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Men steal for it. Nations go to war for it. The it is oil - and it grows on trees! Coconut oil is the precious lifeblood of 1870's South Sea traders. And lots of real blood will be spilled to get it! Screen royalty Burt Lancaster is His Majesty O'Keefe in this last of three adventures that (along with The Flame and the Arrow and Crimson Pirate) blew a revitalizing wind into the sails of the swashbuckler genre. Action, cunning and derring-do are watchwords of the title seafarer as he befriends, defends and ultimately rules the islanders of exotic Yap. Lensed on gorgeous Fiji locations, grandly scored by Robert Farnon and rousingly directed by Byron Haskin, His Majesty O'Keefe delivers heroics of regal proportions.

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Lost Angel

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A little girl named Alpha (Margaret O'Brien) looks like a typical six-year-old. But to the professors at Pickering Institute of Child Psychology, she's an experiment: an orphan raised in isolation to be a genius. After breezy New York newsman Mike Regan (James Craig) interviews the prodigy and gets her thinking about life beyond ivy-clad walls, Alpha flees her lonely institutional "home" for adventure. The enterprising tot tracks Mike to a boxing match and soon gets involved with his job (covering a prison break), his love life (with a pretty nightclub nightingale) and - maybe - is future, if the irresponsible Mike ever realizes that what this lost angel needs is a great new dad. A year after her breakthrough role in Journey for Margaret, O'Brien "acts with the authority of a pint-sized Garbo" (John Douglas Eames, The MGM Story) in a sweet, savvy comedy all about discovering that the world is a mighty magical place.

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Maisie

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She loses her dance-hall job before she even sets foot on stage, she's down to her last 15 cents, then she's thrown into the hoosegow on a false charge of lifting a wallet. Welcome to Big Horn, Wyoming, ma'am. And welcome to the big screen for the enthusiastically received series about wisecracking, level-headed, big-hearted showgirl Maisie Ravier. In the role forever associated with her, Ann Sothern stars in this debut adventure that has her finding work as a maid at Bar-O-Ranch, getting caught up in the troubled marriage of two visitors (Ian Hunter and Ruth Hussey) and rescuing the ranch boss (Robert Young) from a trumped-up murder rap while lassoing his heart. Yes, Maisie is one busy and ever-able heroine, a character who would win fans in all her exploits to come. Cliff Edwards - one year before he voiced Pinocchio's beloved conscience-in-spats, Jiminy Cricket - plays amiable ranchhand Shorty.

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Maisie Was A Lady

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Look who's rubbing elbows with the New York upper crust. It's sometime showgirl and carny sideshow attraction Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern, playing the brassy screen heroine for the fourth time), earning her daily bread as a maid at the posh Rawlston estate on Long Island. There, she finds that the Rawlston patriarch is a neglectful and absentee parent, the fragile daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan) is engaged to a fortune hunter, and the son (Lew Ayres) is an indulgent layabout (but he is kind of handsome). Maisie may be out of her milieu at the Rawlston manor, but she is in her element when it comes to confronting the shams, pretensions and wrongs she finds there. C. Aubrey Smith joins the fun as the ever-dutiful Rawlston butler. Later during the same year of Maisie Was a Lady's release, Sothern, O'Sullivan and Ayres reunited for a radio version.

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Man Of Steel

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A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

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Marie Antoinette

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Her eyes shine as brightly as the diamonds at her slender throat and the countless candles that turn the Palace of Versailles into a light-drenched fantasy world. She is Marie Antoinette, Queen of France: beautiful, imperious, headstrong...and doomed. With an opulence exemplifying Hollywood's Golden Era at its most glamorous, the grandeur and revolutionary fervor of 18th-century France sweeps across the screen. Norma Shearer stars in the decades-spanning title role, Tyrone Power plays her ardent beloved, John Barrymore is crafty Louis XV and debuting Robert Morley portrays timid Louis XVI. From ballroom to boudoir to guillotine, Marie Antoinette is regal romantic adventure.

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Mary And Martha

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From director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games) and writer Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, War Horse), this uplifting HBO Films drama focuses on two very different women - an upscale American interior designer named Mary (Hilary Swank) and a middle-class Englishwoman named Martha (Brenda Blethyn) - who form an unlikely bond following the losses of their only children from malaria contracted in Africa. Battling their lingering grief and the strains on their marriages, the two work together to raise awareness of malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, while recovering their sense of purpose. The film offers an inspiring template for overcoming loss, while showing how ordinary people can make a difference in influencing social policy and affecting positive change.

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Nichols: The Complete Series

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James Garner is Nichols, the reluctant sheriff of a small Western town, in this quirky, offbeat series. It's 1914 and a violence-weary Nichols (Garner) has returned to his Arizona home after 18 years in the army. Forced into becoming its new lawman by the tough and powerful rancher (Neva Patterson) whose family runs the town, Nichols refuses to carry a gun as he takes on bank robbers, Apaches, con artists, banditos and more, armed with only his wits and his charm. Costarring a pre-Lois Lane Margot Kidder as the local barmaid, Nichols was created by Frank R. Pierson, the Oscar® nominated co-screenwriter of Cat Ballou. Originally broadcast during the 1971/72 season and rarely seen since, Nichols: The Complete Series contains all 24 episodes, highlighted by "All in the Family," a game-changing tale with a unique twist.

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No Time For Comedy

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A playwright's attempt at serious drama nearly brings the curtain down on his marriage in this "deliciously wistful comedy" (The Warner Bros. Story) starring James Stewart and Rosalind Russell. When Minnesota newsman Gaylord Esterbrook (Stewart) is summoned to New York to rewrite his first play, Broadway star Linda Paige (Russell) finds him a breath of fresh air and asks for his hand in marriage. But after collaborating with his wife on four comic hits, Gaylord decides the time has come to get serious. Spending his days with a man-hunting muse (Genevieve Tobin) who insists he write dramas instead, Gaylord works on the play at Linda's expense, two tragedies in the making. Based on the hit play starring Katharine Cornell and Laurence Olivier, No Time For Comedy was Stewart and Russell's only pairing, made possible when David O. Selznick traded Warner Bros. his option on Stewart for Olivia de Havilland's services on Gone With the Wind.

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Parachute Jumper

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"I'm a stenographer without a typewriter to pound, a piece of gum to chew or a place to put it!" In Central Park, a plucky blonde named Alabama (Bette Davis) explains Depression realities to Bill (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), an ex-Marine pilot who's likewise out of a job. They strike up a romance that leads them straight into danger when Bill finally finds employment.with a bootlegger. Bill thinks he's flying premium booze from Canada to Prohibition-era America. Unknown to him, his contraband also includes narcotics. Only a cool head and acrobatic piloting skills can save Bill from both the Border Patrol and his ruthless boss. A top supporting cast - Frank McHugh, Leo Carrillo and Claire Dodd - join the stars in "a fast-moving tale of adventure in the air and on earth.a racy affair, with glimpses of airplane crashes and others depicting men leaping from flying machines with parachutes" (Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times).

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Phil Spector

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Academy Award® winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in a new HBO Films production written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar®-nominated playwright David Mamet. Phil Spector is Mamet's exploration of the client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector (Pacino) and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Mirren), who represented Spector during his first trial for murder. The film is executive produced by Academy Award® winner Barry Levinson and David Mamet and produced by Emmy® winner Michael Hausman. An HBO Films presentation of a Levinson/Fontana Production, the film also stars Emmy® nominee Jeffrey Tambor and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. In the hands of celebrated playwright, screenwriter, author, director and producer David Mamet, Phil Spector is a mythological story, and he approaches it as a mythological story, rather than as a news story. Mamet begins his film with the card, "This is a work of fiction. It's not `based on a true story.' It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to comment upon the trial or its outcome."

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Ringside Maisie

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Tough times for Maisie. In rapid order she's bounced from her taxi-dancer job, reduced to her last 60 cents by her landlady, given the heave-ho after sneaking aboard a train that would take her to a nightclub job in the Adirondacks and then, after getting to the gig by other means, is sacked because she won't be, uh, friendly with her lothario of a dance partner. Is Maisie (Ann Sothern) feeling low? "I could look a snake in the eye - if I had a pair of stilts," she says. But the buoyant Brooklynite can never stay low long, especially when she can help a talented but reluctant boxer realize his real career dream while also sparring verbally and ultimately clinching romantically with the fighter's ambitious manager. Future U.S. senator George Murphy plays the manager. In the role of the boxer is Robert Sterling, heralded in the film's trailer as a nifty newcomer with a nifty manner. Sothern surely agreed, marrying Sterling in 1943.

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Sex Kittens Go To College

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"Sex Kitten, American Version" Mamie Van Doren joins forces with "Sex Kitten, Junior Grade" Tuesday Weld and "Sex Kitten, French Version" Mijanou Bardot (Brigitte's sister) for this screwball campus comedy that prefigures both grindhouse flicks and family-friendly college capers. When Collins College's digital super-computer, Thinko (real-life Westinghouse robot Electro) picks Dr. Mathilda West (Van Doren) to head their science department, nobody expects the polymath savant to pack more curves than a rack full of test tubes. While the faculty struggles to pick their slack jaws up off the floor, a crew of gangsters puts the muscle on the 'bot, thanks to Thinko's knack for picking the ponies. Albert Zugsmith's exploitation classic comes to you in its full, unexpurgated glory, featuring some very blue electric dreams from Thinko! Also stars John Carradine, Martin Milner, Jackie Coogan and Conway Twitty.

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The Hunted: The Complete First Season

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Following in the footsteps of Strike Back and from creator/writer and three-time Emmy® nominee Frank Spotnitz (Strike Back, The X-Files), Hunted is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that stars Melissa George (In Treatment, Alias) as Sam Hunter, a highly skilled operative for an elite private security firm called Byzantium, who narrowly survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once Sam returns to work a year later (having told nobody her whereabouts), she must perform her secretive duties without knowing who to trust - and who might want her dead. While continuing her search for the truth - and effort that sheds light on her tragic past - Sam is ordered to infiltrate a wealthy, high-profile family by posing as a good Samaritan, which leads her into a mystery more vast, complex, and dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Brilliant, beautiful, ruthless, and efficient, Sam is a force to be reckoned with as the first season of Hunted unfolds.

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The Working Man

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Wealthy shoe manufacturer John Reeves (George Arliss) relishes a challenge, whether it's beating his competitors in business or helping a couple of spoiled rich kids find purpose in life. Years ago, Reeves lost the girl he loved to a manufacturing rival. Now, after both the girl and the rival have died, he runs into their daughter (Bette Davis) and son and realizes the wild-living youngsters are headed for trouble. Incognito, he joins the failing business they've inherited and soon becomes indispensible as both a canny manager and a substitute father. A year after their success in The Man Who Played God, veteran stage and film star Arliss and talented tyro Davis reteamed for the comedy The Working Man. Davis was happy to share the screen again with the man she regarded as a mentor. And Arliss was delighted to see Davis succeed; "My little bird has flown, hasn't she?" he told the grateful actress during filming.

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Wife Wanted

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For her final film appearance, Kay Francis goes out with a bang - and how! - in this femme noir sensation. Fading film queen Carole Raymond (Francis) thinks she's going to feather her nest egg with a real-estate exit plan, only to find herself behind the eight ball in a classified lonely hearts crime ring. Set up as the fall gal for a snuffed-out romeo, Carole is up to her white furs in illegitimate matrimony until a muckraker (Robert Shayne) gets a sniff of the seductive shenanigans. But the question remains - will the reporter be Carole's salvation or her damnation? Kay Francis produced with no-nonsense noir helmer Phil Karlson directing and costarring Paul Cavanagh, Veda Ann Borg, Teala Loring and Jonathan Hale.

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