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Whistling in Dixie(1942)

1h 14min | Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Radio sleuth Wally 'The Fox' Benton travels to Georgia with his fiancé Carol to be married; and to help Carol's college chum, Ellamae Downs, solve a mystery involving a murdered man, old Fort Dixon, and buried treasure.

Mr. District Attorney(1941)

1h 9min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

An assistant prosecutor (Dennis O'Keefe) and his spunky friend (Florence Rice) investigate a suddenly hot case.

Directed by William Morgan - With Dennis O'Keefe

His Girl Friday(1940)

3.7/5 (with 263 votes)

Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.

Monsieur Verdoux(1947)

2h 4min | Comedy, Crime
4.0/5 (with 128 votes)

The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income. While being both loyal and competent in his work, Verdoux has been laid-off. To make money for his wife and child, he marries wealthy widows and then murders them. His crime spree eventually works against him when two particular widows break his normal routine.

Sullivan's Travels(1941)

NR
| 1h 31min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 141 votes)

Successful movie director John L. Sullivan, convinced he won't be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey, aiming to "know trouble" first-hand. When all he finds is a train ride back to Hollywood and a beautiful blonde companion, he redoubles his efforts, managing to land himself in more trouble than he bargained for when he loses his memory and ends up a prisoner on a chain gang.

Kind Hearts and Coronets(1949)

1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 160 votes)

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother's death by attempting to murder every family member who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love and the widow of one of his victims, his plans go awry.

¡A volar, joven!(1947)

1h 53min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 32 votes)

Cantinflas is a private in the military, who doesn't know anything about discipline or following rules. He only wants to think about his girlfriend, the maid in an opulent hacienda. The owner of the hacienda has an ugly and shy daughter, who is in love with Cantinflas. The problems arrive when the family arranges a wedding between the ugly girl and Cantinflas, who in order to avoid the commitment gets himself arrested. During his punishment, Cantinflas learns to fly with a silly and poorly trained flight instructor.

Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)

1h 58min | Comedy, Crime
3.8/5 (with 286 votes)

Mortimer Brewster, a newspaper drama critic, playwright and author known for his diatribes against marriage, suddenly falls in love and gets married; but when he makes a quick trip home to tell his two maiden aunts, he finds out his aunts' hobby - killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar!

Directed by Frank Capra - With Cary Grant, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair, Raymond Massey, Peter Lorre, Lane Sisters, ...

Puss Gets the Boot(1940)

NR
| 9min | Animation, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

Jasper is given an ultimatum by his master: break one more thing and you're out. Rodent Jerry does his best to make sure that his tormentor "gets the boot".

The Boy with Green Hair(1948)

3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Made in the hopeful post-World War 2 era, this provocative film is a fable for its time — and ours. It tells the supernatural-tinged story of an American war orphan who finds a safe haven in small-town America...until the day his hair turns green. Then the townsfolk turn against him, frightened by the change they cannot understand. A call for tolerance, an inspiring statement that "different" doesn't mean "threatening", the Boy with Green Hair boasts a fine cast (Robert Ryan, Pat O'Brien, Dean Stockwell), a popular theme song (Nature Boy) and the feature-film debut of director Joseph Losey (The Servant, The Go-Between) [From the Warner Brothers Archive Collection DVD].

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein(1948)

1h 23min | Comedy, Horror
3.6/5 (with 93 votes)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

El Circo(1943)

1h 30min | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 16 votes)

A cobbler gets a job in a Circus as a janitor, recommended by the beautiful girl rider of the show. But later, he gets in trouble when he involves in dangerous acts, such as the trapeze. Obviously, our friend will risk his life by the love of his new girlfriend.

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You’re Missing the Point(1940)

1h 52min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 28 votes)

Cantinflas, the boyfriend of the servant of a rich industrial man, gets into the house in order to kill a mad dog. Suddenly this man appears so the servant tells him that Cantinflas is his wife's brother (Leonardo), who had been lost for years. The rich man then remembers that his father in law's testament could only be paid when all brothers get together, so treats Cantinflas, a real bum, as a king.

The Night Before Christmas(1941)

3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

It's snowy and cold outside, and warm inside where Jerry squeezes past a mousetrap to cavort under a present-laden Christmas tree. Mistaking the sleeping Tom for a plush toy, Jerry wakes him and a mad chase ensues.

The Talk of the Town(1942)

NR
| 1h 58min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 28 votes)

When the Holmes Woolen Mill burns down, political activist Leopold Dilg is jailed for arson and accidental murder. Escaping, Leopold hides out in the home of his childhood sweetheart Nora Shelley... which she has just rented to unsuspecting law professor Michael Lightcap.

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House(1948)

NR
| 1h 34min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 59 votes)

An advertising executive dreams of getting out of the city and building a perfect home in the country, only to find the transition fraught with problems.

Mouse Trouble(1944)

NR
| 7min | Animation
3.6/5 (with 20 votes)

Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.

Song of the Thin Man(1947)

3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.

The Major and the Minor(1942)

3.5/5 (with 37 votes)

Susan Applegate, tired of New York after one year and twenty-five jobs, decides to return to her home town. Discovering she hasn't enough money for the train fare, Susan disguises herself as a twelve-year-old and travels for half the price. Caught out by the conductors, she hides in the compartment of Major Philip Kirby, a military school instructor who takes the "child" under his wing.

Go West(1940)

NR
| 1h 20min | Comedy, Western
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west, too, because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. But the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day.

Whisky Galore!(1949)

1h 22min | Comedy, Crime
3.5/5 (with 39 votes)

Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year.

El gendarme desconocido(1941)

1h 48min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 22 votes)

A gang of thieves has jeopardized the city and even the police, whose chief urges their forces to captured the band within 48 hours. Meanwhile, band members meet in a cafe run by a widow and her daughter and her suitor, Cantinflas, who maintains a scuffle with the robbers running all at the station. Since then, Cantinflas become a member of the police force for special missions.

Lend a Paw(1941)

3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

Pluto's conscience becomes the battleground when he saves a small kitten from drowning and then has second thoughts when Mickey welcomes it into his home.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi

Soy un prófugo(1946)

1h 35min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 27 votes)

A janitor in a large bank is accused of pulling of a major heist. He is forced to become a fugitive while hunting for the real culprits.

Heaven Can Wait(1943)

3.5/5 (with 59 votes)

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha, with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.

The Yankee Doodle Mouse(1943)

3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

As Tom and Jerry stage their typical fight sequences, the patriotic soldier theme of the title is evidenced by such things as a carton of eggs labeled "Hen Grenades"; Jerry dropping light bulbs from an airplane like bombs; and Jerry sending a telegram with the message "Sighted Cat - Sank Same." Musical phrasings from various patriotic war songs are heard throughout.

The Punch Bowl(1944)

1h 37min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

Die Feuerzangenbowle from Director Helmut Weiss is based on the novel by the same name from Heinrich Spoerl and Hans Reimann that has turned into a cult German film. The film tells the story of a writer Johannes Pfeiffer who goes undercover as a student in a high school after his friends told him that he missed out on a great life experience since he was home schooled.

The Canterville Ghost(1944)

1h 35min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty(1947)

3.4/5 (with 38 votes)

Walter Mitty, a daydreaming writer with an overprotective mother, likes to imagine that he is a hero who experiences fantastic adventures. His dream becomes reality when he accidentally meets a mysterious woman who hands him a little black book. According to her, it contains the locations of the Dutch crown jewels hidden since World War II. Soon, Mitty finds himself in the middle of a confusing conspiracy, where he has difficulty differentiating between fact and fiction.

The Bank Dick(1940)

1h 12min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

Egbert Sousé becomes an unexpected hero when a bank robber falls over a bench he's occupying. Now considered brave, Egbert is given a job as a bank guard. Soon, he is approached by charlatan J. Frothingham Waterbury about buying shares in a mining company. Egbert persuades teller Og Oggilby to lend him bank money, to be returned when the scheme pays off. Unfortunately, bank inspector Snoopington then makes a surprise appearance.

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