Smashing the Rackets
Smashing the Rackets is a 1938 American drama film directed by Lew Landers, written by Lionel Houser, starring Chester Morris, Frances Mercer, Rita Johnson, Bruce Cabot and Edward Pawley. It was released on August 1938, by RKO Pictures. Jim'Sock' Conway, former boxer and FBI hero, is maneuvered for political reasons into a do-nothing job in the district attorney's office. Meanwhile, he meets girlfriend of mob mouthpiece Steve Lawrence. Now the slot machine gang brutally beats Jim's friends Otto, and Jim finds a way to use his nominal position to go into the racket- busting business. But his success puts Letty in deadly peril... Chester Morris as Jim'Sock' Conway Frances Mercer as Susan'Pat' Lane Rita Johnson as Letty Lane Bruce Cabot as Steve Lawrence Edward Pawley as Chin Martin Joe De Stefani as Franz Don Douglas as Harry Spaulding Kay Sutton as Peggy Ben Welden as Whitey Clark Paul Fix as Maxie Eddie Acuff as Joe George Irving as District Attorney Edward Greer Smashing the Rackets on IMDb
Harvard, Here I Come
Harvard, Here I Come! is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Lew Landers and stars Max'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, Arline Judge, Stanley Brown, Don Beddoe, Marie Wilson, Virginia Sale. Maxie "Slapsie" Rosenbloom plays a dim-witted but lovable ex-boxer and character actor who happens to run a nightclub; the Harvard Lampoon, an undergraduate humor publication, honors the night club owner with a "special award". Maxie's friends, Francie Callahan, the cashier and general manager of the club, Hypo McGonigle, suspect Slapsie is about to be made a fool by the publication; the chief editor of the Harvard Lampoon, Harrison Carey, soon enough presents an award for "Supreme Pediculousness", the friends worst fears are realized. Maxie accepts the award with pride; the next morning, Maxie's humiliation is reported by all the newspapers, but instead of becoming angry and vengeful, Maxie decides to enroll at the prestigious institute of learning and become an educated man. At Harvard university, Maxie meets professor Nickajack Alvin, the head of the Antediluvian Department.
Alvin is convinced that Maxie is indeed the "missing link," which makes him conduct a series of tests to prove that the club owner is a throwback to the caveman. Alvin is satisfied with the results, offers Maxie $1,500 a year plus room and board in exchange for further testing of his mental abilities. Maxie is flattered, accepts the offer. Not long after Maxie's enrollment, Hypo arrives at Harvard on a one-year newspaper scholarship. In the meantime, Maxie has won the respect and admiration of the undergraduates as well as the heart of young student Zella Phipps, a broad-shouldered amazon; when Alvin announces that his tests have determined that Maxie is the country's number one moron, Maxie is ordained as the arbiter of taste for the other twenty-three million morons in the country. Realizing that Maxie's endorsement is worth millions, business offers pour in from manufacturers anxious to have him bless their products, Maxie signs a contract with one shrewd promoter for one thousand dollars a week.
Now, Maxie is indeed on a winning streak. Full of entrepreneurial spirit, Maxie decides to open a College Inn near the Harvard campus and sends for Francie to help him. However, Francie is quite angry with Maxie for signing a contract without her approving it beforehand. Francie shuts him out from his business arrangement and forms a corporation known as Twenty Million Jerks, Inc. In due time Alvin is finished with the testing of Maxie, he offers Maxie an "extraordinary diploma." Maxie, is again honored by the award, but he realizes that the amorous Zella, in which he has no interest in marrying, would never wed an uneducated man. So Maxie declines the professor's offer, in doing so puts an end to Zella's interest in being married to him. At the grand opening of the new College Inn, Maxie announces that he is giving his financial support to a School for Morons at Harvard university, he congratulates Francie and Hypo on their engagement. The film is known as Here I Come in the United Kingdom. Max'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom as Maxie Arline Judge as Francie Callahan Stanley Brown as Harrison Carey Don Beddoe as Hypo McGonigle Marie Wilson as Zella Phipps Virginia Sale as Miss Frisbie Byron Foulger as Professor Alvin Boyd Davis as Professor Hayworth Julius Tannen as Professor Anthony Walter Baldwin as Professor MacSquigley Tom Herbert as Professor Teeter Larry Parks as Eddie Spellman George McKay as Blinky John Tyrrell as Slug Mary Ainslee as Phyllis It was the first film role for Yvonne de Carlo.
She was one line, saying "nowadays a girl must show a front." Harvard, Here I Come! on IMDb Harvard, Here I Come is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Condemned Women is a 1938 American drama film directed by Lew Landers and written by Lionel Houser. The film stars Louis Hayward, Anne Shirley, Esther Dale and Lee Patrick; the film was released on March 18, 1938. Sally Eilers as Linda Wilson Louis Hayward as Dr. Philip Duncan Anne Shirley as Millie Anson Esther Dale as Mrs. Clara Glover Lee Patrick as Anna'Big Annie' Barry Leona Roberts as Kate Holt George Irving as Warden Edmund Miller Richard Bond as David Netta Packer as Sarah Norton Rita La Roy as Cora Florence Lake as Prisoner Condemned Women on IMDb
Crashing Hollywood (1938 film)
Crashing Hollywood is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Lew Landers and written by Paul Yawitz and Gladys Atwater. The film stars Joan Woodbury, Paul Guilfoyle, Lee Patrick and Bradley Page; the film was released on January 1938, by RKO Pictures. Lee Tracy as Michael Winslow Joan Woodbury as Barbara Lang Paul Guilfoyle as Herman Tibbets Lee Patrick as Goldie Tibbets Bradley Page as Thomas'Tom' Darcy /'The Hawk' Richard Lane as Hugo Wells Tom Kennedy as Al George Irving as Alexander Peyton Frank M. Thomas as Detective Decker Jack Carson as Dickson Alec Craig as Movie Studio Receptionist Jimmy Conlin as Crisby Willie Best as Train Porter Crashing Hollywood on IMDb
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films. After playing small parts on the stage in his native Hungary, Lugosi gained his first role in a film in 1917, he had to leave the country after the failed Hungarian Communist Revolution of 1919 because of his socialist activism. He acted in several films in Weimar Germany before arriving in the United States as a seaman on a merchant ship. In 1927, he appeared as Count Dracula in a Broadway adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel, he appeared in the 1931 film Dracula directed by Tod Browning and produced by Universal Pictures. Through the 1930s, he occupied an important niche in horror films, with their East European setting, but his Hungarian accent limited his potential casting, he unsuccessfully tried to avoid typecasting. Meanwhile, he was paired with Boris Karloff, able to demand top billing. To his frustration, Lugosi, a charter member of the American Screen Actors Guild, was restricted to minor parts, kept employed by the studio principally so that they could put his name on the posters.
Among his pairings with Karloff, he performed major roles only in The Black Cat, The Raven, Son of Frankenstein. By this time, Lugosi had been receiving regular medication for sciatic neuritis, he became addicted to morphine and methadone; this drug dependence was known to producers, the offers dwindled to a few parts in Ed Wood's low-budget films—including a brief appearance in Plan 9 from Outer Space. Lugosi, married five times and had one son, Bela George, died of a heart attack on August 16, 1956. Lugosi, the youngest of four children, was born Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary to Hungarian father István Blaskó, a banker, Serbian-born mother Paula de Vojnich, he based his last name on his hometown. He and his sister Vilma were raised in a Roman Catholic family. At the age of 12, Lugosi dropped out of school, he began his acting career in 1901 or 1902. His earliest known performances are from provincial theatres in the 1903–04 season, playing small roles in several plays and operettas.
He went on to perform in Shakespeare's plays. After moving to Budapest in 1911, he played dozens of roles with the National Theatre of Hungary between 1913–19. Although Lugosi would claim that he "became the leading actor of Hungary's Royal National Theatre" all his roles there were small or supporting parts. During World War I, he served as an infantryman in the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1914–16, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he was awarded the Wound Medal for wounds. Due to his activism in the actors' union in Hungary during the revolution of 1919, he was forced to flee his homeland, he went first to Vienna before settling in Berlin. He took the name "Lugosi" in 1903 to honor his birthplace, travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana as a crewman aboard a merchant ship. Lugosi's first film appearance was in the movie Az ezredes; when appearing in Hungarian silent films, he used the stage name Arisztid Olt. Lugosi made 12 films in Hungary between 1918 before leaving for Germany. Following the collapse of Béla Kun's Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, leftists and trade unionists became vulnerable.
Lugosi was proscribed from acting due to his participation in the formation of an actors' union. Exiled in Weimar-era Germany, he began appearing in a small number of well-received films, among them adaptations of the Karl May novels On the Brink of Paradise and Caravan of Death with Dora Gerson. Lugosi left Germany in October 1920, intending to emigrate to the United States, entered the country at New Orleans in December 1920, he made his way to New York and was inspected by immigration officers at Ellis Island in March 1921. He declared his intention to become a US citizen in 1928. On his arrival in America, the 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Lugosi worked for some time as a laborer, entered the theater in New York City's Hungarian immigrant colony. With fellow expatriate Hungarian actors he formed a small stock company that toured Eastern cities, playing for immigrant audiences. Lugosi acted in several Hungarian plays before breaking out into his first English Broadway play, The Red Poppy, in 1922.
Three more parts came in 1925–26, including a five-month run in the comedy-fantasy The Devil in the Cheese. In 1925, he appeared as an Arab Sheik in Arabesque which premiered in Buffalo, New York at the Teck Theatre before moving to Broadway, his first American film role was in the melodrama The Silent Command. Several more silent roles followed and continental types, all in productions made in the New York area. Lugosi was approached in the summer of 1927 to star in a Broadway theatre production of Dracula, adapted by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker's 1897 novel; the Horace Liveright production was successful, running for 261 performances before touring the United States to much fanfare and critical acclaim throughout 1928 and 1929. In 1928, Lugosi decided to stay in California, his performance had piqued the interest of Fox Film, he was cast in the studio's silent film The Veiled Woman
Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Bros. The film is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which spawns other creatures who transform into small, evil monsters; this story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990. Unlike the more satirical tone of the sequel, Gremlins opts for more black comedy, balanced against a Christmastime setting. Both films were the center of large merchandising campaigns. Steven Spielberg was the film's executive producer, with the film being produced by Michael Finnell and written by Chris Columbus, drawing on legends of gremlins in the RAF going back to World War II; the film stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, with Howie Mandel providing the voice of Gizmo, the main mogwai character. Gremlins received positive reviews from critics. However, the film was heavily criticized for some of its more violent sequences. In response to this and to similar complaints about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg suggested that the Motion Picture Association of America alter its rating system, which it did within two months of the film's release, creating a new PG-13 rating.
Randall Peltzer, a struggling inventor, visits a Chinatown antique store in the hope of finding a Christmas present for his son Billy. In the store, Randall encounters a furry creature called a mogwai; the owner, Mr. Wing, refuses to sell the creature to Randall. However, his grandson secretly sells the mogwai to Randall, warning him to remember three important rules that must never be broken—do not expose the mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet, never feed it after midnight. Randall returns home to Kingston Falls. Billy works in the local bank, where he fears his dog Barney will be captured and killed by the elderly Mrs. Deagle. Randall names the mogwai “Gizmo” and Billy makes sure to treat him well; when Billy’s friend Pete spills a glass of water over Gizmo, five more mogwai spawn from his back, a more troublemaking sort led by the aggressive Stripe. Billy shows one of the mogwai to his former science teacher, Mr. Hanson, spawning another mogwai, on whom Hanson experiments.
Back at home, Stripe’s gang tricks Billy into feeding them after midnight by severing the power cord to his bedside clock. They make cocoons. Shortly after, the cocoons hatch and they emerge as mischievous, reptilian monsters that torture Gizmo and try to murder Billy’s mother, while Hanson is killed by his'gremlin'. All of the Gremlins are killed except Stripe, who escapes to a local YMCA and jumps into a swimming pool, spawning an army of gremlins who wreak chaos around Kingston Falls. Billy tries to warn the police. Many people are injured or outright killed by the gremlins' rampage, including Mrs. Deagle, launched out of her house on a stair lift, sabotaged by the creatures. At the local bar, the gremlins have fun until the barmaid Kate Beringer, Billy’s girlfriend, flashes them with a camera and escapes into the bank with Billy and Gizmo. While hiding, she reveals. Billy and Kate discover the town has fallen silent and the Gremlins are watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the local theater.
They set off an explosion. Billy chases Stripe into a Montgomery Ward store, where Stripe climbs into a water fountain and tries to spawn more gremlins. Gizmo opens a skylight, exposing Stripe to sunlight and melting him. In the aftermath of the rampage, Mr. Wing arrives to collect Gizmo, scolding the Peltzers for their carelessness, thinking the Western world is not ready but comments that Billy might some day be ready to care for Gizmo properly. Gizmo believes so, having become attached to Billy. Mr. Wing departs with Gizmo. Gremlins was produced at a time when combining horror and comedy was becoming popular. According to Professor Noël Carroll, released the same weekend as Gremlins, the comic strip The Far Side followed this trend. Carroll argued that there was now a new genre emphasizing sudden shifts between humorous and horrific scenes, drawing laughs with plot elements that have been traditionally used to scare; the notion of gremlins was first conceived during World War II when mechanical failures in RAF aircraft were jokingly blamed on the small monsters.
The term "gremlins" entered popular culture as children's author Roald Dahl published a book called The Gremlins in 1943, based on the mischievous creatures. Walt Disney considered making a film of it. A Bugs Bunny cartoon of the era, Falling Hare, has him battling a gremlin on an airplane. Joe Dante said that the book was of some influence on his film. In 1983, Dante publicly distanced his work from earlier films, explaining, "Our gremlins are somewhat different—they're sort of green and they have big mouths and they smile a lot and they do really nasty things to people and enjoy it all the while"; the story of Gremlins was conceived by Chris Columbus. As Columbus explained, his inspiration came from his loft, when at night "what sounded like a platoon of mice would come out and to hear them skittering around in the blackness was creepy", he wrote the original screenplay as a spec script to show potential employers that he had writing abilities. The story was not intended to be filmed until Steven Spielberg took an interest in turning it into a film.
As Spielberg explained, "It's one of the most original things I've c
Glen White (actor)
Glen White was an American actor. He appeared in 50 films between 1912 and 1921. Bob's Baby The $5,000,000 Counterfeiting Plot The Flaming Sword The Straight Way Camille Heart and Soul Her Greatest Love The Tiger Woman The Darling of Paris ‘’The end of the road ’’ Glen White on IMDb Glen White at IBDb.com