The Love Trap (1929 film)
The Love Trap is a 1929 American comedy film directed by William Wyler and starring Laura La Plante, Neil Hamilton and Robert Ellis. It was made with a soundtrack for the last few scenes. A young woman meets a millionaire. Laura La Plante as Evelyn Todd Neil Hamilton as Paul Harrington Robert Ellis as Guy Emory Jocelyn Lee as Bunny Norman Trevor as Judge Harrington Clarissa Selwynne as Mrs. Harrington Rita La Roy as Mary Harrington Dick, Bernard F. City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky, 2015; the Love Trap on IMDb
Check and Double Check
Check and Double Check is a 1930 American pre-Code comedy film produced and released by RKO Radio Pictures and based on the top-rated Amos'n' Andy radio show. The title was derived from a catchphrase associated with the show. Directed by Melville W. Brown, from a screenplay by Bert Kalmar, J. Walter Ruben, Harry Ruby, it starred Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden, in blackface, in the roles of Andy and Amos which they had created for the radio show; the film featured Duke Ellington and his "Cotton Club Band". Amos and Andy run the "Fresh Air Taxicab Company, Incorporated", so named because their one taxi has no top, their old vehicle has broken down. Stuck in the traffic jam are John Blair and his wife, who were on their way to meet an old family friend at the train station, Richard Williams; when the Blairs do not show up, he makes his own way to their house, where he meets their daughter, his childhood sweetheart. The two reignite their old flame, much to the chagrin of Ralph Crawford, attempting to woo Jean himself.
That night, prior to attending a meeting at their lodge, the Mystic Knights of the Sea, they are hired to transport Duke Ellington and His Cotton Club band to a party being given at the Blair estate. While they are on their way, Richard is confiding to John Blair his feelings for his daughter, stating that he has no intention of pursuing Jean unless he can afford to start his own business to support them. After the death of his father, Richard's family lost all their money, he has come up to New York because his grandfather used to own a large home in Harlem, he hopes to be able to find the deed to it, in order to sell it for the money needed to start his business. He thinks. Unknown to Blair or Richard, is. After his discussion with Blair, Richard runs into Amos and Andy, who used to work for his father down south, they are all happy to see one another. Having delivered their fare, the two cab drivers rush back to town to attend their lodge meeting; the lodge has an annual tradition where a pair of members must spend a night in a haunted house in Harlem, find a document labeled, "Check and Double Check".
Once they find it, they are to replace it, in a different location, with their own version, for the lodge members to find the following year. The haunted house in question in none other than the house owned by Richard's grandfather; as Amos and Andy are searching for their document, Ralph is in the house with several of his cohorts, searching for the deed, in order to thwart Richard's chances with Jean. Amos and Andy find their document, but realize they did not bring any other paper to write their message on and secrete for their lodge brothers. In searching for something to write on, they stumble on the deed to premises; as they are about to write their message on the back, they are interrupted by Ralph and his friends, who believe that the two have found the deed. In the confusion which ensues, the cab drivers hand over what everyone believes is the deed, before they scamper out of the building. However, when they return to the lodge, they realize that they had given the Check and Double Check paper to Ralph, instead of the dead.
They do not know the importance of the document they have, but they recognized Richard's grandfather's signature on it, intend to deliver it to Richard the following day. After failing to find the deed, a heartbroken Richard leaves for the railway station, intending to return home. Amos and Andy arrive at the Blair house too late to give him the deed, but race to the station and are able to hand over the deed just before Richard's train leaves. Now with the deed, Richard can sell the house, open his business, marry Jean; the making of the picture posed several problems. Foremost was the fact that the characters of the program were portrayed as blacks but were in fact voiced by whites; this had posed no problem on the radio, but would not be suitable for a film where the actors could be seen as well as heard. Rather than hire black actors for the roles and instruct them to imitate to the maximum extent possible the stereotypical voices used by the radio performers, program creators Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll performed the roles themselves in blackface.
Another problem was the attempt to base a full-length picture on a 15-minute-long radio program. In order to do this, the film's producers unwisely decided to flesh out the story with a love triangle involving white characters making Amos and Andy minor characters in what was marketed as a film about them. Duke Ellington and his band were invited to be a part of the film, not just to provide the music but to appear performing in the film itself; this helped propel Ellington into a national spotlight. The director did not want to give audiences the impression that Ellington's band was racially integrated, was worried that two band members were too light skinned. So valve trombonist Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican, clarinetist Barney Bigard, a Creole, wore stage makeup to appear as dark as Amos and Andy on film; the songs included: "Three Little Words" - Music by lyrics by Bert Kalmar.
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress. Throughout her long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she continually reinvented herself. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted in silent films, her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel brought her an international profile and a contract with Paramount Pictures. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco, Shanghai Express, Desire, she traded on her glamorous persona and "exotic" looks, became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer. Dietrich was known for her humanitarian efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating their U. S. citizenship. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received several honors from the United States, France and Israel.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. Dietrich was born on 27 December 1901 at Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg, now a district of Berlin, her mother, Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine, was from an affluent Berlin family who owned a jewelry and clock-making firm. Her father, Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, was a police lieutenant. Dietrich had one sibling, one year older. Dietrich's father died in 1907, his best friend, Eduard von Losch, an aristocratic first lieutenant in the Grenadiers, courted Wilhelmina and married her in 1914, but he died soon afterwards, in July 1916, from injuries sustained during the First World War. Von Losch never adopted the Dietrich sisters, so Dietrich's surname was never von Losch, as has sometimes been claimed. Dietrich's family nicknamed her "Lena" and "Lene". Aged about 11, she combined her first two names to form the name "Marlene". Dietrich attended the Auguste-Viktoria Girls' School from 1907 to 1917 and graduated from the Victoria-Luise-Schule in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, in 1918.
She became interested in theater and poetry as a teenager. A wrist injury curtailed her dreams of becoming a concert violinist, but by 1922 she had her first job, playing violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema, she was fired after only four weeks. The earliest professional stage appearances by Dietrich were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher's Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. In 1922, Dietrich auditioned unsuccessfully for theatrical director and impresario Max Reinhardt's drama academy, she did not attract any special attention at first. Dietrich's film debut was a small part in the film The Little Napoleon, she met her future husband, Rudolf Sieber, on the set of Tragedy of Love in 1923. Dietrich and Sieber were married in a civil ceremony in Berlin on 17 May 1923, her only child, daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born on 13 December 1924. Dietrich continued to work in film both in Berlin and Vienna throughout the 1920s.
On stage, she had roles of varying importance in Frank Wedekind's Pandora's Box, William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah and Misalliance. It was in musicals and revues such as Broadway, Es Liegt in der Luft, Zwei Krawatten, that she attracted the most attention. By the late 1920s, Dietrich was playing sizable parts on screen, including roles in Café Elektric, I Kiss Your Hand and The Ship of Lost Souls. In 1929, Dietrich landed her breakthrough role of Lola Lola, a cabaret singer who caused the downfall of a hitherto respectable schoolmaster, in the UFA production of The Blue Angel, shot at Babelsberg film studios. Josef von Sternberg thereafter took credit for having "discovered" Dietrich; the film introduced Dietrich's signature song "Falling in Love Again", which she recorded for Electrola and made further recordings in the 1930s for Polydor and Decca Records. In 1930, on the strength of The Blue Angel's international success, with encouragement and promotion from Josef von Sternberg, established in Hollywood, Dietrich moved to the United States under contract to Paramount Pictures, the U.
S. film distributor of The Blue Angel. The studio sought to market Dietrich as a German answer to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Swedish sensation, Greta Garbo. Sternberg welcomed her with gifts, including a green Rolls-Royce Phantom II; the car appeared in their first U. S. film Morocco. Dietrich starred in six films directed by von Sternberg at Paramount between 1930 and 1935. Sternberg worked with Dietrich to create the image of a glamorous and mysterious femme fatale, he coached her intensively as an actress. She willingly followed his sometimes imperious direction in a way that a number of other performers resisted. In Morocco, Dietrich was again cast as a cabaret singer; the film is best remembered for the sequence in which she performs a song dressed in a man's white tie and kisses another woman, both provocative for the era. The film earned Dietrich her only Academy Award nomination. Morocco was followed by Dishonored, a major success with Dietrich cast as a Mata Hari-like spy. Shanghai
Hot Saturday is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Nancy Carroll, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott; this was Grant's first role as a leading man. Based on the novel Hot Saturday by Harvey Fergusson, the film is about a pretty, virtuous small-town bank clerk who becomes the victim of a vicious rumor. A pretty young bank clerk, Ruth Brock, attracts the young men in the small town of Marysville. Rich playboy Romer Sheffield is no exception though he has Camille staying at his mansion, scandalizing the locals. Jealous, Camille soon leaves. Ruth, however, is all business whenever Romer tries to become better acquainted with her at the bank, she agrees to go on a date on Saturday with fellow employee Conny Billup. Romer invites Conny and his crowd to party at his estate, offering free food and drink, just so he can spend some time with Ruth, they stay long enough for Romer to have a heartfelt conversation. The gang heads to a lakeshore dance hall. Conny gets Ruth alone on a nighttime boat ride, but she jumps ashore to avoid his unwanted pawing of her.
Out of spite, he leaves her behind. She has to walk to Romer's estate. Conny finds her there, but she does not want to see him, Romer makes him drive away without her. Romer sends Ruth home in his chauffeured car. Inside, Ruth is pleasantly surprised to find childhood friend and geologist Bill Fadden in the kitchen, he has returned to do some surveying after seven years away. Bill makes it clear; when Eva questions Conny about what happened the night before, he lies. The lies spread, soon the local gossips have distorted the story so much that everybody thinks that Ruth and Romer are having a brazen affair; as a result, Eva's father fires Ruth. After quarreling with her mother, Ruth flees to Bill's campsite. Caught in a rainstorm, she faints just outside Bill's shelter. Bill brings her inside; when he is unable to awaken her, he removes her wet clothes to keep her warm. When she does regain consciousness, they become engaged, though she does not tell him about the ugly rumors. However, Conny maliciously has Eva invite Romer to the dance hall where Bill are.
Once Romer grasps the situation, he graciously tries to bow out, but Bill hears the vicious gossip and breaks off the engagement. By the next morning, Bill has reconsidered, but she informs him that while the stories were not true the night before, they are now in the morning, she spent the night with Romer. Romer picks her up and tells her they will get married in New York. Nancy Carroll as Ruth Brock Cary Grant as Romer Sheffield Randolph Scott as Bill Fadden Edward Woods as Conny Billop Lilian Bond as Eva Randolph William Collier, Sr. as Harry Brock, Ruth's father Jane Darwell as Mrs Ida Brock Stanley Smith as Joe Rita La Roy as Camille Rose Coghlan as Annie Brock, Ruth's younger sister Oscar Apfel as Ed W. Randolph Jessie Arnold as Aunt Minnie Grady Sutton as Archie, a bank teller Hot Saturday was released on DVD as part of a three-disc, six-film set entitled Pre-Code Hollywood Collection on April 7, 2009. Hot Saturday on IMDb Hot Saturday at the TCM Movie Database Hot Saturday at AllMovie Hot Saturday at the American Film Institute Catalog
Midnight Mystery is a 1930 American mystery film directed by George B. Seitz, from a screenplay by Beulah Marie Dix, adapted from the play Hawk Island by Howard Irving Young. Betty Compson starred, leading an ensemble cast which included Hugh Trevor, Lowell Sherman, Rita La Roy, Ivan Lebedeff, Raymond Hatton, June Clyde and Marcelle Corday. Gregory Sloane is a millionaire who lives in an isolated mansion on Hawk Island, off the coast of New England, he invites a disparate group of people to his home, who are soon cut off from the mainland when a fierce storm blows in. While confined, tensions erupt among the guests. One of the other guests, Sally Wayne, an author who writes murder mysteries and Sloane's fiancée, takes it upon herself to solve the crime. Over the course of the evening, she uncovers and strategically puts together all the clues, culminating in her getting the murderer to confess. Betty Compson as Sally Wayne Hugh Trevor as Gregory Sloane Lowell Sherman as Tom Austen Rita La Roy as Madeline Austen Ivan Lebedeff as Mischa Kawelin Raymond Hatton as Paul Cooper Marcelle Corday as Harriet Cooper June Clyde as Louise Hollister Sidney D'Albrook as Barker William P. Burt as Rogers The play Hawk Island, from which this film was adapted, played at the Longacre Theatre in 1929, starring Clark Gable in the role of Gregory Sloane.
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Lady from Nowhere
Lady from Nowhere is a 1936 American crime film directed by Gordon Wiles and starring Mary Astor, Charles Quigley and Thurston Hall. After witnessing a gangland killing a young woman has to go into hiding. Mary Astor as Polly Dunlap Charles Quigley as Earl Daniels Thurston Hall as James Gordon Barnes Victor Kilian as Zeke Hopper Spencer Charters as Alexander Scorzo Norman Willis as Ed Lustig, aka Alfred Brewster Gene Morgan as Mike Dugan Rita La Roy as Mabel Donner Claudia Coleman as Dorothy Barnes Matty Fain as Henchman Frankie John Tyrrell as Henchman Nick John Hamilton as Commissioner George DeNormand as Chauffeur Edwin Stanley as Editor Frank Melton as Bert Withers Jack Kennedy as Rube Wallace Victor Potel as Abner Horace Murphy as Lem Gennaro Curci as Alex Lowell Drew as Veterinary Robert McKenzie as Constable Edward LeSaint as Ed Van Zandt Joseph E. Bernard as Conductor C. L. Sherwood as First Fireman Wedgwood Nowell Harry Tyler as Fletcher, Murdered Gangster Lowe, Denise. An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930.
Routledge, 2014. Lady from Nowhere on IMDb
I've Got Your Number (film)
I've Got Your Number is a 1934 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Ray Enright. Starring Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, Allen Jenkins and Glenda Farrell; the film was released by Warner Bros. on February 24, 1934. Two telephone repairmen romance a pair of blondes with many adventures. Switchboard operator Marie Lawson is conned by admirer Nicky, who tells her it is just a practical joke, into redirecting a phone call. However, Nicky uses what he learns to his own benefit, costing the intended recipient a lot of money; when the victim complains to Marie's boss, telephone repairmen Terry Riley and John are called in to see if the phone was tapped. When it is found not to be, Marie loses her job. Terry is attracted to Marie and talks her into a date, he gets her hired by businessman John P. Schuyler, whom he had earlier saved from a live electrical wire; when Marie runs into Nicky she lets slip that her new employer is expecting a delivery of $90,000 in bonds. As a result, Nicky is able to fool the courier into thinking he is Schuyler and giving him the bonds while Marie is distracted by a flood of calls from his accomplices.
When she realizes what has happened, she goes looking for Nicky, but this only serves to make her look guilty. Terry is questioned by the police and released so he can lead them to her hiding place, it works and she is arrested. When an expensive lawyer shows up on her behalf, Terry becomes suspicious and taps his line with John's reluctant help, he is able to trace a call to where Nicky and his gang are hiding out. When he goes there, he is caught and placed in a bedroom after the phone is ripped out. However, he is not searched, he is able to contact John to bring help. The crooks are captured. Terry and Marie get married, but on their wedding night, many of Terry's co-workers show up to "repair" their phone. Joan Blondell as Marie Lawson Pat O'Brien as Terry Riley Allen Jenkins as John'Johnny' Glenda Farrell as Bonnie Eugene Pallette as Joseph'Joe' Flood Gordon Westcott as Nicky Henry O'Neill as Mr. John P. Schuyler Hobart Cavanaugh as Happy Dooley The film's prerelease title was Hell's Bells.
Ben Markson was assigned to the screenplay. A scene between Joan Blondell and Pat O'Brien was filmed at her home because Blondell, recovering from an emergency appendectomy, was not allowed to travel to the film studio by her physician; the New York Times movie review said: "I've Got Your Number deals with the inside workings of the telephone service. More it dramatizes the spectacular careers of a pair of ribald "trouble shooters" or repair men, who roam the city with picturesque irreverence and pry into its diverting kaleidoscope of humor and drama. A reasonably hilarious product of the wise-crack school, it is fast and hearty without setting any new records for wit. Pat O'Brien can make a line sound funnier than it is by the racy and crisp style of his delivery, in the Roxy's new film he improves the dialogue considerably." Warner Archive released a double feature DVD collection of I've Got Your Number and Havana Widows on December 13, 2011. I've Got Your Number at the TCM Movie Database I've Got Your Number on IMDb I've Got Your Number at AllMovie