22 movies

Tropic Thunder

August 13, 2008

Vietnam veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoir, Tropic Thunder, is being made into a film, but Director Damien Cockburn can’t control the cast of prima donnas. Behind schedule and over budget, Cockburn is ordered by a studio executive to get filming back on track, or risk its cancellation. On Tayback's advice, Cockburn drops the actors into the middle of the jungle to film the remaining scenes but, unbeknownst to the actors and production, the group have been dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of heroin-producing gangs.

Seven Chances

March 11, 1925

Struggling stockbroker Jimmie Shannon learns that, if he gets married by 7 p.m. on his 27th birthday -- which is today -- he'll inherit $7 million from an eccentric relative.

Pardon Us

August 15, 1931

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman.

Returning to the same medical school where they were test subjects years before, two twisted serial killers use brutal sex acts to kill off a group of med students.

Charleston Parade

March 19, 1927

Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

His Trust

January 16, 1911

A Confederate officer is called off to war. He leaves his wife and daughter in the care of George, his faithful Negro servant. After the officer is killed in battle, George continues in his caring duties, faithful to his trust.

Children of Pleasure

April 26, 1930

A successful songwriter, dazzled by high society, falls for a society girl who is just playing around.

His Trust Fulfilled

January 18, 1911

Continuing where His Trust (1911) leaves off, George takes care of his deceased master's daughter after her mother's death. He sacrifices his own meager savings to give the girl a good life, until the money runs out and he tries to steal money from the girl's rich cousin.

Martyrs of the Alamo

November 20, 1915

The story of the defense of the mission-turned-fortress by 185 Texans against an overwhelming Mexican army in 1836.

Blackie is implicated in a murder when he accidently sells a phony Charles Dickens first edition at an auction.

Betty Boop's Bamboo Isle

September 22, 1932

On a South Sea isle, Bimbo meets Betty in the guise of a hula dancer.

Vampiresas 1930

May 7, 1962

As the era of silent films finds itself at a close, four down-and-out silent film actors and musicians struggle to find work. Fate leads them to a former star of the silent era as she struggles to escape her reputation as a wild and evil vamp of the silver screen and longs to be just thought of as an honest and decent woman. They join forces, and for a short time have a decent amount of success singing and dancing at clubs and bars. But the public has an insatiable taste for foreign black jazz bands, and they will stop at nothing to become a success.

A simple filmed performance featuring Cantor, done up in his stage minstrel makeup, allegedly at the Ziegfeld Theatre Roof Garden, but actually filmed on a soundstage at the Paramount Astoria studio.

Topsy and Eva

July 26, 1927

Topsy is the main character in this movie. When the black girl who "jes' growed" is auctioned as a slave but nobody will bid on her, Little Eva purchases Topsy for a nickel. That's the one part of this movie that I found plausible: slaveholders often refused to buy children, since their upkeep in food usually exceeded any labour they performed. There's a gooey romantic subplot between Mariette (the niece of Simon Legree) and George Shelby, son of a prominent slaveholder.

Elstree Calling

February 1, 1930

A series of 19 musical and comedy "vaudeville" sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the sketches. In one, an actor wants to perform Shakespeare, but he is continually denied air-time. The other gag has an inventor trying to view the broadcast on television.

Check and Double Check

October 2, 1930

Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party. All the regular characters are here (or mentioned), including the famous Mystic Knights of the Sea. The only film appearance of radio's long-running characters.

The Spider and the Tulip

April 15, 1943

A ladybird is being chased by a black-faced spider.

A stop-motion film from Émile Cohl with tin soldiers, children's drawings and cannibals.

Comedy Cake Walk

May 11, 1903

Amusing cake walk of three men and two women (colored) in costume, showing the usual antics that occur in affairs of this kind.

Blackie helps the police rescue hostage from an escaped maniac on a killing spree.

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