The Most Beautiful (1944)

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This portrait of female volunteer workers at an optics plant during World War II, shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory, was created with a patriotic agenda. Yet thanks to Akira Kurosawa’s groundbreaking semidocumentary approach, The Most Beautiful is a revealing look at Japanese […]

Enter The Lone Ranger (1949)

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The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture. “This is a story of one of the mysterious characters […]

Jungle Book (1942)

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Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves, appears in a village in India and is adopted by Messua. Mowgli learns human language and some human ways quickly, though keeping jungle ideas. Influential Merchant Buldeo is bigoted against ‘beasts’ including Mowgli; not so Buldeo’s pretty daughter, whom […]

Why We Fight – The Nazis Strike (1943)

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Why We Fight is a series of seven documentary films produced by the US Department of War from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. It was originally written for American soldiers to help them understand why the United States was involved in the war, […]

Superman – The Arctic Giant (1942)

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Plot The story begins as the narrator tells about an “Arctic Giant” found frozen in perfect condition millions of years ago in Siberia. The monster is shipped to the Museum of Natural Science in Metropolis, where it is kept frozen using special refrigeration equipment. The […]

Superman – Billion Dollar Limited (1942)

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Plot The film starts with an image of the front page of the Daily Planet, reporting the shipment of a billion dollars of gold to the US mint. A train is being loaded with hundreds of bars of gold, guarded by several armed police officers. […]

Superman (1941) – The Mechanical Monsters

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A robot flies into a scientist’s secret lair and unloads a pile of cash into a vault. The robot is controlled completely from the scientist’s command center, and many robots similar to it are lined up along the walls of the lair. The front page […]

Superman (1941)

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In the Daily Planet building, Editor Perry White reveals to his two best field reporters, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, that an anonymous figure has mailed another threatening note, threatening to use his “Electrothanasia-Ray”, to the Planet. White assigns Kent to help Lois follow up […]

The Spiritualist (aka The Amazing Mr. X)(1948)

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Plot Two years after her husband’s death, Christine Faber (Lynn Bari) hears her late husband Paul Faber (Donald Curtis) calling out one night. She walks outside her beachfront home and encounters Alexis (Turhan Bey), a mysterious stranger who seems to know all about her. After […]