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November 2016 in Film

December has arrived, which means it’s finally social acceptable to start watching Christmas movies and listening to holiday music! (I actually started just after Halloween. I skip Thanksgiving and jump right into the twinkle lights, wreaths, and garland. Don’t judge me!) Before we become overwhelmed with holiday spirit, let’s take a look back at what…

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Below the Sea (1933)

A German U-Boat has been sunk in the midst of World War I. The only survivors are Von Boulten (Frederick Vogeding), commander of the U-Boat, and his lieutenant. Twelve years later, Von Boulten is living under the assumed name of Karl Schlemmer. In San Francisco he meets Steve McCreary (Ralph Bellamy), a deep-sea diver. The…

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George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Bill (Jack Benny) and Connie Fuller (Ann Sheridan) live a decent life in New York City, but they have one major problem: they can’t find the right place to live. At their current apartment, they’ve run into trouble with the landlord, who hates their mischievous (and slightly destructive) dog. Unwilling to give up the pup,…

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Confidential Agent (1945)

Luis Denard (Charles Boyer) is a confidential agent, traveling to England to buy coal. He used to be a musician, but now he’s involved in the Spanish Civil War, and he wants to keep the coal out of the hands of the fascists by buying it out before they can get to it. Also traveling…

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The Lone Wolf Strikes (1940)

Michael Lanyard (Warren William) is a reformed crook who now finds himself in the business of recovering goods rather than stealing them. One day, he’s approached by old pal Stanley Young (Addison Richards), who needs help finding a necklace that was stolen from Phillip Jordan (Roy Gordon). Phillip, sadly, is not around to hunt for…

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Second Looks: Ball of Fire (1941)

Eight men in New York City have come together for a noble purpose: to compile an encyclopedia of all human knowledge. Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) has decided his latest contribution will be to research modern American slang for addition to the encyclopedia. The men work slowly but diligently, in a house they share, which…

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The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

Paula Bradford (Jean Arthur) is a mystery writer and wannabe sleuth. She has come to the apartment of her ex-husband, Dr. Lawrence Bradford (William Powell), to get his opinion on her latest theory. Jockey Eddie Sands died suddenly during a major horse race, and Paula aims to prove he was murdered. Reluctantly, Dr. Bradford agrees…

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4 for Texas (1963)

I wasn’t sure what I’d watch when Dean Martin’s day came around during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars, but as soon as I looked at the line-up on WatchTCM the day after, the decision was made for me. There it was, right before my eyes: a tiny thumbnail of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sharing…

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Tea for Two (1950)

Nanette Carter (Doris Day) made it through the stock market crash relatively unscathed… or so it seems. Her uncle, J. Maxwell “Max” Bloomhaus (S. Z. Sakall), is tasked with guarding her fortune and making investments for her. She thinks he’s done a great job of it, but in reality, he made poor investments, and all…