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The Last Picture Show

Movie Collections

Orphans of the Storm (1921)

The story is centered around two orphaned sisters who are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

This is the last Griffith film to feature both Lillian and Dorothy Gish, it was a commercial failure, following box-office hits such as The Birth of a Nation and Broken Blossoms. Like his earlier films, Griffith used historical events to comment on contemporary events, in this case the French Revolution to warn about the rise of Bolshevism.

The film is based on the 1874 French play Les Deux Orphelines by Adolphe d’Ennery and Eugène Cormon.

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

To Catch a Thief is a 1955 American romantic thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar who has to save his reformed reputation by catching an impostor preying on the wealthy tourists of the French Riviera. Grace Kelly stars opposite him as his romantic interest in her final film with Hitchcock.

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The Immigrant (1917)

The Immigrant is a 1917 American silent romantic comedy short. The film stars Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp character as an immigrant coming to the United States who is accused of theft on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and falls in love with a beautiful young woman along the way. It also stars Edna Purviance and Eric Campbell. The movie was written and directed by Chaplin.

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Carmen (1915)

DeMille masterpiece was intended as a musical version of George Bizet’s opera Carmen, but it was under copyright so DeMille instructed his screenwriter brother William to base his scenario on the Public Domain novella Carmen written by Prosper Mérimée. The novella’s Carmen was more deliberate and manipulative than the opera version. For instance it included a cigarette factory fight scene from the book which was not found in the opera.

The story is centered around Carmen, a gypsy girl who seduces Don José, an officer of the law. Carmen uses Don José to facilitate her clan’s smuggling activities. Don José becomes obsessed and violent as he tries to keep her attention.

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Sherlock Jr. (1924)

A movie theater projectionist and janitor is in love with a beautiful girl. The projectionist buys a $1 box of chocolates for the girl but his rival, sheik steals and pawns the girl’s father’s watch for $4 and buys a $3 box of chocolates for her. When the father notices that his watch is missing, the projectionist, studying to be a detective, offers to solve the crime, but when a compromising pawn ticket is found in his pocket, he is banished from the girl’s home. The projectionist then sleeping dreams a theft is being committed by the villain. The girl’s father calls for the world’s greatest detective, and Sherlock Jr. arrives.

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Downhill (1927)

Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend’s charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.

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Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)

In seventeenth-century Paris, poet and supreme swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac (José Ferrer) stops a play from being shown because he ostensibly cannot stand the bombastic style of the principal actor, Montfleury (Arthur Blake). An annoyed aristocratic fop, the Vicomte de Valvert (Albert Cavens), provokes him into a duel by tritely insulting Cyrano’s enormous nose. Cyrano first mocks his lack of wit, improvising numerous inventive ways in which Valvert could have phrased it (much to the amusement of the audience). He then composes a ballade for the occasion on the spot and recites it during the sword fight. With the last line, he stabs his opponent.

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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

The Wolf Man tries to warn a dimwitted porter that Dracula wants his brain for Frankenstein monster’s body.
Larry Talbot makes an urgent phone call to a railway station, where Chick Young and Wilbur Grey work as baggage clerks. Talbot tries to warn Wilbur of a shipment due to arrive for “McDougal’s House Of Horrors”. However, before he finishes, the moon rises and Talbot transforms into a werewolf, causing Wilbur to think the call is a prank. Meanwhile, McDougal demands the crates be personally delivered to his wax museum.

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Charlie Chaplin – The New Janitor (1914)

The hero, a janitor played by Chaplin, is fired from work for accidentally knocking his bucket of water out the window and onto his boss, the chief banker (Dandy). Meanwhile, one of the junior managers (Dillon) is being threatened with exposure by his bookie for his unpaid gambling debts. Thus the manager decides to steal from the company. He is caught in the act of raiding the vault by the bank secretary (Carruthers) who rings for help. Chaplin comes to the rescue only to be misjudged by the chief banker as the thief. The secretary fingers the manager and Charlie receives a just reward and a handshake for foiling the robbery.

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