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  • Cracked Nuts (1931)

    Cracked Nuts (1931)

    Wendell (Bert Wheeler) loves Betty (Dorothy Lee), but her rich proper Aunt Minnie (Edna May Oliver ) calls him a shrimp, a germ, a ninny, a worm and an amphibian (to name a few insults) and tries to keep him away. Meanwhile, Zander (Robert Woolsey) gambles and wins the crown of the Kingdom of Eldorania.

  • The Lost City (1935)

    The Lost City (1935)

    Zolok (William “Stage” Boyd, who died after filming) is causing worldwide floods from his secret Central African headquarters. Handsome engineer hero Bruce (Kane Richmond) tries to stop him and free the captive Dr. Manyus (Josef Swickard from Old San Francisco).

  • Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934)

    Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934)

    This “forgotten horror” was inspired by Eva Taylor’s song “Chloe – Song Of The Swamp” (also a hit by Paul Whiteman). Chloe (20s star Olive Borden) is a confused, mixed race young woman being raised in the swamp by angry “old voodoo negress” Mandy (Georgette Harvey) who talks (in rhyme.)

  • Broadminded (1931)

    Broadminded (1931)

    The pun title lets you know that this fun pre-code First National comedy deals with the pursuit of women. The extremely bizarre opening takes place at a NYC high society party where all the wealthy adult guests dress and act like babies.

  • Borneo (1937)

    Borneo (1937)

    Americans Martin and Osa Johnson return in a aquaplane to the scene of Cannibals of the South Seas (1912), their first feature. The footage of flying snakes, “tree climbing” fish, weird owls, 100’s of monkeys (including ones with “Jimmy Durante” noses), and various types of people is excellent.