Public Domain Movies

A Farewell To Arms (1932)
Running Time: 80 mins Black & White
Starring: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips, Jack LaRue.
First and best adaptation of Papa Hemingway's story of the ill-fated, whirlwind love affair between an American soldier and a British nurse. Dir. Frank Borzage.

Agency (1981)
Running Time: 94 mins Color
Starring: Robert Michum, Lee Majors
Agency tackles the question of the efficiency of media manipulation. An unscrupulous advertising agency, in league with equally untrustworthy political campaign manager Robert Mitchum, plants subliminal messages in its TV commercials. Just as Vance Packard warned in the 1950s expose The Hidden Persuaders, these hidden messages persuade the viewers to vote for Mitchum's candidate. Given the potency of the the film's premise, it's disappointing to watch director George Gaczender handle the material (based on a novel by Paul Gottleib) is so cut-and-dried a fashion. But Mitchum is good, as are his costars Valerie Perrine, Lee Majors, Saul Rubinek and Alexandra Stewart.

Alice In Wonderland In Paris (1966)
Running Time: 52 mins Color

Anna Karenina (1948)
Running Time: 110 mins Black & White
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Kieron Moore, Ralph Richardson, Marie Lohr, Niall MacGinnis, Helen Haye.
Story of illicit love between the wife of a Russian aritocrat and a military officer. Written by Julien Duvivier. Dir. Julien Duvivier.

Arch of Triumph (1985)
Running Time: 120 mins Color
Starring: Anthony Hopkins
Remarque's engrossing romantic wartime melodrama. Hopkins, as Ravic, is a German citizen who helped Jewish people escape from the murderous anti-Semitic Fatherland. He spent time in a concentration camp & has a horrible scar as a reminder. He lives without papers in Paris, under a false name, aware always that the minute the gendarmes near him he could be sent away or imprisoned as an illegal alien. He dreams of the day he can revenge himself on the Gestapo officer who sent him away, who tortured his friends & who tortured & raped his only love, Sybil.

Black Beauty (1933)
Running Time: 63 mins Black & White
Starring: Esther Ralston, Alex Kirkland
Before it became one of Hollywood's busiest B-picture mills, Monogram Pictures had a fondness for literary adaptations (The Moonstone, Jane Eyre etc.) Monogram's 1933 Black Beauty was, of course, based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell. Only a few of the many anecdotal adventures of the titular black horse are dramatized herein. Black Beauty is raised by a loving family, is abused by unloving owners, then returns to the loving family again. Silent movie star Esther Ralston is top-billed, but the true acting honors go to Black Beauty herself. The story would be remade by 20th Century-Fox in 1946, and for television several times over.

Bridge Of San Luis Rey (1944)
Running Time: 107 mins Black & White
Starring: Lynn Bari, Akim Tamiroff, Francis Lederer
A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims.

Brighton Rock (aka Young Scarface) (1948)
Running Time: 92 mins Black & White
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Carol Marsh
Pinkie Brown is a small-town hoodlum whose gang runs a protection racket based at Brighton race course. When Pinkie murders a journalist called Fred Hale whom he believes is responsible for the death of a fellow gang-member, the police believe it to be suicide. This doesn't convince Ida Arnold, who was with Fred just before he died, and she sets out to find the truth. She comes across naive waitress Rose, who can prove that Fred was murdered. In an attempt to keep Rose quiet Pinkie marries her. But with his gang beginning to doubt his ability, and his rivals taking over his business, Pinkie starts to become more desperate and violent.

Call Of The Wild (1972)
Running Time: 100 mins Color
Starring: Charlton Heston
Shot under horrifyingly rough conditions, with Norway standing in for the Yukon, the film takes few liberties with Jack London's classic novel. Nice job at portraying one man and one dog who love one another fiercely.

Catholics (1973)
Running Time: 78 mins Color
Starring: Martin Sheen, Trevor Howard
In the near future, the Catholic church has joined with other western religions in an ecumenical movement that has washed out much of the original message of the religion. A group of Irish monks have begun saying the mass again in Latin and have begun to have an international following. Martin Sheen is sent from Rome to bring them to task and they must confront what is truly essential in their worship and what is not.

Crouching Beast (1935)
Black & White

Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)
Running Time: 113 mins Black & White
Starring: Jose Ferrer
Cryano, master of sword and poetry is doomed to live with a face of ugliness. He uses the voice of his rival to deliver his message of love to the woman he admires. Famous story of the poetic cavalier who, because of a substantial nasal endowment, finds himself too ugly to be loved. Dir. Michael Gordon. Academy award for Ferrer's performance.

Dangerous Liaisons (1959)
Running Time: 108 mins Black & White
Starring: Gerard Philip
Juliette (Jeanne Moreau) and her husband, Valmont (Gérard Philipe), are an attractive, much-gossiped-about couple who help one another find lovers on the side in order to keep their own relationship interesting. Neither Juliette nor Valmont has ever taken these dalliances seriously, until Juliette's newest beau ditches her for the chaste Cecile (Jeanne Valerie). Scorned, Juliette enlists Valmont to seduce Cecile and ruin her good name, but the plan results in betrayal and violence.

David Copperfield (1913)
Running Time: 55 mins Black & White

Dickens Classic tale, this is reported to be the first feature length film made in England. COLOR TINTED.

David Copperfield (1969)
Running Time: ## mins Color

Charles Dickens' favorite child was David Copperfield. His is the tale of success triumphing over adversity. A must-see for the entire family. Stars Robin Phillips as David Copperfield.

Decameron Nights (1953)
Running Time: 87 mins Color
Starring: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Joan Collins, Binnie Barnes, Godfrey Tearle, Eliot Makeham.
Three stories based on Italian writer Giovanni Boccaccio's legendary portrayals of bawdy medieval romance. Jourdan plays the author, who tells his tales to a group of willing women.The pleasant, lighthearted love story. Costuming is amazingly authentic. Many thoughtful touches, beautiful settings, historically correct outfits andaccessories make this a lovely and visually appealing film. Dir. Hugo Fregonese

Esther Waters (1948)
Running Time: 108 mins Black & White
Starring: Kathleen Ryan, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton, Mary Clare.
In the late 1800s, a young girl is seduced by a squire, but decides to raise her child on her own.

F. Scott Fitzgerald And The Last Of The Belles (1974)
Running Time: 98 mins Color
Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, S
In a strange blending of reality and fantasy, this is the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's use of the creative process to try to work out and ameliorize his own marital difficulties. While writing the fictional "The Last of the Belles," Fitzgerald works out his relationship with Zelda during WWI.

Gold (1974)
Running Time: 151 mins Color
Starring: Roger Moore, S
Gold is a superb adaptation of Wilbur Smith's novel. The plot concerns a group of greed-driven businessmen conspiring to flood a South African gold mine. Roger Moore is terrific as our mine manager hero (and unknowing pawn) and he shares an entertaining chemistry with co-star, Susannah York. Bradford Dillman also impresses in his role as one of the more conflicted of the conspirators. With Ray Milland, Sir John Gielgud and Simon Sabela supporting, it's a great cast all round. Director Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) ensures that the audience feels the ominous, claustrophobic atmosphere of the mine, and he doesn't shy away from showing the impact of a flood in such surroundings. Along with Hunt, many James Bond veterans worked on Gold, and this shows particularly in how smoothly the location work in South Africa has been integrated with the soundstage work at Pinewood. Composer Elmer Bernstein uses Jimmy Helms' title song as an orchestral theme to stirring effect, while Maurice Binder (another Bond veteran) gets the ball rolling with his uniquely designed opening credits. Gold comes highly recommended!

Hairy Ape (1944)
Running Time: 90 mins Black & White
Starring: William Bendix, Susan Hayward, John Loder, Dorothy Comingore, Alan Napier.
Rough ship's stoker feels he must confront the beautiful but arrogant woman who insulted him. Dir. Alfred Santell.

Hoosier Schoolmaster (1935)
Running Time: 71 mins Black & White
Starring: Norman Foster, Charlotte Henry
Edward Eggleston's best-selling novel The Hoosier Schoolmaster was brought to the screen in 1935 by Monogram Pictures, which specialized in such bucolic entertainments. Norman Foster plays the title character, an ex-Union soldier named Ralph. After the Civil War, Ralph takes a schoolteacher job in a small Indiana community where resentment against "Damn Yankees" still runs high. Before long, he gets mixed up in local politics, hoping to purge the town of the crooked politicians who've been squandering land-grant money on themselves. He is also forced to confront town bully Bud (Fred Kohler Jr.) over the affections of pretty heroine Hannah (Charlotte Henry) and to face down a hooded band of night riders. The film deftly blends small-town charm with vivid melodrama, most notably in a spelling-bee sequence which segues into a near-riot. The Hoosier Schoolmaster was one of the last productions from the "old" Monogram outfit before its absorption by Republic Pictures.

House Of The Arrow (1954)
Running Time: 73 mins Black & White
Starring: Oscar Homolka, Yvonne Furneaux, Robert Urquhart, Josephine Griffin, Harold Kasket, Pierre Lefevre.
French widow is killed by a poisoned-tipped arrow and it's up to Inspector Hanaud to investigate. Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason. Dir. Michael Anderson

Hustling (1975)
Running Time: 100 mins Color
Starring: Jill Clayburgh, Lee Remick, Alex Rocco, Monte Markham
Hard hitting drama by Fay Kanin about the prostitution racket. Lee Remick is an investigative reporter and Jill Clayburgh gives a gritty performance as a hooker. Also stars Monte Markham and Alex Rocco.

Jane Eyre (1934)
Running Time: 63 mins Black & White
Starring: Virginia Bruce, Colin Clive
Jane Eyre is an orphan, sent to Lowood school, and eventually becomes a governess at Thornfield hall to a girl named Adele. While she is there, many strange things happen and eventually she and Edward Rochester, owner of Thornfeild and Adele's guardian, fall in love. Suddenly, when Jane is about to win the happiness she deserves, a dark secret comes to light, and it will take all of her courage, love and understanding to triumph.

La Bete Humaine (1938)
Running Time: 100 mins Black & White
Starring: Jean Gabine
Dir. Jean Renoir. Insane Trainman plots with married woman to kill her husband.

Lady Chatterly's Lover (1955)
Running Time: 102 mins Black & White
Starring: Danielle Darrieux, Leo Glenn.
Wife of crippled mine-owner has affair with harsh gamekeeper. English subtitles.

Last Of The Mohicans (1936)
Running Time: 88 mins Black & White
Starring: Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot, Heather Angel, Robert Barrat.
During the bloody French/Indian War, Hawkeye, a white scout raised by Indians is assigned to escort a Colonel's two daughters through Huron territory, where they're harrased by an evil Huron named Magua. Arguably the best film adaptation of the Cooper novel. Dir. George B. Seitz

Legend Of The Sea Wolf, The (1975)
Running Time: 90 mins Color
Starring: Chuck Connors
In this exciting adaptation of Jack London's novel The Sea Wolf a brutal and mad sea captain terrorizes his crew. He rescues the wealthy survivor of a shipwreck and forces the fellow to join his crew. After observing and taking considerable abuse from the cruel captain, the young man stages a mutiny and kills the evil tyrant. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Les Miserables (1957)
Running Time: 109 mins Color
Starring: Jean Gabin
Four part ( mins each) dubbed version of Victor Hugo's classic novel about the th century France.

Little Women (1950)
Black & White
Starring: Nancy Marchant

Lucky Jim (1957)
Running Time: 95 mins Black & White
Starring: Ian Carmichael, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas.
Comic misadventures of a British university professor and an accident-prone junior lecturer who wants to impress him.

Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)
Running Time: 89 mins Color
Starring: Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton, Jean Wallace, Wilfrid Hyde-White.
In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower.

Marius (1931)
Running Time: 125 mins Black & White
Starring: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay.
First in Marcel Pagnol's trilogy about the adventures of a young man who dreams of going to sea, but must leave his young wife to do so. Dir. Dwain Esper.

Mr. Imperium (1951)
Running Time: 87 mins Black & White
Starring: Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main, Debbie Reynolds, Cedric Hardwicke, Barry Sullivan.
Romantic tale about an exiled prince who goes to Hollywood and falls for a nightclub singer. Written by Don Hartman. Color. Dir. Jacques Tati.

Mysteries (1984)
Running Time: 100 mins Color
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Sylvia Kristel, David Rappaport
A lush adaptation of the famous love story by Nobel-laureate Knut Hamsun.

Native Son (1951)
Running Time: 90 mins Black & White
Starring: Richard Wright, Jean Wallace.
Gripping drama based on Richard Wright's controversial novel about a young black chauffeur who accidentally kills his employer's daughter. Dir. Victor Halperin.

Nicholas Nickleby (1947)
Running Time: 108 mins Black & White
Starring: Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Stanley Holloway, Cyril Fletcher, Derek Bond, Aubrey Woods.
Bond toils in a boys' school in Yorkshire where he has been apprenticed by his no-good uncle. Conditions at the school are appalling, so Bond and another student escape, join a traveling theatrical troupe, and enjoy a series of adventures.

Oliver Twist (1922)
Running Time: 98 mins Black & White
Starring: Lon Chaney, Jackie Coogan, Gladys Brockwell, Esther Ralston.
Dickens' classic tale of the orphan boy who wanted "more". Chaney is perfectly cast as Fagin.

Oliver Twist (1933)
Running Time: 70 mins Black & White
Starring: Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel, William Boyd, Barbara Kent.
Classic Dickens story of a young orphan who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets. First talking version. Dir. John Baxter.

Our Town (1940)
Running Time: 88 mins Black & White
Starring: Frank Craven, William Holden, Thomas Mitchell, Martha Scott, Guy Kibbee, Stuart Erwin.
Thornton Wilder's story depicting several years in the life of a turn-of-the-century New England family. Produced by Sol Lesser. Pulitzer Prize winning stage hit brought to the screen.

Picture of Dorian Grey (1945)
Running Time: 111 mins Black & White
Starring: Hurd Hatfield
Man stays young whlle his portrait ages. Based on Oscar Wilde story.

Pilgrim's Progress (1980)
Running Time: 180 mins Color

Bunyon's classic brought to the silver screen.

Pygmalion (1938)
Running Time: 96 mins Black & White
Starring: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfred Lawson, Marie Lohr.
Adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's comedy about a stuffy phonetics professor who transforms a flower peddler into a lady.

Resurrection (1962)
Running Time: 146 mins Black & White
Starring: Tamara Syomina, Yevgeni Matveyev
Tolstoy's morality novel delving in the lives of a young girl and a Prince.

Scarlet Letter (1934)
Running Time: 69 mins Black & White
Starring: Colleen Moore, Alan Hale, Henry B. Walthall, Hardie Albright, Betty Blythe.
After refusing to name the father of her out-of-wedlock baby, a girl is condemned to wear the scarlet cloth brand of the letter "A". Based on the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Running Time: 105 mins Color-Tinted
Starring: Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey, Nigel Bruce, Joan Gardner, O.B. Clarence.
Much-imitated plot concerning a foppish British nobleman who's alter ego courageously rescues victims of the French Revolution from the guillotine. Based on the novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Produced by Alexander Korda. Dir. Harold Young

Scarlett Letter, The (1934)
Running Time: 70 mins Black & White
Starring: Colleen Moore
Based on the novel "The Scarlett Letter".

Scrooge (1935)
Running Time: 60 mins Black & White
Starring: Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran, Garry Marsh, Oscar Asche, Marie Ney, C.V. France, Maurice Evans.
Faithful adaptation of the Dickens classic with Hicks as the Christmas-hating miser. Dir. Henry Edwards

Seven Alone (1975)
Running Time: 85 mins Color
Starring: Aldo Ray, Dewey Martin, Stewart Peterson
A septet of settler's children find themselves orphaned and alone following a disaster on the Oregon trail. This fact-based, family-oriented adventure chronicles their cross-country odyssey as they make their way westward.

Shadows (1922)
Running Time: 70 mins Black & White
Starring: Lon Chaney
In the film Chaney portrays another of the character roles that dubbed him The Man of a Thousand Faces, a Chinese laundry worker who is caught in a tangle of extortion and small-town prejudice.

Svengali (1931)
Running Time: 81 mins Black & White
Starring: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Carmel Myers.
Singing teacher with a piercing stare hypnotizes a young model into faking her death and leaving with him for Paris.

They Call It Murder (1971)
Running Time: 100 mins Color
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Jim Hutton, Jessica Walter
They Call It Murder was the pilot for a potential TV series based on the "Doug Selby" character created by Perry Mason mentor Earl Stanley Gardner. Inspired by Gardner's 1969 novel The DA Draws a Circle, the film finds district attorney Selby (Jim Hutton) probing the mystery of a corpse in a swimming pool. It is obvious from the outset that the dead man did not drown, but was killed elsewhere and then unceremoniously dumped in the chlorine. Selby traces the chain of events to a car accident and an insurance scam. Originally telecast December 17, 1971, They Call It Murder was given a network rerun in the Spring of 1973--on a particularly bloodthirsty evening in which the competition included the woman-in-jeopardy TV movie The Bait and a murder-trial episode of Hawaii 5-0!

Tobacco Road (1941)
Black & White

Toll Of The Sea (1922)
Running Time: 41 mins Black & White
Starring: Anna May Wong
Adaptation of "La Boheme". First feature film in TWO-COLOR TECHNIColor.

Tom Brown's School Days (1952)
Running Time: 01:19:58:00 Black & White
Film classic of life at Rugby, an exclusive British boarding school for boys.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
Running Time: 60 mins Black & White
Starring: Sam Lucas, Hattie Delero, Irving Cummings.
Two versions of the classic Harriet Beecher Stowe tale of slavery. Latter version features Sam Lucas, the first black man to get the lead role in a movie, and also stars Hattie Delero, Irving Cummings.(1903 & 1914) Dir. Robert Daly.

Unholy Love (1932)
Black & White

H.B. Warner

Vengeance Valley (1951)
Running Time: 82 mins Color
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland, Hugh O'Brien, Carleton Carpenter, Ray Collins.
Ranch foreman is treated like a son by the kind owner, a fact which galls the old man's real, no-account son. From the novel by Luke Short. Dir. Richard Thorpe

Winslow Boy (1948)
Running Time: 118 mins Black & White
Based on the infamous Archer-Shee case of 1912, The Winslow Boy features Neil North as the 14-year-old title character. Accused of a petty theft, North is expelled from Naval College. His father, retired bank official Sir Cedric Hardwycke, is prevented by existing British law to clear his son's name. He engages attorney Robert Donat, who successfully petitions for the right to sue the Admiralty and make this august organization prove its charges in court. Public opinion, however, is strongly against Hardwycke and his family: particularly effected is Hardwycke's daughter Margaret Leighton, whose fiance breaks off their engagement. For dramatic purposes, Margaret finds solace in a romantic relationship with barrister Donat. Terrence Rattigan worked on the cinemadaptation of his own play, which was later restaged on American television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi