Drama

Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

A Stranger in Town (1948)


This is a cute political comedy starring Frank Morgan of Wizard of Oz fame. It was directed by Roy Rowland and produced by Robert Sisk from an original screenplay by Isobel Lennart and William Kozlenko.

Algiers (1938)


He’s a jewel thief name Pepe LeMoko (Charles Boyer). She’s Gaby (Hedy Lamar) and she’s engaged to a fat, sleazy guy who considers her bought and paid for. Things change in this atmospheric movie about the notorious Casbah.

Another Life (2001) *


Another Life is a true story, Set in Edwardian London, it is the colourful and intensely moving account of Edith Thompson, a woman wrongly accused of the murder of her husband, a case which became a major ‘cause celebre’ of its time.

Bigamist, The (1953)


Edmund O’Brien, Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino star in this drama. Ida Lupino directs. You’d have to be good to be a woman in 1953 and direct a film. Ida was the best. This film has been almost ignored by the viewers and it’s one of the best ones here.

Black Dragons (1942)


The Society of the Black Dragons sends Bela Lugosi (Dr. Melcher) to transform 6 japanese into indentical likenesses of American industrialists forming a 5th column. This is at the behest of the Nazis.

Borgias, The (2012) *


Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

British Intelligence (1940)


Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

Charlie Chan in the Golden Eye (1948)


The Golden Eye is a 1948 American film directed by William Beaudine and starring Roland Winters in his fourth appearance as Charlie Chan. The film is also known as Charlie Chan in Texas (Belgian English title) and Charlie Chan in the Golden Eye (American poster title).

Cold Sweat (1970)


Charles Bronson plays Joe Martin. Joe has a jaded past, but has settled down and become a fisherman married to Liv Ullman. Some of his old army buddies look him up and want him to smuggle heroin in his fishing boat. Joe isn’t too happy about this. This is a suspense film and has a lot of good car chase scenes.

Cold Wind In August, A (1961) *


Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

Corsair (1931)


Chester Morris and Thelma Todd star in this 1931 film about a football coach who became a stock broker, but didn’t have the heart for stealing from widows and orphans. To ease his conscience, while still making a ton of money, he becomes a high seas pirate.

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)


Jose Ferrer received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring performance as Cyrano de Bergerac. Mala Powers played Roxane, and William Prince portrayed Christian de Neuvillette.

Dick Tracy Detective (1945)


Dick Tracy made four feature films at Radio Pictures. Dick Tracy (this film) was followed by Dick Tracy vs. Cueball in 1946, both with Morgan Conway as Tracy. Ralph Byrd returned for the last two features, both released in 1947: Dick Tracy’s Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. Gruesome is probably the best known of the four, with the villain portrayed by Boris Karloff.

Dishonored Lady (1947)


Dishonored Lady stars Hedy Lamar as the party girl, career woman Madeline Damien. She not really happy with her lot in life, but has a lot of trouble escaping her decadent friends and lifestyle.

Escape By Night (1937)


Nick Allen comes to the rescue when a gun moll Jo Elliot gets hassled on the street. Spudsy, Red and Jo take it on the lam and Nick ends up going along. They get stranded because of car trouble and end up staying with old, blind Pop Regan. After weeks with Pop Regan, all of them seem to like the rural lifestyle better and start to think about going straight.

Farewell to Arms, A (1932)


Set in Europe during World War I, the plot focuses on the tragic romance between Frederick Henry (Gary Cooper), an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian Army, and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes).

Frida (2002) *


Surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo earns fame as a talented artist with a unique vision. And from her enduring relationship with her mentor and husband, Diego Rivera, to her scandalous affairs, Frida’s uncompromising personality would inspire her greatest creations. Hey! It’s Salma Hayek.. How could you go wrong?

Get Christie Love (1972)


This is a 1972 made for TV movie about a police woman named Christie You’re Under arrest Sugah Love. This movie is should have Aqua Net and polyester commercials.

Good Pope, The (2003) *


Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

Hawaiians, The (1970) *


Charlton Heston brings to the island a shipload of Chinese slaves to work the plantation fields. With Asian Tina Chen at his side, Heston creates a thriving pineapple plantation.

Hitch-Hiker,The (1953)


It’s another film noir directed by Ida Lupino. Two hunting buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker. It was based on a story by screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring, who was blacklisted for being a communist.

Hollywood Sign, The (2002) *


Short on cash and unwilling to give up their posh lifestyle, three washed-up Hollywood leading men (Rod Steiger, Burt Reynolds and Tom Berenger) concoct a plan that has them intercepting a mobster’s plot to steal a load of cash from a Las Vegas casino. Enlisting the help of a young director (Jacqueline Kim), the would-be criminals figure they have it made … but things don’t go quite as planned! Rated R

I Married a Witch (1942) *


Veronica Lake stars as a witch who was burned at the stake. She returns to curse the family line of the man who sentenced her to death so that the sons will always marry poorly.

Impact (1949)


Hard bitten San Francisco industrialist Walter Williams’s two-timing wife and her lover plot to do her husband in, but instead the boyfriend gets killed and mistaken for.

Jane Eyre (1934)


A Victorian orphan who secures a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. She falls in love with her employer. It is based on the 1847 novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and is the first adaptation to use sound.

Jigsaw (1949)


Jigsaw is a 1949 film noir made by Tower Pictures and distributed by United Artists. It was directed by Fletcher Markle and produced by Edward J. Danziger and Harry Lee Danziger from a screenplay by Vincent McConnor and Fletcher Markle from a story by John Roeburt.

Judge Priest (1934)


Judge Priest depicting life in Kentucky after the Civil War and Reconstruction Period. It still shows the stereotypes and prejudices which existed at that time in a somewhat humorous manner. Based on a story by the noted Kentucky humorist, Irvin S. Cobb, it presents life as one would have imagined it at that time period.

Lady Confesses, The (1945)


A young woman is about to be married. Her fiancées ex-wife shows up. She’s been missing for 7 years and has come home with a bad attitude. It’s not that she wants her husband, she just wants to make him miserable.

Life In a Day (2011)


Life In A Day is a historic film capturing for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Life in a Day (2011) *


Life In A Day is a historic film capturing for future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.

Lilies of the Field (1963) *


When an unemployed construction worker (Sydney Poitier) stops at a remote farm run by nuns, the strict mother superior believes he has been sent by God to build a church.

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)


Here’s the collection of dramatic films, free to watch on Retrovision.

Little Princess, The (1939)


With a happier ending than the Victorian novel of the same name, this Shirley Temple movie is about a little girl when she is left at a boarding house. Her father is thought to have been killed in the Boer War.

Long Voyage Home, The (1940) *


Working from quartet of Eugene O’Neill plays, John Ford created a hauntingly dark dramatic universe, populated with his usual stock company of players augmented by John Wayne in the role of the naïve Swedish sailor Olsen.

Matter of Life and Death, A (1946)


If you haven’t, you should watch A Matter of Life and Death. It was released in the US under the title of Stairway to Heaven. It’s a charming story about a pilot who dies after being shot down in a plane and whether love can save him. It’s got David Niven and a very cute Kim Hunter. This is a charming story. One interesting thing is that like the Wizard of Oz, it’s shot in color and black and white, but the scenes on Earth are in color and heaven is in black and white.

One Night With the King (2006) *


It’s not your typical sword and sandal. It reminded me somewhat of a modern interpretation of the King and I without it being as good of course.

One Rainy Afternoon (1936)


Actor Philippe Martin (Francis Lederer) and his married date Yvonne (Liev De Maigret) plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique (Ida Lupino), a publisher’s daughter.

Penny Serenade (1941)


Penny Serenade (1941) is a film melodrama starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Beulah Bondi, and Edgar Buchanan. It was directed by George Stevens and written by Martha Cheavens and Morrie Ryskind. It depicts the story of a loving couple who must overcome a series of adversity to keep their marriage and have a child raised.

Please Murder Me (1956)


Please Murder Me is a 1956 film starring Raymond Burr and Angela Landsbury. It’s a film noir with Burr playing a lawyer. It’s like a character he would reprise a year later as the famous Perry Mason. Looking at this, it must be a reason that he got the role. I can’t say too much about this film because anything I would say from here would be a spoiler. I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

Police Rookie (1940)


New police officers find challenges as rookies on the force. This movie is also known as I take this oath.

Postal Inspector (1936)


It stars a singer, a US Postal Service Inspector, his brother the Treasury Agent (and romantic interest of the singer). It also has a near airplane crash, a flood, some Guinea Pigs, a little romance, crazy gadgets, a little crime-drama, some speed boats, and a little bit of music… and it has Bela Lugosi.

Prison Break (1938)


Joaquin Shannon confesses to a murder he didn’t commit. He gets a year in prison to start for manslaughter. It gets hard to be on good behavior.

Prisoner, The (1967) *


The Prisoner remains unique in the world of television: a taut psycho-thriller about a secret agent who retires and finds himself thrown into a Kafka-esque world of mindplay and enigma – a man known only as No. 6.

Quicksand (1950)


Quicksand stars Mickey Rooney and Jeanie Cagney. Jeanie is a bad, bad girl that gets poor Jim in trouble with increasing regularity.

Rain (1932)


Joan Crawford plays prostitute Sadie Thompson. Because of a cholera outbreak, she is marooned on the South Pacific island of Pago Pago with a missionary couple, Mr. and Mrs. Davidson. Alfred Davidson (Walter Houston) tries to reform Sadie, who is spending most of her time partying with the sailors on the island, but finds his own morality slipping.

Saints and Soldiers (2004) *


A small group of soldiers who are trapped deep behind enemy lines following the infamous Malmedy massacre that took place during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. The soldiers have vital enemy intelligence in their possession and decide to deliver it to the front lines, over 20 miles away.

Scarlet Letter, The (1934)


Hester Prynne has to wear an “A” on her dress because she bore a child out of wedlock and refuses to tell anyone who the father is.

Scarlet Street (1945)


A mild banker and amateur painter is at a dinner honouring him for for twenty-five years of service in the bank for which he works. Enroute home he helps Kitty , an amoral femme fatale apparently being attacked by a man. Soon, he is enamoured of her, since his own domestic life is ruled by his bullying wife Adele (Rosalind Ivan), who idolises her former husband, a policeman drowned while trying to save a woman.

Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938)


Sexton Blake has been described as the poor mans Sherlock Holmes. He’s an amateur detective pitting his wits against the well known villian player Tod Slaughter.

Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)


This is a pre-code film about some frivolous rich people, a young secretary, and the weird goings on in 1930. It stars Basil Rathbone and Constance Bennet.

Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)


The Snows of Kilimanjaro is about a writer and adventurer waiting to die from a thorn scratch as he reminisces about his life and it’s trials including lost loves and time spent in the Spanish Revolution. It stars Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner as his first erratic love.

Stars Look Down, The (1940)


Davey Fenwick leave for college on a scholarship. He hopes to return on day to help the coal miners with their unsafe working conditions. He falls in love with Jenny and marries her but realizes to late that she still loves her old boyfriend. This is a great movie.

Strange Loves of Martha Ivers,The (1946)


Martha Ivers tried to get away from her aunt. She and her friend Sam were caught by the police and returns. When Mrs. Ivers attacks Martha’s pet cat with her cane; Martha intervenes and accidentally kills her aunt. After this, the movie is a great film noir full of blackmail and intrigue..

Suddenly (1954)


Frank Sinatra plays a bad guy who wants to kill the President in the small town of Suddenly. Hes taken the sheriff and his family hostage to accomplish his dastardly scheme. The tranquility of Suddenly is usually disturbed only by sheriff Tod Shaw’s unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can’t abide

Terror by Night (1946)


Holmes and Watson meet Inspector Lestrade on a train to Scotland, in which Lady Margaret Carstairs, the owner of a famous diamond, the Star of Rhodesia, and her son Roland are travelling. The owner has asked Holmes to guard the huge diamond, but soon Roland is murdered and the diamond stolen. Holmes must find the diamond and uncover the murderer, both of whom must still be on the train.

Ticket of Leave Man, The (1937)


Tod Slaughter stars in this murder mystery. An innocent man is accused of murders committed by an underworld figure known as “The Tiger”.

Walk the Dark Street (1956)


Chuck Connors as plays an over-the-top, slightly psychotic big-game hunter. He’s out for revenge on an army officer who he thinks got his brother killed.

Whistle Stop (1946)


Here’s a 1946 black and white movie starring George Raft and Ava Gardner shot in and in the film noir style, but without really being a film noir. At least I don’t think so. You could argue with me.

Wild Guitar (1962)


It’s another Arch Hall movie. The maker of Eegah and The Sadist does it again with this motorcycle riding movie that could loosely be called a musical.

Wild Ride, The (1960)


Jack Nicholson stars as Johnny, a beatnik punk that races cars on a dirt track when he isn’t playing the bongos and partying.

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