[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]
Blood on the Sun (1945)
Nick Condon (James Cagney) is a reporter in Tokyo who has already been critical of the Japanese war propaganda. He comes into possession of the “Tanaka Document”, a Hitler-type blueprint for evil. But he cannot expose its contents unless he gets out of Japan safely. Iris Hilliard (played by Sylvia Sidney), a mysterious part-Chinese woman, provides Mr. Condon with intrigue and romance. She also ostensibly assists the authorities in their investigation. She serves as both an ally and a love interest for Condon. The movie is full of action, intrigue and colorful cultural demonstrations.
Main casts are James Cagney, John Emery, Porter Hall, Robert Armstrong and Sylvia Sidney. The filming locations include Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. This film is also known as “Sangre sobre el sol”.
Director: Frank Lloyd
Total Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
So’s Your Aunt Emma! (1942)
Emma, a pretty nice spinster lady, lives with her conservative and stern sisters. Emma goes to the city to meet her ex-boyfriend’s son who is a boxer. Emma goes through a series of strange events in the city. At some point, the police think that she is Ma Parker and mistakenly accuse her of murder! The young boxer is kidnapped subsequently. Emma decides not to run from this mistaken identity because she wants to find the kidnapped boxer.
Main casts of the film – Douglas Fowley, Gwen Kenyon, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer and Zasu Pitts. This film is also known as “Aunt Emma Paints the Town”.
Director: Jean Yarbrough
Total Runtime: 1 hr 2 min
Lonely Wives (1931)
Edward Everett Horton acts his two roles beautifully-both as a vaudeville impersonator called Felix and a womanizer, stuff-shirted lawyer called Richard. Felix is eager to add Richard to his list of people he impersonates. Richard says he would get permission only if he can fool Richard’s mother-in-law. At the same time Richard goes to meet Diane O’Dare about getting a divorce from her husband. Richard isn’t aware of the fact that Felix is Diane’s husband. On the other hand Richard’s wife Madeline comes home from a vacation early and spends the night with Felix (disguised as Richard).
Main casts of the movie include Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Patsy Ruth Miller, Spencer Charters and Laura La Plante.
Director: Russell Mack
Total Runtime: 1 hr 25 min