Public Domain Movies - Drama & Romance

The Second Woman

drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

Robert Young plays Jeff Cohalan, a young man whose wife was murdered while they were on their honeymoon, and who is plagued by strange accidents and visions of her death. He meets a beautiful young woman on a train, Ellen (Betsy Drake), and it becomes apparent that the two are very attracted to one another. Ellen soon learns about Jeff's past and is quickly drawn into his strange dark world, even when she begins to realize that Jeff may be much more dangerous than he seems.

Hook Line and Sinker

comedy, Romance

Taken from IMDB:Two fast-talking insurance salesmen meet Mary, who is running away from her wealthy mother, and they agree to help her run a hotel that she owns. When they find out that the hotel is run down and nearly abandoned, they launch a phony PR campaign that presents the hotel as a resort favored by the rich. Their advertising succeeds too well, and many complications soon arise.

Detour (iPod)

crime, drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

"Man is involved in two freakish accidents that make him look like a murderer. Poverty row masterwork that is the most precise elucidation of the noir theme of explicit fatalism." - noir expert Spencer Selby A B-movie, it was shot in six days. The film, budgeted for $89,000, but cost $117,000 to make. Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Roger Clark, Pat Gleason, Esther Howard. Originally uploaded by:

The North Star

Drama, war, Anne Baxter

In a peaceful Ukrainian village, the school year is just ending in June 1941. Five young friends set out for a walking trip to Kiev, but their travels are brutally interrupted when they are suddenly attacked by German planes, in the first wave of the Nazi assault on the Soviet Union.

Whistle Stop

drama, crime, Film-Noir, Ava Gardner

When beautiful Mary (Ava Gardner) returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.

Nothing Sacred

comedy, Drama, romance, Carole Lombard

The hotshot newspaper reporter Wallace Cook (Fredric March) tries to get in the good graces of his boss, Oliver Stone (Walter Connolly) by exploiting the "imminent" death of an ailing young woman, Hazel Flagg (Carole Lombard). By way of newsprint the doomed young lady becomes the toast of New York City until her health situation is revealed as a hoax. IMHO one of the best comedies that went into Public Domain. The funny story telling by William A. Wellman and the great cast makes this one an highly enjoyable A Class Movie.

Stranger, The

WWII, suspense, drama, Mystery

Set Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise, Kindler marries Mary Longstreet, daughter of a Supreme Court justice. Originally uploaded by

Women in the Night

drama, exploitation, sci fi

A group of women (one from each of the bigger Allied countries) is held by Nazis in Shanghai, who have developed a super weapon more devastating than the atomic bomb. A flash video version of this film is also available from the URLs below.
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Eternally Yours

Comedy, drama, Romance, Loretta Young, David Niven

When a magician's act takes precedent over his marriage, his wife gives him trouble. Stars Loretta Young and David Niven.

Swing High, Swing Low

Drama, musical, romance

Taken from IMDB : In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success.