Public Domain Movies - Drama & Romance

The General

silent, comedy, romance, war, Buster Keaton

Complete version (other version on archive.org is missing 1st 4 minutes) Union solders have stolen The General, a Confederate train manned by Johnnie Gray, who was unable to enlist in the Confederate army because he is needed as an engineer. The Union plans to use the train to supply its soldiers in a sneak attack against the Confederates. But now it's up to Gray and his love, Annabelle Lee, to reclaim The General, recross enemy lines, and warn the Confederates.

Beyond Tomorrow

Drama, Fantasy, romance, Christmas

Three ghosts try to help two young lovers whom they knew when alive in this Christmas classic. IMDb

The Private Life of Henry VIII.

Biography, Drama, History, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Merle Oberon

The film follows the private life of the infamous 16th century British monarch, King Henry the VIII, and his misadventures in his various marriages. Henry the VIII is wonderfully portrayed by the highly talented and entertaining Charles Laughton, a masterful one-of-a-kind character actor who managed to land many plum roles despite looking like a bloated fish. Laughton portrays the King as a rollicking, impetuous, boozing lover of women. A man equal parts charming, childish and dangerous.

Bird of Paradise

Adventure, Romance, Drama

From IMDb: "A native girl falls for a visitor to her island, but she's chosen to be sacrificed to the volcano god."

Aerial Gunner

WWII, Drama

Two rivals join the Air Corps during WWII.

Of Human Bondage

Drama, Leslie Howard, Bette Davis

The 1934 film was the first film to bring real critical success to its star Bette Davis, her over-the-top, theatrical performance was passed over for a Best Actress Oscar nomination, although she was an unofficial write-in candidate. The RKO film, directed by John Cromwell, tells the story of a club-footed, sensitive artist Philip Carey (Leslie Howard), an Englishman who has been studying painting in Paris for four years, but is advised by his art teacher that his work is mediocre and second-rate, and that he lacks promise.

Marihuana

crime, Drama

See the truth about the smoke from Hell! ;-) This propaganda film depicting the "horrors" of marijuana use. A high school girl is led to ruin after befriending a drug dealer who invites her to a party at his beach house.

My Love for Your (AKA Honeymoon in Bali)

comedy, music, romance

Taken from IMDB: Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop

Earthworm Tractors

Comedy, Romance

Joe E. Brown as Andrew H. Botts, wreaks havok on a small town after coning his way into a salesman position for the Earthworm Tractor company.

This Is Not a Test

drama, Sci-Fi

Late one night on a rural road in the western US, a policeman sets up a roadblock and begins stopping all traffic. When several cars and a big truck have stopped, he and the others learn the reason for this roadblock........

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