Public Domain Movies released in 1939

Directed by Leo McCarey, this 1939 romantic classic is the first and best version of the old warhorse of a fateful shipboard romance between an aimless playboy and a nightclub singer, both engaged but appearing to be destined to reunite on the top floor of the Empire State Building. The elaborate, shot-for-shot 1957 remake again directed by McCarey with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is much better known, and Warren Beatty even saw fit to remake it yet again with his wife Annette Bening for a 1994 update featuring an 87-year old Katharine Hepburn in her last film role.

In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter (Edward Keane) has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers. When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson (Noble Johnson) and his gang and this leads to trouble.

Taken from IMDB: Bradley is after Dennison's radium mine and it appears that his henchman Conners has killed him. When Blake arrives at Dennison's, Bradley and Conners arrive at the same time. When Blake leaves he drops a glove. Bradley kills Conners and uses the glove to frame Blake. Learning of Bradley's plan to kill Dennison's daughter, Blake escapes jail and sets out to reach her,

Cartwright's racket is to sell a ranch and then have Mason (Tristram Coffin) and his men drive the ranchers away so he can resell it. If they want their money back he gives it to them and then has them killed. Jack (Addison Randall) arrives and learns that Mason and his men are the culprits but that they have a boss. He suspects Cartwright (Davison Clark) and sets trap to expose him.

Roy Rogers is a Confederate officer in Missouri. Derived from the mpeg2 file found here.

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

Upon receiving a death threat from the "Gorilla", a killer infamous for a string of murders, insurance broker Walter Stevens employs detectives Garrity, Harrigan and Mulligan for protection. The detectives arrive at Stevens' mansion that night, and proceed to explore the house and grounds, and question servants. All to no avail, because as the clock strikes midnight Stevens disappears.

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

Two military pilots are close friends, and share in a lot of hazardous missions while engaging in a series of good-natured romantic rivalries

"Between swing and blues musical numbers, the story of comedian Lem Anderson, whose long-awaited chance to act dramatically vanishes when he witnesses a mob killing and is forced to leave town. Lem becomes a wanderer, then an alcoholic. Finally a chance to play Othello draws him back to Harlem. Is it too late for Ned? Or too soon to suit Rough Jackson's mobsters?" (from the IMDb summary by Rod Crawford) There is another copy on the Archive, but this is a different (and slightly higher quality) encoding.

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