Public Domain Movies - Drama & Romance

King Kelly of the U.S.A.

comedy, musical, romance

A theatrical troupe headed by a flashy showman finds itself in the tiny--and bankrupt--kingdom of Belgardia. The showman falls in love with the daughter of the dotty king, who has promised her to another.

King Kelly of the U.S.A. is a 1934 American romantic musical film directed by Leonard Fields. The film stars then popular singer Guy Robertson in his only feature film appearance.

Afgrunden / The Abyss

Drama, Gaucho Dance

This is the tale of a young woman who abandons her fiancé, and runs off with a circus performer. Things do not end well. The movie was heavily censored when originally shown in the US due to its erotic content. It is notable for the natural acting style of Asta Nielsen, a method unseen at the time in American cinema. There are many missing and degraded frames due to deterioration of the nitrate-based film used in making the picture.

Sin Takes A Holiday

Pre-Code, romance, marriage, dirvorce, marriage of convenience, contract, Constance Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Kenneth MacKenna, social mores, morals, Pathé Exchange, talkies, early sound systems

A dowdy secretary named Sylvia Brenner (Constance Bennett) agrees to marry her rich, divorce lawyer boss Gaylord Stanton (Kenneth MacKenna) so that he can avoid a marriage to one of his regular clients. The deal is that Sylvia will get a great allowance and the ability to travel anywhere she wants. While on a trip to Paris she begins to find herself and develop into a confident, uninhibited woman.

Broken Blossoms

Romance

From IMDb: Cheng Huan is a missionary whose goal is to bring the teachings of peace by Buddha to the civilized Anglo-Saxons. Upon landing in England, he is quickly disillusioned by the intolerance and apathy of the country. He becomes a storekeeper of a small shop. Out his window, he sees the young Lucy Burrows. She is regularly beaten by her prizefighter father, underfed and wears ragged clothes. Even in this deplorable condition, Cheng can see that she is a priceless beauty and he falls in love with her from afar.

C-Man

crime, Film-Noir, Drama

When his best friend is murdered in pursuit of jewel smugglers, customs agent Cliff Holden (Dean Jagger) finds himself assigned to track down the killers and close the case. He flies to Europe in order to catch a return flight on which a chief suspect (Réné Paul) will be traveling.

Letter of Introduction

comedy, Drama

An aging actor (Adolphe Menjou), trying to make a comeback on Broadway, is surprised when his estranged daughter (Andrea Leeds) shows up. It seems that she is an actress and is also trying to make it on Broadway. He tries to re-establish his relationship with her while also trying to hide the fact that she is his daughter from the press.

Symphony of Living

Drama

An aging concert violinist ignored by his grown children who becomes a music teacher. His most promising student, with whom he intends to make a comeback, turns out to be his own grandson! You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Cause For Alarm!

Drama

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Why Change Your Wife?

Comedy, Romance

From IMDb: Robert and Beth Gordon are married but share little. He runs into Sally at a cabaret and the Gordons are soon divorced. Just as he gets bored with Sally's superficiality, Beth strives to improve her looks. The original couple falls in love again at a summer resort. Stars: Gloria Swanson, Thomas Meighan, and Bebe Daniels

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