Public Domain Movies - Drama & Romance

Iron Mask

Action, Adventure, Drama, History, romance

1952 re-release of the 1929 film, narrated by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Based on the Futher Adventures of the Three Musketeers

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

The Time of Your Life

comedy, Drama, James Cagney

In this adaptation of William Saroyan's award-winning play The Time of Your Life, James Cagney plays a gentle barfly named Joe who settles in Nick's (William Bendix) Bar with various colorful characters like an imaginative old cowboy or a tap dancing comic who can't get laughs. His sister Jeanne plays Kitty Duval, a woman who claims to once have been in burlesque. She and her brother have some of the most touching scenes in the movie. The pace takes a while to get used to but if you're in the mood for something optimistically offbeat, The Time of Your Life should be up your alley.

Last Time I Saw Paris, The

drama

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

Doll Face

romance

A former burlesque queen needs to acquire some culture to give herself some legitimacy.

Five Minutes to Live / AKA Door-to-Door Maniac

crime, Music, drama, Thriller

A gang of bank robbers (Johnny Cash) terrorize a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers.

Algiers

Drama, mystery, romance, Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr

Gaby (Hedy Lamarr) arrives in Algiers engaged to a fat, vulgar borderline-loathsome older man who clearly regards her as a trophy bought and paid for. Why she needed this creep isn't clear. What is clear is her falling in love with the jewel thief Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer) who abandons the devoted and clinging Ines (Sigrid Gurie) for this right-off-the-boat hothouse beauty. A Parisian police official (Walter Kingsford) is in Algiers determined to collar Pepe.

His Girl Friday iPod

Romance, comedy

Hilarious romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Russell is rough and tumble reporter looking to get out of the news racket by marrying and becoming a house wife after her divorce from newspaper publisher Grant. Just when she is about to leave town with her husband-to-be the still lovesick Grant drafts her to cover one final breaking news sensation.

My Dear Secretary

romance, comedy

Would-be writer Laraine Day takes a job as secretary to best-seller Kirk Douglas. You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Love Affair

comedy, Drama, romance, Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer

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.

The Woman in Green

crime, Drama, horror, mystery, Thriller

Taken from IMDB: Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect.

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