Public Domain Movies released in 1933

The Emperor Jones is a 1920 play by American dramatist, Eugene O'Neill which tells the tale of Brutus Jones (Paul Robeson), an African-American man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and sets himself up as emperor.

Reporter Speed Morgan (Rex Bell) helps Flash Barrett (Lloyd Whitlock) escape from the police and this gets him into Flash's gang where he poses as a gangster. Flash and his gang head west guning for Bill Miller (Bud Osborne) who failed to send some diamonds on to Flash. Speed hopes to bring Flash to justice but is in trouble when his true identity is revealed.

Philo Vance investigates one of his most famous locked-room murders.

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.

Beasley (Noah Beery), who is after Gayner's (Harry Carey) land, plans to kidnap his daughter (Verna Hillie). But Dale (Randolph Scott) overhears their plan and kidnaps her himself. When Gayner arrives to retrieve his daughter, Beasley kills him and makes the Sheriff (Tom Kennedy) arrest Dale for the murder.

Archer Coe has been found dead in his locked bedroom. The cops consider it suicide, but Philo believes otherwise. When the Coroner shows up, he finds that Archer had been hit with a blunt object, stabbed and shot - making suicide unlikely. When the evidence points to his brother, Brisbane is found stabbed to death in the closet. Archer had a number of enemies, any one of which would have been glad to knock him off, but which one did and how did the murder occur in a room looked from the inside.

Money is mysteriously disappearing from a locked trunk atop the stage even though the trunk arrives still locked. When pals Bob Rivers (Bob Steele) and Grizzly (George 'Gabby' Hayes) get the jop driving the stage, the same thing happens.

Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, John Brant (John Wayne) escapes and ends up out west where, after giving the local lawmen the slip, he joins up with an outlaw gang. Brant finds out that 'Jones' (Nancy Shubert), one of the outlaws he has become friends with, committed the murder that Brant was sent up for, but has no knowledge that anyone was ever put in jail for his crime.

A charming movie and one of the first soundies with great Lillian Gish See details here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024122/ I've used http://www.archive.org/details/his_double_life as a source and did the following: - trimmed it of 1/2 hour of the dead air in the end thus making the original 3Gb file smaller - compressed it using DivX codec thus making it even more small - normalized the sound (which originally was too low for some reason) - created and added Russian subtitles a

"These are the TALONS of The Vampire Bat" This copy is sharper than the others that appear on the Internet Archive. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Registered: THE VAMPIRE BAT. 1933. 7 reels. Credits: Producer, Phil Goldstone; director, Frank Strayer; screen story, Edward T. Lowe; film editor, Otis Garrett. (c) Majestic Pictures Corp.; 19Jan33; LP3579. NO RENEWALS FOUND. There are two versions available for download: - NTSC (480p @ 24 fps) Run Time: 1:02:37 - PAL (576p @ 25 fps) Run Time: 1:00:08 They are both transferred from the same complete, uncut print of the film.

From The Public Domain Movie Database: Betty travels to an invention show just full of crazy inventions. Betty and her friends demonstrate various doodads and gadgets.

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