Harry Piel plays Harry Peel, a guy who receives a urgent telephone call from a friend who has returned from South America recently. The call is being made from the circus “Beely” and our hero arrives there too late to prevent the murder.
A railroad engineer adopts a French orphan while he’s fighting in the army in World War I, and takes him back to the US when the war ends. Later the boy needs an eye operation that the engineer can’t afford, so he takes the rap for a murder he didn’t commit in order to get his son the operation.
Young John Gallagher wants to be a newspaper reporter. One day he witnesses a murder committed by a mysterious man with only four fingers on one hand. He gives his account of the murder and a description of the killer to his hero, newsman Henry Callahan, resulting in his getting a job on the paper as an office boy. When circumstances arise that result in Callahan losing his job on the paper, he and Gallagher set out to discover the identity of the killer and help Callahan get his job back.
Chuji Kunisada, a farmer turned gambler and outlaw, is a legendary romantic hero of the late Edo period. Ito’s version of his story made Denjiro Okochi one of the immortal jidai- geki stars. Diary of Chuji’s Travels is a masterpiece because of Ito’s brilliant handling of violence, his startling camerawork, and his total spiritual and emotional commitment to the passionate character and tragic predicament of his hero. Originally released in three feature-length parts, the film was believed lost until 1991, when a re-edition of scenes from the second and third part of the trilogy were discovered.
Would-be politician Sir Hugo Boycott and his wife Madeleine have an unhappy marriage. Madeleine is aware that Hugo is a serial philanderer, and their problems are exacerbated when she fails to produce the heir he wants.
Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and thrilling adventures.
After greedy men have Edmound Dantes unjustly imprisoned for 20 years for innocently delivering a letter entrusted to him, he escapes to get his revenge on them.
Lightnin’ Bill Jones, a man partial to the bottle, does chores and odd jobs around the Calivada Hotel, which is run by his wife and their adopted daughter, Millie. Real estate hucksters, learning that the hotel stands on a proposed railroad right of way, talk Mother Jones into selling the land, but, on the advice of John Marvin, a young lawyer in love with Millie, Bill refuses to sign the bill of sale. Mother Jones orders him from the house, and he goes to live in the Old Soldiers’ Home. The schemers persuade Mother Jones to divorce Bill, and she takes him to court.