Battle of Midway directed by John Ford, narrated by Henry Fonda

"The Battle of Midway," directed by John Ford, provides a relatively brief account of the Japanese attack of American ships at Midway atoll. The film is comprised mostly of authentic footage from the battle, with dramatic narration by Henry Fonda. "Behind every cloud, there may be an enemy," he intones as American fighter pilots search the sky. The rest of the film mocks Emperor Tojo of Japan and portrays him as ruthless, bombing hospitals and churches as he tries to conquer the Pacific.

This movie is part of the collection: Cinemocracy

Producer: John Ford
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Four robbers hold up an armored truck getting away with over a million dollars in cash. Joe Rolfe (John Payne), a down-on-his-luck flower delivery truck driver is accused of being involved and is beaten up by the local police. Released due to lack of evidence, Joe, following the clues to a Mexican resort, decides to look for the men who set him up and get revenge.

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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.
Writers: George Bruce (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay), 4 more credits »
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster

This movie is part of the collection: Film Noir at the Internet Archive

Director: Phil Karlson
Producer: Edward Small
Production Company: United Artists
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery
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Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Alice in Wonderland (1903), Silent Film Classic

Alice in Wonderland (1903) - Lewis Carroll | BFI.
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The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet. With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film's original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

Music: 'Jill in the Box', composed and performed by Wendy Hiscocks.

This restoration was supported by The Headley Trust and The Pilgrim Trust.

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Alice in Wonderland (1903): The first movie version of Lewis Caroll's novel "Alice in Wonderland", directed by Cecil Hepworth. IMDB page.

This movie is part of the collection: Short Format Films at the Internet Archive

Director: Cecil Hepworth
Producer: Cecil Hepworth
Production Company: Hepworth Manufacturing Co.
Audio/Visual: silent, b/w
Keywords: Alice in Wonderland; silents

Listed as Public Domain by Wikipedia.

Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)

Nancy Drew, reporter for the school newspaper, clears a girl of murder charges.

This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films (Internet Archive)

Stars: Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frankie Thomas |
Director: William Clemens
Producer: Bryan Foy
Production Company: First National Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Drama; Mystery

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

Mark of Zorro (1920), Stars Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Mark of Zorro was the transition between Douglas Fairbanks' early career as a brash all-American hero and the lavish 1920s costume adventures.

The Mark of Zorro (1920) - IMDb

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim

This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films (internet archive)

Director: Fred Niblo
Producer: Douglas Fairbanks
Production Company: United Artists
Audio/Visual: sound, B&W
Keywords: western, silent

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