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Imitation of Life (1934)

Directed by John M. Stahl. Cast: Claudette Colbert (Beatrice"Bea" Pullman), Warren William (Stephen Archer), Ned Sparks (Elmer Smith, Louise Beavers (Aunt Delilah). The story of two widows and their troubled daughters. In the search for success as an actress, Lora neglects her daughter. Lora's black housekeeper's daughter repudiates her mother by trying to pass for white. As the years pass, each of the four women realizes that she has been living out an emotionally fruitless existence.

Insultin' the Sultan (1934)

Animated short. Director, Ub Iwerks. Willie Whopper is telling his friend about the time he went to Constantinople with his girlfriend. As they approached an auction block selling dancing girls, the Sultan decided that Willie's girlfriend was the one he wanted and carried her off. The bulk of the cartoon is about Willie's efforts to rescue her and the obstacles he confronts along the way. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jazz Cocktails Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 2.

In this collection of musical shorts some ofthe greatest names in jazz are presented in some oftheir earliest filmed performances. Featuring DukeEllington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway,and Bing Crosby who bends the definition of jazz tocroon three ballads. Perhaps the gem of this filmhowever is Office Blues in which a pre-stardom,pre-Astaire Ginger Rogers cavorts in an Art Decoextravaganza.

Jerico (UK, 1937)

Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Paul Robeson, Henry Wilcoxon, Wallace Ford. Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this musical drama about a GI who, after he accidentally kills a man escapes into the desert where he joins an African tribe to avoid punishment. 75 min. ; also supplement onCredits andother information from the Internet Movie Database
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Jolly Paupers (Freylekhe Kabtsonim; Weseli biedacy) (Poland, 1937)

Directed by Leon Jeannot. Cast: Shimon Dzigan, Yisroel Shumacher and the Warsaw Art Players. A musical comedy portraying the relentless efforts of two small town Jews to escape their misery and achieve fame and fortune. With violent antisemitism intensifying in Poland, their satirical monologues provided Jewish audiences with a rare opportunity to escape through laughter. 62 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Juarez (1939)

Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Donald Crisp, Joseph Calleia, Gale Sondergaard, Gilbert Roland, Henry O'Neill. A dramatizated account of the triumphant resistance of President Benito Juarez and his followers against the attempt by Louis Napoleon to install Maximillian von Hapsburg as Emperor of Mexico. 123 min. ; Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database
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Judge Priest (1934)

Directed by John Ford. Cast: Will Rogers, Tom Brown, Anita Louise, Henry B. Walthall, David Landau, Rochelle Hudson, Stepin Fetchit, Hattie McDaniel. A small town Judge William "Billy" Priest in the old South stirs up the place with stinging humor and common sense observances as he tangles with prejudices and civil injustices. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Perez, Gilberto. "Saying "Ain't" and Playing "Dixie": Rhetoric and Comedy in Judge Priest." Raritan. Spring 2004. Vol.

King Solomon's Mines (UK, 1937)

Director, Robert Stevenson. Cast: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, Anna Lee. Fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien has left his daughter Kathy and guide Umbopa to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. Worried about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain to lead a party to rescue him. Based on the novel by H. Rider Haggard. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Leibfried, Philip.