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1. Show Boat (1951)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Family, Musical

6.9
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The daughter of a riverboat captain falls in love with a charming gambler, but their fairytale romance is threatened when his luck turns sour.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown

Votes: 4,221

2. Road House (1948)

Passed | 95 min | Action, Drama, Film-Noir

7.3
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A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark

Votes: 2,145

3. Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,692

4. The Hucksters (1947)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

6.7
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A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolphe Menjou

Votes: 1,260

5. The Helen Morgan Story (1957)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.4
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Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson, Gene Evans

Votes: 676

6. Lost Angel (1943)

Passed | 91 min | Drama

7.2
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Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Margaret O'Brien, James Craig, Marsha Hunt, Philip Merivale

Votes: 498

7. Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy

6.5
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54 Metascore

An ex-pop singer kills her much-hated husband to be with her young lover. Her daughter plots Electra-like revenge.

Director: Mark Rucker | Stars: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Angela Paton

Votes: 1,884

8. The Man I Love (1946)

96 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Music

6.8
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Visiting her two sisters and brother, singer Petey Brown lands a job at small-time-hood Nicky Toresca's nightclub. While evading the sleazy Toresca's heavy-handed passes at her, she falls ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Alda, Andrea King, Martha Vickers

Votes: 683

9. Eighteen (2005)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

6.3
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Pip is a street kid who's meeting life head-on in the big city. On his eighteenth birthday he receives his grandfather's World War II memoirs on audio cassette, a gift that awakens the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bell | Stars: Paul Anthony, Brendan Fletcher, Clarence Sponagle, Mark Hildreth

Votes: 570

10. Hot Saturday (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Cary Grant, Nancy Carroll, Randolph Scott, Edward Woods

Votes: 853

11. Love Bites (2001)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.9
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Antoine is a social wannabe who drops an elusive aristocrat's name to get into an exclusive party. The name - Jordan - gets him whisked by two burly bodyguards into the office of the host, ... See full summary »

Director: Antoine de Caunes | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Asia Argento, Gérard Lanvin, Gilbert Melki

Votes: 1,138

12. Laughing Sinners (1931)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

5.4
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Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 521

13. The Strip (1951)

Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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Drummer Stanley Maxton moves to Los Angeles with dreams of opening his own club, but falls in with a gangster and a nightclub dancer and ends up accused of murder.

Director: László Kardos | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Sally Forrest, William Demarest, James Craig

Votes: 524

14. Convicted (1938)

Approved | 58 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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Police Detective Burns (Charles Quigley) is helping Jerry Wheeler (Rita Hayworth), a night-club singer, track down the killer of a gold-digger, for which crime her brother, "Chick," (Edgar ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, Marc Lawrence, George McKay

Votes: 81

15. Torch Singer (1933)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.8
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When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

Directors: Alexander Hall, George Somnes | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Ricardo Cortez, David Manners, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 513

16. The Houston Story (1956)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.3
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In Houston, a man working as an oil driller comes up with a scheme for stealing millions of dollars worth of oil from the fields. He insinuates himself with a local mobster in order to get ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Gene Barry, Barbara Hale, Edward Arnold, Paul Richards

Votes: 153

17. Society Lawyer (1939)

Passed | 77 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

6.3
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Society lawyer Christopher Durant agrees to defend his friend Phil Siddall when Siddall is arrested for the murder of an ex-girlfriend. With the help of nightclub singer Pat Abbott and ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Virginia Bruce, Leo Carrillo, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 186

18. Boy of the Streets (1937)

Approved | 76 min | Drama

5.9
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Cocky young street kid worships his father, a sleazy political operative.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor, Kathleen Burke, Robert Emmett O'Connor

Votes: 138

19. Convention Girl (1935)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.8
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A cabaret hostess is broken-hearted because she loves a gambler who does not love her.

Director: Luther Reed | Stars: Rose Hobart, Weldon Heyburn, Sally O'Neil, Herbert Rawlinson

Votes: 29

20. Swing Banditry (1936)

Passed | 11 min | Short, Comedy, Musical

7.4
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A swing band takes extraordinary measures to appear on a radio program.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: George Stoll, Georgie Stoll and His Orchestra, Maurice Cass, Virginia Dale

Votes: 55

21. It Can't Last Forever (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

4.2
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Russ Matthews, a theatrical agent who is not above pulling off a hoax or two or more to further the career of his clients (and himself), and a newspaper gossip-columnist, Carol Wilson, get ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Betty Furness, Robert Armstrong, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 16

22. The Star Reporter in Hollywood (1936)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Music

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In this entry to the Hollywood Star Reporter series (reporting only on stars with Paramount contracts or connections at the time), Ted Husing drops in on Bennie Bartlett and is surprised to... See full summary »

Director: Leslie M. Roush | Stars: Benny Bartlett, Dorothy Lamour, Joey Rardin, Vera Marshe

23. Hollywood on Parade No. A-1 (1932)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Comedy, Music

5.3
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In the first entry of this series, the show open with a troupe of dancing chorus girls getting a salute from crossed-eyed Ben Turpin. Then the master of ceremonies, Fredric March, brings on... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lewyn | Stars: Fredric March, Ben Turpin, Mitzi Green, Ginger Rogers

Votes: 22

24. Burning Gold (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Jim Thornton is an independent wildcat driller in Califonia who hits a gusher and overnight riches, and marries his sweetheart that is a singer at a local saloon. But he can't handle being rich, and the marriage is on the rocks.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: William Boyd, Judith Allen, Lloyd Ingraham, Frank Mayo

Votes: 11

25. Man Against Woman (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

2.8
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Johnny McCloud, a tough police inspector given more to fisticuffs than investigating has the hots for torch-singer Lola Parker, but Miss Parker is much taken with a good-looking crook named... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Jack Holt, Lillian Miles, Walter Connolly, Gavin Gordon

Votes: 11

26. The Julie London Special (1968 TV Special)

Music

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Sultry-voiced Julie London hosts and performs an hour of music with banjo playing Mickie Finn and folk/pop singers Chad and Jeremy.

Director: Dick Ross | Stars: Julie London, Jeremy Clyde, Mickie Finn, Chad Stuart

27. Rooftop Frolics (1937)

Approved | 11 min | Short, Musical, Comedy

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Occupants of two contrasting rooftops merge to put on a musical show. Representing the tenement roofers are singer Peg La Centra, child accordian player Gina Valenti and the dance team of ... See full summary »

Director: Ben K. Blake | Stars: Al Cooper, Peg La Centra, Kirk Alyn, Gina Valente

28. That's My Story! (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

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A reporter desperate for a story tries to interview a gangster's girlfriend jailed in a small town. He gets himself thrown in the same jail and runs into a female reporter with the same ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Claudia Morgan, William Lundigan, Herbert Mundin, Hobart Cavanaugh

29. Roaming (1931)

Passed | 10 min | Short, Music

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A medicine show singer finds her love.

Director: Casey Robinson | Star: Ethel Merman

30. The Gigolo Racket (1931)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Drama, Musical

7.5
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As a publicity stunt, a musical comedy star announces her engagement to a young man she believes is a gigolo, with whom she eventually falls in love.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Helen Morgan, Reed Brown Jr., John Hamilton, Winifred Harris

Votes: 8

31. Tuned Out (1935)

21 min | Short, Music

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Ruth, is on tour and singing on the radio, unknown to her husband, as The Dixie Song Bird. Herbert Rawlinson, her husband writes the Dixie Song Bird a fan letter that indicates he may a bit... See full summary »

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Ruth Etting, Herbert Rawlinson, Renee Whitney, Vernon Dent

32. McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)
Episode: An Elementary Case of Murder (1972)

TV-PG | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Numerous bits of evidence indicate McMillan's former girlfriend shot and killed her husband, but the commissioner wants all of the facts before an arrest is made. (Script recycled and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis | Stars: Rock Hudson, Susan Saint James, John Schuck, Nancy Walker

Votes: 81

33. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)
Episode: Call Me Lucky/Torch Singer (1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Career gambler Harry Beamus' dream of winning every game he plays has a monkey wrench thrown into it by the arrival of his son; and Edith Garvey wants to be a successful 1920's torch singer, like her grandmother.

Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Richard Dawson, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 43

34. Riverdale (2017– )
Episode: Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia (2019)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Betty investigates a string of suicides; Jughead comes face-to-face with Hiram's alleged mistress; Archie spirals out of control.

Director: Gregory Smith | Stars: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse

Votes: 785

35. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)
Episode: Run for Doom (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A young doctor continues to date a beautiful showgirl in spite of warnings that her 3 previous marriages ended badly for her past husbands.

Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, John Gavin, Diana Dors, Scott Brady

Votes: 173

36. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
Episode: Six Lessons from Madame LaGrange (1970)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

8.1
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Hogan and a German singer try and stop the arrest of local Allied agents.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Robert Clary

Votes: 82

37. Cracker (1993–1996)
Episode: The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 1 (1993)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The second of two beautiful women is murdered on a train, and the primary suspect is an amnesiac man. A psychologist, Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, an old friend of the second victim, is brought in to help.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Robbie Coltrane, Rob Palmer, Jeffrey Robert, Andy Devine

Votes: 333



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