Free Classic Movies: The Strange Woman, Palooka and The Most Dangerous Game

[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]

The Strange Woman (1946)

Jenny (played by Hedy Lamarr) is a complicated woman who can be extremely wicked and manipulative at times. However, she is not completely evil. Jenny is beautiful. She uses sex and beauty for her personal gain. She is made up of equal parts compassion, bitterness, wickedness and sex. The film’s plot is as complex as the character of its heroine. She steals and bewitches several men including her husband, son and a company foreman.

Main casts of the film include Gene Lockhart, George Sanders, Hedy Lamarr, Hillary Brooke and Louis Hayward. The film is also known as “Den onda ängeln”.

Additional Info:

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 40 min

Filming Location: West Hollywood, California, USA.

Palooka (1934)

Joe Palooka (Stuart Erwin) is a farm boy. His father senior Palooka (Robert Armstrong) was a boxing champion in the early 1900’s. But Joe’s mother (Marjorie Rambeau) doesn’t want her son to grow up to be in the boxing profession. But Joe becomes a nation-wide boxing sensation soon after he was discovered by a boxing promoter (Jimmy Durante). Joe wins the championship crown from William Cagney (Al McSwatt) and ends up as one of the top fighters in the country. Joe eventually not only inherits Cagney’s title but also his girlfriend Nina Madero (Lupe Velez).

Main casts are Jimmy Durante, Marjorie Rambeau, Robert Armstrong, Lupe Velez and Stuart Erwin. This film is also known as “Joe Palooka”.

Additional Info:

Director: Benjamin Stoloff

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

A famous hunter, Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea), survives a shipwreck and washes up on what appears to be a deserted island. This island is actually the home of the megalomaniac Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks). Count Zaroff acts as a friendly host. He welcomes Rainsford to his island and introduces him to Martin Trowbridge (Robert Armstrong) and his sister Eve (Fay Wray). Slowly it appears that Zaroff sinks passing ships and lets survivors stay in his castle for a certain period. Then he deliberately sets them loose in the jungle and hunts them.

Main casts include Fay Wray, Joel McCrea, Leslie Banks, Noble Johnson and Robert Armstrong. This film is also known as “A legveszélyesebb játék”.

Additional Info:

Director: Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

Filming Location: California, USA.

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