Pot O’ Gold (1941)

Before his music shop goes under, James Stewart moves to the big city to work at his uncle’s factory. He gets caught in the middle of a feud between his uncle and a neighboring musical family, and catches the eye of the singing daughter (Paulette Goddard).

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

Bing Crosby stars as Father O’Malley, who is transferred to a soon-to-be-condemned school run by Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman), where they have different ideas for turning the place around.

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Alec Guinness stars as a mild-mannered bank clerk who plots to steal gold bullion in this British caper film comedy, which also features Stanley Holloway and Audrey Hepburn.

My Favorite Brunette (1947)

Bob Hope is a baby photographer who is mistaken for a detective by a beautiful baroness (Dorothy Lamour). The fake gumshoe is soon in all kinds of trouble in this comedic film noir parody that co-stars Alan Ladd, Peter Lorre and Lon Chaney, Jr.

Appointment with Danger (1950)

Postal inspector (Alan Ladd) works with nun to investigate the murder of a fellow officer. The inspector follows the trail and must soon thwart the biggest mail heist in history, in this film noir that also stars Jack Webb and Harry Morgan.

Abilene Town (1946)

A fearless lawman (Randolph Scott) stands between unruly cattlemen and a group of determined homesteaders as the two factions vie for control of the government land bordering the town.

Meet John Doe (1941)

Frank Capra directs this story of a recently fired reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) who prints a fake letter from an unknown “John Doe,” threatening suicide in protest of social ills. When the note causes an uproar, the newspaper hires her back, along with a homeless man (Gary Cooper) to play the mysterious Doe.

The Little Princess (1939 film), starring Shirley Temple

The Little Princess is a 1939 American drama film directed by Walter Lang. The screenplay by Ethel Hill and Walter Ferris is loosely based on the novel A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The film was the first Shirley Temple movie to be filmed completely in Technicolor. It was also her last major success as a child star.

Although it maintained the novel’s Victorian London setting, the film introduced several new characters and storylines and used the Second Boer War and the Siege of Mafeking as a backdrop to the action. Temple and Arthur Treacher had a musical number together, performing the song “Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road”. Temple also appeared in an extended ballet sequence. The film’s ending was drastically different from the book.

In 1968, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants’ failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

Charade (1963), Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also features Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Marin. It spans three genres: suspense thriller, romance and comedy. Because Universal Pictures published the movie with an invalid copyright notice, the film entered the public domain in the United States immediately upon its release.
The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for having been filmed on location in Paris, for Henry Mancini’s score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder. Charade has received generally positive reviews from critics, and was additionally noted to contain influences of genres such as whodunit, screwball and spy thriller. It has also been referred to as “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made”.

The film includes a notice reading “MCMLXIII BY UNIVERSAL PICTURES COMPANY, INC. and STANLEY DONEN FILMS, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED”, but omitting the word “Copyright”, “Copr.”, or the symbol “©”. At the time (before 1978), U.S. law required works to include the word, abbreviation, or symbol in order to be copyrighted.

Vengeance Valley, 1951 western starring Burt Lancaster

Vengeance Valley is a 1951 American western film starring Burt Lancaster and based on the novel by Luke Short. In 1979, the film entered the public domain due to the failure of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after the movies’ publication. The picture was directed by Richard Thorpe with a supporting cast featuring Robert Walker, Joanne Dru, Sally Forrest, John Ireland and Ray Collins.

Fifteen years ago, wealthy but crippled Colorado cattleman Arch Strobie (Ray Collins), whose own son Lee (Robert Walker) was wild, took in young Owen Daybright (Burt Lancaster) as a foster son to help raise and control Lee. Now Owen is ranch foreman, but Lee, despite being married to Jen (Joanne Dru), is wilder than ever.

Unmarried Lily Fasken (Sally Forrest) gives birth but refuses to identify the father. After Owen gives Lily $500 to help care for the baby, her brothers Hub (John Ireland) and Dick (Hugh O’Brian) believe that he is the guilty party, but they are unaware that Owen has done this on Lee’s behalf. The brothers try to beat up Owen and he lodges a complaint against them. Sentenced to a week in jail, they vow to get even as soon as they’re out.

When Arch chides Lee for overdrawing his bank account by withdrawing $500 in gold, Jen realizes that Lee fathered Lily’s baby. She confronts him and Lee tries to lie his way out. She decides to leave him but is persuaded by Owen and Arch to stay. Lee inveigles Arch to make him a partner in the ranch by saying that he will strike out on his own unless he gets a half-interest; he gets what he wants and learns that the other half will go to Owen, once Arch retires or dies.

Jen locks Lee out of their bedroom. He gets drunk, mistakenly believing she and Owen are carrying on behind his back. He schemes to get rid of Owen and make a fortune at the same time by conspiring with Hub and Dick to ambush Owen during the spring cattle roundup. On the trail, Lee secretly sells 3,000 head of the cattle, intending to run off with it, but Owen learns of the plan.

Lee pretends to change his mind. He persuades Owen to ride in with him to stop the sale, but in fact he lures Owen into a trap. Hub and Dick, waiting in ambush, wound Owen as Lee casually rides away. In the ensuing gunfight, Owen Kills Dick. Hearing shots, a group of trailhands ride to Owen’s rescue. They chase down and shoot Hub. Owen catches up with Lee and tells him that they are both going to confess everything to Arch. Lee refuses and draws his gun, forcing Owen to kill him. Owen breaks the news to Arch and Jen.