Classic Movie Series

by mainemoviefanaticDaisy | created - 02 Oct 2011 | updated - 02 Oct 2011 | Public

We have some movie series from the classic era: Thin Man, Blondie, Flash Gordon and Ma and Pa Kettle. Will add more as we pick them up.

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1. The Thin Man (1934)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 24,560

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

2. After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, Elissa Landi

Votes: 8,760

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

3. Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger

Votes: 5,943

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

4. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed

Votes: 4,907

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

5. The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lucile Watson, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 4,545

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

6. Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.

Director: Edward Buzzell | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Keenan Wynn, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 4,085

Part of the Complete Thin Man Series.

7. William Powell: A True Gentleman (2005 Video)

31 min | Short, Biography

A biography on the life of William Powell narrated by Michael York.

Stars: Rudy Behlmer, Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Leonard Maltin

Votes: 45

Part of the Alias Nick and Nora documentary disk in The Complete Thin Man Series. Nick is played by William Powell.

8. Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

Kathleen Turner hosts a retrospective look at the life and career of actress Myrna Loy through photographs and many clips of her roles, from early bit parts in silent films to her final appearance in a made-for-TV movie.

Director: Richard Schickel | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Warner Baxter, Dolores Costello, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 202

Part of the Alias Nick and Nora documentary disk in The Complete Thin Man Series. Nora is played by Myrna Loy.

9. Blondie (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family

Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 537

Part of Blondie, set 1.

10. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

Blondie takes over Dagwood's job while he goes off on a fishing trip.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Jonathan Hale

Votes: 270

Part of Blondie, set 1.

11. Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Comedy

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 278

Part of Blondie, set 1.

12. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

A salesman convinces Blondie that Baby Dumpling is a budding genius, so the Bumsteads enroll him in a special school from which he disappears.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 277

Part of Blondie, set 1.

13. Blondie on a Budget (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 339

Part of Blondie, set 1.

14. Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

Mr. Dithers has a house he can't unload because it is rumored to be haunted. When he lets the Bumsteads move into it, they discover sliding panels and secret passages. The haunting is the ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 230

Part of Blondie, set 2.

15. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 211

Part of Blondie, set 2.

16. Blondie Goes Latin (1941)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Music

Dagwood disguises himself as a drummer in the ship's conga band to sneak aboard a South American cruise ship. Blondie performs several song-and-dance routines.

Directors: Frank R. Strayer, Robert Sparks | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 194

Part of Blondie, set 2.

17. Blondie in Society (1941)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 192

Part of Blondie, set 2.

18. Blondie Goes to College (1942)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy

Dagwood decides to go to college. Blondie goes along with him, keeping their marriage a secret. They send Baby Dumpling off to military school where he becomes top sergeant. Blondie is ... See full summary »

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 198

Part of Blondie, set 2.

19. Flash Gordon (1936)

Approved | 245 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth.

Directors: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson

Votes: 1,990

20. Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)

Approved | 299 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Robert F. Hill, Frederick Stephani | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon

Votes: 812

21. Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Approved | 220 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them.

Directors: Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Anne Gwynne

Votes: 1,158

22. Undersea Kingdom (1936)

Approved | 226 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure

Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. ... See full summary »

Directors: B. Reeves Eason, Joseph Kane | Stars: Ray Corrigan, Lois Wilde, Monte Blue, William Farnum

Votes: 448

TV series in 12 episodes

23. The Egg and I (1947)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.

Director: Chester Erskine | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Louise Allbritton

Votes: 2,149

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 1.

24. Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

G | 76 min | Comedy

On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall

Votes: 1,104

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 1.

25. Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Crime

When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall

Votes: 669

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 1.

26. Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Meg Randall

Votes: 624

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 1.

27. Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Ma and Pa are trying to raise enough money at the county fair to send their daughter Rosie to college. Ma competes in baking and Pa enters a trotter in a horse race, while Rosie takes up with handsome young Marvin Johnson.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, James Best, Lori Nelson

Votes: 489

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 2.

28. Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1952)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Ray Collins, Bodil Miller

Votes: 429

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 2.

29. Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

Elwin Kettle might win a scholarship to an agricultural college. Essay contest judges Mannering and Crosby decide to choose between the two finalists by spending a weekend at the home of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Alan Mowbray, Alice Kelley

Votes: 471

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 2.

30. Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Ma and Pa, along with daughter Rosie, go off to Hawaii in answer to cousin Rodney's call for help running his pineapple farm while he recovers from an illness. Pa soon causes a major explosion and gets himself kidnapped.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Lori Nelson, Byron Palmer

Votes: 420

Part of The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, vol 2.



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