Most tolerable Movie series

by dan_dassow | created - 02 Jan 2014 | updated - 04 Jan 2014 | Public

Not franchise-not sequals-not tent poles. No serials- No TV - Title listed is first in the sound-era series...or the first one that has a site picture.

Which one of these series, if you had to watch them all, do you think might be the most tolerable?

Suggested by horn-5.

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1. You're Only Young Once (1937)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Romance

On vacation with his family on California's Catalina Island, Andy Hardy falls head over swim fins for a sophisticated young beauty. Judge Hardy warns his son that she is too fast for him.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Lewis Stone, Cecilia Parker, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden

Votes: 354

The Hardy Family - 19 films

2. One Mysterious Night (1944)

61 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Blackie is enlisted by the police to help recover the Blue Star of the Nile diamond, stolen from a war relief exhibit.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Chester Morris, Janis Carter, William Wright, Richard Lane

Votes: 297

Horatio 'Boston Blackie' Black - 14 films

3. Marshal of Reno (1944)

Approved | 54 min | Western

In 1895, a crime wave prevents Blue Springs from becoming county seat but Red Ryder suspects the shady citizens of rival Rockland of being behind it all.

Director: Wallace Grissell | Stars: Bill Elliott, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Robert Blake, Alice Fleming

Votes: 46

Red Ryder - 28 films

4. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A trader and his daughter set off in search of the fabled graveyard of the elephants in deepest Africa, only to encounter a wild man raised by apes.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Neil Hamilton, C. Aubrey Smith, Maureen O'Sullivan

Votes: 6,562

Tarzan - 32 films

5. The Canary Murder Case (1929)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A beautiful showgirl, nicknamed 'the Canary', is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and soon ends up dead. But who killed 'the Canary'. All the suspects who knew her had ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall, Louise Brooks

Votes: 473

Philo Vance - 15 films

6. 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: 277

The Bumstead Family - 28 films

7. Dead End (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 5,615

The Dead End Kids - 19 films

8. Spook Busters (1946)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Mystery

The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Douglass Dumbrille, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 436

The Bowery Boys - 46 films

9. Michael Shayne: Private Detective (1940)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Mystery, Drama

After gumshoe Mike Shayne is hired by a millionaire to keep his daughter away from gambling and gamblers, he becomes involved in the murder of a racetrack tout.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Joan Valerie, Walter Abel

Votes: 347

Michael Shayne - 12 films

10. Maisie (1939)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Drama

A showgirl stranded in a Wyoming town ends up being hired as a maid at a ranch.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Ruth Hussey, Ian Hunter

Votes: 479

Maisie Ravier - 11 films

11. Charlie Chan in London (1934)

Open | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeeper, to a stableman, to a lawyer.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Warner Oland, Drue Leyton, Ray Milland, Mona Barrie

Votes: 1,709

Charlie Chan - 44 films

12. Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy, Mystery

Radio crime show host 'The Fox' along with his fiancée and ex-girlfriend are kidnapped by a larcenous cult who demand that he help them plan a perfect murder.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon | Stars: Red Skelton, Conrad Veidt, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Grey

Votes: 793

Wally Benton - 3 films

13. 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: 24,472

Nick and Nora Charles - 5 films

14. The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

Passed | 73 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Detective Ellery Queen's vacation is interrupted when murder strikes next door to his oceanside cabin.

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: Donald Cook, Helen Twelvetrees, Berton Churchill, Frank Sheridan

Votes: 191

Ellery Queen - 9 films

15. The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

An agitated and desperate man spares no expense in insisting that Mason represent him against a neighbor's howling dog and act as executor of his will.

Director: Alan Crosland | Stars: Warren William, Mary Astor, Allen Jenkins, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 626

Perry Mason - 6 films

16. Francis (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

During World War II, a junior American Army officer, Lt. Peter Stirling, gets sent to the psychiatric ward whenever he insists that an Army mule named Francis speaks to him.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Patricia Medina, Zasu Pitts, Ray Collins

Votes: 975

Francis the Talking Mule - 7 films

17. 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: 2,142

The Kettle Family - 10 films

18. East Side Kids (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young street kid grows up and becomes a cop when he realizes that crime doesn't pay. One of his childhood friends is in prison for a murder he didn't commit, and the cop looks for ... See full summary »

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, Joyce Bryant, Hal E. Chester

Votes: 194

The East Side Kids - 23 films

19. Jungle Jim (1948)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure

Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves, Lita Baron

Votes: 690

Jungle Jim - 13 films

20. Crime Doctor (1943)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Drama

Amnesia victim, Robert Ordway, becomes the country's leading criminal psychologist. When he is hit on the head (by someone from his past) he suddenly remembers his previous life as a ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Warner Baxter, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Ray Collins

Votes: 327

Dr. Robert Ordway/The Crime Doctor - 10 films

21. Smart Blonde (1937)

Approved | 59 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Female reporter Torchy Blane teams with her cop boyfriend Lt. Steve McBride to solve the killing of an investor who just bought a popular local nightclub.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Wini Shaw, Addison Richards

Votes: 430

Torchy Blane - 9 films

22. The Shadow Strikes (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Lamont Cranston assumes his secret identity as "The Shadow", to break up an attempted robbery at an attorney's office. When the police search the scene, Cranston must assume the identity of... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Shores | Stars: Rod La Rocque, Agnes Anderson, James Blakeley, Walter McGrail

Votes: 310

The Shadow - 6 films

23. Thank You, Mr. Moto (1937)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Seven maps, when found and put together, reveal the location of the treasures of Genghis Khan.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Peter Lorre, Thomas Beck, Pauline Frederick, Jayne Regan

Votes: 795

Mr. Moto - 10 films

24. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 839

James Lee Wong - 5 films

25. Bulldog Drummond (1929)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A bored WWI veteran helps out a young woman, whose uncle is being held hostage by embezzlers.

Director: F. Richard Jones | Stars: Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant, Montagu Love

Votes: 770

Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond - 21 films

26. The Lost Volcano (1950)

Approved | 76 min | Adventure

When a young boy is kidnapped by hunters who believe he knows the location of a great treasure, Bomba the Jungle Boy seeks to rescue him from them and from a volcano which is about to erupt.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Johnny Sheffield, Donald Woods, Marjorie Lord, John Ridgely

Votes: 143

Bomba - 12 films

27. The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A group of "spies" is after the plans for an anti-aircraft gun, and the leader uses the opportunity to embroil the Lone Wolf in the plot. Trying to settle an old score, this shady character... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey | Stars: Warren William, Ida Lupino, Rita Hayworth, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 534

Michael Lanyard/The Lone Wolf -18 films

28. The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Simon Templar, the Saint, travels to San Francisco to solve crime mysteries within the police department.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Jonathan Hale, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 818

Simon Templar - 9 films

29. The Gay Falcon (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Falcon investigates jewel thieves who are working with hard up socialites to defraud insurance companies. First of the Falcon series.

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: George Sanders, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins, Nina Vale

Votes: 899

Gay Lawrence(1st Falcon)/Tom Lawrence(2nd Falcon) -13 films

30. Topper (1937)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 6,249

Cosmo Topper - 3 films

31. Internes Can't Take Money (1937)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In his first film, young Dr. Kildare helps a female ex-con find her child.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 406

Dr. James "Jimmy" Kildare - 9 films

32. In Old Arizona (1928)

Passed | 95 min | Romance, Western

A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess, Henry Armetta

Votes: 802

Cisco Kid - 23 films

33. Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery

After a wealthy dowager who has made a substantial donation her alma mater suddenly disappears, Nancy Drew sets out to solve the mystery.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Bonita Granville, John Litel, James Stephenson, Frankie Thomas

Votes: 725

Nancy Drew - 4 films

34. Smashing the Money Ring (1939)

Passed | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Margot Stevenson, Eddie Foy Jr., Joe Downing

Votes: 156

Lt. 'Brass' Bancroft - 4 films

35. Palooka (1934)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Music

Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stuart Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 266

Joe Palooka - 21 films

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