I Love Trouble, a film by S. Sylvan Simon, 1948

I Love Trouble, 1948

A film by S. Sylvan Simon

“A wealthy man hires a detective to investigate his wife’s past. The detective (Franchot Tone) discovers that the wife had been a dancer and left her home town with an actor. The latter is killed before he can talk, but, with the help of a showgirl, the detective learns that the wife had used stolen papers from a girl friend to enter college after she had stolen $40,000 from the night club where she worked. The detective eventually learns that the husband had killed his wife when he discovered her past in order to avoid a scandal, and had hired the detective to try and frame him for the killing.” (IMDB)

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A is for Atom, an animated documentary short by Carl Urbano, 1953

A is for Atom, an animated documentary short by Carl Urbano, 1953

A is for Atom, 1953

An animated documentary short by Carl Urbano

For its time this animation is a well-presented, short documentary about atomic science, which explains how nuclear energy is harnessed for peace-time use. Though it briefly mentions the atomic bomb, it doesn’t cover the horrors of nuclear war or the environmental down-side of nuclear power, which was just in its infancy at that time.

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Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, an animated short by Dave Fleischer, 1937

Chicken A La King, 1937

An animated short by Dave Fleischer

“A rooster sultan is bored by his harems. A duck strongly resembling ‘Mae West’ entices him. Her lover arrives, and they do battle; the lovers leave, and the sultan, humiliated, turns to his harem, who beat him up…” (IMDB)

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Santa’s New Ride, an animated short by Sven van der Hart, 2003

Santa's New Ride, an animated short by Sven van der Hart, 2003

Santa’s New Ride, 2003

An animated short by Sven van der Hart

In this cute stop motion animation made with Playmobil toys, Santa is tempted by something bright, red and shiny while out delivering presents with the rain deer. This may explain why some of us didn’t get many toys this year.

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Battle Of The Worlds, a film by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), 1961

Battle Of The Worlds, a film by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), 1961

Battle Of The Worlds, 1961

A film by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson)

“A runaway asteroid dubbed “The Outsider” mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.” (IMDB)

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The Screaming Skull, a film by Alex Nicol, 1958

The Screaming Skull, a film by Alex Nicol, 1958

The Screaming Skull, 1958

A film by Alex Nicol

“A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband’s late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman’s memory. Soon, eerie events lead the new wife to think she’s losing her mind.” (IMDB)

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