Born in New York City in 1904, Alper worked on Broadway from 1927 to 1940 in a number of shows including The Wild Man of Borneo, This is New York, Broadway Boy, Sailor Beware!, and Every Man for Himself.Alper appeared in more than 200 films and TV series from the 1930s to the end of the 1960s. Quite often his work was uncredited and he never received a top billing in one of his movies. His first known screen credit was in The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) a part he had already played on Broadway in 1927/28. His signature character was a chatty taxi driver, which he played at least 20 times, most notably in The Maltese Falcon (1941) as a friendly cabbie who drives Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart, during a mid-film wild goose chase, as well as in such other well-known films as The Big Broadcast of 1937, Lady in the Dark and Angel on My Shoulder. His biggest role should have been the part of Gus Smith in the Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat in 1943. Due to his becoming ill right before the start of shooting in August, he was replaced by actor William Bendix. However, he worked for Hitchcock on three other movies: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), again as a cabbie, Saboteur (1942), and Strangers on a Train (1951). Frequently seen in comedies, Alper was featured in the Three Stooges films Tricky Dicks (1953) and The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). One of Alper's least characteristic roles was the judo instructor in Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor (1963).
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The Outlaws Is Coming
Rance Roden plans to kill off all the buffalo and thus cause the Indians to riot. After they destroy the US Cavalry, Rance and his gang will take over the West. Meanwhile, a Boston magazine gets wind ...
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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
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A family of friendly monsters that have misadventures all the time, but never understand why people react strangely to them.
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The Bradley family are proud owners of the Shady Rest Hotel. Kate and her three young daughters do the job of running the hotel.
The Nutty Professor
The movie that Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magica...
The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze
Phileas Fogg III, great grandson of the original Phileas Fogg, accepts a bet to duplicate his great grandfather's famous trip around the world in response to a challenge made by Randolph Stuart III, t...
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The Beverly Hillbillies
Jed Clampett's swamp is loaded with oil. When a wildcatter discovers the huge pool, Jed sells his land to the O.K. Oil Company and at the urging of cousin Pearl, moves his family to a 35-room mansion ...
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of...
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchhiker, hosted a continuation of the dramatic anthology series.
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Johnny Staccato is an American private detective series which ran for 27 episodes on NBC from September 10, 1959 through March 24, 1960.
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The Donna Reed Show
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77 Sunset Strip
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Juile, an airline hostess, has her mind made up to marry South American millionaire Rico Vargas, in spite of the efforts made by her former boyfriend, Lee Darling, a television star, to win her back. ...
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchhiker hosted the television anthology series. dramas, thrillers, and mysteries are included in the series.
Cheyenne is an American western television series of 108 black-and-white episodes broadcast on ABC from 1955 to 1963. The show was the first hour-long western, and in fact the first hour-long dramatic...
A landowner in colonial Africa leads a safari through Nukumbi territory in order to capture an escaped criminal.
The ex-Marine is on the run from a murder charge. He gets a ride from the glamor-magazine photographer, who is travelling with her model. When the woman realize the man may be a murderer, tensions ris...
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Letter to Loretta
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The Jazz Singer
As Jerry Golding scales the heights of show business, he breaks the heart of his father, who'd hoped that Jerry would follow in his footsteps. Sorrowfully, Cantor Golding reads the Kaddish service, in...
Murder Without Tears
A man hires someone to murder his wife and use a legal loophole to get away with it.
A Los Angeles police captain (Edward G. Robinson) ties the case of a slain policeman to a bank robbery, all in a day.
Those wacky Bowery Boys invent a superfast fuel, which will help them win an auto race (isn't this cheating?). However, the fuel is stolen by the bad guys just before the big race...
Border City Rustlers
Two episodes of "Wild Bill Hickok" edited together and released as a feature.
The stooges are policemen on the trail of a murderer. They unsuccessfully interrogate an Italian organ grinder, among other suspects, and then catch the bad guy after a gun fight that nearly destroys ...
Trouble Along the Way
Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring bac...
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Adventures of Superman
With powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, Superman battles for truth and justice.
Here Come the Marines
After Slip is drafted into the Marines, the rest of the gang volunteers so they can be with him. Sach discovers that the colonel knew his father and he is promoted. During a drill that he is putting t...
The Steel Fist
In an Iron Curtain country an idealistic student goes on the run from the Communist authorities.
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The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
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A young man tries to get rich by opening a diner. Comedy based on the popular comic strip.
Lullaby of Broadway
Pretty Melinda Howard has been abroad singing with a musical troupe. She decides to return home to surprise her mother whom she thinks is a successful Broadway star with a mansion in Manhattan. She do...
It's Cesar Romero versus dinosaurs in this classic 1950s B movie, with Hillary Brooke as the jungle goddess love interest.
The fastest gun in the West is trying to get away from his reputation.
Appointment with Danger
Al Goddard, a detective who works for the United States Postal Inspection Service, is assigned to arrest two criminals who've allegedly murdered a U.S. postal detective.
While Louie is on vacation, the boys turn The Sweet Shop into an escort service, and soon find a group of beautiful girls as their first clients.
Let's Live a Little
A harried advertising executive is being pursued romantically by his client, a successful perfume magnate. They were his former fiancée and his former partner. The author of a new book is the latest c...
Sleep, My Love
A woman wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she can't remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.
Based on the novel Low Company. One of the most peculiar film noirs of the 1940s stars Barry Sullivan as a small-time hood who suffers a mental breakdown as his big plans begin to crumble. Beautiful B...
Marshall Thompson stars in this MGM drama about a young soldier's devotion to a horse he rescues during WWII. (Not to be confused with "Adventures of Gallant Bess", another film released two years lat...
Angel on My Shoulder
Gangster Eddie Kagel is killed by a trusted lieutenant and finds himself in Harry Redmond Jr's special effects Hell, where Nick/The Devil sees that he is an-exact double for a judge of whom Nick doesn...
The Phantom Thief
Boston Blackie, in the 11th film of the Columbia series, indulges in some wit-trading with a squirmy spiritualist who deals in blackmail, murder and the occult. "Blackie" out to help his pal, "Runt," ...
Up Goes Maisie
Chorus girl Maisie (Ann Sothern) goes to work for a helicopter inventor (George Murphy) who faces hostile competition.
The Power of the Whistler
A woman uses a deck of cards to predict death within 24 hours for a stranger sitting at a bar, then tries to help him remember who he is based on items in his pockets.
Primary Flight Training: Taxiing and Take-offs
A U.S. is shown in a government documentary short film. A Navy flight instructor shows a young pilot how to taxi an aircraft at an airfield. Proper take-off procedure and many of the common mistakes m...
The Horn Blows at Midnight
A trumpet player in a radio orchestra falls asleep during a commercial and dreams he's Athanael, an angel who will blow the Last Trumpet at exactly midnight on Earth, marking the end of the world.
When the prison choir loses its leader, the boys try to get him back in.
They Were Expendable
After Pearl Harbor, a squadron of boats in the Philippines have to battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the boats and the...
Moonlight and Cactus
The swinging Andrews Sisters provide the musical interludes and romance in this western. They play a trio of WW II era ranchers. That they are so good at running it proves terrible surprise for a ranc...
Something for the Boys
The oddly-assorted Hart cousins: revue singer Blossom, con man Harry, and machinist Chiquita (who gets radio through her teeth!), inherit southern plantation Magnolia Manor, which alas proves to be a ...
The Eve of St. Mark
Quizz West is conscripted into the United States Army in late 1940. Prior to being shipped out first to San Francisco, then the Philippines, Quizz and his hometown girlfriend Janet discuss their futur...
The Hard Way
Helen Sherman pushes her younger sister Katherine into show business in order to escape their small town poverty.
There is a comedy about a bandleader with powers.
The training of bombardiers during WWII is the subject of a documentary. MajorChick Davis proves that he is a U.S. citizen. The school for bombardiers was established because of the Army's superiority...
No Time for Love
Upper-class female reporter is (despite herself) attracted to hulking laborer digging a tunnel under the Hudson river.
The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.
Larceny with Music
A former bootlegger is now the prosperous owner of a popular nightclub. A hustling promoter manages to pass off a young singer as the heir to a fortune and gets her booked at the club.
The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel has a dramatic storyline about her first captain.
Why We Fight: Divide and Conquer
The third film of Frank Capra's 'Why We Fight" propaganda film series, dealing with the Nazi conquest of Western Europe in 1940.
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane flees across the United States after he is wrongly accused of starting the fire that killed his best friend.
Director Rowland V. Lee's wacky 1942 comedy, about an absent-minded scientist working on a secret formula at an explosives plant, stars Edmond O'Brien, Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Lovett, June Havoc, Edd...
Obliging Young Lady
A woman attempts to shelter a young girl from the publicity surrounding her socialite parents' divorce.
The Big Shot
Duke Berne, former big shot but now a three-time loser, fears returning to crime because a fourth conviction will mean a life sentence. Finally, haunted by his past and goaded by his cohorts, he joins...
The Gay Sisters
Barbara Stanwyck is the oldest of the three sisters and she protects their Fifth Avenue mansion from a developer who once married her.
The Lady Is Willing
Elizabeth Madden, an eccentric Broadway performer, comes home with a baby she picked up on the street. She wants to keep the baby but needs to find a husband to make adoption viable. She has a new doc...
Escape from Crime
An ex-con becomes a daredevil photojournalist.
My Favorite Spy
The Army takes a bandleader (Kay Kyser) away from his bride (Ellen Drew) and sends him on a spy mission with a woman (Jane Wyman).
Steve Bell, Tommy, Pig, Ape, and String are run of town. Steve, while hopping a freight card and trying to avoid the brakeman, is killed. The boys meet Steve's mother, Alice Bell and Tommy is given ...
Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes on...
A con man accepts an unpublished manuscript as payment for a gambling debt, adds his own name to it as author, and is surprised when it's published and becomes a best-seller. Comedy.
A married reporter's assignments carry him all over the world, which gives him ample opportunity to put the moves on the local females.
The Maltese Falcon
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
Dangerously They Live
A doctor tries to rescue a young innocent from Nazi agents.
The power company linesmen are Hank McHenry and Johnny Marshall. Hank was promoted to foreman of the gang after he was injured in an accident. The road crew is starting to show tension as the rivalry ...
Down Mexico Way
Like 1940's Melody Ranch, the 1941 Gene Autry vehicle Down Mexico Way was designed as a "special", to be promoted separately from Autry's regular B-western series as an A-picture attraction. The story...
My Life with Caroline
A man thinks his high-spirited wife is cheating on him.
Two strangers split a sweepstake prize to go on a fake honeymoon with predictable results.
City for Conquest
The heartbreaking but hopeful tale of Danny Kenny and Peggy Nash, two sweethearts who meet and struggle through their impoverished lives in New York City. When Peggy, hoping for something better in li...
Blondie Has Servant Trouble
Things get under way when Blondie Bumstead demands that her husband request a raise from his boss Mr. Dithers, so that she can afford to hire a maid. But Dithers has no time for any salary disputes: ...
My Favorite Wife
Seven years after a shipwreck in which she was presumed dead, Ellen Arden arrives home to find that her husband Nick has just remarried. The overjoyed Nick struggles to break the news to his new bride...
A man's ex-wife is found murdered, and he finds himself to be the prime suspect.
Sailor (Hall) is going to marry his girlfriend (Kelly) when he returns, but she becomes foster mother to baby whose parents are accidentally killed. The baby is accidentally left on board a visiting b...
The Lone Wolf Strikes
The father of Delia Jordan was murdered and some valuable jewelry was stolen. The Lone Wolf has been hired by her.
When his friend Professor Kingsely (Ridges) is at deaths door, brain surgeon Dr. Sovac (Karloff) saves his life by means of an illegal operation that transplants part of injured gangster Red Cannon's ...
East of the River
Two troublesome boys grow into very different men, one becoming a hoodlum and the other embracing college but both are in-love with the same girl.
Gambling on the High Seas
A reporter enlists the help of a gangster's secretary to obtain evidence to bring her boss to justice.
Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.
The Big Guy
A man is given the choice between having fabulous wealth or saving an innocent man from the death penalty.
Trixie is a female pilot looking to win a big race to advance her career. During one race, however, her plane becomes damaged, and she needs help to repair it. She meets a Navy pilot named "Tex" Price...
Rose of Washington Square
Rose Sargent, a Roaring '20s singer, becomes a Ziegfeld Follies star as her criminal husband gets deeper in trouble.
The Roaring Twenties
After World War I, Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of ...
It's a Wonderful World
Detective Guy Johnson's client, Willie Heywood, was framed for murder. While Guy hides him so he can catch the real killer, both of them are arrested by the police, tried, convicted and sentenced to p...
A clerk at a department store is thought to be the mother of a foundling. David decided to keep the single woman and baby together after he was enraged by Polly's conduct.
King of the Underworld
Niles and Carol Nelson are married and have two children. Carol takes the fall after Gurney exploits them and kills Niles. He kidnapped writer Bill Forrest to write his biography. Carol is aware that ...
Twelve Crowded Hours
An ace reporter with a girlfriend nails a numbers racketeer for murders.
Another Thin Man
Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.
The Great Man Votes
In 1923, Gregory Vance, a widower with two children, is a former scholar who has turned from book-to-bottle. He works, slightly, as a night-watchman and his children, who know him for what he is and w...
Next Time I Marry
Nancy Crocker Fleming will only receive her inheritance if she weds a "plain American." Her late father was afraid that a foreign gigolo would steal her heart and money. Nancy paid Tony Anthony to wor...
Band tries to get an audition for a job at a prestigious nightclub.
Gold Diggers in Paris
When the representative of the Paris International Dance Exposition arrives in New York to invite the Academy Ballet of America to compete for monetary prizes, the taxi driver mistakenly brings him to...
A naval officer is demoted for negligence and put in command of a run-down submarine chaser with a motley crew.
Young Dr. Kildare
A medical school graduate takes an internship at a big city hospital, only to be subjected to a rigorous (and sometimes embarrassing) testing of his knowledge by the hospital's top dog, Dr. Leonard Gi...
Doris lives with her rough Coast Guardsman father. He has plans for her to marry an up and coming officer, but there is competition when a new, brash, Guardsman enters the picture. Dad hates the new g...
23 1/2 Hours Leave
Army training Sgt. Gray makes a bet that he can get himself invited to breakfast with his commanding officer, General Markley. But he gets into an unhappy tangle with a couple of enemy spies (and a ha...
In this MGM Crime Does Not Pay series short, police go after a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.
Escape by Night
Runyonesque crooks on the lam hide out on blind man's pastoral farm and decide to go straight.
You Can't Buy Luck
When a gambler is accused of murder, the pretty orphanage employee he loves sets out to prove him innocent of the crime.
Big Town Girl
When a department store songstress becomes a radio star she keeps her identity secret, as the "Masked Countess", because he estranged husband is a crook.
Two in Revolt
A dog and a horse become unlikely allies when they attempt to thwart a crooked gambler from rigging a race.
Brawling cable layer Steve Reardon doesn't want to marry girlfriend Edith but he also doesn't want her to date other men.
The Big Broadcast of 1937
A cream-of-the-crop gathering of 1930's radio stars, who lend themselves to a storyline about a failing radio station which needs to put on a huge ratings winner to have any chance of continued operat...
Lady Be Careful
Previously filmed in 1930 as True to the Navy, Kenyon Nicholson's old stage farce Sailor Beware returned to the screen in 1936 as Lady Be Careful. The plot remains substantially the same, as an amorou...
Panic on the Air
A sports announcer and a friend investigate after a pitcher misses a series. When they discover that gangsters are trying to find a hidden fortune, they use the radio show to foil the plan.
Hands Across the Table
A manicurist and an engaged loafer, both planning to marry money, meet and fall in love.
Seven Keys to Baldpate
A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on ...
Little Big Shot
A con man and his partner inherit a dead gangster's precocious daughter.
The Royal Family of Broadway
Julie Cavendish comes from a family of great Broadway actors. Her mother Fanny staunchly continues acting. Her boisterous brother Tony is fleeing a breach of promise suit in Hollywood. Her daughter Gw...
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