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Poll: Dusting Off Celluloid: Which old movie would you like to see?

These are movies recommended by poll board users. Which of these relatively little-known but highly recommended films, all released before 1940, would you most like to see (again or for the first time)?

(Where there are comments next to a movie, they were provided by the Poll Board member who nominated the film.)

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    A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923)

    Nominated by ElMaruecan82: This film "left me with two certitudes: Chaplin is the greatest film-maker who ever lived, and the film, had it not been 'sold' as a Chaplin film, would probably stand today as one of the most influential movies ever."
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    Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)

    Nominated by cocoken, who describes this film as "a charming early animation of an Arabian Nights style fairy tale, made with incredibly intricate cut out silhouettes, which are moved bit by bit in front of an illuminated coloured glass background. Supposedly it took three years to make the 81 minute film." One of the earliest feature-length animated films (only two Argentinean films, both now lost, may predate it).
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    The Black Cat (1934)

    Nominated by The-Social-Introvert, who describes this as "a great movie for Lugosi and Karloff to face off against each other for the first time. The film in genuinely creepy and atmospheric, and the two lead are at the top of their game." The-Social-Introvert adds that the film probably also marks "the first time toccata and fugue in d minor has been used in a Universal horror movie (the music that has become synonymous with Dracula movies)."
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    Captain Blood (1935)

    Nominated by jamesh5: "Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) brings us a tale of slavery, piracy and war!" Nominated for five Oscars, including best picture.
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    The Cocoanuts (1929)

    Nominated by TheMovieSmith: "Marx Brothers film set during the Florida land boom and bust of the late twenties. Plenty of Marx brothers hallmarks and laugh out loud moments throughout."
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    Fury (1936)

    Suggested by cartman_1337: "A wrongfully accused man miraculously escapes alive after a lynching mob convinced of his guilt takes the law into their own hands. With the help of his brothers he then charges the mob for his murder, and takes the case to court."
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    Hallelujah (1929)

    Nominated by rubyfruit76: "This film, whose director was nominated for an Oscar, was the first sound movie to have an all black cast. It is worth seeing just to experience the performance of the trail-blazing entertainer, Nina Mae McKinney, but the story of an African American sharecropper, Zeke, and a juke joint is compelling, and the music, dancing, and solid performances bring the narrative to life even more so. This film was a groundbreaker in cinematic history for several reasons, and it is a classic tale of forgiveness and redemption. It is included in the National Film registry and is considered to be a top film of its time by the National Board of Review.
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    Holiday (1938)

    Nominated by cocoken: "Lovely film, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn at their very best. Cary Grant even doing a couple tumbling acts and antics, once even with Kate Hepburn!"
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    Le million (1931)

    Nominated by TsarStepan, who explained that "Le Million is a lighthearted musical comedy of errors that revolves around an artist, his wife, a misplaced coat, and a lost winning lottery ticket."
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    Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

    Nominated by pbn, who recommended "One of the most famous early documentaries, documenting everyday life and the filmmaking process in an extraordinary style."
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    The Music Box (1932)

    Suggested by dan_dassow, who describes this film as "a classic Laurel and Hardy short. Like the legendary Sisyphus, deliverymen Laurel and Hardy struggle to push a large crated piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs."
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    People on Sunday (1930)

    Nominated by albstein: "A half-documentary story of how several "ordinary" people spend their only free day of the week."
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    The Roaring Twenties (1939)

    Nominated by Dweezer: "Three men attempt to make a living in Prohibitionist America after returning home from fighting together in World War I. A great gangster/romance film featuring my favorite actors James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart."
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    Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

    Nominated by misspaddylee: "A charmer starring Charles Laughton as an English valet whose life is changed forever when his employer loses his services to wealthy Americans in an ill-considered poker game."
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    Spies (1928)

    Nominated by pencho15
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    The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

    Nominated by brien1951: "Here's one of those rare films that I like where there are no villains, just a nice, old-fashioned story with good people. Of all the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers films, I would guess this gets the least amount of publicity and if that's true, it's a shame. Also, for me it's always enjoyable to see a young version of an actor that you've seen several times only as an older one - in this case Walter Brennan (I first saw him as Grandpa on The Real McCoys)."
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    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

    Nominated by jalapenoman