Public Domain Catalog

Lost and Rare

Comedy Gems in Public Domain!

All films are available in DVD-R format. Inquire about higher end masters such as BetaSP and DVCam.

Some of the comedies have Café Roxy shorts. See Comedy Posters!


Sophisticated Snickers!

As You Like It (1936) 96m. Laurence Olivier does Shakespeare.

Behave Yourself (1951) 81m. Comedy with Shelley Winters, Farley Granger and a cute dog!

Colonel Effingham's Raid (1945) 70m. Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett. Retired colonel campaigns to save Confederate Monument Square.

Eternally Yours (1939) 91m. Loretta Young marries magician David Niven.

Father's Little Dividend (1941) 82m. Father Spencer Tracy sweats as daughter Elizabeth Taylor expects her first baby.

Heartbeat (1946) 102m. Pickpocket Ginger Rogers in Paris falls for Jean-Pierre Aumont.

His Girl Friday (1940) 92m. Cary Grant vs. Rosalind Russell in newsroom chaos!

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Indiscreet (1931) Starring: Gloria Swanson, Ben Lyon, Arthur Lake Director: Leo McCarey B&W. 92 min.

The Inspector General(1949) Color, 92m. Danny Kaye musical comedy romp.

Judge Priest (1934) 81m. John Ford Americana with Will Rogers as small-town judge.

Life With Father (1947) Color, 118m. William Powell, Irene Dunne in celebrated Broadway hit.

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946) 93m Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone. Andy goes to college after WW-II duty.

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) 70m. Roger Corman horror spoof with the talking plant.

My Dear Secretary (1948) Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn Director: Charles Martin B&W. 95 min.

My Man Godfrey (1936) Starring: Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick Director: Gregory La Cava B&W. 95 min.

Nothing Sacred (1937) Color, 77m. Carole Lombard vs. Fredric March!

The Rage of Paris (1938) 78m. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Louis Hayward battle over Danielle Darrieux.

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957, British) 80m. A young couple inherits decrepit movie theater. With Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford.

The Stork Club (1945) 98m. Night club singer Betty Hutton befriends Barry Fitzgerald.

That Uncertain Feeling (1941) 84m. Ernst Lubitsch romp with Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith.

Topper Returns (1941) 88m Roland Young helps ghost Joan Blondell catch her murderer.


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Those Lovable Clowns!

Africa Screams (1949) 80m. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on a jungle safari.

All Over Town (1937) 63m. Ole Olson & Chic Johnson. With second feature: Affairs of Cappy Ricks(1937) 60m. Starring Walter Brennan as sea captain.

Check and Double Check (1930) 77m. Amos 'n Andy stars Freeman F. Gosden and Charles J. Correll in their only screen comedy (in black face).

Country Gentlemen (1936) 65m. Ole Olson & Chic Johnson.

Flying Deuces (1939) 65m. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in the Foreign Legion.

The Gorilla (1939) 66m. Ritz Brothers try to solve mystery and avoid killer ape.

The Great Rupert (1950) 88m. Jimmy Durante aided by animated squirrel. Aka. "A Christmas Wish."

Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) Color, 78m. Abbott and Costello spin on the tale.

Lay That Rifle Down(1955) 71m. Judy Canova vs. con men in small town. With second feature: Uncle Joe(1941) 51m. Gale Storm visits relatives in country. With Zasu Pitts, Slim Summerville.

Lotsa Laffs Poster

Lotsa Laffs! 105m. Hilarious shorts and cartoons in one giant laff-fest for movie theaters or Internet streaming. "Our Gang Follies of 1938," W.C. Fields in "The Dentist," 3 Stooges "Disorder in the Court" and Abbott and Costello "Who's On First? -- plus cartoons "Arctic Giant" with Superman, Betty Boop in "Is My Palm Read?" and "Popeye Meets Ali Baba" and more! Check out these additional short comedy collections of Lotsa Laffs!

The Medicine Man (193) 63m. Jack Benny is medicine man carny who falls for abused frontier girl.

The Milky Way (1936) 89m. Harold Lloyd is mild milkman turned prize fighter.

My Favorite Brunette (1947) 87m. Bob Hope turns detective to save Dorothy Lamour.

Palooka (1934) 86m. Stu Irwin is comic-strip boxer Joe Palooka, managed by Jimmy Durante.

Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931) 75m. Buster Keaton becomes entangled in a rich man's scheme to marry off his aggressive sister-in-law.

Road to Bali (1952) Color, 90m. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour in the South Seas.

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947) 90m. Harold Lloyd cuts loose in middle age.

Speak Easily (1932) 80m. Buster Keaton, Jimmy Durante, Thelma Todd -- putting on a show.

Fit for a King Poster

Joe E. Brown in --

Earthworm Tractors (1936) 68m. Joe E. Brown is a go-getter but no-nothing salesman of tractors.

Fit for a King (1937) 73m. Joe E. Brown is a reporter who falls in love with a crown princess and exposes an assassination plot.

Riding On Air (1937) 58m. Two small-town newspaper reporters are both after a local girl and the real story about a mysterious device.

When's Your Birthday? (1937) 76m. Joe E. is a mild-mannered astrologer who becomes a prizefighter.

Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey in --

Dixiana (1930) 98m. Wheeler & Woolsey, Bebe Daniels in period comedy set during Mardi Gras, with color sequence.

Half Shot at Sunrise (1930) 78m. Wheeler and Woolsey are two soldiers AWOL in Paris.

Hook, Line and Sinker (1930) 75m. Comics Wheeler and Woolsey play fast-talking salesmen who help an innocent young hotel operator.


Romantic Screwballs!

The Admiral Was a Lady (1950) 87m. Edmond O'Brien, Wanda Hendrix. Ex-WAVE encounters four fun-loving, work-hating men, all of whom want to marry her.

The Amazing Adventure (1936, Britain) 63 min. Rich Cary Grant feigns poorness to discover life.

Angel on My Shoulder (1946) 101m. Gangster Paul Muni double crosses the Devil, Claude Rains.

Beyond Tomorrow (1940) 84m. Romantic story of two lovers brought together on Christmas eve by three ghosts.

The Front Page (1931) 101m. Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien in first filming of the famous stage comedy.

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932) 79m. Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, Madge Evans are money hungry women who have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury.

Her Favorite Patient (1945) 72m. Aka. "Bedside Manner." Beautiful doctor Ruth Hussey meets handsome patient John Carroll.

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) 72m. Adolphe Menjou, Martha Scott. When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right.

His Private Secretary (1933) 60m. John Wayne, Evalyn Knapp. Dick Wallace wants to marry a minister's grand-daughter but his father wants him in the family business.

Lost Honeymoon (1947) Starring: Franchot Tone, Ann Richards, Tom Conway Director: Leigh Jason B&W. 71 min.

Made for Each Other (1939) Starring: James Stewart, Charles Coburn, Lucile Watson Director: John Cromwell B&W. 92 min.

Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Sr., William Farnum, Earle Browne Director: A. Edward Sutherland B&W. 71 min.

People Are Funny (1946) 93m. Jack Haley, Ozzie Nelson, Rudy Vallee in film version of the Art Linkletter radio show.

Perils of Pauline, The (1947) Color, 94m. Betty Hutton in musical comedy as silent movie heroine Pearl White.

Reaching for the Moon (1931) 67m. Douglas Fairbanks woos Bebe Daniels on a cruise. Second film: Sitting On the Moon (1936) 54 min. Musical romance with Grace Bradley, Roger Pryor.

Road Show (1941) 87m. Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis. Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity.

Royal Wedding (1951) Color, 93m. Stanley Donen MGM musical with Fred Astaire, Jane Powell.

Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) Starring: Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone Director: Paul L. Stein. B&W. 81 min.

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948) 76m. Guy Madison, Diana Lynn. A would-be playwright and a young woman escaping from a job at a gas station meet cute and fall in love.

There Goes the Bride (1979, Britain) Color, 88m. Tommy Smothers, Twiggy and Jim Backus.

Three Guys Named Mike (1951) 90m. Jane Wyman dates 3 men named Mike. With Van Johnson, Howard Keel.


Color Comedies - "Not Registered"

These films made since 1964 are in the public domain because they were never registered with the Library of Congress. Read more about Not Registered titles.

Congratulations, It's a Boy! (1971) Color, 79m. TV movie starring Bill Bixby, Diane Baker, Jack Albertson. A bachelor's life is interrupted by the appearance of a teenager who claims to be his son.

Fat Spy, The (1966) Color, 75m. Jack E. Leonard as twins with Jayne Mansfield, Phyllis Diller on an island.

Hard Knox (1984) Color, 93m. Robert Conrad. A retired fighter pilot becomes head of his alma mater military school for two weeks, with hilarious consequences.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975, Canada) Color, 106m. Anthony Newley plays a poor avant-garde artist who struggles with an ex-wife's remarriage to a building contractor.

Lovers and Liars (1980, Italy) Color, 96m. Goldie Hawn. It's about this world-weary, chain smoker, bag-eyed, married guy, who drives to his dad's house (the dad is dying) and takes Goldie along--he finds her at his mistress's house.

The Nasty Rabbit (1964) Color, 88m. Arch Hall Jr. in spoof of spy films.

The Over-the-Hil Gang (1969) Color, 74m. Western spoof with Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Rick Nelson.

The Over-the-Hil Gang Rides Again (1970) Color, 74m. Sequel western spoof with Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Andy Devine, Fred Astaire, Chill Wills.

Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978) Color, 72m. Bob Denver and the gang in feature version of the TV show.

Wackiest Wagon Train in the West (1976) Color, 94m. Bob Denver western spoof, compiled from TV show "Dusty's Trail."

Wake Me When the War is Over (1969) Color, 75m. Pilot hidden by baroness (Eva Gabor) at tail end of WW-2. She doesn't tell him the war ends so she can keep him.


A few more B-Picture Comedies

Always in Trouble (1938) 70m. Jane Withers, Jean Rogers, Arthur Treacher

Baby Face Morgan (1942) 60m. Richard Cromwell, Mary Carlisle , Robert Armstrong.

Big News (1929) 66m. Starring: Carole Lombard, Robert Armstrong, Louis Payne Director: Gregory La Cava

Big Show-Off, The (1945) 60m. Dale Evans, Arthur Lake in night club romance. With second film: Bill Cracks Down (1937) 61m. With Grant Withers. Ranny Weeks Director: William Nigh

Broadway Limited (1941) 75m. Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe. Publicity mix-ups with star and adopted/kidnapped baby.

Freckles Comes Home (1942) 59m. with Johnny Downs and Gale Storm. With: Hollywood and Vine (1945) 58m. Small town girl heads to Hollywood.

The Gang's All Here (1941) 61m. Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland go into trucking business. With: False Pretenses (1935) 68m. Irene Ware aspires to crash high society.

Goodbye Love (1933) 65m. Wealthy Charlie Ruggles involved with some women with ulterior motives. With: We're in the Legion Now (1936) 54m. Two American gangsters find themselves in the Foreign Legion and use mob skills to prevail.

The Great Mike (1944) 72m. Stuart Erwin tries to turn a milk horse into a race horse.

Hay Foot (1942) 48m. William Tracy, Joe Sawyer in the army. Plus second film: Here Comes Trouble (1948) 55m. William Tracy, Joe Sawyer are reporters involved in murder.

His Double Life (1933) 67m. Artist Roland Young changes identities when his valet dies. With Lillian Gish.

I'm From Arkansas (1944) 67m. Slim Summerville, El Brendel in low brow country comedy with music. Mayhem ensues in a small town when a sow gives birth to a Guinness Book of World Records' litter.

A Bride for Henry (1937) 58m. with Anna Neagel. Jilted bride marries lawyer instead, but he always loved her. With: Heading for Heaven (1947) 65m. Stuart Erwin thinks he is about to die.

It's A Joke Son (1947) 63m. Kenny Delmar is Senator Claghorn. With Zis Boom Bah (1942) 61m. Grace Hayes, Mary Healy, Peter Lind Hayes.

King Kelly of the USA (1934) 66m. Guy Robertson, Edgar Kennedy in mythical kingdom.

L'il Abner (1940) 78m. The comic strip comes to life, with Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy.

Lonely Wives (1931) 87m. Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston and Laura La Plante in comedy of mistaken identity.

Make a Million (1935) Starring: Charles Starrett, Guy Asher, Jimmy Aubrey Director: Lewis D. Collins B&W. 66m.

Money Means Nothing (1934) 64m. Tire salesman Wallace Ford falls for debutante, with Edgar Kennedy. Plus: Meet the Mayor (1932) 63m. Frank Fay, Ruth Hall in small town mayor race.

The Nut Farm (1935) 67m. Actor Wallace Ford tries to get sister's money back from con men.

Private Snuffy Smith (1942) 67m. The comic strip comes to life. Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents and enlists! With Edgar Kennedy and 3 cartoons.

The Royal Bed, The (1931) 73m. Lowell Sherman, Mary Astor. Troubles with the Royals in mythical kingdom.

So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942) A dizzy old spinster (Zasu Pitts) gets involved in the boxing racket and gangland murders and is falsely accused of being notorious murderer "Ma Parker."

St. Benny the Dip (1951) 69m. Dick Haymes. 3 con men disguise as priests to escape police, then start doing good.

The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940) 67m. Buster Keaton, Hugh Herbert, Billy Gilbert in spoof of old-fashioned melodramas.

Too Many Women (1942) 66m. Neil Hamilton and June Lang can’t afford to get married.

The Town Went Wild (1944) 65m. Young engaged couple may have been mixed up at birth.


The East Side Kids

Engaging comedy adventures starring former Dead End Kids Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, Billy Benedict and Sammy Morrison. Some are double features on DVD-R as noted.

Little Tough Guy (1938) 86m. Not a comedy, but a serious drama about boys in trouble. This continuation of the Dead End Kids series features Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell and Bernard Punsley. No Leo Gorcey!

Ghosts on the Loose (1943) 65m. Kids vs. Nazi spy Bela Lugosi.

Spooks Run Wild (1941) 65m. Kids invade spooky mansion haunted by Bela Lugosi in Dracula cape.

Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) 62m. Muggs escapes a life of crime to become a Golden Gloves boxing champ. With Million Dollar Kid (1944) 65m. Boys reform rich kid leading life of crime.

'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942) 62m. Bobby Jordan framed for murder. With second film (not the boys): Murder in the Clouds (1934) Plane film with Lyle Talbot.

Flying Wild (1941) 64m. Working in aviation factory, the gang suspects a spy. With That Gang of Mine (1940) 62m. Muggs is jockey.

Kid Dynamite (1943) 66m. Muggs and Danny battle throughout. With Pride of the Bowery (1941) 61m. Muggs goes into boxing.

Boys of the City (1940) 65m. Muggs & gang meet haunted house in the country. With Let's Get Tough (1942) 62m. Kids expose ring of Japanese spies out to overthrow USA!

Smart Alecks (1942) 60m. Kids steal baseball uniforms. With Mr. Wise Guy (1942) 70m. The boys go to reform school after being falsely accused of stealing a truck.

East Side Kids (1940) 62m. Slum kids take on counterfeiters. First in the series, but it does NOT star Huntz Hall, Leo Gorcey and the other kids. With Clancy Street Boys (1943) 66m. Muggs enlists the boys to be his siblings.


Dr. Christian Series

RKO’s pleasant drama-comedies star Jean Hersholt as kindly country doctor Dr. Christian, with Dorothy Lovett as his nurse.

Meet Dr. Christian (1939) 63m. Jean Hersholt stars as a small-town doctor who solves difficulties.

Courageous Dr. Christian (1940) 63m. An epidemic breaks out in Shantytown.

Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940) 63m. Rod LaRoque plays a fake doctor with a diet scam. With Edgar Kennedy.

Remedy for Riches (1940) 68m. Scam artist tries to take the town with phony land deal.

Meoldy for Three (1941) 63m. The doctor helps a single mother with a young violin protege.

They Meet Again (1941) 63m. The doctor aids a bank teller accused of stealing.


Lum and Abner

Rural comedies centered around Lum and Abner's "Jot-Em-Down" general store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Based on a popular radio show of the 1940s.

Dreaming Out Loud
(1940) 81m. Chester Lauk and Norris Goff as Lum and Abner get involved in the lives of various residents of their small town.

The Bashful Bachelor
(1942) 78m. Abner trades for a race horse while Lum proposes to the wrong woman.

Two Weeks to Live
(1943) 76m. After the boys claim a railroad, Abner is wrongly given two weeks to live, so he volunteers to go to Mars in a rocket.

So This Is Washington
(1943) 64m. Boys invent synthetic rubber to help the war effort.


Edgar Kennedy

Comedy Shorts

Clark and McCullough Comedy Festival (1930's) Starring: Bobby Clark and Jimmy Finlayson: The Gay Nighties, Snug in the Jug, False Roomers and Jitters the Butler.

Three Stooges Shorts -- four shorts -- Disorder in the Court, Sing a Song of Six Pants, The Brideless Groom, Malice in the Palace -- plus a 1949 pilot TV show and color skits. 110m.

W.C. Fields Festival -- The Great Man in "The Golf Specialist" (1930), "Fatal Glass of Beer" (1933) and "The Dentist" (1932) plus the 1931 all-star comedy "The Stolen Jools."

Leon Errol Festival Leon Errol 2-reel comedies: Twin Husbands (1946), Pretty Dolly (1942), His Pest Friend (1938), The Dummy Owner (1938), Bested by a Beard (1940), Man-I-Cured (1941)

Edgar Kennedy Shorts

Comedian Edgar Kennedy made a series of 103 shorts for RKO where he played an "Average Man."

Volume #1: I’ll Build It Myself, Feather Your Nest, Hold your Temper, Beaux and Errors, Wrong Direction, Will Power, Help Wanted Female.
Volume #2: Quiet Please, Taint Legal, Television Turmoil, In Love at 40, Kennedy’s Castle, Edgar Hamlet.
Volume #3: Rough On Rents (1942), The Other Fellow (1937), Mutiny in the County (1940), You Drive Me Crazy (1945), Dumb's the Word (1937), Poisoned Ivory (1934), The Big Beef (1945).
Volume #4: Vocalizing (1936), Baby Daze (1939), Do or Diet (1947), Duck Soup (1933), Mother-in-Law Day (1932), Art in the Raw (1933).
Volume #5: Next Door Neighbors (1930), Social Terrors (1946), The Hillbilly Goat (1937), Inferior Decorator (1942), Tramp Trouble (1937), Maid to Order (1939).