Free Classic Movies: Blood on the Sun, So’s Your Aunt Emma and Lonely Wives

[N.B.: All of the following movies are public domain movies – available online and free to watch.]

Blood on the Sun (1945)

Nick Condon (James Cagney) is a reporter in Tokyo who has already been critical of the Japanese war propaganda. He comes into possession of the “Tanaka Document”, a Hitler-type blueprint for evil. But he cannot expose its contents unless he gets out of Japan safely. Iris Hilliard (played by Sylvia Sidney), a mysterious part-Chinese woman, provides Mr. Condon with intrigue and romance. She also ostensibly assists the authorities in their investigation. She serves as both an ally and a love interest for Condon. The movie is full of action, intrigue and colorful cultural demonstrations.

Main casts are James Cagney, John Emery, Porter Hall, Robert Armstrong and Sylvia Sidney. The filming locations include Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. This film is also known as “Sangre sobre el sol”.

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Director: Frank Lloyd

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

So’s Your Aunt Emma! (1942)

Emma, a pretty nice spinster lady, lives with her conservative and stern sisters. Emma goes to the city to meet her ex-boyfriend’s son who is a boxer. Emma goes through a series of strange events in the city. At some point, the police think that she is Ma Parker and mistakenly accuse her of murder! The young boxer is kidnapped subsequently. Emma decides not to run from this mistaken identity because she wants to find the kidnapped boxer.

Main casts of the film – Douglas Fowley, Gwen Kenyon, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer and Zasu Pitts. This film is also known as “Aunt Emma Paints the Town”.

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Director: Jean Yarbrough

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

Lonely Wives (1931)

Edward Everett Horton acts his two roles beautifully-both as a vaudeville impersonator called Felix and a womanizer, stuff-shirted lawyer called Richard. Felix is eager to add Richard to his list of people he impersonates. Richard says he would get permission only if he can fool Richard’s mother-in-law. At the same time Richard goes to meet Diane O’Dare about getting a divorce from her husband. Richard isn’t aware of the fact that Felix is Diane’s husband. On the other hand Richard’s wife Madeline comes home from a vacation early and spends the night with Felix (disguised as Richard).

Main casts of the movie include Edward Everett Horton, Esther Ralston, Patsy Ruth Miller, Spencer Charters and Laura La Plante.

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Director: Russell Mack

Country: USA

Total Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

Watch Classic TV Online

Other internet users also use the web to watch classic TV online, although there is a lesser percentage of the total internet viewer, which belongs to the older age category [old adulthood], still some videos and TV shows that were once popular during their time can be viewed through the internet today. With programs installed in the computer such as flash players, this population can already view their favorite classic TV series anytime they want. It is also important to note that most of these sites must have a Java script enabled browser to view the site’s content. May it be the shows of the 80’s or even the 70’s, people will surely get the chance to see them online. Ranging from the hundreds to the thousands of old TV shows, there’s no worry because they are almost complete. In their own ingenuous methods, people got to preserve and then upload these types of videos for viewing today. Although content is old, video quality is not. That’s why studies show that not only the older population is interested in watching these shows but there is already a small chunk of the younger viewers who happen to like watching them as well.

For more convenience, watching classic TV online gets a lot easier and more informative. With introductions and short excerpts of the show to be watched, viewing shows from sites like these is really something you can enjoy. Sites that offer these features not only give narrative info but also pictures, series guides, and user comments. All of this makes TV watching on the internet worthwhile.

Cult Classic Films on Satellite TV

It’s pretty easy to see all of the latest hit films on television, seeing as they end up showing on practically every single premium channel after a run on Pay Per View, before hitting the networks eventually and then endlessly repeating on TBS on Saturday afternoons. But finding your favorites can get a little bit more difficult. After all, certain films that end up tanking in theaters, like “A Christmas Story,” end up making it big on television. Today, if it’s nearing the Yuletide spirit time, “A Christmas Story” is going to end up on television for at least 24 hours straight on a single satellite TV station. It’s just a matter how of how things work.

So it is possible to check out your favorite cult classics on television without having too much of a struggle, though in the past it was even easier, surprisingly enough. Certain channels like IFC used to give acclaimed directors free reign to showcase their favorites from obscurity or further away, including the absolutely phenomenal series of hilarious cult director John Waters. Waters, who is known for his own films being serious sources of inspiration for weirdos and film students all over the world, was able to show everything from horror films from the 1950s to the famous Chroenberg feature, “Crash,” in his weekly showcase of films designed to shock and awe.

While today satellite TV and IFC might be a little bit less focused on these sorts of edgy programming, there are still a whole lot of other chances to check out the best in cult classics on television without even having to subscribe to premium channels. On Comedy Central, you can expect to catch the stoner comedy “Dazed and Confused” a couple of times during the year at least, while Halloween promises a viewing of Tim Curry in heels and a young Susan Sarandon, since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be on. And no matter what channel you’re tuning into on satellite TV, once summertime comes and people head to the beach, “Jaws” in all of its various forms will end up back on television for awhile.

But the difference between these classic films and great cult classics in general is that unlike the other fare that is so plentiful on satellite TV, these films consistently manage to retain the wonder and spark from the moment that viewing audiences realized how great they were in the first place. Whether it is campy, serious, or just plain inspiring, opting to watch a cult classic or more underground acclaimed film over the latest blockbuster is a statement. It is saying that you respect those pieces of films that are made places besides the big studios, that you understand that a film doesn’t have to have an all-star cast to be great, and that sometimes it is more worthwhile to recognize one particularly special or great moment in time rather than expecting something to be great just because it is new and fancy. It’s a look back to film from a different time, and it’s definitely a great way of spending a Saturday evening at home.