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Most Wanted Films

(2016 UPDATE: This list is now way out of date. The following list of “most wanteds” from 6 years ago is now a historical curio, as I have by this time acquired 85 percent of the films listed below. I am going to leave the list “as-is” though, as a frozen moment in time. I more or less say this in my final reply to the comments at the bottom of the page. I am placing some asterisks in front of the films I still don’t have, rather than noting the ones I do since it obviously is less work this way and looks less cluttered.)

There are hundreds of films I am still seeking to view — this page helps me keep track of the ones I want to see the most and that seem to be the most elusive. A good number of them have been on my list for more than 30 years. A couple of them I saw a long time ago but have not been able to encounter since.

Recently acquired rarities (thus removed from list below): Afgrunden (1910), Ingeborg Holm (1913), Fievre (1921), Stella Dallas (1925), The Last Warning (1929), The Sin of Nora Moran (1933), Vessel of Wrath (The Beachcomber) (1938), The Drum (1938), They Knew What they Wanted (1940), Thunder Rock (1942), Millions Like Us (1943), La ciel est a vous (1944). Ditte Menneskebarn (1946)

Also, tantalizing bits seen from Vem Domer, Maldone, Crossroads, Thunderbolt, Die Drei von der Tankstelle, Misere au Borinage, Skylark, Farrebique, Violated Angels.

Die Arme Jenny (Poor Jenny) (1912/Urban Gad)
Karin Ingmarsdotter (1920/Victor Sjostrom)
Johan (1921/Mauritz Stiller)
** Vem domer (Love’s Crucible) (1923/Victor Sjostrom)
La Femme de nulle part (1923/Louis Delluc)
Sylvester (1924/Lupu Pick) (have a poor quality copy; need a better one)
A Kiss for Cinderella (1925/Herbert Brenon)
** Skinner’s Dress Suit (1926/William A Seiter)
Stark Love (1927/Karl Brown)
** Barbed Wire (1927/Rowland V. Lee)
Maldone (1928/Jean Gremillon)
Crossroads (Jujiro) (1928/Teinosuke Kinugasa)
The Cock-eyed World (1929/Raoul Walsh)
** Kitty (1929/Victor Saville)
Dans La Nuit (1929/Charles Vanel)
Thunderbolt (1929/Josef von Sternberg)
** Les Nouveaux messieurs (The New Gentlemen) (1929/Jacques Feyder)
** Abschied (1930/Robert Siodmak)
Outward Bound (1930/Robert Milton)
Die Drei von der Tankstelle (Three of the Filling Station) (1930/Wilhelm Thiele)
Emil und die detektive (1931/Gerhard Lamprecht)
Odna (1931/Grigori Kozintsev, Leonid Trauberg)
Der Raub der Mona Lisa (1931/Geza von Bolvary)
Transatlantic (1931/William K. Howard)
Razzia in St. Pauli (1932/Werner Hochbaum)
Der Rebell (1932/Curtis Bernhardt/Luis Trenker)
Tavaszi zapor (Marie, a Hungarian Legend) (1932/Pal Fejos)
Ganga Bruta (1933/Humberto Mauro)
Misere au Borinage (1933/Joris Ivens, Henri Storck)
Der Verlorene Sohn (1934/Luis Trenker)
Crime Without Passion (1934/Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur)
** Die Ewige Maske (1936/Werner Hochbaum)
Victoria The Great (1937/Herbert Wilcox)
King of Alcatraz (1938/Robert Florey) (*Why is this movie so impossible to find?)
Varastettu kuolema (Stolen Death) (1938/Nyrki Tapiovaara)
The Biscuit Eater (1940/Stuart Heisler) (*Might possibly have this now…)
Skylark (1941/Mark Sandrich)
Douce (Love Story) (1943/Claude Autant-Lara)
Farrebique (1947/Georges Rouquier)
** Le point du jour (1949/Louis Daquin)
Occupe-toi d’Amelie (1949/Claude Autant-Lara)
Olivia (The Pit of Loneliness) (1951/Jacqueline Audry)
The Four-Poster (1952/Irving Reis)
The White Reindeer (1952/Erik Blomberg)
Due soldi di speranza (Two Cents Worth of Hope) (1952/Renato Castellani)
Hotel des Invalides (1952/Georges Franju)
Buye Cheng (City Without Night) (1957/Tang Ziaodan)
La Caida (The Fall) (1959/Leopoldo Torre Nilsson)
Hand in Hand (1960/Philip Leacock)
La mano en la trampa (1961/Leopoldo Torre Nilsson) (sans subtitles)
The Four Days of Naples (Le quattro giornate di Napoli (1962/Nanni Loy)
Nothing But the Best (1964/Clive Donner)
Rapture (1965/John Guillermin)
The Shameless Old Lady (La vieille dame indigne) (1965/Rene Allio)
Yoyo (1965/Pierre Etaix)
** Kojiro (1967/Hiroshi Inagaki)
Violated Angels (1967/Koji Wakamatsu)
Inadmissible Evidence (1968/Anthony Page)
Interlude (1968/Kevin Billington)
End of the Road (1970/Aram Avakian)
Ice (1970/Robert Kramer)
Four Moods (Hsi nou ai lueh) (1970/King Hu) (no subtitles)
** The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1971/Bruce Beresford)
Leadbelly (1976/Gordon Parks)
Why Shoot the Teacher? (1977/Silvio Narizzano)
Top Dog (Wodzirej) (1978/Feliks Falk)
** Plae kao (The Scar) (1979/Cherd Songsri)

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I know where to find some of these, that is, if you’re not against downloading…

Comment by 1

“(Remember, happiness is a warm Rapidshare, Megaupload, Depositfiles, zShare, MediaFire, SendSpace, Badongo, FileFactory, NetLoad, Easy Share, Avaxhome and the formats AVI and MPEG and tons of stuff taped from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and American Movie Classics (AMC) (back when it actually aired classics) and cheap VHS tapes and DVDs at Half Price Books and second-to-none video selection for rent at Wild & Woolly Video and mail order video rental and Netflix (at least until they started throttling me and I canceled) and public libraries and interlibrary loan and a “video enhancer” gizmo in good working order and VLC Videolan open source media player — and all those art house cinemas back when I was younger.)”
Let me re-phrase my last post – are you against torrents?

Comment by 1

Officially, I am against all of the ones that skirt legality. Read that: officially.
But realistically, yes, I fear the torrent networks.

I have no problem with sales or trades.

Comment by gravymovie

I see. Well, if you ever change your mind, feel free to email me, I have an invite lying around to this tracker somewhere…

Comment by 1

I have several of these on DVD-R e.g. MALDONE, ICE, FOUR DAYS OF NAPLES, KITTY, HOTEL DES INVALIDES. Please email me if you are still looking for them.

Comment by Simon Hartfree


This is Allan Fish from Wondersinthedark. Compiler of the Movie Timelines – note to self, must update – you so kindly listed on your blog roll.

Where are you based because I have at least 25 of these on DVD, DVDR or VHS and can sort out for you. You may prefer originals in which case for some of them I can point you in the right direction. I’ll be away from home most of next week, but I’ll get back to you as soon as I get home.

If you fancy a trade, email me at with a list of your haves and have nots and i’ll provide the same.


Comment by wondersinthedark

Misère au Borinage (and the rest of Storck’s oeuvre):

Comment by asdfdsaf

I think i found the biscuit eater, i will let u know once im sure that its the right one…maybe i can burn it for u and mail it to u if u dont mind paying a few bucks

Comment by Rats

Thank you to everyone who offered to help with finding the films, and sorry I basically have not logged in here in six years. Divorce, bankruptcy and torrid affairs with hot young women will do that sort of thing. It was all more eventful than being on here. However, looking at this list of “most wanteds” is now a bit laughable as it appears I have pretty much slayed/slain this list. I have 90 percent or more of the titles listed here now. Only a handful left. So I think we’re all good. I may leave it as some kind of historical marker of a more cinematically impoverished moment in my life. Cheers. (Gravy)

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