Manka Bros. Films

Manka Bros. Film Library

The World's Largest Film Library

1940 - 1949

Dr. Tindor's Amazing Bloont Of Fazur (1940) - Based on the successful radio serial 'Dr. Tindor's Amazing Adventures.' Dr. Tindor fights evil armed only with his Amazing Bloont of Fazur.

The Czar's Daughter (1940) - Sweeping epic about Anastasia and her struggle for survival after the killing of her family.

I'm On Your Left (1941) - First film to utilize the Manka Bros. Stereophonic Sound System.

Vern And Tish (1941) - In the first successful pairing of New England siren Betty Hayson with revered stage actor Spaulding Mawkish, a crotchety radio newsman has met his match when he finds out his new field reporter is... his wife! Say good-bye to fresh baked pies...

Love Amongst The Fjords (1942) - Two members of an underground resistance unit face the horrors of war and the glories of love in this World War II thriller.

Gangsters On Parade (1942) - What would a gang of murdering rogues do for an orphanage on the verge of bankruptcy? Why, put on a show, of course!

Voodoo Dolls (1942) - Three Haitian sisters seek fame on Broadway.

Hawaiian Lei-dy (1942) - A glorious travel scape movie musical where a U.S. soldier station in Hawaii falls in love with a local girl whose parents forbid their love. [The film set, which was mostly shot in and around Pearl Harbor, was bombed by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Several actors and crew were killed and the film sets were damaged beyond repair. The movie did not resume filming and a badly pieced together version was released to terrible reviews. Though most critics and audiences agreed that the surprise ending where all the characters were suddenly killed by a bomb was spectacular.]

Damn The Torpedoes! (1943) - A pacifist is placed in charge of a Navy sub.

Gold Diggers Of Saskatoon (1943) - True story. A group of hobos from Saskatchewan go to the Yukon in search of gold long after the gold rush is over.

Incredulous (1943) - British suspense master Arnold Sedgley's acclaimed potboiler involves a Parliament Lord and his wheelchair-bound wife who, despite repeated warnings, cannot possibly fathom that their Indian servant is plotting to kill them.

Japache (1943) - Propaganda film warning of Japan's plan to destabilize America from within through the creation of a master race of Apaches.

The Terrific Mr. Fowler (1944) - After forty years of teaching multiplication tables to fourth graders, lifelong bachelor Mr. Fowler plans to retire. Will anyone remember him?

Nazis Stole Our Dog! (1944) - Star dog Rusty Ranger plays a faithful German Shepherd mine sniffer in World War II who is captured and brainwashed by the Germans to attack his old pals! Also starring Dick Donahue.

Ships Are Fleeting (1945) - With shore leave over in two hours, sailors must sing and dance their way back to the U.S.S. Indianapolis before it leaves on a certain secret mission

Jappendectomy (1946) - Tense, real-time story of the two hour meeting that decided the final precision bombing campaign of World War II.

Way To Yucatan (1946) - Fourth in a series of 'Way' pictures. On this outing, Skip and Benny are Spanish conquistadors bringing 'civilization' to the locals. After Benny is mistaken for the Rain God Chac, the town is left in ruins. The boy'll leave you in stitches. Features the songs 'Young, Mayan, And Ours' and 'Down Uaxactu Way.'

Kola On Ice (1946) - Lavish screen version of the hit Broadway musical Moe Feinshriberger and Sammy Lee set in the U. S.-occupied Kola Peninsula during the waning days of World War II. As the U.S.S. Shreveport the frozen Barents Sea, good natured American G.I.s melt the hearts of the stoic Murmansk people.

The Gun-Maker And The Debutante (1947) - True story of John T. Thompson - inventor of the Thompson sub-machine gun - and his relationship with a pacifist debutante from Georgia.

Frankula vs. Drakenstein (1947) - After a mix-up at competing monster creating laboratories, Dracula and Frankenstein are developed as half of each. Once the competitive monsters get word of the other, it's a battle to the end!

The Ballad Of Clem Fortune (1948) - Dustbowl-era story of the drifter who brought rain to the parched fields of the Texas panhandle. [Written by John Steinbeck. Supposedly, studio chief Harry Manka hated his first draft so much that he stood outside Steinbeck's office on the studio lot and hit golf balls at his window.]

The Asp Of Luxor (1948) - Film noir musical loosely based on 'Anthony and Cleopatra' about a hard drinking detective from L.A. hired to solve the 'Riddle of the Sphinx.'

Polly Want A Murder? (1948) - Classic film noir tale of a bird that knows too much.

Cup Of Josephine (1949) - Greer Stanford stars as a strong-willed widow and mother who'll be damned if a man's gonna tell her she can't plant coffee beans.

Requiem For A Wrestler (1949) - G. Gordon Castle's award-winning film about a drunken, cross-dressing, homophobic wrestler.

The Marshall Plan (1949) - A 12-hour dramatic interpretation of the document that laid out the European Recovery Program after World War II.

Frankula's Not Dead (1949) - Sequel to 'Frankula vs. Drakenstein.' At the end of the first film, it appeared that Frankula was destroyed into tiny pieces - but as it turns out - Frankula's Not Dead!

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