Informer, The (1935)

“Where’d ya get it, Gypo? There’s enough there to choke a horse!” Synopsis: In 1920s Dublin, a former IRA member (Victor McLaglen) desperate to help his prostitute girlfriend (Margot Grahame) get off the streets and over to America betrays his best friend (Wallace Ford) to the Black and Tans for 20 pounds. Genres: Betrayal Ireland […]

Rich and Strange / East of Shanghai (1931)

“Damn the pictures and the wireless. I want some life — life, I tell you!” Synopsis: When a bored accountant (Henry Kendall) receives an unexpected inheritance, he and his wife (Joan Barry) travel to Paris and then on an ocean liner, where Kendall falls for a seductive princess (Betty Amann) and Barry becomes enamored with […]

Story of Louis Pasteur, The (1936)

“Remember our aim: find the microbe, kill the microbe!” Synopsis: In 18th century France, chemist Louis Pasteur (Paul Muni) — with support from his loving wife (Josephine Hutchins) and daughter (Anita Louise) — ignores the criticisms of a skeptical doctor (Fritz Leiber) while developing a vaccine against anthrax and a cure for rabies. Genres: Biopics […]

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)

“With one bloody blow, I killed all that I loved on God’s earth.” Synopsis: An archaeologist (Harold Warrender) at a Spanish port town recounts the story of a seductive singer (Ava Gardner) who causes one suitor (Marius Goring) to commit suicide and another (Nigel Patrick) to ruin his beloved race car on her behalf, then […]

Good Fairy, The (1935)

“Where does the pencil sharpener come in?” Synopsis: When a smitten millionaire (Frank Morgan) aggressively pursues a young orphan (Margaret Sullavan), she claims to have a husband and Morgan agrees to secretly make him rich on Louisa’s behalf. Sullavan picks a random lawyer (Herbert Marshall) out of the phone book and pretends she’s married to […]

Loving (1970)

“Do it your own way, your own style — have fun with it. “ Synopsis: A commercial illustrator (George Segal) hoping to land an account with a local business owner (Sterling Hayden) cheats on his wife (Eva Marie Saint) with his friend’s niece (Janis Young) while flirting with his neighbor’s sex-crazed wife (Nancie Phillips). Genres: […]

Humoresque (1946)

“I’m tired of playing second fiddle to the ghost of Beethoven.” Synopsis: A married socialite (Joan Crawford) becomes smitten with an aspiring violinist (John Garfield), and the pair are soon lovers — but will Crawford’s meek husband (Paul Cavanagh), Garfield’s disapproving mother (Ruth Nelson), or Garfield’s former girlfriend (Joan Chandler) stand in the way of […]

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

“I know women — they always fall in love with an illusion.” Synopsis: In Buenos Aires, the headstrong father (Adolphe Menjou) of four grown daughters — who insists they get married in chronological order — tries to get his second child (Rita Hayworth) in a romantic mood by sending her letters from a secret admirer. […]

Captains Courageous (1937)

“Fifteen years I been fisherman — first time I ever fish a boy like you!” Synopsis: The spoiled son (Freddie Bartholomew) of a distracted magnate (Melvyn Douglas) accidentally falls overboard and is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman (Spencer Tracy) who takes him under his wing. Soon Bartholomew has learned to work hard and take responsibility, […]

Boys Town (1938)

“There is no bad boy.” Synopsis: An idealistic but fiscally irresponsible priest (Spencer Tracy) opens a home for delinquent boys named Boys Town, but meets his match when an unruly youngster (Mickey Rooney) refuses to fall in line with the community’s principles. Genres: Do-Gooders Juvenile Delinquents Mickey Rooney Films Orphans Priests and Ministers Spencer Tracy […]