Treasure Island (1934)

“We’ll always be mates, won’t we?” Synopsis: When an alcoholic sea captain (Lionel Barrymore) visits and then dies at an inn run by a widow (Dorothy Peterson) and her son (Jackie Cooper), he leaves behind a coveted treasure map. Cooper sets sail on an adventure with Captain Smollet (Lewis Stone), Dr. Livesey (Otto Kruger), and […]

One Night of Love (1934)

“You must work, work, and work.” Synopsis: When an operatic guru (Tullio Carminati) takes an aspiring soprano (Grace Moore) under his wing, they maintain a strict and highly regimental work environment — but will romance inevitably flourish between the two? Genres: Aspiring Stars Musicals Singers Review: Operatic diva Grace Moore was notoriously challenging to work […]

King Steps Out, The (1936)

“I’ll look you in the eye later; I’m too busy now.” Synopsis: To prevent her sister (Frieda Inescort) from having to marry the Emperor of Bavaria (Franchot Tone), “Sissy” (Grace Moore) travels incognito to Tone’s court, where she poses as a dress-maker and attempts to seduce him. Genres: Cross-Class Romance Franchot Tone Films Historical Drama […]

Oblong Box, The (1969)

“Tell me — what really did happen in Africa?” Synopsis: After being disfigured in an African voodoo ritual, a now-insane man (Alister Williamson)– whose guilt-ridden brother (Vincent Price), hoping to peacefully marry his fiancee (Hilary Dwyer), keeps him locked in the attic — seeks help from a crooked lawyer (Peter Arne) in receiving a potion […]

5 Fingers (1952)

“There’s nothing as real as money.” Synopsis: A valet (James Mason) working in Turkey for a British ambassador (Walter Hampden) to Germany enlists the help of an impoverished French countess (Danielle Darrieux) in carrying out espionage, planning to retire to South America with his gains — but will an investigator (Michael Rennie) discover his identity […]

Pit and the Pendulum, The (1961)

“I am responsible; if it were not so, she would not want to haunt me.” Synopsis: In 16th century Spain, a man (John Kerr) visits the grieving husband (Vincent Price) of his recently deceased sister (Barbara Steele), demanding more details about her mysterious death — but he quickly learns that supernatural forces may be at […]

Dillinger (1945)

“Watch for the woman in red.” Synopsis: When a petty thief (Lawrence Tierney) meets a high-level criminal (Edmund Lowe) in prison, he soon graduates to bank heists, becoming America’s Public Enemy Number One. Along the way, he meets and starts dating a beautiful box office girl (Anne Jeffreys) who will one day play a pivotal […]

Blues in the Night (1941)

“That ain’t a band — it’s a unit! It’s one guy multiplied five times.” Synopsis: A jazz pianist (Richard Whorf) and a clarinetist (Elia Kazan) form a blues band with a trumpeter (Jack Carson) and his singer-wife (Priscilla Lane), but find their aspirations complicated when an ex-con (Lloyd Nolan) first holds them up in a […]

Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

“Just one of a thousand jungle legends: something about a wild white man raised by apes.” Synopsis: The daughter (Julie Bishop) of a missing doctor (E. Alyn Warren) who has been captured by a cult led by a high priest (Mischa Auer) goes on a jungle safari with a friend (Edward Woods) and two guides […]

Of Mice and Men (1939)

“I don’t say he’s bright — he ain’t; but I say he’s a good worker.” Synopsis: An itinerant worker (Burgess Meredith) and his mentally disabled friend (Lon Chaney, Jr.) arrive at a ranch where the surly son (Bob Steele) of the owner is unhappy about his wife’s (Betty Field) interest in a farmhand named Slim […]