Police Academy (1984)

“Four of you have already quit — and that’s just the beginning.” Synopsis: When a mayor announces her city will be accepting police candidates of all types, a group of misfits — including a troublemaker (Steve Guttenberg), a one-man noise-making machine (Michael Winslow), an attractive socialite (Kim Cattral), a former florist (Bubba Smith), and a […]

Knock on Any Door (1949)

“Look, he’s a bad, weak kid!” Synopsis: A lawyer (Humphrey Bogart) recounts the story of a young man (John Derek) on trial for murder, whose challenging history in the slums has led him towards despair and criminality. Genres: Courtroom Drama Flashback Films Humphrey Bogart Films Juvenile Delinquents Lawyers Nicholas Ray Films Social Drama Response to […]

Son of Kong, The (1933)

“Believe it or not, there’s a little Kong!” Synopsis: Wracked with guilt and looming debt, King Kong’s promoter (Robert Armstrong) joins his friend (Frank Reicher) on a sailing expedition, where he meets a beautiful runaway orphan (Helen Mack) and learns about hidden treasure on Skull Island from the unscrupulous man (John Marston) who gave him […]

King Kong (1933)

“Cover your eyes and scream, Ann — scream for your life!” Synopsis: Intrepid director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) hires a destitute woman named Ann (Fay Wray) to travel with him to Skull Island, where he hopes to encounter and film a mythic creature known as Kong. Ann falls in love with the ship’s first mate […]

Petrified Forest, The (1936)

“There’s something in me that wants something different.” Synopsis: A penniless writer (Leslie Howard) stops at a roadside diner and becomes enamored with a poetic waitress (Bette Davis) who longs for a more exciting and romantic life. When notorious gangster Duke Mantee (Humphrey Bogart) and his men arrive and hold the diner’s inhabitants hostage, both […]

Body and Soul (1947)

“Everything is addition or subtraction — the rest is conversation.” Synopsis: An amateur boxer (John Garfield) goes against the wishes of his mother (Anne Revere) when agreeing to work for a corrupt promoter (Lloyd Gough) in hopes of earning enough money to marry his artist-sweetheart (Lilli Palmer) — but will Garfield be able to resist […]

Women, The (1939)

“I knew this sort of thing happened to other people — but I never dreamed it could happen to us!” Synopsis: When a wife (Norma Shearer) learns her husband has been stolen by a ruthless golddigger (Joan Crawford), she files for divorce and soon finds herself in similar company with many of her friends — […]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

“He doesn’t punish men for discipline; he likes to see men crawl.” Synopsis: When sadistic Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton) mistreats his crew to the point of abuse and death, his first officer (Clark Gable) leads a mutiny despite the protests of Bligh’s loyal midshipman (Franchot Tone). Genres: At Sea Charles Laughton Films Clark Gable Films […]

Red Dust (1932)

“Don’t mind me, boys — I’m just restless.” Synopsis: A prostitute (Jean Harlow) on the lam falls for the owner (Clark Gable) of a rubber plantation in Indochina, but Gable is primarily interested in the wife (Mary Astor) of a visiting engineer (Gene Raymond). Genres: Clark Gable Films Jean Harlow Films Jungles Love Triangle Mary […]

What Price Hollywood? (1932)

“We don’t live in the same world!” Synopsis: A waitress (Constance Bennett) hoping to make it big in Hollywood convinces an alcoholic director (Lowell Sherman) to take a chance on her, and soon her star is on the rise — but her new husband (Neil Hamilton) quickly tires of her hectic schedule, and gossip emerges […]