Thunderbolt (1929)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “There’s a dame behind every guy in this joint.” Synopsis: A wanted gangster named “Thunderbolt” (George Bancroft) refuses to let go of his long-time moll (Fay Wray), even though she’s in love with a hard-working banker (Richard […]

Baby Face (1933)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “What’s going to become of you? It’s up to you to decide.” George Brent FIlms Synopsis: Inspired by a philosophy-spouting mentor (Alphonse Ethier) and accompanied by her servant (Theresa Harris), an ambitious young woman (Barbara Stanwyck) climbs […]

Min and Bill (1930)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Now you listen to me, you gutter rat! You or nobody else is gonna ruin that kid’s chances! No sir!” Synopsis: The owner (Marie Dressler) of a waterfront hotel encourages her adopted “daughter” (Dorothy Jordan) to leave and create a better […]

Man You Loved to Hate, The (1979)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Never before had a studio so ruthlessly exercised its power over a major director.” Synopsis: Austrian emigre Erich von Stroheim becomes one of silent-era Hollywood’s most talented directors, but perfectionism and extravagance bring a halt to his promising career. Genres: Documentary […]

Show People (1928)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I didn’t know that they made them that green.” Synopsis: Accompanied by her father (Dell Henderson), a naive aspiring actress (Marion Davies) arrives in Hollywood and befriends a kind actor (William Haines) who helps her break into slapstick comedies. Soon, however, […]

Sadie Thompson (1928)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Sadie Thompson, you are an evil woman!” Synopsis: A fun-loving woman (Gloria Swanson) fleeing from San Francisco arrives in Pago-Pago, where a judgmental missionary (Lionel Barrymore) tries to convince her to repent her sins, and a handsome soldier (Raoul Walsh) tempts […]

Private Lives (1931)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “It was lovely — at the beginning…” Synopsis: A recently divorced couple (Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery) encounter each other while on honeymoon with their new spouses (Reginald Denny and Una Merkel), and decide to give their failed marriage another chance. […]

Stolen Life, A (1946)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Your sister’s a very dangerous woman, Katie! She could worm the secrets right out of a sphinx.” Synopsis: An aspiring artist named Kate (Bette Davis) falls in love with a lighthouse engineer (Glenn Ford), and is devastated when her identical twin […]

Great McGinty, The (1940)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “You’ve got to understand, honey: no man is strong enough to buck the party, no matter how much he wants to make his wife happy.” Synopsis: A homeless man (Brian Donlevy) hired by a crime boss (Akim […]

Thief of Bagdad, The (1924)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I am less than the slave who serves you — a wretched outcast — a thief.” Synopsis: In ancient Bagdad, a thief (Douglas Fairbanks) — aided by his trusted companion (Snitz Edwards) — vies against other suitors — including an Indian […]