Way Out West (1937)

“I think we’ve given that deed to the wrong woman!” Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy head to Brushwood Gulch to deliver a gold mine deed to the daughter (Rosina Lawrence) of a dead prospector. Once there, however, they find themselves swindled by the girl’s bosses (Jimmy Finlayson and Sharon Lynn), and must do what they can […]

Babes in Toyland/March of the Wooden Soldiers/Revenge is Sweet (1934)

“I thought you said 100 soldiers six feet high!” Synopsis: Oliver Dee (Oliver Hardy) and Stanlee Dum (Stan Laurel) attempt to rescue Little Bo Peep (Charlotte Henry) from the evil clutches of Silas Barnaby (Harry Kleinbach). Genres: Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Mythology Fantasy Laurel & Hardy Films Musical Revenge Response to Peary’s Review: As […]

Birth of a Nation, The (1915)

“This is an historical presentation of the Civil War and Reconstruction Period, and is not meant to reflect on any race or people of today.” Synopsis: After the defeat of the South in the American Civil War, the Ku Klux Klan fights against what it perceives as the emergence of black supremacy. Genres: African Americans […]

Hallelujah! (1929)

“Look, son: the Lord has sent an angel to show you the way.” Synopsis: A humble cotton farmer (Daniel Haynes) is seduced by a gambling vamp (Nina Mae McKinney), then repents for his sins by becoming an itinerant preacher. Genres: African Americans Christianity Deep South Femme Fatales Gambling King Vidor Films Musicals Response to Peary’s […]

Hang ‘Em High (1968)

“How many men are you going to have to hang to heal your scar?” Synopsis: Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood), wrongly accused of cattle rustling, is hung by a group of vigilantes and left to die. When he survives, Cooper becomes a marshal for the local judge (Pat Hingle), and vows to seek revenge on the […]

Lenny Bruce Performance Film, The (1967)

“I am not a comedian… I am Lenny Bruce.” Synopsis: Lenny Bruce debunks the obscenity charges made against him in New York City. Genres: Stand-Up Comedy Response to Peary’s Review: Lenny Bruce’s second-to-last live performance is crudely shot, lacking in focus, and only intermittently funny. Nonetheless, Bruce still manages to come across as both highly […]

Rocketship X-M (1950)

“You must get back to Earth, and tell them what we found.” Synopsis: A team of travellers on an eXpedition to the Moon (X-M) finds their rocketship heading towards Mars instead. Genres: Nuclear Threat Science Fiction Space Exploration Response to Peary’s Review: Viewed by many as an irredeemably “bad movie”, this dated sci-fi flick is […]

Massacre at Central High (1976)

“There’s definitely a message in all these accidents: the higher you feel, the deeper you fall.” Synopsis: A high school student (Derrel Maury) takes revenge on the bullies who crippled him. Genres: Bullies High School Horror Revenge Serial Killers Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this unusual hybrid film is “a real sleeper”. Unfortunately, […]