13 Frightened Girls (1963)

“The cover’s unbelievable — it’s a natural, the dream of a lifetime. The daughter of a diplomat can go anywhere she wants!” Synopsis: The daughter (Kathy Dunn) of an American diplomat (Hugh Marlowe) acts as a spy in order to protect the job of her secret agent crush, Wally (Murray Hamilton). Genres: Amateur Sleuths Cold […]

Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953)

“Hulot– H — U — L — O — T.” Synopsis: Bumbling Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) visits a seaside hotel in Brittany, where he accidentally causes mayhem. Genres: Comedy French Films Jacques Tati Films Misfits Vacation Response to Peary’s Review: Peary — along with just about every other critic on the planet (see links below) […]

Five Against the House (1955)

“It’s the greatest hoax of the century — it’s nefarious as Fu Manchu, and as practical as a zipper!” Synopsis: Three college buddies plan a casino heist as a lark, intending to give back the money immediately. But when one of them — damaged Korean War veteran Brick (Brian Keith) — decides he wants to […]

Charles, Dead or Alive (1969)

“Each of us is defined by what he does. This being the case, the only thing left for me is to undo myself neatly.” Synopsis: On the 100th anniversary of his family’s watchmaking company, Charles De (Francois Simon) experiences a midlife crisis and runs away from home. His family hires a private investigator (Walter Schochli) […]

Virgin and the Gypsy, The (1970)

“I should like to fall violently in love.” Synopsis: Yvette (Joanna Shimkus), a repressed clergyman’s daughter in 1920s England, lusts after a swarthy gypsy (Franco Nero) and befriends an unmarried couple (Honor Blackman and Mark Burns) who have been shunned for “living in sin”. Genres: Coming of Age Cross-Class Romance Gypsies Historical Drama Literature Adaptation […]

Airplane! (1980)

“There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” Synopsis: A former fighter pilot (Robert Hays) in love with a stewardess (Julie Hagerty) must take over a plane when its pilots (Peter Graves […]

Speedy (1928)

“Gee, Babe — you’ve done more for baseball than cheese has for Switzerland!” Synopsis: A young man known as “Speedy” (Harold Lloyd) loses one job after the other, but keeps his spirits up by going to Coney Island with his girlfriend, Jane (Ann Christy). Meanwhile, he helps Jane’s grandfather, “Pop” (Bert Woodruff), save his horse-drawn […]

Mommie Dearest (1981)

“I’m going to make a perfect life for you– I’m going to give you all the things I never had, my beautiful little darling!” Synopsis: Christina Crawford (Diana Scarwid and Mara Hobel) tells about growing up with her abusive adoptive mother, Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway). Genres: Actors and Actresses Biopics Child Abuse Evil Mothers Faye […]

Risky Business (1983)

“Are you ready for me?” Synopsis: While his parents are away, teenager Joel Goodsen (Tom Cruise) spends the night with an entrepreneurial call girl named Lana (Rebecca De Mornay), who convinces him to turn his house into a temporary brothel. Genres: Comedy Get Rich Quick Prostitutes Teenagers Tom Cruise Films Response to Peary’s Review: Along […]

Big Mouth, The (1967)

“It certainly is smooth. Yes, a man can faint from such smoothness.” Synopsis: A tourist (Jerry Lewis) is mistaken for a jewel thief and pursued by two different gangs. Genres: Comedy Gangsters Jerry Lewis Films Mistaken Identities Response to Peary’s Review: It’s not clear why Peary includes this boring, unfunny Jerry Lewis title in his […]