Kid Blue (1973)

“I ain’t got no gun. I ain’t got no wife. All I got is a bed, and board, and a job, and I’m trying to be as good a citizen I can.” Synopsis: An inept train robber (Dennis Hopper) goes straight and takes a series of menial jobs in the town of Dime Box. Meanwhile, […]

Leopard Man, The (1943)

“Cats are funny, mister — they don’t want to hurt you, but if you scare them, they go crazy!” Synopsis: When a traveling showman (Dennis O’Keefe) and his star performer (Jean Brooks) accidentally let a leopard loose in a New Mexico town, innocent young women begin to die, one after the other. Soon O’Keefe starts […]

Seventh Victim, The (1943)

“I’ve always wanted to die.” Synopsis: A young woman (Kim Hunter) searches for her missing sister, Jacqueline (Jean Brooks), who has joined a Satanic cult in New York. Genres: Kim Hunter Films Mark Robson Films Mysterious Disappearance Psychological Horror Satanists Search Val Lewton Films Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this “exceptional Val Lewton […]

Uninvited, The (1944)

“Stella will never be well until this house is cured — and somehow, we’ve got to cure it!” Synopsis: Roderick (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) buy a house haunted by the unhappy mother of a local woman, Stella (Gail Russell). When they realize that Stella’s life is in danger, Roderick, Pamela, and […]

Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

“There’s something clammy about him… I’d have the same feeling brushing up against something in the dark night.” Synopsis: In the Russian court of Czar Nicholas (Ralph Morgan), Czarina Alexandra (Ethel Barrymore), and Czarevitch Aloysha (Tad Alexander), the duplicitous “holy man” Rasputin (Lionel Barrymore) worms his way to the top, while Prince Chegodieff (John Barrymore) […]

Scoundrel, The / Miracle on 49th Street (1935)

“How I wish that I were as nice as you think I am.” Synopsis: Ruthless, womanizing publisher Anthony Mallare (Noel Coward) falls in love with a young poet (Julie Haydon), then abandons her for another woman. When he is killed in a plane accident, Mallare’s ghost is given one month to find someone who will […]

Fraternity Row (1977)

“Ah, the pledges: mow ’em down, turn ’em active, and they keep coming, like bad dreams.” Synopsis: In the 1950s, an idealistic pledge (Gregory Harrison) and his pledgemaster (Peter Fox) clash with a bullying brother (Scott Newman) over hazing practices at their fraternity. Genres: Bullies Cliff Robertson Films College Untimely Death Review: This remarkably assured […]

Nightfall (1957)

“Yeah, I’ve got problems — who hasn’t?” Synopsis: A man (Aldo Ray) falsely accused of murder tries to escape from two bank robbers (Brian Keith and Rudy Bond), who believe Ray has their stolen money. Meanwhile, Ray is trailed by an insurance investigator (James Gregory) hoping to find the money himself. Genres: Anne Bancroft Films […]

Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The (1978)

“I’ve declared war — that’s what I’ve done. I’ve declared war!” Synopsis: In the early 20th century, a half-aboriginal Australian (Tommy Lewis) tries to adapt to white culture, but finds himself unable to cope with rampant, debilitating racism. Genres: Australian Films Cross-Cultural Romance Fugitives Native Peoples Race Relations Revenge Review: Fred Schepisi’s second film — […]

Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1970)

“Who can resist love’s impulses, Mr. Sloane? Who can foretell where it’s going to strike?” Synopsis: A handsome young drifter (Peter McEnery) is invited to live with a middle-aged nymphomaniac (Beryl Reid), her misogynist brother (Harry Andrews), and their aging “Dadda” (Alan Webb). Soon, however, Mr. Sloane (McEnery) is identified by “Dadda” as a murderer, […]