Elephant Man, The (1980)

“I am not an animal — I am a human being!” Synopsis: In Victorian England, Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) rescues a severely disfigured man (John Hurt) from his abusive carnival “owner” (Freddie Jones), and allows him his first chance at a life of dignity and respect. Genres: Anne Bancroft Films Biopics Carnivals and Circuses […]

Swing Time (1936)

“No one could teach you to dance in a million years.” Synopsis: A dancer with a penchant for gambling (Fred Astaire) is challenged by his future father-in-law (Landers Stevens) to earn $25,000 before marrying his daughter (Betty Furness), and heads to New York with his trusty sidekick, “Pop” (Victor Moore) to secure the funds. Once […]

Top Hat (1935)

“In dealing with a girl or horse, one just lets nature take its course.” Synopsis: Confirmed bachelor Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) — in London to perform a show, and staying with his wealthy friend Horace (Edward Everett Horton) — finds himself falling head-over-heels in love with a beautiful young model (Ginger Rogers) living in the […]

Pollyanna (1960)

“When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will.” Synopsis: A young orphan named Pollyanna (Hayley Mills) comes to live with her stern, wealthy aunt Polly (Jane Wyman) in the town of Harrington, where the townsfolk are scared to go against Polly’s wishes. Soon, however, Pollyanna’s ability to seek […]

You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)

“To a hungry man, a lamb chop is a tasty dish — but to the butcher, it’s just another hunk of meat.” Synopsis: A choreographer (Fred Astaire) helps his philandering boss (Robert Benchley) get out of hot water with his suspicious wife (Frieda Inescort) by pretending to have purchased an engraved diamond bracelet for one […]

Tiger Bay (1959)

“Why not tell them — the whole thing? Nobody on our street will blame you; they say she gave our place a bad name.” Synopsis: A young orphan named Gillie (Hayley Mills) befriends a Polish sailor (Horst Buchholz) who has just killed his faithless girlfriend (Yvonne Mitchell), and tries her best to prevent him from […]

And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

“I would just like to point out that this film is displaying a distinct tendency to become SILLY.” Synopsis: The Monty Python comedy troupe — Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, and Connie Booth — reenact the most popular skits from their Flying Circus television show. Genres: […]

Music Lovers, The (1970)

“I wanted marriage — without a wife.” Synopsis: Peter Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) tries to deny his homosexuality by marrying a socially ambitious young woman (Glenda Jackson), but soon finds himself miserable and unable to compose. Genres: Biopics Composers Glenda Jackson Films Homosexuality Ken Russell Films Marital Problems Review: Ken Russell’s flamboyant biopic of Peter Tchaikovsky […]

Father of the Bride (1950)

“I would like to say a few things about weddings…” Synopsis: When his 20-year-old daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she’s going to be marrying her boyfriend (Don Taylor), Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) begin the heady — and expensive — process of planning her wedding. Genres: Comedy Elizabeth Taylor Films […]

King in New York, A (1957)

“I’d sooner be thought a successful crook than a destitute monarch.” Synopsis: Deposed King Shahdov (Charlie Chaplin) experiences America’s rampant materialism first-hand when he’s tricked by a beautiful advertising executive (Dawn Addams) into appearing on television. Later, while visiting a progressive school, Shahdov meets a young boy (Michael Chaplin) who stridently spouts Communist rhetoric; when […]