Woman’s Face, A (1941)

“You felt reborn: after all your agony, life was beginning anew.” Synopsis: A scarred, bitter woman (Joan Crawford) falls in love with a sociopathic blackmailer (Conrad Veidt), whose plot to kill his young nephew (Richard Nichols) involves asking Crawford to pose as his governess. When a kind plastic surgeon (Melvyn Douglas) successfully heals Crawford’s face, […]

Creeper, The (1948)

“There was blood — the old man’s blood — on her hands, under her nails.” Synopsis: Two scientists (Ralph Morgan and Onslow Stevens) return from the West Indies with a potent serum derived from cats. When Morgan is mysteriously murdered, his cat-phobic daughter (Janis Wilson) tries to determine the identity of the killer. Genres: Gaslighting […]

Murder by Contract (1958)

“The only type of killing that’s safe is when a stranger kills a stranger — no motive, nothing to link the victim to the execution.” Synopsis: A ruthless contract killer (Vince Edwards) finds his resolve shaken when he learns his next victim (Caprice Toriel) is a woman. Genres: Assassination Character Studies Hit Men Review: This […]

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

“I know a sure cure for a nosebleed: a cold knife in the middle of the back.” Synopsis: An ex-con (John Payne) becomes the unwitting patsy in a heist engineered by a masked man (Preston Foster), and carried out by three criminals (Jack Elam, Neville Brand, and Lee Van Cleef) who don’t know each others’ […]

Lord Love a Duck (1966)

“You just tell Mollymauk what you want, Mollymauk will get it for you — we have a deal, remember?” Synopsis: A gifted teenager (Roddy McDowall) with strange powers befriends a beautiful senior (Tuesday Weld) and helps her achieve her dreams of popularity and fame. Genres: Aspiring Stars Black Comedy Flashback Films Roddy McDowall Films Ruth […]

Our Time / Death of Her Innocence (1974)

“Boy, I sure don’t see what all the fuss is about.” Synopsis: At a boarding school in the 1950s, two friends — Abby (Pamela Sue Martin) and Muffy (Betsy Slade) — lose their virginity, with unexpected consequences. Genres: Boarding School Coming of Age Sexuality Virginity Review: While it doesn’t exactly cover new territory, Peter Hyams’ […]

Kitten With a Whip (1964)

“You’re going to think I have an awful dirty mind, David — I change it so often.” Synopsis: A juvenile delinquent (Ann-Margret) escapes from reform school and takes refuge in the home of aspiring politician David Stratton (John Forsythe). While Stratton wants nothing to do with her, Jody (Ann-Margret) threatens to reveal his involvement in […]

First Comes Courage (1943)

“You know what I am to you? An international complication.” Synopsis: A WWII resistance fighter (Merle Oberon) has an affair with an unsuspecting German major (Carl Esmond), and is able to pass on vital information to the Norwegian underground. When Esmond’s superior becomes suspicious, however, a British agent (Brian Aherne) — formerly Oberon’s lover — […]

NeverEnding Story, The (1984)

“Don’t you know anything about Fantasia? It’s the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind.” Synopsis: When a lonely boy (Barrett Oliver) discovers a fantasy book called The NeverEnding Story, he’s transported to the world of Fantasia, where a young warrior named […]

Luck of Ginger Coffey, The (1964)

“Oh Ginger, face facts… When have you ever lasted in any job? What have you ever done in any job but dream about what you’d do with the next one?” Synopsis: An Irish immigrant (Robert Shaw) in Montreal remains hopeful that a “job with possibilities” lies just around the corner — meanwhile, his disillusioned wife […]