Zelig (1983)

“A Jew that could turn himself into a Negro or an Indian was a triple threat.” Synopsis: In 1920s America, a mentally disturbed man named Leonard Zelig (Woody Allen) gains notoriety for his chameleon-like ability to adapt both his appearance and his personality to whoever he’s with. When Dr. Eudora Fletcher (Mia Farrow) tries to […]

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963)

“You think I’m a slave to sex, but I have a soul, too — remember that.” Synopsis: In this trio of comedic vignettes by director Vittorio de Sica, a black market cigarette seller in Naples (Sophia Loren) becomes pregnant by her harried husband (Marcello Mastroianni) each time the law comes to get her; a self-absorbed […]

Luna (1979)

“He’s different from the others — he’s very lonely… You know that.” Synopsis: After the untimely death of her husband (Fred Gwynne), an opera singer (Jill Clayburgh) takes her teenage son (Matthew Barry) with her to Italy, and soon finds herself immersed in a desperate battle to save him from heroin addiction. Genres: Alcoholism and […]

Big Bus, The (1976)

“The aerodynamics work — we’re breaking wind at 90!” Synopsis: A blacklisted driver (Joseph Bologna) is recruited by his former flame (Stockard Channing) to drive a nuclear-powered bus nonstop from New York to Denver; along the way, he must deal with a neurotic and narcoleptic co-driver (John Beck), a host of wacky passengers, and a […]

Disorderly Orderly, The (1964)

“Please — try hard not to try so hard!” Synopsis: When an overly empathetic orderly (Jerry Lewis) in a sanitarium discovers that his former high school crush (Susan Oliver) is a new patient, he does what he can to help pay for her costs — despite her obvious disdain for him. Genres: Comedy Do-Gooders Doctors […]

Niagara (1953)

“For a dress like that, you have to start laying plans when you’re about thirteen.” Synopsis: While in Niagara Falls, a honeymooning couple (Jean Peters and Casey Adams) becomes unwittingly involved in the deadly marital tensions of their troubled neighbors, sexy Rose Loomis (Marilyn Monroe) and her husband George (Joseph Cotten). Genres: Homicidal Spouses Newlyweds […]

Casablanca (1942)

“It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” Synopsis: In Casablanca during World War Two, a cynical cafe owner (Humphrey Bogart) finds his loyalties tested when a former flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her resistance-fighting husband (Paul Heinreid) arrive in […]

Body Snatcher, The (1945)

“They’re uncommon bold, the grave robbers — and the daft doctors who drive them on!” Synopsis: In 19th century Edinburgh, the idealistic young assistant (Russell Wade) of a renowned surgeon (Henry Daniell) is shocked to learn that a creepy coachman (Boris Karloff) who sells stolen cadavers occasionally resorts to murder to secure enough bodies. Genres: […]

Contest Girl (1964)

“You take someone from nowhere, you give them something… Then when the party’s over, you say, ‘You’ve lost — go home!’” Synopsis: A pretty typist (Janette Scott) from Bristol is persuaded by a smitten journalist (Ian Hendry) to enter a local beauty contest, and soon finds herself competing for the title of Rose of England. […]

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)

“I never had no great hankering to be awful rich and have a carriage and all.” Synopsis: A poverty-stricken mother (Pauline Lord) whose husband (Donald Meek) has abandoned their family to seek gold in the Klondike is assisted by a kind-hearted editor (Kent Taylor) and his wealthy sweetheart (Evelyn Venable); meanwhile, Mrs. Wiggs’ spinster friend […]