Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)

“I said ‘strange’? How strange!” Synopsis: A botanist (Michel Simon) with a secret identity as famed crime novelist “Felix Chapel” goes undercover with his class-conscious wife (Francoise Rosay) when his sanctimonious cousin, Bishop Soper (Louis Jouvet), accuses him of spousal homicide; meanwhile, a serial killer (Jean-Louis Barrault) vows to murder Chapel in revenge for provoking […]

Doctor X (1932)

“I tell you that locked in the human skull is a little world, all its own…” Synopsis: When detectives inform him that a serial killer known as the “Moon Killer” is one of the scientists working at his renowned laboratory, Dr. Xavier (Lionel Atwill) decides to conduct an experiment which will reveal the true identity […]

Little Man, What Now? (1934)

“What have we done to life that we should be mistreated?” Synopsis: A young couple (Margaret Sullavan and Douglass Montgomery) expecting their first child struggle to survive in the harsh economic climate of 1930s Germany. Genres: Depression Era Frank Borzage Films Literature Adaptation Margaret Sullavan Films Unemployment Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this […]

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Synopsis: A popular teen named Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) enlists the help of his best friend (Alan […]

Autumn Leaves (1956)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “The present is made up of little bits of the past – you can’t just throw it out of your mind like something used up and worthless!” Synopsis: A lonely typist (Joan Crawford) takes a chance on […]

Posse (1975)

“Honest men stay honest only as long as it pays — that’s why I’m a thief, and you’re a liar.” Synopsis: With the help of his deputies, a politically ambitious marshall (Kirk Douglas) captures notorious outlaw Jack Strawhorn (Bruce Dern), and uses his victory to campaign for more votes as U.S. senator — but when […]

Window, The (1949)

“With all the stories you tell, it’s no wonder you have nightmares!” Synopsis: An overly imaginative young boy named Tommy (Bobby Driscoll) sees his upstairs neighbors (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman) murdering a man, but neither his hardworking parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) nor the police believe he’s telling the truth. When Stewart and […]

Mannequin (1937)

“I want to see those three rooms of yours; I’ve been wondering what makes them mean so much more to you than anything I’ve got means to me.” Synopsis: A hardworking factory girl (Joan Crawford) marries her childhood sweetheart (Alan Curtis) in a desperate attempt to leave her Hester Street tenement home behind her. Despite […]

Toni (1935)

“Forget her? Why not try grafting a plano leaf on to an olive tree?” Synopsis: An Italian immigrant (Charles Blavette) in love with a Spanish washerwoman (Celia Montalvan) ends up marrying his landlady (Jenny Helia) instead when Josefa (Montalvan) is seduced by the local quarry foreman (Max Dalban). But Toni (Blavette) remains dissatisfied in his […]

Love at First Bite (1979)

“I’m going out for a bite to drink.” Synopsis: When Count Dracula (George Hamilton) and his loyal servant (Arte Johnson) are kicked out of their Transylvanian castle, they head to New York City, where Dracula hopes to woo a famous model (Susan Saint James) into becoming his eternal bride. Little does he know, however, that […]