Amazing Transplant, The (1970)

“I’m afraid our Arthur wasn’t quite the sweet boy we thought he was…” Synopsis: When a “nice young man” (Joao Fernendes) is accused of murdering his former girlfriend (Sandy Evan), his detective uncle (Larry Hunter) contacts everyone in his nephew’s address book — and soon learns that Arthur (Fernendes) has recently turned into a deranged […]

Groove Tube, The (1974)

“Coat your hands with a generous amount of Kramp Easy-Lube shortening…” Synopsis: A series of satirical skits spoof early 1970s television shows and commercials. Genres: Satires and Spoofs Television Response to Peary’s Review: Peary is overly generous in his assessment of this “sketch comedy having to do with television” as not “particularly inspired”: indeed, it’s […]

Screaming Mimi (1958)

“I know there’s gotta be a story when two sexy blondes are knifed the same way — and both have the same taste in statues!” Synopsis: After nearly being killed by a psychopath, a voluptuous blonde (Anita Ekberg) is sent to a sanitarium, where her psychiatrist (Harry Townes) falls obsessively in love with her and […]

Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, A (1982)

“Only a drunken, infantile idiot shoots himself over love — not an internist.” Synopsis: An amateur inventor (Woody Allen) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen) invite two couples — a womanizing doctor (Tony Roberts) and his free-thinking nurse (Julie Hagerty), and a renowned philosopher (Jose Ferrer) and his beautiful fiancee (Mia Farrow) — to spend the […]

Sting, The (1973)

“I don’t know what to do with this guy, Henry: he’s an Irishman who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and doesn’t chase dames.” Synopsis: A small-time grifter (Robert Redford) asks for help from a more experienced con-man (Paul Newman) in seeking revenge when his partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by a cold-blooded Irish mobster (Robert […]

Shanghai Express (1932)

“When I needed your faith, you withheld it; and now, when I don’t need it, and don’t deserve it, you give it to me.” Synopsis: A notorious prostitute named Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich) runs into her former flame (Clive Brook) while traveling on a train from Peking to Shanghai. When a revolutionary (Warner Oland) and […]

Our Relations (1936)

“Everybody has a black sheep in their closet.” Synopsis: Brothers Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) are relieved to hear from their mother that their black sheep sailor twins Alf and Bert (also Laurel and Hardy) have died at sea. Yet Alf and Bert are actually alive and well — and when they happen […]

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

“Nightmares or dreams? Madness or sanity? I don’t know which is which!” Synopsis: A recently institutionalized woman (Zohra Lampert) moves with her husband (Barton Heyman) and their friend (Kevin O’Connor) to an abandoned farm in the country, where they encounter a mysterious red-headed hippie (Mariclare Costello) living on the property. They invite Emily (Costello) to […]

Little Kidnappers, The (1953)

“Nobody but you and me are to know of this ‘babby’ — it’s ours!” Synopsis: When two Scottish orphans (Jon Whiteley and Vincent Winter) are sent to Nova Scotia to live with their grandparents (Jean Anderson and Duncan Macrae), they learn that their father’s death in the Boer War has caused Macrae to hate and […]