Bloody Mama (1970)

“I’m sure glad I didn’t raise me any girls… Who knows how they’da turned out!” Synopsis: During the Depression, notorious gangster ‘Ma’ Barker (Shelley Winters) leads her four grown sons (Don Stroud, Clint Kimbrough, Robert De Niro, and Robert Walden) on a deadly crime spree across the Ozarks. Genres: Bruce Dern Films Depression Era Gangsters […]

Living in a Big Way (1947)

“Why should you want a girl like me? We were never really married.” Synopsis: A soldier (Gene Kelly) on leave during WWII marries a model (Marie McDonald) he’s known for only nine days — but when he returns home, he discovers his new wife is actually a spoiled heiress with no intention of honoring her […]

Nana (1934)

“I’ve made her a great success in the theater; she must live like a successful woman.” Synopsis: In 19th century France, a wealthy theatrical producer (Richard Bennett) becomes infatuated with a prostitute named Nana (Anna Sten) and helps her become a renowned actress — but Nana risks losing her benefactor’s support when she falls secretly […]

Fallen Angel (1945)

“Love alone can make the fallen angel rise — for only two together can enter Paradise.” Synopsis: When a drifter (Dana Andrews) falls for an ambitious waitress (Linda Darnell) at a roadside cafe, he tricks a local heiress (Alice Faye) into marrying him, intending to take her money and run away with Darnell — but […]

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

“There’s a lotta things about me you don’t know anything about, Dottie — things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand.” Synopsis: An eccentric man-child named Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens) sets off on a cross-country search when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Genres: Comedy Road Trip Search Response to Peary’s Review: […]

Rancho Deluxe (1976)

“A Sharps buffalo rifle… This is gettin’ downright romantic!” Synopsis: An arrogant ranch owner (Clifton James) enlists the help of his two cowhands (Harry Dean Stanton and Richard Bright) and an aging detective (Slim Pickens) in capturing a pair of anarchic young rustlers (Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston). Genres: Black Comedy Cat-and-Mouse Harry Dean Stanton […]

Marty (1955)

“Listen, Ange: I’ve been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life. I’m thirty-four years old — I’m just tired of looking, that’s all.” Synopsis: A 34-year-old butcher (Ernest Borgnine) living with his mother (Esther Minciotti) meets a mousy schoolteacher (Betsy Blair) at a dance, and must decide whether she’s a “dog” like […]

Kiss of Death (1947)

“You know what I do to squealers? I let ’em have it in the belly, so they can roll it over for a long time, thinkin’ it over.” [Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] Synopsis: In order to get parole and spend time with his new wife […]

I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

“I hate him — and I hate hating him.” Synopsis: When his mother (Dorothy Stickney) passes away, a widowed professor (Gene Hackman) must decide whether to stay in New York and care for his elderly father (Melvyn Douglas) or move to California and marry his girlfriend (Elizabeth Hubbard). Genres: Father and Child Gene Hackman Films […]

Shaggy Dog, The (1959)

“Don’t be ridiculous — my son isn’t any werewolf! He’s just a big, baggy, stupid looking, shaggy dog!” Synopsis: The teenage son (Tommy Kirk) of a dog-hating postman (Fred MacMurray) accidentally recites an ancient charm which turns him intermittently into a shaggy dog; while in dog form, he learns about the presence of spies across […]