39 Steps, The (1935)

“There are twenty million women in this island and I get to be chained to you.” Synopsis: A man (Robert Donat) vacationing in London is accused of murdering a mysterious spy (Lucie Mannheim) and soon finds himself on the run, attempting to figure out who or what the “39 Steps” are. Genres: Falsely Accused Fugitives […]

Hospital, The (1971)

“The incompetence here is absolutely radiant!” Synopsis: A suicidal doctor (George C. Scott) finds his faith in life renewed by a free-spirited young woman (Diana Riggs), whose father is a patient in his dysfunctional New York hospital; meanwhile, doctors and nurses throughout the hospital are mysteriously dropping dead. Genres: Black Comedy Doctors and Nurses George […]

Breathless (1960)

“I always get interested in girls who aren’t right for me…” Synopsis: An amoral thief (Jean-Paul Belmondo) kills a policeman and tries to convince his aloof American lover (Jean Seberg) to flee to Italy with him. Genres: Betrayal French Films Godard Films Jean Seberg Films Outlaws Response to Peary’s Review: Jean-Luc Godard “intended his debut […]

Night of the Demon / Curse of the Demon (1957)

“I’m not a superstitious sucker, like 90% of humanity.” Synopsis: An American scientist (Dana Andrews) arrives in England to debunk a devil-worshiping cult led by Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis), but is slowly convinced — in part by Karswell’s niece (Peggy Cummins) — that Karswell may possess truly dangerous supernatural powers after all. Genres: Dana […]

Scarlet Street (1945)

“How can a man be so dumb?” Synopsis: A middle-aged accountant (Edward G. Robinson) henpecked by his wife (Rosalind Ivan) falls for a beautiful prostitute (Joan Bennett) whose pimp boyfriend (Dan Duryea) convinces her to con Robinson into renting her a studio apartment. Soon Bennett is pawning Robinson’s amateur paintings as her own, with unexpected […]

Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

“I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble…” Synopsis: When his partner (Jerome Cowan) is murdered while doing investigation work for a beautiful, mysterious woman (Mary Astor), private detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) digs more deeply into the case, and soon finds himself caught up in a desperate search for an invaluable relic known as […]

High Plains Drifter (1972)

“It’s what people know about themselves inside that makes ’em afraid.” Synopsis: A nameless gunfighter (Clint Eastwood) is hired by the cowardly inhabitants of Lago to protect them against three vicious killers (led by Geoffrey Lewis), who brutally murdered their former marshal. Genres: Clint Eastwood Films Revenge Westerns Response to Peary’s Review: This “well-directed, exciting, […]

Twentieth Century (1934)

“She loves me; I could tell that through her screaming.” Synopsis: An egomaniacal Broadway producer (John Barrymore) tries to convince his former protege and lover (Carole Lombard) to star in his latest show. Genres: Actors and Actresses Carole Lombard Films Comedy Howard Hawks Films John Barrymore Films Play Adaptations Trains and Subways Response to Peary’s […]

Satan Met a Lady (1936)

“I’m supposed to be a detective solving a crime case, and everybody thinks I committed the crime!” Synopsis: While investigating the mysterious death of his partner (Porter Hall), detective Ted Shane (Warren William) becomes embroiled in a competitive search for the infamous Horn of Roland, desired by a femme fatale (Bette Davis), an Englishman (Anthony […]

Frenzy (1972)

“Just thinking about the lusts of men makes me want to heave.” Synopsis: When he’s seen leaving the apartment of his recently murdered ex-wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt), a down-on-his luck bartender (Jon Finch) is accused of being London’s infamous “Necktie Murderer”; meanwhile, the real culprit (Barry Foster) roams the city freely, and continues to put innocent […]