Outlaw Blues (1977)

“I’ve done more living in the past two weeks than I did in the last six years.” Synopsis: When an ex-convict (Peter Fonda) accidentally shoots a country-western star (James Callahan) who has stolen his song, he goes on the lam with a sympathetic singer (Susan Saint James) who hopes to make him a star. Genres: […]

Private Affairs of Bel Ami, The (1947)

“I do not think it is easy to be a successful scoundrel.” Synopsis: A caddish social climber (George Sanders) in 19th century England woos a series of women, then discards them — all while remaining in love with a penniless widow (Angela Lansbury). Genres: Angela Lansbury Films Ann Dvorak Films Frances Dee Films George Sanders […]

Slight Case of Murder, A (1938)

“Sure, I’m legit. I’m in favor of law and order.” Synopsis: At the end of Prohibition, a bootlegger (Edward G. Robinson) goes legit but struggles to sell his awful-tasting beer. As his business tanks, he goes more and more into debt, and soon owes nearly half a million dollars. Meanwhile, his daughter (Jane Bryan) becomes […]

Songwriter (1984)

“I got cheated, and I wanna get even.” Synopsis: A country-western songwriter (Willie Nelson) tries to get out of a corrupt contract with his agent (Richard C. Sarafian) by having an aspiring singer (Lesley Ann Warren) put her name on his songs. Genres: Alan Rudolph Films Composers Kris Kristofferson Films Musicians Revenge Rip Torn Films […]

Experiment Perilous (1944)

“I’ve been living that diary tonight — living the strange, distorted lives of Nick and his sister.” Synopsis: A psychiatrist (George Brent) falls in love with a woman (Hedy Lamarr) whose husband (Paul Lukas) is possessively jealous of her. Genres: Gaslighting George Brent Films Hedy Lamarr Films Jacques Tourneur Films Jealousy Paul Lukas Films Review: […]

Murder by Death (1976)

“If you ask me, anybody that offers a million bucks to solve a crime that ain’t been committed yet has lost a lot more upstairs than his hair.” [Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] Synopsis: An eccentric millionaire (Truman Capote) invites a group of renowned detectives — […]

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)

“I am precisely what I am because I have eaten my way to the top.” Synopsis: A renowned pastry chef (Jacqueline Bisset) invited to France by a portly food connoisseur (Robert Morley) fears for her life when the greatest chefs in Europe are mysteriously murdered, one by one; meanwhile, her insistent ex-husband (George Segal) pursues […]

Countdown (1968)

“You have to wear that capsule like you wear your own skin.” Synopsis: When a scientist (James Caan) is chosen over his more experienced military friend (Robert Duvall) to be the first man sent to the moon, rivalries ensue. Genres: Astronauts Cold War James Caan Films Robert Altman Films Robert Duvall Films Space Exploration Review: […]

Captive Wild Woman (1943)

“What will you have? A human form with animal instincts!” Synopsis: A mad scientist (John Carradine) transforms an ape (Ray Corrigan) into a beautiful but mute woman (Acquanetta) with a strange power over wild animals. She provides invaluable assistance to a circus performer (Milburn Stone) working with lions and tigers, but seeks jealous revenge when […]

Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

“We cannot always do what we wish without harming others.” Synopsis: An opium-addicted choirmaster (Claude Rains) is jealous of his nephew’s (David Manners) betrothal to a beautiful young girl (Heather Angel). When a stranger (Douglass Montgomery) comes to town and falls in love with Rosa (Angel), further rivalries ensue, and Edwin Drood (Manners) suddenly disappears. […]