Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?] (1977)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “You know, being a mother of 19 can be pretty hilarious–“ Synopsis: Bob and Dorothy DeBolt maintain a loving household of both biological and adopted children (many of whom have physical disabilities). Genres: Disabilities Documentary John Korty Films Raising Children Review: […]

Vigil in the Night (1940)

“There is nothing so good as a good nurse, and nothing so bad as a bad one.” Synopsis: A dedicated nurse (Carole Lombard) takes responsibility for a death caused by her uncertified sister (Anne Shirley), and leaves to work at a large urban hospital, where she develops a relationship with a handsome surgeon (Brian Aherne) […]

Crazy-Quilt, The (1966)

“Henry indulged Lorabelle in some of her fantasies, ignored others — and gradually realized that what she wanted most was the impossible: a declaration of love.” Synopsis: An idealist (Ina Mena) attempts to cure her husband (Tom Rosqui) of his cynical realism, with little success. Genres: Burgess Meredith Films John Korty Films Marital Problems Star-Crossed […]

New Leaf, A (1971)

“All I am, or was, is rich — and that’s all I ever wanted to be.” Synopsis: A financially strapped playboy (Walter Matthau) woos an eccentric heiress (Elaine May) with the intent of murdering her after their marriage. Genres: Black Comedy Heiresses Homicidal Spouses Walter Matthau Films Review: Comedian Elaine May was apparently so appalled […]

Caddyshack (1980)

“So, I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.” Synopsis: At an elite country club, a young caddy (Michael O’Keefe) hopes to win a college scholarship; meanwhile, the groundskeeper (Bill Murray) pursues a menacing gopher, and the club’s owner (Ted Knight) clashes with an abrasive new member (Rodney Dangerfield). Genres: Bill Murray Films Class […]

Men (1985)

“Women have no scruples. We — we can be blackmailed by our consciences.” Synopsis: When an advertising executive (Heiner Lauterbach) discovers his wife (Ulrike Kriener) is having an affair with a bohemian artist (Uwe Ochsenknecht), he assumes a new identity and moves in with Stefan (Ochsenknecht), determined to learn more about why he’s so appealing […]

Sands of the Kalahari (1965)

“There are five people back there on a black mountain in a pure sand desert. They’re starving to death!” Synopsis: A diverse group of individuals — including a womanizing pilot (Nigel Davenport), a domineering hunter (Stuart Whitman), a failed mining engineer (Stanley Baker), a beautiful divorcee (Susannah York), a soft-spoken doctor (Theodore Bikel), and a […]

Lady in Red, The / Guns, Sin, and Bathtub Gin (1979)

“Beauty killed the beast, my ass — it was all them reporters.” Synopsis: A farm girl (Pamela Sue Martin) with dreams of making it big in Hollywood struggles to survive in Chicago, and eventually falls for notorious criminal John Dillinger (Robert Conrad). Genres: Depression Era Gangsters Strong Females Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, […]

Chained Heat (1983)

“You can get by inside if you do the right people — you know what I mean.” Synopsis: A naive young woman (Linda Blair) convicted of manslaughter is sent to prison, where she quickly learns that corruption is rampant, and strategic alliances are everything. Genres: Corruption Prisoners Revenge Stella Stevens Films Response to Peary’s Review: […]

Certain Sacrifice, A (1985)

“Do you think for once that any lover of mine could be tame?” Synopsis: When his new girlfriend (Madonna) is raped by a sleazy stranger (Charles Kurtz), a former college student (Jeremy Pattnosh) and his friends seek revenge. Genres: Rape Revenge Response to Peary’s Review: Peary is far too generous in his review of this […]