Killing, The (1956)

“You like money — you’ve got a great big dollar sign there where most women have a heart.” Synopsis: A mousy racetrack clerk (Elisha Cook, Jr.) is henpecked by his wife (Marie Windsor) into revealing details of an elaborate heist being planned by an ex-con (Sterling Hayden). Genres: Coleen Gray Films Elisha Cook Jr. Films […]

Drunken Angel (1948)

“You worry about all of your patients more than yourself.” Synopsis: An alcoholic doctor (Takashi Shimura) in post-WWII Japan tries to convince a TB-ridden gangster (Toshiro Mifune) to mend his ways and get well. Genres: Doctors and Nurses Do-Gooders Gangsters Japanese Films Kurosawa Films Review: While famed Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is best known for […]

Stage Fright (1950)

“I’m afraid the murderer might come here, Madam…” Synopsis: A drama student (Jane Wyman) goes undercover as a maid for a well-known actress (Marlene Dietrich) who tricked her young lover (Richard Todd) — Wyman’s secret crush — into taking the rap for the murder of her husband. Genres: Actors and Actresses Alastair Sim Films Falsely […]

Saboteur (1942)

“A man like you can’t last in a country like this.” Synopsis: When an airplane factory worker (Robert Cummings) is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend, he goes on the lam to search for the real saboteur (Norman Lloyd), enlisting the reluctant help of a feisty billboard model (Priscilla Lane). […]

Serial (1980)

“You-ness. Me-ness. Us-ness. We-ness.” Synopsis: A Marin County husband (Martin Mull) and wife (Tuesday Weld) struggle to keep their marriage and family together in the midst of New Age temptations. Genres: Christopher Lee Films Counterculture Literature Adaptation Marital Problems Satire Tuesday Weld Films Review: I’ll admit to a fondness for this silly but frequently giggle-inducing […]

Old Boyfriends (1979)

“You can’t just pick these things up again like a book you never finished.” Synopsis: A troubled psychologist (Talia Shire) hoping to understand herself better takes a road trip to reconnect with three of her former beaus — including a college boyfriend (Richard Jordan), a high school flame (John Belushi), and a childhood sweetheart. Genres: […]

Birds, The (1963)

“It’s the end of the world…” Synopsis: A socialite (Tippi Hedren) pursues a lawyer (Rod Taylor) to his hometown of Bodega Bay, where birds are suddenly beginning to act hostile towards humans. Genres: Hitchcock Films Horror Films Jessica Tandy Films Killer Animals Rod Taylor Films Small Town America Tippi Hedren Films Response to Peary’s Review: […]

Awful Truth, The (1937)

“You’ve come back and caught me in the truth — and there’s nothing less logical than the truth.” Synopsis: A husband (Cary Grant) and wife (Irene Dunne) seeking a divorce find that they’re actually still in love with one another. Genres: Cary Grant Films Divorce Irene Dunne Films Leo McCarey Films Marital Problems Romantic Comedy […]

His Girl Friday (1940)

“Walter, you’re wonderful — in a loathsome sort of way.” Synopsis: A newspaper editor (Cary Grant) tries anything and everything to win back his ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) from her new fiance (Ralph Bellamy). Genres: Career-versus-Marriage Cary Grant Films Feminism and Women’s Issues Howard Hawks Films Journalists Love Triangle Play Adapation Political Corruption Romantic Comedy Rosalind […]

Swarm, The (1978)

“Oh, my God — bees, bees, millions of bees!” Synopsis: A renowned entomologist (Michael Caine) clashes with a military general (Richard Widmark) over how to deal with an attack by killer bees. Genres: Disaster Flicks Fred MacMurray Films Henry Fonda Films Jose Ferrer Films Katharine Ross Films Killer Animals Lee Grant Films Michael Caine Films