Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)

“He’s the most trying man ever put on this Earth!” Synopsis: A henpecked memory expert (W.C. Fields) living with his shrewish wife (Kathleen Howard), cranky mother-in-law (Vera Lewis), lazy brother-in-law (Grady Sutton), and loyal daughter (Mary Brian) finds himself in hot water after lying to his boss (Oscar Apfel) in order to attend a wrestling […]

Girl Can’t Help It, The (1956)

“I’m telling you I stink, stink, stink!” Synopsis: An ex-gangster (Edmond O’Brien) orders a musical agent (Tom Ewell) to turn his voluptuous girlfriend (Jayne Mansfield) into a singing phenomenon — but complications arise when Ewell discovers that Jerri (Mansfield) can’t carry a tune, and he starts to feel romantically attracted to her. Genres: Aspiring Stars […]

All About Eve (1950)

“I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.” Synopsis: A deviously aspiring actress (Anne Baxter) befriends an aging theatrical legend (Bette Davis), eventually becoming her understudy and plotting to snag her next role. Genres: Actors and Actresses Anne […]

Out of the Past (1948)

“That’s one way to be clever: look like an idiot.” Synopsis: An ex-private eye (Robert Mitchum) tells his new girlfriend (Virginia Huston) about his previous adventures trailing the moll (Jane Greer) of a gangster (Kirk Douglas) to Mexico, and falling in love with her before being double-crossed — but soon he’s caught up in new […]

Another Thin Man (1939)

“You can laugh if you want to — but I don’t laugh at my dreams!” Synopsis: Socialites Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) travel with their infant son (William A. Poulsen) to Long Island, where Nick — a former detective — quickly finds himself trying to determine who killed the father (C. […]

Europeans, The (1979)

“I’ve been pretending all this time; I’ve been dishonest. It’s pleasure that I care for.” Synopsis: A penniless baroness (Lee Remick) and her artistic brother (Tim Woodward) visit their cousins in America, where Woodward immediately falls for non-conformist Gertrude (Lisa Eichhorn), and Remick is pursued by a local businessman (Robin Ellis). Genres: Class Relations Historical […]

Perceval (1978)

“Make me a knight, sire!” Synopsis: In medieval England, a callow youth named Perceval (Fabrice Luchini) goes against the wishes of his widowed mother (Pascale de Boysson) and sets out to become a knight under King Arthur. Genres: Coming of Age Eric Rohmer Films French Films Historical Drama Literature Adaptation Medieval Times Royalty and Nobility […]

Thin Man, The (1934)

“Haven’t you heard the news? I’m a gentleman now.” Synopsis: A retired detective (William Powell) is pressured by his new wife (Myrna Loy) into investigating the murder of a secretary (Natalie Moorhead) whose employer (William Henry) has mysteriously disappeared. Genres: Comedy Detectives and Private Eyes Maureen O’Sullivan Films Murder Mystery Myrna Loy Films William Powell […]

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

“I live for furs; I worship furs!” Synopsis: A pair of dalmatians (Rod Taylor and Cate Bauer) rely on a network of animal friends to help rescue their brood of 15 puppies from the clutches of evil Cruella De Vil (Betty Lou Gerson). Genres: Animated Features Escape Kidnapping Talking Animals Response to Peary’s Review: Peary […]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)

“There is within each of us a twin destiny: the natural and the supernatural.” Synopsis: A mysterious man (Peter Cushing) on a train tells the supernatural fortunes of five passengers (Neil McCallum, Alan Freeman, Roy Castle, Christopher Lee, and Donald Sutherland). Genres: Christopher Lee Films Donald Sutherland Films Episodic Films Horror Killer Plants Peter Cushing […]