I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

“Because I loved him, I felt I had to restore her to him — make her what she had been before.” Synopsis: A young nurse (Frances Dee) sent to the West Indies to care for the mentally ill wife (Christine Gordon) of a plantation owner (Paul Holland) soon finds herself in love with Holland, and […]

Cat People (1942)

“Cats don’t seem to like me.” Synopsis: A draftsman (Kent Smith) marries an enigmatic Serbian woman named Irena (Simone Simon) who fears that sexual intimacy with her new husband will turn her into a predatory panther. Smith sends her to a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) for help, and seeks advice from his beautiful co-worker (Jane Randolph) […]

Curse of the Cat People, The (1944)

“Amy isn’t lying to you. It’s an unseen companion; children love to dream things up.” Synopsis: A lonely, imaginative girl (Ann Carter) befriends a beautiful apparition (Simone Simon) who looks just like the deceased wife of her father (Kent Smith); meanwhile, she becomes acquainted with a dotty neighbor (Julia Dean) who refuses to acknowledge the […]

Cinderella (1950)

“Why, it’s like a dream — a wonderful dream come true.” Synopsis: The cruel stepmother (Eleanor Audley) and stepsisters (Rhoda Williams and Lucille Bliss) of a young orphan named Cinderella (Ilene Woods) try to prevent her from attending a royal ball — but she is given assistance by both her animal friends and her Fairy […]

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

“Before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel — and die!” Synopsis: An evil fairy named Maleficent (Eleanor Audley) — upset about not being invited to the birth celebration of Princess Aurora (Mary Costa) — curses her to die on her 16th birthday. […]

Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)

“If I have to be an earl, I can try to be a good one.” Synopsis: The good-natured son (Freddie Bartholomew) of an American woman (Dolores Costello) and a deceased British father discovers he has become the new Lord of Fauntleroy, and moves to England to live with his crusty grandfather (C. Aubrey Smith) — […]

Dumbo (1941)

“You all oughta be ashamed of yourselves — a bunch of big guys like you, pickin’ on a poor little orphan like him.” Synopsis: A baby elephant is ridiculed because of his enormous ears, and exiled to working as a clown — but with the help of his friend Timothy Q. Mouse (Edward Brophy), he […]

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

“I can safely say that my whole life was one continuous misdemeanor.” Synopsis: A recently deceased man (Don Ameche) reflects on his womanizing past and troubled marriage to a beautiful midwestern girl (Gene Tierney), as he tries to convince the Devil (Laird Cregar) that he belongs in Hell. Genres: Charles Coburn Films Death and Dying […]

It’s a Gift (1934)

“You have absolutely no consideration for anybody but yourself.” Synopsis: A henpecked store owner (W.C. Fields) receives an inheritance and dreams of moving to California, against the wishes of his overbearing wife (Kathleen Howard). Genres: Comedy Family Problems Henpecked Husbands Inheritance W.C. Fields Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary argues that this “side-splitting W.C. Fields […]

Black Cauldron, The (1985)

“Soon the Black Cauldron will be mine!” Synopsis: A young pigkeeper named Taran (Grant Bardsley) is sent on a mission to locate and destroy a magical black cauldron coveted by the evil Horned King (John Hurt). Genres: Animated Features Coming of Age Fantasy John Hurt Films Literature Adaptation Search Response to Peary’s Review: Peary begins […]