House of Frankenstein (1944)

“If I had Frankenstein’s records to guide me, I could give you a perfect body!” Synopsis: A mad scientist (Boris Karloff) and his hunchbacked cellmate (J. Carrol Naish) break free from jail and take over the traveling sideshow run by Professor Lampini (Bruno Zucco), who they promptly murder. After reviving the skeleton of Dracula (John […]

Cry of the Penguins / Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)

“Now remember this, Forbush: sex and Scotch in either order do not a biologist make.” Synopsis: A womanizing biology student (John Hurt) tries to impress his latest crush (Hayley Mills) by accepting a job studying penguins in Antarctica. Genres: Antarctica and the Arctic Hayley Mills Films John Hurt Films Scientists Review: This intriguingly titled film […]

Ghost of Frankenstein, The (1942)

“There’s a curse in this village: the curse of Frankenstein!” Synopsis: The best friend (Bela Lugosi) of Frankenstein’s Monster (Lon Chaney) resurrects him and brings him to Frankenstein’s son, Ludwig (Cedric Hardwicke), who agrees to replace the Monster’s brain. Genres: Bela Lugosi Films Frankenstein Horror Films Lon Chaney, Jr. Films Review: This fourth entry in […]

Son of Frankenstein (1942)

“Nothing in nature is terrifying when one understands it.” Synopsis: The grown son (Basil Rathbone) of Dr. Frankenstein returns to his father’s hometown with his wife (Josephine Hutchinson) and son (Donnie Dunagan), finding that the villagers still live in fear of the Monster (Boris Karloff) who terrorized them years before. When a rash of murders […]

Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

“Science — like love — has her little surprises.” Synopsis: Having survived a fire, the Monster (Boris Karloff) created by Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) goes on another rampage, this time seeking temporary companionship with a blind hermit (O.P. Heggie) and learning to speak a few words. Meanwhile, Dr. Frankenstein’s former mentor (Ernest Thesiger) — obsessed […]

Frankenstein (1931)

“Now I know what it feels like to be God!” Synopsis: With the help of his assistant (Dwight Frye), a scientist (Colin Clive) steals a human brain and brings a monstrous creature (Boris Karloff) to life — but the creature struggles to adjust to his new world, and soon causes both fear and havoc. Genres: […]

International House (1933)

“That guy’s invention must be plenty hot to drag us from all around the world like this.” Synopsis: A group of eclectic individuals — including a wealthy socialite (Peggy Hopkins Joyce), her jealous ex-husband (Bela Lugosi), and a professor flying an “auto-gyro” (W.C. Fields) — all gather in the town of Wu Hu, China to […]

My Favorite Spy (1951)

“It’s nights like this that drive men like me to women like you for nights like this.” Synopsis: A vaudeville performer (Bob Hope) with an uncanny resemblance to wounded international spy Eric Augustine (also Hope) is recruited by the U.S. government to impersonate Augustine and obtain critical microfilm in Tangiers, where he falls for a […]

My Favorite Blonde (1942)

“Do you know what it feels like, to be followed and hounded and watched every second?” Synopsis: A vaudeville performer (Bob Hope) goes on the lam with a British secret agent (Madeleine Carroll) after being framed for murder by a Nazi spy (Gale Sondergaard). Genres: Bob Hope Films Fugitives Madeleine Carroll Films Satires and Spoofs […]

I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1973)

“People read, but they miss most of what they see. Izzy misses nothing.” Synopsis: Blacklisted journalist I.F. Stone discusses the weekly political newspaper he founded in 1953, which eventually reached a circulation of 70,000. Genres: Documentaries Journalists Review: Peary’s recommendation of this hard-to-find documentary about investigative journalist Isidor Feinstein Stone — who published his own […]