Fantasia (1940)

“Then the music begins to suggest other things to your imagination…” Synopsis: Leopold Stowkowski conducts the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra as Deems Taylor introduces a series of animated vignettes set to classical music. Genres: Animated Featuresa Episodic Films Musicals Response to Peary‚Äôs Review: I was lucky enough to recently revisit this classic Disney animated feature by […]

Jail Bait (1954)

“This afternoon we had a long telephone conversation earlier in the day.” Synopsis: The son (Clancy Malone) of a renowned plastic surgeon (Herbert Rawlinson) is bailed out of prison by his sister (Dolores Fuller), but soon lured back into a life of crime by gangster Vic Brady (Timothy Farrell). Genres: Ed Wood Films Fugitives Plastic […]

Glen or Glenda / I Led Two Lives / I Changed My Sex / He or She (1953)

“Only the infinity of the depths of a man’s mind can really tell the story.” Synopsis: A psychiatrist (Timothy Farrell) tells a concerned policeman (Lyle Talbot) the story of two individuals struggling with gender identity: a transvestite (Ed Wood) debating how to tell his fiancee (Dolores Fuller) about his cross-dressing predilection, and a transsexual (Tommy […]

Outlaw Josey Wales, The (1976)

“Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.” Synopsis: A Missouri farmer (Clint Eastwood) becomes a vengeful outlaw when his wife and child are killed by pro-Union Jawhawkers during the Civil War. Soon he finds himself crossing paths with a motley group of individuals, including a young pro-Confederate guerrilla (Sam Bottoms), an elderly Cherokee […]

Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I can’t keep her away from the stuff if she’s determined to get at it!” Synopsis: An aspiring singer (Susan Hayward) gives up her career for marriage, then suffers from jealousy and despondency — fueled by alcohol — when her husband […]

My Foolish Heart (1949)

“Eloise Winters! I thought you were a ‘nice girl’!” Synopsis: An unhappily married woman (Susan Hayward) reminisces with her former college roommate (Lois Wheeler) about her romance with a dashing soldier (Dana Andrews), and how she eventually came to steal away Wheeler’s dull boyfriend (Kent Smith). Genres: Dana Andrews Films Flashback Films Literature Adaptation Marital […]

Silent Scream (1980)

“I’m not a violent person by nature, but if there’s a room here I’m ready to fight for it!” Synopsis: A group of college students (Rebecca Balding, John Widelock, Juli Andelman, and Steve Doubet) living in a seaside house owned by an elderly woman (Yvonne De Carlo) and her teenage son (Brad Rearden) find their […]

Pride of the Marines (1945)

“I won’t have her being a seeing eye dog for me!” Synopsis: A Marine hero (John Garfield) wounded in battle is reluctant to return home to his fiancee (Eleanor Parker) and face a new life without sight. Genres: Blindness Eleanor Parker Films John Garfield Films Veterans World War II Review: Based on the true story […]

Lost Weekend, The (1945)

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can’t take quiet desperation!” Synopsis: An alcoholic writer (Ray Milland) cared for by his loyal brother (Phillip Terry) and girlfriend (Jane Wyman) battles his addiction during a particularly grueling weekend alone in New York. Genres: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Billy Wilder Films Jane Wyman Films Literature Adaptation […]

Gang’s All Here, The (1943)

“That hat! I’ll have to watch my bell cords and lampshades.” Synopsis: A soldier (James Ellison) about to leave for war romances a chorus girl (Alice Faye), failing to tell her he’s engaged to his childhood sweetheart (Sheila Ryan). Meanwhile, his father (Eugene Palette) and Ryan’s father (Edward Everett Horton) plan a welcome-back musical for […]