Babes in Arms (1939)

“Listen, you kids: I think our time has come!” Synopsis: The son (Mickey Rooney) of aging vaudevillians (Charles Winninger and Grace Hayes) is determined to put on a show to raise money for his household, and his girlfriend (Judy Garland) is eager to help — but she soon feels insecure about the arrival of a […]

Man in the White Suit, The (1951)

“He’s made a new kind of cloth. It never gets dirty, and it lasts forever!” Synopsis: When a scientist (Alec Guinness) creates an indestructible, impenetrable new fiber, he’s surprised to learn that both factory owners and factory employees want to suppress his invention. Genres: Alec Guinness Films Black Comedy Class Relations Corruption Inventors Joan Greenwood […]

Panic in Needle Park, The (1971)

“I’m not hooked — I’m just chippin’.” Synopsis: A heroin addict (Al Pacino) introduces his new girlfriend (Kitty Winn) to his lifestyle, and she’s soon addicted herself. Genres: Al Pacino Films Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Downward Spiral Star-Crossed Lovers Review: Director Jerry Schatzberg’s follow-up to his disappointing debut film Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) […]

Gauntlet, The (1977)

“You see, we’ve got a problem, you and me: we don’t like each other much, but we have to take a trip together.” Synopsis: A cop (Clint Eastwood) is tasked by his superior (William Prince) with escorting a key witness (Sondra Locke) back to headquarters — but he soon finds himself and his feisty charge […]

Torn Curtain (1966)

“It takes a scientist to pick a scientist’s brain.” Synopsis: The fiancee (Julie Andrews) of an American physicist (Paul Newman) is distressed to learn that he has seemingly defected to East Berlin, where he hopes to learn mathematical secrets from a famed nuclear scientist (Ludwig Donath). Genres: Cold War Hitchcock Films Julie Andrews Films Paul […]

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

“Dad, I don’t understand these modern girls…” Synopsis: While his girlfriend (Ann Rutherford) is out of town for the holidays, Andy Hardy (Mickey Rooney) is paid by his friend (George P. Breakston) to “watch over” his sexy girl (Lana Turner); meanwhile, the daughter (Judy Garland) of a well-known singer comes to stay with her grandparents […]

Six of a Kind (1934)

“Maybe I’d better murder them and get it over with, huh?” Synopsis: A bank employee (Charles Ruggles) and his wife (Mary Boland) are harrassed by an unmarried couple (George Burns and Gracie Allen) accompanying them on a second honeymoon road trip; meanwhile, Ruggles is unaware that his crooked colleague (Bradley Page) has hidden $50,000 in […]

Towering Inferno, The (1974)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “For what it’s worth, architect, this is one building I figured would never burn.” Synopsis: A fire chief (Steve McQueen) collaborates with the architect (Paul Newman) of a burning high-rise to help save the hundreds of people inside. Genres: Disaster Flicks […]

You’re Telling Me (1934)

“I have more pride than to marry into a family that thinks they’re too good for me!” Synopsis: The daughter (Joan Marsh) of a poor inventor (W.C. Fields) finds her engagement compromised when the snooty mother (Kathleen Howard) of her fiancee (Buster Crabbe) disdains her family. Meanwhile, on the way home from a failed attempt […]

Thing (From Another World), The (1951)

“An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles!” Synopsis: When a team of scientists and soldiers at an Arctic military base discover the presence of an alien life form (James Arness), they disagree on how to deal with it: Dr. Carrington (Robert Cornthwaite) wants to try to communicate with the creature, while Captain Hendry (Kenneth Tobey) is […]