Deranged (1974)

“I apologize for calling you a hog, mama.” Synopsis: A deranged farmer (Roberts Blossom) goes off the deep end when his overly religious mother (Cosette Lee) dies, recovering her body from its grave a year later, and murdering local women to help restore her decaying corpse. Genres: Horror Films Serial Killers Review: Essentially a thinly […]

Star is Born, A (1954)

“He saw something in me nobody else ever did. He made me see it, too. He made me believe it!” Synopsis: An alcoholic movie star (James Mason) falls in love with an aspiring singer (Judy Garland) and helps her break through in Hollywood — but his own success is quickly fading, and soon they find […]

Country Girl, The (1954)

“They all start out as Juliets and wind up as Lady Macbeths.” Synopsis: An aging has-been singer (Bing Crosby) with an embittered wife (Grace Kelly) is given a second chance at fame when a theatrical director (William Holden) insists on casting him as the star in an upcoming musical — but will Crosby’s insecurities and […]

To Catch a Thief (1955)

“I’ve never caught a jewel thief before; it’s stimulating.” Synopsis: During a rash of jewelry heists on the French Riviera, the daughter (Grace Kelly) of a wealthy widow (Jessie Royce Landis) tries to seduce a retired thief (Cary Grant) who’s busy attempting to clear his name. Genres: Cary Grant Films Falsely Accused Grace Kelly Films […]

Charade (1963)

“I already know an awful lot of people; until one of them dies, I couldn’t possibly meet anyone else.” Synopsis: A young widow (Audrey Hepburn) pursued by three ex-compatriots (James Coburn, George Kennedy, and Ned Glass) of her deceased husband seeks solace and protection from a mysterious but friendly man (Cary Grant), who may or […]

Wait Until Dark (1967)

“This is the big bad world, full of mean people, where nasty things happen.” Synopsis: The blind wife (Audrey Hepburn) of a man (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) who unknowingly possesses a doll stuffed with heroin is terrorized by three men (Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna, and Jack Weston) determined to get the doll back at any price. […]

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

“There’s a lot to be said for making people laugh.” Synopsis: A successful comedy film director (Joel McCrea) hoping to make more “meaningful” social dramas decides to dress in hobo clothing and hit the road to learn first-hand what poverty is like. Soon he meets a beautiful young ingenue (Veronica Lake) who accompanies him on […]

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

“We must forget if we want to go on living.” Synopsis: A retired American judge (Spencer Tracy) is appointed to preside over a set of trials at Nuremberg, in which four German judges — Burt Lancaster, Werner Klemperer, Torben Meyer, and Martin Brandt — are accused of crimes against humanity. Genres: Burt Lancaster Films Cold […]

Love in the Afternoon (1957)

“You know who I am, Mr. Flanagan — the girl in the afternoon, the apertif, as we say in the Left Bank.” Synopsis: The daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of a private investigator (Maurice Chevalier) in Paris goes to warn a wealthy playboy (Gary Cooper) that the husband (John McGiver) of his lover (Lise Bourdin) is coming […]

Sabrina (1954)

“I want him; I’ve been in love with him all my life.” Synopsis: The daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of the chauffeur (John Williams) for a family of wealthy industrialists is sent to cooking school in Paris, where she continues to pine away for the family’s playboy son, David (William Holden). Upon her return, David — despite […]