Gosta Berlings Saga/Story of Gosta Berling, The / Legend of Gosta Berling, The / Atonement of Gosta Berling, The (1924)

“Life must be lived; one has to move on!” Synopsis: In 19th century Sweden, a deposed minister named Gosta Berling (Lars Hanson) goes to live as a knight on a country estate, and falls in doomed love with a variety of women. Genres: Greta Garbo Films Historical Drama Literature Adaptation Morality Police Scandinavian Films Silent […]

Burn, Witch, Burn! / Night of the Eagle (1962)

“I will not be responsible for what happens to us if you make me give up my protections!” Synopsis: A highly rational professor (Peter Wyngarde) is disturbed to discover that his wife (Janet Blair) has been practicing black magic to help him achieve tenure, and forces her to stop — but soon a series of […]

Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)

“This is, I think, a two-pipe problem.” Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Peter Cushing) and Dr. Watson (Andre Morell) respond to a request by Dr. Mortimer (Francis De Wolff) to investigate the mysterious death of a nobleman, whose nephew (Christopher Lee) has recently arrived on the moors to take over his inheritance. Genres: Christopher Lee Films Detectives […]

Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1939)

“Mr. Holmes, you’re the one man in all England who can help me.” Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his companion, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce), investigate the suspected presence of a supernatural hound on the mist-shrouded property of a newly orphaned young heir (Richard Greene). Genres: Basil Rathbone Films Detectives and Private Eyes Literature Adaptation […]

Circus of Horrors (1960)

“A thief and a prostitute: the perfect candidate for the Schuler Circus.” Synopsis: After botching a job on a society woman (Colette Wilde), a plastic surgeon (Anton Diffring) goes on the lam, taking over a circus owned by a Frenchman (Donald Pleasence) with a scarred daughter (Carla Challoner), and populating it with facially disfigured, troubled […]

Annie Oakley (1935)

“I never knowed any woman could shoot good enough to join this outfit.” Synopsis: When touring in the Wild West Show run by Buffalo Bill (Moroni Olson), backwoods sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Barbara Stanwyck) and her performance partner (Preston Foster) fall in love while maintaining a facade of friendly rivalry. Genres: Barbara Stanwyck Films Biopics George […]

Journey’s End (1930)

“Think of it all as romantic — it helps.” Synopsis: During World War I, a fatigued captain (Colin Clive) on the verge of a breakdown is distressed to learn that a former classmate (David Manners) who once idolized him has been sent to his company; meanwhile, an older lieutenant (Ian Maclaren) tries to help Clive […]

Funnyman (1967)

“It doesn’t mean anything. I want it to mean something — anything!” Synopsis: A comedian (Peter Bonerz) struggles to find both romantic and creative meaning in his life. Genres: Character Studies Comedians John Korty Films Mid-Life Crisis Review: John Korty’s second feature-length outing — after his uniquely satisfying debut film The Crazy-Quilt (1966) — was […]

Hobson’s Choice (1954)

“My brain and your hands will make a working partnership!” Synopsis: The ambitious eldest daughter (Brenda de Banzie) of a patriarchal shoe store owner (Charles Laughton) woos her father’s best employee (John Mills) into marrying her and setting up their own shop, much to the consternation of Laughton and her two class-conscious sisters (Daphne Anderson […]

Animated Disney Round-Up

Now that I’ve finished watching all the pre-1986 Disney animated features listed or reviewed in Peary’s GFTFF, it seemed like a good time to provide a summative rundown of which ones are must-see: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) — MUST SEE Pinocchio (1940) — MUST SEE Fantasia (1940) — MUST SEE Dumbo (1941) […]