Peter Pan (1953)

“That corner house over there is the home of the Darling family — and Peter Pan chose this particular house because there were people here who believed in him.” Synopsis: A forever-boy named Peter Pan (Bobby Driscoll) flies into the nursery of the Darling children — Wendy (Kathryn Beaumont), John (Paul Collins), and Michael (Tommy […]

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I like him. He treats me like I’m a real person.” Synopsis: A mentally disturbed teenager (Kathleen Quinlan) is placed by her concerned parents (Ben Piazza and Lorraine Gary) in an asylum, where she works with a compassionate psychologist (Bibi Andersson) […]

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

“Remember this, Pigeon: a human heart has only so much room for love and affection. When a baby moves in, the dog moves out.” Synopsis: A beloved pet dog named Lady (Barbara Luddy) feels slighted by her owners (Peggy Lee and Lee Millar) when they have a baby, and embarks on a series of adventures […]

Smallest Show on Earth, The (1957)

“We’ve got to make the Bijou the best little cinema in this part of the country!” Synopsis: When a writer (Bill Travers) and his wife (Virginia McKenna) inherit a rundown cinema (the Bijou) previously manned by three aging employees — a doorman (Bernard Miles), a ticket-taker (Margaret Rutherford), and a tippling projectionist (Peter Sellers) — […]

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

“No man living today can predict exactly what the future holds.” Synopsis: A race of sexy blonde Venutians, led by Moana (Mamie Van Doren), are threatened by the arrival of a small crew of astronauts on their planet. Genres: Astronauts Mamie Van Doren Films Peter Bogdanovich Films Science Fiction Space Exploration Review: This bizarre early […]

Bitch, The (1979)

“After the pleasure, the pain, lover!” Synopsis: A gambler (Antonio Cantafora) in debt to the Mafia seduces the nymphomaniac owner (Joan Collins) of a failing discoteque. Genres: Joan Collins Films Literature Adaptation Review: This trashy sequel to a title mercifully missing from Peary’s book (1978’s The Stud) similarly stars Joan Collins in an adaptation of […]

I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I’m the looking glass you created to see yourself in!” Synopsis: Raised for a life in show business by her overbearing mother (Jo Van Fleet), Lillian Roth (Susan Hayward) finds fleeting fame in Hollywood but descends into alcoholism while suffering through […]

Calamity Jane (1953)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “Looks like Calamity’s been holding out on us, carrying concealed weapons.”

Legend (1985)

“As long as unicorns rule the earth, evil can never come to the pure of heart.” [Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] Synopsis: A young forest dweller (Tom Cruise) shows the girl he loves (Mia Sara) where the world’s last unicorns are, accidentally unleashing a battle with […]

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “A man never trifles with gals who carry rifles — oh, you can’t get a man with a gun.” Synopsis: A scraggly sharpshooter named Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton) becomes famous in the Wild West Show put on by Buffalo Bill Cody […]