Son of the Sheik, The (1926)

“Like all youths, he loved a dancing girl. Like all dancing girls, she tricked him.” Synopsis: The son (Rudolph Valentino) of an Arabian sheik (also Valentino) falls in love with a dancer (Vilma Banky) whose father (George Fawcett) and his cronies are thieves. When young Ahmed (Valentino) is mistakenly led to believe Banky seduced him […]

Gun Crazy / Deadly is the Female (1949)

“Some guys are born smart about women, and some guys are born dumb.” Synopsis: A gun-loving but peaceful veteran (John Dall) falls in love with a sharpshooting carnival performer (Peggy Cummins) who convinces him to assist her in a series of hold-ups. Soon they’re on the run from the law, desperate to do one last […]

Adventures of Prince Achmed, The (1926)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “Where is the magic lamp?” Synopsis: Prince Achmed accidentally trades his sister to a wicked magician in exchange for a flying horse, who takes him to the island of Wak-Wak, where he falls in love with a […]

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

“The D’Ascoynes had not only wronged my mother; they were the obstacle between me and everything I wanted.” Synopsis: A man (Dennis Price) whose nobly-born British mother (Audrey Fildes) was denied her heritage after marrying an Italian singer decides to seek revenge on the eight heirs (all played by Alec Guinness) who stand in the […]

Sheik, The (1921)

“When an Arab sees a woman that he wants, he takes her!” Synopsis: While touring in the Middle East, an adventurous white woman (Agnes Ayres) is abducted by an Arabian sheik (Rudolph Valentino) who insists he can force her to love him. Soon her anger begins to melt, especially when she faces an even worse […]

Queen Kelly (1929)

“You think you can share the Queen’s bed? I’ll share him with no one!” Synopsis: A young woman (Gloria Swanson) living in a convent is courted by a prince (Walter Byron) who’s been forcibly engaged to marry a mad queen (Seena Owen). When the queen learns about Byron’s romantic interest in Kitty Kelly (Swanson), she […]

London After Midnight (1927)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Honest, Sir James — they’re dead people from the grave! Vampires is what they are!” Synopsis: A detective (Lon Chaney) tries to help solve the mysterious death of a man found shot with a suicide note. Five years later, when the […]

Tol’able David (1921)

“You won’t be a man for a spell yet, David. But you’re tol’able… just tol’able.” Synopsis: A young man (Richard Barthelmess) in a close-knit West Virginian family must take on adult responsibilities when violent new neighbors (Walter P. Lewis, Ernest Torrence, and Ralph Yearsley) critically injure his married brother (Warner Richmond) and precipitate the death […]

Holy Matrimony (1943)

“Don’t you understand? You’re burying the wrong man!” Synopsis: Desperately seeking to avoid media attention, a famous but reclusive painter named Priam Farll (Monty Woolley) assumes the identity of his deceased valet, Henry Leek (Eric Blore), and marries the woman (Gracie Fields) Leek had recently contacted via a matrimonial agency. His peaceful life of anonymity […]

Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939)

“To any other man in this kingdom, twin sons would be a blessing.” Synopsis: When cursed with the birth of twin sons, King Louis XIII (Albert Dekker) sends his second-born son away to live with his loyal musketeer, D’Artagnan (Warren William), and grooms his first-born, Louis, as the French dauphin. Upon learning of his brother’s […]