Living Desert, The (1953)

“In her desert drama, nature knows neither hero nor villain; she’s impartial, and plans for the survival of all.” Synopsis: A host of diverse animals and plants struggle to survive in the often-harsh desert climate of the U.S. Genres: Documentary Survival Review: Disney’s first feature-length entry in its “True-Life Adventures” series won an Academy Award […]

Blood Bath (1966)

“That’s the essence of what I’m after — bring death to the canvas.” Synopsis: A crazed artist (William Campbell) kills his models, painting death-themed canvases to immortalize them; meanwhile, a vampire roams the streets at night, attacking beautiful women. Could the two killers be related in some way? Genres: Artists Horror Roger Corman Films Stephanie […]

Bohemian Girl, The (1936)

“I can gyp that gypsy any time.” Synopsis: The two-timing wife (Mae Busch) of a gullible gypsy con-artist (Oliver Hardy) runs away with her lover (Antonio Moreno), leaving behind the kidnapped daughter (Darla Hood) of a local count (William P. Carleton). Arline (Hood) is raised by Hardy and his business partner (Stan Laurel), and even […]

I’m No Angel (1933)

“When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad… I’m better!” Synopsis: An upwardly mobile, flirtatious carnival dancer (Mae West) falls in love with a wealthy businessman (Cary Grant), but must defend her seemingly unsavory past. Genres: Carnivals and Circuses Cary Grant Films Cross-Class Romance Mae West Films Social Climbers Review: Along with She […]

Doctor in the House (1954)

“Don’t forget: to be a successful surgeon you need the eyes of a hawk, the heart of a lion, and the hands of a lady.” Synopsis: A naive doctor-in-training (Dirk Bogarde) and his classmates (Kenneth More, Donald Sinden, and Donald Houston) navigate through the challenges of medical school and dating. Genres: College Comedy Dirk Bogarde […]

Changeling, The (1980)

“That house is not fit to live in. No one’s been able to live in it. It doesn’t want people.” Synopsis: A recently widowed composer (George C. Scott) moves into a house haunted by the ghost of an unhappy child, whose tragic death is somehow linked to that of an aging senator (Melvyn Douglas). Genres: […]

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

“We’re doin’ it for your ma, kid!” Synopsis: A would-be Marine (Eddie Bracken) discharged with hayfever meets a group of veteran Marines who convince him to tell his mother (Georgia Caine) he was wounded in battle. Soon Woodrow (Bracken) finds himself nominated for mayor of his hometown, much to the dismay of the current mayor […]

Miserables, Les (1935)

“You can’t hear a baby cry for food and do nothing!” Synopsis: In 19th century France, an ex-convict (Fredric March) is given a second chance at life by a kind priest (Cedric Hardwicke), and becomes a successful businessman under an assumed name. However, his happiness — and that of his adopted daughter, Cosette (Rochelle Hudson) […]

Ninotchka (1939)

“Don’t make an issue of my womanhood.” Synopsis: Three Russian representatives (Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, and Alexander Granach) sent to Paris to sell some jewels formerly belonging to a countess (Ina Claire) are converted into fun-loving capitalists by Claire’s lover (Melvyn Douglas). When a solemn Russian emissary (Greta Garbo) arrives to rectify the situation, Douglas […]

Cluny Brown (1946)

“Nobody can tell you where your place is… Wherever you’re happy, that’s your place.” Synopsis: An itinerant Czech philosopher (Charles Boyer) is invited to stay at a country manor owned by the parents (Reginald Owen and Margaret Bannerman) of one of his admirers (Peter Lawford); meanwhile, a quirky, plumbing-loving housemaid (Jennifer Jones) sent to work […]