Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A (1945)

“You’re a funny kid — full of all them things, kind of like your pop.” Synopsis: A bright young girl (Peggy Ann Garner) in early 20th century Brooklyn idealizes her alcoholic father (James Dunn), whose inability to provide a steady income for his family causes enormous stress for his more practical wife (Dorothy McGuire). Genres: […]

State of the Union (1948)

“The world needs honest men today — more than it needs presidents.” Synopsis: A well-liked industrialist (Spencer Tracy) is urged to run for president as a Republican candidate by his power-hungry, newspaper-owning lover (Angela Lansbury), who is eager to manipulate his candidacy for her own purposes — but will Tracy’s estranged wife (Katharine Hepburn) help […]

Keeper of the Flame (1942)

“It’s a pity how easily people can be fooled.”

Song of Songs, The (1933)

“I see you as an artist, Lily — you must believe it!” Synopsis: A naive orphan (Marlene Dietrich) living with her aunt (Alison Skipworth) is seduced by a handsome sculptor (Brian Aherne) whose patron — a calculating baron (Lionel Atwill) — becomes immediately smitten with Dietrich, and determined to make her his wife. Genres: Artists […]

Morning Glory (1933)

“I know that I’m a great actress — the greatest young actress in the world!” Synopsis: Upon arriving in New York, an aspiring actress (Katharine Hepburn) seeks mentorship from a veteran actor (C. Aubrey Smith) and attempts to impress a famous theatrical producer (Adolph Menjou) whose leading lady (Mary Duncan) is an incurable diva; meanwhile, […]

On Golden Pond (1981)

“You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world — but I’m the only one who knows it!” Synopsis: While vacationing at their summer home on Golden Pond, an elderly couple — friendly Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) and crotchety Norman (Henry Fonda), who has a troubled relationship with his grown daughter (Jane Fonda) […]

Murder, He Says (1944)

“They don’t dare kill you the way they killed that other feller!” Synopsis: A pollster (Fred MacMurray) in search of a missing colleague stumbles upon a family of creepy hillbillies who will stop at nothing to learn the location of treasure hidden in their house. Genres: Black Comedy Fred MacMurray Films George Marshall Films Hidden […]

Rainmaker, The (1956)

“Once in your life, you’ve got to take a chance on a con-man.” Synopsis: In the midst of a drought, a spinster (Katharine Hepburn) living with her widowed father (Cameron Prud’Homme) and two grown brothers (Lloyd Bridges and Earl Holliman) finds her life changed forever when a charismatic huckster (Burt Lancester) comes to town selling […]

Alice Adams (1935)

“I don’t know why he likes me; sometimes I’m afraid he wouldn’t if he knew me.” Synopsis: A socially ambitious young woman (Katharine Hepburn) lies about her family’s status to impress her wealthy new beau (Fred MacMurray); meanwhile, her mother (Ann Shoemaker) — desperate to give Hepburn and her brother (Frank Albertson) a better chance […]

Little Women (1933)

“Christopher Columbus!” Synopsis: While their father (Samuel S. Hinds) is away at war, an aspiring writer (Katharine Hepburn) and her three sisters — beautiful Meg (Frances Dee), kind-hearted Beth (Jean Parker), and young Amy (Joan Bennett) — are raised by their hard-working mother (Spring Byington) while living next door to a wealthy old man (Henry […]