Private Lives (1931)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “It was lovely — at the beginning…” Synopsis: A recently divorced couple (Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery) encounter each other while on honeymoon with their new spouses (Reginald Denny and Una Merkel), and decide to give their failed marriage another chance. […]

Big Combo, The (1955)

“Brown’s not a man; he’s an organization.” Synopsis: A police detective (Cornel Wilde) pursues an elusive gangster (Richard Conte) whose terrified girlfriend (Jean Wallace) is afraid to leave him and whose loyal henchmen (Robert Middleton and Lee Van Cleef) protect him at every turn. Genres: Cat-and-Mouse Cornel Wilde Films Detectives and Private Eyes Gangsters Joseph […]

Two For the Road (1967)

“That’s marriage for you.” Synopsis: An unhappy wife (Audrey Hepburn) reflects back on her troubled marriage to an architect (Albert Finney). Genres: Albert Finney Films Audrey Hepburn Films Flashback Films Jacqueline Bisset Films Marital Problems Road Trip Romantic Comedy Stanley Donen Films Response to Peary‚Äôs Review: Peary writes that this Stanley Donen-directed romantic comedy (written […]

Holiday (1938)

“I’ve got all the faith in the world in Johnny.” Synopsis: When an heiress (Doris Nolan) brings home the man (Cary Grant) she intends to marry, her eccentric sister (Katharine Hepburn) is thrilled to learn that Grant possesses a rebellious, anti-materialist streak; but will their fiscally conservative father (Henry Kolker) approve of Grant as a […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968)

“A lot of people are going to think we are a shocking pair.” Synopsis: A liberal white couple (Spencer Tracy) find their beliefs challenged when their daughter (Katherine Houghton) brings home a black fiance (Sidney Poitier). Genres: African-Americans Cross-Cultural Romance Katharine Hepburn Films Race Relations Sidney Poitier Films Spencer Tracy Films Stanley Kramer Films Review: […]

Picnic (1955)

“What good is it just to be pretty?” Synopsis: A hunky drifter (William Holden) arrives in a small Kansas town over Labor Day weekend, intending to look up his old college friend (Cliff Robertson) and secure some work — but he soon finds himself falling in love with Robertson’s beautiful girlfriend (Kim Novak), whose single […]

Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

“Are you a girl dressed as a boy? Or are you a boy dressed as a girl?” Synopsis: A young French woman (Katharine Hepburn) flees to England with her embezzling father (Edmund Gwenn), disguising herself as a boy to escape notice. During their voyage, they befriend a con-artist (Cary Grant) and begin a life of […]

Philadelphia Story, The (1940)

“You have everything it takes to make a lovely woman except the one essential: an understanding heart. And without that, you might just as well be made of bronze.” Synopsis: An exacting heiress (Katharine Hepburn) finds her upcoming marriage to a wealthy social climber (John Howard) disrupted by the presence of her alcoholic ex-husband (Cary […]

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

“Who cares about regulations at a time like this?” Synopsis: Shortly after WWII, a French soldier (Cary Grant) marries an American WAC (Ann Sheridan), but finds he must label himself a “war bride” in order to get into the U.S. with her. Genres: Ann Sheridan Films Cary Grant Films Gender Bending Howard Hawks Films Military […]

Beast With Five Fingers, The (1945)

“In my mind, there is no doubt the hand is walking around.” Synopsis: When a one-handed pianist (Victor Francen) dies, his loyal secretary (Peter Lorre) is distressed to learn that he’s been left out of his will, and soon comes to believe that Francen’s disembodied hand is stalking him. Genres: Disembodied Parts Horror Peter Lorre […]