Bedazzled (1967)

“You see, a soul’s rather like your appendix — totally expendable.” Synopsis: A nebbishy short-order cook (Dudley Moore) enlists the help of the Devil (Peter Cook) in attracting the attention of a pretty waitress (Eleanor Bron) he has a crush on. Genres: Comedy Dudley Moore Films Pact With the Devil Raquel Welch Films Stanley Donen […]

Raven, The (1963)

“Men like Scarabus thrive on the apathy of others.” Synopsis: After helping a magician-turned-raven (Peter Lorre) return to his human form, the son (Vincent Price) of a deceased grand sorceror — accompanied by his daughter (Olive Sturgess), Lorre, and Lorre’s son (Jack Nicholson) — heads to the castle of his father’s rival, Dr. Scarabus (Boris […]

Tales of Terror (1962)

“Pardon me, ladies, but could you spare a coin for a moral cripple?” Synopsis: A trio of vignettes tell Poe-inspired tales: in “Morella”, a grieving widower (Vincent Price) blames his grown daughter (Leona Gage) for the death of his long-dead wife (Maggie Pierce); in “The Black Cat”, an abusive drunkard (Peter Lorre) seeks bitter revenge […]

Comedy of Terrors, The (1963)

“I don’t think he’s quite dead enough yet to bury.” Synopsis: A drunken undertaker (Vincent Price) in need of clients bullies his assistant (Peter Lorre) into helping him kill innocent people — but their attempt to murder their strangely resilient landlord (Basil Rathbone) results in unexpectedly challenging consequences. Meanwhile, Lorre harbors a crush on Price’s […]

Before I Hang (1940)

“With one small inoculation, I can add years to your life – now, at once! How can you even hesitate?” Synopsis: An elderly doctor (Boris Karloff) about to be hung for committing a mercy killing conducts one final experiment by injecting himself with an anti-aging serum derived from the blood of a murderer — but […]

Grass is Greener, The (1960)

“It’s like a top secret that everyone knows — like the day before D-Day.” Synopsis: The wife (Deborah Kerr) of a penniless lord (Cary Grant) becomes romantically involved with a wealthy American (Robert Mitchum) who arrives as a tourist at their estate; but despite attempts by Kerr’s friend (Jean Simmons) to fill Grant in on […]

Affair to Remember, An (1957)

“Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories.” Synopsis: When a playboy (Cary Grant) engaged to an heiress (Neva Patterson) falls in love with a beautiful singer (Deborah Kerr), they decide to test their romance by meeting in six months at the top of the Empire State Building — but a tragic accident […]

Love Affair (1939)

“My father used to say that wishes are dreams we dream when we’re awake.” Synopsis: A French playboy (Charles Boyer) meets an American singer (Irene Dunne) on board a ship and the two fall in love, despite being engaged to others. They agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State […]

Show People (1928)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “I didn’t know that they made them that green.” Synopsis: Accompanied by her father (Dell Henderson), a naive aspiring actress (Marion Davies) arrives in Hollywood and befriends a kind actor (William Haines) who helps her break into slapstick comedies. Soon, however, […]

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

“Well of course we talk. Don’t everybody?” Synopsis: During the advent of talkies in Hollywood, a conceited movie star (Jean Hagen) with a terrible voice struggles to make the transition; meanwhile, her costar (Gene Kelly) falls in love with a young ingenue (Debbie Reynolds) who begins dubbing Hagen’s voice, invoking Hagen’s wrath and jealousy. Genres: […]