Gigi (1958)

“They’ve pounded into my head I’m backward for my age — but I know what all this means.” Synopsis: In turn-of-the-century Paris, a teen (Leslie Caron) living with her grandmother (Hermione Gingold) is groomed by her great-aunt (Isabel Jeans) to be a courtesan — but when a family friend (Louis Jourdan) takes a romantic interest […]

American in Paris, An (1951)

“What gets me is, I don’t know anything about her.” Synopsis: An aspiring painter (Gene Kelly) in post-WWII Paris, living in the same building as his piano-playing buddy (Oscar Levant), is discovered by a beautiful patroness (Nina Foch) who hopes Kelly will become her new lover; meanwhile, Kelly falls in love with a shopgirl (Leslie […]

Sadie Thompson (1928)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Peary title; click here to read more.] “Sadie Thompson, you are an evil woman!” Synopsis: A fun-loving woman (Gloria Swanson) fleeing from San Francisco arrives in Pago-Pago, where a judgmental missionary (Lionel Barrymore) tries to convince her to repent her sins, and a handsome soldier (Raoul Walsh) tempts […]

Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

“I declare my soul, when I tell ’em this down at the pub, they won’t believe a word of it.” Synopsis: An elderly Irishman (Albert Sharpe) whose livelihood is about to be taken over by a strapping young stranger (Sean Connery) earns three wishes from the king of the leprechauns (Jimmy O’Dea), but struggles to […]

Waitress! (1981)

“Admit it — you’re a chauvinist! You hate the idea that my career is just as important as yours.” Synopsis: An aspiring actress (Carol Drake) working as a waitress at a hectic restaurant owned by her boyfriend (Jim Harris) will stop at nothing to convince a producer (Ed Fenton) to cast her as Joan of […]

Royal Wedding (1951)

“This is a pretty box of pickles!” Synopsis: A successful brother (Fred Astaire) and sister (Jane Powell) dancing team head to London just as a royal wedding is about to take place. Once there, Astaire falls in love with a dancing ingenue (Sarah Churchill), while Powell pursues romance with a lord (Peter Lawford) she met […]