Different Story, A (1978)

“Yes I have, several, and not particularly.” Synopsis: A lesbian real estate agent (Meg Foster) allows a homeless gay illegal immigrant (Perry King) to live with her, and they eventually become friends, then spouses, then lovers, then parents. Genres: Homosexuality Lesbianism Romance Review: It’s unclear why Peary included this controversial indie film in the back […]

Grapes of Wrath, The (1940)

“Seems like the government’s got more interest in a dead man than a live one.” Synopsis: When Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) is released from prison, he finds his family — including Ma (Jane Darwell), Pa (Russell Simpson), Uncle John (Frank Darien), Grandpa (Charley Grapewin), Grandma (Zeffie Tilbury), brother Al (O.Z. Whitehead), pregnant sister Rosasharn (Dorris […]

Abraham Lincoln (1930)

“Do you suppose there’s a human being who wants peace more than I do?” Synopsis: After mourning the loss of his first love, Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), Abraham Lincoln (Walter Huston) marries Mary Todd (Kay Hammond), becomes president of the United States, oversees the bloodiest war in American history, and eventually dies at the hands […]

Bicycle Thief, The / Bicycle Thieves (1948)

“I have to find that bicycle.” Synopsis: An unemployed father (Lamberto Maggiorani) in post-WWII Rome secures a job hanging movie posters, on the contingency that he possess a bicycle — but his happiness quickly turns to sorrow when his bicycle is stolen on his first day of work, and he and his son (Enzo Staiola) […]

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

“By jing, that’s all there is to it: right and wrong.” Synopsis: Young lawyer Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) defends a pair of brothers (Richard Cromwell and Eddie Quillan) accused of murdering a bully (Fred Kohler, Jr.). Genres: Biopics Courtroom Drama Henry Fonda Films Historical Drama John Ford Films Lawyers Review: Henry Fonda apparently had to […]

So Dark the Night (1946)

“Every pretty girl would like to go to Paris.” Synopsis: A renowned Parisian detective (Steven Geray) vacationing in a small town falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Micheline Cheirel) — but when her jealous fiance (Paul Marion) threatens to harm her if she leaves him, Detective Cassin (Geray) finds himself unexpectedly embroiled in […]

I Love You Again (1940)

“A thing like a divorce can break up a marriage!” Synopsis: While rescuing a shipmate (Frank McHugh) who’s fallen overboard, a boring businessman named Larry Wilson (William Powell) gets knocked on the head and suddenly remembers his past as a con-man named George Carey. Upon meeting his beautiful wife (Myrna Loy), Powell is immediately smitten […]

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

“To 1966 — the year One!” Synopsis: A pregnant woman (Mia Farrow) fears for her baby’s safety as her husband (John Cassavetes) becomes increasingly chummy with their strange new neighbors (Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer). Genres: Elisha Cook Films Horror Films John Cassavetes Films Mia Farrow Films “No One Believes Me!” Possession Pregnancy Roman Polanski […]

Carrie (1976)

“Sin never dies.” Synopsis: A painfully shy teenager (Sissy Spacek) with an abusive, religiously fanatic mother (Piper Laurie) is invited to the prom by a boy (William Katt) whose girlfriend (Amy Irving) feels sorry for Carrie (Spacek); but an evil bully (Nancy Allen), with the help of her boyfriend (John Travolta), is determined to ensure […]

Detective, The / Father Brown (1954)

“I want to help him — to cure him of a sickness in his soul.” Synopsis: A priest (Alec Guinness) with a penchant for sleuthing is determined to save the soul of a notorious, disguise-happy thief named Flambeau (Peter Finch). Genres: Alec Guinness Films Amateur Sleuths Cat-and-Mouse Joan Greenwood Films Literature Adaptation Peter Finch Films […]