In Name Only (1939)

“I’ll see Ms. Eden whenever and wherever I can.” Synopsis: A man (Cary Grant) unhappily married to a shrewish, gold-digging wife (Kay Francis) falls in love with a young widow (Carole Lombard) — but their desire to get married is foiled by Francis’s deceptive interventions. Genres: Carole Lombard Films Cary Grant Films John Cromwell Films […]

Four Daughters (1938)

“So they flipped a coin: heads he’s poor, tails he’s rich.” Synopsis: The four grown daughters — Thea (Lola Lane), Kay (Rosemary Lane), Emma (Gale Page), and Ann (Priscilla Lane) — of a musician (Claude Rains) struggle to find romantic happiness with the right partner. Emma resists overtures from the boy next door (Dick Foran), […]

Breakfast Club, The (1985)

“Everyone’s home life is unsatisfying: if it wasn’t, people would live with their parents forever.” Synopsis: A group of diverse teens — a privileged preppy girl (Molly Ringwald), a rebel (Judd Nelson), a jock (Emilio Estevez), a nerd (Anthony Michael Hall), and a recluse (Ally Sheedy) — form unexpected bonds during an extended day of […]

Trading Places (1983)

“Breeding, Randolph — same as racehorses; it’s in the blood.” Synopsis: Corrupt millionaires Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer (Don Ameche) Duke plot to reverse the fortunes of a hustling black con-artist (Eddie Murphy) and a privileged white stock broker (Dan Aykroyd) — all for the sake of a one-dollar bet about nature versus nurture. Genres: […]