Murder, My Sweet / Farewell, My Lovely (1944)

“A black pool opened up at my feet again, and I dived in.” Synopsis: Private eye Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is commissioned by a hulking ex-con named Moose (Mike Mazurki) to find his long-lost girlfriend, Velma. Meanwhile, Marlowe is hired to accompany a man (Douglas Walton) as he retrieves a jade necklace stolen from the […]

Phantom Lady (1944)

“Don’t you realize this can result in an awful long rest cure for you?” Synopsis: An unhappy man (Alan Curtis) attends a musical show with a mysterious woman (Fay Helm) he meets at a bar, then returns home to find his wife strangled to death and a bevy of policemen (Thomas Gomez, Regis Toomey, and […]

Forever and a Day (1943)

“Americans haven’t much feeling for old houses, have they?” Synopsis: An American (Kent Smith) visiting London during World War II learns the complex history of an ancestral house he is hoping to sell. Genres: Buster Keaton Films Charles Laughton Films Claude Rains Films Edmund Gwenn Films Elsa Lanchester Films Ensemble Cast Flashback Films Herbert Marshall […]

Criminal Code, The (1931)

“An eye for an eye: that’s the basis and foundation of the criminal code. Somebody’s got to pay!” Synopsis: A young man (Phillip Holmes) sent to prison for accidental manslaughter by a sympathetic but by-the-books D.A. (Walter Huston) becomes a shell of his former self, yet finds renewed reason for living when he falls in […]

Pyx, The (1973)

“You’re going to help me achieve a miracle.” Synopsis: After a woman (Karen Black) is seen falling to her death from a high-rise building in Montreal, a pair of detectives (Christopher Plummer and Donald Pilon) investigate the case while Black’s life as a heroin-addicted prostitute with a controlling madam (Yvette Brind’amour) is shown in flashback. […]

Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)

“It is the task of science to discover the truth. There is no shame attached to the recognition of error.” Synopsis: With the support of his loyal wife (Ruth Gordon) and colleague (Otto Kruger), Dr. Paul Ehrlich (Edward G. Robinson) leaves his clinical career behind to pursue scientific research on potential diagnosis and cure of […]

High Sierra (1941)

“Of all the 14-karat saps! Starting out on a caper with a woman and a dog…” Synopsis: Ex-con “Mad Dog” Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) — sprung from prison by an ailing friend (Donald MacBride) — connects with a pair of hoodlums (Arthur Kennedy and Alan Curtis) and their luckless moll (Ida Lupino), who are collaborating […]

Hitch-Hiker, The (1953)

“You guys are going to die, that’s all — it’s just a question of when.” Synopsis: Two pals (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on a fishing vacation in Mexico make the mistake of picking up a homicidal hitch-hiker (William Talman). Genres: Edmond O’Brien Films Hostages Ida Lupino Films Road Trip Serial Killers Review: Helmed by […]

Light That Failed, The (1939)

“Painting is seeing, then remembering better than you saw.” Synopsis: A British painter and former Sudanese-war correspondent (Ronald Colman) pines after his childhood sweetheart (Muriel Angelus), who prefers to pursue her own painting career. Meanwhile, Colman’s eyesight — damaged during an attack while protecting a fellow soldier (Walter Huston) — begins to fail him, and […]

Thunderbolt (1929)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “There’s a dame behind every guy in this joint.” Synopsis: A wanted gangster named “Thunderbolt” (George Bancroft) refuses to let go of his long-time moll (Fay Wray), even though she’s in love with a hard-working banker (Richard […]