Tiger Shark (1932)

“No fisherman can go to heaven with a bite out of him!” Synopsis: A proud Portuguese-American fisherman (Edward G. Robinson) loses his hand to a shark after saving his friend and shipmate (Richard Arlen) from death at sea, then marries the beautiful daughter (Zita Johann) of a recently deceased crewman (William Ricciardi), not knowing Johann […]

Law and Order (1932)

“If the west wants law and order, it’ll have to do it without me.” Synopsis: A rugged gambler and frontier marshal (Walter Huston) — loosely based on Wyatt Earp — is conscripted by a group of Tombstone citizens to bring “law and order” to the notoriously wild and woolly western town. Genres: Walter Huston Films […]

Red Shoes, The (1948)

“You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.” Synopsis: An aspiring ballerina (Moira Shearer) is accepted into a troupe run by a dictatorial manager (Anton Walbrook), and soon gains fame as his leading dancer — but her romance with […]

White Heat (1949)

“No, Ma — your hunches are never wrong.” Synopsis: When psychopathic criminal Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) is released from prison, he immediately enlists his gang in holding up a train, resulting in the death of four workers and the fatal wounding of one gang member (Ford Rainey). While in hiding with his mom (Margaret Wycherly) […]

They Drive By Night (1940)

“We’re tougher than any truck ever come off an assembly line.” Synopsis: A trucker (George Raft) and his brother (Humphrey Bogart) hoping to “go independent” accept an offer from a wealthy widow (Ida Lupino) to help run her trucking business, not knowing Lupino secretly killed her husband (Alan Hale) in an attempt to make herself […]

Verdict, The (1982)

“There are no other cases; this is the case.” Synopsis: An ambulance-chasing lawyer (Paul Newman) is hired by the sister (Roxanne Hart) and brother-in-law (James Handy) of a woman put into an irreversible coma during childbirth after being given incorrect anesthesia by an attending doctor (Wesley Addy). Newman refuses to take the generous settlement offered […]

Whole Town’s Talking, The (1935)

“I’ll show you! A false alarm, am I?” Synopsis: A mild-mannered clerk (Edward G. Robinson) named Arthur Jones — who happens to look exactly like the murderous bank robber “Killer” Mannion (also Robinson) — is apprehended by police, released with an identity certificate, and commissioned to ghost-write Mannion’s memoirs for the local newspaper. Meanwhile, Mannion […]

Prince of the City (1981)

“Everybody’s using everybody, right?” Synopsis: A narcotics detective (Treat Williams) agrees to cooperate with the lead investigators (Norman Parker and Paul Roebling) of a special commission on corruption, but vows never to “turn” on his partners (Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett, and Kenny Marino). Genres: Corruption Police Sidney Lumet Films Treat Williams Films Review: […]

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

“I don’t wanna talk to some flunky pig trying to calm me, man.” Synopsis: A married New Yorker (Al Pacino) hoping to pay for a sex-change operation for his male lover (Chris Sarandon) collaborates with a trigger-happy partner (John Cazale) to rob a bank; but when things go horribly wrong, they end up holding the […]

Stalag 17 (1953)

“There are two people in this barracks who know I didn’t do it: me and the guy that did do it.” Synopsis: After two men attempting escape die in a German prisoner-of-war camp, a cynical wheeler-dealer (William Holden) is falsely accused of being an informant to the barrack’s Kommandant (Otto Preminger). Someone is sending secret […]