Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

“There’s something missing. Always when he talked to me there was a certain look in his eyes. Now it’s gone. There’s no emotion. The words are the same, but there’s no feeling.” Synopsis: As patients complain that their loved ones are “lookalike imposters”, a doctor (Kevin McCarthy) in a California town tries to protect himself, […]

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Synopsis: The tomboy-daughter (Mary Badham) of a widowed lawyer (Gregory Peck) reflects back on a summer when she, her older brother (Phillip Alford), and their friend Dill (John Megna) witness Peck attempting […]

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

“You know dear, we’re drifting apart, you and I — and I don’t like it.” Synopsis: An ambitious press agent (Tony Curtis) reliant on favors from widely-read columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) panics when he’s unable to carry out Hunsecker’s request to break up a romance between Hunsecker’s beloved sister (Susan Harrison) and her musician-boyfriend […]

House on 92nd Street, The (1945)

“The Germans felt that Dietrich was an extremely valuable man; so did the FBI.” Synopsis: A German-American university student (William Eythe) is recruited by a group of Nazi spies — led by a dress-shop owner (Signe Hasso) — but instead becomes a double-agent for the FBI. Genres: Historical Dramas Mistaken or Hidden Identities Nazis Spies […]

Naked City, The (1948)

“Yesterday, Jean Dexter was just another pretty girl. But now she’s the marmalade on a hundred thousand pieces of toast.” Synopsis: A detective (Barry Fitzgerald) and his assistant (Don Taylor) search for clues related to the murder of a model whose lying boyfriend (Howard Duff) is engaged to her co-worker (Dorothy Hart). Genres: Barry Fitzgerald […]

Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

“Time presses — and I’ve run out of means of persuasion.” Synopsis: A corrupt businessman (Sebastian Cabot) with a beautiful “secretary” (Marilee Earle) hires a ruthless gunslinger (Nedrick Young) with a self-loathing girlfriend (Carol Kelly) to kill any farmers who refuse to sell their oil-rich land to him — starting with the father (Ted Stanhope) […]

Killers, The (1946)

“I did something wrong once.” Synopsis: When two hit-men (William Conrad and Charles McGraw) kill a former boxer (Burt Lancaster) known as “The Swede”, an insurance agent (Edmond O’Brien) slowly unravels a complex tale of Lancaster’s obsessive love for a beautiful singer (Ava Gardner), as well as his involvement in a heist organized by crime […]

Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

“What reason is there to build a pyramid to hold a tomb if the tomb may be violated?” Synopsis: In Ancient Egypt, single-minded Pharaoh Khufu (Jack Hawkins) hires an enslaved architect (James Robertson Justice) to design a full-proof tomb that will secure his body and belongings for the after-life — but his second wife, wily […]

Spiral Staircase, The (1945)

“Even with her eyes shut, she seems to be watching you like an evil spirit.” Synopsis: On a dark and stormy night, a mute housemaid (Dorothy McGuire) caring for an infirm woman (Ethel Barrymore) in a country mansion fears for her life after several local girls with disabilities are murdered. Meanwhile, a kind doctor (Kent […]

Johnny Guitar (1954)

“I searched for you in every man I met.” Synopsis: A saloon owner (John Crawford) hoping to earn money when the railroad comes through her property reconnects with her former lover, “Johnny Guitar” (Sterling Hayden), while battling a local landowner (Mercedes McCambridge) who is determined to prove Crawford is in cahoots with a group of […]