Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)

“When I watched him die and suffer like he did with that black lung disease, I knew that something could be done about it. I told myself then, if I ever get the opportunity to get those coal operators, I will.” Synopsis: A group of poverty-stricken Kentucky coal miners seeking representation by the United Mine […]

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

“Now I can control life — absolutely!” Synopsis: A doctor (Albert Dekker) with failing eyesight invites three scientists (Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, and Charles Halton) to his laboratory deep in the South American jungles, hoping to seek their input on his work with radium. Soon the scientists, a muledriver (Victor Kilian), and Dekker’s assistant (Frank […]

Destry Rides Again (1939)

“Every time I mention his name, it’s sort of like I’m talking about a ghost.” Synopsis: The son (Jimmy Stewart) of a famed sheriff is hired to work with the newly appointed sheriff (Charles Winninger) in a lawless town run by a murderous bully (Brian Donlevy), his two henchmen (Allen Jenkins and Warren Hymer), and […]

Christmas Story, A (1983)

“Oh, life is like that: sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at its zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.” Synopsis: A writer (Jean Shepherd) reminisces about his most memorable Christmas, when — as a young boy (Peter Billingsley) in 1940s […]

Born Yesterday (1950)

“A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.” Synopsis: An abusive, controlling businessman (Broderick Crawford) hoping to impress a congressman (Larry Oliver) in D.C. hires a reporter (William Holden) to give private tutoring lessons to his not-too-bright fiancee (Judy Holliday), hoping she’ll learn how to act appropriately in a political climate. […]