Naughty Marietta (1935)

“We fight for our living and love at our leisure.” Synopsis: A French princess (Jeanette MacDonald) fleeing a forced marriage goes undercover with a ship of single women bound for marriages in the colony of New Orleans. Their ship is ransacked by pirates, but they’re saved by a troop of mercenaries led by Captain Richard […]

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)

“Sitting Bull says that history is nothing more than disrespect for the dead.” Synopsis: With the help of his producer (Joel Grey), publicist (Kevin McCarthy), and relative (Harvey Keitel), William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody (Paul Newman) hires Sitting Bull (Frank Kaquitts) to be part of his popular traveling show, which also features sharp-shooter Annie Oakley (Geraldine […]

Rose-Marie (1936)

“If I should ever call you, would you answer me?” Synopsis: When a temperamental opera singer (Jeanette MacDonald) heads to the Canadian wilderness to find her fugitive brother (Jimmy Stewart), she falls in love with a singing Mountie (Nelson Eddy). But will his sense of duty foil their new romance? Genres: David Niven Films Fugitives […]

Buffalo Bill (1944)

“Savages — brutes — fiends! Why did I ever come to this nightmare of a country?” Synopsis: After “Buffalo” Bill Cody (Joel McCrea) rescues a U.S. Senator (Moroni Olsen) and his beautiful daughter (Maureen O’Hara) from a stagecoach attack, he falls in love with and marries O’Hara, who struggles to adapt to life in the […]

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

“Another robber — the hotel is full of them!” Synopsis: The daughter (Gloria Stuart) of a penny-pinching millionaire (Alice Brady) convinces her mother to allow her a summer of freedom and fun before marrying her stodgy older suitor (Hugh Herbert). Stuart quickly falls in love with her new “chaperone” (Dick Powell), a hotel clerk engaged […]

Beginning of the End (1957)

“The time will come when the beasts will inherit the Earth.” Synopsis: A journalist (Peggie Castle) and a scientist (Peter Graves) help a general (Morris Ankrum) and his army fight against a swarm of giant atomic locusts headed towards Chicago. Genres: Killer Animals Nuclear Threat Science Fiction Review: A direct rip-off of Them! (1954) (with […]

Kipps (1941)

“The portals of society are open nowadays to anyone who has the means to make himself worthy of it.” Synopsis: A working-class draper’s assistant (Michael Redgrave) is fired from his job after a night of carousing with an actor (Arthur Riscoe), then comes unexpectedly into a sizable inheritance. Kipps (Redgrave) tries to enhance his status […]

Flesh and Fantasy (1943)

“I know your face is beautiful because you are — it couldn’t be otherwise!” Synopsis: When a man (Robert Benchley) has his fortune told at a party and then dreams the opposite will come true, his friend (David Hoffman) tries to soothe his nerves by telling three tales about the intersection of the supernatural with […]

Reign of Terror (1949)

“No one goes to bed in Paris — it isn’t safe to go to bed!” Synopsis: A French patriot (Robert Cummings) kills and impersonates a notorious prosecutor (Charles Gordon) summoned by bloodthirsty Maximilian Robespierre (Richard Basehart), who informs Cummings that his “black book” of traitors-to-be-executed has been lost. With the help of his former lover […]

Clockwork Orange, A (1971)

“If you need Pretty Polly — you take it.” Synopsis: In a dystopian British future, an ultra-violent thug (Malcolm McDowell) who has committed a series of heinous crimes with his “droogs” (James Marcus, Michael Tarn, and Warren Clarke) is arrested and sent to prison, where he undergoes a new conversion therapy known as the “Ludovico […]