Face in the Crowd, A (1957)

“This whole country’s just like my flock of sheep!” Synopsis: A radio producer (Patricia Neal) discovers a charismatic drifter (Andy Griffith) in Arkansas who is soon tapped to star in his own television show as “Lonesome Rhodes”, and becomes a folksy cult favorite with “the common people”. Griffith and Neal fall in love, but their […]

Raw Deal (1948)

“What do you know about anything? You probably had your bread buttered on both sides since the day you were born.” Synopsis: With help from his lovestruck moll (Claire Trevor), a convict (Dennis O’Keefe) escapes from prison and kidnaps a soft-hearted social worker (Marsha Hunt) while fleeing from both the police and his deceitful crime […]

American Pop (1981)

“You’re the prize in my box! And my box is this country. It’s all tinfoil on the outside, corn and sweetness on the inside.” Synopsis: Four generations of Russian-Jewish immigrants seek love, fortune, and musical careers in New York City and beyond. Genres: Animated Features Musicians Review: Ralph Bakshi‘s animated musical-paean to the messy glory […]

Daisy Kenyon (1947)

“I can’t wander all my life… I’ve got to be going somewhere!” Synopsis: When her wealthy lover (Dana Andrews) refuses to leave his manipulative wife (Ruth Warrick) out of concern for his two daughters (Peggy Ann Garner and Connie Marshall), a magazine artist named Daisy Kenyon (Joan Crawford) agrees to marry a widowed veteran (Henry […]

T.R. Baskin (1971)

“The city is pretty from a distance — like someone with bad skin.” Synopsis: A young woman (Candice Bergen) from a small town heads to Chicago, where she falls for a guy (James Caan) who inexplicably mistakes her for a prostitute, and recommends her “services” to a former college buddy (Peter Boyle). Genres: Candice Bergen […]

Untamed Youth (1957)

“Don’t you see, honey? After this harvest, I’ll be rich — and after next season, I’ll be wealthy!” Synopsis: Two aspiring singers (Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson) are arrested for vagrancy on their way to Hollywood, and sentenced by a judge (Lurene Tuttle) to work on a cotton farm owned by her greedy husband […]