Ali: Fear Eats the Soul/Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

“With people like that in the house, dirt takes over.” Synopsis: A widowed German housecleaner (Brigitte Mira) falls in love with a much-younger Moroccan mechanic (El Hedi ben Salem), but the couple’s May-December, cross-cultural romance must withstand constant scrutiny and prejudice from their neighbors, friends, and family. Genres: Cross-Cultural Romance Fassbinder Films German Films Marital […]

Love Me Tonight (1932)

“Nothing could be commoner than a commoner who’s a tailor!” Synopsis: A tailor (Maurice Chevalier) seeking money owed to him by a spendthrift nobleman (Charles Ruggles) is given the identity of a baron when he arrives at a castle overseen by Ruggles’ ducal uncle (C. Aubrey Smith). Smith’s nymphomaniac niece (Myrna Loy) immediately makes a […]

Boom Town (1940)

“You’re my girl, see? And you always will be — even if I have to lick you to prove it.” Synopsis: Two aspiring oil barons — “Big” John McMasters (Clark Gable) and “Square” John Sand (Spencer Tracy) — become business partners, but find their relationship strained when Gable marries Tracy’s would-be love interest (Claudette Colbert). […]

Big Trail, The (1930)

“We can’t turn back — we’re blazing a trail that started in England.” Synopsis: A frontiersman (John Wayne) seeking revenge on the man who killed his trapping partner agrees to lead a wagon trail headed west, not knowing the man he’s looking for is actually the sinister wagon boss (Tyrone Power, Sr.). Meanwhile, he falls […]

Wells Fargo (1937)

“In the old days, we had one important rule: get there.” Synopsis: An ambitious messenger (Joel McCrea) for the Wells Fargo Company in pre-Civil War America helps shape the future of communication and banking across the states while maintaining a long-distance marriage with his southern wife (Frances Dee). Genres: Frances Dee Films Historical Drama Joel […]

Dust Be My Destiny (1939)

“As far as they’re concerned, I’m hanging by the neck already!” Synopsis: An ex-con (John Garfield) embittered about being wrongly imprisoned is picked up for train-hopping and sent to a work farm, where he falls in love with the stepdaughter (Priscilla Lane) of a cruel foreman (Stanley Ridges) who dies shortly after a fight. On […]

Story of Alexander Graham Bell, The (1939)

“Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to address you this evening — though I am in Boston, and you are in Salem.” Synopsis: Alexander Graham Bell (Don Ameche) falls in love with the deaf daughter (Loretta Young) of a wealthy investor (Charles Coburn) while collaborating with his colleague Thomas Watson (Henry Ford) on […]

Call of the Wild (1935)

“Well, they wanted gold — now they got it.” Synopsis: A prospector (Clark Gable), his buddy (Jack Oakie), and their new dog accompany the rescued wife (Loretta Young) of a missing prospector (Frank Conroy) on a search for a legendary gold mine during the Klondike Gold Rush — but a weaselly rival (Reginald Owen) is […]

Barbary Coast (1935)

“San Francisco is no place for a bad loser — man or woman.” Synopsis: Accompanied by a retired colonel (Frank Craven), a single woman (Miriam Hopkins) sails to San Franciso during the Gold Rush, hoping to marry a wealthy man sight unseen. After learning her fiance has been killed in a lawless dispute, the local […]