Razor’s Edge, The (1946)

“I don’t think I’ll ever find peace until I make up my mind about things.” Synopsis: A writer (Herbert Marshall) recounts his experiences meeting a traumatized WWI pilot (Tyrone Power) returning home unready to settle down and marry his social-climbing girlfriend (Gene Tierney), who is patient for a while but eventually marries a wealthy man […]

Fugitive Kind, The (1960)

“I’m not tired — I’m just fed up.” Synopsis: A drifter-guitarist (Marlon Brando) hoping to leave his wild life behind settles for a job as a clerk at a store owned by an ailing bigot (Victor Jory) and his long-suffering wife (Anna Magnani). Meanwhile, a troubled girl (Joanne Woodward) who’s unwelcome in the small town […]

Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)

“Last year it was ‘Kill Japs’ and this year it’s ‘Make money’.” Synopsis: Three veterans (Fredric March, Dana Andrews, and Harold Russell) find their return home from World War II more challenging than expected. While March’s wife (Myrna Loy) is patient and loyal, his two children (Teresa Wright and Michael Hall) are now grown, and […]

Go Tell the Spartans (1978)

“He was a dink! I’m sick and tired of the goddamned, fish-stinkin’ dinks!” Synopsis: During the early years of the Vietnam War, a battle-weary major (Burt Lancaster) and his officer (Marc Singer) at a poorly manned outpost send a group of men — including promotion-hungry Lieutenant Hamilton (Joe Unger), burnt-out Sergeant Oleonowski (Jonathan Goldsmith), drug-addicted […]

Green Berets, The (1968)

“Out here, due process is a bullet!” Synopsis: A cynical reporter (David Janssen) follows Colonel Kirby (John Wayne) to a post in Vietnam, where Kirby’s special forces troop — including a captain (Edward Faulkner), a supplies specialist (Jim Hutton) who has befriended a young war orphan (Craig Jue), a master sergeant (Aldo Ray), and a […]

Night and the City (1950)

“I’m through hustling for nightclubs — for you or for anybody else!” Synopsis: A small-time American hustler (Richard Widmark) with a loyal girlfriend (Gene Tierney) — working on commission for a nightclub owner (Francis L. Sullivan) — schemes with Sullivan’s ambitious wife (Googie Withers) to raise money for a new venture in London: Greco-Roman wrestling […]

Stranger, The (1946)

“People can’t help who they fall in love with.” Synopsis: When a G-man (Edward G. Robinson) follows a former prisoner (Konstantin Shayne) from Latin America to a small Connecticut town, he finds that the daughter (Loretta Young) of the local judge (Philip Merivale) is about to marry a man (Orson Welles) with a secret past […]

Millhouse: A White Comedy (1967)

“You won’t have Nixon to kick around any more.” Synopsis: Documentarian Emile de Antonio compiles news clips of Richard Nixon, tracing his political career from 1946 to his trajectory to the White House. Genres: Documentary Political Corruption Review: Peary lists a handful of films by documentarian Emile De Antonio in his GFTFF — beginning with […]

Guys and Dolls (1955)

“I am not putting the knock on dolls. It’s just that they are something to have around only when they come in handy — like cough drops.” Synopsis: While trying to schedule an illegal craps game under the watchful eye of Lieutenant Brannigan (Robert Keith), Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) — eager to secure enough money […]

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

“I love you so, I can’t bear to share you with anybody.” Synopsis: Shortly after the death of her beloved father, a socialite (Gene Tierney) breaks off her engagement with an aspiring politician (Vincent Price) and seduces a writer (Cornel Wilde) into marriage. When it becomes clear how deeply Ellen (Tierney) resents the presence of […]