North Star, The (1943)

“We’re the younger generation, and the future of our nation!” Synopsis: Ukrainian villagers — including high school graduate Marina (Anne Baxter), her college-bound fiance Damian (Farley Granger), her best friend Clavdia (Jane Withers), Clavdia’s brother (Eric Roberts), and Damian’s older brother (Dana Andrews) — must deal with the sudden invasion of Nazi soldiers in their […]

Flame and the Arrow, The (1950)

“A man who knows what he’s dying for only seems to die.” Synopsis: In medieval Hessian-occupied Italy, an archer named Dardo (Burt Lancaster) loses his son (Gordon Gebert) to his estranged wife (Lynn Baggett), who is cohabitating with Count Ulrich “The Hawk” (Frank Allenby). With the help of his loyal sidekick (Nick Cravat), Dardo kidnaps […]

Conqueror, The (1956)

“I feel this Tartar woman is for me, and my blood says, take her.” Synopsis: With assistance from his loyal brother (Pedro Armendariz), a Mongol warrior (John Wayne) soon-to-be-known-as Genghis Khan attempts to conquer neighboring tribes while also winning the heart of his captive wife (Susan Hayward). Genres: Historical Drama John Wayne Films Marital Problems […]

Home of the Brave (1949)

“You either like a guy or you don’t. That’s all there is to it; that’s all there’ll ever be to it.” Synopsis: During World War II, a paralyzed war veteran (James Edwards) tells an army psychiatrist (Jeff Corey) about his experiences as the only black man in an otherwise all-white platoon — led by a […]

Moon and Sixpence, The (1942)

“I tell you, I’ve GOT to paint – I can’t help myself!” Synopsis: A writer (Herbert Marshall) recounts the tale of a self-absorbed Brit (George Sanders) who leaves his wife (Molly Lamont) and children for a life of solitary painting in Paris. Once there, Strickland (Sanders) is idolized and cared for by a meek acquaintance […]

Benji (1974)

“We don’t want any kind of dog — we want BENJI!” Synopsis: Two motherless siblings named Paul (Allen Fluzat) and Cindy (Cynthia Smith) try unsuccessfully to convince their father (Peter Breck) and housekeeper (Patsy Garrett) to let them adopt a stray dog named Benji, who makes daily visits to a local policeman (Terry Carter), a […]

Saxon Charm, The (1948)

“The Saxon charm is always turned on full the next day.” Synopsis: A best-selling novelist (John Payne) eager to have his first play produced by a notoriously self-absorbed theatrical guru (Robert Montgomery) ignores misgivings from both his wife (Susan Hayward) and Montgomery’s loyal girlfriend (Audrey Totter), and finds himself struggling to maintain artistic autonomy over […]

Desperate Hours, The (1955)

“Yes, son — I’m afraid, and I’m not ashamed of it.” Synopsis: A trio of escaped convicts — ringleader Glenn Griffin (Humphrey Bogart), his conflicted younger brother (Dewey Martin), and a portly psychopath (Robert Middleton) — hole up in the home of Mr. Hilliard (Fredric March), his wife (Martha Scott), and their two children (Mary […]

Amazing Colossal Man, The (1957)

“What sin could a man commit in a single lifetime to bring this about on himself?” Synopsis: A lieutenant (Glenn Langan) exposed to an atomic bomb test blast in Nevada begins growing enormous while acting increasingly mad, much to the distress of his concerned fiancee (Cathy Downs) and the doctor treating him (William Hudson). Genres: […]

Big Street, The (1942)

“Love is something that gives you one room, two chins, and three kids.” Synopsis: With the help of his gambling friends, a hopelessly smitten busboy (Henry Fonda) cares for a narcissistic showgirl (Lucille Ball) after she’s paralyzed by her brutish boyfriend (Barton MacLane) in an accident. He arranges to push her in a wheelchair from […]