Humoresque (1946)

“I’m tired of playing second fiddle to the ghost of Beethoven.” Synopsis: A married socialite (Joan Crawford) becomes smitten with an aspiring violinist (John Garfield), and the pair are soon lovers — but will Crawford’s meek husband (Paul Cavanagh), Garfield’s disapproving mother (Ruth Nelson), or Garfield’s former girlfriend (Joan Chandler) stand in the way of […]

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

“He doesn’t punish men for discipline; he likes to see men crawl.” Synopsis: When sadistic Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton) mistreats his crew to the point of abuse and death, his first officer (Clark Gable) leads a mutiny despite the protests of Bligh’s loyal midshipman (Franchot Tone). Genres: At Sea Charles Laughton Films Clark Gable Films […]

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

“I know women — they always fall in love with an illusion.” Synopsis: In Buenos Aires, the headstrong father (Adolphe Menjou) of four grown daughters — who insists they get married in chronological order — tries to get his second child (Rita Hayworth) in a romantic mood by sending her letters from a secret admirer. […]

Captains Courageous (1937)

“Fifteen years I been fisherman — first time I ever fish a boy like you!” Synopsis: The spoiled son (Freddie Bartholomew) of a distracted magnate (Melvyn Douglas) accidentally falls overboard and is rescued by a Portuguese fisherman (Spencer Tracy) who takes him under his wing. Soon Bartholomew has learned to work hard and take responsibility, […]

Boys Town (1938)

“There is no bad boy.” Synopsis: An idealistic but fiscally irresponsible priest (Spencer Tracy) opens a home for delinquent boys named Boys Town, but meets his match when an unruly youngster (Mickey Rooney) refuses to fall in line with the community’s principles. Genres: Do-Gooders Juvenile Delinquents Mickey Rooney Films Orphans Priests and Ministers Spencer Tracy […]

All the King’s Men (1949)

“Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption.” Synopsis: A small-town farmer-turned-lawyer (Broderick Crawford) rises to prominence in politics, aided by a hard-talking political aide (Mercedes McCambridge) and a sympathetic reporter (John Ireland) whose girlfriend (Joanne Dru) becomes Crawford’s lover. However, as Crawford becomes increasingly corrupt, he puts the well-being and reputations of many […]

Escape (1940)

“My mother — what’s she got to do with death? She’s life!” Synopsis: The son (Robert Taylor) of a famous actress (Nazimova) who has gone missing after selling her late husband’s estate in Germany attempts to track her down, but finds all citizens fearful and evasive about her fate in a concentration camp. Will Taylor […]

Winning Team, The (1952)

“It isn’t enough that I believe in him — baseball’s got to believe in him, too.” Synopsis: Farmer-turned-pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander (Ronald Reagan) finds support from his loving wife (Doris Day) while pursuing a career in major league baseball — but after being hit in the head, his vision and stability are never quite the […]

Strawberry Blonde, The (1941)

“I’d have quit long ago if that horse didn’t have such interesting teeth…” Synopsis: In 1890s New York, an aspiring dentist (Jimmy Cagney) falls instantly in love with a flirty blonde (Rita Hayworth), but accepts comfort and romance with Hayworth’s friend (Olivia de Havilland) instead when his buddy (Jack Carson) steals Hayworth from under his […]

Red Dust (1932)

“Don’t mind me, boys — I’m just restless.” Synopsis: A prostitute (Jean Harlow) on the lam falls for the owner (Clark Gable) of a rubber plantation in Indochina, but Gable is primarily interested in the wife (Mary Astor) of a visiting engineer (Gene Raymond). Genres: Clark Gable Films Fugitives Jean Harlow Films Jungles Love Triangle […]