The Plot Thickens (1936)

Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason) has a twisted new case on his hands when John Carter (Richard Tucker) is found dead in his study by his butler, Kendall (Arthur Aylesworth). There are several suspicious people in Carter’s circle. Alice Stevens seems to be the last person to have seen Carter alive; her boyfriend, Robert Wilkins, was seen arguing with Carter by a cop; and there’s … Continue reading The Plot Thickens (1936)

The Stranger (1946)

Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) works for the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and he’s on the trail of a fugitive. Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi war criminal, has managed to erase every clue to his whereabouts and identity, aside from the fact that he’s well-known to be obsessed with clocks. Wilson hopes that Konrad Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) can lead him to Kindler, and … Continue reading The Stranger (1946)

Horror Half-Week, Day 4: Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Happy Halloween, classic movie buffs! I hope you’re all enjoying a very spooky day. If you missed ’em, the past three features in this year’s Horror Half-Week were Don’t Look Now (1973), Diabolique (1955), and The Leech Woman (1960). Today, we dive into the dark and strange world of cults. Slender hangs illusion, fragile the thread to reality. Always the question: Is it true? Truth … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 4: Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Horror Half-Week, Day 3: The Leech Woman (1960)

Happy Halloween Eve! It’s day three of Horror Half-Week, and we’re moving from serious Criterion Channel thrillers to somewhat-silly sci-fi. If you missed day one or two, check out my recommendations of Don’t Look Now (1973) and Diabolique (1955). Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry) has a fine work life, but a failing marriage. His wife, June (Coleen Gray), is ten years older than him and … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 3: The Leech Woman (1960)

Horror Half-Week, Day 2: Diabolique (1955)

Spoooooky Halloween, movie buffs, and welcome to Day 2 of TMP’s annual haunted celebration: Horror Half-Week! Yesterday, we took a look at a ’70s ghost-thriller, Don’t Look Now. Today, we hop back a few decades — and across the pond — for a French horror-thriller. On to the review! Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse) runs a boarding school in France, which is owned by his wife, … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 2: Diabolique (1955)

Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Don’t Look Now (1973)

Spooooky Halloween, everyone! TMP is, as usual, celebrating with Horror Half-Week: a four-day celebration of creepy films. This year’s Half-Week has no theme — just a collection of eerie films I’ve discovered recently. Today’s feature is a 1973 horror of parenthood, which I found on the Criterion Channel. On to the review! Laura (Julie Christie) and John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) are facing a parent’s worst … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Don’t Look Now (1973)

Swamp Women (1956)

Note: Today’s post is in collaboration with Todd from Cinema Monolith, bringing back our two-person Cheeseathon! Head over to Todd’s blog to find out his thoughts on this alligator-infused crime thriller. Lee Hampton (Carole Matthews) is in prison, but not for any crime. She’s an undercover policewoman attempting to find stolen diamonds. Three prisoners — Josie (Marie Windsor), Vera (Beverly Garland), and Billie (Jil Jarmyn) … Continue reading Swamp Women (1956)

Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Spoooooky October, movie buffs! This year, I do plan to continue the TMP tradition of Horror Half-Week in the days leading up to Halloween, but the rest of the month will feature some spooks as well. I have a little backlog of mysteries and monster movies to review. We begin today with 1940’s Dr. Cyclops. Dr. Cyclops follows Dr. Mary Robinson (Janice Logan), Dr. Rupert … Continue reading Dr. Cyclops (1940)

The Breaking Point (1950)

“You know how it is early in the morning on the water? Everything’s quiet except for the seagulls a long way off. You feel great. Then you come ashore, and it starts. In no time at all, you’re up to your ears in trouble.” Harry Morgan (John Garfield) is a California boat captain, but his business isn’t doing too great. Harry struggles to support his … Continue reading The Breaking Point (1950)

Sapphire (1959)

It’s an average, pleasant day in Hampstead Heath. A lot of people are out and about; children are running and playing. But things take a grim turn when the children discover the body of a young woman who has been stabbed to death. Police get right to work investigating, learning that the woman was Sapphire Robbins (Yvonne Buckingham), a college student. Their investigation takes a … Continue reading Sapphire (1959)