Second Looks: The Innocents (1961)

“We must try to  learn what it is these horrors want.” Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) has applied for a job as a governess, her very first position of this type. Luckily for her, the wealthy bachelor in need of her services (Michael Redgrave) seems unconcerned by her lack of work  history. Left to raise his…

The Night Walker (1964)

Howard Trent (Hayden Rorke) hears the secrets that you keep, when you’re talking in your sleep… particularly if you’re his wife, Irene (Barbara Stanwyck). Howard has secretly been recording every conversation that takes place in his home, including those his wife has with no one, while she’s dreaming. Howard is convinced that Irene isn’t dreaming…

Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

Three friends — Jody, Steamer, and Chase — have come to Oahu in search of the world’s biggest waves. Surfers from around the world have come to the island to compete against one another. Along the way, the young men face arguments, injuries, and romantic complications. Ride the Wild Surf  was written and produced by…

The Young Runaways (1968)

Deanie Donford (Patty McCormack) is tired of her parents trying to control her life. Dewey Norson (Kevin Coughlin) is a small-town high school senior afraid to disappoint his parents. Shelly Allen (Brooke Bundy) is the daughter of a busy ad executive, neglected by her father in favor of his work. Each of these teens decides to…

Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons (1960)

Sometimes, a marriage starts out all sunshine and rainbows, only to turn sour after years or even decades. Sometimes, it’s doomed from the start. For Henri Landru (George Sanders), it’s all doom and gloom, but he only has himself to blame. Obsessed with a burlesque performer named Odette (Corinne Calvet), Henri can only win her…

Favorite things about… How to Steal a Million (1966)

The favorite film: How to Steal a Million, directed by William Wyler The synopsis: Monsieur Bonnet has a legendary art collection. He sells select works for great prices at auction, and lends others to museums for special exhibits. His father was also in the art business. But the Bonnets have a secret: they’re forgers, not…

Tall Story (1960)

Professors Charles Osman (Marc Connelly) and Leon Sullivan (Ray Walston) don’t know what’s about to hit them at the beginning of a new semester at Custer College. That “what” is a new student, June Ryder (Jane Fonda), who mows the men down on her bicycle on her first day on campus. As fate would have…

Two on a Guillotine (1965)

As they often do, this story starts innocently enough, sort of a behind-the-scenes showbiz picture about a magician and his assistant/wife planning a new finale for their act. They’ll soon be heading out on a European tour and hope to shock audiences with a beheading illusion inspired by Marie Antoinette. Flash forward to 1965 and Cassie,…

El Baron del Terror (1962)

The year is 1661, and the Baron Vitelius of Astara (Abel Salazar) is a man accused. Put on trial for being a heretic and “seducing married women and maidens,” among other crimes, he’s sentenced to be tortured. But he laughs through it all, so he’s sentenced again… this time to be burned alive at the…

Rome Adventure (1962)

Prudence Bell (Suzanne Pleshette), an assistant librarian at a New England school, is being reprimanded for recommending a book called Lovers Must Learn to a student. Standing up for herself and the book, she ultimately chooses to resign and jets off to Rome, to meet people who truly understand the meaning of love. On the…