Dead End (1937)

On New York’s East River sits the convergence of the “haves” and “have nots.” Luxury apartments with picturesque river views stretch several stories high, while just outside of that view sit the tenements. Drina (Sylvia Sidney) is a tenement-dwelling woman, raising her younger brother Tommy (Billy Halop) and hoping she’ll someday get them out of the tenement. She works hard to provide for Tommy and … Continue reading Dead End (1937)

If Winter Comes (1947)

Penny Green is a quiet English village, home to Mark Sabre (Walter Pidgeon) an idealistic author and publisher not-quite-happily married to Mabel (Angela Lansbury). Mabel is a bit of a town gossip, but she and her family may become the subject of the rumor mill when Nona Tybar (Deborah Kerr), a former flame of Mark’s, returns to town. Mabel is unhappy with the news of … Continue reading If Winter Comes (1947)

Yield to the Night (1956)

“For the night is already at hand, and it is well to yield to the night.” Mary Hilton (Diana Dors) has committed a serious crime. In broad daylight, she shot and killed another woman. Now she sits in prison, awaiting her own execution. What could possess a young salesgirl, with her entire life ahead of her, to become a cold-blooded killer? And does she truly … Continue reading Yield to the Night (1956)

Peyton Place (1957)

Peyton Place is a small town in New England which, at first glance, may seem like the perfect town. Look a little closer, though, and you’ll see cracks in the façade. Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) is new in town and looking for work. He’s eventually hired by Leslie Harrington (Leon Ames), the town’s big-time mill owner/school board president, to be the new high school principal. … Continue reading Peyton Place (1957)

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

The top-notch cast of Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn make up the mysterious drama Suddenly, Last Summer. A wealthy widow, Violet Venable (Hepburn) calls on a young surgeon from Chicago (Clift) to perform a lobotomy on her niece Catherine (Taylor). Catherine has allegedly been defaming the reputation of Violet’s late son Sebastian, uttering “fantastic babblings” about the boy’s mysterious death while they were … Continue reading Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)