The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

“So close, the infinitesimal and the infinite.” Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is enjoying a sunny afternoon on a boat with his wife, Louise (Randy Stuart). When Louise heads into the cabin to get a couple of drinks, Scott is troubled to see a large cloud moving over the surface of the water toward the boat. It engulfs the boat, but passes just as Louise emerges … Continue reading The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

The Narrow Margin (1952)

Gus: “What about this dame, Mr. Crystal Ball?” Walter: “A dish.” Gus: “What kind of a dish?” Walter: “Sixty-cent special. Cheap, flashy. Strictly poison under the gravy.”” Walter Brown (Charles McGraw) and Gus Forbes (Don Beddoe) are Los Angeles police detectives, having just arrived in Chicago to corral Mrs. Neall, the widow of a notorious gangster.  Mrs. Neall (Marie Windsor) has been called to testify … Continue reading The Narrow Margin (1952)

Favorite things about… The Letter (1940)

The favorite film: The Letter, a 1940 crime drama directed by William Wyler The cast: Bette Davis as Leslie Crosbie Herbert Marshall as Robert Crosbie James Stephenson as Howard Joyce Frieda Inescort as Dorothy Joyce Gale Sondergaard as Mrs. Hammond The synopsis: Leslie Crosbie has just shot and killed a man, Jeff Hammond. When pressed for details by her husband Robert, she claims that she … Continue reading Favorite things about… The Letter (1940)

Collector’s Corner: Go-To Summer Movies

The official beginning of summer isn’t for a couple more weeks, but the summer movie season has already begun. With the sun shining and temperatures rising, there are certain movies that become must-visits, re-watched every summer. Here are my go-to summer movies from my film collection! (A quick note before we begin: Usually lists like these are populated by classic beach movies. You won’t see … Continue reading Collector’s Corner: Go-To Summer Movies

Framed (1947)

Michael Lambert (Glenn Ford) is a truck driver, but he won’t be for long. He’s just crashed his truck into a car. The car’s owner, Jeff Cunningham (Edgar Buchanan), decides to take Michael to court. Michael is saved by an unexpected source, a beautiful barmaid named Paula (Janis Carter) who scrimps together the money to pay his bail. Unfortunately for Michael, Paula’s motive are not … Continue reading Framed (1947)

Tiger Bay (1934)

Michael (Victor Garland) is a young Englishman traveling abroad and ready to experience new things. One adventure takes him to Tiger Bay, a notoriously rough neighborhood where he believes he can prove that the human spirit and romance prevail, even in the darkest corners. Romance does, in fact, prevail, with Michael meeting a lovely girl named Letty (Rene Ray). But Michael finds more trouble than, … Continue reading Tiger Bay (1934)

History is Made at Night (1937)

Irene Vail (Jean Arthur) is married to American shipping mogul Bruce Vail (Colin Clive), but she won’t be for long. She’s planning to divorce him. She’s tired of his repeated false accusations that she’s having affairs, and that she married him for money. Bruce isn’t quite ready to give up the marriage yet, though. He wants to blackmail her into staying with him. He hatches … Continue reading History is Made at Night (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)

Bhowani Junction (1956)

The year is 1947, and the British have decided to withdraw from India. That means Colonel Rodney Savage (Stewart Granger) will be returning to England. As he boards his train, he receives a smooch from Victoria Jones (Ava Gardner). After boarding, he talks with a fellow passenger, recounting the details of his stay in Bhowani Junction and telling the story of how he met Victoria. … Continue reading Bhowani Junction (1956)