One Crowded Night (1940)

Autopia Court offers a quiet, secluded place for motorists passing through California’s desert lands to stop for a rest, but it’s no fancy resort. The place is run by Mae (Ann Revere), whose son Bobby (Casey Johnson), sister Annie (Gale Storm), and parents (Emma Dunn and George Watts) also live at the camp. Though they offer a few cottages for rental, they make most of … Continue reading One Crowded Night (1940)

George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Bill (Jack Benny) and Connie Fuller (Ann Sheridan) live a decent life in New York City, but they have one major problem: they can’t find the right place to live. At their current apartment, they’ve run into trouble with the landlord, who hates their mischievous (and slightly destructive) dog. Unwilling to give up the pup, Connie naturally decides that the family’s only option is to … Continue reading George Washington Slept Here (1942)

The Tall Target (1951)

The year is 1861. President Lincoln has recently been elected and will soon be inaugurated. John Kennedy (Dick Powell) is a New York police officer. With the country in turmoil following the election, Kennedy is convinced that Lincoln will face an assassination attempt on his way to Baltimore for a pre-inauguration speaking engagement. Kennedy unveils his suspicions to his supervisor, but the supervisor doesn’t believe there’s … Continue reading The Tall Target (1951)

Bewitched (1945)

Joan Ellis (Phyllis Thaxter) is a convicted murderer, sent to death row for her crime. Her execution has been scheduled, and in less than an hour she’ll be dead. Joan’s psychiatrist, Dr. Bergson (Edmund Gwenn), wishes to clarify the facts of the scandalous case. He reflects on her psychological deterioration. She was a normal girl from a normal family, with no history of mental illness … Continue reading Bewitched (1945)

La paura (1954)

Irene Wagner (Ingrid Bergman) is married to a scientist named Albert (Mathias Wieman), but she’s been stepping out on her marriage, carrying on an affair with a man named Erich (Kurt Kreuger). As if her own anxiety over the situation wasn’t causing her enough stress, Erich’s ex-girlfriend comes a-calling. Johann (Renate Mannhardt) has learned of the affair and has decided to blackmail Irene, making matters … Continue reading La paura (1954)

Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

This review is part of a new once-in-a-while series, Remaking the Classics, where I’ll be doing full reviews of films that are remakes of classic-era releases and discussing how they differ from their predecessors. We kick off the series with a review of the live-action Cinderella, released earlier this year. A wicked stepmother, a fairy godmother, and talking mice… Cinderella is such a classic that … Continue reading Remaking the Classics: Cinderella (2015)

Period film: Mermaids (1990)

Mrs. Flax (Cher) is an eccentric mother who uproots her family every time one of her relationships goes sour. She raises two young girls on her own, gets work wherever she can find it, and every now and then decides that she wants to start over completely, packing up the family and moving to a new town. Charlotte (Winona Ryder), the eldest Flax daughter, is … Continue reading Period film: Mermaids (1990)

The Beast of the City (1932)

“Instead of the glorification of cowardly gangsters, we need the glorification of policemen who do their duty and give their lives in public protection. If the police had the vigilant, universal backing of public opinion in their communities, if they had the implacable support of the prosecuting authorities and the courts — I am convinced that our police would stamp out the excessive crime — … Continue reading The Beast of the City (1932)