Gambling on the High Seas (1940)

Greg Morella (Gilbert Roland), like many casino-running men of his time, has decided to move his operation to the water to avoid the law. Anchoring his ship, Sylvania, three miles off the coast, Morella assures his operation is safe from the clutches of the police. Aboard the ship one particular evening is Jim Carver (Wayne…

The Fighting Lawman (1953)

Following a bank robbery in late-1800s Arizona, Deputy Marshal Jim Burke (Wayne Morris) is tracking four suspects. He manages to capture one, Manuel Jackson (Rick Vallin), but Manuel refuses to give up the names of his conspirators. A few years later, Manuel escapes from prison, and Burke must follow his trail again. When Burke finds…

The Catered Affair (1956)

Tom Hurley (Ernest Borgnine) is a New York cab driver hoping to strike out on his own and buy a cab. Ending a shift at his current job, he returns to his apartment in the Bronx, where his family’s day is just beginning. Daughter Jane (Debbie Reynolds) announces to the family that she and her…

Second Looks: Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson) is a daredevil. Notorious for pulling off dangerous stunts, he’s an adrenaline junkie. One day, while driving his speedboat too fast on the lake, he crashes. In the small town of Brightwood, there’s only one resuscitator, so it’s brought to the scene of the crash from the house of Dr. Wayne…

Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Ruth Stanton (Jeanne Crain) is now Ruth Bowman — married less than a day ago and boarding a ship for her honeymoon. Her new husband John (Carl Betz) has made all of the arrangements, and the young couple is excited to be heading out to sea for a romantic voyage. When Ruth decides she wants to stay…

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…

The Great Lie (1941)

Sandra Kovak (Mary Astor) seems to have it all: beauty, a fantastic career as a concert pianist, an avaitor husband (George Brent). But when husband Pete learns that he and Sandra are not legally married (because her previous divorce has not yet been finalized), it has devastating consequences for their relationship. Also on Pete’s hook…

Johnny Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1944)

Kathie Aumont (Simone Simon) has come to Washington, D. C. where she’ll be starting a job as a defense worker. She’s planning to live with her friend Sally (Gladys Blake), but is in for a surprise. As Sally explains it, “I wrote you on Monday. I met Georgie Thursday!” — Georgie being the name of…

Pillow to Post (1945)

Jean Howard (Ida Lupino) is heiress to the Howard Oil Supply Company. With so many of the country’s men headed to fight in the war, Howard Oil Supply is in trouble — not due to lack of sales, but lack of salesmen! Jean convinces her father to let her hit the road peddling the company’s products. Since…

Second Looks: That Touch of Mink (1962)

Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) isn’t having the best day. Struggling to find a job, she is headed to the unemployment office to pick up a check when she’s nearly smushed flat by a passing limousine. She survives, but her outfit doesn’t, splattered with mud. Philip Shayne (Cary Grant), the man in the limo, later spots…