The Stranger (1946)

Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) works for the United Nations War Crimes Commission, and he’s on the trail of a fugitive. Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi war criminal, has managed to erase every clue to his whereabouts and identity, aside from the fact that he’s well-known to be obsessed with clocks. Wilson hopes that Konrad Meineke (Konstantin Shayne) can lead him to Kindler, and … Continue reading The Stranger (1946)

Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Like multi-author short story collections, I often find anthology films pretty hit-or-miss. There are usually a few great segments — and more that range from weak to alright. I had higher hopes for Three Cases of Murder for a few reasons. First, it’s a genre in which I tend to at least somewhat-enjoy most of what I watch: the murder mystery. Add on a segment … Continue reading Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

I Love Lucy is one of the best-known shows of the midcentury, an enduring classic that continues to win fans through re-runs despite the fact that it first premiered over 60 years ago. Though many of his projects were more serious in tone than I Love Lucy, Orson Welles has a similarly enduring reputation of greatness, continuing to be well-known and respected as an actor, … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Ben Quick (Paul Newman) is new to the town of Frenchman’s Bend, Mississippi. He arrives there after being banished from another town, having been accused of burning down a barn. He hitches a ride into town with two young ladies named Clara (Joanne Woodward) and Eula (Lee Remick). Ben is soon hired for farm work by Jody Varner (Anthony Franciosa), son of Will Varner (Orson … Continue reading The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Eugene Morgan (Joseph Cotten) is a young and dashing man with a bit of a reputation for being wild. He wants to marry Isabel Amberson (Dolores Costello), a girl from an upper-class family, but she marries Wilbur Minafer instead. Wilbur is a dull man, but suits her social class better than the rambunctious Euguene. Wilbur and Isabel’s only child George (Tim Holt) is a total … Continue reading The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)