Guest Programmer: Critic's Choice

by jramirez-66906 | created - 11 Feb 2018 | updated - 11 Feb 2018 | Public

Sixteen critics select two of their favorite films in October 2010 on Turner Classic Movies

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1. Penthouse (1933)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

A lawyer's fiancée leaves him after he defends a racketeer accused of murder, but she needs his help when her new beau is accused of killing an old flame.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke

Votes: 853

Selected by Leonard Maltin

2. Skyscraper Souls (1932)

Passed | 99 min | Drama, Romance

An entrepreneur will let nothing stand in his way of acquiring a 100-story office building.

Director: Edgar Selwyn | Stars: Warren William, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gregory Ratoff, Anita Page

Votes: 660

Selected by Leonard Maltin

3. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 94,534 | Gross: $2.24M

Selected by Kenneth Turan

4. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Noel Francis

Votes: 10,900

Selected by Kenneth Turan

5. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 375,328 | Gross: $1.59M

Selected by Richard Corliss

6. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 149,594

Selected by Richard Corliss

7. The Third Man (1949)

Not Rated | 93 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard

Votes: 149,953 | Gross: $0.45M

Selected by David Ansen

8. The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt

Votes: 8,184

Selected by David Ansen

9. The Big Sleep (1946)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers

Votes: 75,425 | Gross: $6.54M

Selected by David Denby

10. His Girl Friday (1940)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart

Votes: 50,032 | Gross: $0.30M

Selected by David Denby

11. The Perils of Pauline (1947)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The real life story of actress Pearl White during her rise to fame in silent serials.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, William Demarest

Votes: 962

Selected by Robert Bianco

12. Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, War

Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest

Votes: 4,016

Selected by Robert Bianco

13. The General (1926)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 74,609 | Gross: $0.23M

Selected by David Edelstein

14. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Romance

In Sweden at the turn of the century, members of the upper class and their servants find themselves in a romantic tangle that they try to work out amidst jealousy and heartbreak.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Margit Carlqvist

Votes: 11,469

Selected by David Edelstein

15. Something Wild (1961)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.

Director: Jack Garfein | Stars: Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, Mildred Dunnock, Jean Stapleton

Votes: 1,165

Selected by Kim Morgan

16. He Ran All the Way (1951)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nick and his partner Al stage a payroll holdup. Al is shot and Nick kills a policeman. Nick hides out at a public pool, where he meets Peg Dobbs. They go back to her apartment and he forces her family to hide him from the police manhunt.

Director: John Berry | Stars: John Garfield, Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, Selena Royle

Votes: 1,736

Selected by Kim Morgan

17. Oliver! (1968)

G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical

74 Metascore

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed

Votes: 32,559 | Gross: $16.80M

Selected by Joe Morgenstern

18. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 11,005

Selected by Joe Morgenstern

19. Almost Famous (2000)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand

Votes: 240,406 | Gross: $32.53M

Selected by Peter Travers

20. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

Votes: 24,346 | Gross: $0.01M

Selected by Peter Travers

21. Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western

A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best

Votes: 4,174

Selected by A.O. Scott

22. Park Row (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

The Globe is a small, but visionary newspaper started by Phineas Mitchell, an editor recently fired by The Star. The two newspapers become enemies, and the Star's ruthless heiress Charity Hackett decides to eliminate the competition.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Evans, Mary Welch, Bela Kovacs, Herbert Heyes

Votes: 1,333

Selected by A.O. Scott

23. The Last Flight (1931)

Passed | 76 min | Drama

World War 1 veterans roam Paris drinking and admiring a woman they recently met.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, David Manners, Johnny Mack Brown, Helen Chandler

Votes: 1,199

Selected by Lou Lumenick

24. All Through the Night (1942)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne, Jane Darwell

Votes: 3,502

Selected by Lou Lumenick

25. Lust for Gold (1949)

Passed | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Western

Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Dutchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered.

Directors: S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall | Stars: Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young, William Prince

Votes: 943

Selected by Susan Granger

26. The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

89 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, Philip Ober

Votes: 534

Selected by Susan Granger

27. Mickey One (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

After the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason, a comedian steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone

Votes: 1,325

Selected by Tom Shales

28. Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 595

Selected by Tom Shales

29. The Lady Eve (1941)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director: Preston Sturges | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 17,885

Selected by Roger Ebert

30. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir

100 Metascore

Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner

Votes: 25,521

Selected by Roger Ebert

31. Lady of the Night (1925)

TV-G | 70 min | Drama, Romance

A world-weary prostitute yearns after respectability and the love of an inventor.

Director: Monta Bell | Stars: Norma Shearer, Malcolm McGregor, Dale Fuller, George K. Arthur

Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.21M

Selected by Mick La Salle

32. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler

Votes: 6,859 | Gross: $4.80M

Selected by Mick La Salle



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