Skip to comments.Needed: A web site where I can look up a movie with just a vague description of its plot
Posted on 04/02/2012 6:22:55 PM PDT by Sarah
I have been looking for ages for the titles for two movies, and I only have a vague memory of the basic premise or plot: One: a small town, where the sheriff (or mayor) and the whole town are so crooked that they bet on anything, and they end up betting the who treasury on the results of a fight that they go to more and more ridiculous ends to cheat and win. (the word 'dog' in the title?)
Two: An old B/W movie where a man and his lover scheme to drive his wife crazy, setting up horrible scenes of death etc. only to clean up the signs later. (like this he can have her committed, and marry the lover.) LOL I guess 'no fault' divorce wasn't an option. (or money was involved...)
Anyway, I can't find a web site that caters to my needs! Can anyone help?
My wife and I think the B&W movie may be “Gaslight”, but the first one.. Are you sure it’s not a documentary of Chicago ?
2nd movie is “Gaslight”(1944)
Not sure about a website for you. Have you tried to remember the name of an actor? That way you could go to IMBD and search that way.
Now for your second movie,that sounds like a remake of Gaslight. And Doris Day did a movie similar to it called Midnight Lace. Regardless, it sounds like a fun plot!
On the aforementioned IMBD, in the search bar where it says “All”, you can narrow the search to “plots” with the drop down.
I have had great results from both google and yahoo on these tyes of searches. IMDB’s search engine sucks, but if you google something, it usually finds the correct IMDB link.
The second movie sounds a little like “Gaslight” in which Charles Boyer tries to make his wife, played by Ingrid Bergman think she is losing her mind. I don’t remember it including anything really gruesome though.
I don’t know of any website like the kind you want, but you might have luck just asking in some movie website forums.
I once asked a friend if there were reverse dictionaries, where you could find out if there was a word for what you wanted to say, She said there were such guides, they were called “parents”!
There is no website that describes THAT kind of movies. And once Rick Santorum is elected he’ll ban them all!
Although it’s not an exact match (the woman being driven insane was not married to the man), the second one could also be Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.
What he said! (Ozidar)
That movie even made gaslight a verb.
“They are trying to gaslight her”.
The second one may be “Diabolique”, French with subtitles.
Had some gruesome scenes intended to drive wife to madness and an eventual heart attack.
The best way I have found to get answers to strange and obscure questions is to just make a vanity post on FreeRepublic.com and you will usually have your answer in less than 20 responses.
Plus a hundred or so snarkily sarcastic jabs at your obvious lack of internet savvy.
Pretty easy, you are thinking of Star Wars and Pulp Fiction.
YOU are worse than me!!!
Apparently the site you’re looking for is http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/*/index
Beat me to it.
LOL to Mad Dawgg (re: ‘diggstown’ answer!) I remembered the SOUND ! Get it: Dawgg, Digg???
Anyway, you all are the best! I’m sure that it was ‘GasLight’ (no, not ‘Chicago’, lol)
And it was Diggstown!
That corrupt town totally reminds me of Chicago!
When I mention that it has been a very long time that I’ve been searching, I’m being honest. I hesitated before posting here, because... vanities are... vanities still.
But, for those of you relative newbies...
I once typed in a full article about Linda Tripp from, as I remember, The American Spectator.... and that was BEFORE these periodicals were online!!!
Anyway, Bless you all.
These answers are NOT simply for curiosity, but needed for real people and real reasons.
Gaslight featured a very young Angela Lansbury as the maid. I believe she was only about 18 in that movie.
This thread made me think of a movie I saw and always wanted to watch again...
It seemed british...and there was this woman who became a christian from a “Salvation Army type of group...Her father was an Arms manufacturer...and there was alot of Anti War type of dialog...
This is a website of all the movies that are playing in my area. If you click on the films, then you can also click a movie you want to see.
With each movie, is a synopsis.
I am looking for the same thing. IMDB is supposed to have all the movies made listed BUT THEY DON’T!
I am looking for a late 1959-60 movie with Alan Hale Jr as a business man in England who gets into a tractor pull and race with steam driven tractors.
I am looking for a spy movie from around 1968 staring Van Heflin as as a hunted man. The climax of this movie is when he tells a friend to secretly place several loaded handguns behind certain items in a room. “And make sure the safety is OFF!” They were revolvers.
***Two: An old B/W movie where a man and his lover scheme to drive his wife crazy, setting up horrible scenes of death etc.***
I can think of several but these came to mind. The Night Walker.
or THE TINGLER
Gee, let me in on this. I saw a western when I was, oh, 9 or so This was in 1958 or 59, it was black and white and probably made 4-6 years earlier. I have no idea who the actors were, and I’ve been searching for it for years. Plot was Union and Confederate units get thrown together, beautiful woman in a stagecoach, Indians rampaging around, and in the final act, the soldiers put aside their differences and make a doomed attack against the Indians so that the beautiful woman can escape. Anyone remember what the title was?
Let me take advantage of this thread to give the answer to a future question along these lines:
The answer is “The Blue Dahlia” (1946), and the blond was Veronica Lake.
I’m looking for the movie where these two guys fight over a girl and the good guy ends up winning her in the end. Any help?
That is definitely “Major Barbara” by noted “progressive” George Bernard Shaw.
But, if you want to watch a great movie with a Salvation Army theme I always recommend “Guys and Dolls”.
That sounds like the films but I now have another problem.
The Iron Maiden was released in 1962 Yet I remember seeing it on Dec 24 or 25, 1960 at the Caverns theater in Carlsbad NM. Double bill with BELLS ARE RINGING. I was living in Arkansas in 1962 and the first movie I saw there was Kings of the Sun in 1963.
The Man Outside was filmed in color according to IMDB, yet I saw it in SE Asia back in 1969, in Black and White.
One: a small town, where the sheriff (or mayor) and the whole town are so crooked that they bet on anything, and they end up betting the who treasury on the results of a fight that they go to more and more ridiculous ends to cheat and win....
Sounds like Mr. Smith Goes To Washington to me.
The American Film Institute had decade long indexes with synposis (often taken from pressbook materials) for some decades (1920s, 1960s). Sometimes they could be found at the public library.
IMDB has a plot keyword search option that is similar to the index in these books.
Sounds like any Dem-controlled city.
It might be “Gilligan’s Island—the Prequel”.
Seriously, I think it might be “The Iron Maiden.” You could have found this yourself if you googled “Alan Hale Jr. movie with tractor England.”
Try his forum on IMDB where the members will help you answer questions about movies.
I’ve posted questions about very obscure movies, etc and they’ve come up with the answers every time.
‘I need to know’
How to Find a Movie by Description
I'm afraid that even IMDB is of little use if the social system has banned, or otherwise erased a movie (or book) from memory.
I have had a similar search for a few years now.
If memory serves, the book, a parody, was about the future anti-smoking society, where swat teams (Smokejumpers) parachute to root out and capture or kill smokers.
There is also a movie based on the book, which is hilarious. I recall a scene where an old woman is losing her purse to a purse-snatcher, and another victim is being beaten to a pulp, and the Smokejumpers ignore it all in pursuit of a smoker.
I would dearly love to get a DVD of that film but, according to all search engines, it never existed.
Have you ever found an explanation for this?
Well for a time i surmised it was because they didn't list any really bad movies. However I noticed they list "Dr. T and the Women" so that blew my theory all to hell!
I bet they list The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!
I'm fairly sure they do However when I use the term Really Bad Movies Killer Tomatoes doesn't come near such a level. Dr. T and the Women is so bad one could do violence to anyone associated with the production and use the extreme Shittiness of the Movie as a successful defense in about any court of law.
***Have you ever found an explanation for this? ***
Usually under a different date or name.
I was looking for a B&W Van Heflin movie as I saw it in SE Asia in B&W so I didn’t pay any attention to color films. Now I find it was filmed originally in color.
As to THE IRON MAIDEN, I still claim I saw it in Dec 1960 at the Caverns Theater in Carlsbad NM. It says it was released in 1963. I remember it well as there were certain incidents at the theater which branded it in my mind.
I remember where I saw every movie after 1953. I saw THE IRON MAIDEN in Carlsbad double billed with BELLS ARE RINGING. I was living in Arkansas in 1963 and the only movies I saw that year were KINGS OF THE SUN, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and EL CID.
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