Cons and Scams
Fake a death for fun and profit! Rig a popular game show! Sell a bunch of musical instruments to the citizens of a po-dunk town with no intention of providing instruction! These nefarious plots are the bread and butter of cinema's enduring fascination with con artists and scams.
Staff Pick of the Day
Directed by Herbert Ross
Adapted from Dennis Potter's landmark British TV miniseries and relocated to the United States during the Depression, Pennies from Heaven dramatizes how popular songs both shaped and reflected the thoughts of people living through economic (and emotional) hardship. Punctuating the drama are elaborate musical numbers in which the characters lip-synch to popular songs of the day, which at once lift their hopes and reflect their fears. (Available on FilmStruck)