This image is from one of my favourite classic movies, You Can't Take It With You. In it, Tony Kirby (played by James Stewart) has asked Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) to marry him. The problem is, he comes from a wealthy family of bankers while Alice's family is a lot humbler and... er... eccentric. Alice plans a dinner party so that the two families can meet, striving to show her relations in the most favorable light possible, hoping to convince Tony's parents that her family is, if not wealthy, at least respectable. Tony, who is charmed by Alice's unusual family, dislikes the idea of putting them on display for his parents and so deliberately brings Mr and Mrs Kirby to dinner on the wrong night so that they will see the Sycamores/Vanderhoffs as they really are. The evening is not a success. The harder Alice and her family try to make the Kirby's comfortable, the more mishaps occur. The disastrous visit comes to a premature- and shocking- end when the house is swarmed by FBI agents, the illegal fireworks cache in the basement explodes, and everyone present- including the Kirbys- are arrested and taken to jail. This is where the above image is from; unable to contact his lawyers, Mr. Kirby is in a rage, berating everyone including Tony over the situation until finally the usually good humored Grandpa Vanderhoff loses his temper and tells him a few home truths about his character.
This image is from the 1993 movie The Sandlot which is ostensibly about baseball, but is more about friendship, life, and growing up. It is tells the story of a group of friends in 1962 suburban California who meet at the local sandlot every day during the summer to play pick up baseball: the adventures they have and the problems they face. In this scene, the boys go to the fair and one of them has the bright idea to bring along a chaw of tobacco which they all partake in before climbing on one of the carnival rides. This ends badly, as the tobacco combined with the fast-moving ride causes the boys to become violently ill, projectile vomiting not only over themselves, but over a lot of other people on the ride as well.
This image is from the 1949 movie Kind Hearts And Coronets. And okay, it technically isn't a mystery because we know from the start who has committed all of the murders. It's more of a black comedy in which Alec Guinness stars as Louis D'Ascoyne Mazzini, ninth in line of succession to the dukedom of Chalfont, who sets about to murder the eight relatives who stand between him and the title. Amazingly- and amusingly- Guinness plays nine different characters in the film: various members of the D'Ascoyne family. In the pictured scene, Lady Agatha D'Ascoyne- who is a suffragette- takes to the sky in a hot air balloon in order to drop 'votes for women' leaflets on the city of London. Louis eliminates Lady Agatha by causing the balloon to crash.
This image is from Alfred Hitchcock's creepy 1948 movie Rope. It is based on a 1928 play by the same name, which in turn was based on the infamous real life 1924 murder case in which two university students- Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold- kidnapped and murdered a 14 year old boy. They did it to prove their intellectual superiority, certain that they could commit the "perfect murder". Rope stars John Dall and Farley Granger as two students from Harvard University who murder a former classmate as an intellectual exercise. After hiding his body in a chest in their luxurious Manhattan apartment, they host a dinner party in the same room, horrifically including the murdered man's unsuspecting parents and fiancee among the guests. Another guest is their former prep school headmaster, now publisher Rupert Cadell (played by Jimmy Stewart) with whom, back in their school days, they had discussed the philosophy of Nietzsche's ubermensch and Thomas De Quincey's On Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts."Ubermensch" refers to the concept of a new, superior modern man who, having rejected belief in the existence of a higher power, will make his own morals and values. De Quincey's work is a satire- a speech made at a gentleman's club about admiring murder done with artistic flair. As the evening and the dinner party play out almost in real time, Cadell begins to suspect that his two former students have carried their discussions beyond the theoretical to the empirical.
This image is from the 1902 French film Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip To The Moon). In it, six astronomers decide to take a trip to the moon and build a rocket ship which is fired from a giant cannon. As the rocket approaches the moon, it is regarded with alarm by the Man in the Moon, with good reason, as he gets it in the eye- which is the most well-known scene from the movie:
The image in question, however, is from a little later in the film. In it, the astronomers have reached the moon and are understandably tired. They lay down on the moon surface, cover themselves with blankets and go to sleep. While they snooze, several celestial bodies drift by including a comet and the seven stars of the Big Dipper, each of which has a woman's face in it. Then, as seen above, the moon goddess Phoebe comes floating by on a crescent moon while a couple of ladies hold up a star and Old Man Saturn leans out his window to get a look at the earthling interlopers. No one is too pleased with their presence on the moon and Phoebe causes it to snow, which wakes the astronomers. They are forced to seek shelter in an underground cavern which is where they run into the Selenites, or moon-people. It doesn't go well.