Movies – 1950s

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

James Stewart plays Paul "Polly" Biegler, an easygoing country lawyer in this courtroom drama adapted from the novel by Robert Traver - in fact a pen-name for retired Supreme Court judge John D Voelker, and filmed in Voelker's hometown in Michigan. Biegler is defending Lieutenant Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara). Manion is accused of shooting dead(...)

And God Created Woman (1956)

Roger Vadim created a scandal with his first film, And God Created Woman, which starred his young wife Brigitte Bardot. The ruckus was caused by the eroticism and nudity in the love scenes, and the amoral nature of the sexy 18-year-old heroine. But Vadim complained that he could not go as far as he wished because the(...)

Angel Face (1952)

Otto Preminger's Angel Face features Robert Mitchum as Frank Jessup, a private investigator who discovers - but cannot escape from - the machinations of Diane Tremayne, the amoral woman he loves (Jean Simmons, cast effectively against type). The film traces the obsession of a working-class man for a beautiful rich woman who involves him in a plot(...)

Angry Red Planet, The (1959)

A Mars mission returns with crew members missing and comatose, and only Dr. Iris Ryan (Nora Hayden) can be made conscious to tell the story. Under the influence of drugs, "Irish" recalls their expedition and how, together with Colonel O'Bannion (Gerald Mohr), Professor Theodore Gettell (Les Tremayne) and Warrant Officer Sam Jacobs (Jack Kruschen) she explored the red(...)

Animal Farm (1954)

This on-target animated cartoon faithfully based on George Orwell's political satire was the first-ever feature-length British animated film. Until the final reel, Animal Farm sticks faithfully to the original novel, written by Orwell as a satire of the betrayal of the ideals of the Russian Revolution. On Manor Farm the oppressed animals free themselves from their drunken,(...)

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Flashy film version of the Broadway hit musical about Annie Oakley, the celebrated female sharpshooter. Oakley (Betty Hutton) joins the famous Wild West Show of Buffalo Bill (Louis Calhern) by besting top marksman Frank Butler (Howard Keel) in a shooting contest. A sunburned hick from the sticks, she quickly rises to star status, creating a(...)

Apache (1954)

  Lancaster stars as an angry Apache Indian warrior who boldly crusades for justice for his tribe and then settles down. There are some good action scenes, but the unlikely story languishes in spots. Peters fills in the background as Lancaster's supportive squaw. John McIntire and Charles Bronson (as Charles Buchinsky) appear in supporting roles.(...)

Around The World In 80 Days (1956)

A splendid, charming film version of Jules Verne's magnificent travelogue with spectacular sketches from various parts of the world and scores of cameos from an all-star cast. Niven plays Phileas Fogg - the British gentleman who, in 1872, makes a £20,000 bet with the fellow members of his gentleman's club that he will circle the(...)

Artists And Models (1954)

Artists and Models, which provided the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis duo with its finest screen hour, is a dizzily self-reflexive play on movie illusion. Eugene Fullstack (Lewis) is a comic book addict whose colourful dreams are transcribed - and secretly sold - by Rick Todd (Martin). They are mirrored by two women - sultry graphic artist(...)

As Long As They’re Happy (1957)

American singing sensation Bobby Denver 'the crying crooner' (whose tearful singing technique has a traumatic effect on females, schoolgirls and little old ladies alike) arrives on the Queen Elizabeth to sing in London for the first time. He stays at 35 Acacia Avenue, Wimbledon, London, SW19, the home of stockbroker John Bentley. His arrival has an amazing(...)

Asphalt Jungle, The (1950)

Thanks to its emphasis on character, this film noir about an old crook fresh out of jail who brings a gang of criminals together for one last crime spawned a host of imitations, including The Ladykillers (1955), Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Reservoir Dogs (1992). Doc Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe), a criminal mastermind, is just out of(...)

Atomic Submarine, The (1959)

  When a nuclear-powered submarine, the Tiger Shark, sets out to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances near the Arctic Circle, its fearless crew finds itself besieged by electrical storms, an Unidentified Floating Saucer, and lots of hairy tentacles. Commander Richard “Reef” Holloway Arthur Franz Captain Dan Wendover Dick Foran Dr. Carl Neilsen Brett Halsey(...)

Attack Of The 50Ft Woman (1958)

Though it's no more than a barely competent example of low-budget 1950s sci-fi, this poverty row cheapie directed by Nathan Hertz (more usually known as Nathan Juran) has come to be regarded as a legendary absurd classic. There's a strangely contemporary feminist slant to the tale, with wealthy Nancy Archer (Allison Hayes) teaching her cheating(...)

Attack Of The Puppet People (1958)

Doll manufacturer Mr. Franz of Dolls, Inc. (John Hoyt) gets lonely and starts reducing people to marionette size so they'll be his obedient "friends" in this routine riff on The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) from veteran copycat exploitation director Bert I Gordon. John Agar is the rebel rocker who leads five other miniature companions on a(...)

Baby Doll (1956)

One of the best of Tennessee Williams's steamy southern dramas about mendacity under the magnolias, this rare, seldom-revived movie classic is a welcome treasure. The great Elia Kazan directed, and this gem launched the career of luscious 25-year-old Carroll Baker as a backward thumb-sucking Lolita-like Mississippi child bride who drives men wild with frustrated lust.(...)

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