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1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

8.7
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An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, Jo Swerling, Philip Van Doren Stern | Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

2. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

TV-PG | 124 min | Drama, War

8.0
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When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Writers: Stanley Roberts, Michael Blankfort, Herman Wouk | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

3. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Writer: Richard Blake | Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

4. The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

7.3
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Writers: Stephen Crane, John Huston, Albert Band | Director: John Huston | Stars: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano

5. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Western, Family

8.0
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Creator: George W. Trendle | Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

6. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.7
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Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Creator: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

7. My Foolish Heart (1949)

98 min | Drama

7.2
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After a long absence, Mary Jane visits her schoolfriend Eloise, and Eloise's daughter Ramona. Eloise drinks too much and is unhappily married to Lew Wengler. Eloise falls asleep and ... See full summary »

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, J.D. Salinger | Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, Kent Smith, Lois Wheeler

8. Good Sam (1948)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Sam Clayton has a good heart and likes to help out people in need. In fact, he likes to help them out so much that he often finds himself broke and unable to help his own family buy the things they need--like a house.

Writers: Leo McCarey, John D. Klorer, Ken Englund | Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Gary Cooper, Ann Sheridan, Ray Collins, Edmund Lowe

9. The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

89 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Writers: Francis Biddle, Emmet Lavery | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, Philip Ober

10. My Son John (1952)

122 min | Drama

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John Jefferson comes home from a trip overseas a strangely changed man. His already nervous wreck of a mother is distraught by the way he seems to be feigning feelings for her and his ... See full summary »

Writers: Myles Connolly, John Lee Mahin, Leo McCarey | Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Robert Walker, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Dean Jagger

11. Let's Dance (1950)

112 min | Musical, Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a ... See full summary »

Writers: Dane Lussier, Allan Scott, Maurice Zolotow | Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young, Ruth Warrick

12. The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy

6.6
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While Judge Hardy handles a couple's divorce, Andy takes a shine to their shy daughter.

Writers: Agnes Christine Johnston, Aurania Rouverol | Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden

13. Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Andy Hardy is about to graduate from high school and thinks he's pretty big stuff, so he hires a secretary, Kathryn Land. Kathryn and Polly Benedict, Andy's girlfriend, help him pass his ... See full summary »

Writers: Katharine Brush, Jane Murfin, Aurania Rouverol, Harry Ruskin | Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford

14. The Story of Will Rogers (1952)

109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Writers: Frank Davis, Stanley Roberts, Jack Moffitt, Betty Blake Rogers | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Will Rogers Jr., Jane Wyman, Carl Benton Reid, Eve Miller

15. Flat Top (1952)

Approved | 83 min | War, Drama

6.3
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Group Commander Dan Collier, on an aircraft carrier in Korean waters during the Korean War, starts to think back to the rough days of the air-war against Japan during World War II, when he ... See full summary »

Writer: Steve Fisher | Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield

16. Sky King (1951–1962)

30 min

7.7
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"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King" was the familiar opening to television's premier aviation program. Operating from his Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, Sky King,... See full summary »

Stars: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, Ewing Mitchell, Ron Hagerthy

17. Drums in the Deep South (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Drama, History

5.9
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Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.

Writers: Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon, Hollister Noble | Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: James Craig, Barbara Payton, Guy Madison, Barton MacLane

18. Clipped Wings (1953)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy

7.5
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Slip and Sach to go the local Air Force base to find out why their friend, an Air Force enlisted man, is in the stockade and charged with treason. Mistaking a recruiting office for a ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles R. Marion, Elwood Ullman | Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bernard Gorcey, Renie Riano

19. Mutiny (1952)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure

5.1
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Early in the War of 1812, Captain James Marshall is commissioned to run the British blockade and fetch an unofficial war loan from France. As first mate, Marshall recruits Ben Waldridge, a ... See full summary »

Writers: Hollister Noble, Philip Yordan, Sidney Harmon, Charles O'Neal | Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Mark Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Patric Knowles, Gene Evans

20. Mission Over Korea (1953)

85 min | Drama, War

5.9
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Writers: Martin Goldsmith, Jesse Lasky Jr., Eugene Ling, Richard Tregaskis | Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: John Hodiak, John Derek, Audrey Totter, Maureen O'Sullivan

21. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.1
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Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

22. Eagle Squadron (1942)

109 min | War, Drama

6.9
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An American joins the British Royal Air Force just before Pearl Harbor is attacked, and falls in love with a beautiful English girl.

Writers: C.S. Forester, Norman Reilly Raine | Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Robert Stack, Diana Barrymore, Jon Hall, Eddie Albert

23. Family Theatre (1949–1958)
Episode: Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration (1951)

Drama

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A respectful interpretation of what might have happened among Jesus's followers in the three days before Crucifixion. The story is told in the modern context of an US Army company stationed in Korea during the Korean War.

Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Patrick Peyton, Gordon Oliver, Todd Karns, Roddy McDowall

24. China Venture (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, War

5.0
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An American patrol was sent during World War II to the south of China which was occupied by Japanese troops with the order to rescue a prisoner of the Chinese guerilla.

Writers: Anson Bond, George Worthing Yates, Richard Collins | Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Barry Sullivan, Jocelyn Brando, Leo Gordon

25. Battle Zone (1952)

Approved | 81 min | War

5.6
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Danny, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, re-enlists when the Korean War breaks out. He joins a Marine motion picture unit specializing in combat footage. There he re-encounters Mitch,... See full summary »

Writer: Steve Fisher | Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: John Hodiak, Linda Christian, Stephen McNally, Martin Milner

26. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

27. Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson (1954– )

30 min | Drama

2.9
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Stars: Gloria Swanson, William Boyett, Harris Brown, John Litel

28. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.7
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At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mable, and says, "Case is closed Mable, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond, Ken Roberts

29. It's a Small World (1950)

74 min | Comedy

6.9
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Harry Musk is one in a million. Adult, pint-sized Harry longs to be part of the big world.

Writers: William Castle, Otto Schreiber | Director: William Castle | Stars: Paul Dale, Lorraine Miller, Will Geer, Nina Koshetz

30. Family Theatre (1949–1958)

60 min | Drama

6.9
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Stars: Nelson Leigh, Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale

31. Sea of Lost Ships (1953)

Approved | 85 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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The son of a deceased Coast Guard hero is raised by a Coast Guard NCO, who also has a son the same age. When they get older both are accepted into the Coast Guard Academy, but the hero's ... See full summary »

Writers: Norman Reilly Raine, Steve Fisher | Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Derek, Wanda Hendrix, Walter Brennan, Richard Jaeckel

32. The Unexpected (1952– )

30 min | Drama

7.1
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Stars: Herbert Marshall, Paul Guilfoyle, David Colmans, Jane Nigh

33. Your Favorite Story (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Stars: Adolphe Menjou, John Hamilton, Gertrude Michael, Steve Darrell

34. Family Theatre (1949–1958)
Episode: That I May See (1951)

Drama

7.8
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Writer: Fred Niblo Jr. | Director: Arthur Pierson | Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Ruth Hussey, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale

35. Rebound (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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A dramatic anthology series, one of many on television at the time. Lee Marvin made his television debut on this program.

Stars: John Doucette, Ned Glass, Russ Conway, Elisabeth Fraser

36. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)
Episode: Black Gold (1953)

Adventure, Western, Family

7.1
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The Lone Ranger encounters a geologist who while injured has mentioned the existence of oil in farmland around the town of Franklin. He becomes aware of a number of confidence men working the town trying to get the land very cheap.

Writer: William Bruckner | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: John Hart, Jay Silverheels, Jim Hayward, Robert Shayne

37. Your Jeweler's Showcase (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Sheldon Leonard, Jack Kruschen, Steve Brodie, Bob Sweeney

38. Dragnet (1951–1959)
Episode: The Big Fake (1953)

30 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Creator: Jack Webb | Stars: Jack Webb, Bill Brundige, John Call, Jean Dean

39. Jet Job (1952)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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Joe Novak is a test pilot for military-aircraft designer Sam Bentley, who thinks of Joe as a son. A competing plane company is seeking the same Army contract as Bentley, and offers a $500 ... See full summary »

Writer: Charles R. Marion | Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Stanley Clements, Elena Verdugo, John Litel, Robert Nichols

40. Jackson and Jill (1949–1953)

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Todd Karns, Helen Chapman

41. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)
Episode: Deadly Target (1953)

Action, Drama, Crime

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Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns

42. Rebound (1952–1953)
Episode: It Wouldn't Be Fair

30 min | Drama, Mystery

An avid reader of murder mysteries tries to make suggestions to help her boyfriend, a police detective crack a tough case, but is rebuffed.

Writers: Jack Finney, Jackson Stanley | Director: Harve Foster | Stars: Jeff Donnell, Frank Ferguson, Sam Flint, Duane Grey

43. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)
Episode: Last Show (1954)

Action, Drama, Crime

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Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns

44. Your Jeweler's Showcase (1952–1953)
Episode: Miracle at Eagle Creek (1952)

Drama

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Writer: Samuel B. Harrison | Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Billy Bevan, Dabbs Greer, Todd Karns, Mary Ellen Kay

45. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)
Episode: Murder in Advance (1954)

Action, Drama, Crime

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Writer: Cy Chermak | Director: Wes Kenney | Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns, Grace Carney, Paul Richards

46. Sky King (1951–1962)
Episode: Operation Urgent (1952)

27 min

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During a fierce thunderstorm, Sky picks up a mayday call from a Air Force courier plane which is about to run out of gas. The Air Force request Sky's assistance in locating the downed ... See full summary »

Writer: David P. Sheppard | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, Ron Hagerthy, John Banner

47. Rebound (1952–1953)
Episode: The Cure

30 min | Drama, Mystery

A young woman breaks off her engagement when her fiancée won't stop gambling.

Stars: Barbara Billingsley, Roy Engel, Todd Karns

48. The Unexpected (1952– )
Episode: The Emperor of Nothing (1952)

30 min | Drama

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Writers: Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee | Director: Sobey Martin | Stars: Herbert Marshall, Dan Seymour, Todd Karns, Everett Glass

49. Your Favorite Story (1953– )
Episode: The Gambler (1953)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robert Libott | Director: Eddie Davis | Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Todd Karns, Margaret Field

50. Danger (1950–1955)
Episode: The Last Duel in Virginia City (1955)

30 min | Drama

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Star: Todd Karns