MY MOVIE LIFE

These are the movies that I saw while growing up in Fargo, North Dakota in the '50's. They are the movies that left an indelible impression.
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1.
Pinocchio (1940)
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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (88 mins.)
 
2.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
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A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. (127 mins.)
 
3.
Cinderella (1950)
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When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. (74 mins.)
 
4.
Artists and Models (1955)
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Rick Todd uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene as the basis for a successful comic book. (109 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
5.
Giant (1956)
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
6.
The Vikings (1958)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
 
7.
Sayonara (1957)
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A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer. (147 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
8.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
9.
High Society (1956)
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C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate... (111 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
10.
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can do what the title says. (175 mins.)
 
11.
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
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The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. (123 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
12.
Love Me Tender (1956)
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At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
 
13.
Bundle of Joy (1956)
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Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department... (98 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
14.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. (83 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
15.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)
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The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo. (115 mins.)
Director: Jean Delannoy
 
16.
Rodan (1956)
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Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity. (82 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
17.
The Werewolf (1956)
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Two scientists come across an auto accident, and find an unconscious man in the wreck. They take him... (79 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
18.
The Trapp Family (1956)
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A novice nun, Maria, is sent to care for the unruly children of a weathy Baron. The Baron and Maria fall in love... (106 mins.)
 
19.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
20.
Old Yeller (1957)
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A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ? (83 mins.)
 
21.
The Light in the Forest (1958)
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A young white man who spent his whole life raised by Native Americans is sent to live with his birth family and must learn to fit in with people he was taught to hate. (83 mins.)
 
22.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
23.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
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A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
24.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. (82 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
25.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
26.
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
27.
Beginning of the End (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm... (76 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon
 
28.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf. (76 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
29.
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs. (62 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
30.
The Sad Sack (1957)
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Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months... (98 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
31.
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
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The life of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels. (108 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
32.
Escapade in Japan (1957)
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A plane on its way to Japan is forced to land at sea just off the Japanese coast. A small American boy... (93 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
33.
Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
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A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after inadvertently hitting it with their car. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
34.
South Pacific (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission. (157 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
35.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
36.
The Vikings (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
 
37.
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
38.
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. (88 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
39.
Tom Thumb (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna. (98 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
40.
The Buccaneer (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson... (119 mins.)
Director: Anthony Quinn
 
41.
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Movie star has triplets, but does not want her beloved public to find out. Has she made a mistake in hiring Jerry Lewis as the babysitter ? (103 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
42.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
 
43.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
44.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
 
45.
The Nun's Story (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
46.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
47.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
 
48.
Spartacus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
49.
The Time Machine (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
50.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. (126 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
51.
Let's Make Love (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell. (119 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
52.
Pollyanna (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young girl comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
53.
House of Usher (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
54.
Village of the Damned (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. (77 mins.)
Director: Wolf Rilla
 
55.
Black Sunday (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way. (87 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
56.
Where the Boys Are (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves. (99 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
57.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country... (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
58.
Cinderfella (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Fella is left... (91 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
59.
G.I. Blues (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Tulsa is a specialist in the US Army stationed in Germany. He loves to sing and has dreams to run his own nightclub when he leaves the army... (104 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
60.
Circus of Horrors (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery... (92 mins.)
Director: Sidney Hayers
 
61.
The Brides of Dracula (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne. (85 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
62.
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby Tyler runs away to join the circus. (96 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton
 
63.
Midnight Lace (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In London, a newly-wed American woman's sanity comes into question, when she claims to be the victim of a stalker. (110 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
64.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
65.
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street. (117 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
66.
The Lost World (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there. (97 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
67.
Kidnapped (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck Stewart with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats. (97 mins.)
 
68.
All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome... (112 mins.)
 
69.
The Story of Ruth (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Inspired by the scriptural tale. Moabitess priestess Ruth is drawn both to a Judean man and to his talk of a forgiving God. After tragedy strikes, she begins a new life in Bethlehem. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
70.
Visit to a Small Planet (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth... (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
71.
Pepe (1960)
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The young Mexican Pepe's beloved horse is sold to Hollywood star Ted Holt, leading to Pepe's journey to Hollywood to get the horse back, and Pepe's encounter with half the stars working in Hollywood at the time. (180 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
72.
Cash McCall (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash... (102 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
73.
Dinosaurus! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population... (85 mins.)
 
74.
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young... (115 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
75.
High Time (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path... (103 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
76.
The Leech Woman (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth. (77 mins.)
Director: Edward Dein