31 Days of the 50's - 01/13

31 Movies from the 1950's for January, 2013.
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1.
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
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A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others. (97 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
2.
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
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A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
3.
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." (112 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
4.
Hell's Island (1955)
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend. (84 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
5.
Shadows (1959)
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. (81 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
6.
Libel (1959)
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A shell-shocked WWII veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Asquith
 
7.
La Ronde (1950)
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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... (93 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
8.
The Happy Time (1952)
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Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert... (94 mins.)
 
9.
Go for Broke! (1951)
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The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Pirosh
 
10.
Affair in Havana (1957)
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Songwriter falls in love with a crippled man's wife. (77 mins.)
Director: Laslo Benedek
 
11.
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. (123 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
12.
No Escape (1953)
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When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend... (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Bennett
 
13.
The Thief (1952)
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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run. (85 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
 
14.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
15.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
 
16.
The Desert Rats (1953)
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Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
17.
David and Bathsheba (1951)
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After King David sees the beautiful Bathsheba bathing from the palace roof, he enters into an adulterous affair which has tragic consequences for his family and Israel. (116 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
18.
The Man with My Face (1951)
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A man arrives home one night to find that a look- alike has taken over his life completely. (79 mins.)
Director: Edward Montagne
 
19.
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
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A Major noted for advancing with his mouth before thinking is given a choice: to be drummed out of the Army... (105 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
20.
Knock on Wood (1954)
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Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches... (103 mins.)
 
21.
The Sheepman (1958)
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A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with... (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
22.
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)
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A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation. (99 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
23.
Silk Stockings (1957)
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A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris... (117 mins.)
 
24.
Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
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Johnny Regan, a U.S. citizen, goes to Mexico and takes up bullfighting as a lark, hoping to impress a Mexican beauty... (87 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
25.
Above and Beyond (1952)
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Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2. (122 mins.)
 
26.
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
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Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now. (101 mins.)
 
27.
Genevieve (1953)
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It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse... (86 mins.)
Director: Henry Cornelius
 
28.
Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight. (118 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
29.
The Cruel Sea (1953)
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers. (126 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
 
30.
Salt of the Earth (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Mexican workers at a Zinc mine call a general strike. It is only through the solidarity of the workers, and importantly the indomitable resolve of their wives, mothers and daughters, that they eventually triumph. (94 mins.)
 
31.
Night People (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted by Soviet agents in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke. (93 mins.)