Must-sees of 1954

The titles hereby listed have been selected out of 79 works seen.
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1.
The Crucified Lovers (1954)
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out. (102 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
2.
Yama no oto (1954)
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together... (95 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
3.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
5.
Senso (1954)
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A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. (123 mins.)
 
6.
On the Waterfront (1954)
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An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
7.
Rear Window (1954)
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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
 
8.
Hobson's Choice (1954)
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements. (108 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
9.
Journey to Italy (1954)
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An unhappily married couple attempts to find direction and insight while vacationing in Naples. (85 mins.)
 
10.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
 
11.
La Strada (1954)
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A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
 
12.
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
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An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom. (94 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
13.
Apache (1954)
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Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer. (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
14.
Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money... (101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
15.
An Inn at Osaka (1954)
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An Inn at Osaka, rarely seen outside Japan, follows the story of an insurance company executive from Tokyo, Mr. Mito, who is demoted to the Osaka office. He takes a room at a small inn and tries to rebuild his life. (122 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
16.
A Star Is Born (1954)
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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral. (154 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
17.
Sabrina (1954)
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A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her. (113 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
18.
The Country Girl (1954)
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A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems. (104 mins.)
Director: George Seaton
 
19.
Vera Cruz (1954)
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During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
20.
The Sleeping Tiger (1954)
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A psychotherapist attempts to rehabilitate a convict in his home after he breaks in. The criminal cooperates... (89 mins.)
Director: Victor Hanbury
 
21.
Johnny Guitar (1954)
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After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
22.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
23.
An Inspector Calls (1954)
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When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
24.
The Far Country (1954)
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A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
25.
Miseria e nobiltà (1954)
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"Miseria e Nobiltà" tells the story of the humble families of Felice Pasquale and his colleague who are hired by a Marquis who wants to marry the daughter of a rich but simple cook, So they pose as aristocrats. (94 mins.)
Director: Mario Mattòli
 
26.
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
27.
A Lesson in Love (1954)
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After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient... (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
28.
Pushover (1954)
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A larcenous undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood nd the cops. (88 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
29.
The Woman of Rumour (1954)
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko... (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
30.
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. (156 mins.)
 
31.
River of No Return (1954)
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The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others. (91 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
32.
It Should Happen to You (1954)
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When her name is plastered on ten billboards all over New York City, a fame-seeker is bombarded by men from all over. (86 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
33.
Bow Bells (1954 Documentary)
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A montage of scenes from East End life set to a soundtrack of music hall songs with appropriate lyrics. (11 mins.)
Director: Anthony Simmons
 
34.
Black Widow (1954)
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A young writer insinuates herself into the life of a Broadway producer. (95 mins.)
 
35.
The Belles of St. Trinian's (1954)
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These schoolgirls are more interested in racing forms than books as they try to get-rich-quick. They are abetted by the head-mistress' brother, played by Alastair Sim, who also plays the head-mistress. (91 mins.)
Director: Frank Launder
 
36.
A Drop Too Much (1954 Short Film)
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The tragic tale of a motorcyclist who, happily on his way to meet his fiance, stops at a tavern with disastrous consequences. (14 mins.)
Director: Bretislav Pojar
 
37.
Garden of Evil (1954)
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A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
38.
Executive Suite (1954)
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When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
39.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
40.
The Gold of Naples (1954)
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Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Napolitean... (138 mins.)
 
41.
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
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A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship. (108 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
42.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
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In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. (102 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
43.
Jail Bait (1954)
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Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops. (71 mins.)