31 Days of the 50's - 01/13

by ianhenslee | created - 29 Nov 2012 | updated - 04 Apr 2013 | Public

31 Movies from the 1950's for January, 2013.

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1. The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Renee Houston, Mike Morgan

Votes: 3,095

2. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 8,921

3. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

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."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,158

4. Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

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.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 254

5. Shadows (1958)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Romance

86 Metascore

Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray

Votes: 9,291

6. Libel (1959)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A shell-shocked World War II veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley

Votes: 918

7. La Ronde (1950)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Vignettes revolving around a circle of interconnected love.

Director: Max Ophüls | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon

Votes: 4,484

8. The Happy Time (1952)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles Boyer, Louis Jourdan, Marsha Hunt, Bobby Driscoll

Votes: 439

9. Go for Broke! (1951)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, History, War

The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

Director: Robert Pirosh | Stars: Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki, Akira Fukunaga

Votes: 1,130

10. Affair in Havana (1957)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Film-Noir

Songwriter falls in love with a crippled man's wife.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: John Cassavetes, Raymond Burr, Sara Shane, Lilia Lazo

Votes: 134

11. The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,559

12. No Escape (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Bennett | Stars: Lew Ayres, Sonny Tufts, Marjorie Steele, Lewis Martin

Votes: 276

13. The Thief (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Ray Milland, Martin Gabel, Harry Bronson, Rita Grapel

Votes: 814

14. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 6,353 | Gross: $5.00M

15. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Ian Keith

Votes: 4,545

16. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,327

17. David and Bathsheba (1951)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

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.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Raymond Massey, Kieron Moore

Votes: 1,919

18. The Man with My Face (1951)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A man arrives home one night to find that a look- alike has taken over his life completely.

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: Barry Nelson, Carole Mathews, Lynn Ainley, John Harvey

Votes: 267

19. The Private War of Major Benson (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

As a disciplinary measure, the Army transfers a heavy-handed Major to a ROTC academy where he must shape-up cadets and improve the school's overall ratings.

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Charlton Heston, Julie Adams, William Demarest, Tim Hovey

Votes: 696

20. Knock on Wood (1954)

Passed | 103 min | Comedy

Ventriloquist Jerry Morgan has to see another love affair fail. The reason: when the relationship reaches the point when it is time to discuss marriage, his doll Clarence becomes mean and ... See full summary »

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Mai Zetterling, Torin Thatcher, David Burns

Votes: 854

21. The Sheepman (1958)

Approved | 85 min | Western

A brash stranger and his sheep arrive in a small town, but not soon after, the townspeople decide they've seen enough of him.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Shaughnessy

Votes: 2,214

22. The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, John Williams, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,398

23. Silk Stockings (1957)

Approved | 117 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre

Votes: 3,343

24. Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Johnny Regan, a U.S. citizen, goes to Mexico and takes up bullfighting as a lark, hoping to impress a Mexican beauty, Anita de la Vega. His lighthearted studying, under the tutelage of ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Robert Stack, Joy Page, Gilbert Roland, Virginia Grey

Votes: 455

25. Above and Beyond (1952)

Approved | 122 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating

Votes: 986

26. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Three soldiers meet ten years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray

Votes: 2,719

27. Genevieve (1953)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

It's time for the annual London to Brighton antique car rally, and Alan McKim and Ambrose Claverhouse are not going to let their friendship stop them from trying to humiliate each other. ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cornelius | Stars: Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall, Kenneth More

Votes: 2,581

28. The Sound Barrier (1952)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Romance, War

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin

Votes: 1,548

29. The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,745

30. Salt of the Earth (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Herbert J. Biberman | Stars: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas, Will Geer, David Wolfe

Votes: 2,764

31. Night People (1954)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

During the Cold War, an American soldier is abducted in West Berlin, sparking a recovery effort led by Colonel Steve Van Dyke.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Broderick Crawford, Anita Björk, Rita Gam

Votes: 964



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