Tag Archives: 1950s

John Ford – The Long Gray Line (1955)

Plot Summary
Martin “Marty” Maher, an immigrant from Ireland, arrives at West Point where he is assigned to work in the kitchen. He soon proves to be ill-suited to such work and quits only to enlist in the army. The head of the West Point athletics department, Captain Koehler (known as the Master of the Sword), takes Marty on as an assistant. Marty proves to be no great specimen of a sports expert, but he has a winning way about him in dealing with the cadets, whether it’s boxing, swimming or football. Read More »

Michael Curtiz – The Hangman (1959)

Mackenzie Bovard takes his job working for the federal government very seriously, and when he goes out to get the riff-raff that defy the laws of the land, he finds them and hangs them. This one-two punch does not sit well with a local community when he comes into their midst to pick up Johnny Bishop, Johnny has turned himself around and is not only supported by his friends and neighbours, but also by the sheriff. Read More »

Armando Bo – El trueno entre las hojas AKA Thunder Among the Leaves (1956)

A true Argentine cult classic. The first movie starring Isabel “La Coca” Sarli, featuring the first full frontal nude of Argentine cinema. Armando Bo and Isabel Sarli would later have a long lasting relationship and collaborate in almost 30 movies along 25 years.

El trueno entre las hojas is based on a Augusto Roa Bastos’ tale. At a sawmill where labourers are inhumanly exploited, the arrival of the landlord’s young and beautiful wife makes years of rising tensions finally unleash a worker’s revolt. Read More »

Jack Witikka – Nukkekauppias ja kaunis Lilith AKA The Doll Merchant (1955)

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The Doll Merchant (1955), a fairy tale for adults directed by Jack Witikka, is based on a radio play by Walentin Chorell. The titular doll merchant, played by Martti Katajisto, refuses to conform to the norms of an anonymous totalitarian state. The dictator of the state (Tauno Palo) thinks the merchant is a rebel and has him arrested. However, the dictator’s lover Lilith (Hillevi Lagerstam) is very fond of dolls, as is the little girl (Leena Kaprio), who is helped by an anarchist (Heikki Savolainen) in her search for the doll merchant. The many dolls seen in the film were made by Mona Leo. Read More »

Roger Corman – Carnival Rock (1957)

Synopsis: Christy runs a rock and roll nightclub on a carnival pier with his righ-hand-man Benny. Christy has a crush on the club’s star, Natalie Cook, but she has eyes for Stanley, a local business man, who wants to buy out the club. When the club is sold and Christy is asked to stay on, as a party clown, he plots to destroy the club and abduct Natalie away from Stanley.

This early Corman movie stars Dick Miller and the Platters! Read More »

Chuck Jones – Duck Amuck (1953)

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The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator. Read More »

Memduh Ün – Üç arkadas AKA Three Friends (1958)

Plot
Three hopeless cronies from the slums help a blind panhandler girl who is homeless and hungry. The girl, an ingenue, brings a new hope to everyone’s life, especially to the one who falls in love with her. Read More »