Tag Archives: 1950s

William Wyler – Ben-Hur (1959)

After a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. Read More »

Henry Koster – A Man Called Peter (1955)

Synopsis:
Based on the true story of a young Scottish lad, Peter Marshall, who dreams of only going to sea but finds out there is a different future for him when he receives a “calling” from God to be a minister. He leaves Scotland and goes to America where after a few small congregations he lands the position of pastor of the Church of the Presidents in Washington, D.C. and eventually he becomes Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Read More »

John Ford – Rio Grande (1950)

Plot synopsis:
A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who’s a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Rio Grande is a 1950 film and the third installment of John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy”, following Fort Apache (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). John Wayne stars in all three films, as Captain Kirby Yorke (York) in Fort Apache, then as Capt. of Cavalry Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and finally as a promoted Lieutenant Colonel Kirby Yorke (York) in Rio Grande. Read More »

Anthony Mann – Thunder Bay (1953)

Quote:In 1946, ex-Navy engineer Steve Martin comes to a Louisiana town with a dream: to build a safe platform for offshore oil drilling. Having finessed financing from a big oil company, formerly penniless Steve and his partner Johnny are in business…and getting interested in shrimp-boat captain Rigaud’s two lovely daughters. But opposition from the fishing community grows fast, led by Stella Rigaud. Read More »

John Huston – The Roots of Heaven (1958)

Quote:
Set in French Equatorial Africa, the film tells the story of Morel (Trevor Howard), a crusading environmentalist who sets out to preserve the elephants from extinction as a lasting symbol of freedom for all humanity. He is helped by Minna (Juliette Gréco), a nightclub hostess, and Forsythe (Errol Flynn), a disgraced British military officer hoping to redeem himself. Read More »

John Sturges – Underwater! (1955)

Two scuba divers find a shipwreck which may contain undiscovered treasure, however, their attempt to salvage it is threatened by scavengers. Read More »

Victor Saville & George White – My Gun Is Quick (1957)

Million-Dollar DAMES…A Million-Buck HEIST!…A Million Volt SHOCKER!

Detective Mike Hammer’s investigation of a murder puts him in the middle between warring jewel thieves. Read More »