Tag Archives: 1950s

Usmar Ismail – Lewat Djam Malam AKA After the Curfew (1954)

Giving voice to the anguish of a nation fighting for its soul, Usmar Ismail’s After the Curfew follows the descent into disillusionment of a former freedom fighter who is unable to readjust to civilian life following the revolution that gave Indonesia its independence from the Netherlands. Steeped in moody atmospherics and psychological tension, the film struck its national cinema like a bolt of lightning, illuminating on-screen, for the first time and with unflinching realism, the emotional toll of Indonesian society’s postcolonial struggles. Read More »

Joy Batchelor & John Halas – Animal Farm (1954)

The animals of Manor Farm, led by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, evict the cruel Farmer Jones and take over the farm. But Napoleon has greater ambitions… Read More »

Seymour Friedman – Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard (1950)

When enemy agents obtain leaked secrets about a guided missile reservation, the chief of America’s counterspy division (Howard St. John) and Scotland Yard’s top sleuth (Ron Randell) get on an investigative trail which quickly leads to a reservation secretary (Gunsmoke’s Miss Kitty, Amanda Blake). Read More »

Lesley Selander – Dakota Lil (1950)

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Although Marie Windsor plays the title role in Dakota Lil, she is shunted away to third billing, right after male leads George Montgomery and Rod Cameron. Montgomery is cast as a secret service agent Tom Horn, sent West to round up a gang of counterfeiters. He starts by gaining the confidence of dance-hall girl Lil (Windsor), one of the ringleaders. She, in turn, leads Horn to the brains of the operation, Harve Logan(Cameron). Read More »

Stuart Heisler – The Burning Hills (1956)

This beautifully-filmed CinemaScope western spins the familiar plot of a greedy cattle baron taking the law into his own hands to monopolize a rich valley before legal claims can be filed on the land. Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood are the headliners here and their chemistry works well. Hunter is okay as a cowboy who wants to square matters for his brother’s murder. However, Ms. Wood is not very convincing as a Mexican girl, in spite of her fetching looks. Predictably, romance blooms, and Hunter and Wood team up to battle the bad guys who trail them like bloodhounds. The action is spotty but a solid cast of familiar character actors nudges the story along. The film has a fine climax, a derring-do affair in the spirit of the old west. The movie was based on a good Louis L’Amour novel and nearly measures up to this great storyteller’s work. Read More »

Bernard Knowles – Park Plaza 605 (1953)

Classic British mystery thriller starring Tom Conway as suave gumshoe, Norman
Conquest. After intercepting a secret message, Conquest meets foreign femme fatale,
Nadina Rodin (Eva Bartok), in room 605 of the Park Plaza hotel. When Conquest wakes up
in the room the next morning he is lying next to a corpse and the mysterious Rodin is
nowhere to be seen. Conquest is now the police’s number one murder suspect with
Inspector Williams (Sid James) shadowing his every move. In order to clear his name,
Conquest enlists the help of Pixie Everard (Joy Shelton), but things turn even uglier when
he discovers that the murder is connected to a stash of stolen diamonds. As gun-toting, Read More »

William A. Berke – Roaring City (1951)

A private detective gets hired for two jobs: the first is to bet on a fighter in a fixed boxing match, and the second is to pose as a woman’s husband. Read More »