A mute phantom hero takes on skull-masked killers, a disembodied living hand and a corpse that won’t stay in its grave. This is the first in a trilogy of horror/western hybrids that also includes the films La marca de Satanás (“The Mark of Satan”) and La cabeza de Pancho Villa (“The Head of Pancho Villa”).
Tag Archives: 1950s
Les quatre cents coups / The 400 Blows (1959) François Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Crime, Drama
Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14 year-old Antoine Doinel returns at the end of every day to a drab and unhappy home life. His parents have little money and he sleeps on a couch that’s been pushed into the kitchen. He knows his mother is having an affair and his parents bicker constantly.
Group Commander Dan Collier, on an aircraft carrier in Korean waters during the Korean War, starts to think back to the rough days of the air-war against Japan during World War II, when he was in the same squadron.
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) Alfred E. Green, Keefe Brasselle, Marilyn Erskine, Aline MacMahon, Biography, Drama, Music
This merry musical biography of “Banjo Eyes” will gladden the hearts of Cantor and musical fans alike. It’s got fabulous songs, assured direction by Alfred E. Green (The Jolson Story) and elaborate numbers typical of the Ziegfeld stage.
The Weak and the Wicked / Young and Willing (1954) J. Lee Thompson, Glynis Johns, Diana Dors, John Gregson, Drama
Had the women-behind-bars drama The Weak and the Wicked been made in Hollywood, the cast would probably have included the likes of Ida Lupino, Marie Windsor, Peggie Castle and Hope Emerson. Instead, the film was lensed in Britain, with Glynis Johns and Diana Dors heading the cast.
The Catered Affair (1956) Richard Brooks, Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Comedy, Drama, Romance
At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception. This is because Janes parents are poor and Jane and Ralph can borrow a car for their honeymoon.
So This Is Love (1953) Gordon Douglas, Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Joan Weldon, Biography, Musical
Forget her string of Broadway successes. Forget even the flowers-and-candlelight ardor of handsome bachelors. There’s only one great passion in Grace Moore’s life: to star at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.
A young teenage girl desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance. This early rock and roll feature includes an appearance by disc jockey Alan Freed, and performances by artists including Chuck Berry, Lavern Baker, and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
Aozora Musume / The Blue Sky Maiden (1957) Yasuzô Masumura, Ayako Wakao, Keizô Kawasaki, Kenji Sugawara, Comedy, Drama
Ayako Wakao plays good-natured Yuko, the illegitimate daughter of a well-off executive, raised in the country by relatives. Journeying to Tokyo she finds Father’s Western-style house to be a nest of vipers straight out of There’s Always Tomorrow, replete with Terrible Children, a housekeeper who sees all, and a dog named Cal with his own doghouse. But Yuko meets it all with aplomb; she’s interested in one thing only, finding her real, cast off mother.