Tag Archives: 1950s

Love Me or Leave Me (1955) Charles Vidor, Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Biography, Drama, Music

Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
In 1920’s Chicago, Ruth Etting wants to be a renowned singer, which is a far step away from her current work as a taxi dancer. Upon walking into the dance hall and seeing her, Chicago gangster Marty Snyder immediately falls for Ruth, and works toward being her lover, which he believes he can achieve by opening up singing opportunities for her. Ruth is initially wary of Marty, but makes it clear that she is not interested in him in a romantic sense. Regardless, he does help her professionally, and through his opportunities, which are achieved through intimidation and fear, Ruth does quickly start to gain a name as a singer, which she is able to do because of her talent and despite Marty’s intimidation tactics. However, the greater her success, the more reliant she becomes on him. This becomes an issue in their relationship as she believes he can take her only so far before he becomes a liability, however he will never let her go that easily.

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Iwashigumo / Summer Clouds (1958) Mikio Naruse, Chikage Awashima, Michiyo Aratama, Kumi Mizuno, Drama

Iwashigumo (1958)
A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won’t leave his wife. Her older brother tries to marry off his children and hang on to/ extend his farm through an advantageous marriage in the face of threatened land confiscation and the desire of his children to get comfortable urban jobs instead of the backbreaking work in the paddy fields under parental control.

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Encore (1951) Harold French, Pat Jackson, Nigel Patrick, Roland Culver, Alison Leggatt, Comedy, Drama

Encore (1951)
The film is made from three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham. The first, “The Ant and the Grasshopper” concerns the trials and tribulations a ne’er-do-well brother, Tom Ramsey, puts his prim-and-proper businessman brother, George Ramsey through. The escapades that drive George to absolute distraction eventually wins the hand of the world’s third richest girl, Margaret Vyne, for shiftless Tom; “Winter Cruise” finds the crew of a cargo boat becoming unglued by the endless chatter of a spinster passenger named Miss Reid. In a desperate attempt to silence the prattling busybody, the ship’s officers browbeat a French steward, Pierre into making love to her. The results provide some astounding surprises for the officers, Pierre, and, for certain, Miss Reid; In “The Gigolo and the Gigolette” segment, beautiful daredevil Stella Cotman, who entertains the jaded guests of a resort hotel by diving nightly from an eighty-foot platform into a flaming tank, is losing her nerve.

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Ride Lonesome (1959) Budd Boetticher, Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, Drama, Western

Ride Lonesome (1959)
A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager’s wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy’s brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own …

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Det stora äventyret / The Great Adventure (1953) Arne Sucksdorff, Anders Nohrborg, Kjell Sucksdorff, Drama, Family

Det stora aventyret (1953)
A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer. The cubs are attacked by the farmer and only one survives. An otter trapped in a burrow is rescued by 10-year-old Anders and his six-year-old brother, Kjell. In secret, the boys cage the animal and finally domesticate it. They obtain food for the Otter by fishing through the ice on a frozen lake. The boys manage to keep their secret from their family. On the eve of the May Day festival, Kjell reveals to family and friends the otter’s presence. Anders is so distressed that he runs into the woods with the otter. The otter breaks away and returns to its life of natural freedom.

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