Tag Archives: 1950s

Yukinojo Henge / An Actor’s Revenge (1959) Masahiro Makino, Hashizo Okawa, Chikage Awashima, Keiko Okawa, Drama

An Actor's Revenge (1959)
Nakamura Yukinojo gains popularity in Edo’s kabuki scene as a handsome onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles). But hidden behind the placid expression of his stage face is a deep grudge for the men responsible for dishonoring his parents’ names and leading them to suicide when he was still a child. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned Robin Hood-like thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents’ demise.

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Juke box – Urli d’amore (1959) Mauro Morassi, Mario Carotenuto, Marisa Merlini, Karin Baal, Comedy

Juke box - Urli d'amore (1959)
Mario, after serving a sentence for fraud, trying to continue to live at the expense of others. Marisa knows, a mature unmarried owner of a house music started that, despite everything, would like to marry him. After deception and misunderstanding, Mario, who has no intention of getting married, and has since used the situation weaving a series of cheating availing themselves of the house music is discovered and, when pressed between the prison and marriage, promises to Marisa to marry her, but then they blow it upstream to the last moment.

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Femmes de Paris (1953) Jean Boyer, Michel Simon, Brigitte Auber, Henri Génès, Comedy, Drama

Femmes de Paris (1953)
Le professeur Charles Buisson, Astronome et prix Nobel, vient de découvrir une nova. Il en informe par téléphone les autres observatoires. Alors qu’il croit que l’un d’eux le rappelle, il se retrouve à l’appareil avec une jeune femme menaçant de se suicider au cabaret Le Ruban Bleu, si son amoureux ne l’a pas rejoint à minuit. Intrigué, le professeur décide d’aller empêcher la malheureuse de passer à l’acte. Une de ses étudiantes, qui gagne sa vie comme doublure dans un numéro de couteaux, l’aide dans son enquête, tandis que le directeur de l’établissement et un policier le soupçonnent d’être un farceur ou même, de vendre de la drogue. Ce sera pour le savant l’occasion de découvrir un univers de music-hall qu’il ignorait jusqu’alors : « Je croyais connaître la carte du ciel par cœur mais il est une planète qui m’était totalement inconnue : la terre. J’y reviendrai ! »

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Written on the Wind (1956) Douglas Sirk, Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Drama

Written on the Wind (1956)
On 24 October 1955, the hard-work geologist of the Hadley Oil Company Mitch Wayne meets the executive secretary Lucy Moore in the office of her boss Bill Ryan in New York and invites her to go to a conference with the alcoholic playboy and son of a tycoon Kyle Hadley. On the way of the meeting, he confesses that they had traveled from Houston to New York to satisfy the wish of the reckless Kyle, who is his best friend since their childhood, of eating a sandwich from club 21 and the meeting was just a pretext to Kyle’s father Jasper Hadley. Mitch and Kyle immediately fall in love for Lucy, and Kyle unsuccessfully uses his money to impress Lucy; then he opens his heart and proposes Lucy. They get married and travel to Acapulco and the insecure Kyle stops drinking. Meanwhile, Kyle’s sister Marylee is an easy woman and has a non-corresponded crush on Mitch that sees her as a sister. One year later, Kyle discovers that he has a problem and might be sterile and starts drinking again.

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Fuunji Oda Nobunaga / The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959) Toshikazu Kôno, Katsuo Nakamura, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eitarô Shindô, Drama, History

Fuunji Oda Nobunaga AKA The Lucky Adventurer Oda Nobunaga (1959)
Oda Nobunaga (1534–1582) was a major daimyo during the Warring State period of Japanese history. He was the second son of Oda Nobuhide, a deputy military governor with land holdings in Owari province. Nobunaga lived a life of continuous military conquest, eventually conquering a third of Japanese daimyo before his death in 1582. Telling the story of his rise to prominence as he leads an army of 4,000 men against the 40,000 troops of Lord Imagawa Yoshimoto to prevent the arrogant daimyo from crushing the Oda clan and taking control of the entire nation. From a newly restored anamorpic widescreen print, this is the ultimate warlord movie.

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Maweed maa maghoul / Rendezvous with a Stranger (1959) Atef Salem, Samia Gamal, Samia Glowalla, Hussein Kamal, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rendezvous with a Stranger (1959)
The gang of murdering a factory personnel manager to facilitate the task of financial aid to the smuggling abroad through the factory, one of the staff stick to the charge, he will flee to Sudan, and up the brother of the owner of the plant from the outside, and meet favorite sister of the accused young man, marry her and his wife give birth to a child. The wife continue to contact her brother secretly in an attempt to find a way for his acquittal.

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Paris Holiday (1958) Gerd Oswald, Bob Hope, Fernandel, Anita Ekberg, Action, Comedy, Romance

Paris Holiday (1958)
American comedian Bob Hunter, on a luxury liner to France with French counterpart Fernandel, takes an interest in blonde diplomat Ann McCall while pursued by an even shapelier blonde, the mysterious Zara, who seems to be after something in Bob’s possession. But he’s only going to France to obtain rights to a new play…so what are Zara and her sinister boss after? The pursuit, amorous and larcenous, continues in Paris and escalates into a full-fledged comedy thriller.

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) Edward L. Cahn, Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Horror, Sci-Fi

It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that “it” has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth…

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Bengal Brigade (1954) Laslo Benedek, Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess, Adventure, War

Bengal Brigade (1954)
The muscular physique of Rock Hudson is given plenty of screen exposure in the British-India actioner Bengal Brigade. Adapted from a novel by Hall Hunter, the film casts Hudson as Captain Jeffrey Claybourne of Her Majesty’s Service, who is severely disciplined after defying orders. Feeling unworthy of his fiancee Vivian Morrow Arlene Dahl, the daughter of his superior officer, Claybourne breaks off the engagement until he can restore his reputation. When the duplicitous Rajah Karam Arnold Moss launches an all-out attack against the British forces in India, Claybourne finds his opportunity for redemption–as do several other “outcasts”. Costarring in Bengal Brigade as an alluring native girl is Ursula Theiss, later the wife of actor Robert Taylor.

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