Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, Amantha’s world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father’s mistress. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father’s debts and as the daughter of slave, Amantha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere.
Tag Archives: 1950s
Blowing Wild (1953) Hugo Fregonese, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Ruth Roman, Action, Adventure, Drama
In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch Peterson have invested all their savings in a lease contract to explore oil. However, their expectation ruins when bandits blow the derrick of the oil well with dynamite and they get stranded in the town without any money. In despair, they accept the risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise US$ 800.00 and Dutch is shot in the leg by road thieves; but Jeff discovers that their employer is a trickster and they area not paid for their job.
Brothers Pierre and Jacques Guillot are partners in trading furs and Spanish Moss and Jacques is mad at his brother because Pierre is about to marry Lily and Jacques thought he had the inside track on her. Jacques refuses to attend the wedding, and is out gathering moss with his assistant Cob when Callie, an old Gris-Gris woman, leads them to where she has found a badly beaten and unconscious young woman. They take her to Doc Opie just as Pierre and Lily are being escorted to their new home by friends following their wedding.
Al Graham and Gerard Mason are partners in an Alaskan trucking company. They quarrel over expenses and losses. Graham has fallen for Tina Boyd, the cashier at a restaurant. Mason’s wife, Janet, shows up and makes a play for Graham, and since they were lovers before she threw him over for Mason, Graham and Janet resume their affair. Mason learns of this, and Janet shoots him and forces a truck-mechanic to help her getaway. Graham speeds after them knowing there has been a landslide and hoping to prevent an accident.
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954) Lew Landers, Anthony Dexter, Eva Gabor, Alan Hale Jr., Adventure, Action
Anthony Dexter—bare-chested most of the film with the smoldering nostrils from “Valentino”—as “Captain Kidd” is saved from hanging by an Earl who wants to get his hand on Kidd’s treasure. The Earl thinks the best method is to put a woman confederate (Jeanine Duvall) aboard Kidd’s ship as a slave girl to wrest or wrestle the information from him. They fight a lot as a prelude to falling in love, and then work together against the evil Earl’s none-too-well laid plan. Alan Hale, Jr. (Simpson) is along as Kidd’s trusted friend, while Sonia Sorrell (as Ann Bonney) displays a lot of what the best-undressed female pirate wasn’t wearing on pirate ships of the time.
Border River (1954) George Sherman, Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Pedro Armendáriz, Romance, Western
Zona Libre is a small enclave across the river from America. Despotically ruled by General Calleja, it offers sanctuary to outlaws, at a price. Newly arrived is Clete Mattson who has $2million in gold to buy guns for the Confederacy. But who can he trust with so much money around? Certainly not Calleja, but maybe the eye-catching Carmelita? The General thinks she’s his property but she seems rather to fancy Mattson. Whatever’s going on, Mexico wants the place back.
Attack of the Puppet People (1958) Bert I. Gordon, John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney, Sci-Fi, Horror
Deranged doll-maker Mr. Franz is deathly afraid of being left alone, so he creates a machine that can shrink humans down to only a few inches tall. He soon accumulates a troupe of shrunken prisoners whom he forces to perform for him and keep him company. When he shrinks his secretary Sally and her fiance Bob, the pair decide against spending their days as pint-sized playthings and try to find a way to escape and re-enlarge themselves.
A Prize of Gold (1955) Mark Robson, Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick, Crime, Adventure, Drama
Gold bars are discovered while dredging a canal in post WWII Berlin, which the Air Force is transporting in trips to London. One of the soldiers (Widmark) who has access to the gold has fallen in love with a German woman running an amateur orphanage . She wants to relocate with the kids to Brazil (where all good Nazi go). She’s been selling herself to raise the funds, but Widmark jealously intercedes and ruins her setup. He quickly decides to steal the gold to finance the trip.
‘The Ringer’ is an elusive criminal, reported dead in Australia but now thought to be alive in London. Scotland Yard know the Ringer had left his sister in the care of unscrupulous lawyer Maurice Meister and that she was later found drowned, so they warn Meister that the Ringer is in London. A police guard is set up around his house and, surrounded by burglar alarms, he waits for further news; no intruder could possibly enter. As tension mounts, it seems increasingly clear that the Ringer is one of the people in the close circle around Meister… but which one?