Tag Archives: 1950s

Anna Lucasta (1958) Arnold Laven, Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., Frederick O’Neal, Drama

Anna Lucasta (1958)
When wild child Anna Lucasta (Kitt) is banished from the family home by her self-righteous father, she falls into a life of prostitution and into the arms of street-wise sailor Danny Johnson (Davis). But after Anna shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever!

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Vulcano / Volcano (1950) William Dieterle, Anna Magnani, Rossano Brazzi, Geraldine Brooks, Drama

Vulcano (1950)
While awaiting Production Code seal approval in the USA this Italian-made production went through three American distributors in three years; first Motion Picture Sales Corporation that passed it off to Eagle Lion and finally to United Artits when they acquired Eagle Lion properties. Anna Magnani, a prostitute, is banished from Naples and returns to her home, a volcanic island off of southern Italy. There, she is accepted only by her younger sister and younger brother, and takes whatever job she can to get by.

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Fargo (1952) Lewis D. Collins, Bill Elliott, Myron Healey, Phyllis Coates, Action, Western

Fargo (1952)
The brother (House Peters Jr.) of rancher Bill Martin (Bill Elliott) is killed in a stampede started by cattleman. Bill returns to the Fargo country to take his brother’s place and is welcomed by law-abiding cattleman MacKenzie (Jack Ingram)) and his daughter Kathy (Phyllis Coates). The leader of the ruthless cattle interests are townsman Austin (Arthur Space) and his henchmen Red (Myron Healey), Link (Robert J. Wilke) and Albord (Terry Frost).

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Bundle of Joy (1956) Norman Taurog, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Adolphe Menjou, Comedy, Musical

Bundle of Joy (1956)
Kitschy musical remake of “Bachelor Mother”. Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department store and Eddie Fisher plays the boss’ son. After getting fired from her job, she finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Fisher, well-meaning, but obtuse, tries to help her out with the baby, and the buds of romance begin to appear. Meanwhile old Merlin, the owner of the store, thinks he just might be a grandfather…

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The Tunnel of Love (1958) Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Richard Widmark, Gig Young, Comedy, Romance

The Tunnel of Love (1958)
The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched mis-communication she gets a very bad impression of Augie Poole and indicates her report will be unfavorable. Through even more far-fetched circumstances, Augie is able to change Miss Novick’s mind, and later comes to believe the baby she is carrying is his. Rock-A-Bye does find the Pooles a baby, and Augie is convinced it is Miss Novick’s, and that he is the real father…so much so that his wife comes to believe it, too. She threatens to leave him, but all the misunderstandings are finally cleared up for a happy ending.

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Robbers’ Roost (1955) Sidney Salkow, George Montgomery, Richard Boone, Sylvia Findley, Action, Drama, Romance

Robbers' Roost (1955)
Jim “Tex” Wall (George Montgomery), searching for the last of the three men who raped and killed his wife, joins a gang of cattle rustlers led by Hank Hays (Richard Boone). Both Hays’ outlaws and a rival gang headed by Heesman (Peter Graves), have been hired as ranch hands by “Bull” Herrick (Bruce Bennett), a cripple who owns a large cattle ranch and wants to get his large herd to market. He theorizes that the two gangs will be kept busy watching each other and neither will rustle his cattle. Helen (Sylvia Findley) has little faith in her brother’s contrived plan, and hates and distrusts both groups. She begins to soften toward Jim, but abruptly changes when she sees a reward poster which says he has killed two men.

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