Tag Archives: 1950s

Francis Goes to West Point (1952) Arthur Lubin, Donald O’Connor, Lori Nelson, Alice Kelley, Comedy, Fantasy

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Francis Goes to West Point is the third entry in Universal’s money-spinning series about a talking mule. Donald O’Connor once again stars as Peter Sterling, who with the garrulous Francis’ helps prevent the destruction of an atomic energy plant. As a reward, Peter is given a scholarship to West Point, where he quickly distinguishes himself as the military academy’s biggest foul-up. Peter’s future as an officer and a gentleman is saved by the timely arrival of Francis, who functions as the West Point football team’s mascot. This time around, O’Connor is allotted two lovely leading ladies, played by Lori Nelson and Alice Kelly. Two of the West Point cadets are played by future TV favorites David Janssen and James Best. And as always, Francis’ Southern-fried voice is supplied by Chill Wills.
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Please Believe Me (1950) Norman Taurog, Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens, Comedy, Romance

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Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and is sailing to the United Slates alone to claim her inheritance. Or so she thinks. Three men, Terence Keath, Jeremy Tayler, and Jeremy’s lawyer, Matthew Kinston take an interest in Alison, after reading about her in the papers. They all board the ship hoping to become involved with her, but, all for different reasons. Terence, is a gambler and wants to marry a rich women to pay his debts. Jeremy, a multi-millionaire wants a wife, and Matthew wants to protect Jeremy’s fortune, for he belives Alison is actually running a scam. All aboard!
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The Rawhide Years (1955) Rudolph Maté, Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy, Western

The Rawhide Years (Rudolph Mate, 1955)
Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena’s leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe’s letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself.
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So Big (1953) Robert Wise, Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Nancy Olson, Drama, Romance, Western

So Big (Robert Wise, 1953)
After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. He has a crush on her, but it is Pervus she marries. Dirk is their only child. After a few years Pervus dies. With a young child and only the farm, Selina begins her quest to grow high quality vegetables. She wants more for Dirk and guides his life until he graduates from college as an architect. As her vegetable label prospers, she sees Paula control Dirk’s life as he moves away from creating and into sales, which is not where he wants to go.
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The Wonderful Country (1959) Robert Parrish, Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill, Romance, Western

The Wonderful Country (Robert Parrish, 1959)
Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father’s murderer, Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss, strongman Governor Cipriano Castro. Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen. Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him, and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense, Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle the local raiding Apache Indians.
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