Tag Archives: 1950s

Gunman’s Walk (1958) Phil Karlson, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, Western

Gunman's Walk (1958)
Widower Lee Hackett (Van Heflin), a cattle rancher who is a product of the old west, tries to bring up his two sons, Ed (Tab Hunter)and Davy (James Darren), in his image, but Ed is wild and unruly. The two brothers are both attracted to Clee Chourard (‘Kathryn Grant(I)’) but she prefers Davy. Ed’s efforts to outshine his father and brother and everyone else leads him into a career of a gunfighter, and a confrontation with his father.
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The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) Harold French, Claude Rains, Märta Torén, Marius Goring, Crime, Drama

The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952)
Meek head clerk Kees Popinga realises at the same time as the police that owner De Koster has stripped his Dutch company clean because of his infatuation with a Parisian girl, Michelle. After a confrontation between the two men, De Koster ends up dead and Popinga makes off to Paris with the remaining money. There he contacts Michelle, with the police in close pursuit.
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A Life of Her Own (1950) George Cukor, Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell, Drama

A Life of Her Own (1950)
Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough growing up experiences, and as such she is a good judge of character. She believes she can escape her troubles through professional success. Because of her hard work ethic, she quickly does rise to the top of her profession. She attracts the attention of Steve Harleigh, a wealthy copper mine owner. Despite they both knowing that nothing can come between them, they fall in love. The issues are that he lives and works in Montana, and that he is already married. Steve feels guilty about his marital infidelity as his wife, Nora, is physically disabled from a car accident in which he was the cause. Lily has to decide if her own happiness is worth destroying the life of a woman – an invalid – she’s never met.
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Et Dieu… créa la femme / And God Created Woman (1956) Roger Vadim, Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Drama, Romance

And God Created Woman (1956)
Antoine promises to take the orphaned Juliette away from St. Tropez after a party where she has wandered onto the yacht of the urbane Eric. But in the morning the bus and Antoine zip by Juliette’s stop and she runs into the field to capture the rabbit she set free moments before. About to be sent back to the orphanage by her foster mother, she identifies with the rabbit. Antoine’s younger brother Michel comes to Juliette’s rescue with a marriage proposal and she accepts. Eric wants the brothers’ shipyard as a casino site and brings Antoine back to St. Tropez. Life gets complicated.
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Es geschah am hellichten Tag / It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958) Ladislao Vajda, Heinz Rühmann, Sigfrit Steiner, Siegfried Lowitz, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Es geschah am hellichten Tag AKA It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958)
Several young girls were killed. Policeman Matthaei travels to the region where it happened and searches a child that looks similar to the ones that were murdered. He finds one and stays with her and her mother, not telling them that he is waiting for the killer to start his bloody work one more time …
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The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) Daniel Mann, Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Comedy, Drama

The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America’s drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in Okinawa to teach the people democracy. The first step is to build a school – but the wily Okinawans know what they really want. They tell him about their culture and traditions – and persuade him to build something they really want instead: a teahouse. Fisby has a hard time breaking this news to his superiors.
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