Tag Archives: 1950s

Sois belle et tais-toi / Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958) Marc Allégret, Mylène Demongeot, Henri Vidal, Béatrice Altariba, Comedy

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The 17-year old wayward but wholesome orphan Virginie, played by the blond and creamy Mylene Demongeot as a sort of sweet-sultry blend of Sandra Dee and Brigitte Bardot, escapes from a reformatory with Olga, with the help of Olga’s boyfriend Loulou, in a vehicle he has “borrowed” from his boss, a fence. Unbeknownst to them, it contains a machine gun in the trunk used in a jewel robbery. The cops chase after them, and Virginie volunteers to get caught alone in the car as the couple make their hasty retreat. Delon and Belmondo play two overage juvenile delinquents who make their living smuggling cameras over the border to Germany. From that point on, things get sticky when Virginie is implicated in the crime and more so when she falls for handsome, virile detective Jean Morel (Henri Vidal). Further complications ensue when the ruthless criminal named Charlemagne (Roger Hanin) in charge of the racket enters the picture.

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Tomahawk (1951) George Sherman, Van Heflin, Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Nicol, History, Romance, Western

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In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux…to the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg situation needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to provide this. Meanwhile, Bridger’s chance of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching personal conflicts. Unusually accurate historically.

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Slaughter Trail (1951) Irving Allen, Brian Donlevy, Gig Young, Virginia Grey, Western

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Three outlaws rob the stage and then flee. When their horses give out they murder some Indians to get fresh ones. But this puts the Indians on the war path and they have to take refuge in an Army fort to avoid them. The Indians then arrive offering peace if the three men are turned over to them. The fort’s commanding Officer wants peace but the rules say the men must be tried in a white man’s court leaving the Indians no choice but to attack.

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Dobu / Ditch (1954) Kaneto Shindô, Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Jûkichi Uno, Drama

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Toku, a factory worker (Taiji Tonoyama) gives food to a starving woman, Tsuru (Nobuko Otowa), who then follows him home. He shares a shack in a shanty village in Kawasaki with his friend Pin-chan (Jukichi Uno). The two men try to get rid of her but then let her stay when she gives them money. Tsuru tells the people of the village that she lost her job due to a strike, then was robbed of her severance pay, then sold to a brothel in Tsuchiura. She ran away with a friend from Kawasaki. Toku and Pin-chan sell her to a geisha house and spend the money. She is thrown out. The owner demands his money back. Tsuru earns the money to pay their debt by working as a prostitute outside the station. The other prostitutes beat her. She fends them off with a policeman’s revolver and is then shot dead by the police.

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Vice Squad (1953) Arnold Laven, Edward G. Robinson, Paulette Goddard, K.T. Stevens, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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When a police officer is shot arresting a car thief, Captain Barnaby uses his skills and contacts to track down the culprits and uncovers a bank heist plan in the process. Barnaby has no qualms about bending the law to achieve his ends, including trumped up charges to persuade his only witness to cooperate or detaining some call girls to coerce their madam to help him. In the meantime he deals with everyday police business, juggling seemingly trivial matters with more serious ones.

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