A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past. He gets involved with a cheap dancehall girl, and when her protector is accidentally killed, they go on the lam together, getting jobs as farm labourers. But some fellow workers get wise to them.
Tag Archives: 1950s
Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist – and the only to have completed a triple somersault – before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to covince Mike to teach him the ‘triple’. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act.
Fighting Trouble (1956) George Blair, Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, Adele Jergens, Action, Adventure, Comedy
“Sach” has become a camera fiend so, in the pursuit of some ready cash, “Duke” takes him and his photographs to the editor of the New York Morning Blade, Mr. Ray Vance. He hires them to get some photos of gangland boss Frankie Arbo but Mr. Arbo does not care to have his picture in the papers and dislikes cameramen for the same reason. “Sach” and “Duke” pose as interior decorators in the penthouse of Mae Randall in order to get photos of Arbo. Later, at Arbo’s night club, the boys learn that the gangster is importing a tough hoodlum from Chicago. “Sach” and “Duke” lure the visiting gunman, Handsome Hal Lomax to Mrs. Kelly’s boardinghouse and trick him into staying there through false police calls. “Sach” masquerades as Handsome Hal and gets away with it, and he and “Duke” manage to get into Arbo’s inner office with the Boss and his henchmen, and the boys are cut into the gang’s racket, which is counterfeit money.
Sach is hired as the companion for a poodle on an ocean voyage from New York to London. What he doesn’t know is that the people who hired him are actually diamond smugglers, and there is a cache of diamonds hidden in the poodle’s coat.
Chuck, a reporter for The Blade newspaper, gets beaten up while trying to get a story on prison corruption, and the rest of the Bowery Boys, Slip, Sach, and Butch, get themselves arrested so that they can complete the expose from inside the prison, while serving a short—they think—six month sentence. Inside the Big House, they learn that ex-gangsters Ed Lannigan, Tom Tomcyk, and “Big Greenie”, are living in the lap of luxury within the prison, by paying off Jenkins, the corrupt Captain of the Guards. And, on the side, the Boys, Sach in particular, slowly send Dr. Fordyce, the prison psychiatrist, off the deep end as they clumsily go about their investigation.
The Benny Goodman Story (1956) Valentine Davies, Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Biography, Drama, Music
Bio of swing band leader ‘Benny Goodman’ from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances by many great musicians of the time.
Le notti di Cabiria / The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Drama
Cabiria is a wide-eyed waif, a streetwalker living in a poor section of Rome where she owns her little house, has a bank account, and dreams of a miracle. We follow her nights (and days): a boyfriend steals 40,000 lire from her and nearly drowns her, a movie star on the Via Veneto takes her home with him, at a local shrine she seeks the Madonna’s intercession, then she meets an accountant who’s seen her, hypnotized on a vaudeville stage, acting out her heart’s longings. He courts her. Is it fate that led to their meeting? Is this finally a man who appreciates her for who she is?
Tiger in the Smoke (1956) Roy Ward Baker, Donald Sinden, Muriel Pavlow, Tony Wright, Crime, Drama, Thriller
In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it.
I vitelloni (1953) Federico Fellini, Alberto Sordi, Franco Fabrizi, Franco Interlenghi, Comedy, Drama
Fausto Moretti, having seduced Sandra Rubini, the sister of his friend and companion Moraldo Rubini, is forced to marry her. After their honeymoon, he takes a job as a salesman of religious objects in a small shop. He isn’t changed by his marriage and still looks for women, with his friends, when and where they can find them. He even tries to seduce the wife of his boss and is fired. After each episode, Sandra forgives him. He and his friends of similar temperament are content to be idle, chase girls and leave the work and job-hunting to others. After spending the night away from home with a girl, Sandra cannot forgive anymore and runs off with their child. Fausto and his friends search all over for them, fearing the worst.