Happy Friday, and welcome to another Favorite Films Friday.
This will be the fourth installment of this series; we are in the 1950's decade. Such an exciting decade of films. Again, I wish I could list all my favorites but the list would be too long, and I am not sure you want to read all of them. The 50's films are probably some of my most favorite films. The films that I will list are films that I have seen time and time again; they are classics. I hope you enjoy reading today's list.
1.) Cinderella (1950) When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother.
Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. Writer: Charles Perrault, William Peet, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves, Ken Anderson, and Joe Rinaldi. Stars: Irene Woods, Elanor Audley, Verna Felton, and many more. IMDb
Who doesn't like Cinderella? Well, I guess that is not a good question nowadays, but I like Cinderella. It's a lovely whimsical love story that puts you into a daydream. No, I don't believe a prince charming will save me, nor do I think that I need a fairy Godmother (I have Jesus, my Lord, and Savior) but losing yourself in a storyline for a few minutes is not a bad thing. We shouldn't take films seriously after all. It's like we tell kids, movies aren't real, they are make-believe.
2.) All About Eve (1950) An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.
Director & Writer: Joseph L. Mankewickz. Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sander, and many more. IMDB
All About Eve is a film that'll make you wish you could tell Bette Davis' character to watch her back. This film exposes how some newcomers are willing to do just about anything to get ahead in the business and take over the shoes of someone else.
3.) An American in Paris (1951) Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.
Director: Vincente Minnelli. Writer: Alan Jay Lerner. Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, Nina Foch, and many more. IMDb
What a love triangle in this movie. When I first watched it, I didn't know who to root for. This movie keeps you invested in it ill the very end.
4.) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.
Director: Robert Wise. Writers: Edmund H. North (screenplay), Harry Bates (based on a story by). Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, and many more. IMDb
The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of its time. The first time I watched it was on TCM (Turner Classic Movies), they were airing sci-fi films. As I began to watch it, I wasn't too thrilled with the storyline, but that didn't mean I was going to turn the channel. I ended up watching the whole movie, and in the end, liking it and watching it numerous times again.
5.) Singin' in the Rain (1952) A silent production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.
Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Writers: Betty Comden (story by), Adolph Green (story by). Stars: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, and many more. IMDb
Singin' in the Rain is one of my top favorite films, not only from this decade but of all time. I can watch this movie over, and over again without tiring from it. I love the on-screen chemistry that Debbie, Gene, and Donald had. If you have not seen this movie, then you must add it to your must-watch list immediately. It's such an iconic film, and even the main song lives on.
6.) The African Queen (1952) In Africa during World War I, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
Director: John Huston. Writers: C.S. Forester (novel), James Agee (adapted the screen by), and John Huston (adapted the screen by). Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, and Robert Morley. IMDb
I remember visiting my friends' grandparents house, and they had a big poster. On it was Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart and above them, it said The African Queen. I was a fan of both Hepburn and Bogart, and it was surprising to me that I had not seen nor heard of this film. To my surprise the following week it aired on TCM (Turner Classic Movies), and I had to watch it. The storyline seemed so real and raw to me. Once the movie was over, I understood why my friends' grandparents had a poster displayed in their den. The African Queen is another must-watch film.
7.) The Wild One (1953) Two rival gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in Jail.
Director: Laslo Benedek. Writers: John Paxton (screenplay), and Frank Rooney (based on a story by). Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith and many more. IMDb
Who doesn't like a Marlon Brando movie? When I first watched this movie, it upset me. I don't like when gangsters overrun small communities, but then you see the talent and the art behind the cinematography, and you can appreciate it.
8.) Roman Holiday (1953) A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardian and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Director: William Wyler. Writers: Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay), John Dighton (screenplay), and Dalton Trumbo (screenplay and story, was originally uncredited). Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert and more. IMDb
I love watching this movie. I can't think of an Audrey film that I do not like. I like the adventure that you go on with Gregory and Audrey. It's a lovely romantic film, which in my opinion has stood the test of time.
9.) The Band Wagon (1953) A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition.
Director: Vincente Minnelli. Writers: Betty Comden (story by), and Adolph Green. Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant and many more. IMDb
Such an entertaining film. It offers up great cinematography, directing, writing and acting. An all-around fantastic film. Another must watch film.
10.) Sabrina (1954) A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
Director: Billy Wilder. Writers: Billy Wilder (written for the screen by), Samuel A. Taylor (written for the screen by, and from the play by), Ernest Lehman (written for the screen by) Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and many more. IMDb
An odd film at first but you quickly fall in love with Audrey's character and want the man that will treat her right, even though he is much older than she is. It's a beautiful love story. I am actually considering watching it tonight.
11.) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.
Director: Nicholas Ray. Writer: Stewart Stern (screenplay), Irving Shulman (adaptation), Nicholas Ray (from a story by). Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and more. IMDb
Rebel Without a Cause is a serious but great movie. It makes you wonder how mischievous teenagers were back then (well, it make me wonder), and whether this movie portrayed some communities realistically.
12.) Vertigo (1958) A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obseessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Writers: Alec Coppel (screenplay by), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay by), Pierre Boileau (based on the novel D'entre Les Morts by) and Thomas Narcejac (based on the novel D'entre Les Morts by). Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, and many more. IMDb
If you like thrillers, you'll love this Hitchcock film that will surely keep you on your toes. I can't say more other than, you need to watch it.
13.) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.
Director: Richard Brooks. Writer: Richard Brooks (screenplay), Jame Poe (screenplay), and Tennessee Williams (play). Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burls Ives, and many more. IMDb
The story keeps you so interested and invested. The whole time you'll be wondering what they'll show you next. It is a drama worth watching.
14.) North by Northwest (1959) A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Writer: Ernest Lehman. Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and many more. IMDb
Another Hitchcock movie that keeps you on your toes and wondering what's next. For a few days after watching this film, you'll unknowingly be looking over your shoulder to see if anyone is following you.
15.) Some Like It Hot (1959) When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Director: Billy Wilder. Writers: Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay), Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan (suggested by a story by). Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and many more. IMDb
What a comedy. You end up rooting for Tony and Jack. You don't want them to get caught. It was a rauchy and risky film for its time. I wonder what youth today would think about it. They would probably not like it.
Well, there you go, 15 films from the 50's. There are so many great movies that I didn't add, it hurts a little, but I'll get over it. I hope you are enjoying your day. Have a nice weekend
What are your favorite films from the 1950's?