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50ties

The Painted Hills

Director: Harold F. Kress
Country/ Year: USA 1951



Lifelike acting comes in this family flick solely from its star Pal and his unnamed stand-ins, better know as “Lassie”. The gold rush collie tale is one of seven films MGM. Thanks god, the last one.

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Three Came Home

Director: Jean Negulesco
Country/ Year: USA 1950



The ambitioned adaptation of Agnes Newton Keith’s memoirs as prisoner of war defeats its time-bound impetus due to the complex impersonations by Claudette Colbert and Sessue Hayakawa.

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Salt of the Earth

Director: Herbert J. Biberman
Country/ Year: USA 1954



Blacklisted as subversive, the existence of the neo-realistic tale of mining worker’s strike was about as harsh as that of the multilayered characters. Their desperate fight against mistreatment still grips.

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Royal Wedding

Director: Stanley Donen
Country/ Year: USA 1951



If only the action was as sweeping as Fred Astaire’s dance on the ceiling or as playful as the dancer’s duett with a coat stand, Donen’s fickle debut would be more than just a romantic revue for true fans

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Road to Bali

Director: Hal Walker
Country/ Year: USA 1952



When even Bob Hope warns the audience to rather get popcorn than hear Bing Crosby sing, You’d better listen. The only bright thing the next to last of the “Road to”-films has to offer, is Technicolor.

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Father’s Little Dividend

Director: Vincente Minelli
Country/ Year: USA 1951



The sequel about parent’s baby anxieties lacks the lightweight charm of „Father of the Bride“ but keeps the pleasing cast of Spencer Tracy, Liz Taylor and Joan Bennett. Flimsy, but funny enough.

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At War with the Army

Director: Hal Walker
Country/ Year: USA 1950



Somehow Jerry Lewis must have thought that concentration camps and mass murder were a funny combination. Those who just won’t be amused by that get some homophobia to laugh about. Haha.

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The Jackie Robinson Story

Director: Alfred E. Green
Country/ Year: USA 1950



Baseball legend Robinson plays himself as the first african american to break the color lines to the mayor league. Alas, he’s a better player on the field than in a film which modulates his struggle.

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Hercules

Director: Pietro Francisci
Country/ Year: Italy 1957



Bodybuilder-actor Steve Reeves brought upon the golden age of sword-and-sandal-films, defending buxom damsels in paper-mache sets agains stop-motion-beasts, desasters and lecherous emperors.

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The Fast and the Furious

Director: John Ireland, Edward Sampson
Country/ Year: USA 1955



Freshly escaped from jail, unjustly imprisoned Frank races towards the Mexican border. On his side a hottie hostage, on his heels thuggish truck drivers. One of Roger Corman’s ideas ignited the chase.

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