... The Forgettable ... Of The 1950s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.

So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Wagon Master (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Adventure, Western

Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cutthroats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru, Harry Carey Jr., Ward Bond

Votes: 3,750

2. The Flame and the Arrow (1950)

Passed | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 3,108

3. The Kangaroo Kid (1950)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Tex Kinnane (Jock Mahoney as Jock O'Mahoney), posing as a stage driver, goes to Australia to investigate a series of robberies at Goldstar. He makes friends at the saloon with Baldy Muldoon... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Guy Doleman, Veda Ann Borg, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 14

4. Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

Not Rated | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The charismatic swordsman-poet helps another woo the woman he loves in this straightforward version of the play.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky

Votes: 3,352

5. Stars in My Crown (1950)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Family, Western

In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous, that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale

Votes: 1,576

6. Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

When some of his crew are captured by the Spaniards in Rio De La Hacha, pirate Captain Peter Blood enters the city in disguise in order to free his men from Marquis De Riconete's prison.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, George Macready, Alfonso Bedoya

Votes: 259

7. American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

American soldiers stranded in the Philippines, after the Japanese invasion, form guerrilla bands to fight back.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Tyrone Power, Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Robert Patten

Votes: 889

8. Chain Lightning (1950)

94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Matt Brennan runs into Jo Holloway, the Red Cross girl he romanced in Europe when he was a flyer in World War II, when he is offered a job by jet manufacturer Leland Willis as a test pilot.... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Eleanor Parker, Raymond Massey, Richard Whorf

Votes: 859

9. Summer Stock (1950)

Approved | 108 min | Musical, Romance

A small-town farmer, down on her luck, finds her homestead invaded by a theatrical troupe invited to stay by her ne'er-do-well sister.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Eddie Bracken, Gloria DeHaven

Votes: 3,283

10. Bright Leaf (1950)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance

In 1894, Brant Royle shocks the aristocratic tobacco growers of Kingsmont by planning to mass-produce cigarettes.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Gary Cooper, Lauren Bacall, Patricia Neal, Jack Carson

Votes: 1,029

11. The Miniver Story (1950)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

The Second World War is over, and the Miniver family is trying to keep themselves together in post-War Britain, among continuing shortages and growing tensions within the family.

Directors: H.C. Potter, Victor Saville | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Leo Genn

Votes: 672 | Gross: $2.16M

12. Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael

Votes: 2,637

13. Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1949)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A group of agents in the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (forerunner of the C.I.A.) are sent to France, during World War II, to knock out the French railroad system and, in accomplishing ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen | Stars: Alan Ladd, Wanda Hendrix, Francis Lederer, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 366

14. Black Hand (1950)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Now grown-up, Johnny Columbo returns to New York from Italy having sworn a vendetta against the Black Hand who killed his father years earlier. Becoming romantically involved with a girl ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Gene Kelly, J. Carrol Naish, Teresa Celli, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 666

15. A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Approved | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

There is a problem with foreign nationals using Cuba as a convenient jumping off point for illegal entry into the United States. So U.S. Immigration Service Agent Peter Karczag (John Hodiak... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, John Hodiak, James Craig, George Macready

Votes: 696

16. Quicksand (1950)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Barbara Bates, Peter Lorre

Votes: 1,766

17. Side Street (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig, Paul Kelly

Votes: 2,290

18. The Tattooed Stranger (1950)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Early one morning in a New York City park, a passerby walking his dog discovers who ends up being a Jane Doe shot dead in the front passenger seat of a parked car. Homicide Chief Captain ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Montagne | Stars: John Miles, Patricia Barry, Walter Kinsella, Frank Tweddell

Votes: 789

19. Dial 1119 (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Film-Noir, Thriller

An escaped mental patient causes havoc.

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Virginia Field, Andrea King, Sam Levene

Votes: 786

20. The Secret Fury (1950)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A woman preparing to marry her fiance is accused of bigamy by a stranger but she fights back by trying to prove she's the victim of a conspiracy designed to discredit her.

Director: Mel Ferrer | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Robert Ryan, Jane Cowl, Paul Kelly

Votes: 537

21. The Second Woman (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton, Florence Bates

Votes: 881

22. Between Midnight and Dawn (1950)

Passed | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Prowl car cops on night duty romance a reluctant young lady while in danger from a vengeful racketeer.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Mark Stevens, Edmond O'Brien, Gale Storm, Donald Buka

Votes: 386

23. Highway 301 (1950)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby André, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 418

24. Dark City (1950)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,637

25. To Please a Lady (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Action, Romance, Sport

A former war hero and midget car racer meets his match in a feisty reporter who blames his reckless tactics for an accidental racing death.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Will Geer

Votes: 760

26. The Big Lift (1950)

Approved | 120 min | Drama, War

Experiences of two Air Force sergeants during the 1948 Berlin Airlift.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Paul Douglas, Cornell Borchers, Bruni Löbel

Votes: 1,260

27. Outrage (1950)

Passed | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman who has just become engaged has her life completely shattered when she is raped while on her way home from work.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Mala Powers, Tod Andrews, Robert Clarke, Raymond Bond

Votes: 871

28. A Life of Her Own (1950)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

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 ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell, Louis Calhern

Votes: 757

29. Five Angles on Murder (1950)

Approved | 88 min | Mystery

A woman is murdered, but she is seen in different ways by different people.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Jean Kent, Dirk Bogarde, John McCallum, Susan Shaw

Votes: 574

30. Backfire (1950)

Passed | 91 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

While recuperating from wartime back injuries at a hospital, veteran Bob Corey is visited on Christmas Eve by a beautiful stranger with an even stranger message.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 952

31. The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)

Unrated | 97 min | Mystery, Thriller

French police inspector Maigret investigates the murder of a rich Paris widow and ends up chasing the killer up the Eiffel Tower's girders.

Directors: Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen, Charles Laughton | Stars: Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, Robert Hutton

Votes: 703

32. Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and - the murderer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 2,400

33. Destination Murder (1950)

Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Laura Mansfield's father is killed, apparently by a telegraphic messenger. She spots Jackie Wales in a police lineup, but can't identify him positively. Later, she arranges to meet him, and... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Joyce Mackenzie, Stanley Clements, Hurd Hatfield, Albert Dekker

Votes: 543

34. The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Lisa Howard

Votes: 1,446

35. The Lawless (1950)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A newspaper editor in a small agricultural town finds himself going against the people in the town when he gets involved in the plight of the area's fruit pickers, who are mostly Mexican.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Gail Russell, Johnny Sands, Lee Patrick

Votes: 358

36. Rio Grande (1950)

Passed | 105 min | Romance, Western

A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

Votes: 12,828

37. Mister 880 (1950)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Gentle romantic comedy about a Secret Service Agent trying to catch a cold case counterfeiter and a United Nations translator.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Edmund Gwenn, Dorothy McGuire, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 1,148

38. The Jackpot (1950)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason, Fred Clark

Votes: 813

39. Utopia (1951)

82 min | Comedy

Stan inherits a yacht and a South Pacific island. Ollie and Stan sail there with 2 other men. They shipwreck on a new atoll and settle there. An ex-fiancee joins them. They declare an independent nation and problems arise.

Directors: Léo Joannon, John Berry, Alfred J. Goulding, Tim Whelan | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Suzy Delair, Max Elloy

Votes: 1,601

40. The Fighting Pimpernel (1950)

88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A British aristocrat goes in disguise to France to rescue people from The Terror of the guillotine.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Cyril Cusack, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 426

41. Three Little Words (1950)

Passed | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,447 | Gross: $2.80M

42. The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

89 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of celebrated American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Eduard Franz, Philip Ober

Votes: 529

43. The West Point Story (1950)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Music

A Broadway director helps the West Point cadets put on a show, aided by two lovely ladies and assorted complications.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 1,065

44. Tea for Two (1950)

Approved | 98 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A socialite with aspirations of a career in show business bets her wealthy uncle $25,000 that she can say "no" to everything for two days straight, hoping winning will help her fulfill her dreams.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson, Eve Arden

Votes: 1,510

45. Les Enfants Terribles (1950)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

The dangerously obsessive relationship between a psychologically manipulative brother and sister who isolate themselves and draw others into their mind games.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima, Jacques Bernard

Votes: 3,309

46. The Flowers of St. Francis (1950)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama, History

A series of vignettes depicting the lives of the original Franciscan monks, including their leader and the bumbling Ginepro.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Aldo Fabrizi, Gianfranco Bellini, Peparuolo, Severino Pisacane

Votes: 2,897

47. Francis (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5