Movies I Have Seen: 1950's

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1. 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: 764

'6/06

2. Invitation (1952)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

Always believing she had a happy marriage, a young wife's trust in her husband is shaken when she discovers that her father had paid him to marry her.

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Van Johnson, Dorothy McGuire, Ruth Roman, Louis Calhern

Votes: 487

'6/06

3. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

96 Metascore

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 92,710 | Gross: $8.00M

'10/95

4. A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | 122 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere

Votes: 18,391

'12/94

5. My Favorite Spy (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr, Francis L. Sullivan, Arnold Moss

Votes: 964

'6/93

6. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

Votes: 2,182

'3/95

7. Monkey Business (1952)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A chemist finds his personal and professional life turned upside down when one of his chimpanzees finds the fountain of youth.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn

Votes: 12,008

'12/97

8. Meet Danny Wilson (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, Musical

Danny Wilson and partner Mike make a meager living singing in dives and hustling pool. One night they meet entertainer Joy Carroll, who gets them a job at racketeer Nick Driscoll's posh ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, Alex Nicol, Raymond Burr

Votes: 255

'7/95

9. Man on a Tightrope (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 999

'1/95

10. Macao (1952)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Nick Cochran, an American in exile in Macao, has a chance to restore his name by helping capture an international crime lord. Undercover, can he mislead the bad guys and still woo the handsome singer/petty crook, Julie Benson?

Directors: Josef von Sternberg, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, William Bendix, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 2,534

'9/92

11. Love Nest (1951)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two married New Yorkers purchase an old, run-down building full of colorful tenants.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay, Marilyn Monroe

Votes: 996

'12/94

12. Lovely to Look At (1952)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Three Broadway producers struggling to get backing for their show hope one's sudden inheritance of a half interest in a Parisian fashion house is the answer. They travel to Paris only to learn the salon is in debt and requires their help.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Marge Champion

Votes: 561

'1/92

13. Lorna Doone (1951)

TV-PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Set in 17th century Scotland, a young woman falls in love with a humble villager whose community suffers under the rule of her despotic landowning family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop

Votes: 154

'8/95

14. Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Family

91 Metascore

A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin | Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee

Votes: 2,195 | Gross: $0.03M

'7/94

15. Little Boy Lost (1953)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A war correspondent who was stationed in Paris during WW II married a French girl who was murdered by the Nazis. After the war he returns to to try to find his son, whom he lost during a ... See full summary »

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Bing Crosby, Claude Dauphin, Christian Fourcade, Gabrielle Dorziat

Votes: 234

'9/94

16. Limelight (1952)

G | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Votes: 16,420 | Gross: $1.00M

'8/91

17. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 3,004

'4/95

18. Let's Make It Legal (1951)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Zachary Scott, Barbara Bates

Votes: 985

'6/95

19. Just for You (1952)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Jordan Blake (a widower) is a successful Broadway Producer who has always been to busy for his children, Barbara and Jerry. Girlfriend, Carolina a musical comedy star, urges Jordan to take ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Ethel Barrymore, Robert Arthur

Votes: 268

'1/95

20. Jumping Jacks (1952)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Musical

Nightclub comic Hap Smith assumes the identity of another soldier so he can tour army bases in a revue with his ex-partner Chuck Allen.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Mona Freeman, Don DeFore

Votes: 817

'5/95

21. Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,728

didn't record view date

22. Jack and the Beanstalk (1952)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dorothy Ford, Buddy Baer

Votes: 2,620

tcm 5/18; have on dvd

23. I Want You (1951)

Passed | 102 min | Drama

In 1950, small-town Americans try to deal with military conscription.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Dorothy McGuire, Farley Granger, Peggy Dow

Votes: 297

'8/93

24. It Grows on Trees (1952)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Fantasy

What happens when an American family gets two trees that grow spendable money.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Irene Dunne, Dean Jagger, Joan Evans, Richard Crenna

Votes: 232

'8/95

25. Inferno (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A tough, hard-driving business tycoon suffers a broken leg and is left to die in the desert by his scheming wife and her greedy lover.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating

Votes: 1,103

'8/96

26. I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1951)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A ruthless fashion designer steps on everyone in her way in order to reach the top of her profession. Eventually she is forced to choose between her ambition and the man she loves.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Susan Hayward, Dan Dailey, George Sanders, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 423

'7/92

27. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

Votes: 2,755

didn't record view date

28. Horizons West (1952)

Approved | 81 min | Western

Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, Judith Braun

Votes: 711

'12/95

29. His Kind of Woman (1951)

Approved | 120 min | Action, Crime, Film-Noir

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Tim Holt

Votes: 3,573

'6/04

30. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

89 Metascore

A town Marshal, despite the disagreements of his newlywed bride and the townspeople around him, must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 91,511 | Gross: $9.45M

didn't record view date

31. Here Come the Girls (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Musical

A clumsy, full-of-himself chorus boy gets a chance at Broadway stardom when he's a stand in for a leading actor threatened by an infamous killer.

Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Bob Hope, Tony Martin, Arlene Dahl, Rosemary Clooney

Votes: 325

'6/93

32. Harvey (1950)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Wallace Ford, William H. Lynn, Victoria Horne

Votes: 50,463

'4/97

33. Hard, Fast and Beautiful! (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Tennis prodigy Florence Farley is torn between romance and her mother's ambitions.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G. Young, Robert Clarke

Votes: 435

'9/91

34. Half Angel (1951)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Romance

Nurse Nora Gilpin is attracted to lawyer John Raymond whom she dislikes during the day and seduces during the night, when she sleepwalks.

Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Loretta Young, Joseph Cotten, Cecil Kellaway, Basil Ruysdael

Votes: 258

'1/92

35. Half a Hero (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy

Magazine writer copes with modern life in the suburbs, stressing about the expenses. Then his editor assigns an article calling the suburbs the slums of tomorrow. His research yields interesting conclusions.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Red Skelton, Jean Hagen, Charles Dingle, Willard Waterman

Votes: 172

'3/98

36. Gunsmoke (1953)

Approved | 79 min | Romance, Western

A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly, Charles Drake

Votes: 780

'11/95

37. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the suspicious father of Lorelei's fiancé, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid

Votes: 28,547 | Gross: $12.00M

'7/94

38. Gambling House (1950)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In New York, a small-time hood, who took the rap for a murder committed by his crime-boss in exchange for 50 G's, faces deportation because he doesn't hold American citizenship.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Victor Mature, Terry Moore, William Bendix, Zachary Charles

Votes: 271

'2/95

39. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 39,927 | Gross: $30.50M

'10/97

40. Forever Female (1953)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy

An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas, James Gleason

Votes: 402

'8/91

41. Forbidden (1953)

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

Eddie Darrow, seeking a mobster's widow in Macao, gets involved in a casino owner's affairs.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Tony Curtis, Joanne Dru, Lyle Bettger, Marvin Miller

Votes: 311

'8/94

42. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter

Votes: 4,158

'9/97

43. 5 Fingers (1952)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Walter Hampden

Votes: 3,888

'6/93

44. Fancy Pants (1950)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Western