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50 Favourites of the 1950s

by Tom JF
50 Favourites of the 1950s by Tom JF
“I am big. It’s the pictures that got small” – Sunset Boulevard (1950) 1950 In A Lonely Place (Ray, N) Night and the City (Dassin, J) Panic in the Streets (Kazan, E) Rashomon (Kurosawa, A) Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, B) “What a time we had, Rosie, what a time we had” – The African Queen (1951) 1951 African Queen, the (Huston, J) Thing From Another World, the (Nyby, C) “I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life all these years” – Ikiru (1952) 1952 Card, the (Neame, R) Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (Ozu, Y) High Noon (Zinnemann, F) Ikiru (Kurosawa, A) Narrow Margin, the (Fleischer, R) Quiet, Man, the (Ford, J) “Second star to the right… Read more

“I am big. It’s the pictures that got small” – Sunset Boulevard (1950)

1950
In A Lonely Place (Ray, N)
Night and the City (Dassin, J)
Panic in the Streets (Kazan, E)
Rashomon (Kurosawa, A)
Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, B)

“What a time we had, Rosie, what a time we had” – The African Queen (1951)

1951
African Queen, the (Huston, J)
Thing From Another World, the (Nyby, C)

“I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life all these years” – Ikiru (1952)

1952
Card, the (Neame, R)
Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (Ozu, Y)
High Noon (Zinnemann, F)
Ikiru (Kurosawa, A)
Narrow Margin, the (Fleischer, R)
Quiet, Man, the (Ford, J)

“Second star to the right and straight on till morning” – Peter Pan

1953
Big Heat, the (Lang, F)
Hitch-Hiker, the (Lupino, I)
Invaders from Mars (Menzies, WC)
Peter Pan (Geronimi, C, Jackson, W & Luske, H)
Tokyo Story (Ozu, Y)
Wages of Fear, the (Clouzot, H)

“if we continue conducting nuclear tests, it’s possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again”
- Godzilla (1954)

1954
Creature from the Black Lagoon (Arnold, J)
Godzilla (Honda, I)
Rear Window (Hitchcock, A)
Sanshō Dayũ (Mizoguchi, K)
Seven Samurai, the (Kurosawa, A)

“You’re not only wrong. You’re wrong at the top of your voice” – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

1955
Bad Day at Black Rock (Sturges, J)
Big Combo, the (Lewis, J)
Big Knife, the (Aldrich, R)
Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, R)
Ladykillers, the (MacKendrick, A)
Les Diaboliques (Clouzot, HG)
Night of the Hunter (Laughton, C)
Rififi (Dassin, J)

“You like money. You’ve got a great big dollar sign there where most women have a heart” – The Killing (1956)

1956
Bob le flambeur (Melville, J)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Siegel, D)
Killing, the (Kubrick, S)
Searchers, the (Ford, J)

“It’s in the trees! It’s coming! " – Night of the Demon (1957)

1957
Incredible Shrinking Man, the (Arnold, J)
Night of the Demon (Tourneur, J)
Seventh Seal, the (Bergman, I)
Sweet Smell of Success, the (Mackendrick, A)
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, A)

“He was some kind of a man… What does it matter what you say about people?” – Touch of Evil (1958)

1958
Horror of Dracula (Fisher, T)
Mon Oncle (Tati, J)
Touch of Evil (Welles, O)

“That’s funny, that plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops” – North by Northwest (1959)

1959
400 Blows, the (Truffaut, F)
North by Northwest (Hitchcock, A)
Odds Against Tomorrow (Wise, R)
Our Man in Havana (Reed, C)
Rio Bravo (Hawks, H)
Some Like it Hot (Wilder, B)

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