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Category: 1950’s

He Ran All The Way (1951)

When I attended the 2016 TCM Festival in Hollywood, this final film in the career of John Garfield was playing at the Egyptian Theater and was clearly marked on my […]

Vice Squad (1953)

A day in the life police procedural from United Artists has one driving force that makes the whole endeavor worthwhile. Mr. Edward G. Robinson. This film may have come at […]

Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)

Here’s a title that I really had no idea even existed until happening upon a blu ray copy issued forth by Olive Films. It’s a black and white oater from […]

Man With the Gun (1955)

Considering this western casts “A” list” star, Robert Mitchum in the title role, it has the feel of a low budget entry worthy of a Rory Calhoun or an Audie Murphy. Then […]

The 39 Steps (1959)

This remake of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film comes by way of producer Betty E. Box and director Ralph Thomas. The same duo who teamed for titles including The Clouded Yellow, The […]

Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)

While Burt Lancaster was as big a star as Hollywood could boast of by 1958, the actor wasn’t scared to give up top billing to play opposite a screen legend […]

The Silver Whip (1953)

Looks like a “B” picture. Sounds like a “B” picture. The cast list resembles a “B” picture. In reality I found this western tale from 20th Century Fox and director […]

Appreciating Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954)

If there’s one thing I struggle with here at Mike’s Take, it’s attempting to write something new and enlightening concerning a bona fide classic. But after watching this Hitchcock masterpiece once again, […]

Pearl of the South Pacific (1955)

Virginia Mayo and Dennis Morgan were a long way from the glory years at Warner Brothers by the time they teamed together here in the South Pacific. Or should I […]

Lex Barker Tackles Tarzan … Part 2

If you haven’t already noticed, Barker had now starred in three films as the famed character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs and in each film a different actress had portrayed […]

Lex Barker Tackles Tarzan … Part 1

When Johnny Weissmuller retired from his loin cloth duties as the Lord of the Apes, producer Sol Lesser and RKO studios thought it best to continue on by hiring the […]

Julie (1956)

This black and white feature film from director Andrew L. Stone and producer Martin Melcher represents a major departure in the film career of Doris Day. It’s a murder mystery […]

King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

Heroic Action ….. Historic Adventure ………… so says the film’s trailer. Released during the same season as Prince Valiant, this proved to be another film aimed at the youth market […]

Big House U.S.A. (1955)

If we look to specific movies in the evolution of gangster films and the on screen violence within, surely this prison drama from producer Aubrey Schenck and director Howard W. Koch has to […]

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