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Category: 1950’s

China Gate (1957)

From famed director Samuel Fuller comes an early version of the mercenary flick. One that resembles a first class directorial effort at times though sadly it seems to be a film that was cut up […]

Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (1959)

aka The Doctor’s Horrible Experiment or according to IMDB, Experiment In Evil. Taking a page from the career of Hitchcock and Castle, this enjoyable take on the Jekyll and Hyde […]

The Nevadan (1950)

Thanks to the Made On Demand line of DVD’s that are becoming a must for film collectors, I finally had the chance to see this Randolph Scott western that once […]

The Purple Plain (1954)

Like many film stars coming out of the studio era, leading man Gregory Peck headed overseas to stay abroad, make movies and capitalize on some income tax loopholes. One of […]

Johnny Guitar (1954)

I hadn’t actually seen this Nicholas Ray western since I was first discovering films as a kid and my tuning in to see it on a late show was mainly […]

Darby’s Rangers (1958)

Subbing in for Charlton Heston who was originally slated to play Col. William Darby in this Wild Bill Wellman military bio, is first time leading man James Garner assuming the title role. “Maverick […]

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 […]

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