Tag Archives: 1950s

Musical Interlude: Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952)

While not even its greatest admirers could claim it as one of the few outstanding musicals of classic Hollywood, the 1952 musical Bloodhounds of Broadway is a colorful, pleasant, mildly entertaining little movie. Based on the popular stories of Damon Runyon (his … Continue reading

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Actor Spotlight: Robert Ryan

A fine way to test the quality of a self-proclaimed classic film fan`s devotion is to ask him to recite his personal litany of favorite actors and actresses. If the acquaintance with film is still casual, you will probably receive such standard answers as “Humphrey Bogart,” “Jimmy Stewart,” “Elizabeth Taylor,” or … Continue reading

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The Vanquished (1953): Film Review

Not all movies are created equal. There are some great movies, movies which make the “Greatest Films of All Time” lists or are hailed as “underrated masterpieces” or labeled as “hidden gems.” Other films–maybe even most films, if one were … Continue reading

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Patterns (1956): Film Review

The story at the heart of the 1956 film Patterns is both familiar and powerful, since it presents a moral dilemma which is as relevant and common today as it has ever been. Although many people will encounter their version … Continue reading

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Spring Reunion (1957): Some Thoughts

Some of the greatest films of the 1950s were concerned with the lives of “small people,” lonely people, people whose youth and hopes for the future have faded or are fading. Often enough, these stories are set in small towns, … Continue reading

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