Tag Archive: 1950’s

Mar 15 2017

Episode 89 – The Quiet Man

The Quiet ManFor our newest episode, we take a look at a project that was something of a dream project for John Wayne – The Quiet Man!  Directed by John Ford and featuring Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, this film is surprisingly unlike what most would expect from names like John Wayne and John Ford.  We are re-joined by Noel Thingvall, who has a better experience with us than he did when we watched La Dolce Vita.  We hope you sit back and enjoy this classic love story about a man, a woman, and a whole lot of tradition.

Next up, we’ll be watching the 2017 winner of the Oscar for Best Picture, La La Land Moonlight!

The Quiet Man (1952)
The Quiet Man poster Rating: 7.9/10 (29,196 votes)
Director: John Ford
Writer: Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), Maurice Walsh (from the story by)
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond
Runtime: 129 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Released: 14 Sep 1952
Plot: A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Jan 07 2016

Episode 61 – Horror of Dracula

Horror of DraculaFor this episode, we take a look at one of the most famous films out of the Hammer Horror studio – Horror of Dracula!  We decided to watch the movie because Sir Christopher Lee was in Hugo and this film is one of his breakout roles.  We explore his career as well as that of Peter Cushing.  For some reason, we spend a long time talking about The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Our next film is, somewhat predictably, Dracula!

Horror of Dracula (1958)
Horror of Dracula poster Rating: 7.4/10 (16,942 votes)
Director: Terence Fisher
Writer: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)
Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
Runtime: 82 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 08 May 1958
Plot: Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Jul 01 2015

Episode 50 – Godzilla

GodzillaOur latest episode is so big, we couldn’t do it with just three hosts!  For our viewing of Godzilla, we brought in Matt Kessen, who is an expert on all things Godzilla.  We watched a man in a suit rampage through Tokyo and it was awesome!  We talk about the cultural impact of the film, the political undertones of the film, and we even fill Jena in about the super dumb shit they did in the American remakes.

Our next episode will be…something.  We haven’t figured it out yet.  You’ll be surprised!!!!

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla poster Rating: 7.5/10 (21,429 votes)
Director: Ishirô Honda
Writer: Takeo Murata, Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama (story)
Stars: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
Runtime: 96 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 07 May 2004
Plot: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

May 15 2015

Episode 47 – Rashomon

RashomonOur exploration of the unreliable narrator brings us to the film that is, quite literally, all about unreliable narration.  Rashomon is the film that introduced the world to Akira Kurosawa and is easily one of the most influential films ever made.  It is also ever so much shorter than The Seven Samurai.  So that’s a bonus.  Enjoy the special musical interlude Tim selected because he couldn’t find an mp3 of the music online.

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater.  We’ll be watching The Lady from Shanghai!

Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon poster Rating: 8.3/10 (116,080 votes)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (stories), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 26 Dec 1951
Plot: A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Mar 17 2015

Episode 43 – All About Eve

All About EveHaving recently watched The Ten Commandments, we decided that Jena needed more Anne Baxter in her life.  What better way to mainline Anne Baxter than with All About Eve!  A delightfully witty script and fantastic performances by five great actresses are all you need to know.  If you haven’t watched this movie yet, you should rush out and fix that as soon as possible!

Our next episode will be about Persepolis!

All About Eve (1950)
All About Eve poster Rating: 8.3/10 (93,194 votes)
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm
Runtime: 138 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama
Released: 27 Oct 1950
Plot: An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Feb 01 2015

Episode 40 – The Ten Commandments

The Ten CommandmentsOn our latest episode, we explore the world of the Biblical epic via Cecil B DeMille’s Ten Commandments!  Charlton Heston is our guide as we explore a time of plagues, lust and burning bushes!  We are once again reminded of the awesomeness of Vincent Price and, finally, get to introduce Jena to Anne Baxter.  We also spend a little time talking about Exodus: Gods and Kings. Join us for this rollicking trip through the old testament complete with water turning to blood!

At the end of the episode, we claim our next episode will be Murder on the Orient Express.  That’s totally wrong.  It will be L.A. Confidential.

The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Ten Commandments poster Rating: 7.9/10 (52,377 votes)
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Writer: Dorothy Clarke Wilson (this work contains material from the book "Prince of Egypt"), J.H. Ingraham (this work contains material from the book "Pillar of Fire"), A.E. Southon (this work contains material from the book "On Eagle's Wing"), Æneas MacKenzie (written for the screen by), Jesse Lasky Jr. (written for the screen by), Jack Gariss (written for the screen by), Fredric M. Frank (written for the screen by)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson
Runtime: 220 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Released: 05 Oct 1956
Plot: The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Jan 15 2015

Episode 39 – House of Wax

House of WaxHaving recently watched Mystery of the Wax Museum, we needed to take the time to watch the more famous remake, House of Wax.  Once again we enjoy the screen presence of the great Vincent Price while we experience the birth of 3D!  We also run into Reel Education favorite Charles Bronson.

Our next episode will take a closer look at the biblical epic The Ten Commandments!

House of Wax (1953)
House of Wax poster Rating: 7.1/10 (13,033 votes)
Director: André De Toth
Writer: Crane Wilbur (screenplay), Charles Belden (story)
Stars: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: APPROVED
Genre: Horror
Released: 25 Apr 1953
Plot: An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Sep 02 2014

Episode 30 – Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 from Outer SpaceHaving tackled Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, we used our latest episode to look at Ed Wood’s magnum opus, Plan 9 From Outer Space!  The film, rightly or wrongly, is hailed as the worst movie of all time.  Our friend and bad movie aficionado Kelvin Hatle joins us once again to explore what will forever be known as Bela Lugosi’s last film.  Listen as we talk about how this film got made and how it went from obscurity to cult classic.

Our next episode will be all about one of the best movies ever made: Citizen Kane!

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Plan 9 from Outer Space poster Rating: 4.0/10 (31,594 votes)
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Writer: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene
Runtime: 79 min
Rated: UNRATED
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Released: 22 Jul 1959
Plot: Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

 

May 15 2014

Episode 23 – The Bridge on the River Kwai

Bridge on the River KwaiThis month, we began our new relationship with the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis!  They have great popcorn!  For our first film, we watched David Lean’s epic masterpiece The Bridge on the River Kwai featuring Sir Alec Guiness and William Holden.  There was much whistling and a bridge was destroyed!  Nary a lightsaber was to be seen! We had great fun talking about this movie with the attendees of the film and you can hear how much fun if you only listen to the episode!

Our June 1st episode will feature guests Kelvin Hatle and Jerry Belich as we talk about the David Lynch’s failed epic, Dune!

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai poster Rating: 8.2/10 (165,627 votes)
Director: David Lean
Writer: Pierre Boulle (novel), Carl Foreman (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
Runtime: 161 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Released: 14 Dec 1957
Plot: After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

 

Apr 01 2014

Episode 20 – Sunset Boulevard

Sunset BoulevardThis week, we dive into Billy Wilder for a walk along Sunset Boulevard!  William Holden and Gloria Swanson guide us through a wonderfully cynical look at Hollywood.  We go down the meta rabbit hole as we discuss the casting on this film.  We also spend far too much time talking about the horrible musical that was inspired by the film.  Accept no substitutes!

Our next episode, on April 15th, will be about the 2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave!

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard poster Rating: 8.5/10 (156,743 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 29 Sep 1950
Plot: A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

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