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1950-1959

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Directed by George Stevens. Cast: Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Douglas Spencer, Dody Heath, Ed Wynn. An extraordinary portrayal of humanity set during one of history's most inhumane periods. Features Millie Perkins as the insightful 13 year old biographer of her family's two-year hiding in an Amsterdam attic. At first, the strong-willed teenager embraces her fugitive lifestyle as an adventure.

The Golden Blade(1953)

Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans, George Macready, Kathleen Hughes, Steven Geray, Edgar Barrier, Alice Kelley. "Harum (Rock Hudson) is a fearless man of the people who comes to Bagdad to avenge the murder of his father and meets Krairuzan (Piper Laurie), a princess disguised as a commoner, working against a plot by a band of evil schemers trying to do away with her father, the Caliph. She gives Harum a golden sword which, in his hands, makes him invincible.

The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee,Minor Watson, Louise Beavers, Richard Lane, Harry Shannon, BenLessy, Bill Spaulding, Billy Wayne, Joel Fleullen. Dramatizes thestory of Jackie Robinson (playing himself) as the firstAfrican-American to play major league baseball, including his daysat UCLA on a sports scholarship and his career in the Negro League.76 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Jazz Age

Depicts life in America during the 1920's, a prosperous era of excessive pleasure-seeking which has come to be known as the Jazz Age. After World War I to the Great Crash of 1929, America went through a profound and exhilarating change in morals and manners. Much of the footage is drawn from newsreels and period motion pictures and goes beyond the stereotypes of flappers and gangsters to create a portrait of life on Main Street, as well as depicting the frenetic energy of nightclubs, jazz bands and chorus lines.

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Directed by Otto Preminger. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak. An ex-convict recovering from heroin addiction returns to the Chicago slums and struggles to become a musician, but his former "business associates" have other ideas. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren.

The Moon Is Blue (1953)

Director, Otto Preminger. Cast: William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams. Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Directed by Charles Laughton. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Gloria Castilo, Sally Jane Bruce. A tale of a psychopathic self-styled preacher, who marries and murders a young widow for her money, pursues her children to get his hand on it, only to meet his match in the form of a saintly farm woman, who becomes the children's protector. 94 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database "Lloyd T.

The Ring (1952)

Director, Kurt Neumann. Cast: Gerald Mohr, Rita Moreno, Lalo Rios. An early "socially conscious" drama which chronicles the fate of Tomas, a spirited but poor young Mexican-American living with his family in the Los Angeles barrio. Tomas' life is dramatically altered when he's taken in by a sympathetic fight manager who teaches him to re-channel his rage from the streets to the boxing ring.

The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Directed by Nathan Juran. Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Torin Thatcher, Richard Eyer. Sinbad a bold sailor and prince of Baghdad, sets out for the mysterious island of Colossa where he hopes to obtain the egg of a roc--a fierce, giant bird. The egg will help restore to normal size the Princess Parisa who has been reduced to the size of a man's thumb by the evil magician, Sokurah.

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