UC Berkeley Library

1950-1959

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Directed by Cecil B. De Mille. Cast: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott, Judith Anderson, Vincent Price, John Carradine. To escape the edict that condemed all first-born Hebrew males, Egypt's Pharoah, Rameses I, the infant Moses is set adrift on the Nile in a reed basket. Saved by the pharaoh's daughter Bithiah, he is adopted by her and brought up in the court of her brother, Pharaoh Seti. Moses gains Seti's favor and the love of the throne princess Nefertiri.

The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) (Sweden, 1959)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson, Axel Duberg, Tor Isedal, Allan Edwall, Ove Porath, Axel Slangus, Guburn Brost, Oscar Ljung, Tor Borong, Leif Forstenberg. A devout girl is raped and murdered by herders on her way to church. When her attackers seek shelter at her home, their crime is discovered and a bloody vengeance exacted. 88 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Three Caballeros (1959)

Disney. Voices: Clarence Nash (Donald Duck); Joaquin Garay (Panchito ; Jose Olivera (Joe Carioco); featuring: Aurora Miranda, Dora Luz, Carmen Molina. When Donald receives a magical collection of gifts from his Latin American friends, they become his passport to a fantastic musical journey with Joe Carioca and Panchito, the charro rooster. With these experts to guide him, Donald and Goofy hop, skip and jump their way through every splash of local color. Special features: Don's fountain of youth cartoon; Pueblo Pluto cartoon; theatrical trailer. 72 min.

Torch Song (1953)

Directed by Charles Walters. Cast: Joan Crawford, MichaelWilding, Gig Young, Marjorie Rambeau. Feaures a musical number withJoan Crawford in blackface! 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Touch of Evil (1958)

Directed by Orson Welles. Cast: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Calleia, Ray Collins, Akim Tamiroff, Zsa Zsa Gabor. An elaborate mystery involving a corrupt police official in a squalid town on the Mexican border and a murder that ensnares a narcotics agent and his wife. Based on the novel "Badge of evil" by Whit Masterson.

Un Chant d'Amour (France, 1950)

Jean Genet's story of male prisoners and a prison guard expressing self love and love for each other. Male homosexual expression is shown together with masturbation, sadism, and fantasy. 28 min. ; also on ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Banned in Berkeley, CA, 1962.

Vanishing Prarie (1955)

Directed by James Algar. Walt Disney Pictures. Winner of Academy Award for Best Documentary, 1954. 71 min.
Banned by the New York Board of Censors because it showed a buffalo giving birth. The ban was lifted after a complaint by the ACLU. (Bouse, Derek. Wildlife films Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2000. p. 174. [Main (Gardner) Stacks TR893.5 .B68 2000])

Viva Zapata! (1952)

Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn. Emiliano Zapata, an ally of Pancho Villa, leads the Mexican peasants in a bloody revolt to overthrow a cruel dictator, Diaz. His revolt triumphs, but each successive leader is no better than Diaz. Even Zapata himself ultimately fails as he tragically experiences the corruption of power and the deceit of politicians. 112 min. ; Credit and other information from Internet Movie Database

What Makes Sammy Run? (TV, 1959)

Directed by Delbert Mann. Cast:Larry Blyden, John Forsythe, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill, Norman Fell. Sammy Glick is a Jewish boy born in New York's Lower East Side who decides to climb the ladder of success by any means necessary. Through backstabbing and double-crossing, Sammy fights to become the motion picture industry's top screenwriter. A rags to riches story about the world of 1930s Hollywood based on the controversial novel. Based on the novel by Budd Schulberg. 105 min.

What Makes Sammy Run? (TV, NBC's Sunday Showcase)

Cast: Larry Blyden, John Forsythe, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill, Norman Fell. Sammy Glick is a Jewish boy born in New York's Lower East Side who decides to climb the ladder of success by any means necessary. Through backstabbing and double-crossing, Sammy fights to become the motion picture industry's top screenwriter. A rags to riches story about the world of 1930s Hollywood based on the controversial novel by Budd Schulberg. Original 2-part broadcast on NBC's Sunday Showcase in 1959. 105 min.

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