Collections: 1950s

Angel Face (1952) Starring Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, and Mona Freeman

Beautiful Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) is a sophisticated, wealthy young woman capable of manipulating anyone who crosses her path. She also has a dark side she manages to conceal behind her appearance and her good manners. Soon after the untimely death of her stepmother (Barbara O’Neil), Diane pursues handsome Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum). Before long, she starts to win him over — but Frank quickly suspects that the manic Diane had more to do with […]

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Bright Road (1953) Starring Dorothy Dandridge, Philip Hepburn, and Harry Belafonte

Based on the story, “See How They Run,” which ran in the June, 1951 issue of “The Ladies’ Home Journal” and subsequently won that year’s Christopher Award. The story was written by Mary Elizabeth Vroman, a fourth-generation school teacher from the British West Indies. “Bright Road” has only one white actor in the cast, Robert Horton. Jane Richards is a young 4th-grade teacher in the South who has a problem in her classroom with 11-year-old […]

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Key to the City (1950) Starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Frank Morgan

At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of “Puget City” and is proud of his rough and tumble background. Standish is mayor of “Winona, Maine”, and is equally proud of her education and dedication to the people who elected her. Thrown together, the two opposites attract and their escapades during the convention get each of them in hot water back home. Written by […]

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Les Misérables (1952) Starring Michael Rennie, Robert Newton, and Debra Paget

Jean Valjean (Michael Rennie) is a well-regarded citizen in Paris when a sudden turn of events sees him tossed in prison on trumped-up charges. When he is released he attempts to regain his good name, but he is shadowed relentlessly by the suspicious and fanatical Inspector Javert (Robert Newton), who would like nothing better than to toss Valjean into prison again.

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