Films from the 1950s

American Look (1958)
Short documentary made by Chevrolet about 1950s American design

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Horror sci-fi as people start disappearing in the Florida Everglades

Beat The Devil (1953)
Off-beat dialogue-heavy comedy directed by John Huston with screenplay by Truman Capote, con artists wait at an Italian port for a ship to leave

The Big Combo (1955)
Film noir, a policeman hunts a mob boss.

A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Low-budget dark comedy satire of the art world

Duck and Cover (1951)
Civil defence film made by the US government during the Cold War, explaining how to protect yourself from a nuclear blast

The Great Rupert (1950)
Comedy feature about a performing squirrel starring Jimmy Durante

High School Big Shot (1959)
Drama about an intelligent teenager who sees his future being drunk away by his father

The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Drama thriller, based on the true story of a kidnapping

House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Campy horror starring Vincent Price

I Bury The Living (1958)
Low-budget horror film about a new cemetery manager, one of Stephen King’s favourite films

In The Suburbs (1957)
Short documentary, originally made to promote Redbook magazine to advertisers, but nowadays is more like a time capsule of 1950s consumerism

Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Noir crime drama, a bank robber recruits a gang to help him

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Romantic drama about an American returning to Paris after the Second World War, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald story “Babylon Revisited”

The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
Oscar-nominated drama about a former drug addict who struggles with life outside prison

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Sci-fi horror directed by Ed Wood, as later featured in the Tim Burton biopic about him

Popeye For President (1956)
Cartoon comedy, Popeye and Bluto are rival candidates in a presidential election

Popeye: Fright To The Finish (1954)
Halloween-themed cartoon comedy

Quicksand (1950)
Noir crime film about a garage mechanic who is short of money, starring Mickey Rooney with support from Peter Lorre

Road To Bali (1952)
Sixth in the “Road To” series of comedy films, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby meet Dorothy Lamour on the way from Australia to Bali

Royal Wedding (1951)
Musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, written by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Lerner and Burton Lane

Suddenly (1954)
Thriller starring Sterling Hayden and Frank Sinatra, set in the quiet town of Suddenly where nothing ever happens

3rd Ave. El (1955)
Oscar-nominated short documentary about the elevated railway in New York

Three Guys Named Mike (1951)
Light romantic comedy, an air stewardess falls in love with three men