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Mike’s Top Ten of 1957

The single best year of the 50s. My personal favorite is 1953, for sentimental reasons, but in terms of having the absolute strongest films, 1957 is your year. You’ll see what I mean below.

This top ten list goes 8 deep. The first 8 films on this list are generally considered among the greatest films ever made. And then the other two are just some great hidden gems that I love that generally aren’t very widely known among film buffs.

Really what makes me happy about this year is my #1 film, which is one of my twenty favorite films of all time. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Pay attention to this year in particular. It’s so deep that there are a larger number of true hidden gems out there for people to see and enjoy.

Mike’s Top Ten of 1957

12 Angry Men

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Cranes Are Flying

A Face in the Crowd

Hell Drivers

Paths of Glory

The Seventh Seal

The Spirit of St. Louis

Sweet Smell of Success

Witness for the Prosecution

11-20: An Affair to Remember, Funny Face, Jet Pilot, Love in the Afternoon, Nightfall, Nights of Cabiria, Peyton Place, Sayonara, The Three Faces of Eve, The Tin Star

Tier two: 3:10 to Yuma, The Bachelor Party, Desk Set, Edge of the City, The Enemy Below, A Farewell to Arms, Fear Strikes Out, Les Girls, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, A Hatful of Rain, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Jailhouse Rock, The Joker Is Wild, Man of a Thousand Faces, Night of the Demon, Pal Joey, Silk Stockings, Throne of Blood, The Wings of Eagles

Tier three: 20 Million Miles to Earth, Designing Woman, Forty Guns, A King in New York, Kiss Them for Me, My Man Godfrey, The Prince and the Showgirl, Raintree County, The River’s Edge, Wild Is the Wind

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1. The Cranes Are Flying

“That’s what love is, my dear: a harmless mental illness.”

Oh no, it’s them. (Don’t worry, like three people understood what that meant.)

Words cannot express how much I love this movie. If you gave me a finite number of movies to watch for the rest of my life, this would almost certainly be on that list. This is one of the most beautiful films ever made, and if you actually pinned me down and asked me what I considered to be the ten greatest films ever made, this would 100% be on that list.

The film is about a young couple in love, Veronica and Boris. They are happy, they will be married one day. Life is good. However, war breaks out. All the men feel the call to arms and enlist. This includes Boris, much to Veronica’s disappointment. And the rest of the film is about both Boris’s and (mostly) Veronica’s journey throughout the rest of the war.

There’s so much to talk about with this movie. I’d rather leave it at — this is like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg — a film about two people at the height of love, and about how absolutely horrible and tragic things happen to them and conspire to keep them apart. This movie is so beautiful and so heartbreaking.

This is one of my 20 favorite movies of all time, and it’s an absolute masterpiece. Legitimately all-around one of the greatest films ever made, bar none.

2. Sweet Smell of Success

“I’d hate to take a bite outta you. You’re a cookie full of arsenic.”

I fucking love this movie. A stone cold noir. There is no optimism here whatsoever. Nearly every character is selfish, unlikable, and out for no one but themselves. And it’s just great.

Tony Curtis is a sleazy publicist who will do just about anything to get in the good graces of Burt Lancaster, a nationally syndicated columnist (based on Walter Winchell). Lancaster is overly protective of his sister, and does not approve of the jazz musician she’s dating. So he uses Curtis to keep the pair from seeing one another.

This movie is so great. This was the film that broke Tony Curtis through into the big time, which he cemented the year after this with The Defiant Ones. And Lancaster was already a star and was at the absolute top of his game here.

This movie is perfect. Gorgeously shot, and directed by Alexander Mackendrick, one of the more underrated directors in film history.

3. The Bridge on the River Kwai

“Madness! Madness!”

David Lean’s first stroke of perfection. He’d been making (great, but) smaller movies to this point. Mostly character-based dramas. And then this movie launched him into his status as an epic filmmaker, a trend which continued for the rest of his career.

This film is about a bunch of American and British POWs in a Japanese prison camp who are tasked with building a strategic bridge that will help Japanese troops cross the river. The officers, led by Alec Guinness, refuse to work alongside the men, as per the Geneva Convention. But they’re told they must work too. A standoff occurs. Eventually Guinness about faces 180 degrees, and decides to make the best bridge they could possibly make, since he believes the work will keep the men’s morales up. Meanwhile, William Holden, an American soldier, escapes from the camp and makes his way safety, where he helps organize a raid on the camp… to blow up the bridge before the Japanese troops can cross it.

This movie is so good. Guinness won an Oscar for it, Sessue Hayakawa is great, Holden is great. This movie won a bunch of Oscars and is generally regarded as one of the greatest films ever made. Why? Because it is. It’s amazing. This is one of those movies I call “IMDB” movies because all people just getting into this film watch this movie really early and everyone loves it. It’s just that good.

4. 12 Angry Men

“You think he’s not guilty, huh?”
“I don’t know. It’s possible.”

What amazes me most about this movie is that it’s Sidney Lumet’s first film. He directed a bunch of TV before this, but this was his first feature. What a way to kick off a career.

The film is about the trial of a young boy accused of murdering his father. Nearly the entire film takes place in the jury room as the (insert title here) deliberate whether or not they think the boy is guilty. What begins as an almost assured guilty verdict becomes a long and arduous deliberation that takes all afternoon, as one of the jurors continues to hold out, believing the boy to be innocent. This causes all the other jurors to reconsider their beliefs that the boy clearly did it. And pretty soon, everyone becomes swayed that boy might actually not have done it.

It’s a masterpiece. It’s a play, essentially. A bunch of people locked in a room, arguing. But it’s a fucking great movie. All the performances are wonderful. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Ed Begley — the cast is loaded with great and familiar actors. It’s a movie that everybody loves. Because it’s just great. It’s a courtroom movie, which — always interesting. And it’s an all-time great film. There’s a reason the all-time greats are considered as they are.


5. A Face in the Crowd

“They love his voice, they love his guitar, they love his ideas… they should know some of his ideas.”

One of the most cynical movies ever made. Also one of the absolute greatest movies ever made. A true masterpiece, and probably Elia Kazan’s — what, fourth, by now? At least.

This is the movie that launched Andy Griffith’s career. Which is great. Because — if you only know him from his show, you should check out this movie. Because this is not Sheriff Andy you’re gonna see.

Griffith is a drifter who is literally picked up from jail to go sing on the radio. Because he’s charming and authentic sounding, he quickly gets a following and gets his own show. Though once he starts getting his own platform, he begins to get out of control. His ego swells to epic proportions and he becomes a raging egomaniac. It’s almost All the King’s Men but with show business. Here’s a guy who comes from nothing. Just a backwoods “hick” of sorts. And then he gets more famous and more influential, and pretty soon he’s just ruining it all by being a complete asshole who fucks over everyone around him.

This is an all-time masterpiece and one of those movies that deserves to be in whatever Hall of Fame there is for the medium of film.

6. Witness for the Prosecution

“Touching isn’t it? The way he counts on his wife.”
“Yes, like a drowning man clutching at a razor blade.”

Billy Wilder. He’s got three movies this year. Two of them are in the top ten, and the other is in 11-20. By now I think we need to realize just how amazing this dude’s movies are that he can be this consistently great.

This is a courtroom drama. Which, you guys know my credo on that genre — always interesting. Plus, a BILLY WILDER courtroom drama. Legitimately one of the ten best ever made in the history of the genre.

The film is about Charles Laughton as an aging barrister who is overworking himself and keeps getting ordered by both his doctor and his nurse (played by his real life beard wife, Elsa Lanchester) to take some time off. But of course… there’s always another case to take. This case is Tyrone Power’s. He’s accused of getting close to this old woman he was caring for to get himself in her will and then murdering her. A lot of the evidence seems to suggest he did it, but Laughton believes him to be innocent. Though the case is full of surprises, not least of which is Marlene Dietrich, as Power’s wife, who gets called as a (insert title here). Lots of twists and turns in this one, and it’s so good.

You should have stopped reading by the time you saw the words “Billy Wilder” and “courtroom drama.” By then you should have put the movie on and started watching it, because there’s really no way this isn’t one of the ten best movies of its year.

7. Paths of Glory

“Gentlemen of the court, there are times that I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion.”

This is the movie that launched Stanley Kubrick. He had three noirs before this. The Killing is the first one of his that everyone remembers, but that movie wasn’t a success at all. It got critics notices, but that’s about it. This is the first film of his that was both critically and commercially successful, and positioned him as a major upcoming cinematic voice.

This is about a group of soldiers in World War I who refuse their commanding officer’s orders to attack, believing the order (correctly) to be for a suicide mission. They are then court-martialed and put on trial.

Essentially the film is about the hypocrisy of war — men sitting away from the battlefield, sending other men to their deaths and then when their plans fail, blaming it on the men. It’s one of the strongest anti-war films ever made, and it’s an incredible film.

Kubrick directed 13 films in his career. You can get as high as ten films of his that are legitimately masterpieces. This is the first, if not the second (after The Killing).

8. The Seventh Seal

“Who are you?”
“I am Death.”

One of the most famous films ever made, and one of the most iconic images in film history: Max von Sydow playing chess with Death.

That’s the film, too. A man returns from the Crusades and is visited by Death, who comes to claim him. The man challenges Death to a game of chess, figuring the longer the game goes, the longer he can delay his fate.

It’s one of the great foreign films ever made, probably Ingmar Bergman’s best film. It’s a masterpiece. Even people who don’t usually enjoy foreign films like this one.

9. The Spirit of St. Louis

“There were 200,000 people there that night. And when we came back home, there were 4 million people waiting.”

Just so we’re all caught up — to this point in time, Billy Wilder has 14 movies by the end of 1957. Nine of them have made my top ten so far in their respective years. Of the remaining five, three rank in 11-20, one is in tier two, and only one movie doesn’t appear anywhere.

This is one of Wilder’s underrated films. The man has such amazing stuff that it makes sense there would be a few great ones people don’t necessarily know about. It’s a biopic of Charles Lindberg, starring Jimmy Stewart. It’s about his attempt to fly from New York to Paris.

Most of this movie is Jimmy Stewart in a plane by himself. Which is all I really need in a movie. Usually when you go into a movie like this — a Billy Wilder movie you don’t really hear about — you assume it’ll just be pretty good. But I didn’t get twenty minutes into this one before I said, “Damn, this is great. How have I not see this before?”

It’s Billy Wilder and Jimmy Stewart. Very rarely is an effort from two of your favorite people in an era like this not greater than the sum of its parts. If you like those two, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll like this.

10. Hell Drivers

“Don’t ease up.”
“Supposing we meet something.”
“Supposing we don’t. Look on the bright side.”

GREAT noir. I had no idea this movie even existed until I saw it on that noir series they do here at the Egyptian every year.

One of those truck driver noirs I enjoy so much. It’s about a bunch of guys who transport ballast (you know, all those rocks you see around railroad tracks). They get paid almost nothing, and are expected to make the 20-mile run from the quarry to the factory at least a dozen times per day. They all get bonuses for whomever makes the most runs. So basically the men are incentivized to drive like crazy people and not worry about their own safety or anyone else’s. They’re basically making these suicide runs fifteen times a day for almost no money. And they all have no other option, so they keep doing it. Then of course the main character discovers some shady shit going down and tries to expose it.

It’s so good. It’s a British noir, which is cool. And one of the early screen appearances of Sean Connery, who has a supporting part in it. A lot of other recognizable faces who would go on to do famous stuff are in here too.

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11-20:

An Affair to Remember — This is Leo McCarey’s remake of his own, earlier film, Love Affair, which was nominated for Best Picture in 1939. This version is generally regarded as the classic, I’m guessing because of its stars. Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Technicolor generally sound better than Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne and black-and-white. The plot is the same: man and woman meet and fall in love while on a cruise and plan to meet six months later at the Empire State Building. Naturally fate intervenes, but of course romance will always win out It’s a beautiful film and one of the greatest romance films ever made.

Funny Face — A classic musical with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. He’s a famous fashion photographer who does a shoot in a bookshop and falls for Hepburn, who is the clerk, turning her into the star of the magazine’s new campaign. Pretty much everything Hepburn made in this era is wonderful, because she’s one of the most magnetic screen stars of all time. She just leaps off the screen. Pair her with Astaire and you have a recipe for success.

Jet Pilot — A great hidden gem. Josef von Sternberg’s final film, and one of those movies I knew so little about until I saw it and then fell in love with. Janet Leigh is a Russian pilot who defects. The Americans aren’t sure about her true intentions, so they enlist John Wayne to seduce her and figure out the truth. He does so, but he actually does fall in love with her, which wasn’t part of the plan. After they marry, Wayne is told his wife is a spy, and he has to decide where his loyalties truly lie. This one’s a lot of fun. It’s very much in the vein of films like Ninotchka. Definitely worth checking out, because I don’t think most people know this one exists.

Love in the Afternoon — Billy Wilder. His third movie from this year. This is a rom com with Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn. You’d think a movie with Billy Wilder and Audrey Hepburn would be an automatic top ten, but this year is abnormally strong. Hepburn plays the daughter of a private investigator (Maurice Chevalier). She overhears her father speaking with one of his clients, whose wife has slept with a notorious playboy (Gary Cooper) and says he’s going to kill him later that day. Hepburn, intrigued, goes to visit Cooper to warn him. He’s fascinated by her, especially since she refuses to tell him anything about herself. She pretends to be a femme fatale, and gets entangled in Cooper, who is notorious for his womanizing, unbeknownst to her father. This was the first of twelve scripts Wilder wrote with I.A.L. Diamond. It’s a lot of fun. Barely missed the top ten.

Nightfall — A great noir. Aldo Ray is an artist on vacation when he stops to help two men who got into a crash. Turns out they’re bank robbers who don’t want any witnesses. They shoot him and his friend, though miraculously, he survives. When he wakes up, he realizes the robbers left the money behind by mistake. He then returns home with the money, meets Anne Bancroft, a model, and is pursued by both the robbers and an insurance agent on the trail of the money. I just really like this movie a lot. One of those noirs that surprised the hell out of me in how much I liked it.

Nights of Cabiria — One of the great Federico Fellini films. After La Dolce Vita and 8½, this is probably my favorite. This and La Strada. This stars Guilietta Masina as a naive prostitute who goes around, looking for true love. Masina is incredible here and this is one of those movies that holds up among the best ever made. It’s incredible.

Peyton Place — A terrific melodrama that gave way to a long-running soap opera. It’s an ensemble film about all the dirty laundry in a small New England town. Narrated by one of the characters, a young girl who wants to be a writer, she dishes on all the good stuff about her friends and neighbors. There are a couple of major stories here — Lana Turner is a strict mother, who is overprotective of her daughter in order to make up for her capricious youth. Her daughter has a boyfriend and struggles with dealing with young romance as well as trying to satisfy her mother. And the girl’s best friend, coming from the wrong side of the tracks, has to deal with an alcoholic father who sexually abuses her. That’s my favorite subplot of the film. Hope Lange is great as the girl and Arthur Kennedy is terrific as the father. It all comes to a head in the third act with a trial that involves the entire town. A really solid drama that was a huge hit at the time but has faded into (relative) obscurity over time.

Sayonara — A glorious film. Shot in CinemaScope and one of the most beautifully shot films of the 50s — it stars Marlon Brando as an Air Force officer stationed in Japan. He’s due to marry the general’s daughter and has his future set up for him. Meanwhile, he befriends Red Buttons, a fellow officer who has married a Japanese woman. This is a Madame Butterfly situation — the army is cool with the men taking girlfriends and doing whatever they want, but they frown upon them actually marrying the women. (Which is its own kind of messed up.) Buttons, however, doesn’t care, and loves the woman, so he marries her. Which causes him all sorts of problems. Brando is tasked with trying to talk some sense into Buttons (as there’s no way they’ll let both him and his new wife back in the country after his service is over), but Brando is soon compromised as he himself starts to fall for a Japanese woman. It’s a great drama that is generally well-remembered, but still deserves more eyeballs than it has.

The Three Faces of Eve — A terrific drama that won Joanne Woodward an Oscar. It’s about a woman who is diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. The film mainly deals with her doctor’s attempts to treat her, while dealing with the three very different personalities, which seem to come out at random times and cause hell on her personal life. A tour-de-force performance here by Woodward and one of the more solid dramas of the 50s.

The Tin Star — My favorite Anthony Mann film. Henry Fonda is a bounty hunter (and former sheriff, who quit in a High Noon-like fashion) who rides into town with a dead body. Anthony Perkins is the current (inexperienced) sheriff, who likes Fonda’s style and hires him to teach him how to handle certain situations. Fonda teaches him how to be a “man,” essentially. And then there’s a subplot about Fonda living with a woman who lives in disgrace because she married a Native American — it’s really good. Mann’s westerns are a very underrated part of the genre, and this is the one of his I like best. Most people would say Winchester ’73 or The Naked Spur is his best, but this is the one I go to.

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Tier two:

  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • The Bachelor Party
  • Desk Set
  • Edge of the City
  • The Enemy Below
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Fear Strikes Out
  • Les Girls
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • A Hatful of Rain
  • Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • The Joker Is Wild
  • Man of a Thousand Faces
  • Night of the Demon
  • Pal Joey
  • Silk Stockings
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Wings of Eagles

This year is so crazy deep. There are about six of these movies that could easily be 11-20.

The Wings of Eagles is a really great and underrated John Ford film. John Wayne plays a Navy flier who becomes a racing pilot after the war. The first half of the film is him flying and ignoring his family. But then the movie takes a crazy turn that I wasn’t expecting which makes it great. In the middle of the movie he falls down a flight of stairs and becomes paralyzed. And it becomes about him learning to deal with his new condition, reconciling with his family, becoming a better person and also becoming a screenwriter (who wrote movies that Ford made and that Wayne was in!). This one’s a real gem. Go seek this one out, because it’s really wonderful. The Bachelor Party is a nice little gem of a film. Based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay about a bunch of guys out on the town for (insert title here). It starts off as a rollicking good time, but starts to get really depressing as the night wears on, as one of the men almost cheats on his wife, the groom starts to have second thoughts about the wedding, etc. Carolyn Jones has a great, brief performance as a character called “The Existentialist.”

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is about the famous gun battle. Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clantons. Everyone knows the story by now, it’s just a matter of who’s in it. And here, Burt Lancaster is Earp and Kirk Douglas is Doc Holliday. With Dennis Hopper as Billy Clanton! Directed by John Sturges, too. This movie’s badass. Jailhouse Rock is one of the most famous songs ever made, with two of the most famous opening chords of all time. And it’s one of Elvis’s best movies. Edge of the City is a great race drama with John Cassavetes as a longshoreman who befriends Sidney Poitier, a coworker. However, Jack Warden, another coworker, a bull and a racist, begins tormenting Cassavetes because of his friendship with Poitier. This movie is great.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a great war film directed by John Huston. Robert Mitchum is a soldier and Deborah Kerr is a nun. They get shipwrecked on a deserted island in the pacific and form an unlikely friendship. It’s good. The Incredible Shrinking Man is a terrific sci fi movie. It’s a scary Honey I Shrunk the Kids. The guy lives in a dollhouse in the basement and has to fend off stuff like ants. The effects here are incredible and it’s just a fun movie. It holds up. The Joker Is Wild is a real hidden gem of a movie. Frank Sinatra plays a famous comedian. He started out as a singer, but after refusing to work for the mob, they cut his throat, preventing him from singing again. Because of this, he develops two things: an alcohol addiction and a dark sense of humor. And it’s the sense of humor that helps him become a great comedian. Really great work by Sinatra here, and the film that gave us the song “All the Way.”

Man of a Thousand Faces is a Lon Chaney biopic starring James Cagney. Sold yet? It’s mostly a love letter to his contributions to the screen, but it does provide some interesting details. Most people don’t know that Chaney’s parents were deaf mutes, so he had to sign in order to speak to them. Also, Irving Thalberg, the executive who helped make him famous, is played by Robert Evans in this movie. Which — yeah. A Hatful of Rain is a Fred Zinnemann-directed adaptation of a Michael V. Gazzo play (you will know him as Frank Pentangeli from The Godfather Part II) about a former soldier secretly battling a morphine addiction. Most of the film is about the relationship between him and his brother, who is constantly put-upon by their family for never having his shit together. But it turns out it’s because he’s constantly covering for his addict brother. Great performance by Anthony Franciosa here, which got him a nomination for Best Actor.

Les Girls is a musical film that is told in three separate segments — each signifying a different point of view. So basically it’s the Rashomon of musicals. Gene Kelly is the leader of a dance troupe, and the film is shown from his and his two dancers’ perspectives. It’s fun. Night of the Demon is considered one of the scariest movies ever made. Jacques Tourneur again, who really knew how to make a horror movie. It’s about a guy investigating a satanic cult who begins to wonder if supernatural forces actually are at work. Horror connoisseurs love this one. Pal Joey is a Sinatra musical. He’s a womanizer trying to woo a society woman who falls in love with a chorus girl. Rita Hayworth plays the society woman and Kim Novak plays the chorus girl. A lot of great songs in this one: “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “My Funny Valentine.”

Desk Set is a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn comedy. She’s a bookkeeper at a broadcasting company, and he’s a computer expert, bringing in a computer that can make her job obsolete. Naturally, they clash, and romance ensues. You know the drill. A Farewell to Arms is a big budget, CinemaScope adaptation of the Hemingway novel. Not quite as good as the 30s film, but still good. Rock Hudson and Jennifer Jones star, with Vittorio De Sica, Mercedes McCambridge and Oskar Homolka in supporting roles. Silk Stockings is a CinemaScope musical version of Ninotchka. Fred Astaire plays the Melvyn Douglas part and Cyd Charisse plays the Garbo part. It also has Peter Lorre in it. Throne of Blood is Kurosawa’s version of Macbeth.

3:10 to Yuma most people know from the remake, which is great, but this version is just as good, if not better. Based on an Elmore Leonard short story, it’s about a rancher who is paid to get a known outlaw onto the (insert title here) train to serve his prison sentence. Only the outlaw’s gang is there to bust him loose. Van Heflin plays the rancher and Glenn Ford plays the outlaw. It’s a classic western. Fear Strikes Out is a baseball movie about Anthony Perkins as a player who battles mental illness. It’s a good drama, but man, is Perkins awful-looking at the baseball parts. Karl Malden is good as Perkins’ domineering father. The Enemy Below is a Dick Powell-directed film about a cat-and-mouse game between American and German submarines. (I believe this is what’s known as the… SUB genre!)

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Tier three:

  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
  • Designing Woman
  • Forty Guns
  • A King in New York
  • Kiss Them for Me
  • My Man Godfrey
  • The Prince and the Showgirl
  • Raintree County
  • The River’s Edge
  • Wild Is the Wind

Our first third tier! Told you this was the strongest year of the decade.

A King in New York is a Chaplin movie, and very much based on his own troubles with taxes and being labeled a communist. The Princess and the Showgirl is the Laurence Olivier/Marilyn Monroe film that’s more famous for the offscreen drama than the onscreen. Wild Is the Wind is Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani being very Italian and yelling at each other all movie. Kiss Them for Me is a rom com about three pilots on leave, with Cary Grant and Jayne Mansfield. My Man Godfrey is a remake of the 30s movie with David Niven in the starring role. Raintree County is a big budget movie they tries to turn into the next Gone With the Wind. Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift star. This is the film where he got into that famous car accident. He looks noticeably different in the last half of the film. Forty Guns is a Sam Fuller western with Barbara Stanwyck (which was originally titled Woman with a Whip). Designing Women is a Vincente Minnelli rom com with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall. The River’s Edge is a noir in color with Ray Milland as a wanted fugitive who comes to Anthony Quinn and Debra Paget’s farm in need of a ride to Mexico. It’s complicated, though, as Paget and Milland have a past that Quinn doesn’t know about. 20 Million Miles to Earth is a Ray Harryhausen film about a spaceship that crashes into the ocean and a creature that grows from inside that begins terrorizing people. Maybe my favorite of the Harryhausen creature features.

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One response

  1. HUGE fan of The Spirit of St. Louis. I first saw it when I was pretty young and was on an aviation kick. But I rewatched it recently, and it holds up. A very odd film, to be sure, with a very offbeat tone to it, but really underrated.

    August 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm

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