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D.O.A. 1950

83
Talky
USA

Small-town accountant Frank Bigelow goes to San Francisco for a week's fun prior to settling down with fiancée Paula. After a night on the town, he wakes up with more than just a hangover; doctors tell him he's been given a "luminous toxin" with no antidote and has, at most, a week to live! Not knowing who did it or why, Bigelow embarks on a frantic odyssey to find his own murderer.

The Big Bluff 1955

70
Talky
USA

This little-known film noir was directed and produced by W. Lee Wilder, Billy Wilder's probably less-talented brother. A scheming fortune hunter seduces a sick, wealthy widow to marry him, knowing that she has only a year to live. When his newlywed wife starts to recover, he decides to alter his plans.

The Green Glove 1951

88
Talky
USA

The Green Glove is a priceless medieval relic, stolen from a French church during World War II. Michael Blake (Glenn Ford) has to find it and bring it back. A worth watching crime movie with a great cast.

The Man Who Cheated Himself 1950

81
Talky
USA

The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) is a crime film noir about Ed, a homicide detective who witnessed his girlfriend kill her husband. The good news is that Ed himself is assigned to investigate the case. The bad news is that his hotshot younger brother is assigned to the case with him.

The Snow Creature 1954

69
Talky
USA

A low budget Sci-Fi movie directed by W. Lee Wilder, Billy Wilder's not so talented kid brother. An American botanical expedition in the Himalaya stumbles across a mysterious Snow Creature. The creature is captured and transported to Los Angeles, where it soon escapes. Is it animal or human, or maybe a monster? The movie marks the beginning of the Yeti/Bigfoot horror subgenera.

The St. Louis Bank Robbery 1959

89
Talky
USA

Classic 1959 crime film that focuses on the planning of a bank robbery in St. Louis. Steve McQueen stars as a college dropout, hoping that the stolen money would help him go back to college. Unfortunately, the robbery doesn't go off as planned. The movie is based on a real 1953 bank robbery attempt in St. Louis.

Time Table 1956

79
Talky
USA

This forgotten crime film-noir directed and starring by Mark Stevens is a well-plotted and acted movie about an almost-perfect crime. An insurance investigator finds his daily life unbearably boring and decides to become a criminal. He plans a flawless train robbery. However, he soon discovers that there is no such thing as the perfect crime.

A Bucket of Blood 1959

66
Talky
USA

Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing...

A Life at Stake 1954

78
Talky
USA

Also known as Key Man, this film-noir tells the story of an unemployed out-of-luck architect that encounters a married woman who has an unexpected business proposal for him. Soon the architect begins to suspect the woman's motives.

At War with the Army 1950

93
Talky
USA

Alvin Corwin is low man on the totem pole, and goes from one mishap to another at an army training camp in World War II.

Attack Of The Giant Leeches 1959

62
Talky
USA

Attack Of The Giant Leeches is a cult low-budget B-movie, a classic example of the 1950s monster movies that were produced in response to the cold war fears. Atomic radiation has mutated the leeches In a leech-infested swamp to a gigantic size. Soon they start to prey on human flesh.

Battle Beyond the Sun 1959

77
Talky
Soviet Union

Two countries race to have the first successful landing on Mars.

Cause for Alarm! 1951

74
Talky
USA

This 1951 Film-Noir suspense movie is based on a short story by Larry Marcus. Mr. Jones is an invalid husband who wrongfully believes his wife Ellen and his doctor are having an affair and also conspiring to kill him. He describes that suspicion in a letter, which creates a serious concern when he suffers a fatal collapse and die.

Cyrano de Bergerac 1950

112
Talky
USA

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten.

Father's Little Dividend 1951

82
Talky
USA

In this sequel to Father of the Bride (1950), newly married Kay Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby, leaving her father having to come to grips with the fact that he will soon be a granddad.

Gangster Story 1959

65
Talky
USA

Jack Martin is a gangster who hides from the law. Low in funds, he decides to rob a small bank. However, now not only the FBI and the police are after him, but also the outrageous local mob boss.

Indestructible Man 1956

72
Talky
USA

Indestructible Man is a cult, independently produced B-movie, a true low budget guilty pleasure. An executed criminal vows to come back and revenge on his former, unloyal partners. Unfortunately, scientific experiments bring him back to life, now completely indestructible.

Kansas City Confidential 1952

99
Talky
USA

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

Plan 9 from Outer Space 1959

79
Talky
USA

Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

Royal Wedding 1951

93
Talky
USA

Stage stars Tom and Ellen Bowen embark to open their show in England. Innocent-seeming Ellen is a female Don Juan and doesn't take dancing as seriously as brother Tom; on shipboard she meets her match, Lord John Brindale. Arrived in London, confirmed bachelor Tom auditions and is taken with cool dancer Anne Ashmond. Will romance break up the act?

Suddenly 1954

75
Talky
USA

Suddenly is one of the least known thrillers from the 50s and still extremely tense and brisk. The tranquility of the small town of "Suddenly" is interrupted when three gangsters trap the U.S. president when passing through the town. An overwhelming performance of Frank Sinatra as a cold-blooded assassin.

The Bat 1959

80
Talky
USA

Cornelia Van Gorder, a mystery author, rents a country house in a town terrorized by a faceless killer only known as "The Bat". She doesn't know that the same house was the scene of some of the Bat's horrifying murders. Soon she must confront her fears and starts investigating the killer's true identity.

The Big Combo 1955

84
Talky
USA

Filmed by Legendary cinematographer John Alton, This film-noir detective classic is considered to be one of the most innovative movies of the genre. police Lt. Diamond is ordered to close his investigation of deadly mob boss Mr. Brown because he hasn't been able to collect any firm evidence against him. Diamond makes one last effort to reveal Brown's crimes by going to Brown's girlfriend.

The Big Lift 1950

120
Talky
USA

In 1948, the Soviet Union blockades the Allied sectors of Berlin to bring the entire city under their control. A semi-documentary about the resulting Berlin Airlift gives way to stories of two fictitious U.S. Air Force participants: Sgt. Hank Kowalski, whose hatred of Germans proves resistant to change, and Sgt. Danny McCullough, whose pursuit of an attractive German war widow gives him a crash course in the seamy side of occupied Berlin.

The Fast and the Furious 1955

73
Talky
USA

A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car, hostage and slip into a cross-border sports car race to try to make it to Mexico before the police get him.

The Hitch-Hiker 1953

71
Talky
USA

While traveling in a fishing trip to San Felipe, the draftsman Gilbert Bowen and his friend, the garage owner Roy Collins give a ride to a stranger. Sooner they learn that the man is the psychopath serial-killer Emmett Myers, who has escaped from prison and wants to reach Santa Rosalia in Mexico. The sadistic criminal also tells them that he will kill them in the end of the line.

The Jackie Robinson Story 1950

76
Talky
USA

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954

116
Talky
USA

Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy staying in Paris after his discharge and working for a news organization. He would try to write his great novel and that would come between Charlie, his wife and his daughter.

The Man with the Golden Arm 1955

119
Talky
USA

Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction.

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952

114
Talky
USA

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilamanjaro.

The Wasp Woman 1959

73
Talky
USA

The founder and owner of a cosmetic factory, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), is concerned with the dropping sale results of her company. The scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark) offers to her his research with wasp enzymes that makes animals younger, and she immediately accepts to hire him, provided she becomes his human subject. She decides by her own to accelerate the treatment injecting additional serum trying to see earlier results, becoming the lethal "Wasp Woman".

Ugetsu Monogatari 1953

96
Talky
Japan

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.