1950s movies marathon – part 35
May 1, 2011 3 Comments
Invaders From Mars (1953, USA)
I wonder if perhaps those people who see the red scare reflected in all those 1950s sci-fi movies are overanalyzing things a bit. Sometimes a regular dad who acts like he has a terrible secret is just a regular dad who has been possessed by invaders from Mars. Watched it all.
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953, USA)
Hey, they’ve finally invented CinemaScope! Widescreen! Stereo! Oh, how I’ve missed it all. Okay, so they’re overdoing the stereo effect a bit. It’s not necessary to move all the sound to the left when the character is on the left side of the screen. And there are some odd lense effects when the camera moves. Watched: 15 minutes.
The Wages of Fear (1953, France)
All the scum of Europe have ended up in a bar in Nameless South America. Nothing to do but sit around in the heat and dream of food and money, and nothing to hope for but for the local ugly American to come around and exploit you. Watched it all. I think I read this story in Donald Duck & Co in the 80s.
Hondo (1953, USA)
The only reason I’ve heard of Hondo is because it was described as the greatest western of all time in an episode of Married With Children, where Al missed it on TV and learned he would have to wait to 2011 for the next airing. Well, it’s now 2011, but I don’t see what all the fuss was about. Watched: 10 minutes. Perhaps I’ll give it another chance in 2028.