1950s movies marathon – part 48
July 2, 2011 3 Comments
Secret of the Incas (1954, USA)
You know who would make a great Indiana Jones? Charlton Heston would! Here he goes about tomb raiding Inca ruins in full Indy outfit, and he’s twice the rogue Ford was. All that’s missing is the whip. And the script. Watched it all. It’s trash, but it’s Indy, or at least the inspiration for two iconic Indyisms: His look, and that whole bogus puzzle tomb setup.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954, Japan, Inagaki)
Japan didn’t need to send their armies to conquer Asia. They could have had the entire world with second-rate samurai epics. Watched: 25 minutes. This one got an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which I attribute to the voters never having seen a samurai film before, and being awestruck by what a fantastic concept this is. What excuse more recent fans have I don’t know.
Kasserer Jensen (1954, Norway)
The timid accountant looks exactly like a famous criminal. Watched: 6 minutes, then fast-forwarded to identify all the Oslo locations I was able to, and locate them in Google StreetView, which is really the main reason to watch old Norwegian movies.
Hell Below Zero (1954, USA)
Never mind the rest, but I love the scene where Alan Ladd gives a sleazy con-man a righteous punching. That’s the spirit! Watched: 22 minutes.