Live Poll: Dusting Off '50s Celluloid: Which Old Movie Would You Like to See? (Poll Board Recommendations Still Requested)

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List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026390507/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/dzRIj6qj69A/

This is a "poll board recommendations" poll. I'd really appreciated nominations for this poll.

The poll description is as follows: 
These are movies, released in the 1950s, recommended by poll authors and commentators. Which of these relatively little-known but highly recommended films, all released during the 1950s, would you most like to see (again or for the first time)?

List: 
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026390507/

Poll:
https://www.imdb.com/poll/dzRIj6qj69A/

It follows the example of this live poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/MoytA9mUH0M/?ref_=po_fp


Please follow these guidelines:

* Please nominate a film released in the 1950s that you would recommend and that has less than 20,000 votes. 
* If you'd like to suggest a second film, that would be great; in the case that not enough poll boarders contribute a recommendation, I will use second suggestions as well.
* Anyone who has commented at least ten times on either the GS poll discussion pages or the old poll board is invited to recommend a film.
* Please include a brief comment related to why you recommend the film or some little piece of info about the film.

Thank you so much!


These searches may be helpful:

With no minimum rating: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026390507/

With a minimum rating of 7.0: https://www.imdb.com/search/title?title_type=feature&release_date=1950-01-01,1959-12-31&user...
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Posted 12 months ago

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I'm curious about Los olvidados and El camino de la vida, but I'd feel more comfortable nominating English language movies, of which I can probably find a great deal. I shall begin raiding my bookmarks.
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Umberto D
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045274/

Aside from depicting poverty in postwar Italy, it also has one of the best dogs in European cinema.
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'Added. Thanks, Peter. 
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Three Little Words (1950)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043044/

The story of the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriting team of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby is told loosely and lightheartedly.

I was surprised how many 1950s films I've seen.
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'Added. Thank you!
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A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Before becoming famous as the kind, fatherly Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith plays a wandering guitar player who becomes drunk on power after becoming an overnight media sensation. Besides the novelty aspect of seeing him in such a drastically different role than we're generally used to, the media-related themes of power-hungriness and artificiality are compelling and strangely prescient.
Second Choice: Night and the City (1950)
An underrated noir about a small-time grifter who can't seem to catch a break.
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'Added. Thank you, so much. I love 'Night and the City.'
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For your consideration:

 
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'Got it. Thank you!
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Oh, do you want to say anything about it? Just a little blurb would be great. I love that photo of Poitier.
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That is a good question and an expected one, rubyfruit76. That being the case, I'm still not prepared. I have not yet seen it for some reason, but it looks interesting, so it one of those things like, "before there was Detachment, before there was One Eight Seven, before there was The Substitute, before there was Dangerous Minds, before there was Dead Poets Society, before there was Stand and Deliver, before there was Welcome Back, Kotter, before there was Up the Down Staircase, before there was To Sir, with Love, there was Blackboard Jungle; and many before." (Sure, DPS is a bit out of place in the sequence, but yet it still that "new teacher bringing inspiration" theme/genre. By the way, sounds like a good idea for a separate poll if there isn't already one.)
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The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051077/reference

Nothing more brilliant as Joanne Woodward as delivered a black, white and grey personality from a single act.
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'Great choice and nice blurb. Thank you! Is it ok that I made one small grammatical edit?
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Its perfect
Congratulations
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Good suggestion/movie. There are a couple flaws with regards to its depiction of Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), but knowledge about DID was limited back then, so I can't criticize that. What did bother me was how little the film actually resembled the life of the girl it was based on. For example, she actually had over 20 personalities (26 I think), and the trauma she experienced that likely led to the disorder was a whole lot worse than the ridiculous thing the movie purported. I guess over 20 personalities would be hard to put in a movie, but M Night Shyamalan managed (albeit insensitively).



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Title would read better as (and caps fixed):
Dusting Off '50s-Era Celluloid: Which Old Movie Would You Like to See?

Though I think it would be even better as:
Dusting Off '50s-Era Celluloid
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Oh, yeah, '50s before "Celluloid" is a great idea; thank you! I didn't include the "era," however, but it's a much better title than the dopey parenthetical "1950s" that I had. The caps are fine: The subtitle just isn't capped in this thread because it doesn't matter here and I was lazy. The subtitle isn't capped in the first poll of this series, though: that was before I knew that IMDb used AP style - or possibly before IMDb adhered to AP; I don't remember. 

Thanks. :)

Do you have a film or two to recommend?
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Smiles of a Summer Night (1955).

This story of endless witty games of love could almost have been written by Oscar Wilde, but in fact it's by none other than Ingmar Bergman.
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'One of Bergman's films that I haven't seen. I'll definitely have to now. Thanks, alb. :)
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After making an advanced search using your criteria to see what I can nominate, I was surprised to see I have seen 83 1950's films with less than 20,000 votes. A great number.


Out of those only three have a rating of 9, and considering the three titles my recomendation would be Mister Roberts a fantastic comedy with a superb performance by Jack Lemmon, and with many Oscar nominations including Best Picture. It is one of the jewels I discovered when we had our Oscar elimination game
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83 is impressive, indeed. I was so hoping someone would choose 'Mister Roberts.' (I'm a big Jack Lemmon fan.) Oh, I miss our Oscar elimination game! 
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I saw Horror of Dracula yesterday, but I don't want to recommend it. The greatness of the original novel has never been captured by a movie. Not even by that 1992 one. :/
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That's a shame. It's disappointing when a great book doesn't yield a good movie.
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Hi, rubyfruit76. The original novel Dracula is not exactly usual kind of novel. Every time it has been adapted for the screen, the formatting of the way of the fictional events of has been converted into a narrative kind of story. The book might be great, but it is not everybody's cup of tea, since it is actually a collection of correspondences between one character and another, perhaps letters to self in some cases. It's definitely worth a read, because of that. If you can appreciate the Word War Z novels, then you might also appreciate the Dracula novel, because supposedly they both follow the aforementioned format.
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The short story and subsequent novel Flowers for Algernon by has a similar narrative structure by Daniel Keyes. The short short and novel consists of a series of journal entries by Charlie Gordon. Each artfully short Charlie's emotional state and intellectual capabilities. Charly is a good adaption of the short story and novel.
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Dan, Thanks for mentioning Flowers for Algernon here. I read it last weekend and yes, it is great. I first thought I'd wait a day or two to watch Charly after reading the novel, but I couldn't. :D
I agree with you, that cinematic adaption of the original short story is way better than any Dracula film has ever been.

When I was reading through the novel, I thought it'll be impossible to see Charley's different states of mind in a film. But the opening scene of the film proved me that I'm wrong. Thanks again for recommending it. :)
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My first choice is Ronald Reagan's 1953 film "Law and Order",  (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045991) the title for which he later acquired his nickname as the Law and Order President. The film stars Reagan as an Arizona lawman that retires but is forced back into line of duty when his new home town is just as corrupt as the first. 

My second choice is what I consider the only good Bob Hope film. The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043733. Hope plays a swindler trying to pay off a debt by conning New York's underworld by paying up for a home for old homeless ladies. Full of laughs and memorable jokes as well as the premiere of "Silver Bells".
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Thank you, so much, 'Smith! I've added both. :)
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Bump for more suggestions. 

I'd especially love to hear from newer presences on the "poll board," and Kyle, Jen, Elmo, DC, etc.: I know you would have some good suggestions. :)
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Devil's Doorway (1950)
A medal of honor recipient arrives home after serving in the civil war, but isn't given the reception he deserves because he's an American Indian. An honest man who's made a good life for himself, and they want to ruin that (not your stereotypical American Indian character in those years). Really loved Robert Taylor's performance, brought me to tears. 




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'Added. Thank you!
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I like to choose Marty (1955), but maybe this one is to known? It won 4 Oscar, including Best Picture. But only 18.000 votes. If you accept this one, I’ll think about a description. If not, I have a few others. Like, The Big Country (1959).
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I think this is a great suggestion because, even thought it won Best Picture, it seems to be widely forgotten. I will add your description as soon as you have one and please feel free to recommend another. Thank you, Hoekkie. :)
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Hoekkie, the poll was pushed but I can add your description with a re-push. 
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Thanks for adding Marty.
I saw a typo, you wrote ‘one four’ instead of ‘won four’.
My description: Marty is a unique film because it’s a very basic, interesting and believable love story. It isn’t comparable with any romantic Hollywood movie. And because of the great acting you really sympathize with Marty.
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Can I do a poll board suggestions poll? :/
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New topic worthy of a new thread.

Please reference the new conversation here: Can I do a poll board suggestions poll?
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Thank you, Dan, and for the reminiscent emoticons, as well. :)
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If anyone would like to recommend a film or add a descriptive blurb to a movie you already suggested that is on the list, I can still add a few things via a re-push. Thank you. 
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Great to see Marty (1955) here Ruby! You're right in what you said above - extremely surprising the film isn't more well-known considering it won a couple of Oscars including Best Picture. A simple story of boy meets girl but executed to perfection. One of my favorites from the '50s... such an incredible little gem.
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Marty is without a doubt the seminal underdog movie
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Totally, just looking at the list of '50s films again... my god. What a decade at the movies that would be! Literally every film churned out became a classic in some way or another. Seems like 100 lifetimes ago... 

Not sure if you meant it but the word "dog" was thrown around quite a bit in the screenplay (referring to Clara and other less-than-desirable girls, at least according to marty's friends). Nice job if you did.

Side note: Never understood why Clara was considered, as they coined her, a 'dog'; her beauty maybe wasn't overt compared to some other women but she had a subtly unique kind of beauty that I always felt the film downplayed too hard.
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Congratulations rubyfruit76 on your 143rd live poll! As of 1-Aug-2018 10:54 PM Pacific your polls have 208,952 or more votes, for an average of 1,461 votes per poll.

Dusting Off '50s Celluloid
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