36 From 1955

by pepe-46 | created - 29 Jan 2014 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

36 Films that I own. No Particular Order!

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1. A Man Called Peter (1955)

Approved | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The rise of Peter Marshall, from modest Scottish upbringing, to New York seminary, time in Atlanta churches, his marriage, appointment as chaplain of the US Senate, and early death at 46. Based on real events.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Todd, Jean Peters, Marjorie Rambeau, Jill Esmond

Votes: 888

A true story to inspire!

2. Above Us the Waves (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, War

The attack by British submarines on the German battleship "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord during World War II.

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 1,135

The attempt to sink the Tirpitz!

3. An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Peter Weston is engaged to Vanessa Colebrook, the daughter of a wealthy businessman. On a journey home on a steamer he meets an old sea hand who shares with him how his wife won't let him ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Donald Sinden, Diana Dors, Jeannie Carson, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 253

Gentle Comedy

4. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 17,834

A true classic, not to be missed!

5. Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure

His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors: William A. Wellman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim

Votes: 2,663

Plenty of action in this John Wayne blockbuster!

6. The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Action, War, Drama

During World War II, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Director: José Ferrer | Stars: José Ferrer, Trevor Howard, Dora Bryan, Christopher Lee

Votes: 1,518

A true story of courage!

7. The Desperate Hours (1955)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Three escaped convicts move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott

Votes: 8,185

A Bogart classic, highly recommended!

8. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 37,793

Intense story, great acting by all!

9. Footsteps in the Fog (1955)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

In early 1900s England, a maid tries to blackmail her master into romancing her when she discovers he murdered his wife.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons, Bill Travers, Belinda Lee

Votes: 1,513

Granger and Simmons at their best!

10. Guys and Dolls (1955)

Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 14,441 | Gross: $13.00M

Classic Musical!

11. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 113,447 | Gross: $93.60M

I just love the scene with the Spaghetti!

12. The Man from Laramie (1955)

Not Rated | 103 min | Western

A stranger, Will Lockhart, defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 8,779

One of Jimmy Stewart's Best Westerns!

13. Man of the Moment (1955)

85 min | Comedy

Civil Servant Norman becomes the favourite of the rulers of a South Seas island that the British have an interest in.

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Lana Morris, Belinda Lee, Jerry Desmonde

Votes: 453

Slapstick Galore!

14. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,545

Oh What A Beautiful Film!

15. One Good Turn (1955)

90 min | Comedy

Norman is the oldest orphan at Greenwood Children's Home and now acts as their caretaker. All the orphans are very happy and well cared for. The adventures start when a nasty property ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Joan Rice, Shirley Abicair, Thora Hird

Votes: 482

More Slapstick From Norman Wisdom!

16. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 78,041

James Dean, Natalie Wood & Sal Mineo the original angry teens!

17. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,828

An Olivier Classic!

18. PT Raiders (1955)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A trio of ex-servicemen begin smuggling innocuous black market items into post-war Britain, but through greed they graduate to more sinister cargo.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Richard Attenborough, George Baker, Bill Owen, Virginia McKenna

Votes: 370

Good British Thriller!

19. Simon and Laura (1955)

87 min | Comedy

In the 1950's days of only BBC television, a wet-behind-the-ears producer has the idea of basing a family drama series on a real-life happily married actor couple. Unfortunately he chooses ... See full summary »

Director: Muriel Box | Stars: Peter Finch, Kay Kendall, Muriel Pavlow, Hubert Gregg

Votes: 151

Amusing British Comedy!

20. Storm Over the Nile (1955)

107 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A CinemaScope remake of The Four Feathers (1939).

Directors: Zoltan Korda, Terence Young | Stars: Anthony Steel, Laurence Harvey, James Robertson Justice, Mary Ure

Votes: 442

Remake Of "The Four Feathers", slated by the critics, but I actually like it!

21. The Tall Men (1955)

Approved | 122 min | Western

Two brothers discharged from the Confederate Army join a businessman for a cattle drive from Texas to Montana where they run into raiding Jayhawkers, angry Sioux, rough terrain and bad weather.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell

Votes: 1,968 | Gross: $12.00M

Gable's Best Western!

22. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 58,540 | Gross: $8.75M

Grant & Kelly a great combination!

23. Touch and Go (1955)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy

When Jim Fletcher is told by his firm, that his new furniture designs, are not in keeping with the firms image. he threatens to resign, and decides to uproot his family, and emigrate to Australia. but his problems are only just beginning.

Director: Michael Truman | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Margaret Johnston, June Thorburn, John Fraser

Votes: 129

Family comedy as only the British know how!

24. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Mystery

74 Metascore

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 31,238

Great Black Comedy from Hitchcock!

25. We're No Angels (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the house of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

Votes: 7,451

An Odd Film, but I like it!

26. Tall Man Riding (1955)

Approved | 83 min | Western

Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle, William Ching

Votes: 615

Average Randolph Scott western, but I enjoy the old oaters!

27. As Long as They're Happy (1955)

74 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A stockbroker's youngest daughter tricks an American singer into visiting her family at their suburban Wimbledon home. Her two sisters and their oddball husbands also visit and the ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Janette Scott, Jeannie Carson, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 92

British Musical

28. It's Always Fair Weather (1955)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Three soldiers meet ten years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now.

Directors: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly | Stars: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray

Votes: 2,732

Great Hollywood Musical!

29. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 24,632

Wonderful Ealing comedy with wonderful characters!

30. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 76,943 | Gross: $0.65M

One of Robert Mitchum's most frightening roles. Beautifully shot in black & white under Charles Laughton's expert direction!

31. Out of the Clouds (1955)

88 min | Drama

A busy day at London Airport. Follow the lives and loves of the crew and passengers.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Anthony Steel, Robert Beatty, David Knight, Margo Lorenz

Votes: 135

Gives a early glimpse of London Heathrow in the 1950's. Matinee idols, Anthony Steel and Robert Beatty star!

32. Passage Home (1955)

102 min | Drama

Cargo Ship takes on a female passenger. Can the Captain contain the crew and himself as they hit stormy conditions and emotions explode?

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Anthony Steel, Peter Finch, Diane Cilento, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 115

One woman passenger on board an old tramp steamer gives rise to tensions amongst the lustful crew!

33. Postmark for Danger (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman's painted portrait and a post card with a sketch of a woman's hand holding a Chianti bottle are the main clues used by the Scotland Yard to solve a string of murders connected to a diamond-smuggling ring.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Robert Beatty, Terry Moore, William Sylvester, Geoffrey Keen

Votes: 292

Good British thriller

34. Raising a Riot (1955)

90 min | Comedy

Tony Kent returns after a 3 years in the Navy to find his children are strangers. When his wife suddenly called away Tony takes his brood to his father's windmill home where he tries to bond with Peter, Anne, and Fusty among misadventures.

Director: Wendy Toye | Stars: Kenneth More, Shelagh Fraser, Mandy Miller, Gary Billings

Votes: 37

Kenneth More is the harassed Father in this delightful British family comedy!

35. Simba (1955)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama

A European family in East Africa finds itself caught up in an uprising by local black Africans against their white colonial masters. Based on the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya in the early 1950s.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Virginia McKenna, Basil Sydney, Donald Sinden

Votes: 340

Tough British film about the Mau-Mau uprising in Africa in the 1950's!

36. The Sea Chase (1955)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Drama, War

As World War II begins, German freighter Captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger

Votes: 2,621

John Wayne cast as a German Merchant Navy Captain during WWII, is a little hard to believe!



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