The African Queen (1951)

Set in Africa right at the beginning of WWI, this story follows salty steamboat captain Charlie (Humphrey Bogart) and prim missionary Rose (Katherine Hepburn). They are thrown together when German officers destroy the village that Rose and her brother were witnessing to (as well as causing the brothers death). Charlie agrees to take Rose down the river to safety, but she has another plan: somehow get down the Ulanga River and destroy a large German ship that is anchored there. Their journey down the river is at times humourous, touching and exciting as they struggle to survive the elements and eachother.

Shot on location, this film captures Hepburn and Bogart at their best.

1hr. 45min.

Prince Valiant (1954)

Valiant is the son of a viking king and queen who have been driven into exile by a traitor. So, Valiant decides to become a knight for King Arthur in order to be able to take back his father’s throne. He finds another villain in Camelot in the person of the mysterious Black Knight. It isnt long before he realizes the culprit is someone from inside the palace, who has a long range plan.  It also isnt long before Valiant has another complication; his falling in love with a beautiful princess (Janet Leigh). Robert Wagner stars as the title character in this exciting adventure film.

1hr. 40min.

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Based on the novel by Jules Verne, this fascinating film takes you around the globe with Philious Fogg (David Niven) a 19th century gentleman who believes that he can circle the globe in the then unheard of amount of time of just eighty days.  Gigantic bets are made all around the world as to whether he’ll make it or not.  His loyal and clever servant Passepartout (Cantinflas) helps him in and out of many scrapes.  Including the rescueing of a young widowed princess (Shirley Maclaine).

Actually filmed all over the world and an amazing amount of cameos from famous stars, are some of the highlights of this captivating film.

3hrs. 2min.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

This is the classic Jules Verne tale of a group of people who penetrate the core of the earth.  When Professor Lindenbrough (James Mason) finds a 300 year old message from another professor who, in his time, claimed the center of the earth could be reached, it’s only a moment before Lindenbrough is off. Soon though his quest for science quickly becomes one of survival. With him is young Alec (Pat Boone), Carla (Arhlene Dahl) and Hans (former athlete David Thayer).

With groundbreaking special effects this film brings to life the wonders and possibilities that could be “right under our feet”.

2hr. 10min.

Quo Vadis (1951)

The setting; Rome. The time; the reign of Nero. The Christians are being persecuted and Roman centurion Marcuss Viniceus (Robert Taylor) could care less. Then one day, while visiting a friend, he meets Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a beautiful girl who’s a Christian. After the burning of Rome, Nero (Peter Ustinov) decides if the people want someone to blame he’ll make it be the Christians. It is in the midst of the terror and the tragedy of the arena, that Marcuss’ lust for Lygia and his skepticism of christianity begins to change.

2hr. 50min.

The Wrong Man (1956)

Alfred Hitchcock directed this terrifying (based on actual events!) tale of mistaken identity and a miscarriage of the law.  When Manny (Henry Fonda) is mistaken for a robber his world becomes a nightmare, as he is arrested without any explanation and then railroaded by the police, (this was before the ‘Miranda Rights’). Vera Miles costars as his faithful wife who begins to crack under the pressure as she starts to think it’s all her fault.

1hr. 45min.

12 Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda leads an all star cast in this intriguing look behind the jury room door.  When he’s assigned to jury duty, a man (Fonda) is the only one who is not convinced in a supposedly open and shut case.  After scrutinizing the evidence and the testimonies of witnesses, he begins to show the other jurors that there is reasonable doubt in the case.

The film is set almost entirely in one room in this intense drama.

1hr. 40min.

Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954)

A jealous husband (Ray Milland) finds out that his beautiful and wealthy young wife (Grace Kelly) is having romantic feelings for a writer (Robert Cummings). So, he devises a plot to have her murdered. When the perfect murder goes awry, in a chilling turn of events that only director Alfred Hitchcock could capture, it’s riveting suspense until the end.

1hr. 45min.