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.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

When young Milly (Jane Powell) agrees to marry Adam (Howard Keel) she has little idea that he is bringing her to his ranch AND 6 younger brothers.  Not wanting to be cook and cleaner to all of them, she decides to clean them up and teach them some manners so they can find wives of their own.  Milly is not quite prepared for the mayhem that follows as the girls in town do indeed fall for the backwoods brothers, much to the jealousy of the townsmen.

Filmed on location in Oregon, this film features memorable songs and show-stopping dance numbers.

1hr. 42min.

The Country Girl (1954)

Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly give their finest performances, in this tale of a former musical stage actor (Crosby) turned alcoholic and his loving wife (Kelly).  Crosby is consumed by guilt for a tragic accident and for the next ten years he is living on the brink.  His wife stays with him faithfully, and when a musical director (William Holden) offers a chance for a comeback, she urges him to take it.  She must push him and keep him going, but ultimately he must come face to face with his guilt or be destroyed.

Grace Kelly won the Academy Award for her stirring performance.

1hr. 44min.

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Set immediately after the actions of The Robe, this sequel centers on Demetrius (Victor Mature) who escaped the emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson) only to be captured again with the intention to be killed by gladiators in the arena.  Despite his obvious physical prowess Demetrius refuses to kill, until tragedy causes him to question his faith.

1hr. 41min.

Elephant Walk (1954)

Elizabeth Taylor gives one of her best performances as a newlywed, who’s husband (Peter Finch) takes her from London to Ceylon, India so they can live on his tea plantation.  All is well at first, but it is soon apparent that the ‘Old Governor’ (Finch’s desceased father) still seems to rule Elephant Walk (the plantation). His tyranny and pride is met in every room of the massive home that is defiantly set over an old elephant trail.  The climax of the film is truly amazing.

1hr. 40min.

The Robe (1953)

Richard Burton leads an all star cast, playing Marcellus the centurion who crucified Jesus. Victor Mature plays Marcellu’s slave, Demetrius, who comes into possession of Jesus’s robe.  Riddled by guilt from his part in the crusifiction, Marcellus comes to believe that the robe has cursed him.  So, he begins to hunt down his runaway slave, in order to destroy the robe.  Along the way he meets people who knew and spoke to Jesus and his life is forever changed.

This film also features Jean Simmons and was the first movie filmed in CinemaScope.

2hr. 15min.

Ben-Hur (1959)

Charlton Heston gives his finest performance as Juda Ben-Hur, former Jewish prince who (with his mother and sister) is falsely accused of a crime they didn’t commit. Their accuser is a power hungry Roman chief centurion (and former family friend).  The story unfolds as Juda is exiled as a galley slave for three years, but is kept alive by his hatred, or so he thinks.

The movie is one of the best ever filmed; for its spectacle, music and inspiring story. It was the winner of 11 Academy Awards, including best actor, best picture and special effects.

3hr. 42min.

Bend of the River (1952)

James Stewart stars in this exciting western about people being able to change, if they are willing to try.  Glyn (Stewart) is a former boarder raider, who wants to start over.  In his efforts he is guiding a wagon train of farmers to Oregon, in the hopes of being able to settle down himself.  When a man from his past (Arthur Kennedy) appears, things get more complicated.  Julie Adams costars as the woman that Glyn hopes to start over with.

This film features stunning on location (Oregon) cinematography.

1hr. 31min.

 

 

People Will Talk (1951)

Cary Grant plays an unorthodox doctor named Noah, who feels that to really help a patient is not just about the physical aspect, but simply showing that you care.  His success is the reason behind the jealous actions of a fellow physician (Hume Cronyn), who maliciously digs into Noah’s past.  Jeanne Crain plays the unmarried expectant mother, that Noah saves from a suicide attempt, falls in love with and marries.

1hr. 50min.