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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Underrated '55 - Favorites from Sixty Years Ago

In our ongoing series of Underrated Movies here at Rupert Pupkin Speaks, let us move on to the wonderful year 1955. Many gems to be found here, just as there have been on the previous series. Enjoy!

FEMALE ON THE BEACH (1955; Joseph Pevney)
One of my most favorite discoveries over the past five years or so. Joan Crawford plays a grump who moves into a beach house that she had been renting out only to find herself caught up with the morally sketchy locals in webs of romance and intrigue.
Available on DVD from TCM:

CRASHOUT (1955; Lewis R. Foster)
Another favorite discovery from the past few years. This prison break noir is really fantastic and grim as it shows the difficulties and casualties involved in a large group of men escaping from jail with the law hot on their trail. Lots of uneasy tension as civilians become involved with this bunch of hoodlums.
Available on Blu-ray from Olive Films:

MAN WITHOUT A STAR (1955; King Vidor)
Excellent and underseen western that I may never have heard of had I not seen Tarantino mention it when he was interviewed circa the release of DJANGO UNCHAINED. He spoke then of the western trope of the experienced gunfighter (in this case, Kirk Douglas) teaching the young cowboy (William Cambell) the tricks of the trade. It's a great trope and I've always been a fan of it. 
Available on all-region import Blu-ray:

YOU'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG (1955; Norman Taurog)
The oddball flipside of Billy Wilder's THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR. It is pretty hilarious to see Jerry Lewis pretend to be a twelve year old  kid. Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon.
Available in the Martin & Lewis Collection Vol. 2 from Warner Archive:

IT'S A DOG'S LIFE (1955; Herman Hoffman)
With WHITE GOD just having come out on Blu-ray, this is worth a look. I'm a fan of movies from a dog's point of view and even though this one has some tough moments, overall it's quite uplifting.
Available on DVD from Warner Archive:

RUN FOR COVER (1955; Nicholas Ray)
Enjoyable western from the great Nicholas Ray. I wish Cagney had made more westerns. He's great in them.
Available on Blu-ray from Olive Films:

Equal parts film noir, horror and expressionistic nightmare, this movie is a much darker DETOUR type thing and might actually slide into the conversation with something like ERASERHEAD.
Available on DVD from Kino:

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (1955; Howard Hawks)
Seen as a camp classic because these characters from ancient times speak and sound like modern-day folk, this is nonetheless a fun tale of love and betrayal from the venerable Howard Hawks.
Available in DVD from Warner Home Video:

SHACK OUT ON 101 (1955; Edward Dein)
Lee Marvin plays a character called "Slob". Nuff said.

Available on Blu-ray from Olive Films:

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