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1950s Challenge
Topic Started: Jun 25 2012, 10:06:08 AM (3,566 Views)
Kowry
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1950s Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1950s as possible.
The years included are 1950-1959.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 90 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 90 minute rule applies.
- No rewatches

Challenge runs from 1 July 2012 - 31 July 2012.

Lists:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1950s/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1950s+academy+awards+1950-1959+oscars/moviedearest/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/diskuterfilm.coms+top+30+from+the+1950s/badsmile/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/best+films+by+decade+the+1950s/sebby/ (sebby's personal top list)
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/tspdt+starting+list+1950-1959/mrjeels/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/vgdebatt+-+top+10+from+the+1950s/phelansshorts/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1950s/mightysparks/ - The top 250 films of the 1950s with a minimum rating of 7.0 on IMDb
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/a+decade+of+horror+1950s/tigerlily76/ (tigerlily76's personal top list)
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/1950+-+notable+movies/toro913/ (not a clue if this is just a personal top list or from a source)

Participants:
sushantv10 - 76
rohit - 44
WalterNeff - 44
Mochard - 37
Nopros - 37
Kasparius - 34
burneyfan - 33
moviefreak - 28
3eyes - 22
Cippenham - 22
tommy_leazaq - 20
Gregmnewman - 13
Lilarcor -13
Kowry - 13
Nuclearplanet - 11
VincentPrice - 9
allisoncm - 4
nimimerkillinen - 3


Feel free to suggest other 1950s-related lists.
Edited by Kowry, Aug 1 2012, 12:58:00 PM.
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I'm in.
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count me in
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I'm in, looking forward to some Film Noir.

Started building an iCM watchlist for the challenge

I'm wondering if this challenge will be the one that finally pushes me to watch Ben-Hur!
Edited by Gregmnewman, Jun 25 2012, 01:41:32 PM.
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Yay Love the picture. Totally taking part.
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I'm in, sort of. I'm planning to focus on the Spanish challenge but may get a few in here too.
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Jun 25 2012, 01:40:43 PM
I'm in, looking forward to some Film Noir.

Started building an iCM watchlist for the challenge

I'm wondering if this challenge will be the one that finally pushes me to watch Ben-Hur!
I have seen 9 of those on your watchlist, and they're all great or at least very good. Ben-Hur is a film I've been meaning to watch too, although I'm not too excited about that...

I have seen 35/50 from the IMDb 1950s list, gonna try to get gold (or maybe even platinum) from that. Probably gonna watch some film noir and western classics too, although I'm not sure how many, depends on how much I'll have free time next month and how interested I'll get for the exploitation challenge.
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Sounds great, I'm in.
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Planning to see bunch of mega-classics. Hoping for atleast 20-40
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I'm in -- I've been making it a western summer, and a lot on my list are from the '50s. No special # goal -- I'll just list as I watch.
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Jun 26 2012, 01:27:05 PM
I'm in -- I've been making it a western summer, and a lot on my list are from the '50s. No special # goal -- I'll just list as I watch.
Heeeey!!! Where have you been?
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In as usual
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Jun 26 2012, 01:27:57 PM
burneyfan
Jun 26 2012, 01:27:05 PM
I'm in -- I've been making it a western summer, and a lot on my list are from the '50s. No special # goal -- I'll just list as I watch.
Heeeey!!! Where have you been?
I wish I could say I'd been globetrotting, but I've really just been SUPER-busy with some new work developments, visiting and hosting family, etc. Once in a while, I get to watch a film. :P
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Jun 27 2012, 12:19:46 AM
George Bailey
Jun 26 2012, 01:27:57 PM
burneyfan
Jun 26 2012, 01:27:05 PM
I'm in -- I've been making it a western summer, and a lot on my list are from the '50s. No special # goal -- I'll just list as I watch.
Heeeey!!! Where have you been?
I wish I could say I'd been globetrotting, but I've really just been SUPER-busy with some new work developments, visiting and hosting family, etc. Once in a while, I get to watch a film. :P
We've missed you :'(
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I won't let this one slip. I'm in.
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I would like to join and may watch a few, currently trying to finish the 500 Must See movies list, and have 5 left to see including The Long Hot Summer 1958 so probably will start with that. Also may see some films recorded on TV mainly Westerns and others.
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I'm in. Goal is 20, which should get me to Platinum in the IMDb list and gobble up the remaining 50s Noirs on the 250 Quintessential list.
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I'll try and join in.

Love the picture :D
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Looking at my yearly stats for the year so far means I need to watch films from the 1950's so yeah I'm in :)


1910-1919 00
1920-1929 05
1930-1939 43
1940-1949 14
1950-1959 18
1960-1969 49
1970-1979 60
1980-1989 50
1990-1999 51
2000-2009 71
2010-2019 37

Total: 398
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Here are 9 lists with films from the 1950's:

1950's lists

If you only want to watch official checks then just sort by official checks and voilla!
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I have seen exactly 400 on the TSPDT starting list. but that still gives me a long list of films on official lists I have not seen, thanks for this.

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Jun 30 2012, 08:12:05 AM
Here are 9 lists with films from the 1950's:

1950's lists

If you only want to watch official checks then just sort by official checks and voilla!
Thanks, I searched with '1950s' earlier, should have just left the 's' out to get more results. Anyway, should I just add all the lists to the top post, or should I leave the personal lists (meaning "my favorite films" lists) out at least? And I initially left that Diskuterfilm list intentionally out, but I guess there isn't any reason to not to include it too.
Edited by Kowry, Jun 30 2012, 10:49:26 AM.
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Eh, I just included all the 1950s-related lists that came up with the search.
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Would be great to join! I'll see all the movies from the 1950s available to me.
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01. I'm All Right Jack (1959) 7/10
Edited by Gregmnewman, Jul 2 2012, 04:39:10 AM.
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1. 20 000 Million Miles From Earth 2.4/10
Really bland
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OK Off and running.

1. The Thief (1952) - 6/10

Wasn't bad but the lack of talking really seemed to wind me up!

Total: 1

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1. The Long Hot Summer 1958

Orson Welles was a little too young to play a Southern patricarch so he wore an awful greying wig for this, he seems to mumble his way through but by the end I got used to it. Paul Newman is very good in this. Also Joanne Woodward, Lee Remick, Anthony Franciosca, Richard Anderson and Angela Lansbury are all in "The Long, Hot Summer," based on stories by William Faulkner. It's a lushly produced film about a drifter, Ben Quick (Newman), who comes to town.

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1. Hon dansade en sommar (1951) 7/10

Mostly known for the nude swimming scene which is very short and I found to be done tastefully. The whole film relentlessly bashes against the beliefs of the most uptight members of the church through making the priest a real son of a bitch. At times it works but a few situations towards the ending are perhaps a little too on the nose.
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1. Vera Cruz (1954)
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01. Last Train From Gun Hill (1959) 8/10
02. The King and I (1956) 5/10
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2. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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2. The Big Combo 1955

Great film noir.

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1. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) 7/10
The beginning was a bit sloppy but it turned out to be a fine western (although I had a bit problem with a couple of things at the end...). Van Heflin is great as the atypical protagonist, and Glenn Ford's is also one of the more interesting bad guys.
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Jul 1 2012, 07:54:27 PM
1. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) 7/10
The beginning was a bit sloppy but it turned out to be a fine western (although I had a bit problem with a couple of things at the end...). Van Heflin is great as the atypical protagonist, and Glenn Ford's is also one of the more interesting bad guys.
If you liked Glenn Ford as a bad guy + westerns, I recommend The Man from Colorado, which I saw last week. (I have to credit Kasparius, who mentioned it -- it was a good recommendation.) The film overall was good-but-not-amazing, but it's one of the first Glenn Ford performances where I really thought, "Wow, Ford's performance is great here!" I like a lot of films in which he stars (including 3:10 to Yuma), but I never find myself thinking about any film, "Oh, hooray, Glenn Ford's in it -- I definitely want to see it for Ford." His performance in TMfC is forceful and creepy (in a great way) -- good stuff.

It's from 1948, so it won't qualify for the '50s challenge though... :)

I've tried to watch TWO different '50s movies today (Frenchie and Trooper Hook) only to find 50 and 25 minutes into them (respectively) that my DVR had technical problems with them -- I can't view the rest. Hoping I don't get a similar surprise in the McCrea film that I paused halfway through...
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2. Macao (1952) - 6/10
3. World for Ransom (1954) - 6/10

They were both OK but I wasn't that bothered about either of them to be honest - probably 5.5/10 for the pair of them!

Total: 3

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Jul 1 2012, 09:20:26 PM
Kowry
Jul 1 2012, 07:54:27 PM
1. 3:10 to Yuma (1957) 7/10
The beginning was a bit sloppy but it turned out to be a fine western (although I had a bit problem with a couple of things at the end...). Van Heflin is great as the atypical protagonist, and Glenn Ford's is also one of the more interesting bad guys.
If you liked Glenn Ford as a bad guy + westerns, I recommend The Man from Colorado, which I saw last week. (I have to credit Kasparius, who mentioned it -- it was a good recommendation.) The film overall was good-but-not-amazing, but it's one of the first Glenn Ford performances where I really thought, "Wow, Ford's performance is great here!" I like a lot of films in which he stars (including 3:10 to Yuma), but I never find myself thinking about any film, "Oh, hooray, Glenn Ford's in it -- I definitely want to see it for Ford." His performance in TMfC is forceful and creepy (in a great way) -- good stuff.

It's from 1948, so it won't qualify for the '50s challenge though... :)

I've tried to watch TWO different '50s movies today (Frenchie and Trooper Hook) only to find 50 and 25 minutes into them (respectively) that my DVR had technical problems with them -- I can't view the rest. Hoping I don't get a similar surprise in the McCrea film that I paused halfway through...
I forgot to add the word 'character' after 'Glenn Ford's'. Ford's performance is good and all, but his character is made an interesting villain as much by the script as his performance. But thanks for the recommendation, I do like westerns and will hopefully watch many more during the summer (and after the summer, too). Lots of unseen classics to see still, though, so I don't know when I get to TMfC :P (still haven't seen Warlock, but luckily I can watch it for this challenge).
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