Good Movies of 1951
African Queen Trailer
The African Queen - Shot on Location in Uganda and directed by John Huston. It starred Humphrey Bogart as the gin guzzling Mr Allnut(who won the Academy Award for Best Actor, his only Oscar), Katharine Hepburn as Rose the spinster sister of the Minister played by Robert Morley, use an old steam boat called The African Queen to foil the Nazis in Africa. The African Queen at Filmsite
A Place in the Sun - Directed by George Stevens (who won the Oscar) and starring Montegomery Cliff as the troubled everyman, Elizebeth Taylor as the socialite beauty, Shelly Winters as the pregnant working girl and Raymond Burr as the court room prosecutor. From the classic novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser which ends poorly for all concerned. A Place in the Sun at Filmsite
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire - The Tennessee Williams classic play directed by Elia Kazan starred Marlon Brando as tough guy Stanley Kowalski, Kim Hunter as his wife Stella with Oscar winners Vivien Leigh as the fading Blanche DuBois and Karl Malden as good guy Mitch. Like A Place in the Sun this classic film ends badly for everyone. A Streetcar Named Desire at filmsite
New Movies 1951
B Movies 1951
The Day the Earth Stood Still Trailer
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Directed by Robert Wise and starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe, and Hugh Marlowe. The story of a higher intelligence pleading for a peaceful Earth during the cold war made it well received at the time and is now considered the best Science Fiction film of all time. It's political themes of peace and a strong United Nations brought controversy with the rise of anti-communist McCarthyism. The Day the Earth Stood Still.
The Thing from Another World - Directed by veteran Howard Hawkes or Christina Nyby and starring Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey and Douglas Spencer it was the 6' 7" newcomer James Arness playing the monster who went on to become Marshall Dillon in the classic TV series Gunsmoke. The story of a flying saucer landing in the Arctic with a giant vegetable passenger. The movie ended with a ominous message to "Watch the Skies!" The Thing.
Entertainment News 1951
Bedtime for Bonzo starred the future president of the United States Ronald Reagan who disliked the movie so much he refused to ever watch it. Bedtime for Bonzo.
Though The Miracle by director Roberto Rossellini was a 1948 Italian film, it was not until 1951 that New York decided to ban it from the Paris Theater in Manhattan. NY City License Commissioner Edward McCaffrey, the Catholic Legion of Decency and New York City Cardinal Francis Spellman succeeded in pulling its license. In 1952 the case was reviewed by the United States in Burstyn v Wilson which stuck down censorship of sacrilegious content. The Miracle Case
Film Debuts by Carroll Baker, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and William Shatner.
Academy Awards 1951
Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron American in Paris
Picture:"AN AMERICAN IN PARIS", "Decision Before Dawn", "A Place in the Sun", "Quo Vadis?", "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Actor: HUMPHREY BOGART in "The African Queen", Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun", Arthur Kennedy in "Bright Victory", Fredric March in "Death of a Salesman"
Actress: VIVIEN LEIGH in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Katharine Hepburn in "The African Queen", Eleanor Parker in "Detective Story", Shelley Winters in "A Place in the Sun", Jane Wyman in "The Blue Veil"
Supporting Actor: KARL MALDEN in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Leo Genn in "Quo Vadis?", Kevin McCarthy in "Death of a Salesman", Peter Ustinov in "Quo Vadis?", Gig Young in "Come Fill the Cup"
Supporting Actress: KIM HUNTER in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Joan Blondell in "The Blue Veil", Mildred Dunnock in "Death of a Salesman", Lee Grant in "Detective Story", Thelma Ritter in "The Mating Season"
Director: GEORGE STEVENS for "A Place in the Sun", John Huston for "The African Queen", Elia Kazan for "A Streetcar Named Desire", Vincente Minnelli for "An American in Paris", William Wyler for "Detective Story"
Top Box Office 1951
Quo Vadis trailer
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