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Obscure-ish Movies of the 1950s

Last month, I wrote up a list of “Obscure-ish Movies of the 1940s,”¬†inspired by Catherine of Cinema Enthusiast and her decade-by-decade viewing schedule. Now she’s moving on to the ’50s, and so am I! Below are 50 more obscure-ish movie recommendations. (I say “obscure-ish,” mind you, because obscurity is so relative.) And so you know, this list was almost dominated by Samuel Fuller, Anthony Mann, and Nicholas Ray, so you can really just pretend that the entirety of their ’50s outputs are there.


  • Caged
  • The Furies
  • Panic in the Streets
  • The Sound of Fury
  • Young Man with a Horn


  • His Kind of Woman
  • The Man from Planet X
  • The Man in the White Suit
  • The River
  • The Tales of Hoffman


  • The Marrying Kind
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • Scandal Sheet
  • The Sniper
  • Sudden Fear



  • Animal Farm
  • Hobson’s Choice
  • The Naked Jungle
  • Salt of the Earth
  • Touchez pas au grisbi


  • The Big Combo
  • Cast a Dark Shadow
  • I Live in Fear
  • The Phenix City Story
  • La Pointe Courte


  • Seven Men from Now
  • Street of Shame
  • Tea and Sympathy
  • While the City Sleeps
  • The Wrong Man


  • A Face in the Crowd
  • Forty Guns
  • The Invisible Boy
  • Tokyo Twilight
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth


  • Bell, Book and Candle
  • The Defiant Ones
  • The Horse’s Mouth
  • Man of the West
  • Murder by Contract


  • A Bucket of Blood
  • Night of the Ghouls
  • Room at the Top
  • Santa Claus
  • The Tingler


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Obscure-ish Movies of the 1940s

I love a lot of ordained 1940s classics. I could watch Kane, Cat People, It’s a Wonderful Life, and company on a loop. But I also love digging into the less-explored strata of film history. Well, today gave me a perfect opportunity to indulge my nerdy archivist side! Catherine, proprietor of the blog Cinema Enthusiast, is both absurdly well-viewed and hungry for more recommendations from the ’40s. So with a couple hours’ work, I put together a 50-movie list.

A few notes: 1) This list is very noir-heavy. Because hey, it was the 1940s. Noir seeped into everything. 2) I tried to limit my inclusion of Hitchcock, Lewton, Sturges, and Powell/Pressburger, since they easily could’ve taken up half the list between them. 3) Coming up with this list reminded me how much farther I have left to delve and how many¬†truly obscure movies I have yet to see. It’s a lifelong quest, and a fun one at that!



  • The Flame of New Orleans
  • Hellzapoppin’
  • Man Hunt
  • Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
  • The Strawberry Blonde


  • Across the Pacific
  • Kings Row
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Moontide
  • This Gun for Hire


  • Le Corbeau
  • The Ghost Ship
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • This Land Is Mine
  • The More the Merrier



  • And Then There Were None
  • Dead of Night
  • I Know Where I’m Going!
  • The Seventh Veil
  • The Spiral Staircase


  • The Beast with Five Fingers
  • Duel in the Sun
  • Green for Danger
  • The Killers
  • No Regrets for Our Youth


  • Body and Soul
  • Lured
  • Magic Town
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Pursued


  • Act of Violence
  • Force of Evil
  • Macbeth
  • Portrait of Jennie
  • Sorry, Wrong Number



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Link Dump: #11

Between the post-Halloween blues and the imminent end of classes, I’ve been feeling a lot like our old pal Stimpy lately. If all goes well, I should return to blogging in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve assembled a pretty half-assed list of recommended readings and assorted linkage. Maybe this can help us all survive the deadening onslaught of early November.

  • Jenni Miller of Cinematical writes about whether we should drop the term “torture porn.”
  • This is very, very awesome. It’s a post entitled “My son is gay” from Nerdy Apple Bottom that’s been traveling all over the Internet. You should read it, if you haven’t already!
  • OK, it’s confirmed: George Takei is the most awesome surviving member of the original Star Trek cast. Watch him tell that virulently homophobic school board member, “You are a douchebag.” (To be fair, though, Leonard Nimoy is also awesome.)
  • Through the magic of Tumblr, we have “4 Reasons Hermaphrodite Is A Derogatory Word.” Seriously, everyone: it’s intersexed.
  • Can you believe Alain Delon is 75 years old? Well, he’ll always be that fresh-faced Tom Ripley or Jef Costello to me.
  • References to The Tempest plus a review of He Ran All the Way starring John Garfield? Count me in, Acidemic!
  • Here’s a bitingly clever but depressing comic about sexism on the Internet, from Gabby’s Playhouse.
  • I love Edgar G. Ulmer, so of course I love learning about his later obscure movies like The Cavern (1965). MUBI fills us in.
  • Oregon Trail + zombies = Organ Trail, aka “YES.”
  • Here’s an article about Twitter’s “#ihadanabortion” hashtag.

We haven’t had much activity recently in the realm of weird search terms; all I could turn up for the past week was the nastily anti-Semitic “jews are animals,” the icky and not really answerable “do grown ups materbate to barbie dolls,” and finally the delightfully baffling “crishmas pussie.” I want to imagine that “crishmas pussie” is an annual tradition in some distant, insular community. Merry Crishmas Pussie, everyone!

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