Category Archives: 1950s

‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ released in U.S. theaters 60 years ago today (Feb 5 1956)


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(Wednesday, February 5, 1956)Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a science fiction film about soulless pods that take over the inhabitants of a small California town, was released in the U.S. today.

Directed by Don Siegel, the film starred Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan and Carolyn Jones.

‘The Court Jester’ opens in New York 60 years ago this hour (Feb 1 1956)


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(Wednesday, February 1, 1956, doors opened at 9:30 a.m. EST)The Court Jester, a musical-comedy film about a traveling actor who is mistaken for a medieval rebel, opened in New York this morning at Paramount Theater (it had been released in Japan on Dec. 24, 1955).

Directed by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, the film starred Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker.

Elvis Presley records Carl Perkins’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ in New York City 60 years ago this hour (Jan 30 1956)


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(Monday, January 30, 1956, at around 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. EST) — Elvis Presley, 21, recorded a cover version of Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” today during a seven-hour session at the RCA Studio, 155 E. 24th Street in New York City.

Three other tunes were recorded this day, including “My Baby Left Me,” “One-Sided Love Affair,” and “So Glad You’re Mine.”

Elvis Presley makes national TV debut on ‘Stage Show’ 60 years ago this hour (Jan 28 1956)


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(Saturday, January 28, 1956, 8:00-8:30 p.m. EST) — Elvis Presley, 21, made his first national TV appearance tonight on Stage Show, broadcast live from CBS Studios in New York City and hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, performing “Shake, Rattle and Roll/Flip, Flop and Fly” and “I Got a Woman.”