Category Archives: Movies 1950s

‘Sweet Smell of Success’ opens in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 27 1957)


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(Thursday, June 27, 1957, doors opened at 10:00 a.m. EDT)Sweet Smell of Success, an American film noir about a crooked press agent who stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist break up his sister’s romance, opened today at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ opens in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 27 1957)

Gene Kelly performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1957)


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(Sunday, June 23, 1957, 8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT) — Gene Kelly promoted his film The Happy Road on tonight’s edition of the CBS-TV variety show The Ed Sullivan Show live from the Marine Amphitheater at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York. Continue reading Gene Kelly performs on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1957)

‘Nights of Cabiria’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1957)


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(Saturday, May 11, 1957)Nights of Cabiria, an Italian drama film about a good-hearted prostitute who dreams of finding a great lot in life, but constantly has her hopes dashed by evil, conniving men, premiered today at the Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Federico Fellini, the film starred Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Dorian Gray and Amedeo Nazzari.

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)


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(Wednesday, March 27, 1957, 7:30-10:38 p.m. PST)Around the World in 80 Days, an American epic adventure-comedy film about a Victorian gentleman who bets that he can beat the world’s record for circling the globe, won five Oscars tonight at the 29th Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Continue reading ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ wins Best Motion Picture at 29th Academy Awards 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 27 1957)

‘The Seventh Seal’ opens in Sweden 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 16 1957)


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(Saturday, February 16, 1957)The Seventh Seal, a Swedish drama-fantasy film about a medieval knight who challenges Death to a chess game to save himself and his friends, opened today in Sweden.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, the film starred Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré and Åke Fridell.

‘Baby Doll’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 18 1956)


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(Tuesday, December 18, 1956, 8:30 p.m. EST)Baby Doll, an American black comedy and drama film about a child bride who holds her husband at bay while flirting with a sexy Italian farmer, premiered tonight at the Victoria Theater in New York City.

Directed by Elia Kazan, the film starred Karl Malden, Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach.

Cardinal warns Catholics to shun ‘Baby Doll’ film 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1956)


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(Sunday, December 16, 1956) — Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, personally denounced the about-to-be released movie Baby Doll, an American black comedy and drama film about a child bride who holds her husband at bay while flirting with a sexy Italian farmer, saying Catholics would be committing a sin if they saw it.

Elvis Presley’s film debut ‘Love Me Tender’ opens in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1956)


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(Thursday, November 15, 1956, 8:00 a.m. EST) — Elvis Presley’s film debut, Love Me Tender, an American black-and-white CinemaScope motion picture about three brothers who unwittingly become outlaws after robbing a train the day after peacetime, premiered today at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

Directed by Robert D. Webb and Stanley Hough, the film also starred Richard Egan and Debra Paget.