Category Archives: Movies 1950s

‘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.

‘The Ten Commandments’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 8 1956)


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(Thursday, November 8, 1956, 8:00 p.m. EST)The Ten Commandments, a biblical epic film about the Egyptian Prince, Moses, who learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people, premiered tonight at New York City’s Criterion Theatre. Continue reading ‘The Ten Commandments’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 8 1956)

‘Love Me Tender ‘ by Elvis Presley peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1956)

(Saturday, November 3, 1956)“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played by Jockeys charts for five consecutive weeks (November 3/10/17/24, Dec. 1, 1956). Continue reading ‘Love Me Tender ‘ by Elvis Presley peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 3 1956)

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1956)


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(Wednesday, October 17, 1956, 8:30 p.m. EDT)Around the World in 80 Days, an American epic science fiction-adventure film about a Victorian gentleman who bets that he can beat the world’s record for circling the globe, premiered tonight at the Rivoli Theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1956)

‘Giant’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1956)


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(Wednesday, October 10, 1956, 8:30 p.m. EDT)Giant, an American epic Western drama film about a Texas ranching family that fights to survive changing times, premiered tonight at New York City’s Roxy Theatre. Continue reading ‘Giant’ premieres in New York City 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1956)