We discuss some of our favorite moments and some things that just confuse us in our April 2015 featured film, Shane (1953), directed by George Stevens, and starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Elisha Cook, Jr., Emile Meyer, and Jack Palance. Ok, yes, and Brandon deWilde. And a dog. And some horsies.
ALSO IN APRIL 1953
The true monster of the 1950s was the atomic bomb, which cast its malevolent shadow as the Cold War grew through the 1950s. Atomic fear gave rise to some of cinema's great monsters, mutants and prehistoric creatures that would dominate the screen for over a decade, beginning with 1953's The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
We explore music in our Spotify playlist from 1953 including some of the best R&B of all time, Billboard chart toppers and crooners, Hank Williams' hits, selections from the best jazz albums of the year (including The Quintet at Massey Hall), the incomparable Yma Sumac, some Tom Lehrer, and some songs from Shane. No "Doggie in the Window" here, folks. You're welcome.
Also in March 1933
Two men and a woman board a train in Chicago heading for New York. Sixteen hours, endless histrionics, and a string of witty dialogue later, culture high and low has taken a beating and the battle of the sexes is declared a tie. All aboard, the 20th Century.