The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – Robert Wise

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Robert Wise

Genre: Drama

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Release Date: September 28, 1951


The Day The Earth Stood Still depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort (Lock Martin), to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves–or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C. hospital, where he begs a sympathetic but frank Major White (Robert Osterloh) to gather all the world's leaders so he can tell them more specifically what he has come to warn them about. Losing patience, Klaatu slips into the human world, adapting a false identity and living at a boarding house where he meets a smart woman with a conscience and her inquisitive son. Both mother and son soon find themselves embroiled in the complex mystery of Klaatu, his message and the government's witch hunt for the alien.  Seen by many as a political, religious and humanitarian effort, the film is based on Harry Bates’ story, "Farewell to the Master."

© © 1951 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Renewed 1979 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Quo Vadis (1951) – Anthony Mann & Mervyn LeRoy

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Quo Vadis (1951)

Anthony Mann & Mervyn LeRoy

Genre: Drama

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Release Date: August 13, 1954


Nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, this is the powerful story of a Roman soldier whose romance with a beautiful woman puts him at deadly odds with Emperor Nero. Based on the classic novel by Henry Sienkiewicz, it features stupendous battle scenes. Starring Robert Taylor ("Ivanhoe"), and Oscar-winners Deborah Kerr ("The King and I," "From Here to Eternity") and Peter Ustinov ("Spartacus"), who was nominated along with Leo Genn ("Henry V") for Best Supporting Actor. Directed by Oscar-winner director/producer Mervyn LeRoy ("The Wizard of Oz," "Little Caesar"). Be on the lookout for cameos by screen icons Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.

© © (c) 1951 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Show Boat (1951) – George Sidney

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Show Boat (1951)

George Sidney

Genre: Musicals

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Release Date: July 13, 1951


It's an Oscar-nominated musical look at the lives and loves of a show boat theater troupe aboard an old-fashioned Mississippi riverboat. Featuring all-American classic songs by Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, including "Ol' Man River." Starring Kathryn Grayson ("Kiss Me Kate"), Oscar-nominees Ava Gardner ("Mogambo," "The Night of the Iguana") and Agnus Moorehead (TV's "Bewitched," "Citizen Kane") and Howard Keel (TV's "Dallas"). Produced by Oscar-winner Arthur Freed ("An American in Paris," "Gigi").

© © 1951 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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