1955

Footsteps in the Fog

Footsteps in the Fog

Footsteps in the Fog

IMDb: 7.2
1955
90min

A Victorian-era murder mystery about a parlour maid that discovers that her employer may have killed his first wife.

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Chiyari Fuji

Chiyari Fuji

Chiyari Fuji

IMDb: 8.1
1955
94min

A young samurai, Shojuro Sako, travels on the Tokaido to Edo with his two servants, Genta and Gonpachi. Gonpachi has been told by Shojuro’s mother to prevent his Master from drinking… The road is not safe. On the way, they meet young orphan boy, Jiro, and many other travellers: A team of great directors, including Yasujrio Ozu, Hirochi Shimizu and Daisuko Ito, assisted Uchida with his remarkable post-war comeback film. It’s an affable samurai road movie with a focus on unglamorus characters, as a dim-witted samurai and his servants traverse the Tokaido highway. Much of the film is played as comedy, making the brilliantly staged violent climax all the more shocking.

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

IMDb: 6.5
1955
79min

When the murder of an archaeologist puts a valuable medallion into their hands, Abbott and Costello waste little time in trying to sell it, only to find themselves pursued by police, a slinky adventuress, an Egyptian high priest, and the mummy himself.

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Man with the Gun

Man with the Gun

Man with the Gun

IMDb: 6.7
1955
83min

A stranger comes to town looking for his estranged wife. He finds her running the local girls. He also finds a town and sheriff afraid of their own shadow, scared of a landowner they never see who rules through his rowdy sidekicks. The stranger is a town tamer by trade, and he accepts a $500 commission to sort things out.

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The Left Hand of God

The Left Hand of God

The Left Hand of God

IMDb: 6.5
1955
87min

A man in priestly robes, seemingly the long-awaited Father O’Shea, arrives at a little-frequented Catholic mission in 1947 China. Though the man seems curiously uncomfortable with his priestly duties, his tough tactics prove very successful in the Seven Villages, as around them China disintegrates in civil war and revolution. But he has a secret, and his friendship with mission nurse Anne (an attractive war widow) seems to be taking on an unpriestly tone.

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Mr. Arkadin

Mr. Arkadin

Mr. Arkadin

IMDb: 7.4
1955
93min

Orson Welles’s “Mr. Arkadin” tells the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past. Welles missed the editing deadline, so the producer handed over the editing to others. Following two Spanish-dubbed versions, released in Madrid in March 1955, the first English-language version was released in London in August 1955 as “Confidential Report” but was never released in the US. The fourth version, called “the Corinth version”, was discovered in 1961 and was released in the US in 1962. Finally, in 2006, “the Criterion edit” was released; likely to remain the one closest to Welles’ intentions.

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Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

IMDb: 6.5
1955
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Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television. When aired in the UK, the television series was retitled Gun Law.

The radio version ran from 1952 to 1961, and John Dunning writes that among radio drama enthusiasts “Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time.” The television version ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and was the United States’ longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. In 2010, Law & Order tied this record of 20 seasons. At the end of its run in 1975, Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote “Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west. Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp western as romanticized by Buntline, Harte, and Twain. It was ever the stuff of legend.”

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The Phil Silvers Show

The Phil Silvers Show

The Phil Silvers Show

IMDb: 7.7
1955
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The Phil Silvers Show, originally titled You’ll Never Get Rich, was a sitcom which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for 142 episodes, plus a 1959 special. The series starred Phil Silvers as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko of the United States Army.

The series was created and largely written by Nat Hiken, and won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series. The show is sometimes titled Sergeant Bilko or simply Bilko in reruns, and is very often referred to by these names, both on-screen and by viewers. The show’s success transformed Silvers from a journeyman comedian into a star, and writer-producer Hiken from a highly-regarded behind-the-scenes comedy writer into a publicly recognized creator.

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Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp

IMDb: 7.3
1955
76min

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady’s home make her decide to travel with him for a while.

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Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

IMDb: 8.4
1955
125min

The film is a coming-of-age story of a young boy named Apu, and life in his small Indian village in the early years of the 20th century. Apu is born to a poor Brahmin family in Bengal. His father Harihar is a priest who dreams of becoming a successful poet and a playwright; he does not earn enough, but the mother Sarbajaya keeps the family going. Because of their limited resources, Sarbajaya resents having to share her home with Harihar’s elderly cousin: the old and helpless cripple Indir. Apu’s sister Durga is always getting into trouble for stealing guavas from the neighbour’s orchards for Indir. She cares for Apu like a good older sister but loves to affectionately tease him. Together, they make do with what they have and enjoy the simple joys of life.

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All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

IMDb: 7.7
1955
89min

Predicated on a May-December romance. The difference here is that the woman, attractive widow Cary Scott, is considerably older than the man, handsome gardener-landscaper Ron Kirby. Throwing conventional behavior to the winds and facing social ostracism, Cary pursues her romance with Ron, who is unjustly perceived as a fortune-hunter by Cary’s friends and family — especially her priggish brother Ned.

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It Came from Beneath the Sea

It Came from Beneath the Sea

It Came from Beneath the Sea

IMDb: 5.9
1955
79min

A Giant Octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.

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Rebel Without A Cause

Rebel Without A Cause

Rebel Without A Cause

IMDb: 7.8
1955
111min

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local girl Judy. However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz. When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid’s real troubles begin.

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East Of Eden

East Of Eden

East Of Eden

IMDb: 8.0
1955
115min

In the Salinas Valley, in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother Aron for the love of their father Adam. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to get ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother.

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The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

The Night Of The Hunter

IMDb: 8.0
1955
93min

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

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Diaboliques

Diaboliques

Diaboliques

IMDb: 8.1
1955
116min

In this classic of French suspense, the cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, becomes the target of a murder plot hatched by an unlikely duo — his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women, brought together by their mutual hatred for the man, pull off the crime but become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle’s corpse mysteriously disappears.

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Tarantula

Tarantula

Tarantula

IMDb: 6.5
1955
80min

A lone-wolf scientist sequestered in a mansion near a small desert town arouses the suspicion of the town’s doctor when his lab assistant is found dead from a case of acromegaly which took only four days to develop. As the doctor investigates, aided by the scientist’s new, and very female, assistant, they discover that, far worse, something much larger and hungrier than it ever should be, is devouring local cattle – and humans – in increasingly large quantities.

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The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment

IMDb: 6.7
1955
82min

Professor Bernard Quatermass is in charge of a rocket mission that has gone awry. They lose contact with the spaceship and have no idea how far into space it may have traveled. When the rocket crash lands they find that only one of the three occupants, Victor Carroon, is on board; the others have simply vanished. Slowly, the surviving astronaut begins to transform into a deadly creature.

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Marty

Marty

Marty

IMDb: 7.7
1955
90min

Marty, a butcher who lives in the Bronx with his mother is unmarried at 34. Good-natured but socially awkward he faces constant badgering from family and friends to get married but has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood. Marty meets Clara, an unattractive school teacher, realising their emotional connection, he promises to call but family and friends try to convince him not to.

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The Trouble with Harry

The Trouble with Harry

The Trouble with Harry

IMDb: 7.1
1955
99min

Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man’s body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death.

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Cesta do praveku

Cesta do praveku

Cesta do praveku

IMDb: 7.5
1955
93min

Most classical sci-fi from K. Zeman. Four young boys visit a dinosaur exhibit at the New York city Museum of Natural History. They then row out onto Central Park Lake where they find a secret cave and paddle into, and go back-in-time into a wondrous prehistoric world filled with the very dinosaurs they had just seen.

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The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

IMDb: 7.8
1955
91min

A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two-room apartment in an old house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group’s mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they’re plotting to rob an armored bank van and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce’s naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage.

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Man Without a Star

Man Without a Star

Man Without a Star

IMDb: 7.0
1955
89min

Man Without a Star is a 1955 western film starring Kirk Douglas as a wanderer who gets dragged into a range war. It was based on the novel of the same name by Dee Linford.

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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

Oklahoma!

IMDb: 7.2
1955
145min

This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900’s, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s hit Broadway musical.

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Richard III

Richard III

Richard III

IMDb: 7.5
1955
161min

Shakespeare’s powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

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The Man from Laramie

The Man from Laramie

The Man from Laramie

IMDb: 7.4
1955
104min

Will Lockhart (James Stewart) becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there. He is especially involved with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family, and begins his search for someone selling rifles to the local Apaches, only to find out it is the son of the most powerful man in the area. It is at this point that his troubles begin.

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Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

Violent Saturday

IMDb: 6.9
1955
90min

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

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Conquest of Space

Conquest of Space

Conquest of Space

IMDb: 5.8
1955
81min

A team of American astronauts leave their space station on the first mission to Mars, but the captain’s religious beliefs may get in the way.

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Chief Crazy Horse

Chief Crazy Horse

Chief Crazy Horse

IMDb: 6.1
1955
86min

When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective.

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The Man from Bitter Ridge

The Man from Bitter Ridge

The Man from Bitter Ridge

IMDb: 6.1
1955
80min

The Man from Bitter Ridge is a film directed by Jack Arnold. Jeff Carr, a special investigator, arrives in Tomahawk. His assignment is to discover who has been holding up the local stagecoach and is guilty for a series of killings that terrorize the town. Sheepman Alec Black is suspected by the local population but it is not long before Jeff realizes the man is innocent. Alec even becomes a good friend although he is in love with the same woman as him, Holly. Jeff will manage to arrest the real culprits but not before the latter try to compromise him down.

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Run for Cover

Run for Cover

Run for Cover

IMDb: 6.7
1955
93min

Western that starts when a man (Matt Dow) is mistaken as a train robber. After the town’s sheriff shoots the kid he’s riding with, Dow clears his name and ends up as the new sheriff. He romances a Swedish woman and settles in to a peaceful life only to find that the boy has a few secrets of his own.

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Revenge of the Creature

Revenge of the Creature

Revenge of the Creature

IMDb: 5.6
1955
82min

Men capture the creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

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Captain Lightfoot

Captain Lightfoot

Captain Lightfoot

IMDb: 6.4
1955
92min

A boggy swashbuckler of Irish freedom-fighter Michael Martin.

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No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

No Man’s Woman

IMDb: 6.3
1955
70min

A greedy, scheming woman is found murdered in her studio, and the police find that there is no shortage of suspects who wanted to see her dead–among them a rich husband she wouldn’t divorce unless he paid her a huge settlement, a lover she caused to be fired from his job and an assistant whose fiancé she tried to seduce.

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Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock

Bad Day at Black Rock

IMDb: 7.8
1955
81min

A stranger visits a tiny Western town determined to keep a horrible secret.

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Pete Kelly’s Blues

Pete Kelly’s Blues

Pete Kelly’s Blues

IMDb: 6.5
1955
95min

In 1927 Kansas City Pete Kelly and his jazz band play nightly at a speakeasy. A local gangster starts to move in on them and when their drummer is killed Kelly gives in…

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The Eternal Sea

The Eternal Sea

The Eternal Sea

IMDb: 6.6
1955
103min

Biography of Admiral John Hoskins’ efforts to retain active command despite WW2 injury.

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The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap

IMDb: 6.4
1955
111min

Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie’s girl Sylvia while Charlie spends his time with young actress Julie. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The Cockleshell Heroes

The Cockleshell Heroes

The Cockleshell Heroes

IMDb: 6.7
1955
97min

During WW2, German ships are “safely” docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

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Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs

IMDb: 6.7
1955
126min

Wealthy American Jervis Pendleton III (Fred Astaire) has a chance encounter at a French orphanage with a cheerful 18-year-old resident, Julie Andre (Leslie Caron). He anonymously pays for her education at a New England college. She writes letters to her mysterious benefactor regularly, but he never writes back. Her nickname for him, “Daddy Long Legs”, is taken from the description of him given to Andre by some of her fellow orphans who see his shadow as he leaves their building. Several years later, he visits her at school, still concealing his identity. Despite their large age difference, they soon fall in love.

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