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1950s Comedy-drama Movies

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There's No Business Like Show Business(1954)

3.1/5 (with 32 votes)

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Mister Roberts(1955)

NR
| 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, War
3.5/5 (with 47 votes)

Mr. Roberts is as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a non-commissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Captain Morton.

Limelight(1952)

G
| 2h 17min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 154 votes)

A fading music hall comedian tries to help a despondent ballet dancer learn to walk and to again feel confident about life.

Bus Stop(1956)

3.0/5 (with 70 votes)

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. When she resists his advances, Decker forces Cherie onto the bus back to Montana with him, but, when the bus makes an unscheduled stop due to bad weather, the tables are turned.

Auntie Mame(1958)

3.5/5 (with 33 votes)

Ten-year-old orphan Patrick Dennis has come to live with his marvelously madcap Auntie Mame, who lives life to the hilt. "Life is a banquet," Mame says, "and most poor suckers are starving to death!".

Hobson's Choice(1954)

1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 33 votes)

Henry Hobson owns and tyrannically runs a successful Victorian boot maker’s shop in Salford, England. A stingy widower with a weakness for overindulging in the local Moonraker Public House, he exploits his three daughters as cheap labour. When he declares that there will be ‘no marriages’ to avoid the expense of marriage settlements at £500 each, his eldest daughter Maggie rebels.

Black Orpheus(1959)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 59 votes)

Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Baby Doll(1956)

1h 54min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 40 votes)

Archie Lee Meighan is a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll, a 19-year old childlike beauty whose father arranged the marriage for financial reasons. As Archie awaits the arrival of Baby Doll's 20th birthday, the day that they are supposed to consummate their marriage, he faces interference from business rival Silva Vacarro, who plots to seduce Baby Doll away from Meighan.

Four Bags Full(1956)

1h 20min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 81 votes)

Two unlikely companions must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris.

I Vitelloni(1953)

1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 220 votes)

Five young men dream of success as they drift lazily through life in a small Italian village. Fausto, the group's leader, is a womanizer; Riccardo craves fame; Alberto is a hopeless dreamer; Moraldo fantasizes about life in the city; and Leopoldo is an aspiring playwright. As Fausto chases a string of women, to the horror of his pregnant wife, the other four blunder their way from one uneventful experience to the next.

Cheaper by the Dozen(1950)

G
| 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.1/5 (with 28 votes)

"Cheaper by the Dozen", based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family, follows them from Providence, Rhode Island, to Montclair, New Jersey, and details the amusing anecdotes found in large families.

The Million Pound Note(1954)

PG
| 1h 30min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves.

Directed by Ronald Neame - With Gregory Peck, Ronald Squire, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John C. Slater, Bryan Forbes, Jane Griffiths, ...
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Last Holiday(1950)

1h 28min | Comedy, Drama
4.0/5 (with 11 votes)

George Bird is a salesman of agricultural machinery who finds out that he hasn't long to live. On his doctor's advice, he goes to an exclusive seaside resort to spend his savings on one last holiday.

Bellissima(1951)

1h 55min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 59 votes)

Bellissima is a satire of the film industry, and centers on a mother and daughter after the latter attends an audition.

Room for One More(1952)

NR
| 1h 38min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

Anne and "Poppy" Rose have three quirky kids. Anne has a generous heart and the belief in the innocence of children. To the unhappy surprise of her husband she takes in the orphan Jane, a problem child who already tried to kill herself once.

Good Morning(1959)

3.9/5 (with 69 votes)

A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s perennial theme of the challenges of inter­generational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his child protagonists. Shot in stunning color and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors’ new washing machine and unemployed husbands look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy refashions Ozu’s own silent classic I Was Born, But . . . to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan.

The Actress(1953)

1h 30min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

The true story of Ruth Gordon's early struggles on the road to stage stardom.

Trouble Along the Way(1953)

1h 50min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring back to football respectability.

The Rose Tattoo(1955)

NR
| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 21 votes)

A grieving widow embarks on a new romance when she discovers her late husband had been cheating on her.

Trio(1950)

1h 31min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

W. Somerset Maugham introduces three more of his stories about human foibles.

Affair with a Stranger(1953)

1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.3/5 (with 2 votes)

Director Roy Rowland's 1953 drama, depicting the rocky marriage of a young model and her Broadway playwright-husband, stars Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Jane Darwell, Dabbs Greer, Nicholas Joy, Lillian Bronson and George Cleveland.

The Catered Affair(1956)

NR
| 1h 32min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception. This is because Jane's parents are poor and Jane and Ralph can borrow a car for their honeymoon. However, at dinner that night all Ralph's parents talk about are the big weddings they gave their daughters and everything escalates. All of a sudden, it is a big wedding breakfast with hundreds of guests. The problem is that for 12 years, Tom has been saving money to buy his own cab and license, but now that he can, all of his money is going towards a wedding neither he, or Jane or Ralph really want.

My Six Convicts(1952)

NR
| 1h 44min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A psychologist takes on the daunting task of getting into the mind of prisoners. He must gain the trust and cooperation from a group of men who have no reason to help him and who might enjoy killing him.

Illusion Travels by Streetcar(1954)

1h 30min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Confronted with the unfortunate news that their favorite Streetcar, no. 133, is going to be decommissioned, two Municipal Transit workers get drunk and decide to "take 'er for one last spin," as it were. Unfortunately, the "one last spin" ends up being an all-night and all-day scramble to stay out of trouble, as they are confronted with situation after sometimes bizarre situation that prevents them from returning the "borrowed" Streetcar!

The Happy Time(1952)

1h 34min | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 2 votes)

A violinist (Charles Boyer) and his brother (Louis Jourdan) guide one's son through his crush on the family maid in 1920s Ottawa.

A Day to Remember(1953)

3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

Based on The Hand and the Flower, a novel by Jerrard Tickell, A Day to Remember stars Stanley Holloway as Charley Porter, captain of London darts team. When the team travels to the French town of Boulogne for the annual darts tournament, a good time is had by all--and more besides. Jim Carver one of the team's members, is reunited with a little French girl he'd befriended during the war, who has now developed into a beautiful young woman. And Fred Collins makes a poignant journey to the hotel where he'd honeymooned with his late wife. The film works best as a low-key comedy-drama; it is least successful when it ventures into O. Henry territory and strains for "surprise" story twists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi.

I Am a Camera(1955)

1h 38min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

Just before the Nazis ascend to power in Berlin, Chris, an aspiring novelist from England, meets flamboyant cabaret entertainer Sally Bowles and an unusual friendship is born. As Sally feeds her extravagant tastes, Chris goes along for the ride, until their Jewish pal, Fritz, encounters trouble.

Encore(1951)

1h 29min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Encore is a 1951 anthology film composed of adaptations of three short stories by W. Somerset Maugham: "The Ant and the Grasshopper", directed by Pat Jackson and adapted by T. E. B. Clarke; "Winter Cruise", helmed by Anthony Pelissier, screenplay by Arthur Macrae; "Gigolo and Gigolette", directed by Harold French, written by Eric Ambler. It is the last film in a Maugham trilogy, preceded by Quartet and Trio.

This Could Be the Night(1957)

1h 43min | Comedy
2.6/5 (with 3 votes)

To earn extra money, a prim schoolteacher takes a second job as secretary to the uncouth owner of a boisterous nightclub.

Love Nest(1951)

3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Jim and Connie's postwar New York building troubles keep Jim from working on his novel. Ex-WAC from Jim's army days Roberta moves in, further upsetting Connie but pleasing Jim's friend Ed. Tenant Charley, who marries tenant Eadie, loans money to Jim to help him keep the building, money which this Casanova obtains from rich widows.

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