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1950s Comedy-drama Movies

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Sabrina(1954)

3.8/5 (with 479 votes)

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times. Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who goes away to Paris for two years, and returns to capture David's attention, while falling in love with Linus.

There's No Business Like Show Business(1954)

3.1/5 (with 37 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.

Bus Stop(1956)

3.1/5 (with 81 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.

Cheaper by the Dozen(1950)

G
| 1h 25min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.2/5 (with 30 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.

I Vitelloni(1953)

1h 43min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 264 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.

Hobson's Choice(1954)

PG
| 1h 47min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 40 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.

Mister Roberts(1955)

NR
| 2h 3min | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, War
3.5/5 (with 51 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.

The Million Pound Note(1954)

PG
| 1h 30min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 19 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, ...

Limelight(1952)

G
| 2h 17min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 182 votes)

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

Auntie Mame(1958)

3.5/5 (with 34 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!".

Baby Doll(1956)

1h 54min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 48 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.

Bellissima(1951)

1h 55min | Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 64 votes)

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

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Black Orpheus(1959)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 68 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.

Three Coins in the Fountain(1954)

G
| 1h 42min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

Three American roommates working in Italy wish for the man of their dreams after throwing coins into Rome's magnificent Trevi Fountain. Frances, a secretary at a government agency, sets out to win the heart of her smooth-talking novelist employer; Anita, her coworker, defies office regulations by romancing an Italian who works at the agency; and office newcomer Maria meets a real Italian Prince Charming and falls madly in love. The only thing the three hopeful ladies need to do is seal their fate.

The Rose Tattoo(1955)

NR
| 1h 57min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

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

Four Bags Full(1956)

1h 20min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 96 votes)

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

The Swan(1956)

3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him.

Beautiful but Dangerous(1955)

3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

The fictitious story of a real person called Lina Cavalieri who was known at the time as "the most beautiful woman in the world".

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.

Love Nest(1951)

3.0/5 (with 6 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.

Last Holiday(1950)

1h 28min | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 15 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.

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.

Poison(1951)

1h 25min | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 15 votes)

Paul Braconnier and his wife Blandine only have one thing in mind: to find a way to kill each other without risk. After listening to a radio show, Paul decides to go to Paris to meet a famous lawyer in the acquittal of the murderers. He tells the lawyer that he killed his wife. The lawyer asks Paul to reconstruct the circumstances of the drama. Without knowing it, he explains, in spite of himself, the way for Paul to murder his wife by putting the odds on his side to avoid death penalty or even be released...

Room for One More(1952)

NR
| 1h 38min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.1/5 (with 16 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.

Days of Love(1954)

3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

A 1954 Italian comedy film directed by Giuseppe De Santis, winner of the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Confessions of Felix Krull(1957)

1h 48min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

Thomas Mann's witty and intimate story of a irresistible scoundrel.

Daughter of Deceit(1951)

1h 18min | Comedy, Drama
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

In the drama, a father, firmly believing that the baby daughter in his arms is not his own, abandons her upon the doorstep of the town drunk. Many years pass, and the man finds himself continually wracked with guilt about deserting her.

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.

The Marrying Kind(1952)

1h 32min | Comedy, Drama
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing the judge encourages them to remember the good times they have had hoping that the marriage can be saved.

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.

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