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Movies: Popular Movies of 1952

Movies in chronological context: 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1952nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 952nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 52nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1950s decade. ()

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Singin' in the Rain(1952)

4.1/5 (with 1,037 votes)

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

High Noon(1952)

1h 25min | Western, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 482 votes)

Will Kane, the sheriff of a small town in New Mexico, learns a notorious outlaw he put in jail has been freed, and will be arriving on the noon train. Knowing the outlaw and his gang are coming to kill him, Kane is determined to stand his ground, so he attempts to gather a posse from among the local townspeople.

Ikiru(1952)

2h 23min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 332 votes)

Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Learning he has cancer, he starts to look for the meaning of his life.

The African Queen(1952)

3.7/5 (with 295 votes)

At the start of the First World War, in the middle of Africa’s nowhere, a gin soaked riverboat captain is persuaded by a strong-willed missionary to go down river and face-off a German warship.

Umberto D.(1952)

1h 31min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 195 votes)

When elderly pensioner Umberto Domenico Ferrari returns to his boarding house from a protest calling for a hike in old-age pensions, his landlady demands her 15,000-lire rent by the end of the month or he and his small dog will be turned out onto the street. Unable to get the money in time, Umberto fakes illness to get sent to a hospital, giving his beloved dog to the landlady's pregnant and abandoned maid for temporary safekeeping.

Directed by Vittorio De Sica - With Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Memmo Carotenuto, Lamberto Maggiorani, Riccardo Ferri, ...

The Quiet Man(1952)

G
| 2h 9min | Romance / Love, Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 158 votes)

An American man returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love and conflict.

Limelight(1952)

G
| 2h 17min | Drama, Music, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 157 votes)

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

Don Camillo(1952)

1h 47min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 93 votes)

In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired and liked each other, politics still divided them as it is dividing the country. And when the mayor wants his "People's House"; the priest wants his "Garden City" for the poor. Division exist between the richest and the poorest, the pious and the atheists and even between lovers. But if the people are hard as the country, they are good in the bottom of there heart.

Forbidden Games(1952)

1h 27min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 88 votes)

Orphaned after a Nazi air raid, Paulette, a young Parisian girl, runs into Michel, an older peasant boy, and the two quickly become close. Together, they try to make sense of the chaotic and crumbling world around them, attempting to cope with death as they create a burial ground for Paulette's deceased pet dog. Eventually, however, Paulette's stay with Michel's family is threatened by the harsh realities of wartime.

The White Sheik(1952)

3.7/5 (with 85 votes)

In Italy, small-town newlyweds Wanda and Ivan Cavalli embark on their honeymoon in the big city of Rome. Ivan dutifully wants to keep appointments with family and church, but Wanda is only interested in meeting her favorite photo-strip star known as "The White Sheik". While Wanda impetuously sneaks away to locate the object of her affections, disconsolate Ivan tries his hardest to keep up appearances with the couple's relatives.

Monkey Business(1952)

3.3/5 (with 78 votes)

Research chemist Barnaby Fulton works on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. One of the labs chimps gets loose in the laboratory and mixes chemicals, but then pours the mix into the water cooler. When trying one of his own samples, washed down with water from the cooler, Fulton begins to act just like a twenty-year-old and believes his potion is working. Soon his wife and boss are also behaving like children.

The Bad and the Beautiful(1952)

NR
| 1h 58min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 74 votes)

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.

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The Greatest Show on Earth(1952)

3.2/5 (with 70 votes)

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Viva Zapata!(1952)

1h 53min | History, Western
3.5/5 (with 70 votes)

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

Rabbit Seasoning(1952)

3.7/5 (with 54 votes)

The cartoon finds a row of signs saying it's rabbit season ("If you're looking for fun, you don't need a reason. All you need is a gun, it's Rabbit Season!"). Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck again are arguing over which of them is “in season” (it is really Duck Season, as Daffy says in the beginning), while a befuddled Elmer Fudd tries to figure out which animal is telling the truth. Between using sneaky plays-on-words, and dressing himself in women's clothing (including a Lana Turner-style sweater), Bugs manages to escape unscathed, while Daffy repeatedly has his beak blown off, upside-down, and sideways by Elmer.

Directed by Chuck Jones

Bend of the River(1952)

NR
| 1h 31min | Western
3.4/5 (with 54 votes)

Two men with questionable pasts, Glyn McLyntock and his friend Cole, lead a wagon-train load of homesteaders from Missouri to the Oregon territory...

The Life of Oharu(1952)

2h 16min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 53 votes)

Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Ivanhoe(1952)

3.4/5 (with 52 votes)

Sir Walter Scott's classic story of the chivalrous Ivanhoe who joins with Robin of Locksley in the fight against Prince John and for the return of King Richard the Lionheart.

Casque d'Or(1952)

NR
| 1h 36min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 47 votes)

Ex-convict Georges Manda returns to the free world determined to go straight and takes a steady job as a carpenter. Unable to completely shake his connections with the underground, he meets with a former prison mate, older gangster Félix Leca, who introduces him to his mistress, the sweet but guarded Marie "Casque d'Or". Marie and Georges fall into a passionate relationship, driving Félix to do everything in his power to ruin the couple.

The Narrow Margin(1952)

1h 11min | Crime, Drama, Thriller, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 41 votes)

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's widow on a tense train ride.

Sudden Fear(1952)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a romantic leading man. On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he sincere, or does he have a dark ulterior motive?

The Crimson Pirate(1952)

3.5/5 (with 38 votes)

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball Scientist, sailing ships, naval fights, and tons of swordplay.

Don't Bother to Knock(1952)

1h 16min | Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 37 votes)

Jed, an airline pilot, is resting in a hotel when he notices Nell, a young woman babysitting for a wealthy couple. As Jed gets to know Nell better he realises that the woman is not as stable as perhaps she should be.

Feed the Kitty(1952)

3.6/5 (with 37 votes)

A bulldog adopts a small cat, but he can't let his owners know.

Directed by Chuck Jones

Le Plaisir(1952)

1h 37min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 36 votes)

Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme Tellier taking her girls (whores) to the country for attending her niece's communion - pleasure and purity. And lastly, Jean the painter falling in love with his model - pleasure and death.

Kansas City Confidential(1952)

1h 39min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 34 votes)

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.

Pluto's Christmas Tree(1952)

3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

Pluto comes bounding outside to help Mickey get a Christmas tree. Chip 'n Dale see him and make fun of him, but the tree they take refuge in is the one Mickey chops down. They like the decorations, especially the candy canes and Mickey's bowl of mixed nuts. But Pluto spots them and goes after them long before Mickey spots them. Minnie, Donald, and Goofy drop by to sing carols.

Directed by Jack Hannah

Neighbours(1952)

3.8/5 (with 31 votes)

This film, shot in pixilation (a kind of stop-motion animation with actors), is about two neighbours who come to barbaric blows over a flower that straddles the property line.

Directed by Norman McLaren

Lambert the Sheepish Lion(1952)

NR
| 8min | Animation
3.6/5 (with 30 votes)

Disney Legend Sterling Holloway narrates this classic animated short. A mix-up by Mr. Stork finds a little lion cub in the care of a gentle flock of sheep. Doted on by his mother, but teased by the other lambs, Lambert soon grows to become a massive lion, but as shy and gentle as the ewe who raised him. When a hungry wolf begins to stalk the herd, will Lambert find the courage to protect his mama?

Directed by Jack Hannah

Europe '51(1952)

1h 53min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 29 votes)

A wealthy, self-absorbed Rome socialite is tacked by guilt over the death of her young son. As a way of dealing with her grief and finding meaning in her life, she decides to devote her time and money to the city’s poor and sick. Her newfound, single-minded activism leads to conflicts with her husband and questions about her sanity.

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