Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Five Underrated Films of 1955

I'm happy to announce that I've posted my list of Five Underrated Films of 1955 over at the very enjoyable film blog Rupert Pupkin Speaks.

Brian, the proprietor of the Rupert Pupkin site, regularly invites other bloggers to share "favorites" lists, and I'm honored to be a contributor. Each new series results in new titles added to my viewing wish list! Please visit Rupert Pupkin Speaks for lists of favorites by many friends of this blog.

Please note that more detailed reviews of each of the films mentioned in my guest post can be found by searching here at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings.

Previous guest posts at Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Favorite Film Discoveries of 2013, Five Underrated Comedies, Five Underrated Westerns, Five Underrated Mystery/Detective Films, Five Underrated Action/Adventure Films, Five Underrated Thrillers, and Favorite Film Discoveries of 2014.


Blogger john k said...

Hi Laura,

I tried to comment on your selection over at Brian's but I could not sign in.
Just to say that I loved reading your selection and I could not believe
That's the dreaded Paramount for you,their attitude to classic movies stinks!!!

5:16 AM  
Blogger LĂȘ said...

Great post, Laura!
It is intersting how the success of a film changes from country to country. Sissi is insanely popular in Brazil, everybody who watched it at the movies is still crazy and nostalgic about it. And it was often on TV as well.
And I love the Kismet songs!

6:56 AM  
Blogger barrylane said...

John Knight, your comment regarding Paramount Pictures reminded me that in 1985 I mounted The Pleasure of His Company in Toronto with Cyd Charisse and John Ireland. The play was a success and the opportunity to re-mount it for television came up. The people at Paramount would not even take our money, which was considerable for the time. Also, years ago, after Randolph Scott's death, his widow tried to put together a collection of her husband's pictures. Albuquerque was missing, and the 'good' people at Paramount would not cooperate with her. hard to believe. My friend, Marvin of the Movies, interceded and got her the copy she needed, and the studio finally released Albuquerque on DVD. No one understands their thinking.

8:36 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Loved your choices. I'm especially intrigued by Sissi. That's now on top of my "must watch" list!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked your five choices. I tried to comment too but couldn't.
SISSI reminded me of THE KING STEPS OUT, a delightful musical with Grace Moore in the SISSI role and co starring Franchot Tone.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Truly weird! Somehow my comment made it on to Laura's choices. Seems there's an issue Brian needs to resolve re access.

1:59 PM  
Blogger john k said...

Dear Barry Lane,

Many thanks for the most interesting info.
BTW I am a huge John Ireland admirer.
There are just so many great Paramount movies with great casts that they are
unwilling to release.
Just one to mention is RED MOUNTAIN with Ireland,Alan Ladd Lizabeth Scott,
Arthur Kennedy,Neville Brand and Jeff Corey.
All Paramount seem interested in doing is developing projects with Tom Cruise
despite Summer Redstone getting rid of the mega greedy star with his huge
upfront salary and even larger percentage of the profits.
Call me bitter if you will,and I hope Paramount start to get lots of on-line
flak with their dire and vile attitude to classic movies.

Laura,I will try again to comment on your "underrated '55" selection at Brian's.
I did include a lovely James Stewart story regarding STRATEGIC AIR COMMEND,which
if I cannot tell this time I will relate to you later.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

I'd like to hear that story for one, John K.

BTW, it sounds as though we lovers of classic cinema and westerns in particular might want to AVOID the new book on Howard Hughes -"Howard Hughes, Hells Angel: America's Notorious Bisexual Millionaire" by Darwin Porter. It comes up with salacious stories about many of our most revered. Whether it is to be taken as the truth or merely making money out of stories about our heroes who are no longer here to tell their side - who knows?!
The man was clearly a certifiable monster at any rate......

2:39 PM  
Blogger barrylane said...

Darwin Porter is a 'certifiable monster'. Have a look at his 'masterpiece' collection.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Well, I was referring to Howard Hughes actually, BarryLane, but you obviously are already aware of this Darwin Porter and consider the term apt for him too!

11:33 PM  
Blogger barrylane said...

I knew people who liked and admired Mr. Hughes. And Jerry, I did understand what you intended.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks so much to all of you for your comments! A couple more comments have been left at Brian's so I hope the sign-in issue over there has been fixed.

It seems very odd that STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND hasn't made it to DVD, even given how poorly Paramount handles their library. (Interesting background, Barrylane.) You'd think James Stewart would be a selling point. Hopefully someday...

Jerry, I've been cautioned by others to avoid the Porter books.

John, I sure like that RED MOUNTAIN cast!

Vienna, thanks for the mention of THE KING STEPS OUT. I checked and have that on a VHS recording from TCM, have made a note to pull it out of the closet. :)

Thanks to all!

Best wishes,

8:27 PM  
Blogger Jerry E said...

Thanks for your additional comments, barrylane. I suppose my feelings about Howard Hughes will always be coloured by the ruination of the great RKO Studios, maker of so many of my favourite movies.

4:00 AM  

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