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Great Decades at the Movies – 1950s

This edition of Beaches|life will be featuring some of the most critically acclaimed films of the 1950s. 

Inuit Canadian are given the right to vote (Jan. 1, 1950), CBC Televsion started to air (Sept. 6, 1952), Korean War (1950–53), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame was founded (Oct. 1957), St. Lawrence Seaway officially opens (1959), Lester Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his solution to the Suez Crisis (Oct. 1957), Montreal Canadiens’ goalie Jacques Plante, after a slapshot cut his face, had the cut stitched and returned to the ice wearing a mask. He became the first goalie to wear a mask regularly (Nov. 1959).

All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

An American in Paris (1951) Dir. Vincente Minnelli; Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Dir. Cecil B. DeMille; James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton

From Here to Eternity (1053) Dir. Fred Zinnemann; Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr

On the Waterfront (1954) Dir. Elia Kazan; Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb


Marty (1955) Dir. Delbert Mann; Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) Dir. Michael Anderson, John Farrow (uncredited); David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Dir. David Lean; William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

Gigi (1958) Dir. Vincente Minnelli, Charles Walters (uncredited); Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Ben-Hur (1959) Dir. William Wyler; Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd