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Contrast thread: Box office popularity of the Best Picture winners of the 1950's.
01/03/18

Posted on 01/03/2018 10:00:22 AM PST by Simon Green

1950: "All About Eve" #2
1951: "An American in Paris" #6
1952: "The Greatest Show on Earth" #1
1953: "From Here to Eternity" #1
1954: "On the Waterfront" #14
1955: "Marty" #37
1956: "Around the World in 80 Days" #2
1957: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" #1
1958: "Gigi" #5
1959: "Ben-Hur" #1

8 of out 10 in the top 10, and 4 #1 hits. Bit of a difference compared to today's films!


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boxoffice; hollywood; top10
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1 posted on 01/03/2018 10:00:22 AM PST by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

Point well made, Simon.


2 posted on 01/03/2018 10:02:50 AM PST by Navy Patriot (America returns to the Rule of Law)
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To: Simon Green

But...

...you don’t seem to realize that movie critics are MUCH better qualified to identify good movies than the stupid masses...


3 posted on 01/03/2018 10:05:28 AM PST by WayneS (An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: Simon Green

Seen em all. Most more than once


4 posted on 01/03/2018 10:05:52 AM PST by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Nifster

I’ve seen all but “Marty”.


5 posted on 01/03/2018 10:07:21 AM PST by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

I take it you are in the movie entertainment business since most of your posts are related to movies it seems. Is that correct?


6 posted on 01/03/2018 10:07:27 AM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Simon Green

My favorites...

1954: “On the Waterfront” #14 - “I coulda been SOMEbody...” Brando’s great scene. But I’ve seen it too many times.

1957: “The Bridge on the River Kwai” #1 - beautiful photography and sharp dialogue. However, I don’t like the undercurrent “anti-war”, pre-hippie message.

1959: “Ben-Hur” #1 - Some very touching scenes, one that I still remember from 60 years ago, when Jesus (you only see his shadow) gives Ben Hur something to drink. Very moving and powerful. But I think it’s too long.


7 posted on 01/03/2018 10:11:41 AM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Simon Green

I barely remember “The Greatest Show on Earth” so I’ll have to watch it again!


8 posted on 01/03/2018 10:11:53 AM PST by \/\/ayne (-.. .-. .. -. -.- / -- --- .-. . / --- ...- .- .-.. - .. -. .)
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To: GoldenState_Rose

Ping for part two.


9 posted on 01/03/2018 10:13:17 AM PST by Navy Patriot (America returns to the Rule of Law)
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To: Simon Green

My all time favorite movie that ALSO won best picture: “The Best Years of Our Lives” in 1946!


10 posted on 01/03/2018 10:13:19 AM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: American Liberty is the egg that requires breaking to make their Utopian omelette.)
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To: Robert DeLong
I take it you are in the movie entertainment business since most of your posts are related to movies it seems. Is that correct?

Nope. On the whole, I post more about gun rights than films.

The film threads have gotten the most responses, though.

11 posted on 01/03/2018 10:14:01 AM PST by Simon Green
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To: Simon Green

Very little if any politics involved in the 1950’s selections. Lot’s of politics involved in todays selection of the best film of the year.


12 posted on 01/03/2018 10:14:35 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Hollywood has been getting even with Joe McCarthy for the past 60 years.


13 posted on 01/03/2018 10:15:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Simon Green

For pure entertainment value none of those movies make the cut. Movies are about entertainment.


14 posted on 01/03/2018 10:27:08 AM PST by raybbr (That progressive bumper sticker on your car might just as well say, "Yes, I'm THAT stupid!")
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To: Simon Green

You should see “Marty.” I saw if for the first time last year. Ernest Borgnine won an Oscar for his performance in “Marty” and he deserved another one for playing Fatso Judson in “From Here to Eternity.”


15 posted on 01/03/2018 10:30:32 AM PST by forgotten man
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To: Jim 0216

Where is that other famous movie line. “Yonder lies the castle of my fodder”? (That famous Viking from Hell’s Kitchen NY. Bernie Schwartz?)


16 posted on 01/03/2018 10:33:41 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Damn, the tag line disappeared again? Coursors!)
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To: raybbr
For pure entertainment value none of those movies make the cut. Movies are about entertainment.

You don't find a single one of the Best Picture winners of the 1950's entertaining?

Well, to each their own....

17 posted on 01/03/2018 10:33:55 AM PST by Simon Green
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To: Bringbackthedraft

All kidding aside, I watch them over and over again, no F words, no profanity, no naked sex, no CGI, just real acting. Even those B/W B movies were great. The Body Snatchers comes first to mind. I spend a lot of time running through all those old drive in movie films that I would consider C movies on You Tube. All that money spent on the drive in and now 56 years later I actually get to see the movies.


18 posted on 01/03/2018 10:40:52 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Damn, the tag line disappeared again? Coursors!)
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To: Jim 0216

‘On the Waterfront” #14 - “I coulda been SOMEbody...”’

Wasn’t it: “I coulda been a conTENDa!”


19 posted on 01/03/2018 10:41:41 AM PST by bluejean (The lunatics are running the asylum)
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To: Simon Green

They do not make great films like this.
The Bridge on the River Kwai” #1

BTW Ben Hur was too gay : )
Them Romans..... ick!


20 posted on 01/03/2018 10:41:56 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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