|The Big Boodle 1957 N/R, 83 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: Richard Wilson
Cast: Errol Flynn, Pedro Armendariz, Rosanna Rory, Gia Scala, Jacques Aubuchon, Francisco Canero, Luis Oquendo, Aurora Pita, Charles Todd, Enrique Cruz Alvarez, Rogelio Hernandez, Carlos Mas, Sandro Giglio, Velia Martinez, Guillermo Alvarez Guedes
Set in pre-Castro Cuba, a Casino blackjack dealer, Ned Sherwood (Errol Flynn), finds plates belonging to counterfeiters, and the discovery begins his trek into Havana's underworld.
|House of Bamboo 1955 N/R, 102 min.|
Director: Samuel Fuller
Cast: Robert Ryan, Robert Stack, Shirley Yamaguchi, Cameron Mitchell, Brad Dexter, Sessue Hayakawa, Biff Elliot, Sandro Giglio, Harry Carey Jr., Robert Quarry, DeForest Kelley
In this remake of "The Street With No Name" (1948), the setting is changed to Japan. Robert Stack takes on the role of a down-on-his-luck ex-GI who arrives in Tokyo and goes undercover to join a well-organized syndicate in an effort to stop the burglaries and bring down its psychotic leader (Robert Ryan).
|The Rose Tattoo 1955 N/R, 117 min.|
Director: Daniel Mann
Cast: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan, Ben Cooper, Virginia Grey, Jo Van Fleet, Sandro Giglio, Mimi Aguglia, George Humbert, Lewis Charles
Anna Magnani won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Serafina who is obsessed by the memory of her adored, deceased husband. She overcomes her depression when she meets a truck driver (Burt Lancaster) sporting the identical rose tattoo that her husband had.
|Second Chance 1953 N/R, 81 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Thriller
Director: Rudolph Mate
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Linda Darnell, Jack Palance, Sandro Giglio, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Reginald Sheffield, Roy Roberts, Salvador Baguez, Dan Seymour, Fortunio Bonanova, Margaret Brewster, Richard Vera, Maurice Jara, Judy Walsh, Milburn Stone
Russ Lambert (Robert Mitchum) is a boxer who ends up helping a gangster's ex-girlfriend Clare (Linda Darnell), who is hiding in Mexico, escape from a hit man, Cappy Gordon (Jack Palance), who is assigned the task of killing her.
|Strictly Dishonorable 1951 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Romance
Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Cast: Ezio Pinza, Janet Leigh, Millard Mitchell, Gale Robbins, Maria Palmer, Esther Minciotti, Arthur Franz, Hugh Sanders, Silvio Minciotti, Sandro Giglio, Mario Siletti, William E. Green, James Seay, Wally Maher, Renata Vanni
Based on Preston Sturges' play, this film is a remake of the 1931 film about opera star Count Augustino "Gus" Caraffa (Ezio Pinza) whose actions lead to a public slander campaign that does not help in his courting of the lovely Isabelle Perry (Janet Leigh).
|War of the Worlds 1953 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Horror / Thriller
Director: Byron Haskin
Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Lewis Martin, Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Cornthwaite, Jack Kruschen, Henry Brandon, Sandro Giglio, William Phipps, Houseley Stevenson Jr., Paul Frees, Vernon Rich, Cedric Hardwicke
This imaginative film relates the H.G. Wells story about a Martian invasion and earned the Academy Award for Best Special Effects. What looks like a meteor crashes on Earth while a crowd, including Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson), watches. The object is too hot to investigate, and it turns out to be a Martian spaceship. When the Martians invade and destroy cities, the military attacks; but, even the atomic bomb does not stop them. The invasion is finally stopped short when a bacteria invades the aliens' bloodstreams.
|When Worlds Collide 1951 N/R, 81 min.|
Director: Rudolph Mate
Cast: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hanson, John Hoyt, Larry Keating, Sandro Giglio, Alden "Stephen" Chase, Frank Cady, Hayden Rorke, John Ridgely
This movie is interesting to watch if only to compare special effects and how they have progressed over the years. The story is about a doomed planet and pilgrims moving on to another world. An Oscar was awarded for Best Special Effects.
|1. The Big Boodle (1957)|
2. House of Bamboo (1955)
3. The Rose Tattoo (1955)
4. Second Chance (1953)
5. Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
6. War of the Worlds (1953)
7. When Worlds Collide (1951)
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