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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 1950


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The 50s might have become rocky years for Fox, but in 1950, at least, they included a Best Picture winner among their ranks.....

Dan Dailey started the year with John Ford's war comedy When Willie Comes Marching Home.

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Marie Windsor got into gunslinging mode in Dakota Lil.

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Claudette Colbert was a captive in a POW camp in Three Came Home.

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Dorothy McGuire was in love in the comedy Mother Didn't Tell Me

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John Garfield appeared in two 1950 films based on Hemingway stories. The Breaking Point was definitely the more well known one, but Under My Skin was the one at Fox.

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Betty Grable returned in the musical Wabash Avenue with Victor Mature and Phil Harris (actually married in real life to Fox's earlier blonde musical star, Alice Faye)

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Cheaper by the Dozen has long been entrenched as a family classic, and it is fully deserving of that status. It is both amusing and tender by turns, and William Powell and Myrna Loy are both wonderful in it.

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Montgomery Clift appeared in The Big Lift, about the Berlin airlift.

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Dan Dailey and Anne Baxter were reunited for a Western musical comedy, A Ticket to Tomahawk.

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Romantic comedy was mixed with crime when Paul Douglas and Jean Peters were an item in Love that Brute.

 

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Night and the City was done in England since Jules Dassin, the director, was blacklisted. It was a superior noir with Richard Widmark in fine fettle.

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Widmark was back trying to prevent plague from being unleashed in Panic in the Streets.

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Gregory Peck was the titular character in The Gunfighter.

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Dana and Gene reunited again for another turn in well-regarded noir with Where the Sidewalk Ends.

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Ann Sheridan and Victor Mature appeared in Stella, a body-hiding dark comedy that had a few years up on The Trouble with Harry.

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Broken Arrow was one of the best westerns of the golden age of Hollywood, due to its nuanced treatment of its Native American characters that was years ahead of its time.

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The Cariboo Trail found Randolph Scott out west again.

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No Way out found Richard Widmark playing a hateful bigot and was also the beginning of Sidney Poitier's career.

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Tyrone Power and Orson Welles were reteamed in the historical fiction epic The Black Rose.

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Farewell to Yesterday was a solemn documentary showing the errors that led to the evil in Europe that spawned WWII

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Betty Grable and Dan Dailey starred as a musical couple switching from radio to TV in My Blue Heaven. This might be one of the earliest films where TV provides a major element of the plot.

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Mister 880 was a crime comedy with Edmund Gwenn nominated for an Oscar as a hapless counterfeiter.

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I'll Get By was a remake of Tin Pan Alley, with June Haver and Gloria De Haven as the musical sisters this time around.

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Two Flags West was a Civil War drama with Joseph Cotten.

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All About Eve is a landmark of the cinema and is one of Bette Davis best known roles. It won for Best Picture of 1950 and is to this day regarded as one of the best films ever put to celluloid. 

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James Stewart's life was turned upside down after striking it rich in The Jackpot.

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Fritz Lang directed Tyrone Power in the war film American Guerrilla in the Phillipines

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Mickey Rooney took to roller-skating in The Fireball.

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Irene Dunne was Queen Victoria in The Mudlark, a saga where a little boy met the Queen.

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Clifton Webb was an angel sent to aid Joan Bennett and Bob Cumming's marriage in For Heaven's Sake.

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the year came to a close with the noir melodrama the Man Who Cheated Himself.

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