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A United Artists/AIP Retrospective Scrapbook: 1956


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United Artists

Aan was imported by UA from Bollywood

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As was the Tiger and the Flame.

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The Extra Day was a British comedy about a film having to do last minute reshoots

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Three Bad Sisters was a crime quickie

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Shadow of Fear was a suspense film with a stepmommie dearest

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Lilacs in the Spring found Errol Flynn in a musical (!)

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Mark Stevens starred in the noir Timetable, which had an early role for Jack Klugman

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Manfish was a white-knuckled underwater film

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Wendell Corey wanted to off Rhonda Fleming in The Killer is Loose, but Fleming's husband Joseph Cotten was having none of that

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Crime Against Joe continued the noir theme

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Van Heflin starred in Rod Sterling's Patterns, a film that skewered the business world

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Richard Burton played Alexander the Great, and was supported by Claire Bloom and Fredric March

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Ghost Town was another little western.

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Comanche sent Dana Andrews to the West

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Cornel Wilde starred in the swashbuckler Star of India

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The Broken Star made for another UA Western

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UFO was a film that concerned itself with documenting the growing obsession with flying saucers

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Edward G Robinson was out to stop a dangerous hypnotist in Nightmare

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Quincannon Frontier Scout made for yet another Western

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Burt lancaster and Tony Curtis vyed for Gina Lollobrigida in the circus film Trapeze

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Stanley Kubrick's The Killing was a noir landmark. It starred Sterling Hayden.

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Robert Wagner bumped off Joanne Woodward and then proceeded to have dastardly plans for her sister Virginia Leith in A Kiss Before Dying, also with Jeffrey Hunter and Mary Astor

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the Black Sheep was a horror film that marked the end of the line for Bela Lugosi (unless you count his snippet in Plan 9)

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The Quartermass Xperiment kept up the horror trend, and was well received by the genre's fans

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Robert Mitchum found some shocking skeletons in the closet in the noir Foreign Intrigue

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Olivia De Havilland fell for John Forsythe in The Ambassador's Daughter. Myrna Loy and Adolphe Menjou were along for the ride

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Frank Sinatra played the outlaw of the title in Johnny Concho

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Richard Widmark, trevor Howard, and Jane Greer starred in Race for the Sun, a remake of the Most Dangerous Game

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John Payne and Ruth Roman starred in a blend of Western and Noir

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Huk was an action film shot in the Philippines

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John Payne continued in Noir in The Boss

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A dinosaur somehow came back to live and was munching on cattle in the Beast of Hollow Mountain

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Buster Crabbe returned to films after a few years away in Gun Brothers

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Robert Mitchum was a one man army in the Western Bandito

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Crime hit Asia in Flight to Hong Kong

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Robert Aldrich directed the WWII saga Attack with Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin, Richard Jaekel, and Buddy Ebsen

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Around the World in Eighty Days was the second UA best Picture winner in a row. It starred David Niven, Cantiflias, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton (final film) and made for plenty of cameos: Buster Keaton, Caesar Romero, Glynis Johns, Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Bea Lillie, Andy Devine, Robert Morley, Noel Coward, Trevor Howard, Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Finlay Currie, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Coburn, John Carradine, John Gielgud, Keye Luke, Red Skelton, Victor McLaghlan, Hermoine Gingold, Jack Oakie, Charles Boyer, Gilbert Roland, Joe E. Brown. Yes it was a bit too long, but it was a tremendously fun film, with wonderful closing credits designed by Saul Bass.

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Man from Del Rio was a Western with Anthony Quinn and Katy Jurado

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Running target made for yet another Western. They were at the peak of popularity at the time

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Crime reared its head again in Hot Cars

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And in Emergency Hospital as well

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James Arness actually did star in a big screen western while he was working the medium on the small screen's Gunsmoke. this film paired him with Angie Dickinson in her first true role

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Victor Mature was out to save the Navy from Sharks

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The Peacemaker was a smaller Western

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And The Brass Legend with Hugh O'Brien and Raymond Burr was a slightly larger one

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Anthony Quinn was in The Wild Party, a cautionary tale of lurid influences

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The final western of 1956 was a comic one, The King and Four Queens, with Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, and Jo Van Fleet

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And the year closed with the last Abbott and Costello film

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American International Pictures

Corman directed a Western, The Oklahoma Woman

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Female Jungle was the only noir the studio made. Jayne Mansfield made her film debut

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It was Beverly Garland vs. John Ireland in the Western Gunslinger

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Garland then subsequently returned in a sci-fi horror film with Peter Graves, It Conquered the World.

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Girls in Prison has a self-explanatory title.

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As does Hot Rod Girl

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The She-Creature was another take on Sci-fi horror

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Flesh and the Spur promised a spicy Western with that title

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Runaway Daughters was a saga of troubled youth

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And Shake Rattle and Rock was a Rock and Roll musical.

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18 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

the Black Sheep was a horror film that marked the end of the line for Bela Lugosi (unless you count his snippet in Plan 9)

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I love the cast but one of the worst films of the 1950s. Basil Rathbone has the lead but I am sure he just needed some money. Lon Chaney Jr and Bela Lugosi are both cast as mutes so they have no lines. They had co starred in several earlier films and were not on good terms. They argued on the set and it nearly came to a fight, according to the director. 

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