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Mister 880 (1950) starring Burt Lancaster, Dorothy McGuire, Edmund Gwenn

Mister 880

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Based on a Secret Service file, Mister 880 tells the tale of a sweet old counterfeiter who stymies the U.S. Secret Service for over a decade by passing counterfeit single dollar bills with “Washington” misspelled.

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Them! starring James Arness, James Whitmore


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Them! (1954) starring James Arness, James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon

There are certain movie cliches, and the 1950’s is possibly best known for the science fiction “giant monster” movie (ie. Kaiju). It often served as a morality story, about the dangers of atomic energy, unexpected consequences, and fear of the future, using ordinary animals that have been mutated to giant size to tell the story. It’s been told many times since, but never better than in the first movie of its’ type, Them!

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Between Two Worlds (1944), John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sidney Greenstreet

Between Two Worlds

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Between Two Worlds (1944) starring John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sidney Greenstreet

Imagine a movie about eight people, seemingly chosen at random, riding on a cruise ship, heading to an unknown destination.   It’s a movie about the interaction between these seeming strangers, and what happens as they near their destination — and it’s absolutely riveting.

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