Newyorkgoomba's 1950s Movie Quiz
Newyorkgoomba on 10/09/2008
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Whether you accept the 1946-1964 era as the Baby Boomer timeline or, as some observers argue, the period 1942-1953, for us the 1950s was the first decade to shape our view of the world. I was born in 1947, spending my formative years in the 'City That Never Sleeps.'
For me a large part of the 1950s in New York was defined by the fact that I could view the Loew's American, the theater inside our housing development, from my bedroom window. For what we missed at Loew's, that large console TV in our apartment's living room more than compensated by introducing my sister and me to sci-fi movies on Saturday afternoons and to the rest of '50s film with Saturday Night at the Movies or The Million Dollar Movie.
The producers of that movie fare were in turn influenced by the post-war boom, the rise of consumerism and the exodus to suburbia. The paranoia of the McCarthy Era and the frightening power of the atom bomb mixed awkwardly with the low-key tone of the Eisenhower years and a national attempt to put the memories of world war behind us.
Welcome to a quiz on those cinematic memories that come to mind when I think of the '50s. I selected one movie from each year of the decade. If you like this quiz, please try my other quizzes. Good luck!
Sources include Wikipedia, IMDB, Filmsite.org, and other websites, and publications such as Premiere, JumpCut, Radical America and Cineaste. Special thanks to Peter Biskind (Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties, 1983) and J. Hoberman for their critical writings and reviews.
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