Best Drama Movies of 1949
Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie tale of a man on trial for murder: a trial featuring surprise after surprise. Not to be confused with the later Hollywood adaptation.
A lawman tries to find the source of a juvenile delinquent's bad behavior.
Sons of Matthew
The story of five brothers who homestead, with other settlers, on the virgin plateaus of the Australian bush country.
Hoping to become a lawyer, Alec (Roddy McDowall) becomes a tuna fisherman in order to pay a debt. This turn of events puts Alec on the outs with his taciturn family. Eventually, the lad proves himself on all fronts, and is welcomed back into the family fold.
The Farm of Seven Sins
Follows a murder trial during the reign of Charles X. Winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno.
That Dangerous Age
Set on the beautiful Isle of Capri, a neglected long-suffering wife of workaholic, Brian, and by his neglect he has thrown her into the arms of Michael Barcleigh. Brian falls ill and Cathy breaks off her relationship with Michael to stay at his side. In hopes of avoiding a scene, Cathy passes Michael along to her stepdaughter, Monica.
The Blue Lagoon
In the Victorian period two British children are the survivors of a shipwreck in the South Pacific. After days afloat, they are marooned on a lush tropical island in the company of kindly old sailor. Together they survive solely on their resourcefulness, and the bounty of their remote paradise.
A British coastal command pilot is charged with neglect when it is thought that he has sunk a British submarine rather than a German U-boat. Unable to live with his actions, he volunteers for a deadly mission. His girlfriend meanwhile tries to prove that he is innocent.
The Golden Madonna
Patricia (Phyllis Calvert) throws away a painting members of her Italian village consider to be extremely lucky. She goes to great lengths in her attempts to locate it again and bring it back.