Best History Movies of 1949


Reign of Terror

7.0/10 IMDB

The French Revolution, 1794. The Marquis de Lafayette asks Charles D'Aubigny to infiltrate the Jacobin Party to overthrow Maximilian Robespierre, who, after gaining supreme power and establishing a reign of terror ruled by death, now intends to become the dictator of France.

Starring: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi, Jess Barker, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-15
Best History Movies of 1949 : Prince of Foxes

Prince of Foxes

7.0/10 IMDB

In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his sister's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice...

Starring: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Katina Paxinou, Everett Sloane, Felix Aylmer, Eduardo Ciannelli ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-11-11
Best History Movies of 1949 : The Forbidden Street

The Forbidden Street

6.3/10 IMDB

In Victorian London, young Adelaide is born into luxury, but marries starving artist Henry. His alcoholism and their lack of money lead to many quarrels. During one such fight, Henry slips down a flight of stairs and dies. A neighbor, Mrs. Mounsey, is the only witness, and she blackmails the young widow by threatening to tell the cops that Adelaide killed her husband. Luckily, lawyer Gilbert swoops in to help Adelaide.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Maureen O'Hara, Sybil Thorndike, Fay Compton, A.E. Matthews, Diane Hart, Anne Butchart, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Anthony Tancred, Herbert C. Walton ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1949-03-31
Best History Movies of 1949 : Clues to Adventure

Clues to Adventure

6.3/10 IMDB

This MGM Passing Parade series short presents how separate events led to the creation of three provisions - freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and prohibition of the infliction of cruel and unusual punishments - in the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights.

Starring: John Nesbitt, Leonard Penn, Leonard Mudie, Mary McLeod, Michael Mark, Victor Kilian, John Hubbard, Mary Gordon ..
Release date: 1949-04-11
Best History Movies of 1949 : Mr. Whitney Had a Notion

Mr. Whitney Had a Notion

6.3/10 IMDB

Historical short showing how Eli Whitney (best known for the invention of the cotton gin) played a significant role in the introduction of mass productions techniques to the USA in the late 18th century.

Starring: Lloyd Bridges, Erville Alderson, John Nesbitt, Howard Negley, Harry Hayden, Mitchell Lewis ..
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Release date: 1949-05-07
Best History Movies of 1949 : Wong Fei-Hung Burn the Tyrant's Lair

Wong Fei-Hung Burn the Tyrant's Lair

6.1/10 IMDB

Shot at the same time as the inaugural chapter, The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part Two is a continuation of the story. Solving the cliffhanger at the end of Part One and carrying on with a series of fights against a lineup of martial artists recruited by Master Wong's nemesis, Part Two culminates in a showdown with Grey Hair Fu, played by the great character actor Sek Kin, who is to appear as the archvillain in most of the following chapters, each time in a different guise.

Starring: Kwan Tak-Hing, Walter Tso Tat-Wah, Chan Lo-Wah, Sek Kin, Lau Cham, San Ho, Chi-Wai Tse, Chan Fai, Lo Ngok Lam, Tak-Hing Kwan ..
Directed by: Peng Hu, Hu Peng
Release date: 1949-10-12
Best History Movies of 1949 : Eureka Stockade

Eureka Stockade

6.5/10 IMDB

Spectacular account of the infamous Eureka Stockade, and the events leading up to it.

Starring: Chips Rafferty, Jane Barrett, Peter Finch, Jack Lambert, Peter Illing, Gordon Jackson, Ralph Truman, Sydney Loder, John Fernside, Grant Taylor ..
Directed by: Harry Watt
Release date: 1949-01-01

Sands of Iwo Jima

7.1/10 IMDB

The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.

Starring: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, Julie Bishop, James Holden ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1949-12-14

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