Best History Movies of 1949
Sands of Iwo Jima
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
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1949-12-14
Reign of Terror
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
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1949-10-15
Prince of Foxes
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
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-11-11
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
Directed by: Harry Watt
Release date: 1949-01-01
Mr. Whitney Had a Notion
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
Directed by: Gerald Mayer
Release date: 1949-05-07
Wong Fei-Hung Burn the Tyrant's Lair
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
Directed by: Peng Hu
Release date: 1949-10-12