Best History Movies of 1949


The Heiress

8.1/10 IMDB

Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty — filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance.

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown, Mona Freeman, Ray Collins, Betty Linley, Selena Royle, Paul Lees ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1949-10-06

Under Capricorn

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict, Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1949-09-08
Best History Movies of 1949 : Reign of Terror

Reign of Terror

6.9/10 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

Prince of Foxes

6.9/10 IMDB

In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister 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, 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, Eugene Deckers, Antonella Lualdi ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-11-11
Best History Movies of 1949 : The Forbidden Street

The Forbidden Street

6.4/10 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

6.2/10 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 : Eureka Stockade

Eureka Stockade

6.4/10 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
Best History Movies of 1949 : Mr. Whitney Had a Notion

Mr. Whitney Had a Notion

6.2/10 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 production 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

Canadian Pacific

5.9/10 IMDB

A surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad must fight fur trappers who oppose the building of the railroad by stirring up Indian rebellion.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, J. Carrol Naish, Victor Jory, Nancy Olson, Robert Barrat, John Parrish, Mary Kent, Walter Sande, Don Haggerty ..
Directed by: Edwin L. Marin
Release date: 1949-05-19
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 : Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

5.7/10 IMDB

This film is a compilation, with narration by Steve Allen, of comedies from the old Mack Sennett silent studio. Sennett, himself, appears in a cameo at the end of the film.

Starring: Steve Allen, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Donald Novis, Gloria Swanson, Mabel Normand, Ben Turpin, Phyllis Haver, Franklin Pangborn, Mack Sennett ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1949-08-01

The Secret Of St. Ives

5.5/10 IMDB

A French soldier in the Napoleonic Wars plots his escape after he's captured and imprisoned in a castle fortress in Edinburgh, Scotland. Director Philip Rosen's 1949 film, adapted from a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, stars Richard Ney, Vanessa Brown, Henry Daniell, John Dehner, Douglas Walton, Aubrey Mather, Jean Del Val, Luis Van Rooten, Maurice Marsac and Billy Bevan.

Starring: Richard Ney, Henry Daniell, Vanessa Brown, Edgar Barrier, Aubrey Mather, Luis van Rooten, John Dehner, Paul Marion, Douglas Walton, Jean Del Val ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1949-06-30

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