Best History Movies of 1950

1.

Cyrano de Bergerac

4.0
7.5/10

José Ferrer won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portayal of the swordsman-poet using his silver tongue to woo the woman he loves for another man. Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it. The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene. The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.

Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky, Ralph Clanton
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1950-11-14
2.

The Baron of Arizona

3.7
7.0/10
The Baron of Arizona
The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the girl and presses his claim to the entire Arizona territory.
Starring: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff, Beulah Bondi, Reed Hadley
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1950-03-04
3.

The Black Rose

3.5
6.3/10
The Black Rose
In the time of the crusades, a Saxon youth is forced to run away from England. He goes with his loyal retainer who brings along a British long bow. The two go all the way to China where they become involved in intrigues in the court of Kubla Kahn.
Starring: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cecile Aubry, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1950-09-01
4.

Odette

2.9
7.0/10
Odette
The film is based on the true story of Special Operations Executive French-born agent Odette Sansom, who was captured by the Germans in 1943, condemned to death and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp to be executed. However, against all odds she survived the war and testified against the prison guards at the Hamburg Ravensbrück Trials. She was awarded the George Cross in 1946; the first woman ever to receive the award, and the only woman who has been awarded it while still alive. (From Wikipedia, licensed under CC-BY-SA)
Starring: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov, Bernard Lee
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1950-10-02
5.

My Country 'Tis of Thee

2.3
5.3/10
My Country 'Tis of Thee
A panoramic view of American history from the Pilgrims through to 1950.
Starring: Marvin Miller
Release date: 1950-12-01
6.

Tyrant of the Sea

1.4
6.1/10
Tyrant of the Sea
In 1803, the only thing standing between Napoleon and his plan of world domination is England and the British Navy. The admiralty, learning that Napoleon has assembled an invasion fleet decides to send out one of its vessels to destroy it the French flagship under cover of fog. Forced out of retirement, ruthless, tyrannical and temperamental Captain William Blake is put in command. He wields his command with sadistic fury until an epidemic of scurvy attacks the crew and, when he refuses to go ashore for needed provision, mutiny and insubordination results...and, then, the French flagship arrives.
Starring: Rhys Williams, Ron Randell, Valentine Perkins, Doris Lloyd, Lester Matthews
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1950-02-22

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