Best History Movies of 1954

1.

The Glenn Miller Story

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Starring: James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Barton MacLane, Sig Ruman, Irving Bacon, James Bell, Kathleen Lockhart ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1954-01-04
2.

Salt of the Earth

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

At New Mexico's Empire Zinc mine, Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza, with a similar unfairness. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, however, the gender roles are reversed, and women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home.

Starring: Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, Will Geer, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Clinton Jencks, Virginia Jencks, Henrietta Williams, Ernesto Velázquez ..
Directed by: Herbert J. Biberman
Release date: 1954-03-14
3.

Demetrius and the Gladiators

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.

Starring: Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, Jay Robinson, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Egan, Barry Jones, Charles Evans ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1954-06-16
4.

The Egyptian

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Peter Ustinov, Edmund Purdom, Michael Wilding, Bella Darvi, Judith Evelyn, Henry Daniell, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1954-08-25
Best History Movies of 1954 : A Star Is Born World Premiere
5.

A Star Is Born World Premiere

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Live television broadcast of the world premiere. Described by various participants as the biggest world premiere in memory, even bigger than the Academy Awards.

Starring: Jack Carson, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Edward G. Robinson, Elizabeth Taylor, Ann Sheridan, Lauren Bacall, James Dean, Clark Gable, Hedda Hopper ..
Release date: 1954-09-28
Best History Movies of 1954 : Beau Brummell
6.

Beau Brummell

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Lavishly told story of George Bryan Brummel, a commoner born in the era of Napoleon who uses wit, brilliance and sartorial flair to align himself with the future King George IV. Lush settings in authentic locations and Taylor in Regency …

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, Stewart Granger, Robert Morley, James Donald, James Hayter, Rosemary Harris, Paul Rogers, Noel Willman, Peter Dyneley ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1954-11-16
7.

The Black Shield of Falworth

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

In the days of King Henry IV, stalwart young Myles and his sister Meg have been raised as peasants, without any knowledge of who their father really was. But one day, they journey to Macworth castle. There, Myles falls in love with the Macworth's daughter Anne, makes friends and enemies, and learns to be a knight.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar, Barbara Rush, Herbert Marshall, Torin Thatcher, Dan O'Herlihy, Patrick O'Neal, Craig Hill, Ian Keith ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1954-09-02
Best History Movies of 1954 : The Men of Sherwood Forest
8.

The Men of Sherwood Forest

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Robin Hood is persuaded by two nobles whom he believes to be loyal to King Richard to recover secret plans attaining to the rescue of the king from captivity in Germany. Though disguised as a troubadour, Robin is betrayed and captured. Lady Alys and the merry men help him escape in time to foil an intended ambush on King Richard as he returns from the Crusades.

Starring: Don Taylor, Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore, David King-Wood, Douglas Wilmer, Harold Lang, Ballard Berkeley, Patrick Holt, Wensley Pithey, Leslie Linder ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1954-11-01
9.

The Silver Chalice

2.7
4.6/10 IMDB

A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to complete the task. Meanwhile, a nefarious interloper is trying to convince the crowds that he is the new Messiah by using nothing more than cheap parlor tricks.

Starring: Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Jack Palance, Paul Newman, Walter Hampden, Joseph Wiseman, Alexander Scourby, Lorne Greene, David J. Stewart, Herbert Rudley ..
Directed by: Victor Saville
Release date: 1954-12-20
Best History Movies of 1954 : King Richard and the Crusaders
10.

King Richard and the Crusaders

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Based on Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman, this is the story of the romantic adventures of Christians and Muslims during the battle for the Holy Land in the time of King Richard the Lionheart.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey, Robert Douglas, Michael Pate, Paula Raymond, Lester Matthews, Anthony Eustrel, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1954-08-07
Best History Movies of 1954 : Sign of the Pagan
11.

Sign of the Pagan

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Roman centurion Marcian is captured by Attila the Hun en route to Constantinople, but escapes. On arrival, he finds the eastern Roman emperor Theodosius plotting with Attila to look the other way while the latter marches against Rome. But Marcian gains the favor of Pulcheria, lovely sister of Theodosius, who favors a united Empire.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance, Ludmilla Tchérina, Rita Gam, Jeff Morrow, George Dolenz, Eduard Franz, Allison Hayes, Alexander Scourby, Howard Petrie ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1954-11-24
Best History Movies of 1954 : Bengal Brigade
12.

Bengal Brigade

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Year 1856, British India. Capt. Jeffrey Claybourne is severely punished after disobeying an order. Feeling unworthy of his fiancée Vivian Morrow, the daughter of his superior officer, Claybourne leaves the army until he could regain his reputation. When the Rajah Karam launches an attack on the British forces in India, Claybourne finds a chance at redemption.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess, Torin Thatcher, Arnold Moss, Dan O'Herlihy, Harold Gordon, Michael Ansara, Leonard Strong, Shepard Menken ..
Directed by: László Benedek
Release date: 1954-11-06
Best History Movies of 1954 : John Wesley
13.

John Wesley

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but disapproves of concern within the church over the social position of the clergy. He concerns himself more with the common people and with individual religious experiences. He tries to accomplish his purposes by remaining within the church but the methodical way in which he and his followers go about their duties soon sets them apart as a special group jeeringly called Methodists.

Starring: Leonard Sachs, Gerard Lohan, Neil Heayes ..
Directed by: Norman Walker
Release date: 1954-04-20

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