Best History Movies of 1954


The Glenn Miller Story

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: 1954-01-08

Demetrius and the Gladiators

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

The Black Shield Of Falworth

6.5/10 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,makesfriends 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 Great Warrior Skanderbeg

The Great Warrior Skanderbeg

7.9/10 IMDB

The Great Warrior Skanderbeg (Albanian: Skenderbeu, Russian: Velikiy voin Albanii Skanderbeg) is a 1953 Albanian-Soviet drama film directed by Sergei Yutkevich. It was entered into the 1954 Cannes Film Festival where it earned the International Prize. Yutkevich also earned the Special Mention award for his direction. The film is a biography of George Kastriot Skanderbeg (1405 – 1468), widely known as Skanderbeg, a 15th-century Albanian lord who defended his land against the Ottoman Empire for more than two decades.

Starring: Akaki Khorava, Besa Imami, Adivie Alibali, Semyon Sokolovsky, Veriko Anjaparidze, Marie Logoreci, Aleksandr Vertinskiy, Georgi Chernovolenko, Naim Frashëri, Kadri Roshi ..
Directed by: Sergei Yutkevich
Release date: 1954-06-16
Best History Movies of 1954 : Beau Brummell

Beau Brummell

6.3/10 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

A Star Is Born World Premiere

5.5/10 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 : Sign of the Pagan

Sign of the Pagan

6.1/10 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

Bengal Brigade

5.7/10 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 : The Fate of Two Queens

The Fate of Two Queens

7.0/10 IMDB

Anthology film in which Hedy Lamarr plays 2 queens during 2 different time periods. Ulmer directed the Genoveffa di Brabante part whereas Allégret was responsible for the empress Josephine section after he left due to artistic differences with Lamarr.

Starring: Hedy Lamarr, Gérard Oury, Terence Morgan, Cesare Danova, Milly Vitale, Luigi Pavese, John Fraser, Anna Arena, Franco Coop, Augusto Di Giovanni ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer, Marc Allégret
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best History Movies of 1954 : The Men of Sherwood Forest

The Men of Sherwood Forest

6.0/10 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

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