The Baby Boomer's Guide to 1950s Movies: Sci Fi
Newyorkgoomba on 03/30/2008
|Whether you accept the 1946-1964 era as the Baby Boomer timeline or, as some observers argue, the period 1942-1953, for us the 1950s was the first decade to shape our view of the world. I was born in 1947, spending my formative years in the 'City That Never Sleeps'. |
For me a large part of the 1950s in New York was defined by the fact that I could view the Loew's American, the theater inside our housing development, from my bedroom window. For what we missed at Loew's, that large console TV in our apartment's living room more than compensated by introducing my sister and I to SciFi movies on Saturday afternoons and to the rest of 50s film with Saturday Night at the Movies or The Million Dollar Movie.
The producers of that movie fare were in turn influenced by the postwar boom, the rise of consumerism and the exodus to suburbia. The paranoia of the McCarthy Era, and the frightening power of the Atom bomb, mixed awkwardly with the low key tone of the Eisenhower years and a national attempt to put the memories of World War behind us.
Welcome to a quiz on those cinematic memories that come to mind when I think of the 50s. First up, the world of 50s Sci Fi. Monsters, Mutants and Martians, oh my!
Sources include Wikipedia, IMDB, Filmsite.org, The Golden Age of Sci Fi Cinema and other web sites, and publications such as Premiere, JumpCut, Radical America and Cineaste. Special thanks to Peter Biskind (Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties,1983) and J. Hoberman for their critical writings and reviews.
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