Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis 1957

Happy Birthday To Elvis Presley today! Elvis was born on Jan, 8th 1935in Tupelo, Mississippi.

I’m glad to say I was there when he began was on the radio with songs like, Love Me Tender, Don’t be cruel, Teddy Bear,

Jailhouse Rock and saw the movies at the time He was Rocking the Country, What great Rock and Roll Artists and Groupes there were 1950s!

Elvis Home

Elvis was born in this house in 1935In Tupelo, Mississippi. built by his father, Vernon Elvis Presley, in preparation for the birth. In November 1948, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  Elvis received only a C in music in eighth grade. When his music teacher told him that he had no aptitude for singing, he brought in his guitar the next day and sang a recent hit, “Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me”, in an effort to prove otherwise.

Elvis signing autographs

During his junior year, Elvis Presley began to stand out more among his classmates, largely because of his appearance: he grew his sideburns and styled his hair with rose oil and Vaseline. he competed in Humes’s Annual “Minstrel” show in April 1953. Singing and playing guitar, he opened

with “till I Waltz again with you”, a recent hit for “Teresa Brewer” Presley recalled that the performance did much for his reputation:

“I wasn’t popular in school … I failed music—only thing I ever failed. And then they entered me in this talent show … when I came onstage I heard people kind of rumbling and whispering and so forth, ’cause nobody knew I even sang. It was amazing how popular I became after that. The rest is history as you may know..

At The Drive-in!


Time for a snack!

Way back in 1953 I went with my Mother, Aunt and cousin to see the Walt Disney film Peter Pan, it was the first time I ever went to see a film at the drive-in. My cousin and I were more excited about being there than watching the film! It was a night-time feature and that make it more fun! And in between there was an Intermission, so people could get treats at the snack counter.

If I remember well there were 2 films that night, I don’t recall the other film that played but it didn’t matter as me and my cousin we didn’t sit long enough in the car to watch that much anyway, we were always going to the snack counter for candy, soda, hot dogs!

But I think our Mother’s were kind of mad and even glad that we weren’t in the car much so they could watch the films in peace! But thinking back I have to say, my cousin and I had a great time that summer of 1953 and a memorable time for 2 cousins who shared a fun night at the Drive-in!

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James Dean


James Dean 1950’s

James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated films,

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden 1955 and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant  in 1956.

After  his death in a car crash, James Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nomination.

I remember when James Dean died on September 30, 1955, it was a sad time he was a great actor and about a week later my Sister asked me to go to the movie theater as they were handing out 8×11 inch black and white photos in memorial to him.

3D Movies

220px-Bwanadevil3 Man! What fun it was to see the 3D movie, Bwana Devil Back in the 1950’s. Everyone got a pair of those white cardboard glasses that made the screen jump out at you! Kids would be screaming and laughing out loud, it was the first time we viewed a movie like that where I lived.

Going to the saturday movies was a regular event for my friends and I, There were 4 in my city at the time and a couple that use to hold the horror shows I spoke of awhile ago and even Christmas movies and in between, they’ll be a drawing contest at a chance to win a bike! My cousin won a great bike one year!

1950s in Film

1950's Film

1950’s Academy Award Films!

1950 Fims
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: All About Eve – 20th Century-Fox
Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve
Best Actor: José Ferrer – Cyrano de Bergerac
Best Actress: Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday
Best Supporting Actor: George Sanders – All About Eve
Best Supporting Actress: Josephine Hull – Harvey
1951 Film’s
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: An American in Paris – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Director: George Stevens – A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart – The African Queen
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actor: Karl Malden – A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Hunter – A Streetcar Named Desire
1952 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth – DeMille, Paramount
Best Director: John Ford – The Quiet Man
Best Actor: Gary Cooper – High Noon
Best Actress: Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little Sheba
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn – Viva Zapata!
Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame – The Bad and the Beautiful
1953 films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: From Here to Eternity – Columbia Pictures
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann – From Here to Eternity
Best Actor: William Holden – Stalag 17
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra – From Here to Eternity
Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed – From Here to Eternity.
1954 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: On the Waterfront – Horizon-American, Columbia
Best Director: Elia Kazan – On The Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando – On the Waterfront
Best Actress: Grace Kelly – The Country Girl
Best Supporting Actor: Edmond O’Brien – The Barefoot Contessa
Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint – On The Waterfront
1955 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: Marty – Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists
Best Director: Delbert Mann – Marty
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine – Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani – The Rose Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lemmon – Mister Roberts
Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet – East of Eden
1956 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days – Todd, United Artists
Best Director: George Stevens – Giant
Best Actor: Yul Brynner – The King and I
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn – Lust for Life
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone – Written on the Wind
Best Foreign Language Film: La strada, directed by Federico Fellini, Italy.
1957 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai – Horizon, Columbia
Best Director: David Lean – The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec Guinness – The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress: Joanne Woodward – The Three Faces of Eve
Best Supporting Actor: Red Buttons – Sayonara
Best Supporting Actress: Miyoshi Umeki – Sayonara
Best Foreign Language Film: Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria), directed by Federico Fellini, Italy
1958 Films
Academy Awards:
Best Picture: Gigi – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Director: Vincente Minnelli – Gigi
Best Actor: David Niven – Separate Tables
Best Actress: Susan Hayward – I Want to Live!
Best Supporting Actor: Burl Ives – The Big Country
Best Supporting Actress: Wendy Hiller – Separate Tables
Best Foreign Language Film: Mon Oncle (My Uncle), directed by Jacques Tati, France
1959 Films
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actress Susan Kohner
Imitation of Life Shelley Winters
The Diary of Anne Frank
Best Screenplay, Adapted Room at the Top
Neil Paterson Orders to Kill
Paul Dehn Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Best Screenplay, Original Pillow Talk
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro, and Maurice Richlin

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