ACE IN THE HOLE (1951)

An ultra-cynical satire of the news media and America in general, this is a movie that very much feels like it could have come out in 2021.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)

A well-produced musical extravaganza starring Gene Kelly, with the music of George Gershwin, it still left me surprisingly cold.

JIM THORPE: ALL-AMERICAN (1951)

Our Summer Games Film Festival continues with this biopic of a great Native-American athlete of the early 20th Century that doesn’t quite succeed at making any sense out of a messy human life.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)

There are several great performances in this Southern Gothic adaptation of a famous stage play, but the whole thing is really not for me.

THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)

I still think this enjoyable adventure story holds up, though the story of its shooting in the Congo (including possible accidental cannibalism) is now at least as famous as the movie itself.

A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)

A somewhat dated melodrama about people who are deeply unhappy despite being extremely pretty. One of them falls out of a rowboat.