Call me lazy.
This was an interesting decade. Hollywood’s studio system was a wheezing dinosaur. Television was thought to be killing the movies. And yet, as always, great screenwriters, actors, and directors pushed through the pervasive mediocrity and produced stunning masterpieces.
1. Sunset Boulevard, 1950.
Bill Holden was once asked what it took to be a star.
He answered, “It.”
“What’s it?” queried the puzzled interviewer.
“It is the lead role in Sunset Boulevard,” replied Holden.