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Comedy

Rock a Bye Baby (1958)

Rock-A-Bye Baby is a 1958 comedy film with songs, starring Jerry Lewis. A loose remake of Preston Sturges’ 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, the film was directed and written by Frank Tashlin, and features Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens and Reginald Gardiner.

Comedy

Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Visit to a Small Planet is a 1960 Paramount Pictures comic science fiction film starring Jerry Lewis and based on a play by Gore Vidal. The picture was released on February 4, 1960. Visit to a Small Planet debuted as a television production, then was reworked as a Broadway play starring Cyril Ritchard and Eddie Mayehoff.

Comedy

Amos n’ Andy – Check and Double Check (1930)

The first Amos n’ Andy film. Amos n Andy creators Gosden and Correll were white actors familiar with minstrel traditions. They met in Durham, North Carolina in 1920, and by the fall of 1925, they were performing nightly song-and-patter routines on the Chicago Tribune’s station WGN.

Crime

Bloody Brood, The (1959)

Peter Falk in one of his earliest film roles Falk plays Nico, the leader of a beatnik gang. Lots of bongos bongoing and beatniks reciting poetry while dealing drugs and feeding people ground glass for kicks. Can you dig it baby? We’re all doomed anyway man! Their gonna drop the bomb baby! Better get with it man!

Cartoons

Duck and Cover (1954)

I remember films like this. Of course, being a little younger than this film, the scare was more hydrogen bombs. My grade school years were in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. By that time, thermonuclear weapons made the idea of Duck and Cover kind of silly.