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Drive-In Saturday Night Double Feature: “Suddenly” starring Frank Sinatra + Second Explosive Feature & Selected Short Subjects

Welcome to a new category here on THEI.  Every Saturday we will be presenting a tribute to the number 1 entertainment media in America “back in the day” – The Drive-In Theater. In the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the growing popularity of the family car led to a new American pastime, watching movies from your car. So, on every Saturday, especially in the summer, we would grab a dollar out of the cookie jar (a buck a carload) and head out to the outskirts of almost any American town or city and enjoy the movies.

Unfortunately with the popularity of Television beginning in the 1960’s and the greater profits from the land that the drive-ins were built on being so good from the tract homes being built for the growing number of young baby boomers families it became unprofitable to own a Drive-In Theater. The Drive-In Theater was history and the sprawling suburbs swallowed them up.

With the passing of the Drive-In Movie we also lost the venue for the mostly Grade-B movies that was their staple. (be they good, bad or indifferent) 

THEI is proud to bring some of those lost and forgotten films and Selected Short subjects back in this series of postings.  I hope you enjoy this ongoing tribute. . . Your Editor Dennis Crenshaw


Frank Sinatra in SUDDENLY (1954) Rare WIDESCREEN version FULL MOVIE

YouTube ~

Published on Jan 9, 2011

Variety clock Drive-in theater Intermission

YouTube ~ driveinfilm Published on Jun 16, 2017

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Drive-In Memories: Double Feature (+) Selected Short Subjects

We open with a 1954 propaganda film of a robot invasion from outer space.

Given the controllers high priority, fast track, race to replace humans with robots and the present situation of a Government run a-muck this Robot Invasion, or a similar incident, could very well become a future ‘false flag’ incident. I’m just saying.

But never mind that, just set back with your favorite whatever and enjoy a classic move and then move on to more serious drive-in propaganda, and finishing up with the classic superb documentary “The Atomic Cafe”. . . EDITOR 

youtube by Cisco Alejandro

Target Earth 1954 Richard Denning, Kathleen Crowley, Virginia Grey

Newsreels of the day mixed distraction “entertainment “babel with political propaganda to a captive audience. . . EDITOR

youtube by Journal TV Uploaded on Feb 7, 2011

Journal TV – Almanac Newsreels – Year in Review: 1950

THEI Public Service Educational Presentation . . . EDITOR

youtube by Weirdo Video

Propaganda Techniques – 1950

Uploaded on Apr 17, 2008

Educational film to teach viewers about the dynamics of propaganda, made in the in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.



Atomic Explosion SOURCE Dept. of Energy Public domain
Image: Atomic Explosion. SOURCE: Dept. of Energy (Public Domain).
The Atomic Cafe
youtube by Docurama Films Published on May 8, 2012

One of the defining documentaries of the 20th century, THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) offers a darkly humorous glimpse into mid-century America, an era rife with paranoia, anxiety, and misapprehension.

Whimsical and yet razor-sharp, this timeless classic illuminates the often comic paradoxes of life in the “Atomic Age,” while also exhibiting a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent nation. . . . Read Complete Description.

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Drive-In Memories: Double Feature (+) Selected Short Subjects

Featured Image: DVD Cover: Suddenly – In COLOR! Also Includes the Original Black-and-White Version which has been Beautifully Restored and Enhanced! SOURCE: Amazon.com

Main Feature 

From youtube uploaded by FilmTributeTv

Suddenly! (1954) (Full B & W original movie)

Frank Sinatra & Sterling Hayden

Published on Aug 22, 2013

In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA.


Selected Short Subjects


Owl Jolson

Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011

Classic Merry Melodies cartoon, “Owl Jolson” featuring the song, “I Love to Singa.” It’s a surprisingly great story about parents learning to love their child for who he is, despite the initial shock and disappointment of him not turning out just like them.

Frame By Frame: Drive In Theaters

Published on Jun 5, 2012

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Film Studies professor Wheeler Winston Dixon recalls the glory days of the drive-in movie theater.

1950’s Reel Trailers 

Published on Apr 25, 2012

Trailers for “Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Bride of the Gorilla”, “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, “The Amazing Transparent Man”, “20 Million Miles to Earth”, “The Deadly Mantis” and “First Spaceship on Venus”.Trailers are from http://archive.org/ and are available for individual free downloading on that site.

Movie News Report

1950’s Historic News, Music, War, Culture, Entertainment, Footage – Public Domain Blockbuster!

From youtube uploaded by ckarczewski

2nd Feature

Swamp Woman SOURCE Amazon


Image: DVD Cover of Roger Corman’s Swamp Women. Source: Amazon.com


From youtube uploaded by FilmTributeTv on Sept 7, 2013

Roger Corman’s “Swamp Women” (1956)

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Drive-in Memories: The Land Unknown (1957) (+) Selected Short Subjects

Featured Image: Abandoned drive-In Theater on Highway 87 in the Hill Country of Texas. CREDIT: Dennis Crenshaw. Free to use if linked back to this page.  

From youtube uploaded by Colby Jones

The land unknown poster SOURCE AmazonUploaded on Oct 29, 2011

The Land Unknown (1957) is a sci-fi/adventure film about a naval expedition trapped in an Antarctic jungle inhabited by prehistoric animals. Starring Jock Mahoney and Shirley Patterson and was directed by Virgil W. Vogel.

Image: The Land Unknown Poster Movie 11×17 Jock Mahoney Shawn Smith William Reynolds SOURCE: Amazon.com




Main Feature: The Land Unknown

Selected Short Subjects

From youtube uploaded by ampopfilms

Yesterday’s Newsreels Vol.1

Published on Jun 20, 2012

Vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century.

From youtube uploaded by sandyanna

Intermission Time

From youtube uploaded by captainbijou.com


Another “educational” cartoon from the CIA’s Hollywood branch propaganda giant Disney Studios. . . .EDITOR

From youtube uploaded by on Apr 23, 2013

Scrooge McDuck Explains Money

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Drive-in Memories: ” Battle Beneath The Earth [1967]” (+) Selected Short Subjects

Featured Image: Bass Hill Drive-In Cinema, SydneyAustralia. CREDIT: J Bar SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons  Attribution 3.0 Unported license.)

Battle Beneath the Earth. SOURCE Amazoncom



Image:Battle Beneath the Earth Movie Poster (11 x 17 Inches – 28cm x 44cm) (1968) Style A -(Kerwin Mathews)(Peter Arne)(Viviane Ventura)(Robert Ayres) SOURCE: Amazon.com

From youtube uploaded by wanabee2w

Battle Beneath The Earth

Published on May 12, 2013 

A Chinese general goes berserk and has a system of tunnels dug all the way from China to USA, under the Pacific Ocean! Wherever there is an important military base, he places atomic bombs. US Navy soldiers go underground to repel the invaders.

From youtube uploaded by Sleaze-O-Rama May 27, 2012

Selected Short Subjects

From youtube uploaded by sakuraknight2000

Crack in the World Trailer

Uploaded on Dec 8, 2009

Dr. Steven Sorenson plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth’s interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the Earth. Despite dire warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampian, Dr. Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after secretly learning that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the Earth’s crust, which threatens to split the Earth in two if it is not stopped in time.

From youtube uploaded by BlackDahlia1947

Black Dahlia Newsreel

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2006

From the silent film era right up until the 1960s, newsreels would play before movies, offering audiences a glimpse of events happening around the world.
Take a trip into the past, with a newsreel that charts the dark history of Los Angeles, from the Chinese Massacre of 1871 to the infamous Black Dahlia murder

From youtube uploaded by Bel99TV

A Look at Future Cars – From the 1950’s – Car Safety Cartoon

Published on May 7, 2013

Your Safety First – A John Sutherland toon from the 1950’s shows news headlines about space travel and tax cuts while Dad contemplates buying a new car on Oct. 5, 2000. With a computerized home, a 4 hour work day, and cars that drive themselves! A comic history view of the auto industry’s “remarkable inventions” making cars better and safer. George O’Hanlon was the actor for this film, before he became George Jetson in The Jetsons