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Friday, January 31, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 522: RITA GOMEZ, BARBRA PEREZ, DAISY ROMUALDEZ, ROSA MIA IN TATLONG ILAW SA DAMBANA" (1958)


"Tatlong Ilaw sa Dambana" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date May 29- June 7, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Luz del Mundo
Serialized in Bulaklak and Alimyon Magazine
Screenplay Chito Tapawan and Leleng isla
Music Danny Holmsen
Direction Jose de Villa
Cast Rita Gomez, Barbara Perez, Daisy Romualdez, Rosa Mia, Greg Martin, Rod Navarro and Luis Gonzales (Guest Star)


Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 521: WILLIE SOTELO, CARMENCITA ABAD, JOSE VERGARA IN RICHARD ABELARDO'S "ZAREX" (1958)


"Zarex" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date May 24- June 2, 1958/ Life
Story Clodualdo del Mundo
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks
Music Juan Silos, Jr.
Direction Richard Abelardo
Cast Willie Sotelo, Carmencita Abad, Jose Vergara, Alfonso Carvajal, Ric Mojica, Charito d Leon, Arturo Moran, Ludy Camona, Elena Balmori

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 520: CESAR RAMIREZ, MERLE TUAZON, RUBEN RUSTIA, NORMA REYES, JOE SISON IN "RAMIR" (1958)



"Ramir" (1958)
Everlasting Pictures
Release Date May 21- 27, 1958/ Center
Story Jess M. Jodloman
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Direction Ramon A. Estella
Cast Cesar Ramirez, Merle Tuazon, Ruben Rustia, Norma Reyes, Joe Sison, Lito ANzures, Bruno Punzalan, Ric Bustamante

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 519: CHARITO SOLIS, LEROY SALVADOR, CARLOS PADILLA, JR., EDDIE RODRIGUEZ, REY RUIZ, REBECCA DEL RIO IN GREGORIO FERNANDEZ' "MALVAROSA" (1958)


"Malvarosa" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date May 19-28, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Clodualdo del Mundo
Serialized in Espesyal Komiks
Music F. Buencamino, Jr.
Direction Dr. Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Eddie Rodriguez, Rebecca del Rio, Vic Silayan, Vic Diaz, Johnny Reyes, Rey Ruiz, Linda Roxas, Priscilla Ramirez, Ramon Olmos



(l-r) Charito Solis, Rey Ruiz, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Vic Silayan, Vic Diaz, Eddie Rodriguez


Courtesy of LVN Pictures


Malvarosa is the poignant story of a family’s struggles in life. It tells of Rosa (played by Charito Solis) who lives in the slums near the railroad tracks, with her mother and five brothers. Her mother (Rebecca del Rio) wallows in guilt and depression, when her drunkard father is run over by a train. Though she is set to marry her fiancé (Leroy Salvador), Rosa chooses to put her family’s needs before her own. Rosa’s brothers also carry their own burdens, except for one, the youngest, Avelino (Eddie Rodriguez) who helps Rosa shoulder the weight of the family’s problems.
The movie, directed by Gregorio Fernandez, was based on the komiks serial novel by Clodualdo del Mundo.


"Malvarosa"
Katha ni Clodualdo del Mundo
Guhit Fred Carrillo
Inilathala sa Espesyal Komiks (1957)

  
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THE FIFTIES # 518: BURGESS MEREDITH, OLIVIA CENIZAL, WILLIAM PHIPPS AND ZALDY ZSHORNACK IN EDDIE ROMERO'S "MAN ON THE RUN" (1958)

Did you know that the 1958 movie, Eddie Romero's Man on the Run, starring Hollywood actor Burgess Meredith and local actor Zaldy Zshornack prominently features the City of Manila? The blurb says “Kidnapped!--- and a gigantic search uncovers Manila’s palaces of pleasure and its hot spots of sin.” Produced by Cirio H. Santiago Film Organization and Halcyon Productions for international release, the film showcases such familiar landmarks like Tutuban Railroad Station, the Central Market, Dewey (now Roxas) Boulevard, Manila Hotel, and the ruins of the Walled City, among others.

Source: Jessie B. Garcia/

A Movie Album Quizbook/ 2004More on Movie Trivia


"Man On The Run" (1958)
 (released in USA in 1964 as The Kidnappers)
Cirio H. Santiago Film Organization and Halcyon Productions
Released thru People's Pictures
Release Date May 15- 19, 1958
Story and Screenplay Paul Harber
Direction Eddie Romero
Cast Burgess Meredith (Louis Halliburton), Olivia Cenizal (Chrisitine Hall), William Phipps (Jay), Paul Harber, Carol Varga, Amado Cortez, Johnny Monteiro, Theodore Bikel and Zaldy Zshornack



THE FIFTIES # 517: EFREN REYES, JOHNNY MONTEIRO, CYNTHIA ZAMORA IN "SA NGALAN NG ESPADA" (1958)


"Sa Ngalan ng Espada" (1958)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date May 14-23, 1958/ Life
Story Angel Fernandez and J.D. Karasig
Screenplay Augusto Buenaventura
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Efren Reyes, Johnny Monteiro, Cynthia Zamora, Ramon D'Salva, Lily Marquez, Abelardo Cortez, Nello Nayo, Celia Rodriguez, Mario Escudero, Dely Villanueva, Raul Ramos, Resty Sandel, Felisa Abad, Al Quinn, Francisco Cruz, Pring Valeriano and the SOS Daredevils


Monday, January 27, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 516: LOU SALVADOR, JR., MARITA ZOBEL, HECTOR REYES, CHONA SANDOVAL, IKE JARLEGO IN "BARKADA" (1958)


"Barkada" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date May 9-18, 1958/ Dalisay
Music Pepe Merto
Direction Lou Salvador, Sr.
Cast Lou Salvador, Jr., Marita Zobel, Hector Reyes, Chona Sandoval, Ike Jarlego, Joseph de Cordova, Oscar Keese, Aturo Moran, Bebong Osorio, Ding Royo, Bobby Villar/ Featuring Mina Reyes




Sunday, January 26, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 515: GLORIA ROMERO, LUIS GONZALES AND JOSE MARI (MOVIE DEBUT) IN "PALABOY" (1958)


"Palaboy" (1958)
Vera-Perez Productions
Released thru Sampaguita Pictures
Relaese Date May 4- 13, 1958/ Life
Story Pablo S. Gomez
Serialized in Hiwaga Komiks
Screenplay Medy Tarnate and Emmanuel Borlaza
Music Pastor de Jesus
Direction Mar S. Torres
Cast Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales/ Introducing Jose Mari/ with Etang Discher, Bella Flores, Rod Navarro, Zeny Zabala, Isa Rino, Cora Maceda

Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE VISAYAN FILM INDUSTRY: THE RETROSPECTIVE

The Visayan Film Industry: A Retrospective
by J. Vincent Noriega and Valeriano Avila
with Kris Relatado and Junuis F. Ranillo


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"Badlis sa Kinabuhi (The Line of Life)" (1969) received 12 of 14 Famas nominations. Gloria Sevilla won Best Actress, Frankie Navaja, Jr., Best Child Actor and a posthumous award to Mat Ranillo, Sr.. The movie was the Philippine entry to the Asean Film Festival in Indonesia, and was showcased  under the informative division f the Berlin Film Festival (the film was dubbed in English in Hongkong and retitles as "Destined"). In 1970, the movie was released in their original Visayan version in Manila theaters and made good at the box office. (excerpt from the article)

THE FIFTIES # 514: FERNANDO POE, JR., LEONOR VERGARA, CHIQUITO IN "MAY PASIKAT BA SA KANO" (1958)



"May Pasikat Ba Sa Kano"(1958)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date April 29- May 8, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Caravana-Karasig
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Screenplay Jose Flores Sibal
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Nemesio Caravana
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Leonor Vergara, Chiquito, Ramon D' Salva, Lily Marquez, Menggay, Jose Garcia

Fernando Poe, Jr. starred as a struggling boxer
in "May Pasikat Ba Sa Kano," another komiks-adapted movie, from the novel created by Nemesio Caravana, which he also directed. It appeared on the pages of Liwayway Magazine.


"May Pasikat Ba sa Kano" (1958)
Nobela ni Caravana-Karasig
Guhit ni Dinisio Roque
Inilathala sa Liwayway Magasin



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Friday, January 24, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 513: DELIA RAZON, MARIO MONTENEGRO, CARLOS PADILLA, JR., REBECCA DEL RIO IN "REBELDE" (1958)/ Re-posted



"Rebelde" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date April 27- May 3, 1958/ Life
Serialized in Bulaklak Magazine
Music F. Buencamino, Jr.
Story and Direction Artemio Marquez
Cast Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Rebecca Del Rio, Alfonso Carvajal, Oscar Keesee, Eusebio Gomez, Lydia Antonio

Synopsis: Florencia (Delia Razon) is a typical Filipina who joins the rebels when her father is killed by Kapitan Mariano, a Filipino employed by the American occupation forces. Florencia becomes ruthless in her efforts to avenge her father's death and with the help of Donato (Carlos Padilla, Jr.), organizes a rebel army to fight against the Americans.

Kapitan Mariano is all for fighting the rebels with force but the governor thinks otherwise. Mario (Mario Montenegro), the governor's son, volunteers to act as an emissary to convince the rebels to surrender peacefully. Mario contacts Donato but the latter, suspecting him of spying, orders him hanged. Mario is saved by Florencia who believes he is telling the truth.


Mario and Donato start for the town for a conference with the governor but when they reach town, they learn that the governor has been murdered. Although Dr. Lorna de Dios (Rebecca Del Rio), Mario’s sweetheart knows the identity of the murderer, she refuses to tell Mario who murdered his father.


Mario takes to the hills and is welcomed with open arms by Florencia who has fallen in love with him arousing Donato‘s jealousy. Later on Lorna relents and tells Mario that Kapitan Magno, one of Kapitan Mariano’s men, is the murderer of his father.


Mario finds Kapitan Mariano just as the latter with his men have captured Florencia. Kapitan Mariano makes a run for it, killing Lorna in the process. Mario pursues Kapitan Mariano and when he catches up, engages him in a fist fight which he eventually wins. He returns to Florencia.
(Source: Literary Song-Movie Magazine)


Photo shows Mario Montenegro, Delia Razon, Carlos Padilla, Jr

Thursday, January 23, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 512: PARALUMAN, RIC RODRIGO, MARLENE DAUDEN IN PABLO S. GOMEZ'S "ANINO NI BATHALA" (1958)/ KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION/ Re-posted


"Anino ni Bathala" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date April 19-28, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Pablo S. Gomez
Music Dr. Rodolfo Cornejo
Direction Conrado Conde
Cast Paraluman, Ric Rodrigo, Marlene Dauden, Eddie Garcia

"Anino ni Bathala"
Novel by Pablo S. Gomez
Artwork by Nestor Redondo
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks/ 1957-58


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 511: RITA GOMEZ, LUIS GONZALES, BARBARA PEREZ IN "ISANG MILYONG KASALANAN" (1958)


"Isang Milyong Kasalanan" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date April 14-23, 1958/ Life
Screenplay Chito Tapawan
Music Ariston Avelino
Direction Carlos Vander Tolosa
Cast Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Barbara Perez


THE FIFTIES # 510: ARMANDO GOYENA AND NIDA BLANCA IN "KASTILALOY" (1958)/ Re-posted



"Kastilaloy" (1958
LVN Pictures
Release Date April 5- 18, 1958/ Dalisay
Music Polding Silos
Direction F. H. Constantino
Cast Armando Goyena, Nida Blanca, Val Castelo, Luisa Montesa, Pugo, Elena Balmori, Vic Diaz, Jose Troni, Mary Walter, Loida Morales


Synopsis: Felipito (Armando Goyena) is the son of Don Benito (Pugo), an impoverished Spaniard who has settled down in the Philippines. Although they are already bankrupt, Don Benito still insists in keeping up a wealthy front, retaining a mortgaged mansion, a retinue of servants and a limousine.

Carding (Val Castelo), Felipito's chauffeur, asks his master to be the best man at his wedding to Norma (Luisa Montessa), a dressmaker. At the ceremony, Felipito meet and falls in love with the maid of honor, Patring (Nida Blanca), who pretends that she is rich although actually, she is only a salesgirl. She is able to convince Felipito of her wealth by representing herself as the owner of the mansion she is living in although in reality, the real owners are out of the country and she is only living in the garage with their permission.

A time comes when Felipito decides to ask Patring to marry him, hoping to revitalize his family's bankrupt finances with her money, not suspecting that Patring is also thinking along these very same lines. Felipito proposes and he is immediately accepted by Patring who sets the date for their wedding. After the wedding, the real owner of the mansion where Patring lives arrives to expose the fraud. At the same time, Felipito is also exposed and the two are suddenly aware that their plans to marry somebody rich have gone away.

However, because they love each other, they decide that it is all for the best. They laugh off their misfortune and pledge to stick together come what may.

(Source: Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1958)


THE FIFTIES # 509: LAURO DELGADO, CAROL VARGA AND ROSEMARIE GIL AS "STA. RITA DE CASIA (PATRONA NG IMPOSIBLE)" (1958)


"Sta. Rita de Casia (Patrona ng Imposible)" (1958)
Premiere Productions
Release Date April 4-13, 1958/ Life
Based on the life of "Sta. Rita de Casia" as compiled by Sor Agustina
Music S.S. Suarez
Direction Ramon A. Estella
Cast Lauro Delgado, Carol Varga (Guest Star), Max Alvarado and Rosemarie Gil (in the title role)/ Introducing Mila Miranda/ with Luis San Juan, Bob Padilla, Lita Cristobal, Carolina Herranz, Francisco Cruz, Guillermo Carls, Juan Bautista


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 508: GLORIA ROMERO AND RIC RODRIGO IN "BELOVED" (1958)/ Re-posted



"Beloved" (1958
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date March 25-April 3, 1958/ Life
Story Dr. Fausto J. Galauran
Screenplay Ding M. de Jesus
Music Nestor Robles
Direction Tony Cayado
Cast Gloria Romero, Ric Rodrigo, Tito Galla




Synopsis: A promising composer (Ric Rodrigo) survives a plane crash but is badly disfigured. He decides not to go back because of that disfigurement. He finds a job as a choir and there meets a blind woman (Gloria Romero) whom he develops into a singer with a great promise. Meanwhile, they get enmeshed with each other and vow to stick it out for life.The woman is discovered by a rich woman who takes interest in her. She is finally prevailed upon to accompany this woman to the United States for medical treatment. She goes but promises her man the undying devotion she is sworn to. While in States she gets medical attention, too, and she finally recovers her sight.
She comes home only to discover that her love is horribly ugly. The man leaves her, goes to Manila and work for a cheap joint. He manages nevertheless to compose music and is known around for his works. He scrapes enough dough and submits himself to a face-lifting. Operation is successful and he is the same man he was before. He is himself again.


He makes friends through his music, gets many invitations to play the piano in garden parties. And in one of those parties she meets her former sweetheart who does not recognize him. But somehow the story comes to a fitting close when the girl sings the song “Beloved” which the man purposely composed for the both of them. They clinch and everything is forgotten.


(Source: Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ March 1, 1958)

Monday, January 20, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 507: ZALDY ZSHORNACK, MYRA CRISOL, BEN PEREZ, CHIQUITO IN "FIGHTING TISOY" (1958)/ Re-posted


"Fighting Tisoy" (1958)
Larry Santiago Productions
Release Date March 20- 29, 1958/ Dalisay
Story and Screenplay Armando de Guzman
Music Clod Delfino
Direction Pablo Santiago
Cast Zaldy Zshornack, Myra Crisol, Ben Perez, Elvira Reyes, Chiquito, Bobby Gonzales, Luis San Juan, Larry Ramos, Dencio Padilla, Fernando Santiago, Menchi Ferrer, Ligaya Reyes, Mila Bernardo/ Guest- Ramon D' Salva


Synopsis: Zaldy is a collegiate basketball star who is disqualified from the team after engaging in a free-for-all with members of the opposing team. He decides to quit school and look for a job to help his sickly mother. He goes to a boxing gym where he is able to earn five pesos sparring with a boxer.

A boxing promoter, Daniel Perez, is attracted by his powerful right hand and he tries to convince Zaldy to train as a professional boxer under him. But before Zaldy can decide, Zaldy is convinced by one of his professors to resume his studies.

In school, Zaldy, upon the urgings of his friends and professors, becomes a member of the boxing team. While Zaldy is training at the school gym, Priscilla, a new girl, makes a big play for him, arousing the jealousy of Myra, Zaldy's cheerleader who also has a crush on him. Although Zaldy also loves Myra, he does not tell her of his feelings, believing he is too poor for her. On the other hand, Myra, to be near Zaldy, frequently visits his sick mother.

Zaldy becomes an amateur boxing champion and when his mother's illness becomes worse he seeks out Daniel Perez and accepts the latter's offer to fight professionally. In his first professional bout, Zaldy is the betting favorite. Gamblers threaten to kill him if he does not throw the fight but Zaldy tells Perez about it. Perez advises him to fight to win and takes care of the gamblers. Zaldy wins the fight and his mother is cured. (Source: Literary Song-Movie magazine)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 506: LEROY SALVADOR AND LITA GUTIERREZ IN THE TITLE ROLE OF "ALEMBONG" (1958)/ Re-posted



"Alembong" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date March 15-24, 1958
Story Luis Nolasco
Music Juan Silos, Jr.
Direction Fred Daluz
Cast Leroy Salvador, Lita Gutierrez (in the title role), Linda Roxas, Rey Ruiz, Oscar Obligacion, Ben Cosca, Nieves Manuel, Mario Roldan, Menggay/ Featuring The Reycards Duet


For Maria Dolores Gutierrez of Laoag, Ilocos Norte, stardom came by way of a visit to the LVN publicity office in 1955. She was sixteen, just out of high school. She had come to Manila to find a job and had been hired as a receptionist in the office of a movie magazine. She and another girl from the magazine went to LVN one day to get publicity stills for the latest film of Nida Blanca.

Doña Sisang was puttering in the garden when she saw them and expressed interest in the Ilocana mestiza. “I had kinky hair then and was very chubby,” Ms. Gutierrez remembers. Language proved to be her undoing, however, for when the Old Lady asked her how good her Tagalog was, she couldn’t tell a lie. She was told to brush up on her Tagalog, and come back when she felt she knew enough.

“I was afraid, I had no confidence,” says Ms Gutierrez of that first meeting with Doña Sisang. Meanwhile, she quit her magazine job and went to work at the Bureau of Public Libraries for a year, all the while dreaming of a movie career. Sometime then she went to the Tropicana Studios in Malabon, which the stars patronized, and had her best angles taken. She sent a copy to Doña Sisang.

In a few days a talent scout was at her doorstep with the message that the LVN boss wanted to see her. She was given a three-year contract which promised her more than she could ever hope to earn from an office job. Two and half years after she signed the contract, Lita Gutierrez became a full-fledged star. The movie--- “Alembong.”

Source: Doña Sisang Filipino Movies/ 1977







Alembong/ 1958- Lita Gutierrez in a sexy and tempting pose that gave her the nickname "Alembong" (meaning flirt). Also in photo were Leroy Salvador, Lucita Soriano and comedian Bentot.


Synopsis: Helen (Lita Gutierrez), a wealthy and aristocratic girl, is afflicted by a strange malady that comes to her only when there is a full moon. During nights of the full moon, she undergoes a complete change of character and becomes amorous. One night, while the moon is at its fullest and Helen's affliction again hits her, she meets and falls in love with David (Leroy Salvador), an itinerant soft drink peddler, who also falls in love with her.

David's life becomes a series of puzzlement when he experiences the results of Helen's changes of character. When the moon is full, she is also full of love and affection for him. But when there is no full moon, she avoids and hates him like a plague. The mystery is cleared up by Linda, Helen's cousin, who is the sweetheart of David’s friend, Lito.


So what David does is to see Helen only during the nights of the full moon. He cannot help thinking, however, that he is just deceiving himself inasmuch as Helen’s affection for him could only come from her malady.
Through the help of the Reycard Duet, David becomes a successful radio singer. He and Helen elope and get married. lnspite of their marriage, David still hesitates to approach Helen except on nights when the moon is full.

How Helen is cured of her lunar sickness and how she finally convinces David of her love made for a riotously funny motion picture.


(Source: Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1958)

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