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Friday, February 28, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 568: LOLITA RODRIGUEZ, LUIS GONZALES, VAN DE LEON, EDDIE GARCIA IN FRANCISCO V. COCHING'S "CONDENADO" (1958)/ KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION



"Condenado" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date December 16-25, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Francisco V. Coching
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks
Screenplay Roberto Mendoza
Music Ariston Avelino
Direction Armando Garces
Cast Lolita Rodriguez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Eddie Garcia/ with Martin Marfil, Totoy Torrente, Pablo Guevarra, Precy Ortega, Apolonio Rivera Jr.



Luis Gonzales and Lolita Rodriguez


(l-r) Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Lolita Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia
(photos via Cesar Hernando)


"Condenado" (1958-59)
Katha't Guhit ni Francisco V. Coching
Inilathala sa Pilipino Komiks


Thursday, February 27, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 567: MARIO MONTENEGRO, CARMENCITA ABAD, CARLOS PADILLA, JR. IN MANUEL CONDE'S "VENGANZA" (1958)


"Venganza" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date December 6-15, 1958/ Dalisay
Serialized over DZAQ
Music Juan Silos, Jr.
Direction Manuel Conde
Cast Mario Montenegro, Camencita Abad, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Joseph de Cordova, Perla Bautista, Eusebio Gomez, Jose Corazon de Jesus, Mario Roldan, Joe Ramos, Ben Castillo


Mario Montenegro and Carmencita Abad
Photo: The Cinema of Manuel Conde


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 566: AN ALL-STAR CAST- 27 STARS, 3 STORIES, 3 DIRECTORS IN "CASA GRANDE" (1958)


"Casa Grande" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date August 16-31, 1958/ Life
Three (3) Stories
First Story: "Herederos" 
Direction Manuel Conde
Cast Armando Goyena, Mario Montenegro, Carmencita Abad, Nita Javier, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Linda Roxas, Jose Vergara, Rosa Aguirre, Pedro Faustino, Levi Celerio
Second Story: "Gerilyang Patpat"
Direction Dr. Gregorio Fernandez
Cast Charito Solis, Leroy Salvador, Eddie Rodriguez, Lou Salvador, Jr., Marita Zobel, Guy Donato, Alfonso Carvajal,Johnny Reyes, Joseph de Cordova, Vic Diaz
Third Story: Bording Haus"
Direction F.H. Constantino
Cast Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Pugo, Manding Claro, Val Castelo, Lita Gutierrez, Willie Solelo, Chona Sandoval, Hector Reyes, Letty Liboon,  Reycard Duet


Photo shows lead stars Armando Goyena and Nita Javier, with Rosa Rosal, Levi Celerio 
(playing the violin) and Pedro Faustino in Casa Grande's first story, "Herederos"---


(l-r) Mary Walter, the Reycard Duet and ace comedian Pugo  in Casa Grande's third story, "Bording Haus"---


THE FIFTIES # 565: EFREN REYES, JOHNNY MONTEIRO, CYNTHIA ZAMORA, LOPITO IN "KORONA AT PAG-IBIG" 91958)


"Korona at Pag-ibig" (1958)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date December 1-10, 1958/ Life
Story Nemesio E. Caravana
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Music Tony Maiquez
Screenplay and Direction Teodorico C. Santos
Cast Efren Reyes, Johnny Monteiro, Cynthia Zamora, Lopito, Melita de Leon, Nello Nayo, Jose Garcia, Abraham Cruz, Max Alvarado, Rogelio Moreno, Ruby Rojas, Mario Escudero, Guillermo Carls, Resty Sandel, Carpi Asturias, Luz del Fierro, Nina Bonita, Linda Ibanez, Jesus Lapid, Henry Rivera, Dencio Padilla, Bino Garcia and the SOS Boys/ Featuring Lita Cristobal, Belcy Martinez, Lilia Duran



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 564: GLORIA ROMERO, RIC RODRIGO, DOLPHY, JUANCHO GUTIERREZ, BARBARA PEREZ, MARLENE DAUDEN, TONY MARZAN, ROSITA NOBLE IN "DEWEY BOULVARD" (1958)


"Dewey Boulevard" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date November 21-30, 1958/Life
Story Ben Gallardo
Screenplay Luciano B. Carlos
Music Nestor Robles
Direction Rosa Mia
Cast Glora Romero, Ric Rodrigo, Dolphy, Juancho Gutierrez, Barbara Perez, Marlene Dauden, Tony Marzan, Rosita Noble/ with Ven Medina Nenita Navarro, Aring Bautista, Hector Mallares,  Jaime Javier





Dolphy and Barbara Perez 
(Photo via Baul ni Juan/ James de la Rosa)

Monday, February 24, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 563: JOHNNY MONTEIRO, CYNTHIA ZAMORA, LAURO DELGADO, CAROL VARGA IN "PUSANG ITIM" (1958)



"Pusang Itim" (1958)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date November 19-25, 1958/ Center
Screenplay Jess Ramos
Music Tony Maiquez
Story and Direction Cirio H. Santiago
Cast Johnny Monteiro, Cynthia Zamora, Lauro Delgado, Carol Varga/ with Elivra Reyes, Jose Garcia, Ric Bustamante, Luis San Juan, Paquito Salcedo, Mario Escudero, Francisco Cruz, Boy Montes

 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 562: ZALDY ZSHORNACK, LANI OTEYZA, LAURO DELGADO, ELVIRA REYES IN WANTED: HUSBAND" (1958)


 "Wanted: Husband" (1958)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date November 16-25, 1958/ Dalisay
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Screenplay Jose Flores Sibal
Music Tito Arevalo
Story and Direction Nemesio E. Caravana
Cast Zaldy Zshornack, Lani Oteyza, Lauro Delgado, Elvira Reyes, Mary Walter, Celia Rodriguez, Jose Garcia, Bruno Punzalan, Rogelio Moreno, Belcy Martinez, Capri Asturias, Tony Trajano


THE FIFTIES # 561: PANCHO MAGALONA AND TITA DURAN IN "TATAK NI SOLOMON (SEAL OF SOLOMON)" (1958)


"Tatak ni Solomon (Seal of Solomon)' (1958)
Shaws Malaya Film Productons
Released thru Lvn Pictures
Release Date November 12-18 1958/ Center
Direction Rolf Bayer
Cast Pancho Magalona, Tita Duran, Saloma (Malaya's Marilyn Monroe), Admad Mahmud, Salleh Kamil, Mariani, Daeng Idris, Aziz Sattar, A. Rahim/ Guest artist- Tony Estrada

Saturday, February 22, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 560: NIDA BLANCA, CHARITO SOLIS, NITA JAVIER, LITA GUTIERREZ, MARITA ZOBEL IN "LIMANG DALANGIN" (1958)


"Limang Dalangin" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Serialized in Aliwan Magazine
Music Polding Silos
Story and Direction Susana C. de Guzman
Cast Nida Blanca, Charito Solis, Nita Javier, Lita Gutierrez, Marita Zobel/ with Diomedes Maturan, Bernard Bonnin, Tito Garcia, Danny Villanueva, Noli Arroyo, Guy Donato, Marilou Torres

THE FIFTIES # 559: PARALUMAN, FRED MONTILLA, AMALIA FUENTES AND ROMEO VASQUEZ AS "BOBBY" (1958)

"Bobby" (1958)
Vera-Perez Productions
Released thru Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Release Date November 6-15, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Mars Ravelo
Serialized in Pilipino Komiks
Screenplay Madia-as Digdigan
Music Nestor Robles
Direction Mar S. Torres
Cast Paraluman, Fred Montilla, Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez (in the title role)/ with Tito Galla, Meldy Corrales, Rod Navarro, Ven Medina, Nenita Navarro, Bert Olivar, Pablo Guevarra, Hector Mallares, Marcela Garcia/ Guest-Etang Discher

THE FIFTIES # 558: LOU SALVADOR, JR., HECTOR REYES, CHONA SANDOVAL, LUZ VALDEZ AND PUGO IN "COMBO FESTIVAL" (1958)


"Combo Festival" (1958)
LVN Pictures
Release Date November 1-10, 1958/ Life
Music Polding Silos
Direction Manuel Silos
Cast Lou Salvador, Jr., Hector Reyes, Chona Sandoval, Luz Valdez and Pugo/ with Ronnie Villamor, Oscar Keese, Naty Bernardo, Noel Villaroman, Robert Campos


The cast of LVN Pictures' "Combo Festival" (1958)
( Pugo, Lou Salvador, Jr., Luz Valdez, Chona Sandoval, Hector Reyes, Robert Campos, Ponga, among others)/ Photo via Cesar Hernando



Friday, February 21, 2014

THE FIFTIES # 557: ALICIA VERGEL, EDNA LUNA, ZALDY ZSHORNACK IN "ANAK NG LASENGGA" (1958): KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION/ Re-posted





"Anak ng Lasengga" (1958)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date October 22, 1958/ Life
Story Augusto Fuentes
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Screenplay Teodorico C. Santos
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Alicia Vergel, Edna Luna and Zaldy Zshornack/ with Lopito, Belen Velasco, Nello Nayo, Lily Marquez, Abraham Cruz, Francisco Cruz, Paquito Salcedo, Bino Garcia, Mariano Tolentino, Felisa Salcedo/ Featuring Carlos Badion


Here’s one movie that touches the controversial theme of alcoholism. Based from the Liwayway novel by Augusto E. Fuentes, Anak ng Lasengga tells of a mother, Aling Doray (Alicia Vergel) who resorts to drinking when her husband dies. She blames herself for his death. Her son, Lino (Zaldy Zshornack), a medical student, quits schooling to be with his mother in order to help her escape from the clutch of the bottle. Lino is doubly hurt when his friends abandon him and even the girl he is engaged to marry backs out. However, he finds love in another woman, Alicia (Edna Luna), daughter of the doctor who helps his mother escape the power of alcohol.


According to a review, “Alicia Vergel comes off with a portrayal so vivid, powerful yet appealing, dwarfing all her past performances. The swagger, the hollow laughter, the idiotic drunken stare, the ceaseless tramping around for wine, wine and more wine, and the ultimate anguish of an alcoholic’s losing battle with a merciless destroyer--- all these come alive with such shocking realism on the screen in the person of Aling Doray, the ‘lasengga,’ played by Vergel.”




Liwayway Magazine/ Pebrero 17, 1958
Nobela ni Augusto E. Fuentes

Guhit ni E.R. Cruz


THE FIFTIES # 556: RITA GOMEZ, LUIS GONZALES, VAN DE LEON, CARLOS SALAZAR IN F.V. COCHING'S "TALIPANDAS" (1958)/ KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION/ Re-posted



"Talipandas" (1958)
Sampaguita Pictures
Release Date October 17-26, 1958/Dalisay
Story Francisco V. Coching
Serialized in Pilpino Komiks
Screenplay Ding de Jesus and Conrado Conde
Music Nestor Robles
Direction Conrado Conde
Cast Rita Gomez, Luis Gonzales, Van de Leon, Carlos Salazar, Bella Flores, Zeny Zabala, Pacita Arana, Ely Roque
Synopsis: When her mother dies from a beating by Raul (Van de Leon), the father who had abandoned them even before she was born, Esperanza (Rita Gomez) vows to seek out Raul and try to avenge her mother’s death.

Esperanza starts working as a taxi-dancer and soon she has many suitors, among them, Raul, whom she
does not recognize and who now goes under the alias of George. Esperanza also meets Bien (Luis Gonzales), a young man who is feuding with Andy (Carlos Salazar), his brother, for whom he had served time in prison but who repaid him by stealing his fiancée.

Esperanza fights against her growing love for Bien, wanting to devote all her time to finding Raul. She starts to suspect that George is really Raul and lays trap for him. This causes a misunderstanding with Bien who leaves her.


Not knowing that Esperanza is his daughter, Raul also lays plans to possess her, with the aid of his men, among them, Andy. The story reaches a tense climax with Esperanza, Bien, Raul and Andy coming face to face, each with a violent purpose. In this situation, Esperanza reveals herself to Raul who is stunned to learn that the girl he intends to ravish is his own daughter. It is also in this situation that Bien and Andy come to grips. But at the end, justice and love win out
. (Source: Literary Song-Movie magazine)




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THE FIFTIES # 555: LEOPOLDO SALCEDO, JOSE ROMULO, TONY SANTOS, AMADO CORTES AND MYRNA DELGADO IN "APAT NA PULUBI" (1958)


"Apat na Pulubi" (1958)
Larry Santiago Productions
Release Date October 15-24, 1958/ Center
Story Dominador  Ad. Castillo
Screenplay Felix Villar
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Pablo Santiago
Cast Leopoldo Salcedo, Jose Romulo, Tony Santos, Amado Cortes and Myrna Delgado/ with Rafael Jimenez, Luis San Juan, Francisco Cruz/ Guest stars- Corazon Rivas, Myra Crisol, Teresita Mendez


THE FIFTIES # 554: GLORIA ROMERO, LUIS GONZALES, MARLENE DAUDEN, CARLOS SALAZAR, ROSA MIA IN "ALAALANG BANAL" (1958)


"Alaalang Banal" (1958)
Vera-Perez Productions
Release Date October 12-21, 1958/Life
PMC sponsored radio serial aired over DZRH
Screenplay Luciano B. Carlos
Music Ariston Avelino
Direction Armando Garces
Cast Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Marlene Dauden, Carlos Salazar, Rosa Mia



THE FIFTIES # 553: FERNANDO POE, JR. IN F.V. COCHING'S "LABAN SA LAHAT" (1958): KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION/ Re-posted


"Laban sa Lahat" (1958)
Premiere Productions, Inc.
Release Date October 7-16, 1958/ Dalisay
Story Francisco V. Coching
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Cirio H. Santiago
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Leonor Vergara, Lauro Delgado, Oscar Roncal, Elvira Reyes, Belen Velasco, Jose Garcia, Francisco Cruz, Dencio Padilla, Mariano Tolentino, Paquito Diaz, Bino Garcia, Jesus Lapid


In 1958, the young Fernando Poe, Jr., only 19 and a prized contract star of Premiere Productions, starred in "Laban sa Lahat,' based from a novel by Francisco V. Coching. The story centers around a young man named Lupo, who was wrongly and falsely accused of a crime. Leonor Vergara co-starred as his love interest.



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Synopsis: Since childhood, Lupo (Fernando Poe, Jr.) is branded as a trouble-maker, Everything he does is misconstrued by people inspite of his good intentions. He grows up with the whole town biased against him. Even Clarissa (Leonor Vergara), his sweetheart, has lost faith and it is only her love for him which makes her try to be patient with him.

Lupo gets into big trouble when Don Antero (Jose Garcia) and his son, Marco (Oscar Roncal), with the aid of imported thugs break into the church and strip it of its treasures. The heinous crime is blamed on Lupo, and Dario (lauro Delgado), Lupe's own brother who is a dedicated policeman, is assigned to head the posse to track him down.


Clarissa, however, is convinced of Lupe's innocence because on the night of the robbery, she had spent the night with him. Unfortunately, she cannot speak out in Lupo's defense without exposing herself to moral condemnation.


Alone, hunted by his own brother, Lupo seeks to redeem himself by uncovering the real culprits. He is able to kill Don Antero in a struggle but this only serves to aggravate things. He captures Max (Bruno Punzalan), one of Marco's henchmen but is cornered by the posse atop the church's bell tower.


Facing the guns at the posse led by his own brother and with Max tied to a lamp post which he can cover from the belfry, Lupe makes a final attempt to clear himself and this he does in a tense, thundering finale. (Source: Literary Song-Movie Magazine/ 1958
Liwayway Magasin/ 1958

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