The decade of the 50s in the last century was considered one of the heydays of Philippine cinema. With three major film production companies and several smaller film outfits churning out films continuously, two to three local films were shown weekly throughout the year.
Last week, we featured films produced by LVN Productions during the decade of the 1950s. It is the turn of Sampaguita Pictures this week as we focus on a rundown of the films during the same decade. The films included the following:
This 1951 film was an adaptation of the novel of Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. The musketeers were played by Oscar Moreno (the father of Boots Anson-Roa), Fred Montilla and Cesar Ramirez.
Based on a komiks novel by Mars Ravelo, this 1951 film featured child star Tessie Agana as Roberta and Boy Alano who portrayed as her best friend.
TEXAS (ANG MANOK NA NAGSASALITA)
This 1952 film starred Pancho Magalona, Linda Estrella, Tita Munoz, Katy dela Cruz and Gregorio Ticman under the direction of Armando Garces.
GORIO AT TEKLA
This 1953 film billed comedians Tolindoy and Chichay in the as title roles as they were ably supported by Fred Montilla, Norma Vales and Ramon Revilla Sr. under the direction of Olive la Torre.
This 1953 film was adapted from another komiks novel about a black-skinned woman played by Gloria Romero who was transformed into a beautiful woman by a mysterious candle. Ramon Revilla Sr. played Cofradia’s lover.
SA ISANG SULYAP MO,TITA
This 1953 musical film starred Tita Duran and Pancho Magalona, one of the most popular love teams of Sampaguita Pictures. High point of the film was Tito and Pancho dancing Mambo Barranco.
This 1953 film starred Boy Alano in the title role playing opposite much older co-stars Rosa Mia and Etang Discher.
NAGKITA SI KERUBIN AT SI TULISANG PUGOT
This 1954 film starred Fred Montilla (as KapitanPugot) and Tessie Agana (as Kerubin), with co-stars Linda Estrella, Norma Vales, Rudy Francisco, Luis Gonzales, Chichay, Tolindoy and Imelda Concepcion under the direction of Octavio Silos.
This 1954 action picture starred Cesar Ramirez, in the title role, with Myrna Delagado, Nena Cardenas and Van de Leon under the direction of Octavio Silos.
Based on the komiks novel of Francisco Coching about a Tarzan-like hero in a Philippine jungle, this 1954 film starred Cesar Ramirez in the title role with Lolita Rodriguez, Myrna Delgado and Van de Leon under the direction of Armando Garces.
This 1955 romantic drama starred by Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa with Eddie Arenas being introduced in his first starring role.
ANG TANGI KONG PAG-IBIG
Based on a popular Filipino love song, this 1955 musical film starred Carmen Rosales, Rogelio dela Rosa, Norma Vales and Luis Gonzales. The supporting cast included Rosa Mia, Horacio Morales, Bert Olivar and Pablo Reymundo under the direction of Mar S. Torres.
Adapted from the komiks novel of Pablo Gomez, this 1956 film starred Lolita Rodriguez in the title role and Eddie Arenas.
This 1956 drama-comedy starred Rogelio dela Rosa, Linda Estrella, Rudy Francisco and Barbara Perez who was introduced I her first starring role under the direction of Jose de Villa.
This 1956 fairy tale musical starred Gloria Romero and Ric Rodrigo and was a box-office hit for its fabulous sets and costumes.
One of the first films shot in Eastman color, this 1957 film starred Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Dolphy and Daisy Romualdez under the direction of Armando Garces.
BERDUGO NG MGA ANGHEL
This 1957 suspense thriller starred Oscar Moreno, Alicia Vergel and Tessie Martinez under the direction of Octavio Silos.
TAGA SA BATO
This 1957 action film was adapted from another komiks novel by Francisco Coching and starred Paraluman, Lolita Rodriguez, Van de Leon and Eddie Garcia under the direction of Conrado Conde.
This 1958 film starred Dolphy and Barbara Perez who portrayed a blind sampaguita vendor. It was shot on location along the break water sceneries of Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Blvd.).
Based on the radio series popularized by Eddie Ilarde, this 1959 film (also emceed by Eddie Ilarde) featured a trilogy of three stories. The first episode starred Gloria Romero, Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez. The second episode starred Paraluman, Juancho Gutierrez and Greg Martin. The final episode starred Susan Roces, Van de Leon and Patria Plata.
This 1959 film about an aging movie queen who was also a martyred wife of a gambler starred Carmen Rosales in the title role and Leopaldo Salcedo under the direction of Jose de Villa.
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