What type of 50’s character will you choose?
50’s housewife, 50’s Rock’n’Roll star, a movie glamour, a rebel?
High waists, full skirts, and full hair.
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Jazz – Bebop, hard bop, Cool Jazz, Rock’a’billy – a fusion of Rock and Country, Rock’n’Roll, Doo Wop, Blues,
Music Stars – Elvis Presley, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Otis redding, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Little Richard, Jerry lee Lewis, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Bill Hayley and his commets, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Ray Charles, Billy Holiday, Harry Belafonte
1950’s TV: American Bandstand, Broken Arrow, Candid Camera, The Dick Clarke Show, As the world turns, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, The Lone Ranger, The Price is Right, Rawhide, The Roy Rogers Show,
1950’s Film, Movies and movie stars:
Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock – director, Abbot and Costello, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gabel, Gina Lollobrigida, Tony Curtis, Sophia Loren, James Dean, Jayne Mansfield, Doris Day, Shirley MacLaine, Betty Page – pin up girl
Attack of the 50 ft woman, Animal Farm, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jailhouse Rock, The littlest Hobo, Rock a Bye Baby, Some Like it Hot, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sunset Boulevard, Rebel Without a cause, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Roman Holiday, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Movies Referencing the 50’s:
American Graffiti, Back to the Future, Grease, Stand by me, Cry Baby, Pleasantville, Far From Heaven, Hairspray – the original one directed by John Waters starring Ricki Lake and Debora harry is far more entertaining to watch than the sugar coated remake with John Travolta, though both are good for costume referencing, for accuracy and tongue in cheek.
TV referencing the 50’s: Happy Days, Mad Men,
Swing dancing, The JitterBug, The Twist, The Stroll
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