1957 – Valerie

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h22m. Western / Drama. Directed by Gerd Oswald. Written by Leonard Heideman, Emmett Murphy. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Edited by David Bretherton. Music by Albert Glasser. Starring Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel, Peter Walker, Jerry Barclay, Iphigenie Castiglioni, John Wengraf, Gage Clarke, Tom McKee.

Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Valerie involves witnesses to a murder providing sometimes-contradictory evidence in long flashback sequences.

1957 – Zero Hour!

★★★☆☆ USA. 1h21m. Adventure / Drama. Directed by Hall Bartlett. Written by Arthur Hailey, Hall Bartlett, John Champion (screenplay) and Arthur Hailey (“Flight Into Danger”). Cinematography by John F. Warren. Edited by John C. Fuller. Music by Ted Dale, Arthur Hamilton. Starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Sterling Hayden, Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Geoffrey Toone, Jerry Paris, Peggy King, Charles Quinlivan, William Conrad.

Zero Hour! is a 1957 drama film, best known for its 1980 film parody remake, Airplane!, which uses parts of the original screenplay almost verbatim.