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Looking Back

September 1954

Step back in time to see what area movie theaters were presenting in September 1954. Film titles are linked to the Internet Movie Database.

For more information about these theaters, see Cinema Treasures or Water Winter Wonderland.


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with Jane Powell and Howard Keel opened in Detroit at the United Artists Theatre on Friday, September 17, 1954. It opened the same day in Los Angeles. It had earlier opened in New York City on July 22, 1954.

At the United Artists, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers succeeded a re-release of the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind (Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia DeHavilland).

Other downtown Detroit movies when Seven Brides for Seven Brothers opened were Her Twelve Men (Greer Garson, Robert Ryan) and Mr. Denning Drives North (John Mills, Phyllis Calvert) at the Adams; a re-release of the 1946 drama Duel in the Sun (Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten) and Tobor the Great (Charles Drake, Karin Booth) at the Broadway-Capitol; and The Egyptian (Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Michael Wilding) at the Fox.

Also downtown were Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Dan O'Herlihy, James Fernandez) and the nature documentary Challenge of the Wild at the Madison; Magnificent Obsession (Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson) and the "Scotland Yard" featurette A Present for the Bride (Paul Douglas) at the Michigan; This is Cinerama at the Music Hall; Dragnet (Jack Webb, Ben Alexander) and Thunder Pass (Dane Clark, Dorothy Patrick) at the Palms; and news and short subjects at the Telenews.

The Redford was screening Apache (Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters), Gorilla at Large (Cameron Mitchell), and cartoons. The Senate was showing Johnny Dark (Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie) and Tanganyika (Van Heflin, Ruth Roman).

Art house films included Main Street to Broadway (Shirley Booth, Tallulah Bankhead, Henry Fonda) and Melba (Patrice Munsel) at the Krim; April 1, 2000 (Joseph Meinrad) at the Cinema; Josef Von Sternberg's The Devil's Pitchfork (Akemi Negishi) at the Studio; and Noel Coward's Tonight at 8:30 (Valerie Hobson, Nigel Patrick) and Leave Her to Heaven (Gene Tierney) at the Carlton.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers played at the United Artists until October 14, 1954, before being replaced with Woman's World (Clifton Webb, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, Arlene Dahl, Cornel Wilde).

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers first played at the Redford on December 1, 1954. It screened for one week on double bills with The Bounty Hunter (Randolph Scott) and Southwest Passage (Rod Cameron, Joanne Dru).

Ann Arbor audiences were treated to the opening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the State on Tuesday, November 9, 1954, after a run of Rogue Cop (Robert Taylor, Janet Leigh, George Raft).

Also playing in Ann Arbor around November 9, 1954 were White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney) at the Michigan; Valley of the Kings (Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker) and Prisoner of War (Ronald Reagan) at the Wuerth; and The Holly and the Ivy (Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, Denholm Elliott) and a U.P.A. cartoon festival (featuring Mr. Magoo) at the Orpheum.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers played at the State for three days and was replaced by Drum Beat (Alan Ladd)


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