Entertainment in the 50s was very different from previous decades. Technology had become very popular and the TV was used by all that could afford it.
cinToys were starting to be manufactured again as toy factories stop making war machines, even though the Korean War had begun, and started making children’s toys. Rock music was introduced to the younger generation which made the older generations frustrated and started the rebellious teenager image and trend.
In 1950 “Peanuts” the comic strip began and was published in newspapers on the 2nd of October. Later on that comic strip turned in to movies and TV shows. The comic series was seen by over 355 million people and published in over 40 languages. Also in 1950 “Cinderella” was in theaters. The entertainment started well during this decade even though war was on ever ones mind.
In 1952 popular movies include “High Noon” and “Singing in the Rain”. Tony Bennett released the song “Because of You” which stayed at number 1 for 6 weeks and the song “Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart” cwas number 1 for 7 weeks.
In 1953 the first issue of playboy was released which contained pictures of Marilyn Monroe nude in full colour. “That Doggy in the Window” reached number 1 in 1953 and but was recorded on the 18th of December 1952. Also in 1952 the first 3D film was released but the novelty did not last long.
Disnyland opens in California in 1955 and the addition to Disneyland Tommorowland opens in 1957. In 1955 James Dean died in his new sports car.
In 1956 and 1957 Johnnie Ray’s song “Just Walkin” In The Rain’ was at the top of the charts for 9 weeks. Elvis appears in his first movie – Love me Tender. During the 50s tropical fish were the most popular pet. Elvis Presley became popular in 1956 but did not make it to the ARIA charts until 1959. Slim Dusty’s “Pub with no Beer” was the first Australian song to make it into Australian charts during 1958 but only lasted there for 1 week.
On the 3rd of February 1959 a small plane crashed. Inside the plane was three popular American rock musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles Perry Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. This is very popular in modern culture. There was even a song written about it. There is now a annual Buddy Holly week which Sir James Paul McCartney has help organize.
Then: Technology was beginning to be the centre of all entertainment. Now: Technology is the centre of entertainment and all attempts to stop it failed.