It was the first sci-fi film shown in CinemaScope. It starred Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and, weirdly, Peter Lorre. It's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and it premiered on this day in 1954.
THIS, by the way, is from an era when trailers were TRAILERS:
Also, there was this exceptional (for its time) giant squid fight.
When looking around this holiday season at what you should be showing the kids or sitting down to with family, why not dig into the classics? Real talk: You've already seen A Christmas Story enough.