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Darren McGavin
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Date of Birth: May 7, 1922

Country: USA

Biography: Darren McGavin was an American actor best known for playing the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker and his portrayal in the film A Christmas Story of the grumpy father given to bursts of profanity that he never realizes his son overhears. He appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the 1950s television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer... - www.wikipedia.org

Total Titles at Criticker: 63 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (62) | Director (1) | Writer (1)
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Small Time (1996)
Ben is a small-time gangster who gets the opportunity to earn a lot of money. His boss sends him to a remote ranch with bag full of drugs and orders him to wait for the buyer. But the routine drug deal turns to disaster because of Ben's unprofessional associates.
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Billy Madison (1995)
Billy Madison (Sandler) is the heir to the Madison Hotel millions but in order to win his father's respect, and his Fortune 500 company, grown-up goof-off Billy must repeat all 12 grades of school ' in just 24 weeks. (Universal)
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Derby (1995)
Derby (1995) - TV Movie
Katie once left her parent's horse ranch behind her. Now, when her father is sick Katie has to return to the farm and Cass, now a grown man whom she had a crush on as a kid. (imdb)
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Fudge-A-Mania (1995)
Peter Hatcher and his family are going on vacation in Maine. Only problem: Peter's nemesis Sheila Tubman will also be there along with her family... (imdb)
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The American Clock (1993)
This film is based on Arthur Miller's recollection of the events of the 1930's Depression. In the film, John Rubinstein, Mary McDonnell, and Loren Dean are all members of an upper class family who find the world completely changed when they lose everything in the Stock Market crashes. Dean, a college age young man, who now faces no possibility of entering college, decides to go on the road to see what is happening to the rest of the country. (imdb)
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Mastergate (1992)
"What did the President know -- and did he have any idea that he knew it?" That is the question...and puzzle to be solved by the Mastergate Hearings. It's manfate: To dig as far down as they can, no matter how high up that might take them. (imdb)
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Happy Hell Night (1992)
A psychotic serial killer escapes from an insane asylum in this slasher. Nearly 30 years ago, man-of-the-cloth Father Malius (Charles Cragin) brutally murdered several college students. Now locked in an asylum, Malius awaits his chance to escape -- a chance that comes when a group of fraternity pledges break into the institution to get a photo of the serial killer. Seizing the opportunity, Malius flees and begins his bloody rampage once again.
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Perfect Harmony (1991)
In a private school in the U.S. South, Mr. Sanders, a new choirmaster tries to reduce some of the prejudice and hostility of some of the students in his choir. Paul, a bully who feels he should be lead boy, is the worst offender. Taylor Bradshaw on the other hand is impressed by the music of Landy, a black boy, grandson of Zeke, the school caretaker. (imdb)
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Blood and Concrete (1991)
Comic whodunit set in Hollywood. A dimwitted car thief becomes involved in a murder not of his making, when he is stabbed by the murder victim-to-be.
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Captain America (1990)
Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull. (imdb)
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By Dawn
The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a limited nuclear exchange. (imdb)
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Kojak: It
After discovering the connection between a corrupt city commissioner and Colombian killers, Kojak is framed for the murder of a call girl and is prosecuted by former police detective Crocker, now an assistant D.A. (imdb)
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Child in the Night (1990)
A psychologist treats an 8 year old boy who witnessed his father's murder but the child blocks out details that could help the police. (imdb)
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Dead Heat (1988)
Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are chasing crooks that are dead serious about crime. Or should I say they are chasing dead crooks perpetrating serious crimes? (imdb)
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Monsters (1988)
Monsters (1988) - TV Series
A horror anthology about a family of monsters watching a different horror story every week on their TV. Each tale is separate, often cautionary with occasional dark humor and irony and features various deadly creatures. (imdb)
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Inherit the Wind (1988)
Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution. (imdb)
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The Diamond Trap (1988)
The Diamond Trap is the story of a New York City cop (Detective Rollings) and his partner (Brendan). (imdb)
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From the Hip (1987)
Apprentice lawyer Robin Weathers turns a civil suit into a headline grabbing charade. He must reexamine his scruples after his shenanigans win him a promotion in his firm, and he must now defend a college professor who is appearantly guilty of murder. (imdb)
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Raw Deal (1986)
Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina (imdb)
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Turk 182! (1985)
Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a political scandal that he denies all previous knowledge of. Jimmy begins painting "Tyler Knew, Turk 182" as an embarrassment to the mayor. The mayor is furious at this grafitti appearing all over the city and orders the police to find the artist. Jimmy's "Turk 182" spraypaints continue to appear. (imdb)
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The Natural (1984)
An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
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The Baron and the Kid (1984)
The "Baron", played by Johnny Cash, is a legendary pool shark. The "Cajun Kid", played by Greg Webb, is the Baron's long-lost son. Once they're reunited, the Baron and the Kid embark upon numerous adventures, each exploit bringing them closer. Based on Johnny Cash's hit song "The Baron", this made-for-TV endeavor is a blatant attempt to rope the fans of Kenny Rogers' similar TV-movie project The Gambler. (allmovie.com)
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The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984)
Marcus Welby is back, and he has a few problems. First he is trying to bridge the gap between an old friend of his who gave up practicing medicine in favor of being the hospital administrator, and his son who is now a doctor and who is currently treating and romancing a woman who has kidney problems. And one of his patients an expectant mother is in an accident along with her husband and her husband dies. She blames Mark and is refusing to bond with her new baby. And the hospital that he has bee
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Tales from the Darkside (1983)
A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures and creepy, unexplained events. (imdb)
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A Christmas Story (1983)
Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's. (imdb)
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Firebird 2015 AD (1981)
In one of many unpopular and unsupported policy decisions, the US government of the near future outlaws vehicle petrol in an effort to curb the overuse of limited natural resources - except, of course, for official purposes. There are many renegades who oppose the authorities, and will stop at nothing to allow themselves the freedom of burning around the countryside. (imdb)
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The Martian Chronicles (1980)
Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them... (imdb)
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Hangar 18 (1980)
During a Space Shuttle mission a satellite is rammed by an unidentified flying object. The UFO afterwards performs an emergency landing in the deserts of Arizona. However the White House denies it's existence because of the near presidential elections. The UFO is brought to the secret hangar 18 and the accident is claimed to incompetence of the astronauts Bancroff and Price. But the two fight against this and try to hunt down the UFO. (imdb)
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Ike: The War Years (1979)
Ike: The War Years (1979) - TV Mini-Series
Made-for-TV biography of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. (imdb)
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Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
Eli Bloodshy receives news of the death of the father he never knew. When he heads out west to receive his inheritance, he finds a run-down old west town in need of his missionary work. He also learns of a brother he also never knew.
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Zero to Sixty (1978)
A divorced man hooks up with a street-smart 16-year-old who makes her living by repossessing cars from their owners. (imdb)
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Law and Order (1976)
Story follows three generations of a family in the New York City Police Department. (imdb)
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Brink
In this telling of the infamous 1950 robbery, James McNally is portrayed as the one gang member who maintains his silence in the face of extreme police pressure. When he is sent up to prison and sees the other gang members letting him take all the heat, he still doesn't come clean to the cops. He feels a loyalty to his best friend, who was also in on the crime. But what will his best friend choose to do? (imdb)
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No Deposit, No Return (1976)
Tracy and Jay are to spend their holiday with a grandfather they don't get along with very well. On the way, though, they decide to pretend to be kidnapped and rope a pair of unlucky safe crackers into their scheme.
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B Must Die (1975)
In a fictitious South American country there's lots of political tension, the labor-unions have all their members on strike. The public demands the return of politician B. from exile. However private trucker Pal can't afford to strike -- so he's beaten up and his truck burned. In the headlines he's described as strike-breaker. This is only part of an intrigue which shall get him to murder B. (imdb)
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)
A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago. (imdb)
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The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)
After an astronaut/test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants. (imdb)
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Happy Mother
Johnny is a young man who returns to his family home to try to learn his father's identity. When he arrives, he finds himself in the middle of a rivalry between his mother and his aunt, and his innocent inquiries create havoc in the small town because several people have secrets they are trying to protect. (TCM)
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The Night Strangler (1973)
Reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) is now in Seattle, Wahington, trying to solve the mystery of several strangulations that recur every few years where the victims are drained of blood in this second made for TV pilot. (imdb)
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Something Evil (1972)
Some supernatural hokum taking place on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (John Stanley's Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again)
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43: The Richard Petty Story (1972)
Though it barely received big-city release (it lay on the shelf for nearly two years before it received any sort of release), The Petty Story did quite well on a regional basis. As indicated by the title, this is the story of the Petty family of stock-car racing fame. Richard Petty, who won over 200 races before his 1993 retirement, stars as himself, while Darren McGavin provides acting relief as Petty's father Lee. (allrovi.com)
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The Night Stalker (1972)
A reporter hunts down a vampire in modern-day Las Vegas. (imdb)
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Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)
Mrs. Emily Pollifax of New Jersey goes to the CIA to volunteer for spy duty, being in her own opinion, expendable now that the children are grown and she's widowed. And being just what the department needed (someone who looks and acts completely unlike a spy), she's assigned to simple courier duty to pick up a book in Mexico City. But when the pickup doesn't go as plan, Mrs. Pollifax finds herself handcuffed to a handsome stranger on a plane bound for an Albania prison. (imdb)
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The Death of Me Yet (1971)
The editor of a small-town newspaper has his past unexpectedly catch up with him: he finds out that a Soviet agent who knew him when he was a spy has been sent to the U.S. to kill him. (imdb)
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Berlin Affair (1970)
Spy suspense drama set in 1960's Berlin. Intrigue and double-cross lead Killian on a twisting path through love and loss.
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The Challengers (1970)
Racers compete in the Grand Prix.
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Tribes (1970)
Tribes (1970) - TV Movie
A Marine Corps drill instructor who is disgusted by the fact that the Corps now accepts draftees finds himself pitted against a hippie who has been drafted but refuses to accept the military's way of doing things. (imdb)
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The Challenge (1970)
All-out war between the United States and an Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion and having the two men fight to the death on an isolated island. (imdb)
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Anatomy of a Crime (1969)
Private detective David Ross has two apparently unconnected cases to investigate in the same day. In the first he is hired by a millionaire who paid a large ransom for his kidnapped daughter twelve years before, but she was never seen again. Now a woman has come forward who claims the young girl she raised is the millionaire's missing daughter. Later, Ross is contacted by a retired burlesque dancer who's about to publish her memoirs and possibly reveal the secrets of some important... (imdb)
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Mission Mars (1968)
Three American astronauts who land on Mars discover the body of a frozen Russian cosmonaut and a mysterious talking orb. (imdb)
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The Great Sioux Massacre (1965)
General Custer's fight to win equal rights for Native Americans leads to his undoing. (TCM.com)
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Bullet for a Badman (1964)
Murphy plays ex-lawman who must strap on the guns again to catch a former nemesis, McGavin, who happens to be the ex husband of Murphy's wife and father of the boy that believes he's Murphy's son. (imdb)
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The Case Against Brooklyn (1958)
Fact-based story of a rookie cop who takes on a crime syndicate involved in corrupting government officials in Brooklyn, New York. (imdb)
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The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.
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A Word to the Wives... (1955)
[T]wo wives ruthlessly manipulate one of their husbands so that the poor dope will shell out a fortune to buy his wife a brand new house. (imdb)
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The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Frankie Machine is a skilled card dealer and one-time heroin addict. When he returns home from jail, he struggles to find a new livelihood and to avoid slipping back into addiction (imdb)
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The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
The true story of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneering crusader for the Army's fledgling air corp. In spite of an impressive performance during the First World War, the commanders of America's armed forces still think of the airplane as little more then a carnival attraction... (imdb)
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Summertime (1955)
A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy. (imdb)
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Distant Drums (1951)
After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety. (imdb)
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Queen for a Day (1951)
A series of vignettes linked together with the popular radio show of the same name, where women publicly reveal why they deserve to be Queen for the Day.
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Beau James (1947)
Biopic of the political career of Jimmy Walker, flamboyant and somewhat corrupt Mayor of New York City from 1926-1932. (imdb)
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Kiss and Tell (1945)
Corliss Archer, 15, and Mildred Pringle, 17, are best friends, and get into some mischief together which causes their parents to start fighting over who is a bad influence on whom. Their fight also has an affect on Mildred and Lenny Archer, Corliss' brother, who elope one weekend when Lenny's home on leave from the Army. Fearing that the Pringles would want the marriage annulled, the couple decides not to tell anyone about it except Corliss. (imdb)
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Your Next Job (1945)
In this documentary short film, a U.S. Army lieutenant instructs soldiers in how to prepare for new and interesting jobs in civilian life after the war. He leads the soldiers through a number of checklists to determine what their interests are and how to make decisions and plans for future employment. One of the soldiers, T-5 Dailey, worries about his options, until his mirror-image self appears to talk him through a plan of action.
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