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Kirk Douglas
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Date of Birth: Dec 9, 1916

Country: USA

Biography: Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name give to his best-selling 1988 autobiography) of Russian-Jewish ancestry to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. Although growing up in a poor ghetto, Douglas was a fine student and a keen athlete and wrestled competitively during his time at St. Lawrence University. However, he soon identified

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (89) | Director (2)
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Carmine Street Guitars (2018)
Five days in the life of fabled Greenwich Village guitar store Carmine Street Guitars.
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If You
Explores the lives of people who have remained active into their 90s.
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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus.
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The Empire State Building Murders (2008)
A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre. (imdb)
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Trumbo (2007)
TRUMBO focuses on the writer's own indelible words, the film features performances of some of his extraordinary letters, clips from his films and, archival and contemporary interviews with those who knew him best. Forced to write underground, letter writing became the chief repository of Trumbo's extraordinary talents and they serve as a wonderfully entertaining testament to his boundless intellect, acerbic humor,and staggering resilience.
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Illusion (2004)
A legendary film director (Douglas) is shown three visions of the life of the son he never knew. As he lies dying, he is given one last chance to affect his son's life. (entitled entertainment)
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It Runs in the Family (2003)
A story about the loving, frustrating, reassuring, insane, and ultimately inescapable bonds of family. (MGM)
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Diamonds (1999)
As three generations of the Agensky family attempt to track down a set of long-lost diamonds, they must navigate through a maze of intrigue and indiscretion that ultimately leads them to find one another's love. (Miramax Films)
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Greedy (1994)
Uncle Joe is ageing. He's also a millionaire. That's why his family is trying so very hard to get into his good books... (imdb)
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The Lies Boys Tell (1994)
Ed Reece, an old traveling salesman, decides to end his days in the place in which he was born. Therefore he convinces his elder son to acompany him on his last long voyage of farewell. (imdb)
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The Secret (1992)
local mayoral candidate discovers he has given his grandson dyslexia
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Two-Fisted Tales (1992)
A star-studded telemovie which was an attempt to launch a second series in the mould of Tales From The Crypt. When this failed to launch, the three tales were re-edited and shown as Crypt episodes.
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Welcome to Veraz (1991)
An old man teaches a young man to live in the forest and to understand the wild world. (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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Queenie (1987)
Queenie (1987) - TV Movie
A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage. (imdb)
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Tough Guys (1986)
Two elderly gangsters are released from prison only to find they have trouble fitting in as old men who still take no guff from anyone. (imdb)
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Amos (1985)
Amos (1985) - TV Movie
Amos Lasher loses his wife and home in an accident, finding himself in the care of the state, or specifically speaking, the Sunset Nursing Home. Here he finds the head nurse, Daisy Daws, ruling the cowed patients with an iron hand, but as his determination to get out of Sunset grows, the more sinister his situation becomes. (imdb)
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Draw! (1984)
Draw! (1984) - TV Movie
In the final days of the Old West, a former desperado faces down a now drunken ex-sheriff, who was his long time nemesis. (imdb)
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Eddie Macon
The film may be called Eddie Macon's Run, but the title character (John Schneider) takes a back seat during most of the proceedings. Most of the footage is devoted to Eddie's chief nemesis, small-town lawman Marzack (Kirk Douglas). Arrested on a trumped-up charge, Eddie breaks out of prison and takes to the road, with Marzack in hot pursuit. The lion's share of the film is a tire-screeching chase through Mexico. (Answers.com)
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The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. (imdb)
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Remembrance of Love (1982)
Joe Rabin is a Holocaust survivor. After the war he went to America, married someone and had a family. Today, he is on his way to Israel for a reunion of Holocaust survivors. It seems that he has another reason for going. It seems like during the war, he had a girlfriend and they were separated and she was pregnant. He has never found out what happened to her, or their baby, he hopes to find out now.
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Home Movies (1980)
Keith Gordon is a creative young man who films the oddball doings of his family and peers. "The Maestro" appears frequently to give him pointers on his techniques. It's almost a film about a young man making the film. (imdb)
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Saturn 3 (1980)
Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive... (imdb)
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The Final Countdown (1980)
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. (imdb)
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The Villain (1979)
The cowboy Handsome Stranger will escort miss Charming Jones to get a large sum of money from her father, Parody Jones. But the rich Avery Jones wants to lay his hands on the money and hires and old cowboy, Cactus Jack, to rob them when they ride back from her father. However, Cactus Jack is not very good at robbing people. (imdb)
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The Fury (1978)
A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities. (imdb)
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Rain of Fire (1977)
A nuclear power exec discovers his son is the Antichrist. The Cloven Hoofed Kid plans to destroy the world through nuclear sabotage. Pop has lots of paranoid dreams where he envisions a sixteen-inch plastic model of a power plant rising up out of a bubbling bathtub. (Chas. Balun)
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The Moneychangers (1976)
The Moneychangers (1976) - TV Mini-Series
This is the story of the happenings at a major bank. The first of which is that the bank's president announces that he is dying and that with no heir to take his place, he informs the bank's officers that he is letting them choose a successor. The two vice presidents who are the front runners for the job are Alex Vandervoort and Roscoe Heyward. Now Alex is not exactly running around looking for support, Roscoe can only see the benefits the presidency can give him. (imdb)
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Victory at Entebbe (1976)
An Air France airplane is hijacked by the PLO due the large number of Israeli and Jewish passengers. We follow the action both with the hostages as they cope with confinement and threatened death, and the Israeli cabinet and military that must try to get them out. (imdb)
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Once Is Not Enough (1975)
An over-the-hill movie producer marries a wealthy, spiteful woman and closeted lesbian just to please his spoiled daughter who then, in an attempt to spite him, seduces both a wealthy playboy and a local screenwriter. (imdb)
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Posse (1975)
A tough marshal with political ambitions leads an elite posse to capture a notorious criminal. He succeeds, but instead of cheering him, the public turns against him.
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Cat and Mouse (1974)
A high school teacher separated from his son plots revenge on his ex-wife. (imdb)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973)
Musical version of the story in which Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (imdb)
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Scalawag (1973)
In this exciting adventure, based on a tale by Robert Louis Stevenson and shot in Yugoslavia, a one-legged pirate must rely on the memory of a boozy, uncooperative parrot if he is to find the location of a tremendous treasure. He is later assisted by two plucky youths who help him battle it out with a mutinous crew, unfriendly natives, and dangerous rapids. (allmovie.com)
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The Master Touch (1972)
A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.
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The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)
Pirates take over a lighthouse on a rocky island. They then execute a devious plan to cause ships to run aground, pillaging their wrecks. A lone member of the lighthouse crew survives, and he deperately fights their plot. A shipwrecked maiden that avoids the pirates slaughter soon complicates the situation. (imdb)
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A Gunfight (1971)
When two legendary gunfighters find themselves in the same town, word gets out that they might throw down one last time.
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Catch Me a Spy (1971)
Andrej, a smuggler of microfilmed Russian manuscripts, uses the luggage of unsuspecting travelers to transport the contraband out of the country. (imdb)
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There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
Charm, intelligence and succes in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in territory prison. However, those years should pass quickly because of an enormous loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortyne even sooner. (imdb)
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The Arrangement (1969)
Wealthy advertising executive Eddie Anderson (Kirk Douglas) is trapped in an unhappy marriage and a mind-numbing career and slipping deeper and deeper into a midlife crisis. Trying to find new meaning, he takes up with a free spirit (Faye Dunaway) who helps him realize how much he's given up to achieve success. As he rebuilds his life, his wife (Deborah Kerr) is determined to hold onto her husband -- or at least his money. (Netflix.com)
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The Brotherhood (1968)
The son of a powerful Mafia don comes home from his army service in Vietnam and wants to lead his own life, but family tradition, intrigues and powerplays involving his older brother dictate otherwise, and he finds himself being slowly drawn back into that world. (imdb)
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A Lovely Way to Die (1968)
Schuyler (Kirk Douglas) is a hard-boiled detective who turns in his badge when he believes the criminals are being handled with kid gloves and too much respect. He is hired by prominent attorney Fredericks (Eli Wallach) as a bodyguard for his client Rena (Sylva Koscina), who is accused of murdering her husband. Her playboy boyfriend Fleming (Kenneth Haigh) is also under suspicion. Schuylur keeps one eye on his beautiful suspect while trying to uncover more information about the murder. (allmovie.com)
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The Way West (1967)
In the mid-19th century, Senator William J. Tadlock leads a group of settlers overland in a quest to start a new settlement in the Western US (imdb)
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The War Wagon (1967)
Taw Jackson returns from prison having survived being shot, to the ranch and gold that Frank Pierce stole from him. Jackson makes a deal with Lomax, the man who shot him 5 years ago to join forces against Pierce and steal a large gold shipment... (imdb)
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Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. (imdb)
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Is Paris Burning? (1966)
The true story of the departure of the German occupiers from Paris in 1944. (imdb)
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The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb... (imdb)
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In Harm
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. (imdb)
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Seven Days in May (1964)
US military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (imdb)
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For Love or Money (1963)
A millionairess forces her lawyer to find suitable husbands for her three daughters who stand to inherit a fortune. The lawyer ends up falling in love with one of the girls. (TCM.com)
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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
Messenger asks a friend to check into a list of names before leaving on a trip. When his plane is blown out of the sky, the matter becomes more serious. As his friend checks into the list, each seems to have died in mysterious circumstances. As he goes down the list, the deaths become more recent and a race to find the remaining survivors and what put each of them on this list ensues. (IMDb)
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The Hook (1963)
The Hook is a long look at war from the initiation of hostilities to the victorious end. It's set in the Korean War, but an opening title gives an explanation: this is an example, and the subject is "men in war" not "men at war". The casus belli and the postwar consequences are nowhere discussed. (cmulrooney.tripod.com)
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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
The film depicts the shooting of a peplum movie in Rome by a team of decadent Hollywood stars. It contains several references to a previous and successful Minnelli's movie, The Bad and the Beautiful, starring also Kirk Douglas, and the story was seen by many somehow as a reelaboration of the past relationship between actors Tyrone Power and Linda Christian and producer Darryl Zanuck. (Wikipedia)
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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
In order to free his best friend Bondi, Jack Burns lets himself be imprisoned only to find out that Bondi does not want to escape. Thus Burns breaks out on his own and is afterwards being chased by sheriff Johnson with helicopters and jeeps. (imdb)
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Town Without Pity (1961)
Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Grant. (imdb)
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The Last Sunset (1961)
Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy. (imdb)
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Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Married Architect Larry Coe (Kirk Douglas) engages in affair with married suburban housewife Margaret Gault (Kim Novak).
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Spartacus (1960)
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. (imdb)
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The Devil
The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War. (imdb)
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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognises as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick, whom he refuses to hand over... (imdb)
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The Vikings (1958)
Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other (imdb)
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Top Secret Affair (1957)
The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee. She's determined to discredit him prior to the appointment and invites him to spend the weekend at her country home where she's arranged many traps. (imdb)
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Paths of Glory (1957)
When soldiers in WW1 refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them (imdb)
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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in feud with Clantons, local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. (imdb)
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Lust for Life (1956)
Vincent Van Gogh is the archetypical tortured artistic genius. His obsession with painting, combined with mental illness, propels him through an unhappy life full of failures and unrewarding relationships... (imdb)
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The Racers (1955)
An Italian bus driver decides to join the European champion racing circuit and meets a ballerina who supports him to get there. (TCM.com)
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Man Without a Star (1955)
Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes. (imdb)
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The Indian Fighter (1955)
Johnny Hawks, a former Indian fighter, returns to the West after the Civil War. He reacquaints himself with the Indian band led by Red Cloud. Red Cloud's beautiful daughter has now grown into womanhood... Unscrupulous whisky traders are after the gold on Indian land. Hawks averts serious bloodshed by convincing Red Cloud to make a treaty... Hawks leads an Oregon-bound wagon train through Indian territory. When he slips away to see the chief's daughter, trouble between braves and whisky traders flares up anew, putting the wagon train and the nearby fort in peril... (imdb)
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo (imdb)
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Ulysses (1954)
A movie adaptation of Homer's second epic, that talks about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of ten years of war. (imdb)
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Act of Love (1953)
Kirk Douglas plays an American soldier, participating in the 1944 liberation of France. Making the acquaintance of impoverished Parisian girl Dany Robin, Douglas takes pity on the girl, pretending to be married to her so that she won't be unfairly arrested as a prostitute. When Douglas attempts to make their union legal, he is denied permission by his superior officers. So far as they are concerned, Robin is just another little opportunist, marrying a GI in order to gain US citizenship. (allrovi.com)
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The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Three loosely connected love stories.
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The Juggler (1953)
Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a fugitive, traveling through Israel with a teenage boy. (imdb)
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The Big Trees (1952)
A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron. (imdb)
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The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
A director, an actress and a writer each explain why they never want to work with producer Jonathan Shields again... (imdb)
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The Big Sky (1952)
Jim Deakins is a frontiersman and Indian trader who is making a perilous journey with a group of other men up the Missouri River to get a large haul of furs from friendly Blackfoot Indians. The problem is that they have to get through hostile Indian territory first and they find that they have seriously underestimated the difficulties they will undergo. The large body of men who started the journey are gradually whittled down until only a hardy few, like Deakins, are left. (imdb)
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Along the Great Divide (1951)
Marshal Merrick escorts a murder suspect to justice, opposed by a lynch-minded rancher. (imdb)
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Detective Story (1951)
On one day in the 21st Precinct squad room, assorted characters form a backdrop for the troubles of hard-nosed Detective Jim McLeod. (imdb)
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Ace in the Hole (1951)
When a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter and the townspeople cynically create what we now call a "media circus". (imdb)
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Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Aimless youth Rick Martin learns he has a gift for music and falls in love with the trumpet. Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard takes Rick under his wing and teaches him all he knows about playing. To the exclusion of anything else in life, Rick becomes a star trumpeter, but his volatile personality and desire to play jazz rather than the restricted tunes of the bands he works for lands him in trouble. (imdb)
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The Glass Menagerie (1950)
This first movie version of the Tennessee Williams play about a faded, aging Southern belle, her shy, crippled daughter and her "selfish dreamer" of a son more or less sticks to the original story, except for a compromise ending which strives to be more upbeat. (imdb)
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Champion (1949)
Midge Kelly, hitchhiking west with lame brother Connie, is hustled unprepared into a pro boxing match. Though he's severely beaten, manager Tommy Haley finds him promising... (imdb)
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A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger... (imdb)
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My Dear Secretary (1948)
A bestselling novelist recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?
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The Walls of Jericho (1948)
The year is 1908 and the setting Jericho, Kansas, a veritable cesspool of sin and vice. Dave Connors is a politically ambitious lawyer married to Belle, the town lush, and is in love with beautiful colleague Julia Norman. Matters are worsened when Algeria Wedge, his best friend's wife, makes a pass at him. When Dave rejects her advances, she retaliates by printing vile things about him in the town paper. This effectively destroys his political career and causes him to leave town... (allmovie.com)
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I Walk Alone (1948)
Frankie Madison leaves prison expecting a share from his ex-partner. But Prohibition bootlegging didn't prepare Frankie for Big Business. (imdb)
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Out of the Past (1947)
Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling... (imdb)
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Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er... (imdb)
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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to "good boy" Walter O'Neil, now district attorney. At first, Sam is more interested in displaced blonde Toni Marachek than in his boyhood friends; but they draw him into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes. (imdb)
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