Tag Archives: Gordon Douglas

Harlow (1965) Gordon Douglas, Carroll Baker, Red Buttons, Raf Vallone, Biography, Drama, Romance

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In this story, Harlow starts in the movies as set dressing, the pretty girl who is used for the glamour shots. Refusing to descend to the casting couch for work, she finds that she is soon blacklisted from the industry. But an agent named Arthur sees something in Jean and begins representing her. For a long time, the jobs are scarce and consist mostly of receiving the pie in the face in low budget comedies. But Arthur’s belief in Jean never wavers and when she finally graduates to featured roles, the critics say that she cannot act, but she is unforgettable. Polishing the image as the girl next door, but with some fire, she begins her climb to the top and becomes the girl every woman wants to look like and every man wants to have. But her own life is a disaster – unlike her screen life.
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Bombers B-52 (1957) Gordon Douglas, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Marsha Hunt, Drama, Romance, War

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U.S Air Force Sgt. Chuck Brennan always disliked playboy and hotshot, Col. Jim Herlihy. He first met him in Korea, where his emergency arrival for repairs while enroute for what Chuck thought was the colonels “hot date” in Tokyo, caused the death of several of his crewmen. Now several years later when Chuck, while still in the Air Force, is now weighing continued enlistment or retirement, the base’s new C.O. is none other than Col. Herlihy. Compounding his dislike is a budding romance with Chuck’s daughter, Lois.
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The Iron Mistress (1952) Gordon Douglas, Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, Joseph Calleia, Action, Adventure, Biography

The Iron Mistress (1952)
Barely historical presentation of the life of Jim Bowie. Here he goes to New Orleans to sell lumber but falls in love with Judalon. To match his rivals he must become sophisticated and does so. By the time he sells the mill, starts a plantation and tries to wed Jedualon the woman has wed playboy Phillipe. Along the way to true wisdom he designs a special knife made from part of a meteorite.
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Young at Heart (1954) Gordon Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young, Drama, Romance, Musical

Young at Heart (1954)
When Alex enters the lives of the musical Tuttle family, each of the three daughters falls for him. He is charming, good looking and personable. Laurie and Alex seem made for each other and become engaged. When Barney comes into the picture to help Alex with some musical arrangements matters become complicated. He is seen as a challenge by Laurie, who can’t believe anyone could be as cynical, and she is more than a match for his gloomy outlook on life.
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The Detective (1968) Gordon Douglas, Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Ralph Meeker, Crime, Drama

The Detective (1968)
When a gay man is viciously slain, Detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) is put on the case. Joe eventually tracks down the victim’s roommate, who confesses to the crime and is sentenced to death; however, the outcome of the case doesn’t sit well with the detective. Norma (Jacqueline Bisset), a distraught widow, visits Joe. She believes her husband’s death was no accident, but the cops don’t seem to care. Joe begins to investigate, and stumbles on a cover-up related to his previous case.
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The Black Arrow (1948) Gordon Douglas, Louis Hayward, Janet Blair, George Macready, Action, Adventure, History

The Black Arrow (1948)
Sir Richard Shelton, a young British nobleman, returns from the War of the Roses to find his father dead and his accused murderer, Sir John Sedley, living in the forest with a fugitive band of die-hard rebels like Robin Hood. Shelton’s uncle, his father’s sinister and cruel half-brother, Sir Daniel Brackley, is living on his father’s estates and has reinstated cruel corporal punishment among the peasants, something his father had abolished. Shelton’s suspicions are aroused when a yeoman loyal to Brackley is murdered using a black arrow. Other Brackley henchman, including Shelton’s former mentor and Master-at-Arms, who had access to the supposed murder of his father by Sedley are also on the Black Arrow’s death list. Shelton’s growing antipathy toward Brackley is complicated by his uncle’s desire to marry Sedley’s beautiful daughter, an ambition shared by Shelton.
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Skin Game (1971) Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas, James Garner, Louis Gossett Jr., Susan Clark, Comedy, Romance, Western

Skin Game (1971)
Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O’Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn’t until they hit on the old skin game that they started to clean up. The game is simple. Jason, though born a free man in New Jersey, poses as Quincy’s slave as the pair ride through Missouri and Kansas in 1857. Quincy picks a likely mark in each town, sells Jason to him for top money and rides out of town. Then Quincy and Jason get back together on the road to another town, because if Jason can’t just run off after dark, Quincy finds a way to spring him loose.
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Come Fill the Cup (1951) Gordon Douglas, James Cagney, Phyllis Thaxter, Raymond Massey, Drama

Come Fill the Cup (1951)
Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering alcoholics. His boss enlists his help to sober up his nephew, Boyd Copeland, who has married Lew’s old sweetheart. Boyd, who is involved with a cabaret singer and the mob, presents quite a challenge.
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