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Phil Karlson is a Director, Scriptwriter and Assistant Director American born on 2 july 1908 at Chicago (USA)

Phil Karlson

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Nationality USA
Birth 2 july 1908 at Chicago (USA)
Death 12 december 1985 (at 77 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Phil Karlson est un réalisateur, scénariste et producteur américain né le 2 juillet 1908 à Chicago, dans l'Illinois (États-Unis), et mort le 12 décembre 1985 à Los Angeles (Californie).


Phil Karlson est considéré comme l'un des plus grands réalisateurs de films noirs américains. Révélé par Behind the mask, en 1946, il met en scène un autre chef-d'œuvre, Le Quatrième homme (Kansas City Confidential) en 1952, puis The Phenix city story en 1955. S'il reste un cinéaste méconnu, il est régulièrement cité en exemple par Martin Scorsese. Il a adapté Georges Simenon en 1957, avec Les Frères Rico.

L'acteur John Payne et le réalisateur Phil Karlson ont tourné trois films ensemble, à chaque fois un film noir : Le Quatrième Homme en 1952, L' Affaire de la 99e rue en 1953, et enfin Les Îles de l'enfer en 1955.

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Filmography of Phil Karlson (44 films)

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Framed (1975)
, 1h46
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley, Brock Peters, John Larch
Rating62% 3.1490553.1490553.1490553.1490553.149055
Returning home to Tennessee from a trip to Texas, nightclub owner and gambler Ron Lewis happens across a shooting and is nearly shot himself. A deputy determines that Lewis is involved and roughs him up, resulting in a fight that ends up in the deputy being badly beaten and Lewis placed under arrest.
Walking Tall, 1h47
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Action, Crime
Actors Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Lurene Tuttle, Noah Beery, Jr, Leif Garrett, John Brascia
Rating69% 3.497233.497233.497233.497233.49723
Pusser, at his wife Pauline's behest, retires from the professional wrestling ring and moves back to Tennessee to start a logging business with his father, Carl Pusser. With a friend, he visits a gambling and prostitution establishment, the Lucky Spot, and is beaten up after catching them cheating at craps. Pusser is seriously injured with a knife and receives over 200 stitches. He complains to the sheriff but is ignored, and soon becomes aware of the rampant corruption in McNairy County. Later, working at his dad's lumber mill, Pusser makes a club out of a tree branch. Late one night, Pusser waits until after the Lucky Spot is closed, and beats up the same thugs that left him for dead. The next day, Pusser is arrested and represents himself at trial. At one point, he rips off his shirt and shows the jury his scars. He informs them that "If you let them do this to me and get away with it, then you're giving them the eternal right to do the same damn thing to any one of you!" The jury finds Pusser not guilty, and he decides to clean up the county and runs for sheriff. Buford Pusser wins, and becomes famous for being incorruptible, intolerant of crime, and for his array of four-foot hickory clubs which he uses to great effect in dispatching criminals and destroying their clandestine gambling dens and illegal distilleries.
Ben (1972)
, 1h34
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Meredith Baxter, Rosemary Murphy, Kaz Garas
Rating54% 2.7036052.7036052.7036052.7036052.703605
A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition.
Hornet's Nest, 1h50
Directed by Phil Karlson
Genres Drama, War, Action
Themes Political films
Actors Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Jacques Sernas, Jean Valmont
Rating58% 2.9046152.9046152.9046152.9046152.904615
In Northern Italy in 1944, the entire population of the village of Reanoto is massacred by the SS under the command of the cruel Sturmbannführer Taussig (Jacques Sernas) for helping the Italian resistance movement. The only survivors are a group of young boys in ages from 7 to 14 led by Aldo (Mark Colleano, son of Bonar Colleano and Susan Shaw) who witness the mass execution and vow revenge.
The Wrecking Crew, 1h45
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nigel Green, Nancy Kwan, Chuck Norris
Rating56% 2.8038752.8038752.8038752.8038752.803875
Matt Helm is assigned by his secret agency, ICE, to bring down an evil count named Contini who is trying to collapse the world economy by stealing a billion dollars in gold.
A Time for Killing, 1h28
Directed by Roger Corman, Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Historical, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Glenn Ford, George Hamilton, Inger Stevens, Paul Petersen, Todd Armstrong, Timothy Carey
Rating53% 2.656782.656782.656782.656782.65678
During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers escape from a Union prison and head for the Mexican border. Along the way, they kill a Union courier bearing the news that the war is over. Keeping the message a secret, the captain has his men go on and they soon find themselves in a battle with the Union search party who also is unaware of the war's end.
The Silencers, 1h42
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Victor Buono, Daliah Lavi, James Gregory, Robert Webber
Rating62% 3.102173.102173.102173.102173.10217
Once a photographer by day, spy by night, Matt Helm is now a happily retired secret agent, shooting photos of glamorous models instead of guns and enjoying a close relationship with his assistant, the lovely Lovey Kravezit. But then his old boss, Macdonald, coaxes him back to the agency ICE to thwart a new threat from the villainous organization Big O.
Ride the Wild Surf, 1h41
Directed by Don Taylor, William Castle, Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Surfing films
Actors Shelley Fabares, Fabian Forte, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart
Rating58% 2.9027952.9027952.9027952.9027952.902795
The story follows three surfers Jody Wallis (Fabian), Steamer Lane (Tab Hunter) and Chase Colton (Peter Brown), who come to Hawaii's Oahu Island to ride the world's biggest waves and compete against surfers from all over the world.
Rampage (1963)
, 1h38
Directed by Phil Karlson, Richard Talmadge
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Robert Mitchum, Jack Hawkins, Sabu, Elsa Martinelli, Émile Genest, Stefan Schnabel
Rating57% 2.857192.857192.857192.857192.85719
Stanton, un chasseur de fauves, est chargé de capturer des panthères en Malaysie pour le compte d'un zoo allemand. Pour cette mission, il est accompagné d'Otto Abbott, un célèbre trappeur et d'Anna Giorgio, sa secrétaire. Une liaison s'établit bientôt entre Anna et Stanton, qui va faire monter la tension entre les 2 hommes.
Kid Galahad, 1h35
Directed by John Flynn, Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Musical films, Le boxe anglaise
Actors Elvis Presley, Lola Albright, Gig Young, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson, Robert Emhardt
Rating61% 3.0996153.0996153.0996153.0996153.099615
Willy Grogan is a small-time boxing promoter based in the Catskills resort region of Cream Valley, New York. He owns the Grogan's Gaelic Gardens inn. He is a contemptible man and is in debt and pays little attention to the woman who loves him, Dolly, a chain-smoking, love-starved woman residing at the camp. Into their midst comes Walter Gulick, a young man recently discharged from the Army who loves the peaceful setting almost as much as he loves working on old cars. Walter's simple goal is to go into business as a mechanic at a nearby garage.
The Secret Ways, 1h52
Directed by Richard Widmark, Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Richard Widmark, Charles Régnier, Sonja Ziemann, Walter Rilla, Senta Berger, Howard Vernon
Rating60% 3.0044553.0044553.0044553.0044553.004455
In Vienna, 1956, after Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, American adventurer Michael Reynolds (Richard Widmark) is hired by an international espionage ring to smuggle a noted scholar and resistance leader, Professor Jansci (Walter Rilla), out of Communist-ruled Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution. Reynolds goes to Vienna to see the professor's daughter, Julia (Sonja Ziemann), and he persuades her to accompany him to Budapest. Once there, Reynolds is kidnapped by freedom fighters who take him to the professor's secret headquarters.
The Young Doctors, 1h40
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films
Actors Ben Gazzara, Fredric March, Eddie Albert, Ina Balin, Phyllis Love, Edward Andrews
Rating64% 3.2444253.2444253.2444253.2444253.244425
David Coleman (Gazzara) is a young doctor hired by a hospital's pathology department. The head of the department, Dr. Joseph Pearson (March), sees Coleman as a rival, and they fight over many medical issues. Coleman falls in love with Cathy Hunt (Balin), a nurse at the hospital, who develops a tumor in her knee. Pearson believes that the tumor is malignant and that the leg should be amputated, but Coleman disagrees. Coleman orders three blood tests on Mrs. Alexander (Love), an expectant mother whose baby may have hemolytic disease, but Pearson believes that the tests are excessive and cancels the third test. Mrs. Alexander is married to a young intern at the hospital (Clark), who, along with Coleman, tried to push for the third test. When the baby is born seriously ill, Dr. Charles Dornberger (Albert), Mrs. Alexander's OB/GYN, berates Pearson and conducts a blood transfusion to save the baby's life. Pearson's future at the hospital becomes uncertain, and he resigns. Coleman has changed his mind about Cathy's tumor and agrees with Pearson's decision, while Pearson says that Coleman reminds him of himself when he was young and urges him not to let hospital bureaucracy to wear him down.
Hell to Eternity, 2h11
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Seafaring films, Prison films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Patricia Owens, Richard Eyer, John Larch, Bill Williams
Rating69% 3.4948753.4948753.4948753.4948753.494875
In Depression-era Los Angeles, Guy Gabaldon gets into a fight at school when another boy snitches about his breaking into a grocery store. After Japanese-American Kaz Uni (the brother of Guy's friend George) finds out Guy's mother is in the hospital and his father is dead, he invites Guy to stay with his family. As Kaz's parents speak little English, Guy begins to learn Japanese. Then, when Guy's mother dies, the Unis adopt him. He becomes especially close to Kaz's mother.
Key Witness
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Dennis Hopper, Jeffrey Hunter, Pat Crowley, Susan Harrison, Joby Baker, Corey Allen
Rating62% 3.1491053.1491053.1491053.1491053.149105
An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize him and his family to keep him from testifying against them. Only by psychologically playing one gang member against the others is the man able to bring the police to his rescue.