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1. Louisiana (1947)

Approved | 85 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jimmie Davis, Margaret Lindsay, John Gallaudet, Freddie Stewart

Votes: 10

2. A Wave, a WAC and a Marine (1944)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.6
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Henny, talent scout for the Margaret Ames Film Agency in Hollywood, mistakes Judy and Marian, the understudies, for Eileen and Betty, the real stars of a Broadway show and signs them up for... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Elyse Knox, Ann Gillis, Sally Eilers, Richard Lane

Votes: 52

3. 99 River Street (1953)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen

Votes: 1,907

4. Scandal Sheet (1952)

Passed | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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The editor of an exploitation newspaper commits a murder and assigns his protégé to investigate hoping to divert attention away from himself.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 1,462

5. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand

Votes: 4,867

6. The Phenix City Story (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John McIntire, Richard Kiley, Kathryn Grant, Edward Andrews

Votes: 1,924

7. Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.1
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When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone, Patricia Owens

Votes: 820

8. Dark Alibi (1946)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A public defender enlists Charlie to exonerate one of his clients, an ex-con falsely accused of bank robbery and murder, scheduled for execution in nine days.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, Benson Fong

Votes: 944

9. The Shanghai Cobra (1945)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Someone is attempting to steal radium stored in a bank. Death by cobra venom connects a number of murders. Charlie investigates.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Benson Fong, James Cardwell

Votes: 934

10. Walking Tall (1973)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,239

11. Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | 97 min | Western

7.0
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A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Van Heflin, Tab Hunter, Kathryn Grant, James Darren

Votes: 1,019

12. Live Wires (1946)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Crime

7.0
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Slip, who has difficulties in keeping a job for too long, is hired by the District Attorney's office to serve summons and warrants to problematic citizens.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Mike Mazurki, Bobby Jordan

Votes: 254

13. Thunderhoof (1948)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.0
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Texas rancher Scotty Mason goes into the Mexican desert-country in search of a wild horse, and takes his young wife, Margarita and his hired-hand, The Kid, whose life Scotty had saved a few... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Preston Foster, Mary Stuart, William Bishop, Dice

Votes: 55

14. The Brothers Rico (1957)

Passed | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9
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A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates

Votes: 647

15. Bowery Bombshell (1946)

Passed | 65 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Slip (Leo Gorcey), Sach (Huntz Hall), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Whitey (William Benedict) and Chuck (David Gorcey) unsuccessfully try to sell a dilapidated car to a street cleaner for a ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, William 'Billy' Benedict

Votes: 244

16. Tight Spot (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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A female inmate is whisked out of prison and into a police guarded hotel until the District Attorney can convince her to testify against the mob in the upcoming trial.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 1,175

17. The Young Doctors (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.7
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Two pathologists -- a veteran department head (Fredric March) whose perspective has been shaped by years of red tape and day-to-day frustrations, and his new assistant (Ben Gazarra), a ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Fredric March, Ben Gazzara, Dick Clark, Ina Balin

Votes: 358

18. Black Gold (1947)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, History, Sport

6.6
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In the 1920s Texas, Indian farmer Charley Eagle is dreaming of winning the Kentucky Derby with his Black Hope horse but things change when oil is found on his land and the Black Gold colt is born.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Katherine DeMille, 'Ducky' Louie, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 127

19. Kilroy Was Here (1947)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

6.6
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"Kilroy Was Here" was a popular expression during World War II, but it's not much fun to John J. Kilroy, who has to try to live with all the jokes and wisecracks regarding his name.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jackie Cooper, Jackie Coogan, Wanda McKay, Frank Jenks

Votes: 28

20. Rocky (1948)

Approved | 76 min | Drama

6.5
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Out fishing one day, painter John Hammond and his son Chris come across Bert Hillman, the foreman of a local ranch. He and his ranch hand are searching for a wild dog that killed one of ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Karlson, William Beaudine | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier, Nita Hunter, Gale Sherwood

Votes: 28

21. Framed (1975)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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A gambler kills a sheriff in self defense. But as everyone in conspiring against him, he is condemned to a long sentence in prison.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Conny Van Dyke, Gabriel Dell, John Marley

Votes: 313 | Gross: $2.12M

22. The Brigand (1952)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Romance

6.4
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In the 1800s, after an assassination attempt by Prince Ramon against the king of Mandorra, a brigand resembling the king surreptitiously impersonates the incapacitated monarch in order to throw off the plotters.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance, Gale Robbins, Anthony Quinn

Votes: 117

23. Wife Wanted (1946)

Approved | 73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne, Veda Ann Borg

Votes: 70

24. Mask of the Avenger (1951)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.4
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During the European revolutionary fervor of 1848, Italian Captain Renato Dimorna tries to avenge his father's death, goes against the corrupt local military governor Larocca and prevents an Austrian military invasion.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Derek, Anthony Quinn, Jody Lawrance, Arnold Moss

Votes: 231

25. Key Witness (1960)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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In Los Angeles, a brave witness to murder agrees to testify in court against the street gang leader who's desperate to silence him.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Pat Crowley, Dennis Hopper, Joby Baker

Votes: 265

26. The Texas Rangers (1951)

Passed | 74 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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It's 1874 and the Texas Rangers have been reorganized. But Sam Bass has assembled a group of notorious outlaws into a gang the Rangers are unable to cope with. So the Ranger Major releases ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland, Noah Beery Jr.

Votes: 210

27. The Silencers (1966)

TV-PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono

Votes: 2,285

28. Kid Galahad (1962)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, Musical, Sport

6.1
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After completing his military service, Walter Gulick takes a job as a sparring partner at a gym, the owner of which sees potential in Walter as a professional fighter and takes him under his wing.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman

Votes: 2,142 | Gross: $1.75M

29. Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Approved | 61 min | Musical, Romance

6.1
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A chorus girl falls in love with a wealthy young man, but their relationship is jeopardized by her mother's fears about the reaction of his family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Nana Bryant

Votes: 796

30. The Secret Ways (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Adventure, History, Mystery

6.1
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During the 1956 Hungarian uprising, an American mercenary is hired to smuggle a Hungarian resistance leader out of Soviet-occupied Budapest.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Richard Widmark | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann, Charles Regnier, Walter Rilla

Votes: 166

31. Assignment: Paris (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Cold war intrigue in France and Hungary.

Directors: Robert Parrish, Phil Karlson | Stars: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, George Sanders, Audrey Totter

Votes: 221

32. The Iroquois Trail (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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Hawkeye, an American scout, helps the British side in the French and Indian War, aided by his Indian blood brother Sagamore.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: George Montgomery, Brenda Marshall, Glenn Langan, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 99

33. Adventures in Silverado (1948)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Drama, Western

6.0
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"Into California's 1880 frontier country rides Robert Louis Stevenson (Edgar Barrier), the novelist, looking for story material 'in a land of stage-drivers and highwaymen', and soon finds ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: William Bishop, Gloria Henry, Edgar Buchanan, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 27

34. G.I. Honeymoon (1945)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

6.0
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The efforts of a young soldier and his new bride to make their marriage "official" are continually thwarted by a string of army "emergencies".

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Gale Storm, Peter Cookson, Arline Judge, Frank Jenks

Votes: 17

35. The Wrecking Crew (1969)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.9
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The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan

Votes: 1,783

36. 5 Against the House (1955)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore

Votes: 873

37. Lorna Doone (1951)

TV-PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.9
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Set in 17th century Scotland, a young woman falls in love with a humble villager whose community suffers under the rule of her despotic landowning family.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop

Votes: 148

38. Hell's Island (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Adventure, Drama, Film-Noir

5.9
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Down-on-his-luck Mike Cormack is hired to fly to a Caribbean island to retrieve a missing ruby. On the island, possibly involved with the ruby's disappearance, is his ex-girlfriend.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: John Payne, Mary Murphy, Francis L. Sullivan, Eduardo Noriega

Votes: 228

39. They Rode West (1954)

Approved | 84 min | Western

5.9
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A young cavalry doctor treats very sick Indians against orders, whom are forced to stay on unhealthy land, which could lead to a war.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Robert Francis, Donna Reed, May Wynn, Philip Carey

Votes: 411

40. Hornets' Nest (1970)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, War

5.8
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In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 705

41. Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

TV-G | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

5.8
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A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love...

Directors: Don Taylor, Phil Karlson | Stars: Fabian, Shelley Fabares, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden

Votes: 562

42. Rampage (1963)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Romance

5.7
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A German zoo hires two hunters to catch a rare breed of panther in Malaysia. The girlfriend of one of the hunters accompanies them on their hunt, which tenses the situation as the other ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli, Jack Hawkins, Sabu

Votes: 434

43. Down Memory Lane (1949)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, History, Music

5.7
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This film is a compilation, with narration by Steve Allen, of comedies from the old Mack Sennett silent studio. Sennett, himself, appears in a cameo at the end of the film.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Steve Allen, Bing Crosby, W.C. Fields, Franklin Pangborn

Votes: 24

44. The Big Cat (1949)

Approved | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lon McCallister, Peggy Ann Garner, Preston Foster, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 152

45. A Time for Killing (1967)

Not Rated | 88 min | Western

5.4
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Confederate POWs escape a Union camp and make for the Mexico border chased by Union troops with both parties oblivious to the fact that peace was declared.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Roger Corman | Stars: Inger Stevens, Glenn Ford, Paul Petersen, Timothy Carey

Votes: 666

46. Ben (1972)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O'Connell, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 2,068

47. Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

5.3
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A struggling young singer falls for a nightclub owner whose father, a millionaire, is trying to shut it down. Featuring The Three Stooges as waiters.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Gale Storm, Phil Regan, Moe Howard, Larry Fine

Votes: 273

48. Behind the Mask (1946)

Approved | 68 min | Mystery

4.9
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Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont ... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Karlson, William Beaudine | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, Dorothea Kent

Votes: 103

49. There Goes Kelly (1945)

61 min | Mystery, Comedy

4.9
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Two young men working as pages at a radio station try to get an audition for a girl they know who wants to be a singer. When the station's star singer is murdered, they decide to solve the crime themselves.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jackie Moran, Wanda McKay, Sidney Miller, Ralph Sanford

Votes: 36

50. The Missing Lady (1946)

Passed | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.8
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A jade statue, the "missing lady", is stolen and its owner killed. Lamont Cranston, alias the Shadow, sets out to catch the killer but is blamed for the murders himself as each time he ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Kane Richmond, Barbara Read, George Chandler, James Flavin

Votes: 60



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