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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. It Started with Eve (1941)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.7
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In order to please his dying father, a man convinces a hat-check girl to impersonate his fiancée, but complications arise when the father's health suddenly improves.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Charles Laughton, Robert Cummings, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 1,039

3. 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

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: 1,496

5. 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: 1,924

6. My Pal, the King (1932)

74 min | Western

7.5
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The king of a European country, who is a child, meets the cowboy star of a traveling circus.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Tom Mix, Mickey Rooney, James Kirkwood, Wallis Clark

Votes: 13

7. 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: 4,904

8. 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: 1,926

9. Princess O'Hara (1935)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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King, the driver of a horse-drawn hansom cab, is killed in a turf war between Vic Toledo's cab company and his competitors. Vic sends his goons to get King's daughter Princess a new horse but they steal a prized racing horse.

Director: David Burton | Stars: Jean Parker, Chester Morris, Leon Errol, Vince Barnett

Votes: 14

10. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

7.2
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Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

Votes: 773

11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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When Public Enemy No. 3 Sonny McGann meets composer Bob Gunther, he gets the idea of having Bob write music to a poem he has written about his long-lost sweetheart Sadie McGlonsky. ... See full summary »

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Broderick Crawford, Jessie Ralph, Johnny Downs, Peggy Moran

Votes: 9

12. The Countess of Monte Cristo (1934)

Passed | 78 min | Comedy

7.2
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A light-hearted comedy when a bit player in a musical tries to convince her friends that she is a countess.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Fay Wray, Paul Lukas, Reginald Owen, Patsy Kelly

Votes: 15

13. 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: 853

14. In the Navy (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.1
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Russ Raymond, America's number one crooner, disappears and joins the Navy under the name Tommy Halstead. Dorothy Roberts, a magazine journalist, is intent on finding out what happened to ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Powell, Claire Dodd

Votes: 2,656

15. 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

16. 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: 935

17. 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: 4,271

18. 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: 1,021

19. Destry Rides Again (1932)

Passed | 61 min | Romance, Western

7.0
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Brant frames Destry and has men testify against him. Found guilty he vows to return. Back from prison he goes after the man that framed him. When the Sheriff is shot before he can talk, ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Tom Mix, Claudia Dell, Zasu Pitts, Stanley Fields

Votes: 64

20. 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

21. 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: 56

22. 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: 659

23. 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

24. Cheating Cheaters (1934)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

6.9
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The Palmers, an apparently wealthy family, move into the house next door to the Lazarres. However, the Palmers are actually a gang of thieves plotting to rob the Lazarres. What the Palmers ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Fay Wray, Cesar Romero, Minna Gombell, Henry Armetta

Votes: 7

25. Seven Sinners (1940)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Bijou, a saloon singer with a reputation for inciting brouhahas, is one of several deportees from a south Pacific island to arrive at another U.S. protectorate, Boni Komba. She becomes very... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 1,018

26. Alias Mary Dow (1935)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

6.8
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A taxi-dancer agrees to pose as a girl who had been kidnapped as a child 18 years before.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Sally Eilers, Ray Milland, Henry O'Neill, Katharine Alexander

Votes: 25

27. 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: 1,188

28. 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

29. The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935)

87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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An opium-addicted choirmaster develops an obsession for a beautiful young girl and will not stop short of murder in order to have her.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Claude Rains, Douglass Montgomery, Heather Angel, David Manners

Votes: 350

30. The Lady in the Morgue (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.7
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A detective investigates the disappearance of a girl's body from the city morgue.

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Preston Foster, Patricia Ellis, Frank Jenks, Thomas E. Jackson

Votes: 38

31. The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

6.6
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In old New Orleans, a beautiful adventuress juggles the attentions of a rich banker and a dashing sea captain.

Director: René Clair | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Bruce Cabot, Roland Young, Mischa Auer

Votes: 854

32. 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

33. Rio (1939)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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A crazed man escapes from prison to kill his wife's lover.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Victor McLaglen, Sigrid Gurie, Robert Cummings

Votes: 71

34. 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

35. Between Us Girls (1942)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

6.6
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Carrie, ambitious young actress and her manager Mike Kilinsky, travel east from Chicago to Long Island so Carrie can see the new mansion that her mother Chris has just purchased. Chris is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Diana Barrymore, Robert Cummings, Kay Francis, John Boles

Votes: 55

36. The Girl on the Front Page (1936)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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The heiress to a powerful newspaper owner gets a job at the paper under an assumed name and helps break up a blackmail racket.

Director: Harry Beaumont | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Gloria Stuart, Reginald Owen, Spring Byington

Votes: 23

37. Werewolf of London (1935)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews

Votes: 4,158

38. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 2,772

39. Love Before Breakfast (1936)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy

6.5
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A rich businessman stalks another man's fiancée.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Carole Lombard, Preston Foster, Cesar Romero, Janet Beecher

Votes: 559

40. You're Not So Tough (1940)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

6.5
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The Dead End Kids are out of the slums of New York's East Side and running around the sunny valleys of California looking for a way to make a quick buck. The idea of working never enters ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: The Dead End Kids, Nan Grey, Rosina Galli, Henry Armetta

Votes: 20

41. 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

42. 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: 315 | Gross: $2.12M

43. 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

44. 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

45. 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

46. Key Witness (1960)

Approved | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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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

47. His Exciting Night (1938)

61 min | Comedy

6.3
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Director: Gus Meins | Stars: Charles Ruggles, Richard Lane, Maxie Rosenbloom, Marion Martin

Votes: 7

48. The Black Doll (1938)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

6.2
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Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his ... See full summary »

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: Donald Woods, Nan Grey, Edgar Kennedy, C. Henry Gordon

Votes: 85

49. Great Expectations (1934)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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9 year old 'Pip' Pirrip, an orphan living with relatives, aids and befriends an escaped convict on the moors, an act that will have a profound effect on his life.

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed

Votes: 128

50. The Last Warning (1938)

Approved | 63 min | Mystery

6.2
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In their third and last teaming, Bill Crane and Doc Williams visit a country estate to investigate threatening letters from the mysterious 'Eye.'

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Preston Foster, Frank Jenks, Kay Linaker, E.E. Clive

Votes: 19



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