50 films of GEORGE REEVES (1914 - 1959)

by milam_ogden | created - 05 Jan 2016 | updated - 05 Jan 2016 | Public

God smiled and danced in the streets when George Reeves was born on this date in Woodstock, IA. He was raised in Pasadena, CA and worked in the Pasadena Playhouse. His first film appearance was Gone with the Wind in 1939.

Over a career that lasted only 14 years, Reeves appeared in 50 movies.

Major genres include: drama (23), romance (20), adventure (14) and action (14).

The vast majority of his films were released in the 40s (77%).

IMDb data summary is: mean - 6.5, median - 6.6 and mode 6.8 (9)

Highest IMDb rating - 8.2 Gone with the Wind (1939) Lowest rating - 1.7 Jungle Goddess (1948)

Reeves' claim to fame was playing Superman on television during the 50s. It was on the air from 1952 to 1958 and was very popular with the youth of that era.

A movie entitled Hollywoodland chronicled the life story of George and his questionable death.

Reeves died on June 16th, 1959 in Beverly Hills, CA. His death was eventually ruled a suicide.

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1. Espionage Agent (1939)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

When Barry Corvall discovers that his new bride is a possible enemy agent, he resigns from the diplomatic service to go undercover to route out an espionage ring planning to destroy ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joel McCrea, Brenda Marshall, Jeffrey Lynn, George Bancroft

Votes: 364

2. On Dress Parade (1939)

Passed | 62 min | Drama

The Dead End Kids are sent to military school.

Directors: William Clemens, Noel M. Smith | Stars: Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell

Votes: 311 | Gross: $0.10M

3. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, Romance, War

97 Metascore

The manipulative daughter of a Georgia plantation owner conducts a turbulent romance with a roguish profiteer during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 310,610 | Gross: $198.68M

my # 5 favorite movie

4. Four Wives (1939)

Approved | 110 min | Drama, Romance

Three of the four musically inclined daughters of Adam Lemp, the Dean of the Briarwood Music Foundation, are settling into their lives as wives, but not all is well. Thea Lemp has long ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Gale Page

Votes: 657 | Gross: $0.36M

5. The Fighting 69th (1940)

Passed | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he'll prove himself in the end.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, George Brent, Jeffrey Lynn

Votes: 1,879

# 6 on my favorite Reeves' movies

6. Calling Philo Vance (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Despite an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, designer Archer Coe's design is being bid on by German, Japanese, and Italian agents - until he's murdered.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: James Stephenson, Margot Stevenson, Henry O'Neill, Edward Brophy

Votes: 415

7. Virginia City (1940)

Passed | 121 min | Western

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from Confederate Prison and is set to Virginia City, Nevada, where he finds out that the former commander of his prison, Vance Irby, is planning to send $5 million in gold to save the Confederacy.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 2,635

my 7th favorite Reeves movie

8. 'Til We Meet Again (1940)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Dying Joan Ames meets criminal Dan Hardesty on a luxury liner as he is being transported back to America by policeman Steve Burke to face execution. Joan and Dan fall in love, their fates unbeknownst to one another.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Merle Oberon, George Brent, Pat O'Brien, Geraldine Fitzgerald

Votes: 645

9. Tear Gas Squad (1940)

Approved | 55 min | Drama, Music

Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer.

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Dennis Morgan, John Payne, Gloria Dickson, George Reeves

Votes: 309

10. Torrid Zone (1940)

Passed | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Plagued by revolutionaries that harass his plantation in a banana republic, fruit company exec Steve Case rehires former nemesis Nick Butler to restore order and profits.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, Andy Devine

Votes: 1,387

11. Gambling on the High Seas (1940)

Passed | 55 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Gambling boss Greg Morella runs a crooked ship-- all the gaming tables on his floating casino are rigged. Because the ship operates outside of the three-mile state limit, the authorities ... See full summary »

Director: George Amy | Stars: Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman, Gilbert Roland, John Litel

Votes: 312

12. Ladies Must Live (1940)

Approved | 58 min | Comedy, Romance

When actress Pat Halliday gets out of a jam with the help of farmer Corey Lake, she invites him to come see her sometime in the big city. Corey, who is actually a millionaire who dabbles in... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane, Lee Patrick, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 89

13. Argentine Nights (1940)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Music

An all-girl band flees to Argentina to avoid their creditors.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Al Ritz, Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz

Votes: 57

14. Calling All Husbands (1940)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy

Homer Trippe is very henpecked by his wife, and Mrs. Trippe also dominates the life of her daughter, dismissing her boyfriend Dan as merely a delivery clerk. Mrs. Trippe constantly moans ... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: George Tobias, Lucile Fairbanks, Ernest Truex, George Reeves

Votes: 108

15. Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,902

my # 8 rated movie of George Reeves

16. Always a Bride (1940)

Not Rated | 58 min | Comedy, Romance

Alice Bond is under a lot of pressure from her parents to marry Marshall Winkler, an arrogant blowhard whose only positive quality is his money. Alice really cares for Michael Stevens, an ... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Rosemary Lane, George Reeves, John Eldredge, Virginia Brissac

Votes: 165

17. Father Is a Prince (1940)

Approved | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

Carpet-sweeper manufacturer John Bower has no patience with inefficiency, lawyers, or vacuum cleaners. He's a bit of a skinflint, too. His family thinks he works too hard. He feels inferior... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Grant Mitchell, Nana Bryant, John Litel, George Reeves

Votes: 139

18. The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

Passed | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

Quick-tempered yet likable Biff Grimes falls for the beautiful Virginia Brush, but he is not the only young man in the neighborhood who is smitten with her.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth, Alan Hale

Votes: 3,733

19. Dead Men Tell (1941)

Approved | 61 min | Mystery

A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Sidney Toler, Sheila Ryan, Robert Weldon, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,227

20. Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Sport

Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, Alla Nazimova

Votes: 2,797 | Gross: $5.92M

21. Lydia (1941)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Romance

Four friends reminisce in old age. Each of the men had been in love with the main character, Lydia. The interweaving stories reveal the reason why she never married any of them and, indeed, never married at all.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal

Votes: 799

22. Man at Large (1941)

Passed | 70 min | Mystery, Thriller, War

Reporter Dallas Dayle and FBI agent Bob Grayson hunt an escaped Nazi.

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Marjorie Weaver, George Reeves, Richard Derr, Steven Geray

Votes: 26

23. Blue, White and Perfect (1942)

Passed | 74 min | Mystery

Detective Michael Shayne boards a Hawaii-bound ocean liner on the trail of stolen industrial diamonds and a Nazi smuggling ring.

Director: Herbert I. Leeds | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, Helene Reynolds, George Reeves

Votes: 437

24. The Mad Martindales (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In 1900 San Francisco, two sisters, one responsible and one flighty, deal with their love interests and the late mortgage payments of their squandering father who only wants to pursue his bungalow development project.

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Jane Withers, Marjorie Weaver, Alan Mowbray, Jimmy Lydon

Votes: 28

25. Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943)

Approved | 67 min | Western

Sheriff Hoppy has to find a way to bring the bad guys, headed by Tom Jordan, to justice in the Lone Star state. The problem is that they are hiding out beyond his jurisdiction, in Oklahoma.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Victor Jory

Votes: 246

26. Border Incident (1949)

Passed | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell

Votes: 2,439

# 9 on my top 10 list

27. Buckskin Frontier (1943)

Approved | 65 min | Western

A railroad man and the owner of a freight line battle for control of a crucial mountain pass.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Richard Dix, Jane Wyatt, Albert Dekker, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 195

28. Leather Burners (1943)

Passed | 58 min | Western

As rustled cattle have mysteriously disappeared, Bar 20 ranch hand Johnny Travers sends for old friends Hopalong Cassidy and California Carlson.

Director: Joseph Henabery | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Victor Jory

Votes: 205

29. Colt Comrades (1943)

Passed | 67 min | Western

While oil drilling, Hoppy and California discover an underground well - a potential threat to Jebb Hardin's monopoly on water in the region.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Teddi Sherman

Votes: 231

#10 on my list

30. So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

Passed | 126 min | Drama, Romance, War

A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves

Votes: 1,744

31. The Kansan (1943)

Passed | 79 min | Western

Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that he's been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Richard Dix, Jane Wyatt, Albert Dekker, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 390

32. Bar 20 (1943)

Passed | 54 min | Western

Stagecoach robbers take the money Hoppy was going to use to buy cattle so Hoppy, California and Lin go after them.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, George Reeves, Dustine Farnum

Votes: 235

33. Winged Victory (1944)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Pinky Scariano, Allan Ross, and Frankie Davis all join the Army Air Forces with hopes of becoming pilots. In training, they meet and become pals with Bobby Grills and Irving Miller, and the... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Mark Daniels, Edmond O'Brien, Lon McCallister, Don Taylor

Votes: 196

34. Variety Girl (1947)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical

Almost everyone under contract to Paramount Pictures at the time make cameos or perform songs, with particularly large amounts of screen time featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 438

35. The Sainted Sisters (1948)

89 min | Comedy

After stealing 10 thousand dollars from a New York businessman, two female cons hide in a small Maine town where, against their will, they perform good deeds and become respectable.

Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Veronica Lake, Joan Caulfield, Barry Fitzgerald, George Reeves

Votes: 114

36. Jungle Goddess (1948)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

When a plane carrying the daughter of a millionaire crashes in an African jungle, two pilots set out to collect the reward. They discover that she has become the goddess of a primitive ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis D. Collins | Stars: George Reeves, Wanda McKay, Ralph Byrd, Armida

Votes: 797

37. Thunder in the Pines (1948)

Approved | 61 min | Western

Loggers Jeff Collins and Boomer Benson compete for a mail-order bride by means of a timber-cutting contest.

Director: Robert Gordon | Stars: George Reeves, Ralph Byrd, Greg McClure, Michael Whalen

Votes: 69

38. Jungle Jim (1948)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Family

Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards joins the quest but is actually after gold and buried treasure.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Virginia Grey, George Reeves, Lita Baron

Votes: 781

39. The Mutineers (1949)

Approved | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Mobster Thomas Nagle and his gang take over a ship to use running guns and counterfeit money into Lisbon.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Jon Hall, Adele Jergens, George Reeves, Noel Cravat

Votes: 31

40. Arson, Inc. (1949)

Passed | 63 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An arson investigator goes undercover to break up a ring that sets fires in order to collect the insurance.

Director: William Berke | Stars: Robert Lowery, Anne Gwynne, Edward Brophy, Marcia Mae Jones

Votes: 215

41. Special Agent (1949)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama, History

Johnny Douglas investigates a train robbery, committed by brothers Paul and Edmond Devereaux, in which Lucille Peters' father was killed.

Director: William C. Thomas | Stars: William Eythe, George Reeves, Kasey Rogers, Paul Valentine

Votes: 107

42. The Great Lover (1949)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

On an ocean liner, an inept scoutmaster pursues a duchess while a killer pursues him.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Roland Young, Roland Culver

Votes: 488

43. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Family, History

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 7,937 | Gross: $28.80M

# 4 of my top ten Reeves movies

44. The Adventures of Sir Galahad (1949)

Approved | 252 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Sir Galahad, a knight of the Round Table, searches for the legendary sword Excalibur.

Directors: Derwin Abrahams, Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: George Reeves, Nelson Leigh, William Fawcett, Hugh Prosser

Votes: 94