40 FILMS - COLEEN GRAY (1922 - 2015)

by milam_ogden | created - 10 Aug 2015 | updated - 25 Nov 2015 | Public

I was sad last week (8/3) when Coleen passed away in Bel Air, CA. She was one of my favorite actress when I discovered film noir. This appeared in 40 feature films and 71 TV series. The majority of her film genres include: drama, western and crime stories. Here are her 40 feature films listed in order of their release date.

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1. State Fair (1945)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine

Votes: 3,338

2. Three Little Girls in Blue (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Musical

A reworking of the movie Three Blind Mice (1938) based on the play of the same name, which in turn led to another remake Moon Over Miami (1941). This remake is set during the turn of the ... See full summary »

Directors: H. Bruce Humberstone, John Brahm | Stars: June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Celeste Holm

Votes: 202

3. The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms... See full summary »

Directors: George Seaton, Edmund Goulding, John M. Stahl | Stars: Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, Anne Revere, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 329 | Gross: $2.73M

4. Kiss of Death (1947)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Nick Bianco is caught during a botched jewellery heist. The prosecution offer him a more lenient sentence if he squeals on his accomplices but he doesn't roll over on them. Three years into the sentence an event changes his mind.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Victor Mature, Brian Donlevy, Coleen Gray, Richard Widmark

Votes: 6,475

a very good film noir classic

5. Nightmare Alley (1947)

Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker

Votes: 6,644

one of my top 25 film noir favorites

6. Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

Passed | 88 min | Western

Two sons of a general try to prove that he did not give an order that resulted in the Indian massacre of a wagon train and army fort.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Victor Mature, Coleen Gray, Glenn Langan, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 290

7. Red River (1948)

Passed | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Dunson leads a cattle drive, the culmination of over 14 years of work, to its destination in Missouri. But his tyrannical behavior along the way causes a mutiny, led by his adopted son.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Arthur Rosson | Stars: John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan

Votes: 25,767

my favorite western of all time

8. Sand (1949)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Drama, Western

A show horseman, Jeff Keane (Mark Stevens), loses his prize stallion, Jubilee (Sun's Red Shadow), as a result of a train wreck in Colorado, and enlists the aid of rancher Joan Hartley (... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Mark Stevens, Coleen Gray, Rory Calhoun, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 31

9. Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Family

William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their ... See full summary »

Directors: Abby Berlin, Norman Foster | Stars: William Holden, Coleen Gray, Mary Jane Saunders, Charles Winninger

Votes: 332

10. Riding High (1950)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Bing Crosby, Coleen Gray, Charles Bickford, Frances Gifford

Votes: 403

11. The Sleeping City (1950)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In New York, the murder of a Bellvue Hospital intern prompts the police to send an undercover detective to investigate.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Richard Conte, Coleen Gray, Richard Taber, John Alexander

Votes: 296

12. Lucky Nick Cain (1951)

87 min | Crime, Drama

American gambler Nick Cain arrives at the Mediterranean town of San Paola, and befriends an orphan Italian shoe-shine boy named Toni. He is puzzled by the reception and welcome he receives ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: George Raft, Coleen Gray, Enzo Staiola, Charles Goldner

Votes: 100

13. Apache Drums (1951)

Approved | 76 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A gambler is thrown out of a western town, but returns when the town is suddenly threatened by a band of marauding Apaches.

Director: Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Willard Parker, Arthur Shields

Votes: 523

14. Models Inc. (1952)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A young woman gets involved in a racket in which beautiful young models marry for money.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Howard Duff, Coleen Gray, John Howard, Marjorie Reynolds

Votes: 41

15. Kansas City Confidential (1952)

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

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: 5,262

another excellent film noir movie

16. The Vanquished (1953)

Approved | 84 min | Western

After the Civil War, unscrupulous and corrupt civilian administrators, backed by the Union Army, run Southern towns like despots, causing public outrage.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Payne, Jan Sterling, Coleen Gray, Lyle Bettger

Votes: 120

17. Sabre Jet (1953)

Passed | 90 min | Drama, War

The story of jet pilots flying over Korea by day, from their Itazuke Air Base in Japan, and of their wives, on station with them, who have dinner ready when they return. Jane Carter (Coleen... See full summary »

Director: Louis King | Stars: Robert Stack, Coleen Gray, Richard Arlen, Julie Bishop

Votes: 104

18. The Fake (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama

An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting.

Director: Godfrey Grayson | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray, Hugh Williams, Guy Middleton

Votes: 211

19. Arrow in the Dust (1954)

Approved | 79 min | Romance, Western

A cavalry deserter risks his life to warn and protect a wagon train from an impending Indian attack.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Keith Larsen, Tom Tully

Votes: 315

20. Las Vegas Shakedown (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A teacher (Coleen Gray) writing a book about gambling meets a hotel/casino owner (Dennis O'Keefe) threatened by a gangster.

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray, Charles Winninger, Thomas Gomez

Votes: 25

21. Tennessee's Partner (1955)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Romance, Western

In a California mining town, a gold miner, a saloon gambler and a cat-house madam strike an odd alliance revolving around a gold mine claim.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming, Coleen Gray

Votes: 489

22. The Twinkle in God's Eye (1955)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy, Western

Reverend Macklin is headed for Lodestone where his father was killed 25 years before when the Indians burnt down the church. He plans to rebuild the church and minister to the people, but ... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Coleen Gray, Hugh O'Brian, Joey Forman

Votes: 52

23. The Wild Dakotas (1956)

Passed | 73 min | Action, Adventure, Western

When Indian land is threatened by a take-over by white settlers, a frontiersman tries to prevent an Indian uprising.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Bill Williams, Coleen Gray, Jim Davis, John Litel

Votes: 30

24. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 74,400

25. Star in the Dust (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A sheriff planning on legally hanging a killer, has to contend with farmers who want to lynch him, and cattlemen who want to help him escape.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: John Agar, Mamie Van Doren, Richard Boone, Coleen Gray

Votes: 419

26. Frontier Gambler (1956)

Approved | 71 min | Western

A marshal investigating the death of a woman who owned a gambling house finds that he's developing an attraction to the image of the dead woman, and then she shows up very much alive.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: John Bromfield, Coleen Gray, Kent Taylor, Jim Davis

Votes: 118

27. Death of a Scoundrel (1956)

Approved | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The New York police investigates the murder of a Czech immigrant whose rags-to-riches story is told by his secretary to homicide detectives.

Director: Charles Martin | Stars: George Sanders, Yvonne De Carlo, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Victor Jory

Votes: 745

28. The Black Whip (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Western

Two brothers rescue four dance-hall girls, and encounter trouble from a villain wielding a wicked whip.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Coleen Gray, Adele Mara, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 107

29. Destination 60,000 (1957)

65 min | Drama

Destination 60,000 tells the story of test pilots flying an experimental supersonic fighter designs from Edwards Air Force Base.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Preston Foster, Pat Conway, Jeff Donnell, Coleen Gray

Votes: 14

30. The Vampire (1957)

Approved | 75 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A kind, small-town doctor mistakenly injests pills made from vampire bat blood and they turn him into a dangerous fanged creature

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: John Beal, Coleen Gray, Kenneth Tobey, Lydia Reed

Votes: 845

31. Copper Sky (1957)

Approved | 77 min | Western

A Boston schoolmarm out west meets the sole survivor of a massacre, a drunk in jail.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Coleen Gray, Strother Martin, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 137

32. Hell's Five Hours (1958)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

This story follows a crazed man on his way to committing suicide on the towns nuclear plant with a bomb strap to his torso after being fired from the plant. But while up on top of the plant... See full summary »

Director: Jack L. Copeland | Stars: Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, Vic Morrow, Maurice Manson

Votes: 72

33. Johnny Rocco (1958)

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

Gangster and police look for a gangster's son who witnessed a murder.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Richard Eyer, Stephen McNally, Coleen Gray, James Flavin

Votes: 36

34. The Leech Woman (1960)

Approved | 77 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

Director: Edward Dein | Stars: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Phillip Terry, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 1,496

35. The Phantom Planet (1961)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

Director: William Marshall | Stars: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter, Francis X. Bushman

Votes: 2,429

36. Town Tamer (1965)

Approved | 89 min | Western

A gunfighter is hired to clean up a wild frontier town, but there are forces afoot who want to keep the town as wide-open as it is.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Dana Andrews, Terry Moore, Pat O'Brien, Lon Chaney Jr.

Votes: 167

37. P.J. (1968)

Approved | 109 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A down-on-his-luck New York private eye takes a bodyguard job for the death-threatened mistress of a shady millionaire and gets involved in conspiracy and murder.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: George Peppard, Raymond Burr, Gayle Hunnicutt, Brock Peters

Votes: 199

a neo-noir PI flock

38. The Late Liz (1971)

GP | 119 min | Drama

Religion changes a woman's attitude towards alcohol.

Director: Dick Ross | Stars: Anne Baxter, Steve Forrest, James Gregory, Coleen Gray

Votes: 47

39. Mother (1978)

Not Rated | 62 min | Drama

Film noir icon Coleen Gray (Red River, The Killing, Riding High), Dallas Hill ("Accalimed artist" & "Country-singsation") & "Legendary Silent Film Star" Patsy Ruth Mller (Esmeralda in Lon ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Pinette | Stars: Scott Shaw Matthews, Coleen Gray, Dallas Hill, Patsy Ruth Miller

Votes: 10

40. Cry from the Mountain (1985)

PG | 78 min | Adventure, Drama

The film centers on an emotional kayaking trip between a father and a son. The father has taken his boy into the deep Alaskan wilderness to tell him that he is divorcing the boy's mother, ... See full summary »

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Chris Kidd, Wes Parker, Rita Walter, James Cavan

Votes: 64

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