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Known Credits: 43

Birthday: 1908-07-02

Day of Death: 1985-12-12

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

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Phil Karlson

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Phil Karlson (July 2, 1908, Chicago, Illinois – December 12, 1985, Los Angeles, California) was a film director known for his no-nonsense film noirs. Karlson directed 99 River Street, Kansas City Confidential and Hell's Island all with actor John Payne in the early 1950s. Other films include Rocky (1948), The Phenix City Story (1955), 5 Against the House (1955) and The Young Doctors (1961).

Phil Karlson was the son of popular Irish actress Lillian O'Brien.

He studied painting at Chicago's Art Institute, and law, at his father's request, at Loyola Marymount University in California.

Karlson got into the film industry working as a prop man while a law student. After working a number of film jobs, including being an assistant director for a number of Abbott and Costello films, Karlson directed his first film in 1944 and in 1948 directed the first film starring Marilyn Monroe, Ladies of the Chorus. He worked on a number of low-budget projects for Monogram Pictures and Eagle-Lion Films before making his mark in 1950. It was then that he was known for directing tough, realistic and sometimes violent gritty crime films. In the 1960s the quality of his directed films declined, which included working on Kid Galahad (1962) with Elvis Presley and two Dean Martin Matt Helm spy films, including The Wrecking Crew (1969) co-starring Sharon Tate and Elke Sommer. He had his biggest success in 1973 when he directed the hit film, Walking Tall. The film made the director a rich man many times over, thanks to the fact that he owned a huge part of the movie.

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Directing
1975 Framed … Director
1973 Walking Tall … Director
1972 Ben … Director
1970 Hornet's Nest … Director
1969 The Wrecking Crew … Director
1967 A Time for Killing … Director
1966 The Silencers … Director
1964 Ride the Wild Surf … Director
1963 Rampage … Director
1962 Kid Galahad … Director
1961 The Young Doctors … Director
1961 The Secret Ways … Director
1960 Key Witness … Director
1960 Hell to Eternity … Director
1959 The Scarface Mob … Director
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse - (2 episodes) … Director
1958 Gunman's Walk … Director
1957 The Brothers Rico … Director
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater - (1 episode) … Director
1955 The Phenix City Story … Director
1955 5 Against the House … Director
1955 Hell's Island … Director
1955 Tight Spot … Director
1954 They Rode West … Director
1953 99 River Street … Director
1952 Kansas City Confidential … Director
1952 The Brigand … Director
1952 Scandal Sheet … Director
1951 Mask of the Avenger … Director
1951 Lorna Doone … Director
1949 The Big Cat … Director
1949 Ladies Of The Chorus … Director
1946 Wife Wanted … Director
1946 The Missing Lady … Director
1946 Bowery Bombshell … Director
1946 Dark Alibi … Director
1946 Behind the Mask … Director
1946 Swing Parade of 1946 … Director
1946 Live Wires … Director
1945 The Shanghai Cobra … Director
1945 G. I. Honeymoon … Director
1940 The Invisible Man Returns … Director
1900 The Three Stooges - (2 episodes) … Director
Writing
1952 Kansas City Confidential … Writer