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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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Phil Karlson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Phil Karlson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1908-07-02

Day of Death 1985-12-12

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1975 FramedDirector
1973 Walking TallDirector
1972 BenDirector
1970 Hornet's NestDirector
1968 The Wrecking CrewDirector
1968 Alexander The GreatDirector
1967 A Time for KillingDirector
1966 The SilencersDirector
1964 Ride the Wild SurfDirector
1963 RampageDirector
1962 Kid GalahadDirector
1961 The Young DoctorsDirector
1961 The Secret WaysDirector
1960 Key WitnessDirector
1960 Hell to EternityDirector
1959 The Scarface MobDirector
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(2 episodes)Director
1958 Gunman's WalkDirector
1957 The Brothers RicoDirector
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(1 episode)Director
1955 The Phenix City StoryDirector
1955 5 Against the HouseDirector
1955 Hell's IslandDirector
1955 Tight SpotDirector
1954 They Rode WestDirector
1953 99 River StreetDirector
1952 Kansas City ConfidentialDirector
1952 The BrigandDirector
1952 Scandal SheetDirector
1951 Mask of the AvengerDirector
1951 The Texas RangersDirector
1951 Lorna DooneDirector
1950 The Iroquois TrailDirector
1949 The Big CatDirector
1948 Ladies of the ChorusDirector
1948 ThunderhoofDirector
1948 Adventures in SilveradoDirector
1947 LouisianaDirector
1947 Black GoldDirector
1947 Kilroy Was HereDirector
1946 Wife WantedDirector
1946 The Missing LadyDirector
1946 Bowery BombshellDirector
1946 Behind the MaskDirector
1946 Charlie Chan in Dark AlibiDirector
1946 Swing Parade of 1946Director
1946 Live WiresDirector
1945 Charlie Chan in The Shanghai CobraDirector
1945 G.I. HoneymoonDirector
1945 There Goes KellyDirector
1944 A Wave, a WAC and a MarineDirector
1935 Manhattan MoonAssistant Director

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