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Gordon Douglas

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Date of Birth:
15 December 1907New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death:
29 September 1993Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)

Nickname:
Gordie

Short Biography:
Starting out as a child actor, Gordon Douglas was eventually hired by Hal Roach as a gag writer. His first directorial assignments were for Roach's "Our Gang" series. Graduating to features, Douglas stayed with comedies, directing Oliver Hardy in Zenobia (1939) and both Hardy and Stan Laurel in Saps at Sea (1940). Douglas left Roach for RKO, for which he directed about a dozen films from 1942 to 1947, mostly routine programmers. He then went to Columbia for several years, but in 1950 he headed over to Warner Brothers, where he would stay for the next 15 years and where he would find his greatest successes. His westerns and crime dramas for Warners met with critical and financial success, and it was during this period that he made what is considered one of the classic sci-fi films of the era: Them! (1954). Although he had his share of clunkers, and has at times expressed dissatisfaction with his career (he once said, "Don't try to watch all the films I've directed; it would turn you off movies forever"), he was responsible for some of the more enjoyable films of the 1950s and 1960s. One of his most successful films was also one of Frank Sinatra's best - The Detective (1968), a tough, gritty and controversial (for the time) crime drama about a homicide cop who gets involved in a murder case involving wealthy and powerful homosexual men.

Skin Game (1971)

# 11966 IMDb

Skin Game (1971)

By Paul Bogart, Gordon Douglas (co-director) (uncredited)

Comedy, Romance, Western (1h 42min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 1,161 votes on 23-Sep-16.

Quincy Drew and his black friend Jason O'Rourke have pulled off every dodge known for conning a well-heeled sucker, but it wasn't until they hit on the old skin game that they started to clean up. The game is simple. Jason, though born a free man in New Jersey, poses as Quincy's slave as the pair ride through Missouri and Kansas in 1857. Quincy picks a likely mark in each town, sells Jason to him (...)

They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

# 12221 IMDb

They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970)

TaglineThe last time Virgil Tibbs had a day like this was "In The Heat Of The Night"

By Gordon Douglas

Crime, Drama, Mystery (1h 48min)

USA USA

Rated 6.1 after 2,608 votes on 20-Jul-18.

San Francisco Police Lieutenant Virgil Tibbs is called in to investigate when a liberal street preacher and political candidate is accused of murdering a prostitute. Tibbs is also battling domestic woes, including a frustrated wife and a rebellious adolescent son.

Lady in Cement (1968)

# 13225 IMDb

Lady in Cement (1968)

TaglineThis Is The Action Picture!

By Gordon Douglas

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery (1h 33min)

USA USA

Rated 5.9 after 1,387 votes on 30-Dec-16.

Tony Rome is a Miami based detective who while diving in the ocean finds the body of a young woman. He is hired by Gronsky to find her killer. Tony has to sift through a stack of suspects, plus trying to elude the police.

The Detective (1968)

# 04825 IMDb

The Detective (1968)

By Gordon Douglas

Crime, Drama (1h 54min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 2,246 votes on 14-Apr-17.

Police detective Joe Leland (Frank Sinatra) investigates the murder of a homosexual man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs. Based on the Roderick Thorpe novel.

In Like Flint (1967)

# 12867 IMDb

In Like Flint (1967)

TaglineFLINT'S BACK! IN Action IN Danger IN Fun

By Gordon Douglas

Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi (1h 54min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 4,483 votes on 10-Jun-18.

2 nominations

Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed three minutes while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint's line [with a wistful look] is "An Actor as President?") Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they (...)

Tony Rome (1967)

# 08524 IMDb

Tony Rome (1967)

TaglineThe action is so fast... it's a wonder Tony Rome stays alive... and single!

By Gordon Douglas

Crime, Drama, Mystery (1h 50min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,955 votes on 23-Sep-18.

Tony Rome is an ex-cop turned private eye in Miami Beach. For $200 he returns a young woman to her father's house after she passes out in a seedy hotel, and he keeps the hotel's name out of it. Trouble is, she's missing a diamond pin, and tough guys show up at Tony's boat looking for it. When the pin does turn up, it's fake, so the girl's father, a wealthy builder, hires Tony to find out what (...)

Chuka (1967)

# 06001 IMDb

Chuka (1967)

TaglineOf his kind Chuka's the best there is. At fighting. At loving. And when it had to be - at killing!

By Gordon Douglas

Western (1h 45min)

USA USA

Rated 6.4 after 586 votes on 18-Apr-17.

While Indians besiege a U.S. Army fort in 1876, residents of the fort a gunfighter, a stagecoach driver, two Mexican women, and a motley company of soldiers try to come to terms with their pasts.

Stagecoach (1966)

# 08323 IMDb

Stagecoach (1966)

TaglineThese Were The Ten Who Fought Indians, Outlaws And Each Other As They Rode To Greatness On The Stagecoach To Cheyenne!

By Gordon Douglas

Western (1h 55min)

USA USA

Rated 6.0 after 1,282 votes on 20-Jul-18.

A group of unlikely traveling companions find themselves on the same stagecoach to Cheyenne. They include a drunken doctor, a bar girl who's been thrown out of town, a professional gambler, a traveling liquor salesman, a banker who has decided to embezzle money, a gunslinger out for revenge and a young woman going to join her army captain husband. All have secrets but when they are set upon by an (...)

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

# 12267 IMDb

Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)

TaglineLike we've taken the Robin Hood legend and changed the bows and arrows to machine guns! ... Like with songs yet! ... Like WILD!

By Gordon Douglas

Comedy, Crime, Musical (2h 03min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 3,585 votes on 23-Mar-17.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations

In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne, a south-side racketeer, knock off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who controls the north side. Although he's outgunned, Robbo wants to keep his own territory. A pool-playing dude from Indiana and the director of a boys' orphanage join forces with Robbo; and, when he gives some money to the (...)

Rio Conchos (1964)

# 11491 IMDb

Rio Conchos (1964)

TaglineFour men stalking the Apache nation...on a mission that could drench the whole Southwest in blood and flames!

By Gordon Douglas

Action, Drama, War, Western (1h 47min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,265 votes on 07-Feb-18.

3 nominations

Two Army officers, an alcoholic ex-Confederate soldier and a womanizing Mexican travel to Mexico on a secret mission to prevent a megalomaniacal ex-Confederate colonel from selling a cache of stolen rifles to a band of murderous Apaches.

Follow That Dream (1962)

# 12416 IMDb

Follow That Dream (1962)

TaglineElvis hits the road to laughter and hits a new high in romance!

By Gordon Douglas

Comedy, Musical (1h 49min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 1,869 votes on 11-Feb-18.

When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their "adopted" children - Holly, Ariadne and the twins - start their own little community along a strip of the roadside. The fishing is good and the living is easy until the mob (...)

Yellowstone Kelly (1959)

# 14857 IMDb Approved | TV-PG 

Yellowstone Kelly (1959)

TaglineSioux and U.S. cavalry catch a grim trapper in their furious crossfire!

By Gordon Douglas

Western (1h 31min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 771 votes on 08-Sep-18.

A fur-trapper named Kelly, who once saved the life of a Sioux chief, is allowed to set his traps in Sioux territory during the late 1870s. Reluctantly he takes on a tenderfoot assistant named Anse and together they give shelter to a runaway Arapaho woman. Tensions develop when Anse falls in love with this woman and when the Sioux chief arrives with his warriors to re-claim her.

Young at Heart (1954)

# 07286 IMDb

Young at Heart (1954)

By Gordon Douglas

Drama, Musical, Romance (1h 57min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 1,868 votes on 10-Feb-18.

When Alex enters the lives of the musical Tuttle family, each of the three daughters falls for him. He is charming, good looking and personable. Laurie and Alex seem made for each other and become engaged. When Barney comes into the picture to help Alex with some musical arrangements matters become complicated. He is seen as a challenge by Laurie, who can't believe anyone could be as cynical, and (...)

Them! (1954)

# 02009 IMDb

Them! (1954)

TaglineThe Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation!

By Gordon Douglas

Sci-Fi, Horror (1h 34min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 15,541 votes on 22-Mar-17.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win

After several people in the New Mexico desert wind up missing or dead, including an F.B.I. agent and most of his family, police Sgt. Ben Peterson teams up with F.B.I. agent Bob Graham to find out what's causing the strange occurrences. They find send a strange print found at one of the crime scenes and it is sent to the Department of Agriculture. Doctor Harold Medford and his daughter Doctor (...)

Only the Valiant (1951)

# 07153 IMDb

Only the Valiant (1951)

TaglineTHEY WERE SIX AND THEY FOUGHT LIKE SIX HUNDRED!

By Gordon Douglas

Adventure, Western (1h 45min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 979 votes on 15-Mar-18.

Capt. Richard Lance is unjustly held responsible, by his men and girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the (...)

The Nevadan (1950)

# 12276 IMDb

The Nevadan (1950)

By Gordon Douglas

Western (1h 21min)

USA USA

Rated 6.3 after 599 votes on 10-Aug-18.

A mysterious stranger crosses paths with an outlaw bank robber and a greedy rancher.

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

# 07066 IMDb

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

TaglineAs only James Cagney can portray it!

By Gordon Douglas

Crime, Film-Noir, Drama (1h 42min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.2 after 1,382 votes on 20-Jul-18.

From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of (...)

Pardon Us (1931)

# 13716 IMDb

Pardon Us (1931)

TaglineTheir jail break is a riot! It will give you the time of your life.

By James Parrott

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical (56min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 1,492 votes on 04-Jun-17.

It's Prohibition, and the boys wind up behind bars after Stan sells some of their home-brew beer to a policeman. In prison, Stan's loose tooth keeps getting him in trouble, because it sounds like he's giving everybody a rasp- berry. But it earns him the respect of The Tiger, a rough prisoner, and the boys manage to slip away during The Tiger's escape attempt. They disguise themselves in blackface (...)

Come Clean (1931)

# 13702 IMDb

Come Clean (1931)

TaglineCome on in - the laughs are fine!

By James W. Horne

Short, Comedy (20min)

USA USA

Rated 7.4 after 731 votes on 03-Jun-17.

The Hardys, hoping to avoid having the Laurels drop in and spoil their quiet evening, pretend not to be home when the couple inevitably call. But their subterfuge is discovered, and to make the best of it, Stanley and Oliver go out to buy ice cream. On the way, they spot Kate, a woman wanted by the police, jump in the river. They save her, only to have her blackmail them into supporting her, or (...)

One Good Turn (1931)

# 06342 IMDb

One Good Turn (1931)

TaglineSeeing America: Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have cast off all financial worries- Total assets: one Ford, model 1911, one tent, model 1861, One union suit, two shirts and three socks.

By James W. Horne

Short, Comedy (20min)

USA USA

Rated 7.3 after 890 votes on 28-Dec-16.

Homeless and penniless Depression victims Stanley and Oliver beg food from an elderly woman. While eating lunch in her kitchen, they overhear her begging the landlord not to foreclose her mortgage because her money has been stolen. Vowing to help the old woman, the boys auction off their rattletrap car, but the drunken purchaser accidentally puts his wallet in Stanley's pocket. Oliver later finds (...)

Beau Hunks (1931)

# 06328 IMDb

Beau Hunks (1931)

TaglineLove comes: Mr. Hardy is at last conscious of the grand passion -- Mr. Laurel isn't even conscious of the Grand Canyon.

By James W. Horne

Short, Comedy (37min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 1,092 votes on 30-Jun-16.

Jilted by his girlfriend, "Jeanie-Weenie," Oliver joins the Foreign Legion to forget, bringing Stanley along with him. They wilt under the scorching desert sun and under the harsh discipline of the Commandant. On a long march to reinforce remote Fort Arid, the boys get lost in the sands, finally reaching the Fort only to find it besieged by the fearsome Riffs.

Chickens Come Home (1931)

# 02845 IMDb

Chickens Come Home (1931)

TaglineEvery man has a past - With some little 'Indiscretion' he would like to bury. Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy have thirty or forty they would like to cremate.

By James W. Horne

Short, Comedy (30min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 1,051 votes on 03-Jun-17.

Ollie is running for mayor when an old flame (Mae Busch) tries to blackmail him with a old photo ('just the same old apple-cheeked boy'). Stan's attempts to help Ollie keep the blackmailer at bay incur the wrath of the shrewish Mrs Laurel who takes her revenge with an axe.

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