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Michael Gordon

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Date of Birth:
6 September 1909Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Date of Death:
29 April 1993Century City, California, USA  (natural causes)

Birth Name:
Irving Kunin Gordon

Short Biography:
A stage actor and director, Michael Gordon broke into films in 1940 as a dialogue director, then became a film editor. He directed his first feature in 1942. He started out with low-budget crime thrillers, but in the late 1940s and early 1950s turned out several well-crafted dramas, notably Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), which garnered José Ferrer an Academy Award. His career was interrupted, however, by the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s, led by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Because of Gordon's early affiliation with several leftist organizations, he was accused of Communist leanings by the Red-baiting politicians of the era, and found himself blacklisted and unable to obtain work. He made one film in Australia, then returned to the U.S. Gordon started getting jobs again in the late 1950s, and this time, instead of turning out the tight, gritty little dramas he was known for, did a complete 180 and worked on glossy, big-budget mainstream comedies. He was, however, responsible for what is arguably Doris Day's best vehicle, the stylish Pillow Talk (1959).

Texas Across the River (1966)

# 08368 IMDb

Texas Across the River (1966)

By Michael Gordon

Comedy, Western (1h 41min)

USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 1,150 votes on 30-Oct-18.

The Louisiana wedding of debutante Phoebe Ann Naylor to Don Andrea de Baldasar, El Duce de la Casala is stopped by the Cavalry over a matter of honor. Don Andrea flees across the river to Texas, where he meets up with Sam Hollis and his Indian sidekick, Kronk, who are carrying rifles to the town of Moccasin Flats. Don Andrea rescues an Indian maiden, Lonetta, tames some longhorns, competes with (...)

For Love or Money (1963)

# 12511 IMDb

For Love or Money (1963)

TaglineWhat happens when a bachelor plays Matchmaker . . . for 3 luscious sisters !!!

By Michael Gordon

Comedy (1h 48min)

USA USA

Rated 6.2 after 343 votes on 26-Oct-18.

1 nomination

Wealthy Chloe Brasher has three beautiful daughters; Bonnie, Kate, and Jan. Chloe pays attorney Deke Gentry to fix them up with three suitable husbands.

Move Over, Darling (1963)

# 04889 IMDb

Move Over, Darling (1963)

By Michael Gordon

Comedy, Romance (1h 43min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 4,300 votes on 24-Nov-18.

3 nominations

Five years to the day after his wife Ellen disappeared in the sea after a plane crash, lawyer husband Nicholas has her declared legally dead, remarries and sets off to Monterey with new wife Bianca. The same morning, Ellen arrives home after being rescued by the Navy from a desert island and follows to try and prevent the honeymoon developing further. Nick, still in love with Ellen, is delighted (...)

Boys' Night Out (1962)

# 13858 IMDb

Boys' Night Out (1962)

By Michael Gordon

Comedy (1h 55min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 1,553 votes on 24-Jun-18.

1 nomination

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children and TV-dinners. In secret, they get themselves an apartment with a beautiful young woman, Kathy, for romantic rendezvous. But Kathy does not tell them that she is a sociology student researching the sexual (...)

Pillow Talk (1959)

# 02753 IMDb

Pillow Talk (1959)

TaglineFootloose bachelor...beautiful career girl...and the world's most fascinating pastime!

By Michael Gordon

Comedy, Romance (1h 42min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.5 after 13,273 votes on 28-Oct-18.

Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations

A womanizing music composer repeatedly antagonizes the other half of his party line when she complains of his constant telephone use. Mutual hatred ensues, though the two had never previously met. Later, he manipulates her into falling in love with him by adopting the persona of a Southern Gentleman and playing this personality off of his own in a series of occasionally tag-team "three way" party (...)

Woman in Hiding (1950)

# 14674 IMDb Passed | Approved | TV-PG 

Woman in Hiding (1950)

By Michael Gordon

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Romance, Thriller (1h 32min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 492 votes on 08-Jul-18.

Deborah Chandler's rejected suitor, Selden Clark, manages the factory of her father, who dies: did he fall or was he pushed? But charming Clark manages to win her over and marry her. On the honeymoon, Clark's former girl Patricia intervenes and opens Deborah's eyes, alas too late. Now Clark tries to kill Deborah. Believed dead by all but Clark, she flees. But drifter Keith Ramsey recognizes and (...)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

# 10347 IMDb

Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)

TaglineFabulous Hero! Famous Nose!

By Michael Gordon

Drama, Romance (1h 52min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.6 after 2,491 votes on 12-Jul-15.

Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations

France, 1640: Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results. Much cut from the play, but dialogue not rewritten.

The Lady Gambles (1949)

# 11943 IMDb

The Lady Gambles (1949)

By Michael Gordon

Drama, Film-Noir (1h 39min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 452 votes on 09-Oct-18.

When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her.

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