David E. Durston

Durston wrote and directed for the famous television series Playhouse 90 (1956-1960). He appeared in the obscure DuMont Television Network series Chez Paree Revue in 1950. Durston died on May 6, 2010 of complications from pneumonia. As film director: As screenwriter: The Love Statue (1966). I Drink Your Blood (1970). Blue Sextet (1972). Stigma (1972). Boynapped! (1975) (as Spencer Logan). Manhold (1978). I Drink Your Blood (1970). Stigma (1972). Blue Sextet (1972). Boynapped! (1975) (as Spencer Logan).

James Wong Howe

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For instance, his use of fish-eye and wide-angle lenses in Seconds (1966) helped give an eerie tension to director John Frankenheimer's science fiction movie. During the mid to late 1960s, he taught cinematography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Film School. Some of his students include Dean Cundey, Stephen H. Burum, and Alex Funke. Howe would take a minimal set and teach how to achieve a particular mood and style with just lighting. Cundey said, "it was my most valuable class I took in film school" and it changed his career direction to cinematography. After working on The Molly Maguires (1970), Howe's health began to fail and he entered semi-retirement.

Impossible Object

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It was directed by John Frankenheimer with a screenplay by Nicholas Mosley based on his own novel. It was screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition. Mosley wrote the screenplay at the behest of director Joseph Losey, whose film Accident was based on an earlier Mosley novel. Dirk Bogarde and Catherine Deneuve had been attached to the film. However, Losey had difficulty financing the film and later fell out with Mosley over The Assassination of Trotsky. Frankenheimer, looking to make an independent film, took over the project. The film was a financial failure.

Danger (TV series)

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Danger is a television series which first aired on September 19, 1950, and ended in May 1955. The first episode, entitled "The Black Door", was directed by Yul Brynner, based on a story by Henry Norton and a teleplay by Irving Elman, and starring Dane Clark and Olive Deering.

Prophecy (film)

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However, when director John Frankenheimer saw the concept, he suggested that it should be altered to look more "bear-like". The original concept was actually quite close to the poster art. Frankenheimer considered Prophecy a film with far more potential than what he eventually delivered, ostensibly due to his alcoholism. The film was given a theatrical release in the United States by Paramount Pictures in June 1979. It grossed $22.7 million at the box office. The film was given a VHS release by Paramount Home Video in 1982. The film was released by Paramount Home Video on DVD in 2002. Critical reception for the film has been mixed to negative.

Lucille Ball

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Director/producer John Frankenheimer, however, had worked with Angela Lansbury in a mother role in All Fall Down and insisted on having her for the part. Ball was the lead actress in a number of comedy television specials to about 1980, including Lucy Calls the President which featured Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon and Mary Jane Croft, and Lucy Moves to NBC, a special depicting a fictionalization of her move to the NBC television network. During the mid-1980s, Ball attempted to resurrect her television career. In 1982, she hosted a two-part Three's Company retrospective, showing clips from the show's first five seasons, summarizing memorable plotlines, and commenting on her love of the show.

Rock Hudson

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He worked outside his usual range on the science-fiction thriller Seconds (1966) directed by John Frankenheimer. The film flopped but it later gained cult status, and Hudson's performance is often regarded as one of his best. He also tried his hand in the action genre with Tobruk (1967), a World War Two film directed by Arthur Hiller. After the comedy A Fine Pair (1968) with Claudia Cardinale he starred in the action thriller Ice Station Zebra (1968) at MGM, a role which he had actively sought and remained his personal favorite. The film was a hit but struggled to recoup its large cost. Hudson dabbled in westerns, appearing opposite John Wayne in The Undefeated (1969).

The Challenge (1982 film)

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The Challenge is a 1982 American action thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and written by John Sayles, Richard Maxwell, and Marc Norman. The film stars Scott Glenn and Toshirō Mifune, and features several aikido-based action scenes choreographed by Steven Seagal, prior to the start of his own film career. A katana, one of a pair known as "The Equals", was a heirloom of the Yoshida family, passed down through the generations before being lost during World War II. It was finally tracked down and recovered in California by the youngest son Toshio.

Steve McQueen

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They had a contract with the German Nürburgring, and after John Frankenheimer shot scenes there for Grand Prix, the reels were turned over to Sturges. Frankenheimer was ahead in schedule, and the McQueen-Sturges project was called off. McQueen considered being a professional race car driver. He had a one-off outing in the British Touring Car Championship in 1961, driving a BMC Mini at Brands Hatch, finishing third.


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Climax! (later known as Climax Mystery Theater) is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color (using the massive TK-40A color cameras pioneered and manufactured by RCA, and used primarily by CBS' arch-rival network, NBC). Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live, and although the series was transmitted in color, only black-and-white kinescope copies of some episodes survive to the present day. The series finished at #22 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1955-1956 season and #26 for 1956-1957.

Requiem for a Heavyweight

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1956 Playhouse 90 TV broadcast) at IMDB. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962 film) at IMDB. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962 film) at Rotten Tomatoes.

Dead Bang

John Frankenheimer was the director... and I was excited to work with him. Jerry was a homicide cop in L.A., and he had curly hair, so I permed my hair, which was a, uh, very interesting choice. Because I kind of looked like a… It’s kind of odd. I don’t really know how to describe it. I don’t know if you know a lot about perms, but if you do them, they relax after about two or three weeks. So my hair goes through these amazing transitions of being really tight and really wavy and sort of goofy-looking. [Laughs.] According to director Frankenheimer, Connie Sellecca was originally chosen for the part that went to Penelope Ann Miller.

The Fourth War

The Fourth War is a 1990 film directed by John Frankenheimer, set in West Germany of late 1980s. Its title stems from a famous quote by Albert Einstein: "I cannot predict how the Third World War shall be fought, or with what; I can, however, predict that the Fourth World War shall be waged with sticks and stones." Colonel Jack Knowles (Roy Scheider) is a tough, professional soldier who was decorated for gallantry in Vietnam. However the same gung ho mentality that made Knowles a hero in wartime makes him a dangerous loose cannon in peacetime.

The Time of Your Life (Playhouse 90)

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The telecast was shown on October 9, 1958 and was the third episode of the third season of the anthology series Playhouse 90. The supporting cast features Jack Klugman, Dick York, Betsy Palmer, Bert Freed, Gloria Vanderbilt and Dina Merrill. The film follows the adventures of a group of regulars at Nick's 'Pacific Street Saloon, Restaurant and Entertainment Palace' in San Francisco. A sign outside tells people to come in as they are. At the center is the wealthy Joe, who has given up working to hold court at Nick's bar.

Ernest Kinoy

During his time at NBC, Kinoy wrote scripts for many of the major NBC radio and television dramas of the 1950s, including the television anthology series Studio One and Playhouse 90. His television play Walk Down the Hill, based on his experiences as a prisoner of war, aired in 1957 as an episode of Studio One. He wrote the script for the short-lived series The Marriage, which was an adaptation of a previous Kinoy-scripted radio show of the same name. The series, although well-received, was cancelled when the stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy chose to pursue their stage careers.

The Holcroft Covenant (film)

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However when John Frankenheimer became attached as director, he got George Axelrod to rework most of the screenplay. Frankenheimer called the film "a conspiracy movie" about "a man's search for his father." The director added, "I love Ludlum. I'm a great fan of Ludlum. I buy Ludlum's books. I mean, I pay bookstore prices for Ludlum." "The script I worked from was relatively humorless," says Axelrod. "When John and I suggested adding much more humor, the producers said they didn't want a Walter Matthau romp.

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996 film)

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With a budget now approaching US$70 million, and potential disaster looming, New Line brought in veteran director John Frankenheimer. He came on board in part because - like virtually every member of the cast and crew - he wanted the opportunity to work with the legendary Brando, but he also used the studio's desperation to his advantage, successfully demanding a hefty fee and a three-picture deal in exchange for his services. Well known as one of the last of the "old style" Hollywood directors, Frankenheimer's gruff, dictatorial approach was radically different from Stanley's and he soon alienated many of the cast and crew.

Buzz Kulik

He directed 72 films and television shows, including the landmark CBS television network anthology series Playhouse 90 and several episodes of The Twilight Zone. Collector's Item (1958 TV film). Perry Mason Case of the Pint-Sized Client (1958 TV). The Explosive Generation (1961). Kings of Broadway (1962 TV film). The Yellow Canary (1963). Ready for the People (1964). Warning Shot (1967). Campo 44 (1967 TV film). Sergeant Ryker (1968). Villa Rides (1968). Riot (1969). A Storm in Summer (1970). Vanished (1971 TV miniseries). Brian's Song (1971 TV film). To Find a Man (1972). Crawlspace (1972 TV film, uncredited). The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972 TV film).

Fielder Cook

He returned to the United States and began his career in the early days of television, directing multiple episodes of such anthology series as Lux Video Theater, The Kaiser Aluminum Hour, Playhouse 90, Omnibus, and Kraft Television Theatre. In later years, he directed the television movies Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys, A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story, Gauguin the Savage, Family Reunion, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Will There Really Be a Morning?, and others; adaptations of The Philadelphia Story, Harvey, Brigadoon, Beauty and the Beast, The Price, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Member of the Wedding; and episodes of Ben Casey, The Defenders, and Beacon Hill.

Omar Sharif

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The Horsemen (1971), directed by John Frankenheimer and the last movie under his Columbia contract, also performed poorly at the box office. Sharif later said, "What killed my career was appearing in a succession of films you wouldn't turn down. They were by good directors, but they were bad films." He specifically referenced Behold a Pale Horse, The Appointment and The Horseman. The Burglars (1971), a French crime film with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Dyan Cannon was a huge hit in France but little seen in the English speaking world. Sharif played Captain Nemo for European TV in an adaptation of Mysterious Island (1973).