Phil Karlson

Director, Producer, Propman
Former gag-man (for Buster Keaton), propman, studio manager and assistant director who turned out his first feature-length film in 1944. Karlson hit his stride in the 1950s with a brace of gritty crime melodramas noted ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1908 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (33)

Framed 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Walking Tall 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Ben 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Hornet's Nest 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wrecking Crew 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Silencers 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Kid Galahad 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Rampage 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret Ways 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Doctors 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell to Eternity 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Key Witness 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Untouchables 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Director

Gunman's Walk 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brothers Rico 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Phenix City Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Tight Spot 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brigand 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mask of the Avenger 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Ladies of the Chorus 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Gold 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

G.I. Honeymoon 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Behind the Mask (TV Show)

Director

Dark Alibi (Movie)

(Director)

Kansas City Confidential (Movie)

(Director)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

(Director)

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

(Director)

Swing Parade of 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Cat (Movie)

(Director)

The Missing Lady (Movie)

(Director)

The Shanghai Cobra (Movie)

(Director)
Production Management (3)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Mystery of Edwin Drood 1934 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Werewolf of London 1934 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Writer (1)

Walking Tall 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Biography

Former gag-man (for Buster Keaton), propman, studio manager and assistant director who turned out his first feature-length film in 1944. Karlson hit his stride in the 1950s with a brace of gritty crime melodramas noted for their realistic detail and graphic violence. Foremost among these were "Scandal Sheet" (1952), "99 River Street" (1953) and three 1955 films: "Tight Spot"; "Five Against the House"; and "The Phenix City Story" (in which the lead actor wore the actual clothes of the murder victim on whose story the film was based). Although he received a measure of critical attention and developed something of a cult following, Karlson remained a B director for the duration of his career. He scored a box-office success in 1973 with "Walking Tall".

Relationships

Lillian O'Brien

Mother
member of Dublin's Abbey Players

EDUCATION

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California
on scholarship

Chicago Academy for the Arts

Chicago , Illinois

Marshall High School

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