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Encyclopedia > Phil Karlson

Phil Karlson (July 2, 1908 - December 12, 1985) was a Chicago-born film director known for his no-nonsense film noir films. Karlson directed 99 River Street, Kansas City Confidential and Hell's Island all with actor John Payne in the early 1950s. The son of popular Irish actress Lillian O'Brien, Phil Karlson studied painting at Chicago's Art Institute. Karlson got into the film industry working as a prop man while a law student, at his father's request, at Loyola Marymount University in California. After working a number of film jobs, including being an assistant director for a number of Abbott and Costello film shorts, Karlson directed his first film in 1944 and in 1949 directed the first film starring Marylin 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. 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 large part of the movie. July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Movie poster for 99 River Street 99 River Street is a 1953 black-and-white film. ... Hells Island is a 1955 film starring John Payne. ... Payne in Kansas City Confidental John Payne was an American movie actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox film musicals. ... Loyola Marymount University, also referred to as LMU, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. ... Abbott and Costello is the name of an American comedy duo made up of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. ... Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 Hollywood film produced by Columbia Pictures. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Kid Galahad is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. ... Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock and Roll (sometimes shortened to The King) was an American singer and actor. ... Dean Martin at a St. ... Matt Helm, a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton, is a U.S. government counteragent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers. ... Walking Tall is the name of three old movies, a TV series and a new movie based on the real-life story of Buford Pusser, whose fight with law breakers in his rural Southern community led him to become sheriff and run some powerful local businessmen out of town. ...

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The Films of Phil Karlson (10547 words)
Karlson's hero is in a suit and hat throughout, as is de rigeur for both movie reporters and noir heroes.
Karlson does this again and again: with the two wagon wheel structures at the ferry; with the sides of the white underground tunnel; with the ramp down which Keith drives to avoid the tailing car.
Karlson sometimes employs other standard features of such shots, in terms of people placement: people will be in angles of walls, along vertical lines separating two sections of rooms, have their heads surrounded by picture frames or their bodies by bookcases.
Framed - Video(VHS) (543 words)
Comment: "Framed" (1975) was legendary film noir director Phil Karlson's first film after the gargantuan success of his 1973 biopic of Tennessee Sheriff Buford Pusser, "Walking Tall." In "Framed", Karlson continues the theme of revenge which has dominated his body of work since the early 1950's.
Long considered Karlson's greatest achievement, it was made prior to the sentencing of those involved in the Attorney General's murder, and greatly affected the outcome of their trial.
Karlson's films contain some of the most powerfully accurate portraits of racial prejudice along with fl characters who are thoughtful and intelligent.
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