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Mark Robson



Canadian-born Mark Robson began his career in the movie industry in the prop department at 20th Century-Fox, and subsequently joined RKO, where he moved through various departments before settling into editing. He worked with Robert Wise on the editing of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane, and then, with Wise, was swept up in the turmoil surrounding Welles' ouster from the studio, and landed a spot as an editor working for Val Lewton's B-movie unit at RKO. Robson (later joined by Wise) succeeded Jacques Tourneur as Lewton's director for his low budget horror movies -- today regarded as some of the finest pictures ever made by the studio -- including The Ghost Ship and The Seventh Victim. RKO's instability finally led to Robson's exit in 1948. He was fortunate to find a berth with independent producer Stanley Kramer, who was about to embark on an ambitious program of film production -- among the movies that Robson got to direct were Champion (1949), one of the most celebrated boxing movies of its era, and Home of the Brave (1949). Robson also went to work for Samuel Goldwyn and directed the underrated, seldom seen dark drama Edge of Doom (1950) and the Korean War drama I Want You (1951). He reached his commercial peak soon after, with films such as The Bridges At Toko-Ri (1955); The Harder They Fall (1956), Humphrey Bogart's final film); and Peyton Place (1957), which moved Robson into big-budget, high-profile movies. The Prize (1963), Von Ryan's Express (1965), and Valley of the Dolls (1967) were among his most successful films of the 1960s. He seemed to lose his commercial touch after that, although he made a brief comeback -- at least to box office success -- in the 1970s in a production partnership with Robert Wise, with the movie Earthquake (1974), a critical and artistic disaster that cleaned up at the box office.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Edge Of Doom
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Avalanche Express
  • Producer
  • Director
1979
35% Earthquake
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Happy Birthday, Wanda June
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Daddy's Gone A-Hunting
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
1969
31% Valley of the Dolls
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Lost Command
  • Producer
  • Director
1966
91% Von Ryan's Express
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1965
No Score Yet Nine Hours to Rama
  • Director
  • Producer
1963
No Score Yet The Prize
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Lisa
  • Producer
1962
30% From the Terrace
  • Director
  • Producer
1960
No Score Yet The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
  • Director
1958
60% Peyton Place
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet The Little Hut
  • Producer
  • Director
1957
100% The Harder They Fall
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet A Prize of Gold
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Trial
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Phffft!
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Hell Below Zero
  • Director
1954
78% The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Return to Paradise
  • Director
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet I Want You
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Bright Victory
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Edge of Doom
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart
  • Director
1949
80% Home of the Brave
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Roughshod
  • Director
1949
92% Champion
  • Director
1949
89% Bedlam
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1946
86% Isle of the Dead
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Youth Runs Wild
  • Director
1944
71% Ghost Ship
  • Director
1943
92% The Seventh Victim
  • Director
1943

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