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      Phil Karlson

      Phil Karlson

      Highest Rated: 100% 99 River Street (1953)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Kid Galahad (1962)

      Birthday: Jul 2, 1908

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      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."

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      No Score Yet 50% Framed Director - 1974
      75% 70% Walking Tall Director - 1973
      60% 38% Ben Director - 1972
      No Score Yet 33% Hornet's Nest Director $255.8K 1970
      No Score Yet 45% The Wrecking Crew Director - 1968
      No Score Yet 38% A Time for Killing Director - 1967
      No Score Yet 51% The Silencers Director - 1966
      No Score Yet 17% Alexander the Great Director - 1964
      No Score Yet 33% Rampage Director - 1963
      50% 56% Kid Galahad Director - 1962
      No Score Yet 100% The Scarface Mob Director - 1962
      No Score Yet 50% The Young Doctors Director - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Ways Director - 1961
      83% 48% Hell to Eternity Director - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Key Witness Director - 1960
      No Score Yet 88% Gunman's Walk Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 48% The Brothers Rico Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 24% 5 Against the House Director - 1955
      100% 74% The Phenix City Story Director - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Island Director - 1955
      67% 55% Tight Spot Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 31% They Rode West Director - 1954
      100% 81% 99 River Street Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brigand Director - 1952
      80% 76% Kansas City Confidential Director - 1952
      100% 87% Scandal Sheet Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lorna Doone Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 40% The Texas Rangers Director - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tomahawk Trail Director - 1950
      No Score Yet 45% Ladies of the Chorus Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 20% The Big Cat Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Down Memory Lane Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures in Silverado Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunderhoof Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Gold Director - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Louisiana Director - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Live Wires Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Mask Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 33% Dark Alibi Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bowery Bombshell Director - 1946
      No Score Yet 11% Swing Parade of 1946 Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wife Wanted Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Missing Lady Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shanghai Cobra Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.I. Honeymoon Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A WAVE, a WAC and a Marine Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kilroy Was Here Director - 1942
      No Score Yet 54% The Flame of New Orleans Assistant Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Doll Assistant Director - 1938

      TV

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Director 1959