Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy (January 26, 1931 – May 4, 2011) was an American film actress of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was born in Washington, D.C., before moving to Los Angeles. Shortly out of high school she was signed to appear in films for Paramount Pictures in the late 1940s. Murphy first gained attention in 1953, when she played a good-hearted girl who tries to reform Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The following year, she appeared opposite Tony Curtis in Beachhead, and the year after that as Fredric March's daughter in the thriller The Desperate Hours, which also starred Humphrey Bogart. She co-starred with actor-director Ray Milland in his Western A Man Alone, and appeared in dozens of television series including Perry Mason, I Spy and Ironside. She was long absent from the big screen before acting in 1972 with Steve McQueen in the Sam Peckinpah film Junior Bonner. She had retired from acting by the 1980s. Murphy died from heart disease complications on May 4, 2011; she was 80 years old. Description above from the Wikipedia article Mary Murphy (actress), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Born Innocent (1974)

A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment from her peers and her own abusive family, and only one care worker sees ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Wrye
CAST:  Linda Blair  •  Joanna Miles  •  Kim Hunter  •  Richard Jaeckel

Harlow (1965)

Hollywood drama loosely based on the life of film actress Jean Harlow, with Carroll Baker in the title role. One of two feature film biographies, both released in 1965 and both with the same title, about the '30s platinum blonde movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Red Buttons  •  Raf Vallone  •  Angela Lansbury

Hell's Island (1955)

After being dumped by his fiancée, hard-drinking and depressed Mark Cormack (John Payne) loses his job in the Los Angeles district attorney's office and serves as bouncer in a Las Vegas casino. A wheelchair-using stranger Barzland (Francis L. Sullivan) hires him to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Mary Murphy  •  Eduardo Noriega  •  Francis L. Sullivan

Junior Bonner (1972)

McQueen is Junior Bonner, an aging rodeo champ who returns to his home town to participate in the annual rodeo. He finds his family estranged, does what he can to help, and then moves on ... after some good rodeo riding and a few brawls.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Ben Johnson  •  Robert Preston  •  Joe Don Baker

Sitting Bull (1954)

Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux tribe is forced by the Indian-hating General Custer to react with violence, resulting in the famous Last Stand at Little Bighorn. Parrish, a friend to the Sioux, tries to prevent the bloodshed, but is court- martialed for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Salkow
CAST:  Dale Robertson  •  Mary Murphy  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  John Litel

The Desperate Hours (1955)

Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they're holding hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Fredric March  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Martha Scott

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally cheats gangster Moose Moran out of his track winnings, the Kid promises to repay Moose the money by Christmas. Creating a fake charity for "Apple Annie" Nellie Thursday, the Kid tricks his gang into donning Santa suits and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lanfield
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Lloyd Nolan  •  Jane Darwell

The Wild One (1953)

The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club ride into the small California town of Wrightsville, eager to raise hell. Brooding gang leader Johnny Strabler takes a liking to Kathie, the daughter of the local lawman, as another club rolls into town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  László Benedek
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Mary Murphy  •  Robert Keith  •  Lee Marvin

A Man Alone (1955)

A gunfighter, stranded in the desert, comes across the aftermath of a stage robbery, in which all the passengers were killed. He takes one of the horses to ride to town to report the massacre, but finds himself accused of it. He also finds himself accused of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Milland
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Mary Murphy  •  Ward Bond  •  Raymond Burr

Make Haste to Live (1954)

A single mother in New Mexico senses her own death in the hands of a mysterious stalker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Stephen McNally  •  Mary Murphy  •  Edgar Buchanan

Darling, How Could You! (1951)

Two absentee British parents get to know their three children again after spending five years in Panama.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mitchell Leisen
CAST:  Joan Fontaine  •  John Lund  •  Mona Freeman  •  David Stollery

Live Fast, Die Young (1958)

A teenager (Mary Murphy) finds her wayward sister (Norma Eberhardt) running with thieves in San Francisco.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Henreid
CAST:  Mary Murphy  •  Norma Eberhardt  •  Mike Connors  •  Sheridan Comerate

Main Street to Broadway (1953)

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Tallulah Bankhead  •  Tommy Morton  •  Mary Murphy  •  Agnes Moorehead

Escapement (1958)

An insurance investigator finds there's more to electronic dream therapy than meets the eye.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Paltenghi  •  Montgomery Tully
CAST:  Rod Cameron  •  Mary Murphy  •  Meredith Edwards  •  Peter Illing

The Intimate Stranger (1956)

Film producer Reggie Wilson is worried he may have a dual personality. Fleeing Hollywood, he finds himself in England and married to the boss's daughter after which he quickly rises through the studio ranks. Then the letters appear from a love sick fan who wants to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey  •  Alec C. Snowden
CAST:  Richard Basehart  •  Mary Murphy  •  Constance Cummings  •  Roger Livesey

40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Suzanne Pleshette  •  Phil Silvers  •  Kevin McCarthy

Crime and Punishment USA (1959)


DIRECTION:  Denis Sanders
CAST:  Mary Murphy  •  Frank Silvera  •  Marian Seldes  •  John Harding

Beachhead (1954)

On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Heisler
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Mary Murphy  •  Eduard Franz

The Atomic City (1952)

Spies hold the son of a nuclear physicist (Gene Barry) hostage in exchange for the Los Alamos bomb formula.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Hopper
CAST:  Gene Barry  •  Lydia Clarke  •  Michael Moore  •  Nancy Gates

Off Limits (1952)

Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship. However, life suddenly takes a not-so-happy turn when Bullet gets drafted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall
CAST:  Bob Hope  •  Mickey Rooney  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Eddie Mayehoff