Lana Turner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress. Discovered and signed to a film contract by MGM at the age of sixteen, Turner first attracted attention in They Won't Forget (1937). She played featured roles, often as the ingenue, in such films as Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). During the early 1940s she established herself as a leading actress in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941) and Somewhere I'll Find You (1942). She is known as one of the first Hollywood scream queens thanks to her role in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, in such films as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1958, her daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed Turner's lover Johnny Stompanato to death. A coroner's inquest brought considerable media attention to Turner and concluded that Crane had acted in self defense. Turner's next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest successes of her career, but from the early 1960s her roles were fewer. She gained recognition near the end of her career with a recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest during 1982 and 1983. Turner made her final television appearance in ...

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Another Time, Another Place (1958)

In England during WWII, an American news correspondent’s affair with a married British correspondent ends tragically when he is killed in action. Fearing a nervous breakdown as a result of his death, she travels to Cornwall to mourn with his family without any ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Allen
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Glynis Johns  •  Sean Connery

In England during WWII, an American news correspondent’s affair with a married British correspondent ends tragically when he is killed in action. Fearing a nervous breakdown as a result of his death, she travels to Cornwall to mourn with his family without any ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Allen
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Barry Sullivan  •  Glynis Johns  •  Sean Connery

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Rachel Ward  •  Carl Reiner  •  Reni Santoni

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Lana Turner  •  Donald Crisp

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Lana Turner  •  Donald Crisp

Four's a Crowd (1938)

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Patric Knowles

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants Robert. When he finds out that Pat is dating Lorri, John Dillingwell's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Patric Knowles

Imitation of Life (1959)

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Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Juanita Moore  •  John Gavin  •  Sandra Dee

Peyton Place (1957)

In the outwardly respectable New England community of Peyton Place, shopkeeper Constance McKenzie tries to make up for a past indiscretion -- which resulted in her illegitimate daughter Allison -- by adopting a chaste, prudish attitude towards all things sexual. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Robson
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Diane Varsi  •  Hope Lange  •  Lee Philips

In the outwardly respectable New England community of Peyton Place, shopkeeper Constance McKenzie tries to make up for a past indiscretion -- which resulted in her illegitimate daughter Allison -- by adopting a chaste, prudish attitude towards all things sexual. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Robson
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Diane Varsi  •  Hope Lange  •  Lee Philips

Reflections of Evil (2002)

Julie, a teen who died from a PCP overdose in the early '70s searches from beyond the grave for her younger brother Bob who now in the '90s is an obese watch seller suffering with sucrose intolerance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damon Packard
CAST:  Nicole Vanderhoff  •  Beverly Miller  •  Chad Nelson  •  Damon Packard

Julie, a teen who died from a PCP overdose in the early '70s searches from beyond the grave for her younger brother Bob who now in the '90s is an obese watch seller suffering with sucrose intolerance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damon Packard
CAST:  Nicole Vanderhoff  •  Beverly Miller  •  Chad Nelson  •  Damon Packard

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

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In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly  •  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  Jean Hagen

In 1927 Hollywood, a silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly  •  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Gene Kelly  •  Donald O'Connor  •  Debbie Reynolds  •  Jean Hagen

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Dick Powell

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Dick Powell

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Garfield  •  Cecil Kellaway  •  Hume Cronyn

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Garfield  •  Cecil Kellaway  •  Hume Cronyn

They Won't Forget (1937)

A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Edward Norris  •  Otto Kruger

A southern town is rocked by scandal when teenager Mary Clay is murdered on Confederate Decoration Day. Andrew Griffin, a small-time lawyer with political ambitions, sees the crime as his ticket to the Senate if he can find the right victim to finger for the crime. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Edward Norris  •  Otto Kruger

Topper (1937)

Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an automobile accident. They return as ghosts to try and liven up the regimented lifestyle of their friend and bank president, Cosmo Topper. When Topper starts to live it up, it strains relations with his stuffy wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Constance Bennett  •  Cary Grant  •  Roland Young  •  Billie Burke

Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an automobile accident. They return as ghosts to try and liven up the regimented lifestyle of their friend and bank president, Cosmo Topper. When Topper starts to live it up, it strains relations with his stuffy wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Constance Bennett  •  Cary Grant  •  Roland Young  •  Billie Burke

Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)

Andy Hardy becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George B. Seitz
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Lewis Stone  •  Fay Holden  •  Cecilia Parker

Andy Hardy becomes entangled with three different girls all at the same time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George B. Seitz
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Lewis Stone  •  Fay Holden  •  Cecilia Parker

That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Johnny Eager (1941)

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A charming racketeer seduces the DA's daughter for revenge, then falls in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lana Turner  •  Edward Arnold  •  Van Heflin

A charming racketeer seduces the DA's daughter for revenge, then falls in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lana Turner  •  Edward Arnold  •  Van Heflin

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

After discovering his star dancer is expecting and can't perform, film producer H.W. Workman (Thurston Hall) and his publicist concoct a scheme to stage a college dance contest to find a new star. To ensure they get a good winner, the men plant a real dancer, Patty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Richard Carlson  •  Artie Shaw  •  Ann Rutherford

After discovering his star dancer is expecting and can't perform, film producer H.W. Workman (Thurston Hall) and his publicist concoct a scheme to stage a college dance contest to find a new star. To ensure they get a good winner, the men plant a real dancer, Patty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Richard Carlson  •  Artie Shaw  •  Ann Rutherford

We Who Are Young (1940)

A man violates company policy by getting married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Shelton  •  Gene Lockhart  •  Grant Mitchell

A man violates company policy by getting married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  John Shelton  •  Gene Lockhart  •  Grant Mitchell

Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)

Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  James Craig  •  John Hodiak  •  Hugh Marlowe

Theo has had many boyfriends who wanted to marry her. Since her mother, Mrs. Selworth, has been married many times, Theo is unsure of commitment. Without much thought, she finally accepts the proposal of Air Corps Lieutenant Tom West. After the honeymoon, Tom's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  James Craig  •  John Hodiak  •  Hugh Marlowe

Latin Lovers (1953)

An heiress searches for true love while vacationing in Brazil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  John Lund  •  Louis Calhern

An heiress searches for true love while vacationing in Brazil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  John Lund  •  Louis Calhern
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