Luther Adler

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He was an American actor best known for his work in theatre, but who also worked in film and television. He also directed plays on Broadway. Adler was born Lutha Adler on May 4, 1903 in New York City. He was one of six children born to Russian Jewish actors Sara and Jacob P. Adler. His father was considered to be one of the founders of the Yiddish theater in America. His siblings also worked in theatre; his sister Stella Adler achieved fame as an actress and drama teacher. His brother Jay also achieved some fame as an actor. Adler's father gave him his first acting job in the Yiddish play, Schmendrick, at the Thalia Theater in Manhattan in 1908; Adler was he 5 years old. His first Broadway plays were The Hand of the Potter in 1921; Humoresque in 1923; Monkey Talks in 1925; Money Business and We Americans in 1926; John in 1927; Red Rust (or Rust) and Street Scene in 1929

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Absence of Malice (1981)

Thought provokingPowerfulMind blowingClever

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sally Field  •  Bob Balaban  •  Melinda Dillon

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his crime was allegedly committed—but it involves an innocent party. When he tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sally Field  •  Bob Balaban  •  Melinda Dillon

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Senta Berger  •  Michael Douglas  •  Angie Dickinson

An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Senta Berger  •  Michael Douglas  •  Angie Dickinson

Cornered (1945)

A World War II veteran hunts down the Nazi collaborators who killed his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Walter Slezak  •  Micheline Cheirel  •  Nina Vale

A World War II veteran hunts down the Nazi collaborators who killed his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Walter Slezak  •  Micheline Cheirel  •  Nina Vale

Crashout (1955)

Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  William Bendix  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Luther Adler  •  William Talman

Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  William Bendix  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Luther Adler  •  William Talman

D.O.A. (1950)

Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula, begins to trace ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Edmond O'Brien  •  Pamela Britton  •  Luther Adler  •  Beverly Garland

Frank Bigelow is about to die, and he knows it. The accountant has been poisoned and has only 24 hours before the lethal concoction kills him. Determined to find out who his murderer is, Frank, with the help of his assistant and girlfriend, Paula, begins to trace ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  Edmond O'Brien  •  Pamela Britton  •  Luther Adler  •  Beverly Garland

House of Strangers (1949)

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Susan Hayward  •  Richard Conte  •  Luther Adler

Gino Monetti is a ruthless Italian-American banker who engaged in a number of criminal activities. Three of his four grown sons, refuse to help their father stay out of prison after he's arrested for his questionable business practices. Three of the sons take over ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Susan Hayward  •  Richard Conte  •  Luther Adler

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Ralph Cotter, a ruthless criminal, escapes violently from a farm prison. Then, he seduces a dead inmate’s sister, gets back quickly into the crime business, faces corrupt local cops who run the city’s underworld and meets a powerful tycoon’s whimsical daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Barbara Payton  •  Helena Carter  •  Ward Bond

Ralph Cotter, a ruthless criminal, escapes violently from a farm prison. Then, he seduces a dead inmate’s sister, gets back quickly into the crime business, faces corrupt local cops who run the city’s underworld and meets a powerful tycoon’s whimsical daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Barbara Payton  •  Helena Carter  •  Ward Bond

Mean Johnny Barrows (1976)

A Vietnam veteran gets caught in a mob war with a couple of double-crossers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Williamson
CAST:  Fred Williamson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Jenny Sherman

A Vietnam veteran gets caught in a mob war with a couple of double-crossers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Williamson
CAST:  Fred Williamson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Stuart Whitman  •  Jenny Sherman

The Last Angry Man (1959)

As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Paul Muni is the testy old man who faces life without compromise and David Wayne is the troubled television producer fighting to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  David Wayne  •  Betsy Palmer  •  Luther Adler

As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Paul Muni is the testy old man who faces life without compromise and David Wayne is the troubled television producer fighting to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  David Wayne  •  Betsy Palmer  •  Luther Adler

The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)

Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Maximilian Schell  •  Lois Nettleton  •  Lawrence Pressman  •  Luther Adler

Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie, often shocking Charlie with his outrageousness and irreverence about aspects of Jewish life. Nonetheless, Charlie is astonished when, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Maximilian Schell  •  Lois Nettleton  •  Lawrence Pressman  •  Luther Adler

Under My Skin (1950)

Set in Paris, Under My Skin stars John Garfield as a washed-up jockey who has stolen money from a crooked gambler (Luther Adler).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Micheline Presle  •  Luther Adler  •  Orley Lindgren

Set in Paris, Under My Skin stars John Garfield as a washed-up jockey who has stolen money from a crooked gambler (Luther Adler).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Micheline Presle  •  Luther Adler  •  Orley Lindgren

M (1951)

Remake of the 1931 original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer as quickly as possible.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  David Wayne  •  Howard Da Silva  •  Martin Gabel  •  Luther Adler

Remake of the 1931 original. In the city, someone is murdering children. The Police search is so intense, it is disturbing the 'normal' criminals, and the local hoods decide to help find the murderer as quickly as possible.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  David Wayne  •  Howard Da Silva  •  Martin Gabel  •  Luther Adler

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Mason  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Luther Adler

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Mason  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Luther Adler

Hoodlum Empire (1952)

It's a deadly play for power when a Mafia chieftain's top gun goes straight and threatens to testify against the big boss and his cruel, nationwide network of crime. The picture, which was shot in a semi-documentary style, was inspired by the Kefauver ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Kane
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Claire Trevor  •  Forrest Tucker  •  Vera Ralston

It's a deadly play for power when a Mafia chieftain's top gun goes straight and threatens to testify against the big boss and his cruel, nationwide network of crime. The picture, which was shot in a semi-documentary style, was inspired by the Kefauver ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Kane
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Claire Trevor  •  Forrest Tucker  •  Vera Ralston

South Sea Sinner (1950)

A tramp steamer lands sick crewman Jake Davis on rubber-growing island Oraka, from which voluptuous, bedroom-eyed saloon singer Coral is about to be ejected because "men like her too much." But Coral's slimy boss Cognac gets her a reprieve so she can learn Jake's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Shelley Winters  •  Liberace  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Luther Adler

A tramp steamer lands sick crewman Jake Davis on rubber-growing island Oraka, from which voluptuous, bedroom-eyed saloon singer Coral is about to be ejected because "men like her too much." But Coral's slimy boss Cognac gets her a reprieve so she can learn Jake's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Shelley Winters  •  Liberace  •  Macdonald Carey  •  Luther Adler

Crazy Joe (1974)

The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlo Lizzani
CAST:  Peter Boyle  •  Paula Prentiss  •  Fred Williamson  •  Rip Torn

The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlo Lizzani
CAST:  Peter Boyle  •  Paula Prentiss  •  Fred Williamson  •  Rip Torn

Saigon (1947)

After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to finance a good time for his buddy. As the plane takes off he shoves Maris' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Fenton
CAST:  Alan Ladd  •  Veronica Lake  •  Douglas Dick  •  Wally Cassell

After World War II Larry learns that his flying buddy Mike will only live a short time despite the efforts of the doctors. He takes on a profitable flying job for profiteers Maris to finance a good time for his buddy. As the plane takes off he shoves Maris' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Fenton
CAST:  Alan Ladd  •  Veronica Lake  •  Douglas Dick  •  Wally Cassell

Voyage of the Damned (1976)

A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Max von Sydow  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Oskar Werner  •  Lee Grant

A luxury liner carries Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany in a desperate fight for survival.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Max von Sydow  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Oskar Werner  •  Lee Grant

The Tall Texan (1953)

Groups of desperate travelers journey together throughout the Southwest and soon find trouble when they all get gold fever. The action and drama are heightened when they discover gold…on an Indian burial ground!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elmo Williams
CAST:  Lloyd Bridges  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Marie Windsor  •  Luther Adler

Groups of desperate travelers journey together throughout the Southwest and soon find trouble when they all get gold fever. The action and drama are heightened when they discover gold…on an Indian burial ground!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elmo Williams
CAST:  Lloyd Bridges  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Marie Windsor  •  Luther Adler

Murph the Surf (1975)

Based on a true story, details the daring 1964 theft of the J.P. Morgan jewel collection from New York's American Museum of Natural History. Called the "Greatest Jewel Heist of the 20th Century," the robbers took 22 precious gems, including the Star of India, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin J. Chomsky
CAST:  Don Stroud  •  Robert Conrad  •  Donna Mills  •  Robyn Millan

Based on a true story, details the daring 1964 theft of the J.P. Morgan jewel collection from New York's American Museum of Natural History. Called the "Greatest Jewel Heist of the 20th Century," the robbers took 22 precious gems, including the Star of India, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marvin J. Chomsky
CAST:  Don Stroud  •  Robert Conrad  •  Donna Mills  •  Robyn Millan
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