Victor Mature

Victor John Mature was an American stage, film and television actor. In July 1942 Mature attempted to enlist in the U.S. Navy but was rejected for color blindness. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard after taking a different eye test the same day. He was assigned to the USCGC Storis (WMEC-38), which was doing Greenland patrol work. After 14 months aboard the Storis, Mature was promoted to the rate of Chief Boatswain's Mate. In 1944 he did a series of War Bond tours and acted in morale shows. He assisted Coast Guard recruiting efforts by being a featured player in the musical revue "Tars and Spars" which opened in Miami, Florida in April of 1944 and toured the United States for the next year. In May 1945 Mature was reassigned to the Coast Guard manned troop transport USS Admiral H. T. Mayo (AP-125) which was involved in transferring troops to the Pacific Theater. Mature was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard in November 1945 and he resumed his acting career. Film career After the war, Mature was cast by John Ford in My Darling Clementine, playing Doc Holliday opposite Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp. For the next decade, Mature settled into playing hard-boiled characters in a range of genres such as Westerns and Biblical films, such as The Robe (with Richard Burton and Jean Simmons) and its popular sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators (with Susan Hayward). Mature also starred with Hedy Lamarr in Cecil B. DeMille's Bible epic, Samson and Delilah (1949) and as Horemheb ...

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After the Fox (1966)

Criminal mastermind 'The Fox' sets up a phony film production and masquerades as it's director as part of a plan to smuggle a stolen gold shipment into Italy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

Criminal mastermind 'The Fox' sets up a phony film production and masquerades as it's director as part of a plan to smuggle a stolen gold shipment into Italy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

Cry of the City (1948)

Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Richard Conte  •  Fred Clark  •  Shelley Winters

Petty crook and cop-killer Martin Rome, in bad shape from wounds in the hospital prison ward, still refuses to help slimy lawyer Niles clear his client by confessing to another crime. Police Lt. Candella must check Niles' allegation; a friend of the Rome family, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Richard Conte  •  Fred Clark  •  Shelley Winters

Head (1968)

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

A young promoter is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn, a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with ex-actor Robin Ray and gossip columnist Larry Evans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Betty Grable  •  Victor Mature  •  Carole Landis  •  Laird Cregar

A young promoter is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn, a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with ex-actor Robin Ray and gossip columnist Larry Evans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Betty Grable  •  Victor Mature  •  Carole Landis  •  Laird Cregar

Kiss of Death (1947)

An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Brian Donlevy  •  Coleen Gray  •  Richard Widmark

An ex-con trying to go straight must face a crazed criminal out for revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Brian Donlevy  •  Coleen Gray  •  Richard Widmark

My Darling Clementine (1946)

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Linda Darnell  •  Victor Mature  •  Cathy Downs

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Linda Darnell  •  Victor Mature  •  Cathy Downs

The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

A gambling queen uses blackmail to stop a British financier from closing her Chinese clip joint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Walter Huston  •  Victor Mature  •  Ona Munson

A gambling queen uses blackmail to stop a British financier from closing her Chinese clip joint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Walter Huston  •  Victor Mature  •  Ona Munson

Samson and Delilah (1949)

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. The classic story of Samson and Delilah as told by Cecil B. DeMille.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Hedy Lamarr  •  Victor Mature  •  Angela Lansbury  •  George Sanders

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret. The classic story of Samson and Delilah as told by Cecil B. DeMille.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Hedy Lamarr  •  Victor Mature  •  Angela Lansbury  •  George Sanders

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Susan Hayward  •  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget

The story picks up at the point where "The Robe" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Susan Hayward  •  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget

One Million B.C. (1940)

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Roach  •  Hal Roach, Jr.
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Carole Landis  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  John Hubbard

One Million B.C. is a 1940 American fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. It is also known by the titles Cave Man, Man and His Mate, and Tumak. The film stars Victor Mature as protagonist Tumak, a young cave man who strives to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Roach  •  Hal Roach, Jr.
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Carole Landis  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  John Hubbard

Zarak (1956)

A notorious bandit develops a grudging respect for the English military man assigned to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Michael Wilding  •  Bonar Colleano

A notorious bandit develops a grudging respect for the English military man assigned to capture him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Anita Ekberg  •  Michael Wilding  •  Bonar Colleano

Seven Days' Leave (1942)

Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a catch: before claiming the money, Johnny must marry a descendant of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Lucille Ball  •  Harold Peary  •  Mapy Cortés

Soldier Johnny Grey is engaged to marry singer Mapy Cortes, but his plans go awry when he learns that he is the heir to $100,000 from his great-grandfather -- a bequest that comes with a catch: before claiming the money, Johnny must marry a descendant of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Lucille Ball  •  Harold Peary  •  Mapy Cortés

No Time To Die (1958)

During World War II, members of a British tank unit in northern Africa are captured and held prisoners by Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Leo Genn  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Anthony Newley

During World War II, members of a British tank unit in northern Africa are captured and held prisoners by Germans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Young
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Leo Genn  •  Bonar Colleano  •  Anthony Newley

Fury at Furnace Creek (1948)

The Arizona wilderness, 1880. Gen. Fletcher Blackwell sends a message telling Capt. Walsh, who is escorting a wagon-train through Apache territory, heading for the fort at Furnace Creek, that he should cancel the escort and rush to another town. Apache leader ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Coleen Gray  •  Glenn Langan  •  Reginald Gardiner

The Arizona wilderness, 1880. Gen. Fletcher Blackwell sends a message telling Capt. Walsh, who is escorting a wagon-train through Apache territory, heading for the fort at Furnace Creek, that he should cancel the escort and rush to another town. Apache leader ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Coleen Gray  •  Glenn Langan  •  Reginald Gardiner

The Glory Brigade (1953)

During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Alexander Scourby  •  Lee Marvin  •  Richard Egan

During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Alexander Scourby  •  Lee Marvin  •  Richard Egan

Gambling House (1950)

A gambler faces deportation when he gets mixed up with murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Tetzlaff
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Terry Moore  •  William Bendix  •  Zachary Charles

A gambler faces deportation when he gets mixed up with murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Tetzlaff
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Terry Moore  •  William Bendix  •  Zachary Charles

The Veils of Bagdad (1953)

Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, from purchasing the services of local leader Mustapha to unite the hill tribes and overthrow the emperor. The intrigue mounts as Antar falls in love with dancer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Mari Blanchard  •  Virginia Field  •  Guy Rolfe

Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, from purchasing the services of local leader Mustapha to unite the hill tribes and overthrow the emperor. The intrigue mounts as Antar falls in love with dancer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Mari Blanchard  •  Virginia Field  •  Guy Rolfe

Won Ton Ton: the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

A would-be filmmaker and actress shake up the industry with a trick dog who gets discovered by a studio bus driver in the 1920s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Bruce Dern  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Art Carney  •  Phil Silvers

A would-be filmmaker and actress shake up the industry with a trick dog who gets discovered by a studio bus driver in the 1920s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Bruce Dern  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Art Carney  •  Phil Silvers

Wabash Avenue (1950)

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position untenable. He also hopes to turn Ruby Summers, Mike's motor-mouthed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  Betty Grable  •  Victor Mature  •  Phil Harris  •  Reginald Gardiner

Andy Clark discovers he was cheated out of a half interest in partner Mike's business, now a thriving dance hall in 1892 Chicago. Unable to win it back, Andy schemes to make Mike's position untenable. He also hopes to turn Ruby Summers, Mike's motor-mouthed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  Betty Grable  •  Victor Mature  •  Phil Harris  •  Reginald Gardiner

The Last Frontier (1955)

Three trappers become scouts for a cavalry captain (Guy Madison) who loses his fort to a hated colonel (Robert Preston).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Guy Madison  •  Robert Preston  •  Anne Bancroft

Three trappers become scouts for a cavalry captain (Guy Madison) who loses his fort to a hated colonel (Robert Preston).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Guy Madison  •  Robert Preston  •  Anne Bancroft
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