Dan Duryea

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907, in White Plains, New York – June 7, 1968, in Hollywood, California) was an American actor of film, stage and television. Duryea graduated from Cornell University in 1928. While at Cornell, Duryea was elected into the Sphinx Head Society. He made his name on Broadway in the play Dead End, followed by The Little Foxes, in which he played the dishonest and not particularly bright weakling Leo Hubbard. He moved to Hollywood in 1940 to appear in the film version in the same role. He established himself in films playing similar secondary roles as the foil, usually as a weak or annoyingly immature character, in movies such as The Pride of the Yankees. As his career progressed throughout the 1940s he began to carve a niche as a violent, yet sexy, bad guy in a number of film noirs. In so doing he established a significant female following and, over time, something of a cult status. His work in this era included Scarlet Street, The Woman in the Window, Criss Cross, Black Angel and Too Late for Tears. From the 1950s, Duryea was more often seen in Westerns, most notably his charismatic villain in Winchester '73 (1950). Other memorable work in the latter part of his career included Thunder Bay (1953), The Burglar (1957), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), and the primetime soap opera Peyton Place. He also appeared in one of the first Twilight Zone episodes in 1959 as a drunken former gunfighter in "Mr. Denton on ...

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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

Ball of Fire (1941)

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  S.Z. Sakall  •  Henry Travers

A group of academics have spent years shut up in a house working on the definitive encyclopedia. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he ventures into the wide world to learn about the evolving language. Here he meets Sugarpuss ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Barbara Stanwyck  •  S.Z. Sakall  •  Henry Travers

Black Angel (1946)

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to confrontations with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  June Vincent  •  Peter Lorre  •  Broderick Crawford

A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to confrontations with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  June Vincent  •  Peter Lorre  •  Broderick Crawford

Criss Cross (1949)

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Dan Duryea  •  Stephen McNally

Burt Lancaster plays Steve Thompson, a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife Anna Dundee (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgement. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Dan Duryea  •  Stephen McNally

Manhandled (1949)

Merle Kramer works as a stenographer for a psychiatrist. She is casually dating Karl Benson, a private eye and former cop. Merle mentions in passing that one of her boss's patients is an author with recurring dreams of murdering his wife, and she includes the fact ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Dan Duryea  •  Irene Hervey

Merle Kramer works as a stenographer for a psychiatrist. She is casually dating Karl Benson, a private eye and former cop. Merle mentions in passing that one of her boss's patients is an author with recurring dreams of murdering his wife, and she includes the fact ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Dan Duryea  •  Irene Hervey

Ministry of Fear (1944)

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Marjorie Reynolds  •  Carl Esmond  •  Hillary Brooke

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Marjorie Reynolds  •  Carl Esmond  •  Hillary Brooke

Night Passage (1957)

Grant MacLaine, a former railroad troubleshooter, lost his job after letting his outlaw brother, the Utica Kid, escape. After spending five years wandering the west and earning his living playing the accordion, he is given a second chance by his former boss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Neilson
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Audie Murphy  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dianne Foster

Grant MacLaine, a former railroad troubleshooter, lost his job after letting his outlaw brother, the Utica Kid, escape. After spending five years wandering the west and earning his living playing the accordion, he is given a second chance by his former boss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Neilson
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Audie Murphy  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dianne Foster

One Way Street (1950)

After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico to hide out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugo Fregonese
CAST:  James Mason  •  Märta Torén  •  Dan Duryea  •  Basil Ruysdael

After stealing a gangster's money and his girlfriend, a doctor heads for a small village in Mexico to hide out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugo Fregonese
CAST:  James Mason  •  Märta Torén  •  Dan Duryea  •  Basil Ruysdael

Sahara (1943)

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Teresa Wright  •  Babe Ruth  •  Walter Brennan

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Teresa Wright  •  Babe Ruth  •  Walter Brennan

The Underworld Story (1950)

A blacklisted reporter brings his shady ways to a small-town newspaper after being fired from a big city daily.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Gale Storm  •  Howard Da Silva

A blacklisted reporter brings his shady ways to a small-town newspaper after being fired from a big city daily.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Gale Storm  •  Howard Da Silva

The Woman in the Window (1944)

A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Joan Bennett  •  Raymond Massey  •  Edmund Breon

A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Joan Bennett  •  Raymond Massey  •  Edmund Breon

Thunder Bay (1953)

Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Joanne Dru  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Dan Duryea

Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Joanne Dru  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Dan Duryea

Too Late for Tears (1949)

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane persuades him to hang onto it 'for a while'. Soon, the Palmers are traced by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Byron Haskin
CAST:  Lizabeth Scott  •  Don DeFore  •  Dan Duryea  •  Arthur Kennedy

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane persuades him to hang onto it 'for a while'. Soon, the Palmers are traced by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Byron Haskin
CAST:  Lizabeth Scott  •  Don DeFore  •  Dan Duryea  •  Arthur Kennedy

Winchester '73 (1950)

Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Shelley Winters  •  Dan Duryea  •  Stephen McNally

Lin McAdam rides into town on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown, only to find himself in a shooting competition against him. McAdam wins the prize, a one-in-a-thousand Winchester rifle, but Dutch steals it and leaves town. McAdam follows, intent on settling his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Shelley Winters  •  Dan Duryea  •  Stephen McNally

World for Ransom (1954)

In Singapore, a private detective and the British authorities are on the trail of a crime syndicate that kidnaps a nuclear physicist with the aim of selling him to the highest bidder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  Gene Lockhart  •  Patric Knowles  •  Reginald Denny

In Singapore, a private detective and the British authorities are on the trail of a crime syndicate that kidnaps a nuclear physicist with the aim of selling him to the highest bidder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Dan Duryea  •  Gene Lockhart  •  Patric Knowles  •  Reginald Denny

None But the Lonely Heart (1944)

When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they're both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clifford Odets
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Barry Fitzgerald  •  June Duprez

When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they're both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clifford Odets
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Barry Fitzgerald  •  June Duprez

Mrs. Parkington (1944)

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Edward Arnold  •  Agnes Moorehead

In this family saga, Mrs. Parkington recounts the story of her life, beginning as a hotel maid in frontier Nevada where she is swept off her feet by mine owner and financier Augustus Parkington. He moves them to New York, tries to remake her into a society woman, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Edward Arnold  •  Agnes Moorehead

The Valley of Decision (1945)

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949)

A federal agent infiltrates a crime syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Castle
CAST:  Howard Duff  •  Shelley Winters  •  Dan Duryea  •  Tony Curtis

A federal agent infiltrates a crime syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Castle
CAST:  Howard Duff  •  Shelley Winters  •  Dan Duryea  •  Tony Curtis
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