Martha Hyer

Martha Hyer (August 10, 1924, Fort Worth, Texas - May 31, 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico) was an American actress. She attended Northwestern University and was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity. After completing her education, she next appeared in The Locket in 1946. She had roles in So Big (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Delicate Delinquent in 1956 (Jerry Lewis' first film without Dean Martin), Houseboat (1958), Ice Palace (1960), Desire in the Dust (1960), The Carpetbaggers (1964), First Men in the Moon (1964), Blood on the Arrow (1964) and The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Night of the Grizzly (1966), among many others. She costarred with Keenan Wynn in Bikini Beach (1964), one of the Beach Party movies with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. On television, Hyer played the part of "Hannah Haley" in the episode "Incident West of Lano" on the Western series Rawhide. Her most significant role came as the love interest of Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running for director Vincente Minnelli in 1958, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hyer was one of the actresses considered for the Janet Leigh role of the doomed Marion Crane in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Psycho. Her last film was Day of the Wolves in 1973. Hyer married producer Hal B. Wallis in 1966, and the couple remained together until his death in 1986. She died on May 31, 2014, at the age of 89 from natural causes, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she had lived for many ...

Born to Kill (1947)

Helen Brent has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers her neighbor Laury Palmer and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer's home. The killer is her neighbor's other boyfriend Sam Wilde, an insanely jealous man who won't abide anyone "cutting in" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Claire Trevor  •  Lawrence Tierney  •  Walter Slezak  •  Phillip Terry
Down Three Dark Streets (1954)

An FBI Agent takes on the three unrelated cases of a dead agent to track down his killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arnold Laven
CAST:  Broderick Crawford  •  Ruth Roman  •  Martha Hyer  •  Marisa Pavan
First Men in the Moon (1964)

Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nathan H. Juran
CAST:  Edward Judd  •  Martha Hyer  •  Lionel Jeffries  •  Miles Malleson
Houseboat (1958)

An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Melville Shavelson
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Sophia Loren  •  Martha Hyer  •  Harry Guardino
Mister Cory (1957)

An opportunistic young man from the slums gambles his way to wealth, power and high society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Martha Hyer  •  Charles Bickford  •  Kathryn Grant
Sabrina (1954)


Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.  (more)

CAST:  Jerry Lewis  •  Darren McGavin  •  Martha Hyer  •  Robert Ivers
The Happening (1967)

A group of young drifters kidnap wealthy businessman Roc Delmonico just for kicks. They keep him captive, demanding a ransom for his safe release. However there is no one - wife, Mafia associates or mother - willing to part with the $200,000 ransom. Demonico is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliot Silverstein
The Locket (1946)

A dark personal secret drives a young woman to use every man she encounters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Brahm
CAST:  Laraine Day  •  Brian Aherne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Gene Raymond
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John the eldest is a well known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get back their ranch from the towns gunsmith who won it from their father in a card game with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Dean Martin  •  Martha Hyer  •  Michael Anderson Jr.
The Big Fisherman (1959)

Drama that focuses on the later life of Peter, one of the closest disciples of Jesus.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Borzage
CAST:  Howard Keel  •  Susan Kohner  •  John Saxon  •  Martha Hyer
Bikini Beach (1964)

A millionaire sets out to prove his theory that his pet chimpanzee is as intelligent as the teenagers who hang out on the local beach, where he is intending to build a retirement home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Asher
CAST:  Frankie Avalon  •  Annette Funicello  •  Timothy Carey  •  Martha Hyer
Trouble on the Trail (1954)

"Trouble on the Trail" is two episodes of the "Wild Bill Hickok" television series edited together and released as a feature film by Allied Artists.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Guy Madison  •  Andy Devine  •  Martha Hyer  •  Robert Blake
Gun Smugglers (1948)

A young boy threatens to follow in his outlaw brother's footsteps.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Tim Holt  •  Richard Martin  •  Martha Hyer
The Judge Steps Out (1947)

A judge flees the pressures of professional and family life for a job as a short-order cook.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Boris Ingster
CAST:  Alexander Knox  •  Ann Sothern  •  George Tobias  •  Sharyn Moffett
Rustlers (1949)

Another of RKO's profitable Tim Holt western series, Rustlers costars Holt with his popular sidekick Richard Martin (as Chico Rafferty). Holt and Martin are arrested by sheriff Harry Shannon, who accuses them of being members of a vicious rustling gang. Actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lesley Selander
CAST:  Tim Holt  •  Richard Martin  •  Martha Hyer  •  Steve Brodie
Kelly and Me (1957)

Failing vaudeville performer, Len, is taken under the wing of the German Shepherd wonder dog, Kelly, and a new act is born. Len hopes all his dreams are coming true when he finds himself in Hollywood ... but Kelly is the one in demand on the big screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Van Johnson  •  Piper Laurie  •  Martha Hyer  •  Onslow Stevens
Showdown at Abilene (1956)

Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend Dave Mosely is now engaged to Trask's former sweetheart and is one of the cattlemen increasingly feuding with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles F. Haas
CAST:  Jock Mahoney  •  Martha Hyer  •  Lyle Bettger  •  David Janssen
Kiss of Fire (1955)

In 1700, a Spanish princess travels from New Mexico to California with ruthless outlaw El Tigre as guide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph M. Newman
CAST:  Jack Palance  •  Barbara Rush  •  Rex Reason  •  Martha Hyer