Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame (November 28, 1923 – October 5, 1981) was an American actress. Grahame began her acting career in theatre, and in 1944 she made her first film for MGM. Despite a featured role in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), MGM did not believe she had the potential for major success, and sold her contract to RKO Studios. Often cast in film noir projects, Grahame received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Crossfire (1947), and she won this award for her work in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She achieved her highest profile with Sudden Fear (1952), Human Desire (1953),The Big Heat (1953), and Oklahoma! (1955), but her film career began to wane soon afterwards. She returned to work on the stage, but continued to appear in films and television productions, usually in supporting roles. Diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1980, Grahame refused to accept the diagnosis and travelled to England to work in a play. Her health rapidly failed and she returned to New York City, where she died in 1981. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gloria Grahame, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell

Crossfire (1947)

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk
CAST:  Robert Young  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Robert Ryan  •  Gloria Grahame

A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk
CAST:  Robert Young  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Robert Ryan  •  Gloria Grahame

Human Desire (1954)

Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. He becomes attracted immediately to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Edgar Buchanan

Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. He becomes attracted immediately to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Edgar Buchanan

In a Lonely Place (1950)

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Carl Benton Reid

An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Carl Benton Reid

Macao (1952)

A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jane Russell  •  William Bendix  •  Thomas Gomez

A man on the run in the Far East is mistaken for an undercover cop.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg  •  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Jane Russell  •  William Bendix  •  Thomas Gomez

Melvin and Howard (1980)

The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Elizabeth Cheshire  •  Mary Steenburgen

The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Elizabeth Cheshire  •  Mary Steenburgen

Naked Alibi (1954)

Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Hopper
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Gene Barry  •  Marcia Henderson

Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Hopper
CAST:  Sterling Hayden  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Gene Barry  •  Marcia Henderson

Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Harry Belafonte  •  Robert Ryan  •  Shelley Winters  •  Ed Begley

Sudden Fear (1952)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

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 Big Heat (1953)

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Jocelyn Brando  •  Alexander Scourby

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Jocelyn Brando  •  Alexander Scourby

The Glass Wall (1953)

Peter Kaban, a Hungarian refugee, is about to be deported after jumping ship in New York harbor. He needs to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war, as Tom.can prove Peter's right to legal entry iof the United States. It is a race against the clock! ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maxwell Shane
CAST:  Vittorio Gassman  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Ann Robinson  •  Douglas Spencer

Peter Kaban, a Hungarian refugee, is about to be deported after jumping ship in New York harbor. He needs to find an ex-G.I named Tom whom he helped during the war, as Tom.can prove Peter's right to legal entry iof the United States. It is a race against the clock! ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maxwell Shane
CAST:  Vittorio Gassman  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Ann Robinson  •  Douglas Spencer

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Betty Hutton  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Charlton Heston  •  Dorothy Lamour

To ensure a full profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Betty Hutton  •  Cornel Wilde  •  Charlton Heston  •  Dorothy Lamour

Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Buzzell
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Dean Stockwell

Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Buzzell
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Dean Stockwell

It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)

Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Kathryn Grayson  •  Peter Lawford  •  Jimmy Durante

Danny has been in the army for 4 years, yet all he thinks about is Brooklyn and how great it is. When he returns after the war, he soon finds that Brooklyn is not so nice after all. He is able to share a place with Nick, the janitor of his old High School, and get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Frank Sinatra  •  Kathryn Grayson  •  Peter Lawford  •  Jimmy Durante

Merton of the Movies (1947)

In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios free publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate another headline; he thinks he'll get a movie contract. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Alton
CAST:  Red Skelton  •  Virginia O'Brien  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Leon Ames

In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios free publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate another headline; he thinks he'll get a movie contract. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Alton
CAST:  Red Skelton  •  Virginia O'Brien  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Leon Ames

The Todd Killings (1971)

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shear
CAST:  Robert F. Lyons  •  Richard Thomas  •  Belinda Montgomery  •  Edward Asner

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmidt ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Shear
CAST:  Robert F. Lyons  •  Richard Thomas  •  Belinda Montgomery  •  Edward Asner

The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974)

A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded, then discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Bert Convy  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Gloria Grahame

A television producer decides to find out the whereabouts of a former movie actress whose career has long since faded, then discovers that his inquiries have set off a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Nelson
CAST:  Don Murray  •  Bert Convy  •  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Gloria Grahame

Blonde Fever (1944)

A woman fights to save her husband from a sluttish waitress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Philip Dorn  •  Mary Astor  •  Felix Bressart  •  Gloria Grahame

A woman fights to save her husband from a sluttish waitress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Philip Dorn  •  Mary Astor  •  Felix Bressart  •  Gloria Grahame

Not as a Stranger (1955)

Lucas Marsh, an intern bent upon becoming a first-class doctor, not merely a successful one. He courts and marries the warm-hearted Kristina, not out of love but because she is highly knowledgeable in the skills of the operating room and because she has frugally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kramer
CAST:  Olivia de Havilland  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Frank Sinatra  •  Gloria Grahame

Lucas Marsh, an intern bent upon becoming a first-class doctor, not merely a successful one. He courts and marries the warm-hearted Kristina, not out of love but because she is highly knowledgeable in the skills of the operating room and because she has frugally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kramer
CAST:  Olivia de Havilland  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Frank Sinatra  •  Gloria Grahame
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