John Williams

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Williams (15 April 1903 – 5 May 1983) was an English stage, film and television actor. He is remembered for his role as chief inspector Hubbard in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, and as portraying the second "Mr. French" on TV's Family Affair. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Williams (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Dial M for Murder (1954)

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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Grace Kelly  •  Robert Cummings  •  John Williams
To Catch a Thief (1955)

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To prevent being accused of the crimes, an ex-burglar must catch a thief who’s been copying his style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  Brigitte Auber
Hot Lead & Cold Feet (1978)

Twin brothers -- one rough and tough, the other a city-bred milquetoast -- compete for their father's fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Butler
CAST:  Jim Dale  •  Karen Valentine  •  Don Knotts  •  Jack Elam
Sabrina (1954)

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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
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

To save his career, an ad man wants a sex symbol to endorse a lipstick. But she wants something too: he has to pretend to be her new lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Tony Randall  •  Jayne Mansfield  •  Joan Blondell  •  Betsy Drake
The Goose Steps Out (1942)

Schoolteacher William Potts is the double of a captured German spy, so he is sent to Germany by British Intelligence to obtain the plans of a new secret weapon, causing chaos in a Hitler Youth school in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden  •  Will Hay
CAST:  Will Hay  •  Frank Pettingell  •  Julien Mitchell  •  Charles Hawtrey
Island in the Sun (1957)

On a Caribbean island, a rich landowner's son, Maxwell Fleury, is fighting for political office against black labor leader David Boyeur. As if the contentious election weren't enough, there are plenty of scandals to go around: Boyeur has a secret white lover and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rossen
CAST:  James Mason  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Dorothy Dandridge  •  Joan Collins
The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Up and coming young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he tries to balance the needs of his fiance Joan, the expectations of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Barbara Rush  •  Alexis Smith  •  Brian Keith
Double Trouble (1967)

When singer Gut Lambert goes on tour in Europe, he is pursued by two beautiful women, bumbling jewel thieves, and a mysterious killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Taurog
CAST:  Elvis Presley  •  Anette Day  •  John Williams  •  Yvonne Romain
Midnight Lace (1960)

Kit Preston begins to unravel when she receives threatening telephone calls informing her she's soon to be murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Doris Day  •  Rex Harrison  •  John Gavin  •  Myrna Loy
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)

When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WWII, it is a propaganda nightmare for the allies. The generals are all 1 star and refuse to take orders from each other in order to plan an escape. Harry Frigg is a private who has escaped from the guard house dozens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Sylva Koscina  •  Andrew Duggan  •  Tom Bosley
A Flea In Her Ear (1968)

Director Jacques Charon's 1968 comedy about a womanizing attorney stars Rex Harrison, Louis Jourdan, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Roberts, John Williams and Victor Sen Yung.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Charon
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Rosemary Harris  •  Louis Jourdan  •  Rachel Roberts
The Lady and the Bandit (1951)

Highwayman Dick Turpin rides 200 miles to save his wife from the gallows in 18th-century England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Murphy
CAST:  Louis Hayward  •  Patricia Medina  •  Suzanne Dalbert  •  Tom Tully
The Foreman Went to France (1942)

Based on the true story of Melbourne Johns, an aircraft factory foreman sent to France to prevent the Nazis getting hold of some vital equipment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Frend
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Laura Partridge is a very enthusiastic small stockholder of 10 shares in International Projects, a large corporation based in New York. She attends her first stockholder meeting ready to question the board of directors from their salaries to their operations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Quine
CAST:  Judy Holliday  •  Paul Douglas  •  George Burns  •  Fred Clark
No Deposit, No Return (1976)

Two rich children devise a way to escape their grandfather and visit their mother. Unfortunately for two hapless safe crackers, they become part of the plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Kim Richards  •  Brad Savage  •  Barbara Feldon  •  Don Knotts
Thunder in the East (1952)

During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Vidor
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Alan Ladd  •  Charles Boyer  •  Corinne Calvet
Kind Lady (1951)

Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott, who uses his painting skill to enter into her life. Little does ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Ethel Barrymore  •  Maurice Evans  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Keenan Wynn
A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ann Blyth  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Cedric Hardwicke