Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney (born Sophia Kosow, August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American stage, screen and film actress whose career spanned over 70 years. She rose to prominence in dozens of leading roles in the 1930s. She later gained attention for her role as Juno, a case worker in the afterlife, in Tim Burton's film Beetlejuice, for which she won a Saturn Award as Best Supporting Actress. She also was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973).

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Beetlejuice (1988)

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Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Geena Davis  •  Annie McEnroe

Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the undead ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Geena Davis  •  Annie McEnroe

Blood on the Sun (1945)

Nick Condon, an American journalist in 1945 Tokyo, publishes the Japanese master plan for world domination. Reaction from the understandably upset Japanese provides the action, but this is overshadowed by the propaganda of the time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Lloyd
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Porter Hall  •  John Emery

Nick Condon, an American journalist in 1945 Tokyo, publishes the Japanese master plan for world domination. Reaction from the understandably upset Japanese provides the action, but this is overshadowed by the propaganda of the time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Lloyd
CAST:  James Cagney  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Porter Hall  •  John Emery

Dead End (1937)

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Joel McCrea  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Wendy Barrie

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Joel McCrea  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Wendy Barrie

Fury (1936)

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Walter Abel  •  Bruce Cabot

Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Walter Abel  •  Bruce Cabot

God Told Me To (1976)

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen
CAST:  Tony Lo Bianco  •  Deborah Raffin  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Sylvia Sidney

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Cohen
CAST:  Tony Lo Bianco  •  Deborah Raffin  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Sylvia Sidney

Hammett (1982)

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1928. Former private detective Dashiell Hammett, a compulsive drinker with tuberculosis who writes pulp fiction for a living, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend asking for help.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Frederic Forrest  •  Peter Boyle  •  Marilu Henner  •  Roy Kinnear

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1928. Former private detective Dashiell Hammett, a compulsive drinker with tuberculosis who writes pulp fiction for a living, receives an unexpected visit from an old friend asking for help.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Frederic Forrest  •  Peter Boyle  •  Marilu Henner  •  Roy Kinnear

Mars Attacks! (1996)

'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

'We come in peace' is not what those green men from Mars mean when they invade our planet, armed with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. This star studded cast must play victim to the alien’s fun and games in this comedy homage to science fiction ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Sabotage (1937)

Karl Anton Verloc and his wife own a small cinema in a quiet London suburb where they live seemingly happily. But Mrs. Verloc does not know that her husband has a secret that will affect their relationship and threaten her teenage brother's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Oskar Homolka  •  Desmond Tester  •  John Loder

Karl Anton Verloc and his wife own a small cinema in a quiet London suburb where they live seemingly happily. But Mrs. Verloc does not know that her husband has a secret that will affect their relationship and threaten her teenage brother's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Oskar Homolka  •  Desmond Tester  •  John Loder

You Only Live Once (1937)

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham and baby. While escaping prison after being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Barton MacLane  •  Jean Dixon

Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham and baby. While escaping prison after being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Barton MacLane  •  Jean Dixon

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor husband, her alienated daughter and estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Martin Balsam  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Tresa Hughes

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor husband, her alienated daughter and estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Martin Balsam  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Tresa Hughes

Les Miserables (1952)

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character, has nevertheless been convicted for the minor crime of stealing bread. A minor infraction leads to his pursuit by the relentless policeman Javert, a pursuit that consumes both men's lives for many years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget  •  Robert Newton  •  Edmund Gwenn

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character, has nevertheless been convicted for the minor crime of stealing bread. A minor infraction leads to his pursuit by the relentless policeman Javert, a pursuit that consumes both men's lives for many years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget  •  Robert Newton  •  Edmund Gwenn

An Early Frost (1985)

Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and family. He, and the people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erman
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Bill Paxton

Set in the mid-eighties Michael Pierson, a young gay man, is struck with AIDS in the prime of his life. He's forced to be open about the disease and his homosexuality for the first time with his co-workers (he's a successful lawyer) and family. He, and the people ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Erman
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Aidan Quinn  •  Gena Rowlands  •  Bill Paxton

The House That Shadows Built (1931)

The House That Shadows Built (1931) is a short feature film, roughly 55 minutes long, from Paramount Pictures, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the studio's founding in 1912. The film was a promotional film for exhibitors and never had a regular theatrical ...  (more)

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CAST:  Groucho Marx  •  Harpo Marx  •  Chico Marx  •  Zeppo Marx

The House That Shadows Built (1931) is a short feature film, roughly 55 minutes long, from Paramount Pictures, made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the studio's founding in 1912. The film was a promotional film for exhibitors and never had a regular theatrical ...  (more)

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CAST:  Groucho Marx  •  Harpo Marx  •  Chico Marx  •  Zeppo Marx

Damien: Omen II (1978)

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire—and the world. Anyone ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Taylor
CAST:  William Holden  •  Lee Grant  •  Jonathan Scott-Taylor  •  Robert Foxworth

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire—and the world. Anyone ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Taylor
CAST:  William Holden  •  Lee Grant  •  Jonathan Scott-Taylor  •  Robert Foxworth

Behind the High Wall (1956)

A group prison breakout goes from bad to worse when the desperate warden tries to steal the gang's dough.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abner Biberman
CAST:  Tom Tully  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Betty Lynn  •  John Gavin

A group prison breakout goes from bad to worse when the desperate warden tries to steal the gang's dough.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abner Biberman
CAST:  Tom Tully  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Betty Lynn  •  John Gavin

The Secret Night Caller (1975)

A man who is the pillar of his community has a secret - he has a compulsion to make obscene telephone calls.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Robert Reed  •  Hope Lange  •  Robin Mattson  •  Michael Constantine

A man who is the pillar of his community has a secret - he has a compulsion to make obscene telephone calls.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Jameson
CAST:  Robert Reed  •  Hope Lange  •  Robin Mattson  •  Michael Constantine

Finnegan Begin Again (1985)

A schoolteacher in her early 40s, involved in a dead-end love affair with a married mortician, drifts into a relationship with an aging newspaperman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joan Micklin Silver
CAST:  Robert Preston  •  Mary Tyler Moore  •  Sam Waterston  •  Sylvia Sidney

A schoolteacher in her early 40s, involved in a dead-end love affair with a married mortician, drifts into a relationship with an aging newspaperman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joan Micklin Silver
CAST:  Robert Preston  •  Mary Tyler Moore  •  Sam Waterston  •  Sylvia Sidney

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

A disturbed and institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Kathleen Quinlan  •  Bibi Andersson  •  Ben Piazza  •  Lorraine Gary

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

A drunken newspaperman, Jerry Corbett, is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress, Joan Prentice, whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dorothy Arzner
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Fredric March  •  Adrianne Allen  •  Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher

A drunken newspaperman, Jerry Corbett, is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress, Joan Prentice, whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dorothy Arzner
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Fredric March  •  Adrianne Allen  •  Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
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