Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers (1911–1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. He is best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show.

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

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A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kramer
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Milton Berle  •  Sid Caesar  •  Buddy Hackett

Something's Got to Give (1962)

Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife", due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Marilyn Monroe  •  Dean Martin  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Tom Tryon

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda

Top Banana (1954)

Jerry Biffle (Phil Silvers) is the star of the Blendo Soap Program. He has been invited to participate in an autograph-signing party for his new book at an important department store. Jerry meets Sally Peters (Judy Lynn), one of the department store models, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Phil Silvers  •  Judy Lynne  •  Danny Scholl  •  Rose Marie

That's Dancing! (1985)

A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Mikhail Baryshnikov  •  Ray Bolger  •  Sammy Davis Jr.  •  Gene Kelly

The Cheap Detective (1978)

Spoofing the entire 1940s detective genre, and his own performances as a bumbling private detective, Peter Falk plays Lou Pekinpaugh, a San Francisco private detective accused of murdering his partner at the instigation of his mistress, the partner's wife, Georgia ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moore
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Ann-Margret  •  Eileen Brennan  •  Sid Caesar

Cover Girl (1944)

A nightclub dancer makes it big in modeling, leaving her dancer boyfriend behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Vidor
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Gene Kelly  •  Lee Bowman  •  Phil Silvers

Summer Stock (1950)

To Jane Falbury's New England farm comes a troup of actors to put up a show, invited by Jane's sister. At first reluctant she has them do farm chores in exchange for food. Her reluctance becomes attraction when she falls in love with the director, Joe, who happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Gloria DeHaven

The Boatniks (1970)

Young and awkward, The Coast-Guard's ensign Thomas Garland suffers from the comparison with his late father, a war hero. Which does not prevent him from falling for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Of course the way he expresses his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Tokar
CAST:  Robert Morse  •  Stefanie Powers  •  Phil Silvers  •  Norman Fell

The Penalty (1941)

In this crime drama, a ruthless gangster's son is soon following in his father's footsteps. When his daddy kills an FBI agent and a cabby, the boy sees it all. Fortunately the courts intervene and send the lad off to live with a family of farmers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Edward Arnold  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Marsha Hunt  •  Robert Sterling

The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)

A medicine show man tries to con people into believing he's a legitimate stage actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Sinclair
CAST:  Frank Morgan  •  Mary Howard  •  Billie Burke  •  Donald Meek

Don Juan Quilligan (1945)

When a an overly romantic barge captain marries two women, each reminding him of his mother, he finds himself resorting to prison to escape them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tuttle
CAST:  William Bendix  •  Phil Silvers  •  Joan Blondell  •  Anne Revere

Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)

Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Carole Landis  •  Martha Raye  •  Mitzi Mayfair

Won Ton Ton: the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

A would-be filmmaker and actress shake up the industry with a trick dog who gets discovered by a studio bus driver in the 1920s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winner
CAST:  Bruce Dern  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Art Carney  •  Phil Silvers

The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977)

Criminals hijack an airplane carrying five beauty contest finalists, but unknowingly they've also kidnapped a government agent carrying a dangerous virus that is to be used in bacterial warfare.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Michael Lewis
CAST:  Gary Collins  •  Chuck Connors  •  Henry Gibson  •  Peter Haskell

Lady Be Good (1941)

Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Eleanor Powell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Robert Young  •  Lionel Barrymore

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002)

American Masters Series. Documentary on Gene Kelly that gives insight into his dancing, how he formed a style (first "blue collar dancer") and developed different cinematique techniques, such as brilliantly shot dancing sequences.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Trachtenberg
CAST:  Stanley Tucci  •  Gene Kelly  •  Jeanine Basinger  •  Betsy Blair

Racquet (1979)

Centred around a former tennis champ who swings with the girls and volleying straight sets with the rich and famous while set on owning his own tennis court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Winters
CAST:  Tanya Roberts  •  Lynda Day George  •  Bert Convy  •  Phil Silvers

Marilyn (1963)

This 1963 documentary, released less than a year after Marilyn Monroe's death, showcases the star in memorable scenes from her 20th Century Fox films, including wardrobe tests and clips from her last, uncompleted project, "Something's Got To Give". Hosted and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Medford
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Marilyn Monroe  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Anne Baxter

The Strongest Man in the World (1975)

Medfield College science major Dexter Riley and his classmates have been working on a new vitamin compound when a lab accident creates a supercharged mix that ends up in Dexter's cereal box, giving him superhuman strength. The powerful formula comes to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent McEveety
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Joe Flynn  •  Eve Arden  •  Cesar Romero
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