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Also Known As: Died: November 12, 2009
Born: September 20, 1922 Cause of Death: lung infection
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Director ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Different (1999) as Director
Hope Talmadge's life was full of the promise of an 11-year-old until a car accident left her mentally disabled. Amanda Talmadge could never come to terms with her daughter's imperfections and sent Hope away to special schools and group homes her entire life. Now 30, Hope strives to live a normal lif
2.
Wing and a Prayer, A (1998) as Director
Shelley and Jack are a married couple who work together as air traffic controllers. After a traumatic incident at work, Jack is ordered to take a short leave of absence to relieve the stress. Returning home from vacation, his plane flies through a severe lightning storm which cripples the plane and
3.
Crimes of Passion: Edna Buchanan's "Nobody Lives Forever" (1998) as Director
Homicide Detective Rick Barrish gets involved in a deadly love triangle between his female partner Mary Ellen "Dusty" Dustin and his former girlfriend Laurel Trevelyn. When two people are shot, the evidence points to Dusty, whose questionable past causes Rick to doubt her. Both Laurel and Rick's bos
4.
Match Made in Heaven, A (1997) as Director
Helen Rossi is determined to find a mate for her son Tom, a confirmed bachelor and divorce lawyer who plans to avoid matrimony altogether. While undergoing tests at clinic, Helen spots a nurse, Jane, who she feels would be the perfect wife for Tom. She persuades them to go on a blind date against th
5.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (1991) as Director
Based on the true story of Bobby McLaughlin, a teenage high school drop-out who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a local drug dealer. Initially, Bobby's foster father is convinced Bobby is guilty, but when the boy is convicted on questionable evidence, he begins his own investigation to fr
6.
White Hot: Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, The (1991) as Director
Explores the possibility that 1930s screen-siren Thelma Todd did not actually commit suicide in 1935, but instead was murdered.
7.
Chase, The (1991) as Director
Based on the true story of a dramatic police pursuit of bank robber Mark Taylor in 1988. The police and a helicopter news team joined together in Denver on a deadly chase that claimed the life of one officer.
8.
Good Cops, Bad Cops: The Biggest Heist in History (1990) as Director
A television movie based on the factual account of the estimated $25 million bank robbery of the Boston-based Depositers Trust Bank by police officers in 1980.
9.
Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story, The (1988) as Director
A fact-based movie about a TWA flight attendant whose composure and bravery saved lives on the infamous 1985 Athens/Beirut/Algiers hostage flight.
10.
Blood Vows:Story Of A Mafia Wife (1987) as Director
A young woman marries a charming lawyer only to find out that he and his family are high-ranking members of the underworld.
11.
Right to Die (1987) as Director
Based on a true story, a psychology professor and the mother of two children who contracts amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), a progressive degenerative illness. When the disease reduces her body to a virtually helpless condition, she tapes out a message to her family that she wa
12.
Six Against the Rock (1987) as Director
A movie based on the true story of six convicts who, in 1946, battled incredible odds and the U.S. Marines in the most desperate, daring escape ever attempted at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay.
13.
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies (1986) as Director
A nun is determined to start a half-way house for women leaving prison on parole.
14.
Bad Seed, The (1985) as Director
This television remake of the 1954 Broadway stage hit and subsequent film two years later of Maxwell Anderson's play adapted from William March's tidy little horror novel (both starred Nancy Kelly as the horrified mother and Patty McCormack as the precious young daughter she discovers to be a murder
15.
Picking Up the Pieces (1985) as Director
Margot Kidder is the plucky wife and mother who literally picks herself up off the floor when her vindictive husband, threatened by her demand of divorce, strips their household of its possessions, closes out their bank account and cuts off her credit cards. James Farentino is a widower with whom sh
16.
Execution, The (1985) as Director
A successful Los Angeles restaurater finds himself being stalked by five women who remember him as the sadistic former Nazi doctor who three decades earlier had tortured them during their concentration camp internment -- and that one of them has drawn the assignment of executing him. The plot, unfor
17.
Scorned And Swindled (1984) as Director
A smooth-talking charmer who lures women into fraudulent marriages and then swindled them out of everything they own meets his match in Tuesday Weld who is first swept off her feet but then, after discovering she's been taken, refuses to play the pushover and decides to hunt him down in a cross coun
18.
Intimate Agony (1983) as Director
Daytime television soap opera stars Anthony Geary and Judith Light have the leads as a visiting doctor and a resort community resident in this exploitive drama dealing with a herpes outbreak that developer Robert Vaughn wants hushed up before the scandal ruins him. Originally (and outrageously) tit
19.
Awakening of Candra, The (1983) as Director
Based on the true-life story of teenage bride Candra Torres who was abducted in 1975 while on a honeymoon camping trip in the High Sierras, this psychodrama gained the dubious distinction of having its world television premiere in the wee hours of the morning after having sat on the shelf for two an
20.
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (1983) as Director
Dennis Weaver is a successful real estate agent whose introduction by Pamela Bellwood and her lawyer boyfriend, David Ackroyd, to cocaine during a business slump gets him hooked and threatens his marriage (to Karen Grassle), his career and his life.
21.
Farrell For The People (1982) as Director
Valerie Harper stars as a spunky assistant district attorney in this pilot to a prospective post-"Rhoda" series, here involved with a puzzling rape case, another dealing with a brilliant ex-con accused of murder and his celebrity sponsor (borrowed from the well-publicized Jack Abbott-Norman Mailer affair), and a romance with a defense lawyer.
22.
Five Of Me, The (1981) as Director
In the tradition of TV's earlier "Sybil" with Sally Field and Joanne Woodward and the even earlier theatrical movie "The Three Faces of Eve" with Woodward, this film is the portrait of a man who must battle four alter egos living within his body. Reportedly, this affliction--multiple personalities--
23.
Golden Gate (1981) as Director
A venerable San Francisco publishing family becomes embroiled in a bitter power struggle between the iron-fisted but ailing patriarch's son and a ruthless businessman who tries for a takeover. This splashy pilot is in the "Dallas-Dynasty-Falcon Crest" soap opera school.
24.
Cry For Love, A (1980) as Director
She's an amphetamine addict; he's an alcoholic. Together they strive to save one another from self-destruction in this adaptation by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor of the autobiographical best-seller by Jill Schary Robinson (daughter of producer/director Dore Schary). Last-minute editing left Charl
25.
Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, The (1980) as Director
Dennis Weaver is the Maryland physician condemned to prison in the Dry Tortugas in 1865 after unwittingly aiding in John Wilkes Booth's escape following Lincoln's assassination by setting Booth's broken leg, and several years later was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson for his work during an epid
26.
Act of Violence (1979) as Director
Elizabeth Montgomery continues her dramatic gallery of resourceful put-upon women, here playing a liberal-minded, divorced newswriter who is the victim of a brutal mugging. Robbed of her confidence, she finds her life cloaked in fear and paranoia, causing her to re-evaluate her lifelong beliefs.
27.
Ordeal of Patty Hearst, The (1979) as Director
The Patricia Hearst story -- through the eyes of FBI Special Agent Charles Bates -- from her abduction on February 4, 1974, until her capture nineteen months later.
28.
Betrayal (1978) as Director
A dramatization of the 1971 case involving a young woman who sued her psychiatrist for luring her into a sexual relationship with him under the guise of therapy.
29.
Death of Richie, The (1977) as Director
A confused teenager turns to drugs, leading to erratic outbursts in school and violent quarrels with his straight-arrow father.
30.
Good Against Evil (1977) as Director
An exorcism movie in which a young couple is beset by evil forces -- she's been spoken for by the devil. In syndication, the film now runs two hours.
31.
Secrets (1977) as Director
An unhappily married young woman succumbs to her sexual fantasies and becomes compulsively promiscuous in a desperate attempt to find the "secret" of happiness that her mother had convinced her was hers.
32.
Special Delivery (1976) as Director
Three unemployed Vietnam veterans are desperate for money and turn to bank robbery. Two of them are captured during their getaway,but the third man escapes with the money which he stashes in a mailbox. A bartender and a ditsy artist witness this. The bartender wants the money to pay off some gangsters and takes it. The artist is attracted to the veteran and decides to help him retrieve it from the bartender. Once the vet and the artist get the loot, they board an ocean liner and find that one of the passengers is the president of the bank that was robbed.
33.
Legend of Lizzie Borden, The (1975) as Director
An ethereal retelling, stylishly produced, of the story of the New England spinster accused of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in the 1890s in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. Emmy Award nominations went to Elizabeth Montgomery, art director Jack DeShields, set decorator Henry Gordon, editor John A. Martinelli, and costume designer Guy Verhille. DeShields and Gordon won.
34.
Death Among Friends (1975) as Director
A lady homicide detective tries to solve the murder of an international financier in this pilot for a prospective but unrealized series.
35.
Underground Man, The (1974) as Director
Peter Graves, completely miscast as private eye Lew Archer, goes after the kidnappers of an old flame's young son and gets mixed up in a series of murders going back fifteen years. This was the pilot for the subsequent very short-lived (six episodes) series "Archer" that began in January 1975 and st
36.
Terror on the Beach (1973) as Director
A family outing turns into a nightmare when a gang of young thugs begins a campaign of harassment.
37.
Honor Thy Father (1973) as Director
The success of "The Godfather" encouraged this adaptation of Gay Talese's 1971 best-selling novel about life inside the Mafia, a fact-based drama revolving around the collapse of the Joseph Bonanno family. The real-life Bonanno was kidnapped in 1964 and was not heard from for over eighteen months.
38.
Strangers In 7A, The (1972) as Director
A building superintendent and his wife are held hostage in their apartment by a sadistic would-be bank robber and his spaced-out accomplices.
39.
Footsteps (1972) as Director
A win-or-else coach, hired to whip a small college football team into shape, finds himself in trouble with professional gamblers who plan to set the odds of the squad's success.
40.
Haunts of the Very Rich (1972) as Director
Seven people who arrive at an idyllic tropical resort after receiving a mysterious invitation find their dream of paradise turning into a hellish nightmare with little chance of escape.
41.
Family Rico (1972) as Director
A drama about underworld pressures on a crime syndicate chief, played by Gazzara, who is torn between his love for a younger brother who defects and his own loyalty to the organization. The 1957 theatrical version of the story, "The Brothers Rico," starred Richard Conte and Kathryn Grant, who had ju
42.
Delphi Bureau, The (1972) as Director
A suspense drama that has a government agent with a photographic memory assigned to solve the disappearance of an entire fleet of old Air Force planes. Luckinbill again played the talented operative in the subsequent series (1972-73) with Celeste Holm repeating her role, later to be replaced by Anne
43.
Tattered Web, A (1971) as Director
A detective discovers his son-in-law cheating on his daughter, confronts the other woman and accidentally kills her, and then attempts to pin the crime on a wino.
44.
Little Game, A (1971) as Director
A hostile youngster who will stop at nothing to break up his mother's marriage is suspected of homicide, and his stepfather fears that he may be the boy's next victim.
45.
Travis Logan, D.A. (1971) as Director
This prospective series pilot has a hard-nosed prosecutor doggedly trying to crack a homicide case in which the defense's plea of temporary insanity is the plan to cover the perfect murder, the result of a love triangle.
46.
Death of Innocence, A (1971) as Director
Courtroom drama of the ordeal of a small-town mother who comes to Manhattan from Idaho to attend her daughter's murder trial, bewildered by the pace of big city life but steadfastly standing beside the girl despite the evidence against her. Kim Stanley originally was to have played the mother of th
47.
The Mephisto Waltz (1971) as Director
Alan Alda plays a classical piano player on the rise who befriends a famous player himself who's at death's door. Unknown to Alda, the guy is a satanist, who arranges to have thier souls switch places at his death, so that he can be young again and continue to play piano (thus needing a skilled piano player like Alda to switch bodies with).
48.
Cannon for Cordoba (1970) as Director
A ruthless Mexican general captures the army platoon sent to stop him.
49.
Hell Boats (1970) as Director
James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ronald Allen, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Inigo Jackson. A daring plan to destroy the Nazi arsenal in Sicily is set in motion by an American commander (James Franciscus) serving under the British Royal Navy near Malta.
50.
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) as Director
The last of the original seven assembles a new crew of experts to rescue a captive rebel leader.
51.
Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) as Director
Canadian commandos take on a Nazi post on the coast of France.
52.
Johnny Tiger (1966) as Director
53.
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) as Director
A surfer girl leaves the California beaches behind for a romantic vacation in Rome.
54.
Angel Baby (1961) as Director
Married promoters try to turn a faith healer into a gold mine.
55.
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) as Director
A surfer girl triggers romantic confusion during a Hawaiian vacation.
56.
Because They're Young (1960) as Director
A crusading high school teacher tries to help his troubled students.
57.
Face of a Fugitive (1959) as Director
A man framed for murder tries to build a new life after escaping the law.
58.
Battle of the Coral Sea (1959) as Director
A U.S. submarine and its crew are captured by the Japanese on the eve of a major World War II battle.
59.
Gidget (1959) as Director
A young girl dreams of winning acceptance from a gang of surfers.
60.
The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) as Director
A rookie cop takes on criminals who have the local government in their pocket.
61.
Tarawa Beachhead (1958) as Director
(War '58,BW). Kerwin Matthews, Julie Adams, Ray Danton, Karen Sharpe, Onslow Stevens, Russell Thorsen. Sergeant Tom Sloan (Kerwin Matthews) witnesses his commanding officer (Ray Danton) kill one of his own men but hestitates to inform his superiors. Tension builds between the two men when Sloan falls in love with the murdered man's widow. Paul Wendkos directs.
62.
The Burglar (1957) as Director
A band of crooks robs a spiritualist.

Producer (feature film)

63.
Chase, The (1991) as Producer
Based on the true story of a dramatic police pursuit of bank robber Mark Taylor in 1988. The police and a helicopter news team joined together in Denver on a deadly chase that claimed the life of one officer.
64.
Stalk the Wild Child (1976) as Producer
A young boy raised by wild dogs is found and taken to a university where an attempt is made to civilize him.

Editing (feature film)

65.
The Burglar (1957) as Editing
A band of crooks robs a spiritualist.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

66.
Heavy Petting (1988)
A humorous look at teenage romance in America, its trials, tribulations, and mores, utilizing compilation footage and interviews.
67.
Heavy Petting (1988)
A humorous look at teenage romance in America, its trials, tribulations, and mores, utilizing compilation footage and interviews.

Director (special)

68.
Big John (1983) as Director
The exploits of "Big" John Corbin, a former sheriff from Conway County, Georgia, who is now a detective with the Manhattan 4th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. The pilot episode depicts how Corbin becomes one of New York's finest when he comes to the Big Apple to take over the murder
69.
333 Montgomery (1960) as Director
The pilot film for "Sam Benedict." The exploits of Jake Brittin, a criminal attorney who resides at 333 Montgomery in San Francisco. In the pilot episode, Jake defends a man accused of murdering his sweetheart's father. Based on the book, "Never Plead Guilty" by Jake Ehrlich. Broadcast as a segm

Cast (special)

70.
Sandra Dee (2000) as Interviewee
Profile of actress Sandra Dee.

Producer (special)

71.
Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" (1977) as Producer
A poor New York teenager of the mid-1930s is forced into prostitution despite sincere efforts to make a living otherwise, and ultimately she becomes the city's most famous madam. An Emmy Award nomination went to Yvonne Wood for her period costumes. Subsequently shown in two parts over four hours.

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