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John Coonan

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Director (feature film)

The Birds and the Bees (1956) as Assistant Director
Anything Goes (1956) as Assistant Director
The members of a song-and-dance duo promise the lead in their next show to two different women.
The Court Jester (1956) as Assistant Director
A traveling actor is mistaken for a medieval rebel.
Strategic Air Command (1955) as Assistant Director
A baseball star takes to the air to help plan the U.S.'''' aerial defense.
We're No Angels (1955) as Assistant Director
After escaping Devil''''s Island, three offbeat prisoners help a goodhearted family outwit a scheming relative.
Forever Female (1954) as Assistant Director
An aspiring playwright gets an opportunity to see his play produced but is forced to make significant changes in the script so that the producer can cast his middle-aged ex-wife in the ingenue leading role.
White Christmas (1954) as Assistant Director
Two musical stars team with a sister act to help their old Army commander save his failing country inn.
Red Garters (1954) as Assistant Director
A musical about a man, Jason Carberry, who rides into a frontier town looking for his brother's killer, but is surprised to find everyone in the town is celebrating his kin's death and, for that matter, gunplay in general. He eventually discovers the murderer and each man swears to shoot down the other in a gunfight. However, their girlfriends team up to put an end to the bloodshed.
Shane (1953) as Assistant Director
A mysterious drifter helps farmers fight off a vicious gunman.
Off Limits (1953) as Assistant Director
Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship. Life suddenly takes a not-so-happy turn, however, when Bullet gets drafted. Hogan's gangster partners "persuade him to enlist and keep an eye on the fighter, who is subsequently declared psychologically unfit for the Army. Enter Herbet Tuttle, a draftee eager to have Hogan turn him into a fighter. Hogan Reluctantly agrees only after he discovers Tuttle's aunt is the beautiful singer at a nightclub. From then on it's a case of stringing Tuttle along while trying to get close to his aunt. To further complicate Hogan's life there is a rulebook Military Police Officer who tries to squish the shenanigans.
Road to Bali (1953) as Assistant Director
Two song-and-dance men on the run dive for treasure while competing for a beautiful princess.
The Stars Are Singing (1953) as Assistant Director
Fifteen-year-old Katri Walenska (Amma Maria Alberghetti) jumps a Polish ship, swims ashore and enters New York illegally. The United States Immigration officials are alerted---the USA still had a functioning immigration policy and department when this was filmed---and the search is on. Katri's only possessions are a ten-dollar bill and a letter to her parents' old friend, Jan Poldi (Lauritz Melchior), a former Metropolitan Opera star. She finds him in a shabby Greenwich Village apartment. His neighbors in the apartment house are three Broadway hopefuls; pop singer Terry Brennan (Rosemary Clooney), hoofer Buddy Fraser (Tom Morton) and Homer Tirdell (Bob Williams) and his talented dog Red Dust. (Pardon me, make that four Broadway hopefuls counting the dog.) When Terry hears Katri's magnificent singing voice, she scurries around New York to get her an audition and succeeds in getting her a spot on Don Wilson's televised amatuer hour. She wins the contest but unwittingly reveals her true identity as an illegal alien, which causes the arrest of Poldi, Wilson and Dave (John Archer), Terry's lawyer boyfriend. Katri faces deportation.
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) as Assistant Director
Country bumpkin Aaron Slick (Alan Young) has been unsuccessfully courting pretty young widow Josie Beery (Dinah Shore) for years. Josie yearns for a fling in the big city. With $20,000 from a crooked deal stashed in their trunk, Bill Merridew (Robert Merrill) and his "kissing cousin" Gladys (Adele Jergens), stars, in a relative sense, of a touring tent show stop at Josie's farm. Merridew, actually hiding out, thinks there is oil on the farm and Aaron, knowing otherwise, tricks him into buying the farm for a large sum. Josie takes the money and runs to Chicago, with Merridew, realizing he was tricked, in hot pursuit. Aaron arrives in time to keep Josie from letting Merridew "invest" her money.
Something to Live For (1952) as Assistant Director
My Favorite Spy (1951) as Assistant Director
A comedian poses as an international spy to recover mysterious microfilm.
Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950) as Assistant Director
Webb Carey returns to Orta, near Milan, to find out who betrayed his World War II O.S.S. team and caused the death of several villagers. His old love Julie, whom he thought dead at the hands of the Nazis, is alive and married to the Barone.
No Man of Her Own (1950) as Assistant Director
Helen Ferguson, pregnant, penniless and dumped by her boyfriend Steve Morley, takes the identity of the pregnant Patrice Harkness, when she and her husband are killed in a train crash. The rich Harkness in-laws, and their other son Bill, had never seen Patrice, so they accept her and her newborn son into their family. However Steve eventually finds her and starts to blackmail her.
Union Station (1950) as Assistant Director
A secretary gets caught up in the hunt for kidnappers.
The Great Lover (1949) as Assistant Director
The French Surete and private eye Higgins are after a killer who uses innocent young Americans in a crooked gambling racket, and who sets sail on an ocean liner that also carries inept scoutmaster Freddie Hunter and his troop of boys. Freddie, who's been a "boy scout" too long, has designs on gorgeous Duchess Alexandria. The boys, far better organized than Freddie, are determined to save him from himself. But who will save Freddie from being the killer's next victim?
Song of Surrender (1949) as Assistant Director
Bride of Vengeance (1949) as Assistant Director
Dream Girl (1948) as Assistant Director
Ladies' Man (1947) as Assistant Director
Henry Haskell (Eddie Bracken), owner of a hard-scrabble farm near Badger, Oklahona, thwarted in love and through with women forever, strikes oil while digging for water and becomes a millionaire. He heads for New York, with $50,000 in his pocket, to fulfill his lifelong ambition of seeing Grant's Tomb and riding the subway. Fortune-huntress Gladys Hayden (Virginia Field) moves into rooms adjoining Henry's at his swank New York hotel. He joins a large crowd on the street and suddenly finds himself being interviewed by Jean Mitchell (Virginia Wells) on a "Streets of New York" broadcast. When Henry says he is the only millionaire from Badger, Oklahoma, Jean impulsively offers to introduce him to any listener who sends in a box-top of her sponsor's face powder. Henry invites Jean to dine at the Automat and a ride home on the subway and, since he borrows nickels from her for food and the subway, she doubts he is really a millionaire. She is unaware he couldn't get change for a $100 bill. On the subway, they encounter Spike Jones and His City Slickers and, learning they are out of work, Henry gives them each $100 bills. Millions of women, clamouring for dates with Henry, send in box-tops. Jean and her uncle dream up a radio program that promises some lucky Cinderella a date with Henry each night. Jean puts on an act that makes Henry, self-vowed woman-hater, think her job is in jeopardy and he goes along. And Gladys makes strides with Henry with her phoney southern accent. When Henry learns that he has been tricked into the radio scheme, he pretends to be bankrupt...
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) as Assistant Director
A WAC officer returns from the war to find her husband wants a divorce.
Golden Earrings (1947) as Assistant Director
An English POW tries to hide from the Nazis by posing as a gypsy.
Masquerade in Mexico (1946) as Assistant Director
To Each His Own (1946) as Assistant Director
A single mother gives up her son, then fights to remain a part of his life.
Kitty (1946) as Assistant Director
A penniless British lord passes a street urchin off as a lady to sell her to a rich husband.
Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout (1944) as Assistant Director
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944) as Assistant Director
Henry and Dizzy have a baby sitting service and get more than they bargain for when the mother of a 10 month old leaves town to clear her husband of a crime.
Practically Yours (1944) as Assistant Director
The Man in Half Moon Street (1944) as Assistant Director
The Good Fellows (1943) as Assistant Director
The title of Grand Caesar in the Ancient Order of Noblest Romans of Wakefield, Indiana keeps Jim "Pop" Helton (Cecil Kellaway) so involved and distracted that he forgets to pay the family's bills, nearly makes a shambles of a real estate deal his oldest daughter, Ethel (Helen Walker)is working on,almost wrecks her romance with Captain Tom Drayson (James Brown), and gets involved in a game with a pool shark in an effort to raise the remaining $75 of the $6,750 needed (that they didn't have) by the Wakefield Lodge to host the national convention of the Noblest Romans.
Priorities on Parade (1942) as Assistant Director
Sweater Girl (1942) as Assistant Director
Night in New Orleans (1942) as Assistant Director
Reaching for the Sun (1941) as Assistant Director
Aloma of the South Seas (1941) as Assistant Director
A young South Seas native boy is sent to the U.S. for his education, returns to his island after his father dies to try to stop a revolution.
The Quarterback (1940) as Assistant Director
Television Spy (1939) as Assistant Director
Headin' East (1937) as Assistant Director

Cast (feature film)

The Mighty Barnum (1934) as Young boy in montage

Producer (feature film)

Paris When It Sizzles (1964) as Associate Producer
A Hollywood producer hires a beautiful secretary to keep his drunken screenwriter on track.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) as Production Manager
Regan MacNeil is now seventeen, and although she appears to be normal after her demonic possession as a child, she is monitored regularly at a psychiatric institution. A troubled priest, Father Lamont, visits her there to learn about the death of Father Merrin when he was performing the exorcism on her four years before. Regan has no conscious memories of that time, but as the priest's investigation continues, the demon is brought back.
Darling Lili (1970) as Production Manager
A World War I flyer falls for a beautiful enemy spy.
Chuka (1967) as Production Manager
A group under siege at an Army fort grapple with painful memories.
El Dorado (1967) as Production Manager
A gunfighter and a drunken sheriff take on a corrupt cattle baron.
Judith (1966) as Prod supv
Love With the Proper Stranger (1963) as Unit Production Manager
When a one-night stand results in pregnancy, a musician and a young girl try to resolve the issue together.
Branded (1951) as Asst prod mgr
A gunman tries to pass himself off as a wealthy ranchers long lost son.

Film Production - Unit (feature film)

Bloodbrothers (1978) as Unit Production Manager (New York)
A young man''s drive to teach causes a rift with his family of construction workers.

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